Episode - 8F05\\
First Aired - 10/24/1991
In the second (and last) episode directed by Creator/BradBird, Krusty the Clown has dinner with the Simpsons as a "thank you" for Bart clearing Krusty's name (as seen in the season one episode "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS1E12KrustyGetsBusted Krusty Gets Busted]]"), but the laughs turn to tears when Krusty's Hebrew blessing brings back memories of growing up with a rabbi father who disowned him after finding out his son wanted to be in showbiz. And when Krusty's personal life begins affecting his career, it's up to Bart and Lisa to track down Krusty's father and make amends.
!!This episode contains examples of:
* BerserkButton: Rabbi Krustofski hates it when someone keeps calling him and doesn't say anything and just hangs up. It was his son, Krusty, trying to call him but chickens out.
* BillyElliotPlot: Krusty's father doesn't want his son to be an actor and, as a result, the two are estranged from each other.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: Bart takes Rabbi Krustofski's impassioned declaration [[IHaveNoSon that he has no son]] a bit too literally.
-->'''Bart''': Oh great. We came all this way and it's the wrong guy.\\
'''Krustofski''': ''[opens door]'' I didn't mean that literally! ''[slams door again]''
* CulturalTranslation: In one scene, Lisa names several Jewish entertainers and concludes with Creator/MelBrooks, whom Homer ironically never suspected to be Jewish. In the Portugese version, Lisa names Creator/WoodyAllen, rather than Brooks.
* ContinuityNod: To "Krusty Gets Busted".
* CreatorBreakdown: InUniverse example. The day after Bart's dinner, Krusty breaks down during his show after an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheItchyAndScratchyShow'' that depicts the duo playing with their children.
-->'''Krusty:''' (as his eyes slowly get redder and redder) Didn't Itchy Jr. look happy playing with his father? And didn't Scratchy Jr. look happy playing with his dad until they got run over by a thresher? Wasn't that a beautiful cartoon? ''[breaks down sobbing]'' Ah, for the love of God, cut to a commercial!
* DudeWheresMyRespect: Krusty keeps cancelling his dinner appointments with Bart, despite the boy helping him out several times in the past. Bart feels disillusioned about being rejected again and again and sends back his "Krusty Buddy" badge in disgust. This motivates Krusty's secretary to force Krusty into going anyway.
* EskimosArentReal: Rabbi Krustofski didn't know about Jewish comedians until Bart told him about them, which inspires him to reconcile with Krusty. A bit [[JustifiedTrope justified]], since [[FantasyForbiddingFather he initially didn't believe that comedy was a worthwhile career choice]].
* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys: When Krusty is told he doesn't have to be "in-character" at Bart's dinner, he tells a monkey on roller skates (who may or may not be Mr. Teeny) to wait in the car, much to Homer's disappointment.
* [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff The French Love Krusty]]: Implied InUniverse when Bart and Lisa trick Krusty into going to the meeting they arranged between him and his father by saying that the French government wants to induct him into the French Legion of Honor.
* IHaveNoSon: Provides the page quote.
* InelegantBlubbering: After showing a father-son-themed ''Itchy & Scratchy'' short, Krusty breaks down sobbing live on TV and begs the channel to cut to a commercial. Bart and Lisa see this and try to do all they can to reunite Krusty with his father.
* InherentlyFunnyWords: Homer's reaction to Krusty's bracha.
-->'''Krusty:''' Baruch atah adonai / eloheinu, melech ha'olam / hamotzi lechem min ha'aretz.\\
'''Homer:''' ''(giggles)'' He's talking funny talk!
* ManHug: Krusty and Rabbi Krustofski have one when they finally reunite at the end of the episode. Especially heartwarming since it's the first time in twenty-five years they've seen or spoken to each other.
* MissedHimByThatMuch: Rabbi Krustofski leaves the restaurant moments before Krusty arrives, thinking he's meeting the President of France.
* MissingMom: Krusty's mother is not seen or mentioned at all and flashbacks only depict Krusty with his father.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: After Bart and Lisa finally convince Rabbi Krustofski to reconcile with Krusty, he has one of these, lamenting all the times of joy that he has lost because of his stubbornness. It's so bad he's practically crying, causing Lisa to console him and tell him that it's not too late to reconcile with Krusty.
