The Simpsons

Season 9 Episode 15

The Last Temptation of Krust

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Feb 22, 1998 on FOX
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The Last Temptation of Krust
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After Krusty bombs at a stand-up comedy charity event, he decides to revamp his tired old routine.

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  • this was a good ep

    8.5
    in this ep of the show the simpsons krusty is having a hard time getting viewers becasue he realizes he is no longer young and hip and saying things that are going to make todays people laugh. and so he tries to get that young hip feeling going again by turning to todays comiedans and he feels he should stick with his old stuff again .and bart tries to help him along with some of the big names in the comedy business on late nights. this was a good ep it had some funny moments i thought which were greatmoreless
  • Last Temptation of Krust

    10
    Krusty realizes he is not a funny comedian after a failed stand-up routine. So he decides to give up show business forever. But soon he starts becoming more famous due to his nature about telling it like it is. Soon two people who sell Canyenaro's want him to endorse it. He refuses, but soon he caves in, realizing he is a sellout and not a comedian. He offers to give Bart a ride home and the ending is like an advertisement for a Canenyaro.



    I hated this episode first time I saw it, but it is more tolerable now. Grade: Amoreless
  • What's the deal with....the 9th season of The Simpsons? There hasn't been one poor episode.

    8.5
    In this one; following a humiliating attempt at stand-up comedy Krusty the Clown tries to update his almost prehistoric comedy routine with the help of Bart and a crudely drawn Jay Leno. After tapping into his inner-cynic and boosting his credibility as a comic he soon faces the tempation of resorting to his old "sell-out" ways when some executives offer him a big car contract. This episode is one of not too many Simpsons episodes which features one extensive story as opposed to various sub-plots. As far as not wasting material goes, this is a very clever move and perhaps if someone went back in time and told the writers that the show would eventually reach 400 episodes and span over 20 years, they would not waste so many good concepts to fill out singular episodes. That is one of various innovations this episode features thanks to former writer Donnick Cary; others are the use of more deadpan and satirical humour as opposed to overt "Simpson" gags as well as the story having a proper development all the way through rather than whitewashing it to cartoon standards. It is never clear if the episode is painting Jay Leno in a positive or negative light. On one hand he clearly has the status of a successful and talented comedian in the episode but at the same time, many cheap shots in this episode are directed at him and not to mention to character design on Leno which is reminiscent of kids drawing insulting sketches of their teachers on the back page of their notebooks. However with all the bad press Leno is receiving lately, i'm inclined to believe that the writers are treating this great man with respect. The visuals of the episode are at their best with the 9th season being one of the first indicators of just how strongly the animation has improved and by the 21st season; the only way the show could improve any more visually was through CGI. The Krusty's bender and mock car commerical sequences also exhibit some smart direction. In addition to the guest voice by the King of Late Night; Steven Wright, Hank Williams Jr and that black-haired female comedian who played Jerry's fiancee in one episode of Seinfeld (i can't spell her first or last name, sorry) also guest star in this episode. An interesting point is just how similar Wright sounds to Simpson actor Dan Castellaneta and similarly how much Williams sounds like Harry Shearer to the point where i needed to check the credits to be sure they were indeed the real thing. This fine installment features a witty take on comedy club culture combined with an amusing plot featuring the always entertaining Krusty. Special mention goes to the Canyonero segment at the end.moreless
  • Krusty realizes he is a sell out not a comedian.

    8.5
    This episode was so great just based on all of the great guest stars like Jay Leno. It had some good jokes here and there and all in all it was funny. My favorite part is when Marge flips out on Homer and yells, "Knock it off Homer, everyone knows your the fattest one in the car!" Although I did like the way Krusty learned that he is not good at comedy, but all he is good at is selling out. Krusty is one of the best characters on the show, and it was great to see another episode devoted souly to him.moreless
  • Krusty goes off the air for the billionth time

    7.0
    Hmm, how many times has Krusty gone off the air? I can recall atleast 4 times. Why is that? Aren't there any other ways to present this rather annoying character in the Simpson's universe? Just like sideshow Bob, Krusty is getting the same storyline over and over again. THere is one thing I really like about this episode, and it is the new, radical and subversive Krusty we get to see. He is less colorful and annoying and at the same time he starts to make interesting jokes, jokes for the smart. Not a bad episode but not very good either.moreless
Julie Kavner

