Episode - 9F03
First Aired - 11/3/1992During Parent/Teacher conference night at Springfield Elementary, Mrs. Krabappel lets Homer and Marge in on the destructive and dangerous pranks Bart has been playing (synthesizing a laxative from peas and carrots, replacing the teacher's birth control pills with Tic-Tacs, bringing in a Krusty doll with a switchblade head, and sticking lit fireworks down a nameless boy's pants) and recommends that Homer and Marge be stricter in their parentingnote , but it proves too much with Bart manipulating Homer...until Homer decides to take the one thing away from Bart that he loves most: seeing the upcoming movie version of The Itchy and Scratchy Show.
- Analogy Backfire: While trying to convince Homer to allow Bart to watch the movie, Lisa asks how he'd feel if he wasn't allowed to watch the first flight to the moon. A flashback reveals he didn't care about the event.
- Ass Shove: Implied when Mrs Krabapple asks a boy where Bart stuck fireworks on him.
- Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: When Homer sees Bart smashing mustard with a hammer on the carpet, he tries to assert punishment when the ice cream truck appeared. Later, as they're enjoying their ice cream, Homer asked Bart what he was talking about. Bart lied that Homer was talking about the time he avoided jury duty. Being dumb, he tells Bart how he beat jury duty ("The trick is to say you're prejudiced against all races.")
- Berserk Button: Homer gets very angry when Bart declares "TV sucks".Homer: I know you're upset right now, so I'll pretend you didn't say that!
- Bloody Hilarious: A billboard for The Itchy And Scratchy Movie is designed to shoot blood over anyone passing by. A newly-wed couple are soaked in blood by it, and are horrified... until they see the billboard, and laugh.
- Bread, Eggs, Breaded Eggs:Marge: "We'll bring back dinner."Lisa: "What are we gonna have?"Homer: "Well, that depends on what the teachers say, if you've been good, pizza. If you've been bad... uh, let's see... poison."Lisa:' "What if one of us has been good and one of us has been bad?"Bart: "Poison pizza."Homer: "Oh no, I'm not making two stops!
- Brick Joke: A billboard for The Itchy And Scratchy Movie is designed to shoot blood over anyone passing by. After the last time the movie is shown at theaters, the billboard is changed into one for a barber college. It still shoots blood.
- Card-Carrying Villain: When Maggie smashes the prison wall, Snake is one of the escapees, and happily declares "all right! Time for a crime spree!"
- Cool and Unusual Punishment:Homer: Bart, since you break Grampa's teeth, he gets to break yours!
Grampa: Oh, this is gonna be sweet!
- Denied Food as Punishment: Marge tries this on Bart when she finds out that he broke Grandpa's teeth. Bart tries to call her bluff, but she tells him she's being serious, even stopping Homer the first time he caves. Just as the lesson is about to sink in, Homer sneaks Bart some pizza and tells him not to tell Marge and to try to behave.
- Department of Redundancy Department: "I can't let that happen! I won't let that happen! And I can't let that happen!"
- Description Cut: At the parent's night, Mrs. Krabapple tells Marge about Bart's behaviour, which she apologises for, stating he doesn't mean to be bad. Then it cuts to Bart and Lisa looking at the sleeping Abe, and Bart immediately declares that this is their chance to be bad.
- Disproportionate Retribution: When Homer and Marge are about to go to a parent-teacher meeting, Homer tells Bart and Lisa he'll bring them poison if they've been bad.
- For the Evulz: Most of Bart's behaviour up until Homer takes his ticket is just... because. This includes tearing up the carpets, hitting mustard packets with a hammer, and stealing Abe's teeth.
- Genre Savvy: You didn't think Homer would rely on you not sneaking out of the house to watch the movie, did you, Bart?
- Groin Attack: The other implied place where Bart stuck fireworks on the voodoo doll.
- Hilarity Ensues: Mrs. Krabappel mentions a series of increasingly serious incidents that Bart has been involved with (synthesizing peas and carrots into laxatives, replacing birth control pills with Tic Tacs, sneaking a knife into school and stuffing a lighted firecracker down a classmate's pants) ... and merely recommends to his parents that they show tough love. In the real world, while the first two incidents were troubling and would have been cause for counseling, the last two incidents would in the real world have gotten Bart expelled from school ... and most certainly in the last case, resulted in a huge lawsuit and him being sent to juvenile hall.
- Meat-O-Vision: A hungry Bart imagines Santa's Little Helper's head to be a pizza box and his tongue a slice of one.
- Mythology Gag: Lisa mentions that Dustin Hoffman and Michael Jackson made cameos in the movie under different names, "but you could tell it was them." Both performers had previously appeared on The Simpsons, uncredited, but audiences weren't fooled.
