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The Simpsons

Season 15 Episode 6

Today I am A Clown

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Dec 07, 2003 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Today I am A Clown
Maggie is locked in the bathroom and is eventually freed when Lisa goes against the norm and tries their rescue solution a second time. Then the family hears the doorbell. They find Dr. Hibbert at the door; it seems that SLH had impregnated his poodle and he turns over the puppies to the Simpson family and makes them their problem. Despite a book that says that Homer was taking SLH to be neutered, Homer was never able to complete the deed. They distribute the puppies. Lisa and Bart stop by Krusty's house and give him one of the puppies. Krusty takes the dog for a walk and finds that his star is not included on the Jewish walk of fame. He goes to complain and finds out that he was never Bar Mitzvah'd, which means he is technically not Jewish. Bart and Lisa take Krusty to see his father, who agrees to help Krusty achieve his goal. As Saturday is the Sabbath, Krusty gets Homer to replace his show on that day. Homer's replacement show is a talk show, with Moe, Lenny & Carl as his guest panelists. The replacement show becomes a success; meanwhile, Krusty works on learning his Jewish traditions. Homer's show has become so popular that the network decides to fire Krusty. Lisa wants Homer to put his power to good use. Krusty pitches the FOX network on a new show that covers his Bar Mitzvah. Meanwhile, Homer attempts to start covering topics based on Lisa's suggestions, but it becomes a ratings nightmare, resulting in his cancellation. Meanwhile on FOX, Krusty's Bar Mitzvah is a ratings bonanza, but the spectacle disappoints his father. Later at a real Jewish temple, Krusty has a real, almost serious, Bar Mitzvah.moreless

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  • Krusty recieves his bar mitzvah!

    Krusty's father returns when Krusty realizes that he never had a Bar Mitzvah.

    Yet another episode that does not recieve enough credit for how good this really is. The idea of Homer as a talk show host was hilarious. I loved all of the jokes about the Jewish Religion, and upon first glance Mr. T seemed like a pointless guest star, but he turned out to be funny and really made the episode that much better. So far, season 15 has been gold. Let's hope that the Simpsons keep going with this wonderful season. Anyway a must see episode. Amoreless
  • Brilliant absolutely brilliant episode about Krusty and the Jewish religion.

    While walking his new puppy down the Jewish Walk Of Fame, Krusty notices his name doesn't appear and sets out to change this. The curator tells him that since he never had a Bar Mitzvah he is not officially Jewish. Lisa recommends Krusty ask his father, Rabbi Krustofsky, why he never had one, to which he says he didn't want him making a mockery out of it. With the Rabbi's help, Krusty learns the Jewish lifestyle while Homer is hired as a fill-in host on his show. Homer and his friends breathe a refreshing change that viewers have wanted and the network cancels Krusty's show. Krusty turns to FOX to broadcast his Bar Mitzvah and they accept. When Lisa convinces Homer to talk about issues that matter on his show, ratings take a nosedive and people tune into Krusty's celebration. The Rabbi is still unimpressed with the mockery of a presentation so Krusty asks for a real Bar Mitzvah in a temple to please his dad.moreless
  • One of the worst Krusty episodes. Not too bad, but I expected more.

    Hmm... this seems to be the Season for average episodes. In fact for a Krusty episode, this was pretty poor. There was some good Jewish satire and well placed emotion, but overall, the episode wasn't very funny.

    The opening scenes were probably the worst of the episode. They weren't bad, but Santa's Little Helper having puppies was a repeated storyline - even Lisa pointing it out was a repeated storyline too: remember Comic Book Guy in Saddlesore Galactica? That said, the appearance of the Complete Guide book was probably the only funny thing in this part of the episode.

    The episode took a while to get going, and even when it did, the main parts (Krusty and his bar mitzvah) did not provide enough laughs to keep me entertained. The sub-plot, Homer taking over Krusty's show, was funnier for me than the main story - which, in a Krusty episode, should not be.

