The Simpsons

Season 4 Episode 19

The Front

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Apr 15, 1993 on FOX
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Episode Summary

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.moreless

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  • perfect

    Bart and Lisa are appalled by the Itchy and Scratchy cartoons and are convinced they can do better. They send in a script, but are rejected for being kids. So, they use Grampa's name, Abraham Simpson, and start writing for the show.

    great episode. i liked homer and marge at their reunion, the ending to the episode, The Ned Flanders short, Grampa being appalled by Itchy and Scratchy after accepting his award, amonst other things. A+ episode, definitelymoreless
  • this was a good ep

    in this ep of the simpsons bart and lisa want to send there ideas to itch and scaty cartoon and so they do but turns out that there work is rejected by the writters and so they get grampa simpson to put his name on the work that they make and the writters accept the work and grampa ends up winning a award for his work. and then grampa gets his award taking and starts acting senial when he finds out that he has been putting his name down on cartoons . this was funny ep i tought and it was made really well by the writtersmoreless
  • Add a senial grandpa to cartoons= An amazing episdoe

    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 Grandpa's name as their pseudonym. As "Abraham Simpson," the kids are hired to write for the show and eventually win an Emmy award for their work. At the awards, Grandpa accepts his Emmy from Brooke Shields, but goes up to the podium and makes a rambling, anti-cartoon speech that gets him fired. Guest star: Brooke Shields as herself.moreless
  • Good show.

    This episode was very good. Bart and Lisa start writing shows for Itchy and Scratchy and putting their grandpa's name on them. Grandpa starts getting checks and etc. It is a very funny episode. This one has more of Grandpa in it, which is one of my fav. characters! I would like to see more episodes like this one! 9.0/10!
  • bart and lisa write itchy and scratchy cartoons under abe's name

    every kids dream: to work on a cartoon. well, bart and lisa do on this episode, writing hilarious sketches like Little Barbershop of Horrors for the cat and mouse team of scratchy and itchy to perform. this episode was clearly made for the jokes which is not a bad thing, especially when it comes to scenes such as bart, lisa and roger meyers walking along the same backdrop and abe's expression when he sees itchy and scratchy for the first time is priceless. i will end this review with one of my favourite quotes from the episode:

    Lisa: didn't you wonder why you were getting cheques for doing absolutely nothing?

    Abe: I figured that the democrats were back in power.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

Brooke Shields

Brooke Shields


Guest Star

Doris Grau

Doris Grau

Lunchlady Doris

Recurring Role

Maggie Roswell

Maggie Roswell

Maude Flanders, Helen Lovejoy, Miss Hoover, and others

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

  • 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.

    • Song: Hens Love Roosters
      Geese Love Ganders
      Everyone else loves Ned Flanders
      Homer: Not me!
      Everyone who counts loves Ned Flanders!
      Ned: Knock that off you two it's time for church!
      Rod: We're not going to church today!
      Ned: What? You give me one good reason!
      Todd: It's Saturday.
      Ned: Oakily doakily-doo!
      Song: Hens Love Roosters
      Geese Love Ganders
      Everyone else loves Ned Flanders

    • Dondelinger: Alright, here are your exams, fifty questions true or false.
      Homer: True.
      Dondelinger: Homer, I was just describing the test.
      Homer: True.
      Dondelinger: Look Homer, just take the test and you'll do fine.
      Homer: False.

    • Dondelinger: Now, I'm going to burn this donut to show you how many calories it has.
      Homer: NOOOOOOOOOOO!
      Dondelinger: The bright blue flame indicates this was a particularly sweet donut.
      Homer: This is not happening!

    • Roger Meyers, Jr.: Hey, how would you kids like a tour of the studio? Abe, are you coming?
      Grampa: Any stairs?
      Roger Meyers, Jr.: Just one.
      Grampa: Nuts to you.

    • Itchy & Scratchy Ending Theme: They fought, and bit, they fought and fought and bit, fought fought fought, bit bit bit, it was the Itchy & Scratchy show.

