Episode - 3F16
First Aired - 3/17/1996
While following an Itchy and Scratchy
Diamond Anniversary parade float into the bad side of town, Bart meets a homeless man who turns out to be the original creator of Itchy the Mouse back in 1919 who had his idea stolen from him by Roger Meyers, Sr.
Tropes (YMMV tropes can be found here):
- Anvil On Head: Chester J. Lampwick tells Bart and Lisa the story of how Roger Myers, Sr. dropped an anvil on him after he requested royalties for his creation. Luckily, he says, he was carrying an umbrella at the time.
- Historical-Domain Character: Theodore Roosevelt appears in Itchy the Lucky Mouse in Manhattan Madness and gets decapitated in Itchy's gruesome tirade.
- Mythology Gag: Lester and Eliza are based off the old designs for Bart and Lisa when there were on The Tracey Ullman Show.
- Mysterious Middle Initial: Chester J. Lampwick.
- Parody Assistance: The episode contained a parody of "I'm Just a Bill" with Jack Sheldon singing it, as well.
- Plagiarism In Fiction: Roger Meyers, Sr. plagiarized Itchy from Chester J. Lampwick; and Lester and Eliza shown that the U.S. Mail's Mr. Zep was a plagiarism from a character created by Roger Meyers, Sr. Ironically, Roger Meyers, Jr. points out a number of characters are based on figures from other fiction, just changed to be their own character. Cause that doesn't let his father off the hook for stealing a character that wasn't his.
- Reluctant Gift: When Roger Meyers, Jr. presents the check, he refuses to let go for a few seconds and Lampwick struggles with him. When Lampwick finally wrests the check away, he bites it as if testing for a counterfeit coin.
- Riddle for the Ages: How did Bart and Lisa expect to save the cartoon company? Was it the same way Lester and Eliza did?
- When did Apu get busted for indecent exposure? And what about Krusty and his estranged wife?
- Writing Around Trademarks