Julie Kavner

Marge Simpson, Patty Bouvier, and Selma Bouvier

Harry Shearer

Harry Shearer

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

Dan Castellaneta

Dan Castellaneta

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

Nancy Cartwright

Nancy Cartwright

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

Yeardley Smith

Yeardley Smith

Lisa Simpson

Hank Azaria

Hank Azaria

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

Bruce Baum

Bruce Baum

Himself

Guest Star

Janeane Garofalo

Janeane Garofalo

Herself

Guest Star

Bobcat Goldthwait

Bobcat Goldthwait

Himself

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Marcia Wallace

Marcia Wallace

Mrs. Krabappel

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Tress MacNeille

Tress MacNeille

Agnes Skinner, Brandine Del Roy, Dolph and others

Recurring Role

Maggie Roswell

Maggie Roswell

Maude Flanders, Helen Lovejoy, Miss Hoover, and others

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • At the mall, when Marge talk about the bird Homer use to
      argue with, we see the bird, and it's green and red, in the
      next scene, we see it in the background ("if it isn't
      professor know-it-all"), but this time it's entirely red.
      The next time we see it, after Bart makes Gil bend down to
      try some shoes on Bart, we see it again, this time, it's
      green and red.

  • QUOTES (25)

    • Krusty: So this afternoon two suits come up to me and ask me to endorse a new sports utility vehicle.
      Crowd gasps
      Homer: Don't you hate pants?!!

    • Agnes: Oh you're burning it all wrong Seymour.
      Principle Skinner: It's my allowance mother; I'll burn it however I want.

    • Bart: I don't get it, Krusty. You said you would never be a shill again!
      Krusty: Me, I learned something about myself today. It ain't comedy that's in my blood. It's selling out.

    • Homer: Heh heh heh, from now on, I'm gonna be just like Krusty and tell it like it is. Marge, you're getting a little fat around the old thighs!
      Bart: Dad!
      Homer: You too, Bart!
      Marge: Oh, knock it off, Homer; you're the fattest one in the car!
      Homer: (shocked) You didn't have to tell it like it is, Marge!

    • Exec 1: Wow… they're hanging on his every word! Are you thinking what I'm thinking?
      Exec 2: I hope so… (puts his hand on his colleague's)
      Exec 1: I thought I made myself clear in Boston.

    • (Marge and Homer enter Moe's)
      Marge: Four drink minimum?
      Homer: I'll cover ya, honey.

    • Krusty: Last night's comedy benefit delivered wall-to-wall laughs without exception… Phew! The only exception was the dated humor of Springfield's green haired, red-nosed hack… (turns pages) Yeah yeah yeah… Krusty the Clown! Ohhhhh…

    • Guy: Five minutes, Krusty.
      Krusty: Oh, I ain't going back out there.
      Guy: No, five minutes to get your stuff and get out!

    • Janeane Garofalo: I got my period today.
      Marge: (Spits out drink in shock) Good lord!
      Janeane Garofalo: Plus got a new boyfriend, and you know how it is when you're kissing a guy with a tongue stud.
      Homer: (laughing hysterically) Yes! Yes! Oh God, yes!

    • Bart: Yeah, excuse me, I'm looking for somebody called.. Jay Leno.
      Jay Leno: Somebody wanna get this kid a TV?
      Bart: Wow, thanks, mister!

    • Lisa: Mom, these are at least two sizes two big!
      Marge: Perfect, you'll grow into them!
      Bart: When?
      Marge: Ooh, you're both way overdue for a spurt.

    • Marge: They need a good, stiff, all-purpose dress shoe. Something for church, but also for doctors appointments, dental checkups, piano recitals, building dedications, visiting elderly relatives, haircuts, and shoe shopping!
      Gil: Well, we have a brown shoe.
      Marge: You hear that kids, brown!

    • Marge: Oh, look! This is the perfect chance to get you kids some nice church shoes!
      (Bart and Lisa sigh)
      Bart: What do we need church shoes for, Jesus wore sandals.
      Homer: Well, maybe if he had better arch support they wouldn't have caught him.

