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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 Scratchyland — 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
- Amusement Park of Doom: Itchy & Scratchy Land has dangerously unsafe attractions and after a power breakdown everything gets even worse.
- 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 of 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!")
- 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.
- Holodeck Malfunction
- 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'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.
- 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 Myers, 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?"
- 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.
- 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 Myers' 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 Myers' racist opinions: the park's security guards resembles 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.
- 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
- 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.
- The bird sanctuary references Hitchcock's The Birds
- Souvenir Land: Itchy & Scratchy Land.
- Sure, Let's Go with That: John Travolta had no problem with Marge thinking he was just someone who "looks like" him.
- 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.
- 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!"
- Unintentional Period Piece: The joke about John Travolta being the bartender in a disco themed club in an amusement park had a different connotation when this episode aired than now. Back then Travolta was a Hollywood hasbeen whose career had been confined to B movies ever since the Saturday Night Fever craze died down. Ironically enough that same year he would star in Pulp Fiction, the movie that revived his career and brought him back as a major star.
- 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."
- Your Costume Needs Work: Homer and Marge visit Itchy's '70s Disco ("Est. 1980") on Parents Island:
Travolta: Yeah..."Looks like".