- Noodle Incident: "Oh dad, you and your stories: Bart broke my teeth. The nurses are stealing my money. This thing on my neck is getting bigger." While we did see Bart breaking Grampa's teeth, we don't see the other two events, which just adds more to just how horrible the Springfield Retirement Castle is (unless Grampa suffers from senility and thinks nurses are stealing his money and he has a growth on his neck that is getting bigger, since Homer calls him out on all this).
- Some of Bart's pranks (the "peas and carrots" laxative, the birth control pill/Tic-Tacs switch, bringing in a Krusty doll with a switchblade in it, and shoving fireworks down a child's pants).
- Off Model: Lisa when she tells Bart how great the Itchy and Scratchy Movie was, particularly when she says "Dustin Hoffman, Michael Jackson..." This could be due to it being one of the earlier episodes animated by Film Roman.
- Police Are Useless: Per usual, the police don't do anything about Maggie driving The Simpson family car, the dog driving a bus, or the criminals escaping after Maggie crashes the car into the prison wall.
- Pushover Parents: Homer and Marge start out as this when they explain to Mrs. Krabappel that they have a hard time disciplining Bart whenever he does something wrong. Following her advice on being firm with him, they gradually get better at disciplining him.
- Ridiculous Future Inflation: At the end, Bart and Homer's tickets to the movie are six-hundred and fifty dollars!
- Disney and Looney Tunes/Merrie Melodies cartoons: Much of the backstory of Itchy and Scratchy dates back to the late 1920s, with the introduction of "Steamboat Itchy" (a parody of "Steamboat Willie" the first Mickey Mouse cartoon). As the backstory moves to the World War II-era, the anti-Adolf Hitler cartoons are similar to those pitting the good guys of various Disney and Warner Bros. cartoons produced during that time.
- 60 Minutes: The TV newsmagazine and specifically, news stories from the early 1990s detailing abuse of elderly residents of nursing homes. (Homer had threatened to send Grampa to the "the crooked home" he had seen on TV after Grampa mumbled incoherently (due to his broken-and-poorly taped-together dentures stuffed in his mouth)).
- Star Trek: The opening gag is a parody of the then-ongoing series of movies. This installment: Star Trek XII: So Very Tired, featuring a very elderly Captain Kirk complaining of health problems.
- On seeing Bart's depression, Lisa claims he has the "demented melancholy" of a Tennessee Williams heroine.
- "Mmmm, Soylent Green."
- At the end of the episode, 40 years into the future, Bart is now Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and he and Homer go see The Itchy and Scratchy Movie. The movie advertised to play after it is Beauty and the Beast.
- During the final scene, Homer and Bart's silhouettes as they enter the theater are a reference to Mystery Science Theater 3000.
- Super Reflexes: When Grampa sneaks in Jasper's bedroom in the middle of the night to steal his dentures, he wakes up, turns the lamp on and points his gun at Abe, all within a second.
- Take That!: The Korean animation studio where Itchy & Scratchy is made is portrayed as a hellhole, with workers chained to their desks, watched over by armed guards akin to a prison camp.
- Time Marches On: Snake – during his crime spree after breaking out of prison – is disappointed that the VCR he stole plays only Beta (rather than the then prevalent VHS)); Beta-formatted VCRs had been retired from the United States' market in 1988.
- Also, with movies and TV shows being readily available online and the "films on demand" option on many modern cable packages, Bart would nowadays be perfectly able to watch "The Itchy & Scratchy Movie" without having to go to the movie theater (and Homer and Marge would have to use parental controls to keep Bart from seeing the movie online and on-demand).
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Bart's negligence while left in charge of Maggie results in her taking a car for a drive and helping people to escape prison.
- Up to Eleven: Bart is the series' designated "bad boy" but most of his misbehavior is at worst harmless mischief that doesn't result in serious injury...except in this episode, where it is (like when he made a laxative out of peas and carrots, stole Mrs. Krabappel's birth control pills and replaced them with Tic-Tacs, and stuck fireworks down a kid's pants).
- War Time Cartoon: Parodied with Kent Brockman showing an Itchy and Scratchy propaganda cartoon made during World War II, where the cat and mouse fight off Adolf Hitler. In the end Itchy kills off Scratchy too for the heck of it, while Franklin D. Roosevelt appears to kick them both in the behind and Itchy holding up a sign with the text "Save Scrap Iron".
- What the Hell, Hero?: Marge was initially supportive of the punishment of forbidding Bart from seeing the movie. However when the punishment gets to the point where Homer got the ticket holders to ban Bart from the theaters, both Marge and Lisa call Homer out, claiming he's done enough. Unlike most examples, it doesn't unfetter Homer.