The Simpsons

Season 2 Episode 9

Itchy & Scratchy & Marge

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Dec 20, 1990 on FOX



  • Trivia

    • Marge's stationery is titled: "From the Mind of Marge"

    • According to this episode Kent Brockman is a local Emmy award winning anchorman.

    • Moe has a sign that says "Bring Back Wagon Train".

    • During the protest at Itchy and Scratchy Intl. Homer, with a bandaged head, carries a sign that reads: "Please ban violent cartoons--Next time I might not be so lucky." While, Maggie carries a sign that reads: "Stop me before I kill my father again."

    • The following appears on Marge's cataloged list of cartoon violence that occurs on Itchy & Scratchy:
      *** Cats Blown Up
      * Mice Launched
      ** Dogs Tricked
      ** Gophers Buried Alive
      *** Eyes Knocked Out
      ** Disembowelings
      * Brains Slammed in Car Door

  • Quotes

    • Homer: Hey, how come you can watch cartoons but the kids can't?
      Marge: Because.
      Homer: Because why?
      Marge: Because I said so.
      Homer: Because you said so why?
      Marge: Homer! I'm trying to work.
      Homer: Oh. What are you doing?
      Marge: I'm cataloging all the violence in these cartoons. I don't think adults have ever actually sat down and watched them before.

    • Marge: (Sees Itchy and Scratchy on TV) So television is responsible. (Turns off the TV)
      Lisa: Hey, we were watching that!
      Bart: Mom, what are you doing?
      Marge: Well, you won't be watching these cartoons anymore. Ever!
      Lisa: But Mom! If you take away our cartoons, we'll grow up without a sense of humor and be robots.
      Bart: Really? What kind of robots?

    • (Homer and Marge visit the Statue of David exhibit)
      Homer: Well, there he is. Michelangelo's Dave.
      Marge: Hmm, David.
      Homer: Oh.

    • (Kent Brockman comments on the Statue of David)
      Kent: Is it a masterpiece? Or just some guy with his pants down?

    • (Helen Lovejoy and Maude Flanders arrive at Marge's doorstep)
      Helen: Get dressed, Marge. You've got to lead our protest against this abomination! (Shows Marge a newspaper with the Statue of David on the cover)
      Marge: Hmm, but that's Michelangelo's David. It's a masterpiece.
      Helen: (Gasps) It's filth! It graphically portrays parts of the human body which, practical as they may be, are evil.
      Marge: But I like that statue.
      Maude: (Gasps) I told you she was soft on full frontal nudity.

    • (Homer watches TV)
      TV Announcer: It's a tool that every home handy man needs. It's a jigsaw. It's a power drill. It's a wood-turning lathe. It's an asphalt spreader. It's 67 tools in one! How much would you pay for a machine that can do all this?
      Homer: (Very interested) One-thousand dollars!
      TV Announcer: Oh, don't answer yet.
      Homer: Oh, sorry.

    • Itchy and Scratchy's New Temporary Opening: They love, and share.
      They share and love and share.
      Love, love, love,
      Share, share, share.
      The Itchy and Scratchy Show!

    • Homer: I always knew you'd change the world... for the better.

    • Itchy: This really hits the spot.
      Scratchy: Doesn't it though?
      Itchy: You make really good lemonade Scratchy.
      Scratchy: Why thank you Itchy.

    • Roger Meyers Jr.: (Reading hate mail) "I will never watch your show, buy any of your products or brake if I see you crossing the street." That's cold. "Dear sleaze merchant." Oh, come on, that hurts. Gentlemen, the screwballs have spoken.

    • Roger Meyers Jr.: In preparing for this debate, I did a little research, and I discovered something astonishing. There was violence in the past, long before cartoons were invented.

    • Kent Brockman: Are cartoons too violent for children? Most people would say "No, of course not, what kind of stupid question is that?" But one woman says "Yes"... Marge Simpson.

    • Homer: You know, some of these stories are pretty good. I never knew mice lived such interesting lives.

    • Marge: What kind of warped human being would find that funny?
      Homer: Heh, heh.

    • Homer: (on the phone) You heard me, I won't be in for the rest of the week... I told you, my baby beat me up... Oh, it is not the worst excuse I ever thought up.

    • Kent Brockman: So you have no professional objection to Itchy & Scratchy?
      Marvin Monroe: No not at all, in fact, uh, one of my guilty little pleasures is to snuggle up with a big bucket of buttered popcorn, dim the lights, listen to Itchy and Scratchy, and laugh myself silly. Now what the hell is wrong with that?

    • Roger Meyers Jr: That screwball Marge Simpson, we've got to stop her... But how?
      Animator: Drop an anvil on her?
      1st Board Member: Hit her on the head with a piano?
      2nd Board Member: Stuff her full of TNT and then throw a match down her.

    • Homer: It's no trouble, I've got a whole garage full of tools I never use!

