Recap / The Simpsons S 6 E 4 Itchy And Scratchy Land
Episode - 2F01
First Aired - 10/2/1994
The Simpsons are going to Itchy and Scratchy Land — a new theme park based on the violent antics of Bart and Lisa's favorite cartoon series.

This episode contains examples of:

  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot: One flash from a camera is all it takes to screw up the AI for the Itchy and Scratchy robots.
  • Amusement Park of Doom: Itchy & Scratchy Land has dangerously unsafe attractions and, after a power breakdown, everything gets even worse.
  • Bait-and-Switch: Marge tells Homer to find a hotel for the night; Homer tells her, "I'm not tired, I'm not tired at all." A car that appears to be the Simpson's then crashes into a telephone pole, but Smash Cut to the Simpsons watching from a nearby hotel room.
    Bart: Whew, glad that wasn't us.
  • Beat: There's a strange one after Homer gives his approval to go to Itchy & Scratchy Land: Bart and Lisa gasp and stare at each other with excited expressions before finally shouting "YAY!" a few seconds later.
  • Blatant Lies: In Pinichio, Itchy promises Scratchy that he will never hurt him. His Pinocchio Nose lengthens and stabs Scratchy in the eye.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: A typical Itchy & Scratchy short at the beginning of the episode stops in its tracks to let its titular characters plug Itchy & Scratchy Land to the viewers.
  • Brick Joke: Homer mistakenly claims the group is one adult and four children when buying their tickets. After he gets arrested by the park security, they refer to him as Marge's "older, balder, fatter son" (having also arrested Bart).
  • Close-Call Haircut: Homer repeatedly ducks the cleaver of a mad robot while insisting that nothing is wrong, but loses the two hairs on top of his head when it gets too close ("Ah! My hair!").
  • Crush. Kill. Destroy!: The Itchy and Scratchy robots have a protocol that ensures that they only attack each other; their HUD commands them to "KILL" their opposite number. Inevitably, they malfunction, and the "KILL" command is demanded on human targets.
  • Description Cut: When the robots started attacking people, Marge said they should have gone to the bird sanctuary. Cut to the next scene showing the birds attacking the visitors.
  • Driven to Suicide: The waiters at "T.G.I. McScratchy's", a dance club that celebrates "New Year" almost every hour. Becomes a Brick Joke during the scene in the security station, where one worker notices "another jumper on the roof of T.G.I. McScratchy's".
  • Eye Scream: A clip from Pinichio shows Scratchy getting stabbed through the eye with Itchy/Pinichio's Pinocchio Nose. ("OWCH-A!")
  • Foreshadowing: Cletus takes a picture of one of the robots, which immediately malfunctions.
    Park exec: No flash photography, please.
  • Goofy Suit: This episode is one of the few stories where the goofy suit guy gets revenge Homer is locked up because "I kicked a giant mouse in the butt!", and Bart torments another Itchy-suit by kicking him in the balls and shooting smoke bombs into the mouth. Later, when the Itchy and Scratchy robots start rampaging through the park, the guy in the mouse costume makes sure that the Simpsons are kicked off the last escape helicopter.
  • Grey Goo: In Scratchtasia, Scratchy chops Itchy into dust, which reforms into a horde of microscopic Itchies who dissolve Scratchy.
  • Hope Spot: Marge was purchasing T-shirts that said "Best Vacation Ever" when park security announced that Bart and Homer had been arrested.
  • Hostile Animatronics: And how!
  • If My Calculations Are Correct: Spoofed when Dr. Frink is informing his coworkers that the Itch and Scratchy robots will "eventually turn against their masters and run amok, in an orgy of blood and the kicking and the biting with the metal teeth and the hurting and shoving." But he adds that "According to my calculations, the robots won't go berserk for at least 24 hours." Immediately, all the robots start attacking the humans. Frink says in a slightly embarrassed tone, "Oh. I forgot to Carry the One."