    • Lenny: I brought a bag of money in case he wants us to burn it again.
      Homer: I hope he tells us to burn our pants. These are driving me nuts!

    • Krusty: Have you ever noticed how there are two phone books? A white one and a yellow one? What's the deal with that?
      Lisa: One's residential, the other is business.
      Krusty: Well, that...makes sense. What'll they think of next? Blue pages?
      Marge: They have those. They're Government listings.
      Krusty: I see.

    • Bart: And then of course there's mom, who sounds something like this: "Eat your vegetables," "Take a sweater," "I don't think that's a good idea," "Hmmmm."
      Homer: (Laughs) Take that Marge!

    • Krusty: Ah! Ah! That burns! What the hell's on those things?
      Bart: Here, quick, use my Krusty eye wash!
      Krusty: No! Not on your life!

    • Todd: Wow! A Clown...do you think he's evil?
      Rod: He smells evil.
      Todd: Should we tell daddy?
      Rod: No, let's poke him a little while longer.
      Bart: Hey, get away from him, you little freaks!
      Todd/Rod: Eeeeeeeeeeeee!

    • Comedian: I finally got around to reading the dictionary...turns out the Zebra did it!
      (The crowd laughs)
      Homer: I don't get it.
      Lisa: Dad, the Zebra didn't do it, its just a word at the end of the dictionary.
      Homer: I still don't get it.
      Lisa: It's just a joke.
      Homer: Oooh! I get it! I get jokes. (Laughs)

    • Man: Excuse me sir, do you like to laugh?
      Dr. Hibbert: Well...only if something tickles me just right.
      (He then proceeds to laugh for about 10 seconds)

    • Gil: D'ouh…would you mind lacing them up kid I have a bad back.
      Bart: Hey, if you didn't wanna tie shoes, you shouldn't have become a shoe salesman.
      (Gil bends over and his back makes loud cracking noises)

    • The "Canyonero" Jingle:
      Can you name the truck with the four-wheel drive?
      Smells like a steak and seats thirty-five!
      Canyonero! Canyonero!
      Well, it goes real slow with the hammer down,
      It's the country-fried truck endorsed by a clown!
      Canyonero! Canyonero!
      Hey, hey!
      Twelve yards long, two lanes wide,
      sixty-five tons of American pride!
      Canyonero! Canyonero!
      Top of the line in utility sports,
      Unexplained fires are a matter for the courts!
      Canyonero! Canyonero!
      She blinds everybody with her super high-beams,
      She's a squirrel-squashin', deer-smackin' drivin' machine.
      Canyonero! Canyonero! Canyonero!
      Whoa, Canyonero! Whoa!

    • (Homer walks into the bathroom about to take a pee)
      Bart: Dad!
      Homer: Whoops, sorry, son. I didn't know you, Jay Leno and a monkey were bathing a clown!
      Krusty: Well, they are, so make with the loofah, or get out of here!

    • Bart: Oh, these tangles are just impossible!
      (Everyone looks at him.)
      Bart: Well, they are!

    • Bart: Ew, what were you drinking, gasoline?
      Krusty: Yes, I was drinking gasoline, Mother!

  • NOTES (3)

    • The bars Krusty visits are The Gutter Room, Blottos, and The Bloated Liver.

    • Blackboard Joke: Pain is not the cleanser.
      Couch Gag: The couch is a trough filled with water. The family comes in with their butts on fire, sit in the trough, and breathe a sigh of relief as the fires are extinguished.

    • When Krusty gives his revamped monologue, he is groomed like George Carlin, pony tail and all.

  • ALLUSIONS (4)

    • Star Wars
      Jay Leno and Krusty are talking in a coffee shop called Java the Hut, a play on the name of the Star Wars character Jabba the Hutt.

    • Krusty: You got some big-chinned schlub reading typos from the Palookaville Post! Here's a headline for you! Nobody cares!

      This is a reference to Jay Leno's weekly "Headlines" feature on the "Tonight Show."

    • In making his retirement speech, Krusty cites the 1896 poem To An Athlete Dying Young by A. E. Housman.

    • The episode title parodies the title of the 1988 film The Last Temptation of Christ.

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