  • Homer gets another job: Talk Show Host

    Nearly all Krusty episodes are fantastic and hilarious but Today I Am A Klown didn't have the spark that most of these episodes usually do. Homer's talk show, however, brought the rating up because his performance is hilarious, continuously replacing his cast members and the fact that he lets his kids make decisions for him (and Lisa's decision ruining his career) was a great section of the episode. However, Krusty not being a real jew wasn't a very funny plotline though the crossword clue for Krusty (unfunny clown) really points out what Krusty is - the simpsons character that tries so hard to be funny, fails and that's what makes us laugh. overall, the main plot wasn't very funny.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

Mr. T

Mr. T


Guest Star

Jackie Mason

Jackie Mason

Rabbi Hyman Krustofski

Guest Star

Tress MacNeille

Tress MacNeille

Agnes Skinner, Brandine Del Roy, Dolph and others

Recurring Role

Karl Wiedergott

Karl Wiedergott

Additional Voices

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (7)

    • In the opening credits the saxophone Lisa plays in the school band is bigger, and a different color. (White with pinkish keys.)

    • When this episode originally aired, Krusty said that he could barely get through one show on Friday, even when he…then he made a sniffing gesture, implying that he used cocaine to get through the day. The reference to drug used has since been cut in subsequent airings.

    • Even the fact that Homer replaced Lenny several times, the mug still said "Lenny".

    • When Krusty comes out of the office of the Jewish Walk of Fame, the Jewish Walk of Fame is on the doors, but, it wasn't there when Krusty came in.

    • In the Itchy and Scratchy episode "A Briss Before Dying", young Itchy rips out Scratchy's eyeballs and throws them away. Awhile later when Itchy collects Scratchy's remains and grinds them in the grinder, Scratchy's eyes come back.

    • When Homer's show gets cancelled and the family is in the parking lot, Homer's pants aren't blue, they are a pinkish color

    • The DVS announcer says that the blackboard gag is "I will not Xerox my butt".

  • QUOTES (16)

    • Krusty: I just found out I'm not Jewish! I got turned down by all those country clubs for nothing!

    • Krusty: Now I know the reason my life is so empty… I never had a bar mitzvah.
      Bart: Cheer up Krusty! You're a clue in the People magazine crossword puzzle. (holds up the magazine, with the clue reading 'Unfunny Clown') What more can a man want?

    • Bart: How do you know all this stuff?
      Lisa: I have a Jewish imaginary friend. Her name is Rachel Cohen and she just got into Brandeis.

    • Homer: Who has more power? Miss America or Miss USA?
      Carl: I think one's elected, and the other one's appointed.

    • Jeremy: Krusty, we've got some bad news. We think you're super talented…
      Krusty: Oh God, you're cancelling me!!!
      Jeremy: Krusty, Krusty… TV is a fickle business. You've had a good run, but Homer Simpson's a fresh face and you…
      Diane: You're not doing this fast enough! You're fired too!
      Jeremy: I'm… Nooo! (runs to Krusty and they start sobbing in each other's arms)

    • Mr. T: Time for me to get into character. (Mr. T music plays as he opens a suitcase full of different hair. He then puts his normal hair in there, grabs a new one, pulls some hair down a little bit to look Jewish and takes a scroll) LET'S SCROLL!

    • (while flipping through TV channels)
      Krusty: Seen it, bad, boring, saw it on the plane, rerun, rerun, Telemundo, me, turned it down, ABC, banned from the set, lame, lame, Regis…

    • Krusty: (pitching show ideas to Fox) How about one where I move in with a poor family, and laugh at 'em! You see, be… (Fox executive looks interested briefly) Okay, how about you televise my bar mitzvah! Live! Please you people are known for taking chances on crap!!!

    • (at Krusty's bar mitzvah)
      Homer: I'm hungry. Are they married yet?
      Marge: They're not getting married!
      Homer: Then whose garter is this?
      Patty: I was trying to hit the dentist.

    • (singing on his way to the bathroom)
      Homer: Do do do do do do do do do do do. Time to whiz in a foaming bowl of china.

    • The Beach Boys Jewish Song Lyrics:

      Mezuzah, Menorah, read it from the Torah.
      Pastrami, knishes, on two sets of dishes
      A church with, no steeple for God's chosen people.

    • Rabbi: And pork is strictly forbidden!
      Krusty: Uh oh… (tosses his roll with a piglets head in it aside) All these rules, I feel like I'm in a strip club!

    • (Lisa opens the door and picks up Maggie)
      Marge: (gasps) How did you get her out?
      Lisa: I tried the coat hanger again. I don't understand why we only try ideas once.

    • (the doorbell rings)
      Homer: The door? Now I'll never get to pee…

    • Chief Wiggum: Simpson, I hate to bother you when you're eating. But you're always eating.

    • (a bottle of Pepto-Bismol falls in the bathroom that Maggie's stuck inside and flows under the door)
      Homer: Oh God, it's baby blood!

