The Simpsons

Season 4 Episode 22

Krusty Gets Kancelled

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM May 13, 1993 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Krusty is out of a job, when a new show featuring ventriloquist Arthur Crandall and his dummy, Gabbo, hits the airwaves and shrinks Krusty's television ratings.

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  • The fourth season ends with Krusty hitting rock bottom and Bart and Lisa determined to save Krusty's career.

    "Krusty Gets Kancelled" is not just an excellent season finale, but one of the best episodes of the season. The episode cracks me up every time I see it. There are many reasons why this episode works so well. The first is its excellent guest cast. The late Johnny Carson is phenomenal. He could very well be the best guest star the series has ever had. Watching him juggle the Buick Skylark is comedy gold. Bette Midler is terrific as well. Her scenes with Bart and Lisa on the side of the highway are very clever and provide even more genuine laughs. Despite only having a few scenes and a very small amount of dialogue Luke Perry does a very good job as well. Another thing I liked about this episode is how well it takes the television culture to task. One minute Gabbo is riding high and is the biggest name in television. Then all of a sudden it disappears in seconds because he called his fans SOB's when he thought nobody was listening. If you think that is a bit if a stretch, ask Don Imus what he thinks! I have seen this particular episode many times over the years and the laughs are always there. I think they will be there for you as well when you see it.moreless
  • perfect

    what i liked- the ending, the old man singing with his pants down, Krusty trying to get the Red Hot Chili Peppers to rewrite part of one of their songs, "Dancing around in their underwear, how degrading. Give me a bigger lollie" , "I'll get you for this, Midler!", "Everyone is saying Gabbo this, and Gabbo that, but no one is saying Jericho this or Jericho that", etc.

    great episode. it's pretty guest star heavy but who cares when the jokes are as good as they were here. and the plot was also nice. more than fitting conclusion to the wonderful season 4 of the wonderful simpsons. A+moreless
  • this was a good ep

    this was a good ep for the simpsons season 4 final and in this ep there is a new show that is airing the same time krusty does and his show is just not doing it and so the krusty show goes off the air and his caree is like over. but bart and lisa want to help so they ralley a bunch of celbs and it turns out to be a good show for krusty and his career is back on top and this season 4 of the simpsons was excelent and this was a memorable ep and that is why i gave a 8.5moreless
  • (Insert funny pun here)

    Krusty's show is cancelled when a wise - cracking puppet pulls in more viewers and with Bart and Lisa's help, Krusty claws his way back on top. Even the Ebenezer's of cartoons will find something funny in this episode however the jokes that rely on slapstick tend to miss their mark but overall we laugh heaps more than we roll our eyes. What this episode really lacks is solidity, it's more of a collection of good scenes that don't exceed 30 seconds. The plot twist of Krusty's weight problem seemed like just a desperate way to squeeze tension into the episode when it didn't belong.

    Watching Krusty's status disintegrate (while it's played for laughs) is more sad than amusing especially after episodes like "Krusty gets Busted" and "Like father, like clown", give this guy a break!

    Marge famously doesn't say anything in this episode but Krusty's prolonged appearence supplements the huskiness void. Once the Krusty special starts, the storyline officially ends and you can just sit back and enjoy the bevy of stars who popped in. The guest stars themselves (Johnny Carson, Bette Midler, Luke Perry, Hugh Hefner, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, and is it Liz Taylor?) particularly Hef, Taylor and the Chilli's all just give off the sense that they're doing it for a superfluous paycheck and phone it in but the others really have fun with their time on the show.

    This episode is one of (sadly) very little that features the writing of John Swartzwelder with the direction of David Silverman. I feel they are both easily the most talented in their respective fields on the show and the combinations of the reclusive writer's brilliant script and jokes with the manic director's superbly energetic animation and detailed facial expressions is a guranteed recipe for a fantastic episode. Krusty gets Kancelled is one of those episodes that isn't a classic but still would be on every fan's top 10. Worth a look.moreless
  • Krusty makes a come back!

    Springfield is bombarded with an advertising campaign for a new television series known as Gabbo! Gabbo is a ventriloquists dummy. The new TV show is on up against The Krusty The Clown Show and his career is jeopardized. When Krusty's ratings plummet, his show is cancelled. Krusty attempts to find employment and win at the races, but fails. Bart wishes to ruin Gabbo's career, so he sneaks into the television studio and switches on the camera as he is bad-mouthing his audience. Bart and Lisa wish to organise a comeback show for Krusty, which would feature all the best celebrities. They get in touch with Bette Midler, Hugh Heffner, Elizabeth Taylor, and the Red Hot Chilli Peppers. Elizabeth Taylor rejects the offer but all the rest accept. The special is an enormous hit and his show is reinstated. A good episode. Sometimes the plot gets a little dry; maybe because I've seen it a lot but it was a good episode. Give it a watch.moreless
Dan Castellaneta

Dan Castellaneta

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

Hank Azaria

Hank Azaria

Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, Moe Szyslak, Chief Wiggum, Comic Book Guy, Lou, and others