      Homer: Marge, I can't live with this shame anymore. I don't care what it takes. I'm going to overcome this. It'll be like that movie, you know, where that woman skiier fell off the mountain. I think it was called don't fall of the mountain.
      Marge: What's your point?
      Homer: I am going to ski! I mean graduate from high school.

    • Lisa: Grampa, how did you take off your underwear without taking off your pants?
      Grampa: I don't know!

    • Lisa's Brain: Poor predictable Bart. Always takes 'rock'.
      Bart's Brain: Good ol' 'rock'. Nuthin' beats that!
      Bart: Rock!
      Lisa: Paper.
      Bart: D'oh!

    • Homer's Brain: This is it, Homer. It's time to tell her the terrible secret from your past.
      Homer: Marge, I ate those fancy soaps you bought for the bathroom.
      Marge: Oh, my God!
      Homer's Brain: No, the other secret!
      Homer: Marge, I never graduated from High School.
      Marge: Well, that still doesn't explain why you ate my soap. Wait, maybe it does.

    • Krusty: Eh, I could pull a better cartoon out of my a...heheheh-hey! Whoa! Wasn't that great, kids?

    • Bart: What are you going to change your name to when you grow up?
      Lisa: Lois Sanborn.
      Bart: Steve Bennett.

    • Grampa: (Typing a letter) Dear Mr. President, there are too many states nowadays. Please eliminate three. I am not a crackpot.

    • Homer: Alright brain. You don't like me and I don't like you. But let's just do this and I can get back to killing you with beer
      Homer's Brain: It's a deal.

    • Bart: Didn't you wonder why you were getting checks for doing nothing?
      Grampa: I figured it was because the Demmie-crats were back in power.

    • Dondelinger: Welcome to Remedial Science 1A. My wife recently passed away. I thought that maybe teaching would ease my loneliness.
      Homer: Will this be on the test?
      Dondelinger: No!
      Homer: Ohhh. (Erases note from his cheat sheet)

  • 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.

    • The writers at I&S Studios are caricatured after the writers for "The Simpsons". The cartoon of Jon Vitti is the Harvard alumnus who gets fired by Roger Meyers, John Swartzwelder is the fairly overweight man on the chair eating a donut and drinking coffee, Al Jean is sitting in the chair in the middle of the room ("I wrote my thesis on life experience"), Mike Reiss is sitting on the sofa reading a newspaper, Sam Simon is smoking a cigar, Jeff Martin is blonde man pouring coffee, and George Meyer is sitting at a computer. Also, in "Itchy and Scratchy and Poochie Show", more Itchy and Scratchy (or Simpsons) writers are shown. The man in the blue shirt is Bill Oakley, the man with glasses next to him is Josh Weinstein, and the man with the beard and the squid on his shirt is David S. Cohen. The I&S writer's room where they all sit is taken from an actual photo of the Simpsons writing room. This information courtesy of writer Bill Oakley.


    • 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.

    • Stephen J. Cannell Productions
      The closing logo for I&S Productions is styled in the tradition of the Stephen J. Cannell Productions closing logo. The logo was seen on numerous TV shows during the 1970's and 1980's.

    • Lisa: That's as bad as the tastless "Itchy & Sambo" cartoons from the late '30's."
      In the 1930s, many cartoons featured black people as Al Jolson-style characters with large lips. 'Little Black Sambo' was an example of this kind of racist humor. The Internet Movie Database description reads (in part): "Mammy gives Little Black Sambo a quick scrub on the washboard, then pats him down with baby powder, black baby powder, before sending him off to play. She warns him about the tiger. "That ol' tiger sure do like dark meat!"
      Movies like The Jazz Singer and Check and Double Check also featured white actors in blackface.

    • Bobby: Dave's not here, man.
      At Homer's High School reunion, the class clown re-enacts the bit "Dave" (Or, "Dave's Not Here"), which was first released on the classic self-titled debut album from comedians Cheech & Chong. It was later part of the screenplay to Cheech & Chong's first film, Up In Smoke. Bobby also does impressions of Richard Nixon, and other shows and films.