  • It Is Pronounced Tropay: "We're now approaching our final destination, Itchy & Scratchy Land, the amusement park of the future where nothing can possib-lie go wrong. (Beat) Possiblee go wrong. That's the first thing that's ever gone wrong."
  • It's All About Me: Marge shows several shades of this given that she complains throughout the entire episode about how she's embarassed by Homer and Bart and thinks only of herself.
  • It's the Best Whatever, Ever!/ Let Us Never Speak of This Again: How the Simpsons perceive their vacation.
    • They also agree to never speak of the shortcut Homer took on their way to the park.
  • Just for Pun: Bart and Lisa's method of persuading their parents to go to Itchy & Scratchy Land.
    Lisa: (pulling Bart's seemingly lifeless body into their parents' room in the middle of the night) Mom, Dad! Bart's dead!
    (Homer and Marge gasp in terror)
    Bart: (getting up with a huge showman smile on his face) That's right! Dead serious about going to Itchy & Scratchy Land!
  • Let Us Never Speak of This Again: Said by Homer when his shortcut to Itchy & Scratchy Land put them far off the beaten path.
    • Towards the end of the episode, Bart and Lisa think their trip to Itchy & Scratchy Land was the best vacation ever. Marge disagrees:
    Marge: Are you two bonkers? We almost got killed! Not to mention all the embarrassment I suffered.
    Lisa: But mom, it's exactly what you wanted in a vacation: it brought us closer as a family, we got a lot of good exercise outdoors, and we have so many memories!
    Marge: ...You know, you're right. This truly was the best vacation ever. Now let us never speak of it again.
  • Like Father, Like Son: Bart is arrested for harassing the Itchy performer. Turns out Homer was arrested for doing the same thing.
  • Look Behind You: A man tells Marge that, at Itchy & Scratchy Land, they're also concerned about violence and always show the consequences of such actions. Marge asks when they show the consequences, giving an example where Itchy pulled out Scratchy's lungs yet was breathing fine in the next scene. The man answers "Just like in real life" before running away when he tells her to look.
  • Mr. Alt Disney: Roger Meyers, the antisemitic cartoon genius, is an obvious stab at Walt Disney, who was accused of having rather xenophobic opinions about certain ethnicities, though not worse as many other people at that time.
  • Narrating the Obvious: Lampshaded. When the family are being attacked by the robots, Lisa pointed out to Homer that the camera flash scrambled the robots' circuits immediately after said event. Homer reacted: "What are you, the narrator?"
    Lisa: (a robot approaches Lisa) Just keep taking pictures!
  • Noodle Incident: Homer taking a shortcut to I&S Land, which ends with their car in shambles, a missile stuck in Marge's hair, and a chicken flying out the car window.
    • After seeing a robot's circuits, Marge comments that this is why Homer's robot never worked. This is never elaborated on.
  • No One Should Survive That: Most of the attractions at the park.
  • Now Buy the Merchandise: After the blatant Product Placement episode of ''Itchy & Scratchy":
    Krusty: Kids, you heard the cartoon rat. If you haven't already run to your parents begging to go, do it now. You won't be missing anything funny: I'll just be sitting here reading this grownup's newspaper. (laughs) (reads a racing form) Go now!
  • Old Shame: In-Universe, Roger Meyers' controversial 1938 cartoon "Nazi Supermen are Our Superiors" is a jab at Walt Disney's suspected racist and antisemitic opinions, which, in reality, were not that much worse than most of the people who lived back then. Also, the Walt Disney Company only made anti-Nazi propaganda cartoons during World War II. Other gags reveal more about Roger Meyers' racist opinions: the park's German security guards resemble The Gestapo a lot and that one of the characters in the Itchy & Scratchy franchise is even revealed to be named Ku Klux Klam.
  • One Steve Limit: Averted. There were two people named Bort on screen, and there were enough Borts at the park for their license plates to sell out.
