History Recap / TheSimpsonsS8E14TheItchyAndScratchyAndPoochieShow

3rd Apr '17 10:33:47 PM RAVasquez1967
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** Also, he forgot to ask for any money.
5th Mar '17 4:28:10 PM JamesAustin
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* TakeThat and BitingTheHandHumor: The entire episode is a burn against TV executives who use cheap gimmicks to keep long-running shows fresh (including putting in committee-created "cool" characters, like Poochie and the Simpsons' unexplained house guest Roy) and the fans who complain when shows either change their dynamic or start to go stale.
** Roy in particular was an explicit reference to Fox at one point having tried to convince the Simpsons writers to add a new character living with the family to "spice up the show".

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* TakeThat and BitingTheHandHumor: The entire episode is a burn against TV executives who use cheap gimmicks to keep long-running shows fresh (including putting in committee-created "cool" characters, like Poochie and the Simpsons' unexplained house guest Roy) and the fans who complain when shows either change their dynamic or start to go stale. \n** Roy in particular was an explicit reference to Fox at one point having tried to convince the Simpsons writers to add a new character living with the family to "spice up the show".


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* TookTheBadFilmSeriously: In-universe example. Homer tried as hard as he could to make Poochie work, but sadly he just had nothing to work with and the character had already earned everyone's hatred.
28th Feb '17 11:34:59 AM speedyboris
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* GeorgeJetsonJobSecurity:
--> '''Writer''': Excuse me, but "proactive" and "paradigm": Aren't these just buzzwords that dumb people use to sound important? Not that I'm accusing you of anything like that. I'm fired, aren't I?\\
'''Roger Meyers''': Oh, yes.
10th Feb '17 3:55:00 AM Morgenthaler
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''TheItchyAndScratchyShow'' is in a crisis of quality, after Roger Meyers sees a slight drop-off in ratings and Bart and Lisa admit that the show is getting a bit stale, so the writers create a new character (a dog named Poochie) and hire Homer Simpson to be the voice actor. But when Poochie's in-your-face, TotallyRadical style makes the show worse, Homer must do what he can to save the new guy.

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''TheItchyAndScratchyShow'' ''WesternAnimation/TheItchyAndScratchyShow'' is in a crisis of quality, after Roger Meyers sees a slight drop-off in ratings and Bart and Lisa admit that the show is getting a bit stale, so the writers create a new character (a dog named Poochie) and hire Homer Simpson to be the voice actor. But when Poochie's in-your-face, TotallyRadical style makes the show worse, Homer must do what he can to save the new guy.
14th Jan '17 7:08:39 PM The_Glorious_SOB
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** When Bart and Lisa learn throung the newspaper that a new character named Poochie is going to be added to ''The Itchy & Scratchy Show'':

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** When Bart and Lisa learn throung through the newspaper that a new character named Poochie is going to be added to ''The Itchy & Scratchy Show'':
4th Nov '16 4:31:48 PM JM1982
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* SelfDepreciation: The show's writers rip on the hardcore fans and the network, but they don't let themselves off any easier. The ''Itchy And Scratchy'' writers are {{Ink Suit Actor}}s of the real-life writers, and are depicted as lazy and inept. Marge even {{Lampshades}} that it's their fault the Poochie character sucks so much:

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* SelfDepreciation: SelfDeprecation: The show's writers rip on the hardcore fans and the network, but they don't let themselves off any easier. The ''Itchy And Scratchy'' writers are {{Ink Suit Actor}}s of the real-life writers, and are depicted as lazy and inept. Marge even {{Lampshades}} that it's their fault the Poochie character sucks so much:
4th Nov '16 4:31:11 PM JM1982
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* SelfDepreciation: The show's writers rip on the hardcore fans and the network, but they don't let themselves off any easier. The ''Itchy And Scratchy'' writers are {{Ink Suit Actor}}s of the real-life writers, and are depicted as lazy and inept. Marge even {{Lampshades}} that it's their fault the Poochie character sucks so much:
-->'''Marge''': It's not your fault, Homer. It's those lousy writers. They make me madder than a...yak in heat!
16th Sep '16 2:53:25 PM Ezclee4050
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* GratuitousRap: How Poochie introduces himself.


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* WritersCannotDoMath: Invoked in-universe. In his rap Poochie says he's "Half [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe_Camel Joe Camel]] and a third [[Series/HappyDays Fonzarelli]]." Which only adds up to 83.3 percent.
29th Aug '16 2:25:54 PM spasskysteve
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* ShoutOut: During the final hyping of Poochie's debut, Krusty cites the 1969 and 1971 moon landings as the only other TV events that left a lasting impact of American culture. As he makes this speech, photos of Neil Armstrong and Alan Shepard on the moon are displayed behind him.
25th Jul '16 1:01:32 AM Nakayama90
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* TheScrappy: The InUniverse treatment Poochie gets.
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