Harry Shearer

Harry Shearer

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

Julie Kavner

Julie Kavner

Marge Simpson, Patty Bouvier, and Selma Bouvier

Nancy Cartwright

Nancy Cartwright

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

Yeardley Smith

Yeardley Smith

Lisa Simpson

Johnny Carson

Johnny Carson


Guest Star

Hugh Hefner

Hugh Hefner


Guest Star

Bette Midler

Bette Midler


Guest Star

Marcia Wallace

Marcia Wallace

Edna Krabappel

Recurring Role

Pamela Hayden

Pamela Hayden

Milhouse Van Houten, Rod Flanders, Jimbo Jones, and others

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (7)

    • When we see Krusty with his shirt off, he didn't have a pacemaker scar, a birthmark or a third nipple as we previously saw it in "Kamp Krusty".

    • Krusty's half brother is Luke Perry.

    • Elizabeth Taylor tells her agent that she doesn't want to do the reunion special. She then watches the show and laments, "I gotta fire that agent." We later see her peaking in the window to Moe's Tavern as Bart gives a toast to Krusty.

    • In Latinamerica, instead of saying "Luke Perry", everybody said "Robert Redford".

    • One of the newspaper articles is titled "Gabbo to Have 'Real Boy' Operation".

    • Originally, in a deleted scene, Krusty told viewers before getting cancelled that if anyone watched his show he would send viewers a sex book of himself just before being taken away by the FBI. Instead Krusty told people that if anyone watched his show he would send viewers a check for forty dollars.

    • Gabbo does an immitation of Vin Scully, the current Los Angeles Dodgers broadcaster.

  • QUOTES (22)

    • Bart: (on Gabbo) Hey! He stole this bit from Krusty!
      Lisa: Well, he stole it from Steve Allen
      Grandpa: Ah, everything is stolen nowadays! Why, the fax machine is nothing but a waffle iron with a phone attached!!

    • Krusty: Well kids, this is where you would watch Itchy and Scratchy... except they're on The Gabbo Show now. So, here's Eastern Europe's favorite cat and mouse team, Worker and Parasite!
      (The Worker and Parasite cartoon consists of very bizarre animation, vague Russian-sounding gibberish from the cat and mouse characters, and a plot that makes no sense. The film ends with "ENDUT! HOCH HECH!"
      Krusty: What the hell was that?!

    • Mayor Quimby: I'll admit I used the city treasury to fund the murder of my enemies, but as Gabbo would say, I'm a bad wittle boy.

    • Bart: Moe, look over there! (as a distraction)
      Moe: What? What am I looking at? I don't see nothing. I'm gonna stop looking soon… What? What, is that it?
      Homer walks into Moe's Tavern
      Homer: Hey Moe, can I look, too?
      Moe: Sure, but it'll cost ya.
      Homer: My wallet's in the car.
      Homer runs out
      Moe: He is so stupid. And now back to the wall.

    • Krusty: Bette and I owned a race horse together: Krudler.

    • Krusty: Ugh, 35 years in show business and already no one remembers me, just like what's-his-name and whose-it, and you know that guy, always wore a shirt?
      Bart: Ed Sullivan?

    • Krusty: I've had plenty of guys come after me and I've buried them all. Hobos, sea captains, Joey Bishop…
      Krusty's Assistant: Don't forget the Special Olympics.
      Krusty: Oh, yeah. I buried the Special Olympics!

    • Bette Midler: Great show Krusty! You deserve an Emmy for this!
      Krusty: Forget it. The academy hates me...I don't know why...they wouldn't know comedy if it bit them on their… (notices the camera) Hey! Hey!

    • Chief Wiggum: Don't snap my undies.

    • Bette Midler: Did you ever know that you're my hero? You're everything I would like to be.
      Krusty: You can fly higher than an eagle.
      Bette/Krusty: Cause you/I are/am the wind beneath my/your wings.

    • Krusty: Give me a bigger lolly!

    • Squeeky-Voiced Teen: Here's your taco mister. Oops, I dropped it in the fryer. I'll get it out. Ow. Oooow! Ooow! Oow!

    • Rainier: My son returns from a fancy east coast college and I'm horrified to find he's a nerd.
      Kent: Haha, I'm laughing already.
      Rainier: It's not a comedy.

    • Gabbo: (prank calls Krusty the Clown)
      Krusty: If this is anyone other than Steve Allen, you're stealing my bit!

    • Krusty: Here's the deal. Every time you watch my show, I will send you... forty dollars!
      Voice: Checks will not be honored.