    • Roger Meyers Jr.: Listen you're so smart, how do we end this picture?
      Marge: Hmm... well, what's the problem you're having?
      Roger Meyers Jr.: Ok, here it is: Itchy just stole Scratchy's ice cream cone and--
      Animator: No, make it a pie. Pies are easier to draw.
      Roger Meyers Jr.: Okay, a pie! Anyway, Scratchy is understandably upset.
      Marge: Uh huh.
      Roger Meyers Jr.: So we figured he could, you know, just grab Itchy and toss him in a bucket of acid.
      Marge: Oh, dear!
      Roger Meyers Jr.: But then we remembered that this might be interpreted as violence, which is morally wrong now thanks to you. So, what's your big idea? How do we end this?
      Marge: Hmm... let's see. Umm... oh! Couldn't Itchy share his pie with Scratchy? Then they would both have pie!
      Roger Meyers Jr.: (Looks at the story board) It's different, I'll give you that.

    • Krusty: Hi, kids! (Laughs) Guess what, Sideshow Mel?
      (Mel slides his whistle) It's time for Itchy and Scratchy!
      Audience: B-o-o-o-o-o-o-o!
      Krusty: Hey, hey! Settle down boys and girls, or Krusty will have to bring out his old friend, Corporal Punishment again.

  • Notes

    • The animator in the window who animates Marge in one of the cartoons is a parody of Simpsons' director Rich Moore. Later we see drawings of David Silverman and Wes Archer in the writer's room.

    • Itchy & Scratchy:
      #1 "Hold That Feline": Itchy lights a fuse of an exploding football and kicks it towards Scratchy. Scratchy catches the football, which explodes on contact. As the helpless cat lays in the crater, several heavy football players dogpile on top of him.

      #2 "Kitchen Kut-Ups": Itchy and Scratchy smash each other with meat tenderizers. Itchy pins Scratchy down with butcher knives and attempts to stab him as Scratchy wriggles around. Finally, Itchy pins him through the heart. Itchy then chases Scratchy with an electric blender.

      #3 "Messenger Of Death": Scratchy answers a knock at his door and finds Itchy dressed as a messenger. Itchy fires a bazooka at Scratchy. When the smoke clears, all we see is Scratchy's skull with no flesh. Later, Itchy smashes Scratchy in the back of the head with a sledgehammer, knocking out his eyeballs. As Scratchy looks for them, Itchy hands him two cherry bombs, which Scratchy puts into his sockets. Combing his hair, Scratchy sees the bombs and screams in terror just before they explode.

      #4 Untitled: Inspired by the Marge-led protests outside I&S Intl., against violent cartoons. Itchy and Scratchy attack each other with clubs. A squirrel with a hairdo and face resembling Marge runs in and, in a whiny voice, implores the feline and rodent to stop fighting. After close-ups of Itchy and Scratchy looking at each other knowingly, they behead the Marge-squirrels by smashing their clubs into the back of her head.

      #5 "Porch Pals": Accompanied by a slow-tempo, calm version of the I&S theme ("They love and share, they love and share and love. Love, love love, share share share, the 'Itchy and Scratchy Show'"). Here, Itchy, sitting in rocking chairs on the porch, offers to share lemonade with his former foe. Scratchy compliments his one-time antagonist. Otherwise devoid of content, though Marge sees it as conveying positive themes about sharing. Subsequent cartoons feature the cat and mouse dancing to big band-type music, and Scratchy reading Itchy "Goldilocks and the Three Bears" at bedtime.

      #6 Untitled: Itchy and Scratchy pull out progressively bigger firearms at each other, until Itchy fires. The force hurls a screaming Scratchy into outer space, with a one-way ticket into the sun.

    • Marge forms an advocacy group called SNUH (Springfieldians for Non-violence, Understanding, and Helping). This word has appeared at least twice more in the series: (1) as a nonsense word Homer utters in lieu of an actual promise in "Lisa's Pony" and (2) as a sound-effect graphic flashed on the screen in the '60's TV version of "Radioactive Man."

    • First Appearance: Sideshow Mel, Roger Meyers Jr., and Corporal Punishment.

    • Blackboard Joke: I will not pledge allegiance to Bart.
      Couch Gag: The family runs in the living room and is bewildered when there is no couch to sit on.

  • Allusions

    • Looney Tunes
      The final Itchy & Scratchy cartoon near the end of the episode with the bigger and bigger guns, seems to be a reference to the 1950 Looney Tunes cartoon The Rabbit of Seville where a similar gag occurred between Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd.

    • Tom and Jerry
      Itchy and Scratchy is a violent and bloody parody of MGM's Tom and Jerry.

    • Roger Myers Jr.: The screwballs have spoken.
      This line and the way it's spoken are a parody of a famous line spoken by Richard Nixon after losing the 1960 election. The original line was "The voters have spoken. The bastards."

    • Tom Sawyer
      During the "Fantasia" sequence, Bart, Nelson and other boys whitewash a fence, one of the scenes in Mark Twain's classic tale Tom Sawyer.

    • Fantasia
      The awakening of the children to Beethoven's symphony is a reference to the 1940 film Fantasia when the Earth awakens to the same music.

    • Nightline
      The Kent Brockman-hosted Smartline (a late-night news commentary program) spoofs ABC's Nightline.

    • Psycho
      After Maggie hits Homer with the mallet, he grabs the tarp on the bench. The image of the rings snapping and then the red paint flowing down the drain are allusions to the shower scene in Alfred Hitchcock's 1960 film, Psycho. And if that's not enough, the Psycho theme plays each time Maggie threatens Homer, including the mallet scene.