* PieInTheFace: Rabbi Krustofski gives Krusty one in the end.
* QuoteToQuoteCombat: Between Bart (with Lisa's assistance) and Krusty's father.
* RecognitionFailure: Homer finds the idea of a "Jewish entertainer" ludicrous. Lisa then names several entertainers who are Jewish: Creator/LaurenBacall, Dinah Shore, Creator/WilliamShatner and Creator/MelBrooks. Out of all these names its ironically the last one that surprises Homer: "Mel Brooks is Jewish!?!" (in the Portuguese dub, "Mel Brooks" was replaced with "Creator/WoodyAllen").
* RepeatingSoTheAudienceCanHear: "What? Saul Bellow? The Nobel prize-winning Jewish novelist? He wants to have lunch with me?"/"The French government wants to give ''me'' the Legion of Honor?"
* TheReveal: This was the first episode in which Krusty is identified as being Jewish.
* SadClown: Krusty, a very literal example. He's reduced to tears twice over the course of the episode due to thinking about his estranged father, the second time on live TV, and towards the end of the episode, he is so depressed he can barely get through his act.
* SandInMyEyes: Moe when he sees Krusty and Rabbi Krustofski sing "O Mein Papa" on TV post-reconciliation.
* ShaveAndAHaircut: Krusty marks his entrance at Bart's dinner this way.
-->'''Homer:''' [[ComicallyMissingThePoint You think it's him?]]
** Photos of Krusty with Music/TheBeatles and Creator/AlfredHitchcock can be seen.
** The Springfield-X porno movie marquee shows films like "For Your Thighs Only" (reference to ''Film/ForYourEyesOnly''), "Crocodile Done Me" (''Film/CrocodileDundee'') and "Doctor Strangepants" (''Film/DrStrangelove'').
** Krusty plays the "Concert For Bangladesh" record while he's at the Simpsons' home.
** When Krusty arrives at the restaurant, thinking he'll be given the Legion of Honor, he says: "Fifty million Frenchmen can't be wrong", which is a reference to a 1927 song of that title, written by Willie Raskin, Billy Rose and Fred Fisher.
** At the end of the first Krusty show, Krusty tugs on his ear similar to the way Creator/CarolBurnett did at the end of her shows to say "Hi" to her grandmother who raised her.
** Krusty and his father sing "O Mein Papa".
* ShownTheirWork: The portion of the episode where characters quote the Bible in support or opposition of clowning were carefully researched. Cited passages from the Bible include Exodus 20:12 and Joshua 1:8. The quotations from the Talmud were also researched, and two rabbis, Lavi Meier and Harold M. Schulweis, were credited as "special technical consultants". Schulweis was asked to take a look at a draft of the script. While not a fan of the show, he felt "it was profound" and added some corrections. He later commented, "I thought it had a Jewish resonance to it. I was impressed by the underlying moral seriousness."
* SmokingIsNotCool: Rabbi Krustofski disapproves of Krusty smoking because he calls it a filthy habit. Krusty's reaction causes the two to recognize each other.
* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: This episode is one of the more dramatic ones, and is one of many of the early episodes where Bart and Lisa work together to do something that would be more suited for adults/is too dangerous for kids. This is also one of the earliest episodes centric to a character outside the Simpson family, along with "Two Cars in Every Garage and Three Eyes on Every Fish" and "Principal Charming".
* SpecialGuest: Jackie Mason as Rabbi Krustofski
* SplitScreenPhoneCall: Near the beginning, Krusty dials a sex party hotline, but when the screen splits, the sections are all filled with men.
-->'''Apu:''' This is not as hot a party as I anticipated.
* TimeMarchesOn: Rabbi Krustofski goes to a restaurant thinking he'll meet Creator/SaulBellow and Krusty because of President François Mitterand. Both celebrities are now deceased.
* WholePlotReference: To ''Film/TheJazzSinger''. Krustofski even says Krusty being a jazz singer wouldn't have been too bad.