The Simpsons

The Itchy & Scratchy & Poochie Show

Season 8, Ep 14, Aired 2/9/97
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  • Episode Description
  • When Itchy & Scratchy's ratings start to fall the producers decide to introduce a new character, Poochie. They hold auditions for the voice of the new dog and Homer wins the job.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Julie Kavner

    Marge Simpson, Patty Bouvier, and Selma Bouvier

  • Harry Shearer

    Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders, Principal Skinner, Waylon Smithers, Kent Brockman, and others

  • Dan Castellaneta

    Homer Simpson, Grampa Simpson, Barney Gumble, Krusty the Clown, Groundskeeper Willie, and others

  • Nancy Cartwright

    Bart Simpson, Nelson Muntz, Ralph Wiggum, Todd Flanders, and others

  • Yeardley Smith

    Lisa Simpson

  • Fan Reviews (10)
  • Basically a big "screw you" to internet fans. But it's awesome.

    By cireofborg, Apr 17, 2008

  • this was a good ep

    By cube2k8, May 23, 2010

  • The Itchy and Scratchy and Poochie Show

    By futuramarama, Jan 20, 2010

  • Itchy and Scratchy gets a new character.

    By Hornets3, Aug 30, 2009

  • Homer goes re-animated

    By twilightboy, Apr 30, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (33)

    • Homer: Will this episode be going to air live? June: No Homer, very few cartoons go to air live. It's a tremendous strain on the animator's wrist.

    • (In the latest episode of "Itchy and Scratchy," Itchy has frozen Scratchy in an ice block for an ice-sculpting contest. Itchy begins to slice Scratchy with a chainsaw, but then Poochie walks in.) Scratchy: Well, look who's here! Itchy: Hi, Poochie. You look like you've got something to say. Do you? Poochie: Yes, I certainly do! (his image freezes, and we hear Myers's voice dubbing over the image, saying…) I have to go now. My planet needs me. (The animation cel with Poochie on it actually slides upward in a choppy manner as a slide-whistle sound is heard. Then a note in red marker appears, reading: "NOTE: Poochie died on the way back to his home planet.)

    • Bart: Tough break, Dad. I guess people just weren't ready for Poochie. Maybe in a few years. Roy: Good news, everybody. I'm moving into my own apartment with two sexy ladies. Marge: Oh, then I guess this is good-bye, Roy. Maybe we'll see you in a few years.

    • Homer: Now kids, I know you loved the old Poochie, but the new one is going to be better than ten Super Bowls! I don't want to oversell it, judge for yourselves.

    • Homer: I won't let them treat Poochie like dirt anymore just because he's the new guy. Roy: Right on, Mr. S! Homer: Put a sock in it, Roy.

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    Notes (9)

    • Roy's purpose in this show is a mock reference about a new character living with the Simpsons.

    • First Appearance: Lindsey Naegle

    • This is the first Itchy and Scratchy-themed episode not to be written by John Swartzwelder.

    • The person who is seen designing Poochie is based on David Silverman, long time Simpsons Director and Producer.

    • This episode is the writers' response to a segment of "Simpsons" fans who are sometimes (at least in the writers minds, anyway) overly critical of the show.

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    Trivia (5)

    • While it's understandable that Poochie's voice changes in his last appearance (because the TV execs removed Homer's speech) it doesn't make sense that the animation was poor. The only person that was upset about Poochie being killed off was Homer, so the animators would still have done their job properly.

    • An actual note from the Fox Censors regarding this episode: "It will not be acceptable for Itchy to stab Scratchy in the guts and yank his intestine out and use it as a bungee cord."

    • One of the writers was fired in the first conference, the man with the long brown hair and goatee. However, he appears in the background of the taping of Poochie's final episode!

    • If Poochie was supposed to be dead forever, then that would apply to all characters, which means that Itchy, Scratchy, and Poochie would all be dead. Yet, Scratchy is alive after he dies in every episode of Itchy and Scratchy.(except for the Itchy and Scratchy episode in episode #84 of the Simpsons(a.k.a. Homer Goes To Collage)where Itchy finally dies)

    • Nitpick: June Bellamy states that she did the original "BEEP" voice of the Roadrunner. In reality, this sound effect was done by Paul Julian, a background artist for the original WB shorts. He made the sound once and was most likely indifinitely repeated throught the entire series of the Roadrunner cartoons.

    Allusions (4)

    • Roy: Good news, everybody. I'm moving into my own apartment with two sexy ladies! This is a reference to the premise in the ABC sitcom Three's Company.

    • Itchy & Scratchy Title: The Beagle Has Landed. The Apollo 11 Lunar Module was named Eagle. After landing on the moon on July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong famously said, "Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed." Also, The Beagle Has Landed is the title of a collection of Peanuts cartoons.

    • Writer: A dog? Isn't that a tad predictable? Lindsy Nagle: In your dreams. We're talking the original dog from hell. Writer: You mean Cerberus? In Greek mythology, the underworld of Hades was guarded by Cerberus, a huge ferocious dog with three heads.

    • Lisa: Haven't you ever listened to yourself on a tape recorder? Homer: I prefer to listen to Cheap Trick. Cheap Trick was a band that had a few hits in the 1980s like "Dream Police" and also "Mighty Wings," which was on the Top Gun sountrack and played over the movie's closing credits.

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