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** The ''Adventures of Ned Flanders'' segment at the end, which the writers have fully admitted was just there for padding, is based on similar segments in ''Franchise/ArchieComics'' used for when they had two extra pages to fill.



* TakeThat: To ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow'' creator Creator/JohnKricfalusi, who trash-talked the show's animation style in ''Animation'' Magazine. The "clip not done yet" title card at the award ceremony is a crack at how he deliberately [[ScheduleSlip delayed production]] on his episodes of ''Ren and Stimpy'' to avoid censorship and due to issues with OffModel art.
** With the ''Itchy and Scratchy'' short ''Dazed And Confused'', to {{Anvilicious}} "[[VerySpecialEpisode A Very Special Episode]]" installments of cartoon shows in the late 1980s and early 1990s focusing on anti-drug and violence messages.

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* TakeThat: To TakeThat
** The season premiere clip of
''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow'' not being finished in time for the awards ceremony was a shot at creator Creator/JohnKricfalusi, who not only trash-talked the show's animation art style in ''Animation'' Magazine. The "clip not done yet" title card at the award ceremony is Magazine but had a crack at how he deliberately [[ScheduleSlip delayed production]] notorious habit of being such a perfectionist that it would delay production on his episodes of ''Ren and Stimpy'' anywhere from nine months to avoid censorship and due to issues with OffModel art.
''a year''.
** With the The ''Itchy and Scratchy'' short ''Dazed And Confused'', to {{Anvilicious}} "[[VerySpecialEpisode A Very Special Episode]]" installments Confused'' mocks {{very special episode}}s of cartoon shows in the late 1980s and early 1990s focusing on which shoehorned in unsubtle anti-drug and violence messages. messages.
** MerchandiseDriven cartoons don't get off easy either, as one of the other nominees is an episode of ''Action Figure Man'' entitled "How To Buy Action Figure Man," the clip of which being shown depicts a child in a toy store whining to his mother to buy him a toy.

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* AbsurdPhobia: Homer is ''such'' a big fan of donuts that he freaks out when his science teacher sets one on fire as an experiment.


* MeanBoss: Subverted with Roger Meyers. Although Meyers is an asshole to most of his writers, that's because the scripts they're producing for him are ''garbage''. He's much nicer to writers who actually do their jobs and come up with scripts worth producing, like Grampa (allegedly). A deleted scene shows him firing Abe for his award speech.

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* MeanBoss: Subverted with Roger Meyers. Although Meyers is an asshole to most of his writers, writers (specifically, the one he fired for mediocre writing and chucked his nameplate at his head twice), that's because the scripts they're producing for him are ''garbage''. He's much nicer to writers who actually do their jobs and come up with scripts worth producing, like Grampa (allegedly). A deleted scene shows him firing Abe for his award speech.after Abe made that inflammatory speech about how awful the cartoon he won is.



**Lisa once watched a series of cartoons called ''Itchy and Sambo''[[note]]implied to be a series that has fallen out of favor due to ValuesDissonance, as "sambo" is one of many racial slurs against black people[[/note]] and thinks they're worse than the mediocre episode of ''Itchy and Scratchy'' she and Bart just watched.



--> '''Marge''': And you're a nuclear technician??\\

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--> '''Marge''': And you're ''you're'' a nuclear technician??\\



* TakeThat: To ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow'' creator Creator/JohnKricfalusi, who trash-talked the show's animation style in Animation Magazine. The "clip not done yet" title card at the award ceremony is a crack at how he deliberately [[ScheduleSlip delayed production]] on episodes to avoid censorship.
** With the ''Itchy and Scratchy'' short ''Dazed And Confused'', to {{Anvilicious}} "[[VerySpecialEpisode A Very Special Episode]]" installments of cartoon shows in the late 1980s and early 1990s focusing on anti drug and violence messages.

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* TakeThat: To ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow'' creator Creator/JohnKricfalusi, who trash-talked the show's animation style in Animation ''Animation'' Magazine. The "clip not done yet" title card at the award ceremony is a crack at how he deliberately [[ScheduleSlip delayed production]] on his episodes of ''Ren and Stimpy'' to avoid censorship.
censorship and due to issues with OffModel art.
** With the ''Itchy and Scratchy'' short ''Dazed And Confused'', to {{Anvilicious}} "[[VerySpecialEpisode A Very Special Episode]]" installments of cartoon shows in the late 1980s and early 1990s focusing on anti drug anti-drug and violence messages.

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* PoorPredictableRock: TropeNamer. When Lisa and Bart play a game of Rock-Paper-Scissors to decide whose name goes first in their fan-script, Lisa wins because of this trope.
-->'''Lisa's brain:''' Poor predictable Bart, always takes rock.\\
'''Bart's brain:''' Good old rock, nothing beats that.

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[[caption-width-right:350:"I think all you people are despicable. For shame!"]]

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* BorrowedCatchphrase: Bart lets out a "D'oh!" after losing a game of Rock Paper Scissors against Lisa.


* IsThisThingOn: After the lame ''Itchy and Scratchy'', the show cuts back to Krusty: "Ehh, I could pull a better cartoon out of my a-- ''(Notices he's on, then chuckles)'' Hey! Whoa! Wasn't that great, kids?"

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* IsThisThingOn: IsThisThingStillOn: After the lame ''Itchy and Scratchy'', the show cuts back to Krusty: "Ehh, I could pull a better cartoon out of my a-- ''(Notices he's on, then chuckles)'' Hey! Whoa! Wasn't that great, kids?"

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* NoodleIncident: Grampa rehearses his acceptance speech for the Cartoon Awards and comments on how honored he is that "the same man who once took a shot at [[UsefulNotes/TheodoreRoosevelt Teddy Roosevelt]] could win back your trust".[[note]]He may or may not be referring to Roosevelt's assassination attempt in 1912, but that could open up another as-of-yet unanswered question of how old he really is.[[/note]]

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* MedalOfDishonor: Homer wins all kinds of awards at his high school reunion that are by all accounts very demeaning. They include "Most Weight Gained," "Most Hair Lost," "Most Improved Odor," "Most Oldest Car," "Lowest Paying Job," and "Least Distance Traveled to Get to the Reunion." Rather than take insult, Homer is proud of ''all'' these supposed accomplishments, and is despondent when they get confiscated due to his failure to graduate.


** The title is a nod to ''The Front'', a 1976 film about writers "fronting" for colleagues blacklisted during the 1950s.

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** The title is a nod to ''The Front'', ''Film/TheFront'', a 1976 film about writers "fronting" for colleagues blacklisted during the 1950s.


* MeanBoss: Subverted with Roger Meyers. Although Meyers is an asshole to most of his writers, that's because the scripts they're producing for him are ''garbage''. He's much nicer to writers who actually do their jobs and come up with scripts worth producing, like Grampa (allegedly).

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* MeanBoss: Subverted with Roger Meyers. Although Meyers is an asshole to most of his writers, that's because the scripts they're producing for him are ''garbage''. He's much nicer to writers who actually do their jobs and come up with scripts worth producing, like Grampa (allegedly). A deleted scene shows him firing Abe for his award speech.

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* BigNo: During Homer's ComicalOverreacting.

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* PigLatin: When Homer reveals he never passed remedial science in high school:
--> '''Marge''': And you're a nuclear technician??\\
'''Homer''': Marge... ix-nay on the uclear-nay echnician-tay.

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* FlashForward: To Homer and Marge's 50th high school reunion in 2024 at the end.

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* BillBillJunkBill:
-->'''Marge''': Third notice... final notice... some ''guys'' are coming... an invitation to our high school reunion!

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