The Simpsons

The Front

Season 4, Ep 19, Aired 4/15/93
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  • Episode Description
  • Convinced they can write better Itchy & Scratchy scripts than the writers who currently work on the cartoon, Bart and Lisa set out to write their own shows. Their scripts are rejected by Roger Meyers, the show's producer, until Bart and Lisa use Grampa's name as their pseudonym. Their plot works, and as "Abraham Simpson," the kids are hired to write for the show.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Adam I. Lapidus

  • Rich Moore

  • Brooke Shields


  • Conan O'Brien

  • David Silverman

  • Fan Reviews (5)
  • perfect

    By futuramarama, Aug 19, 2011

  • this was a good ep

    By cube2k8, May 16, 2010

  • Add a senial grandpa to cartoons= An amazing episdoe

    By Iverson82094, Jan 26, 2008

  • Good show.

    By whoa_chica, Jan 21, 2006

  • bart and lisa write itchy and scratchy cartoons under abe's name

    By jimbo_001, Nov 12, 2005

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (20)

    • Roger Meyers, Jr.: You're a comedy writer? My god, you're so old!
      Grampa: I want my check!
      Roger Meyers, Jr.: (Laughs) You're a writer, alright. Here you go, Simpson.
      Grampa: I want another one!
      Roger Meyers, Jr.: You're a funny guy. How would you like a staff job? I'll start you at $800 a week.
      Grampa: My chest hurts.

    • Krusty: Hey, Mel. Bring me another nicotine patch. I think there's some space on my butt.

    • Secretary: Is this the Abraham Simpson who wrote the Itchy and Scratchy episode? Grampa: Ishy and what? No, you must be some kind of crazy person. Secretary: I'm sorry, but we have a substantial check here for a Mr. Abraham Simpson. Grampa: That's right. I did the Iggy.

    • Homer: I never passed Remedial Science 1A. Marge: And you're a nuclear technician? Homer: Marge! Ix-nay on the uclear-nay echnician-tay. (Speaking in Pig Latin) Marge: What did you say? Homer: I dunno. I flunked Latin, too.

    • Grampa: Well, whenever I'm confused, I just check my underwear. It holds the answer to all the important questions.

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    Notes (6)

    • This episode foretells an event in a later episode. Artie Ziff is revealed to be rich and says he'd give it all up for a night with Marge. In season 13's "Half-Decent Proposal", he does just that.

    • The "CLIP NOT DONE YET" shown for the Ren and Stimpy: Season Premiere gag was made as a stab at John Kricfalusi, whom took shots at the animation and writing of The Simpsons. Ironically, the show had a guest appearance from Ren and Stimpy on the episode "Brother from the Same Planet."

    • Artie Ziff was voiced by Dan Castellaneta in this episode and not Jon Lovitz.

    • “The Adventures of Ned Flanders” segment was thrown in because, according to Al Jean, the show needed some extra time to fill. The commentary also mentions that this is in homage to the Archie comic strip, including the font of on "Ned Flanders."

    • Blackboard Joke: I will not sell miracle cures. Couch Gag: The family forms a kick-line with chorus girls while the living room turns into a circus complete with jugglers, fire-eaters, balancing elephants, dogs jumping through hoops and magicians.

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    Trivia (5)

    • Homer's Trophies: Most weight gained Lowest paying job Most hair lost Oldest car Most improved odor Person who traveled the least distance to get to the reunion

    • The book Lisa reads when she and Bart were writing the script was titled "How to Get Rich Writing Cartoons, by John Schwartzwelder".

    • There are 27 nicotine patches visible on Krusty's body.

    • The Itchy & Scratchy episode "Dazed and Confused" was written by Milt Fineburg and Hy Levine.

    • Maggie does not appear in this episode.

    Allusions (8)

    • Alka Seltzer

      Homer and Marge's yearbook has the quote on Homer I can't believe I ate the whole thing. That is the ad slogan for Alka Seltzer.

    • Homer: It will be great to see the old gang again Potsie, Ralph Malph, The Fonz... Homer was talking about the classic TV show Happy Days. The show was set in Milwaukee in the late 1950's to the early 1960's.

    • Bart: I'll never watch an award show again… unless that delightful Billy Crystal is involved. Billy Crystal has hosted 8 Academy Awards, including 4 since this episode aired.

    • The Other Side Of The Mountain Homer's reference to the movie about the woman skier who fell off the mountain is probably a reference to the movie The Other Side Of The Mountain. Based on the book of the same title, this movie told the true story of Jill Kinmont, a champion skier who struggled to rebuild her life after becoming paralyzed in a racing accident.

    • The Front The title of this episode is taken from the 1976 film The Front. The plot of the film is that a cashier (Woody Allen) poses as a writer to submit work for blacklisted talents. The plot of this episode is a lot like the plot of The Front because Lisa and Bart have to use Grandpa's name because the producers won't consider a cartoon from kids. At the end of The Front, the cashier takes a stand against the injustice he sees around him, like Grandpa takes a stand against the violence in cartoons.

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