The Simpsons: Season 4, Episode 22

Krusty Gets Kancelled (13 May 1993)

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A massive advertising blitz announces the arrival of something named "Gabbo". Eventually, Gabbo is revealed to be a Howdy Doody-esque dummy, whose sensational success causes Krusty the Clown's show to be canceled.

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Homer Simpson / Springfield Squares Announcer / Wally Cox / Charlie Weaver / Gabbo Announcer / Krusty the Clown / Mayor Quimby / Worker / Sideshow Mel / Casting Director / Television Announcer / Litterer / Barney Gumble / Elizabeth Taylor's Agent / Scott Christian / Squeaky-Voiced Teen / Krusty Komeback Special Announcer / Grampa (voice)
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Marge Simpson (credit only)
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Bart Simpson / Jaqueline / Krusty's Assistant / Nelson Muntz / Auditioning Actress (voice)
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Lisa Simpson (voice)
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Coastguard / Gabbo / Arthur Crandall / Bumblebee Man / Cameraman / Old Jewish Man / Snake / Tour Guide / Moe Szyslak / Mr. Johannson / Krusty Komeback Special Director / Apu Nahasapeemapetilon / Krusty Komeback Special Assistant / Chief Wiggum (voice)
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Kent Brockman / Rainer Wolfcastle / Mr. Burns / Smithers / Reverand Lovejoy / Jasper / Gabbo's Vin Scully Impression / Krusty the Clown Show Disclaimer / Parasite / Dr. Hibbert (voice)
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Johnny Carson (voice)
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Hugh Hefner (voice) (as Hugh Hefner)
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Bette Midler (voice)
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Luke Perry (voice)
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Anthony Kiedis (voice)
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Flea (voice)
Chad Smith ...
Chad Smith (voice)
Arik Marshall ...
Arik Marshall (voice)
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A massive week-long advertising blitz declaring "Gabbo" to be coming. Gabbo turns out to be a ventriloquist dummy whose show airs directly opposite the Krusty the Clown show. Having beaten off hordes of competition before, Krusty laughs off the threat, but while Gabbo's star rises, Krusty's falls. His show is unceremoniously canceled. Broke, obese, and desperate for work, he turns to Bart and Lisa for help. Eventually they persuade many of Krusty's celebrity friends (Johnny Carson, Bette Midler, Hugh Hefner, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and his half-brother Luke Perry) to join him in a TV comeback special. Written by Attmay

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Gabbo's name was undoubtedly inspired by The Great Gabbo (1929) which also dealt with a ventriloquist and his dummy, although in that film, the ventriloquist (played by 'Eric von Stroheim') was named Gabbo, not the dummy, who was called Otto. See more »

Goofs

When Bart and Lisa are helping Bette Midler pick up trash on the highway, Bette picks up an empty can which says Buzz Cola on it. Just as she yells, "You pigs!" the label on the can switches to Duff Beer. See more »

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Krusty the Clown: I don't how to thank you kids.
Bart: That's okay, Krusty.
Lisa Simpson: We're getting fifty percent of the t-shirt sales.
Krusty the Clown: WHAT? That's the sweetest plum! You little...!
[calms down]
Krusty the Clown: Ah, what the hell, you deserve it. Thanks, kids.
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References The Steve Allen Plymouth Show (1956) See more »

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Goodnight, Ladies
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Written by Edwin P. Christy
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Season 4: Classic episode after classic episode
15 June 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The third season took a few episodes to get me going when I watched it, like it was taking a few steps before it got into its stride but once it did it was away. It was great to see that this stride continued right into the fourth season and out the other side since this season seemed to be nothing but classic episode after classic episode. Just a glance back over the episode listing is enough to show you the quality here and as I watched through it I really enjoyed every single episode – I cannot think of a weak one in the pack.

The thing that struck me the most though was just how consistently daring and brazen the show was. In the previous season they had added some more adult material but here it seemed to really be a concerted and consistent effort to bring it in. The line from Smithers in the Halloween special is the one that really sticks in my mind "sea men and women don't mix" but there are lots of example, with Bart taunting Homer by suggesting their father/son moments on the swings was all faked being probably my favorite. This added layer to the show really added to it in the past and in this season it was as much a part of the show as anything else. The cultural references came thick and fast too but, importantly, they are smart and most very well done producing regular chuckles of appreciation.

The cast are excellent across the board. Supporting characters are given key roles and used very well to help strengthen the show. The guest voices are a little intrusive but mostly they are used like minor characters and they work well; the final episode could have been a little full of itself with star names, but again they are used with good humor and it feels like the stars were queueing up to get on the show rather than the show needing them in any shape or form. Overall then this is a classic season, just great episode after great episode and hardly putting a step wrong. I hope it can continue this into the fifth season because I really was pleasantly surprised by how strong this whole season was.


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