  • Parody: Itchy & Scratchy Land is an extensive parody of the Disney Theme Parks, particularly Walt Disney World (Orlando, Florida). When the robots run amok, the episode also spoofs Jurassic Park and another Michael Crichton work, Westworld. Even Marge's bird sanctuary isn't as calm as she thought it might be — The Birds are wreaking havoc there in a cutaway! Also, Euro Itchy & Scratchy Land was such a failure the employee working at the ticket booth feared for his wage.
  • Pre Ass Kicking One Liner: Bart says in Schwarzenegger-esque voice "Hey mouse... Say cheese." followed quickly by "With a dry, cool wit like that, I could be an action hero." It's played with even further when moments later, Homer emerges from a pile of defeated robots, saying "Die, bad robots, die!... With a dry, cool wit like that, I could be an action hero."
  • Robot War: The Simpsons have to fight murderous robots.
  • Sarcasm-Blind: When Marge goes to pick up Homer and Bart in jail:
    Marge: I'm so embarrassed, I wish there was a hole I could just crawl into and die.
    Guard: Okay, throw her in the hole.
    Marge: Oh, please. It was just a figure of speech.
  • Shoe Slap: Marge points out that violence isn't so funny what it happens to you. Bart says that it is funny watching it happen to someone else, which Lisa demonstrates by tossing her shoe at Bart. Marge does find it funny, before sending Lisa to her room.
  • Shoo Out the New Guy: Long before Poochie came along, there was a previous attempt to add new characters to the I&S universe with "the short-lived Itchy & Scratchy & Friends Hour", as Bart explains it. Among the now-forgotten characters whose merchandise still hasn't been sold off: Disgruntled Goat (whom Bart actually liked), Uncle Ant, and Ku Klux Klam.
  • Short Cuts Make Long Delays: See Noodle Incident
  • Shout-Out:
    • Bart and Homer chasing off beach tourists with a fake shark dorsal is a reference to Jaws.
    • The helicopter bringing The Simpsons to Itchy & Scratchy Land is very similar to Jurassic Park
    • The robots attacking reference both Westworld and The Terminator.
    • Two Itchy & Scratchy cartoons spoof Disney's Pinocchio and Fantasia (specifically, "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" segment).
    • The bird sanctuary references Hitchcock's The Birds
  • Skewed Priorities: Marge still expresses disapproval of Bart's methods of acquiring cameras to combat the robots. Even though, well, no one is around to sell them legally and certainly not to them.
  • Souvenir Land: Itchy & Scratchy Land.
  • Sure, Let's Go with That: John Travolta allows the people who mistake him for someone who merely looks like him to think they're right.
  • Take That!: To Euro Disney. Euro Itchy and Scratchy Land was so empty the employee at the ticket booth was afraid of losing his job.
  • Theme Naming: Itchy & Scratchy Land does this for both its rides and the restaurant entrees ("Brain Burger with extra pus", "Eyeball Stew").
  • Threatening Shark: When the family took a vacation at Sandy Beach, Homer terrorized other tourists by pretending to be an approaching shark. Bart was doing the same thing, and he accidentally terrorized Homer, who saw him with his fake fin and screamed "Aaaah! Shark boy!"
  • Wasn't That Fun?: After a rather deadly roller-coaster that ended in the family jumping out of the way of a buzz saw onto mattresses, Bart and Lisa title-drop the trope.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: The Itchy and Scratchy robots were easily subdued by flashing cameras.
  • What Could Possibly Go Wrong?: The family is taking a helicopter into the park when the pilot comes over the PA: "Welcome to Itchy & Scratchy Land, where nothing can possibligh go wrong...Possibly go wrong. That's...the first thing that's ever gone wrong."
  • Where the Hell Is Springfield?: During their road trip to Itchy & Scratchy Land, the Simpsons see a sign reading "Highway to Some Other State".
  • Your Costume Needs Work: Homer and Marge visit Itchy's '70s Disco ("Est. 1980") on Parents Island:
    Homer: It is The '70s! Down to the smallest detail!
    Marge: Look! The bartender even looks like John Travolta!
    Travolta: Yeah..."Looks like".