  • NOTES (9)

    • The episode won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Voice-Over Performance - Dan Castellaneta.

    • This episode was nominated for the 2005 WGA Award (TV) for Animation.

    • In the episode "Helter Shelter", Homer is upset that 1895 is too late to save Lincoln and too early to save Kennedy, and in this episode he fantasizes about doing both.

    • Mr. T also appeared on the episode of the Stonecutters called "Homer the Great". However, this is the only time Mr. T performs.

    • The book Lisa uses to reference SLH's previous puppies is "The Simpsons: A Complete Guide to Everyone's Favorite Family," which chronicles the first eight seasons of the series.

    • Itchy & Scratchy: "A Briss Before Dying"
      Scratchy reads the Torah to a baby Itchy and prepares for the circumcision. Itchy gains the upper hand when he pokes out Scratchy's eyes. He grabs the knife from the stunned cat and quickly cuts the feline into bits. Itchy scoops Scratchy's into a fine, ash-like substance and fires him into a glass chalice. Itchy wraps up the chalice and crushes it, with a family of Itchys cheering.

    • Lisa encouraging Homer to use his position of power in TV to benefit society destroyed the show. In Season 6's "Homer the Great", Lisa also encouraged Homer to use his position of power in the Stonecutters to help improve society, which ultimately led to the destruction of the club.

    • Santa's Little Helper also fathered puppies in "Two Dozen and One Greyhounds".

    • Blackboard Joke: Over forty & single is not funny.
      Couch Gag: A la Batman the couch is replaced by a series of poles with each family member's name on a pole. They slide down the poles and land on the couch, each clad in various "Bat Attire." Homer as Batman, Marge as Catwoman, Lisa and Maggie as Batgirls, and Bart as Robin.

  • ALLUSIONS (12)

    • Doggie Porn
      The titles at the adult theater for dogs are: "Behind The Doggie Door", "Long Dog Silver" and "On Golden Retriever". They spoof Behind the Green Door (an adult movie), Long Dong Silver (an adult movie actor) and On Golden Pond, or its porno equivalent, On Golden Blonde.

    • There's a store called L.L. Beanie in Krusty's old neighborhood, which is a spoof of the store L.L. Bean that started in Maine.

    • Homer's roundtable talk show spoofs ABC's The View, where Meredith Vieira, Barbara Walters and others sit around and talk.

    • Krusty bemoans not having his star on the Jewish Walk of Fame, which spoofs the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

    • The Beach Boys sing a Jewish version of "Kokomo," their big comeback hit from 1988.

    • Krusty: How about you put me in a family of poor people, and I laugh at them?
      This spoofs Fox's recent reality show, "The Simple Life", in which good friends Nicole Richie and Paris Hilton spend five weeks in an Arkansas farm. However, they're more used to the life of luxury.

    • :
      The scene in the bathroom where Maggie is bouncing the ball of the wall (door) is reminiscent of the scenes in the 1963 film "The Great Escape," where Steve McQueen passed the time when he was locked up in the cooler by bouncing a baseball against the wall.

    • Krusty's Agent: The ratings were good. Raymond rerun good.
      He is refering to the hit CBS sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond.

    • Lisa: It says here...
      At the beginning, Lisa verifies from a book that they neutered Santa's Little Helper when he first had puppies ([2F18] "Two Dozen & One Greyhounds"). The book Lisa has, "The Simpsons: A Complete Guide to Our Favorite Family," is a real book with information on every episode of The Simpsons from Seasons 1-8. Side Note: They have newer editions for seasons 9-10 & 11-12, with a 13-14 soon on the way.

    • Krusty: How about a show where girls think I'm a millionaire. But what they don't know is I'm rife with disease.
      Krusty pitches this idea to the FOX executives. The idea spoofs the FOX reality show Joe Millionaire, in which a group of girls are told that the man they are competing for is a millionaire, but in reality, he has no money.

    • The Itchy and Scratchy Show episode title "A Briss Before Dying" is a spoof on the title of the 1956 film A Kiss Before Dying, which is an adaptation of the 1953 Ira Levin novel.

    • The episode's opening music is "Ring of Fire," paying homage to the recently deceased Johnny Cash. "The Man in Black" had a major country and pop hit with "Ring of Fire" in 1963. Cash was also a guest voice in the episode "El Viaje Misterioso de Nuestro Jomer (The Mysterious Voyage of Homer)."