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Homer Simpson, Grampa Simpson, Barney Gumble, Krusty the Clown, Groundskeeper Willie, and others
Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, Moe Szyslak, Chief Wiggum, Comic Book Guy, Lou, and others
Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders, Principal Skinner, Waylon Smithers, Kent Brockman, and others
Marge Simpson, Patty Bouvier, and Selma Bouvier
Bart Simpson, Nelson Muntz, Ralph Wiggum, Todd Flanders, and others
Milhouse Van Houten, Rod Flanders, Jimbo Jones, and others
Agnes Skinner, Brandine Del Roy, Dolph and others
While in the deli, Rabbi Krustofski passes on a celebrity-named sandwich called "The Jackie Mason". Jackie Mason provides the voice of the rabbi.
As a boy, Krusty stared in to Yiddle's, a store that advertises "practical jokes, magic tricks, and medical supplies."
Krusty and his father walk down the street past a deli with the sign, "Tannen's Fatty Meats".
Izzy's Deli recipe for the Krusty the Clown sandwich: Ham, sausage, and bacon with a smidge of mayo on white bread.
Jackie Mason, who plays Krusty's rabbi father, was in real life a rabbi before his life led him into stand-up comedy.
Goof: Where Krusty re-unites with his father, Homer is wearing a long-sleeved shirt in one frame and then a couple of seconds later he is wearing his usual short white sleeved shirt whilst at the dinner table.
At KBBL, the fictional Springfield radio station, we see a gold album from the Larry Davis Experience, and a poster of Bleeding Gums Murphy, hanging on the wall.
Krusty has photos of himself with Alfred Hitchcock and the Beatles
At one point, this episode was going to be called "Krusty The Jew."
Rabbi Krustofski: A rabbi would never exaggerate. A rabbi composes. He creates thoughts. He tells stories that may never have happened. But he does not exaggerate.
Bart: Poor Krusty.
Lisa: A man who envies our family is a man who needs help.
Lisa: Here you go, Bart. It's a long shot, but that's all I can do without learning ancient Hebrew. (Bart stares at her) Bart! I am not going to learn ancient Hebrew!
Bart: Hello, my name's Dimitri. I'm a first-time caller, long-time listener. My question is, if a son defies his father and chooses a career that makes millions of children happy; shouldn't the father forgive the son?
Rev. Lovejoy: I think so.
Msgr. D: Yes, of course.
Rabbi Krustofski: No way! Absolutely not! Never, never! Who screens these calls? Who's in charge here? There's nobody in charge? They leave a building without people watching it...
Bart: Krusty, are you all right?
Krusty: Yes, it's just that saying the bracha brings back a lot of painful memories, the old days, my... my father...
Homer: Hey, Krusty, you going to finish that meatloaf or what?
Homer: He's talking funny-talk!
Lisa: No Dad, that's Hebrew! Krusty must be Jewish.
Homer: A Jewish entertainer? Get out of here!
Bart: Krusty, you don't have to be `on' tonight.
Homer: What are you talking about! Of course he does!
Lisa: No Dad, Krusty is our guest. Your pratfalls and Punchinello antics aren't necessary here.
Krusty: (Singing) Oh Mein Papa, to me he was so wonderful, Oh Mein Papa, to me he was so good, no one could be, so gentle and so loveable, Oh Mein Papa he always understood!
Moe: I've got something in my eye.
Barney: Here, take my hanky.
Krusty: Boys and girls, I'd like to be serious for a moment if I may. Spotlight, please. I just wanted (spotlight moves away from Krusty) I just wan… (spotlight moves away again) Come on guys, I'm not doing the spotlight bit.
Lisa: Bart, we've been going about this all wrong. What's the one thing Rabbi's prize above everything else?
Bart: Those stupid hats?
Lisa: No, Bart! Knowledge!
Lovejoy: I do a radio call-in show with him every Sunday night!
Lisa: I didn't know that.
Lovejoy: Gee, uh, I mention it in my sermon every week.
Bart: Oh, oh, that radio show!
Lisa: Oh yeah! It's all the kids talk about on Monday at school.
Lovejoy: Oh, well, why don't you have a free t-shirt. You'll be the coolest kids in the playground!
Bart: He, he we'll put 'em on later -- now.
