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"The Simpsons" Itchy and Scratchy and Marge (TV Episode 1990) Poster

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The scene where Maggie hits Homer over the head with a mallet is an extensive parody of the shower scene from Psycho (1960), in which the music and camera angles are almost identical.
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Itchy and Scratchy are loosely based on Warner Bros' The Sylvester & Tweety Show (1976) and MGM's "Tom and Jerry" (1965).
The episode was written by John Swartzwelder, who loved Itchy & Scratchy and wrote several episodes that have them at the centre.
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For the episode, which handles a large issue, the writers tried not to have a point of view and looked at both sides, despite what the writers personally felt.
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During the original airing of the episode, the Fox satellite blew out and the entire West coast of the United States missed the first act of the episode.
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Bart's Message: "I will not pledge allegiance to Bart."
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When the children are playing outside, Nelson can be seen in the background painting a fence like Tom Sawyer.
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The episode was partially inspired by Terry Rakolta, who protested the Fox network over Married with Children (1986).
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There are several characters who work at I&S studios who are caricatures of real people: the cartoonist who draws the Marge/Squirrel is based on Eddie Fitzgerald, who worked at Filmation and the three people with Meyers when he is asking Marge for suggestions are caricatures of Rich Moore, David Silverman and Wes Archer.
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Homer's hammer still has the price tag connected.
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This is the first episode to have Marge's name somewhere in the title.
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Janey's mother makes her first, but very brief appearance walking through the living room of Janey's house when she and Lisa are watching Itchy and Scratchy.
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The music heard while the children play outside is the first movement of Beethoven's Pastoral Symphony, and is similar to a segment of Fantasia (1940).
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Homer and Marge take Maggie's attacks on Homer as being solely influenced by violent cartoons, but as we'll see in Who Shot Mr. Burns?, we'll see that Maggie really is capable of premeditated violence.
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Sofa Gag: The family run in to find the couch missing. All but Maggie (who simply stands where the couch used to be, watching TV) act confused at this discovery.
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The episode dealt with censorship issues and allowed the writers to have a lot of Itchy & Scratchy cartoons, which many fans had been clamouring for.
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This was the first episode directed by Jim Reardon, who had previously made a student film called Bring Me the Head of Charlie Brown (1986) which was very violent and the experience served him well for this episode.
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Alex Rocco makes his first of three appearances as Roger Meyers. Many people behind the series were huge fans of The Godfather (1972) and Jim Reardon looked for a way to shoot him in the eye as a reference to Rocco's character, Moe Greene.
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The long montage of the Kids of Springfield playing was directed by Bob Anderson and is making a satirical point by saying the opposite of what the writers believed. The segment was written by John Swartzwelder and the idea of using Beethoven's 6th Symphony was in the original script. James L. Brooks had wanted the episode to end with the montage, but the writers disagreed.
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This is the first appearance of Sideshow Mel, although he does not have any lines until the later episode The Simpsons: Black Widower (1992).
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After Maggie hit him with a mallet Homer said that his baby beat him up. In The Simpsons: Eeny Teeny Maya Moe (2009), he does get beaten up by a baby and is rescued by Maggie.
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Viewers often mix up Itchy and Scratchy's names. The way to tell them apart is that Scratchy contains the letters c, a, t.
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The background music during the children playing outside sequence is titled, ironically enough, "Awakening of Cheerful Feelings Upon Arrival in the Country".
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