Recap: The Simpsons S 7 E 18 The Day The Violence Died

Episode - 3F16
First Aired - 3/17/1996

The Day The Violence Died is the 18th episode of the seventh season of The Simpsons.

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.
  • Charlie Chaplin Shout-Out: Chaplin is seen in the slums when Bart first meets Lampwick. A deleted scene had Homer asking Lampwick to eat a shoe for him, in reference to the Chaplin movie The Gold Rush.
  • Deliberate Values Dissonance: The 1919 "Itchy" cartoon, where Itchy attacks an Irishman, in a parody of the older threatrical cartoons that have racist caricatures in them (which also included the Irish, but these days, censors mostly edit the racist caricatures of blacksnote , Jews, American Indians, Mexicans, and Asiansnote . Caricatures of Pacific Islanders, the Irish, the Scottish, the French, the British, Russians, Australians, Americans, and Italiansnote  aren't cause for alarm by the censors unless Media Watchdog groups specifically say it's offensive).
  • Genre Savvy: When Snowball the cat hears that Chester Lampwick is an animator she quickly runs away in panic...
  • God Is Evil: In the "Itchy & Scratchy" cartoon Itchy prays to God, whom helps him killing off Scratchy and throws the cat off into the eternal pit of Hell fire. Seems very unethical for a Supreme Being. Then again, he appears to be a mouse.
  • Historical-Domain Character: Theodore Roosevelt appears in Itchy the Lucky Mouse in Manhattan Madness and gets decapitated in Itchy's gruesome tirade.
  • Ignorant of Their Own Ignorance: Bart tells Chester he can sleep on the floor in the basement, "just remove the bed."
  • Lost Forever: The only copy of the first Itchy cartoon is destroyed when the film catches fire and burns up.
  • Mr. Alt Disney: Roger Myers keeps his father's head inside a fridge, a reference to the urban legend that Walt Disney was cryogenically frozen after his death.
  • Mysterious Middle Initial: Chester J. Lampwick.
  • Mythology Gag: Lester and Eliza are based off the old designs for Bart and Lisa when there were on The Tracey Ullman Show.
  • National Stereotypes: In reference to ethnic stereotyping in old cartoons Itchy kills off a stereotypically clothed Irishman by sticking him between a trouser press.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Except for Theodore Roosevelt in the Itchy cartoon.
  • Parody Assistance and Hey, It's That Voice!: That was the real Jack Sheldon as the voice of the Amendment in the Schoolhouse Rock parody, "I'm An Amendment to Be."
  • Plagiarism in Fiction: Roger Meyers, Sr. plagiarized Itchy from Chester J. Lampwick; and Lester and Eliza shown that the U.S. Mail's Mr. ZIP 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.
    Roger Myers, Jr.: TV is built on plagiarism! If it wasn't for The Honeymooners, we would have never had The Flintstones! If someone hadn't made Sergeant Bilko, there'd be no Top Cat! Huckleberry Hound, Chief Wiggum, Yogi Bear? Hah! Andy Griffith, Edward G Robinson, Art Carney.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: The story is inspired by the feud between Pat Sullivan and Otto Messmer, whom both claimed to have been the original creators of Felix the Cat.
  • 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?
  • Running Gag: Someone offers Chester food for a job, which he never does and complains the food was awful. Then they demand him to do the job he's hired to do, Chester says "Make me!", and a fight ensues.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Special Guest: Kirk Douglas voices Chester Lampwick.
  • Strange Minds Think Alike: Grampa Simpson and Krusty the Clown. Both of them offered Chester food as payment for chores he refuses to perform because the food was awful and fight Chester when he dares them to make him do the chores.
  • Writing Around Trademarks: The "Schoolhouse Rock" parody is never identified as such, but it looks and feels like one.