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Recap: The Simpsons S 2 E 9 Itchy And Scratchy And Marge
Episode - 7F09
First Aired - 12/20/1990

Marge leads a protest against The Itchy & Scratchy Show after Maggie whacks Homer on the head with a mallet, but viewer interest drops when the Itchy and Scratchy cartoons become Lighter and Softer and Marge gets branded a hypocrite when her anti-TV violence group wants to go after Michaelangelo's David for depicting male frontal nudity.

Tropes:

  • Actually Pretty Funny: Despite the supposed abuse he suffered due to the show, Homer can't help tittering at Itchy and Scratchy himself.
  • Amusing Injuries: Itchy & Scratchy are considered to be a funny, amusing cartoon by most viewers. Only when Marge actually sits down to watch the episodes she notices what most sane people in Real Life would immediately say: that these graphically violent cartoons are totally unsuitable for young children.
  • Curse Cut Short: A version, with Roger Meyers' letter to Marge (see Getting Crap Past the Radar).
  • Enemy Mine: Itchy and Scratchy break from their feud to brutalize a nagging blue haired squirrel, even happily shaking hands afterwards.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: The penis of David's statue can clearly been seen (though later scenes do use scenery censors and creative camera work to block his crotch).
    • At the end of the first act, Roger Meyers Jr. dictates a letter to Marge. He says, "So let me close by saying—" which abruptly cuts to Marge reacting to the letter: "...And the horse I rode in on?" Of course, the full version of that quote would be, "Fuck you, and the horse you rode in on."
  • Jerkass: The chairman of the Itchy and Scratchy franchise, Roger Meyers Jr, pretty much pivots Marge's tirade against the show by responding to her letter with a blunt, vulgar insult.
  • Kent Brockman News: Kent makes no attempt to hide his own viewpoint while hosting a debate on cartoon violence.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven: The music from his "Pastorale Symphony" can be heard when the children play outside.
  • Moral Guardians: Parodied almost to the point of deconstruction; Marge protests against cartoon violence, wins her argument by organizing a huge protest rally which forces the animators to make some changes. The newer, nicer episodes of Itchy and Scratchy are so boring that the kids actually go and play outside more often. According to the audio commentary the makers intentionally made this appear ridiculously harmonic.
    • On top of that, Marge's anti-indecency group want to go after Michaelangelo's classic statue David for depicting male frontal nudity. Marge however feels this is art and is against censoring something that is not violent at all, only harmless nudity. She loses her credibility, Itchy and Scratchy return to being violent, and Marge despairs over her kids never knowing true art (until Homer says that the schools will eventually force them to learn to come and look at David's "doodle".)
  • Noodle Incident: At some point, Homer tried to avoid work by using some excuse that sounds lamer than being whacked on the head with a mallet by a baby. Homer is angry for not believing him.
  • "Psycho" Shower Murder Parody and Psycho Strings: Maggie hits Homer with a mallet in an clever parody of this iconic scene.
  • Shout-Out: Maggie hitting Homer is a shot-for-shot spoof of the shower scene from Psycho.
    • Nelson painting the fence with his friends is a reference to Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer.
    • Itchy & Scratchy in their musketeer outfits is a clear reference to the similar Tom and Jerry cartoons set in this time period.
    • The scene of the kids playing is a parody of the "Pastoral Symphony" segment from Fantasia.
  • Special Guest: Alex Rocco as Roger Meyers, Jr.
  • Take That: Marge is caricatured as a cranky squirrel that Itchy decapitates by a disgruntled animator.
  • The Television Talks Back: When Homer and the kids are watching a power tool commercial:
    TV: It's 67 tools in one! How much would you pay for a machine that can do all this?
    Homer: One thousand dollars!
    TV: Oh, don't answer yet!
    Homer: Oh, sorry.
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