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.
- Actually Pretty Funny: Despite the supposed abuse he suffered due to the show, Homer can't help tittering at Itchy and Scratchy himself.
- 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, which ends with "...And the horse you 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, but the newer, nicer episodes of Itchy and Scratchy are so boring that the kids actually start going outside and playing more often. On top of that, Marge's anti-indecency group want to go after Michaelangelo's David for depicting male frontal nudity and Marge is branded a hypocrite when she states that she doesn't want David to be censored, yet she thinks the violence on The Itchy and Scratchy Show should be toned down. Marge loses her credibility, Itchy and Scratchy is back 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).
- 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.
- Psycho Strings: Plays when Maggie attacks Homer with the mallet, the scene itself being a Shout-Out to Psycho itself.
- 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.