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  • Approval of God: The Itchy & Scratchy credits parody the sequence seen at the end of the credits of many TV shows produced by Stephen J. Cannell, where Cannell sits at the typewriter in his office and throws a sheet of paper into the air, with it forming of part of his production company's logo. In the episode, Itchy and Scratchy are seen at a desk; Scratchy pulls a sheet from his typewriter and throws it into the air, where it forms an "I & S Productions" logo. Mike Reiss later met Cannell, who was so pleased with the homage that he hugged Reiss.
  • Deleted Scene: There was a scene not included in the finished episode, in which Itchy & Scratchy animators are seen observing a cat, and then putting a stick of dynamite in the cat's mouth and lighting it. As Meyers, Bart and Lisa continue down the studio's corridor, an explosion emanates from the room. The scene was cut because of the implied animal abuse. This partially explains the presence of an unrelated short "The Adventures of Ned Flanders" at the end of the episode.
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    • The DVD deleted scene reel has another scene that was cut for censorship: when Roger Meyers writes the rejection letter to Bart and Lisa, the deleted scene cuts to Bart and Lisa reading the letter and Lisa saying, "I know what this word means, but what's 'shinola'?" (implying that Roger Meyers wrote, "You don't know shit from shinola.")
  • The Other Darrin:
    • In this episode, Artie Ziff is played by Dan Castellaneta instead of Jon Lovitz (Lovitz comes back to play Artie Ziff in "Half-Decent Proposal" and "The Ziff Who Came to Dinner").
    • Roger Meyers Jr. is voiced by Hank Azaria instead of Alex Rocco (though Rocco comes back on the season seven episode "The Day the Violence Died"note ).
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  • Trope Namer: Poor, Predictable Rock.

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