YMMV / The Simpsons S 7 E 18 The Day The Violence Died

  • Ass Pull: A rare intentional and Played for Laughs example, with Bart and Lisa being beaten to the punch from saving Itchy and Scratchy Studios by their lookalikes who weren't even once foreshadowed and abruptly come out of nowhere.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: During the "Schoolhouse Rock" knock-off, Lisa calls it a "campy 70s throwback that appeals to Generation Xers." Bart then adds, "We need another Vietnam War to thin out their ranks a little." Be Careful What You Wish For, Bart, because you might get it.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Considering Plagiarism in Fiction is a major theme of this episode and some of the show's own uses of it are lampshaded (with the mention of The Flintstones and Chief Wiggum being based off of Edward G. Robinson), one might mistake this as a Take That! against Family Guy, which is considered by some to be a rip-off of The Simpsons. However, this episode predates Family Guy's debut by three years.
  • Memetic Mutation: The scene where Lionel Hutz adds punctuation to his newspaper ad to reverse what it promises ("Works on contingency? No, money down!") is used frequently in response to politicians who have been accused of backflipping on previously stated policies.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: The music that plays during Itchy and Scratchy Meets Fritz the Cat is very similar to Earth, Wind & Fire's "Shining Star," particularly the moment when Itchy smokes a cigarette and lights Scratchy on fire.
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