    • Gabbo: (singing) You're gonna like me,
      You're gonna love me,
      'Cause I can do most anything.
      I can do the hully gully,
      (does a crazy dance)
      I can imitate Vin Scully!
      (now speaking, imitating Vin Scully and holding a microphone) Let's take time out from that triple play for this message from Farmer Dan's Pure Pork Sausages! Mmm, mmm…
      (singing, back to normal) I'll give out shiny dimes, (tosses coins to the audience)
      I'll travel back in time! (disappears and reappears with a confused pilgrim)
      (Now a bunch of dolls dance onto stage, including soldiers, Cossacks, clowns, and more.)
      Toy Soldiers: You're gonna like him!
      Toy Cossacks: You're going to love him!
      Everyone: It's the greatest show in to-ow-ow-ow-own! Gabbo!
      (a set of jets fly overhead leaving a rainbow trail of smoke)

    • Bart: That cute little character could take America by storm. All he needs is a hook.
      Gabbo: [on T.V.] I'm a bad widdle boy.
      Bart: Ay, carumba!

    • Bart: Somebody ought to ruin Gabbo's career the way he ruined Krusty's.
      Lisa: Two wrongs don't make a right.
      Bart: Yes, they do.
      Lisa: No, they don't.
      Bart: Yes, they do.
      Lisa: No, they don't.
      Bart: Yes, they do.
      Lisa: Dad!
      Homer: Two wrongs make a right, Lisa.

    • Reverend Lovejoy: Everyone is saying "Gabbo this" and "Gabbo that". But no one is saying "Worship this" and "Jericho that".
      Jasper: What's this about Gabbo?

    • Old Jewish Man: Old gray mare she ain't what she used to be, ain't what she used to be, ain't what she used to be.
      Announcer: And now, the old man dancers!
      Old Men: Old gray mare she ain't what she used to be, ain't what she used to be, ain't what she used to be.

    • Krusty: Now boys, the network has a problem with some of your lyrics. Do you mind changing them for the show?
      Anthony: Forget you, clown.
      Chad: Yeah, our lyrics are like our children, man. No way.
      Krusty: Well okay, but here where it says, "What I got you gotta get and put it in ya," how about just, "What I'd like is I'd like to hug and kiss ya."
      Flea: Wow. That's much better.
      Arik: Everyone can enjoy that.

    • Bart: I didn't know you knew Luke Perry.
      Krusty: Know him? He's my worthless half-brother.
      Lisa: He's a big TV star.
      Krusty: Yeah, on Fox. (Sticks out tounge)

  • NOTES (2)

  • ALLUSIONS (11)

    • The Doors appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show
      Krusty asking The Red Hot Chili Peppers to change the lyrics to one of their songs parodies the real-life event of when the band The Doors appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show and were previously asked to change one word of the song they were to perform. However, the parody in this episode mixes the real event with the depiction of the event as seen in the 1991 film The Doors by Oliver Stone -- the Red Hot Chili Peppers are defiant about changing their song, as are The Doors in the film, whereas the actual Doors accepted to do so gladly and without any objection, as the Chili Peppers eventually and happily agree. In the end, The Doors performed their song with the lyrics unchanged, allegedly because Jim Morrison was a bit nervous singing in a live TV show.

    • Krusty: Why is a raven like a writing desk?
      This is the classic no-answer riddle from Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland.

    • Rocky
      Krusty takes up boxing to lose weight. In one scene we see him training by punching a cow's carcass (as Homer munches on it). This is parodies the 1976 film Rocky, in which the main character Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) trains the same way.

    • Howdy Doody
      Gabbo's face is loosely based on Howdy Doody (red hair, freckles).

    • The Great Gabbo
      The whole concept and name of Gabbo spoofs the movie The Great Gabbo, from 1929, featuring Erich von Stronheim, Betty Compson and Donald Douglas. "Gabbo" was the ventriloquist, at the film, and the dummy was called "Otto."

    • Elvis Presley's '68 Comeback Special
      The Krusty Komeback Special, a prime-time special featuring Krusty's return to the mainstream after a lengthy sabbactical, is under the same circumstances as Elvis Presley's '68 Comeback Special. Elvis, like Krusty, had been out of the public eye for some time before making a comeback. And like the King, Krusty's comeback was a huge success.

    • Bette: Did you ever know that you're my hero?
      Bette Midler serenades Krusty during the comeback special, a la Johnny Carson's final night on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.

    • The Hollywod Squares
      The show the Simpsons are watching at home, The Springfield Squares, is a parody of the famous game show The Hollywod Squares. More specifically, the 1980's version where they would set the giant stage up on spring break at some resort.

    • Brockman: That ought to hold over the SOB's.
      Gabbo and Brockman's outbursts references a broadcasting urban legend. A children's radio host had supposedly uttered, "There, that oughta hold the little bastards!" or some similar line after his show ended; however, the legend purports that the microphone had been left on by mistake and broadcast over the air. This legend, which has never been proven to have occurred, is often attributed to the most kindly of children's radio and television hosts, thanks to people believing the hosts actually have contempt for their youthful audience.

    • Gabbo: (Singing) You're gonna like me!
      The intro to the Gabbo show is a spoof of the 1940 film Pinnochio when he was forced to dance on stage. We see Gabbo twirl around on one leg like Pinnochio did, and we also see the puppet soldiers and women in the background.

    • Barney: We want Chilly Willy! We want Chilly Willy!
      Chilly Willy was a character on The Woody Woodpecker Show.