Krusty: Didn't Itchy Junior look happy playing with his father? And didn't Scratchy Junior look happy playing with his dad until they got run over by a thresher?
Rabbi: Hello. Hello? Anybody there? What's this, I hear the phone ring, and suddenly there's nothing. I'm listening and there's no talking. Hello, mister, who are you? Why would they call if they don't want to talk to you?
Bart: Goodnight Krusty, sorry about your dad!
Krusty: Don't worry about me. I'm a survivor. Hey did I leave my keys inside?
Krusty: Oh yeah, here they are.
Krusty: Milhouse, know any knock-knock jokes?
Milhouse: (cries) I wanna go home!
Milhouse: Oh, Hi Bart. I was just in the neighborhood and wha? Krusty the Clown! What a surprise!
Bart: Milhouse. You can come in, and, drop the charade.
Krusty: (knocks on door and laughs)
Homer: You think it's him?
Krusty: (reading) Deeee...deee.. dear. Kruuuust. Y?
Krusty: Ooh! Sex Chat! (dials)
Voice: You've reached the Party Line! In a moment, you'll be connected to a hot party, with some of the world's most beautiful women! Now, let's join the party!
Man 1: Hello?
Man 2: Hello?
Apu: Are there any women here?
Apu: Are you a beautiful woman?
Krusty: Do I sound like a beautiful woman?
Apu: This is not as hot a party as I anticipated.
Bart: Okay Milhouse, how many Krusty autographs should I put you down for?
Milhouse: Uh, a hundred.
Bart: Consider it done. (singing) You're walking along the street or you're at a party! Or else you're alone and then you suddenly dig dig dig. This could be the start of something big.
Krusty: (singing) We've had lots and lots and lots and lots and lots of fun, but now the time has come... to go. If this old clown was found dead in his bed tomorrow, I'd be in heaven, still doing this show.
Bart: We came to talk to you about your son.
Rabbi Krustofski: I have no son! (Slams door)
Bart: Oh, great, we came all this way and it's the wrong guy.
Rabbi Krustofski: (Re-opens door) I didn't mean that literally! (Re-slams door)
Homer: Son, you don't have to follow in my footsteps.
Bart: That's okay, I don't even like using the bathroom after you.
Homer: Why you little!
Bart and Lisa fool Rabbi Krustofski into "accidentally" meeting up with Krusty by telling him he is having lunch with novelist Saul Bellows. Originally, they were to tell him he was meeting Isaac Bashevis Singer. But between the first draft of the script and the final draft, Singer died so the name was changed.
First Appearance: Mr. Teeny
Itchy & Scratchy: "Field Of Screams"
A combine comes bearing down on Scratchy and his son as they play catch in a wheat field. Itchy and his son look out from inside the combine as blood splashes up against the windshield. Afterwards, Itchy and his son play catch with Scratchy's head.
Blackboard Joke: I will finish what I sta
Couch Gag: Everybody except Bart runs in. Bart then runs in and glides onto everybody's laps.
In 1992, Jackie Mason won an Emmy for, Outstanding Voice-Over Performance, for this episode.
The scene in which Krusty calls his father but doesn't say anything is borrowed from a scene in Martin Scorsese's 1980 film, Raging Bull, in which Jake LaMotta does the same thing.
James Bond's secretary is referenced in the name of Krusty's secretary--Miss Pennycandy. Like her more famous counterpart, she secretly desires her co-worker/boss.
The movies playing at the Springfield Theater are For Your Thighs Only, Crocodile Done Me and Doctor Strangepants. They are allusions to the actual movies For Your Eyes Only (1981), Crocodile Dundee (1986) and Doctor Strangelove (1964).
Itchy & Scratchy: Field of Screams
The title of the cartoon is a parody of the 1989 film Field of Dreams.
The Carol Burnett Show
At the end of the show, Krusty tugs on his ear. This is a quick and funny homage to the end of The Carol Burnett Show.
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson
In the opening scene, Krusty throws axes at a bound Sideshow Mel, the final one barely missing the hapless sidekick's crotch. This is just like the famous Ed Ames "tomahawk toss" skit on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, where Ames' ax landed in the crotch area of an outlined drawing of a man on a piece of plywood.
The Jazz Singer
The entire plot--Krusty's struggles with estrangement from his rabbinical father who disapproved of his career as an entertainer--is based on the 1952 film The Jazz Singer.
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