The Simpsons: Season 3, Episode 6

Like Father, Like Clown (24 Oct. 1991)

TV Episode  |  TV-PG  |   |  Animation, Comedy
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When the Simpsons have Krusty the Clown over for dinner, he says grace in Hebrew, and recalls his difficult relationship with his father, a rabbi. Bart and Lisa try to reunite the two of them.




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Episode cast overview:
Krusty The Klown / Homer Simpson / Man on PartyLine / Hyman's Friend / Academy Award Playhouse Announcer / Itchy / Itchy Jr. / Monsignor Daly / Barney Gumble (voice)
Marge Simpson (voice)
Bart Simpson / Mother (voice)
Lisa Simpson (voice)
Chief Wiggum / Apu Nahasapeemapetilon / Martian / Caller / Moe Szyslak (voice)
Man Seeking Advice #1 / Man Seeking Advice #2 / Rowdy Rabbi / Scratchy / Scratchy Jr. / Reverend Lovejoy / KBBL Host / Yiddle's Clerk / Rabbi / Stage Manager (voice)
Doris Grau ...
Waitress (voice)
PartyLine Voice (voice)


Krusty the Klown (finally) fulfills a promise to have dinner with the Simpsons, during which he reveals his Jewish heritage, and his estrangement from his father, who expected him to follow in his footsteps by becoming a Rabbi. Seeing how distraught he is, Bart and Lisa set out to reconcile Krusty with his father. Written by Tfilm78

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24 October 1991 (USA)  »

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Where Krusty re-unites with his father, Homer is wearing a long-sleeved shirt in one frame and then a couple of seconds later he is wearing his usual short white sleeved shirt whilst at the dinner table. See more »


Bart: [Yawns] Rabbi, did not a great man say, and I quote 'The Jews are a swinging bunch of people. I mean, I've heard of persecution, but what they went through is ridiculous. But the great thing is, after thousands of years of waiting and holding on and fighting, they finally made it.' End quote.
Rabbi Hyman Krustofski: Oh, I never heard the plight of my people phrased so eloquently. Who said that? Rabbi Hillel?
Bart: No.
Rabbi Hyman Krustofski: It was Judah the Pious?
Bart: No.
Rabbi Hyman Krustofski: Maimonides?
Bart: No.
Rabbi Hyman Krustofski: Oh, I got it! The Dead Sea Scrolls!
Bart: I'm afraid not, Rabbi. It's ...
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Spoofs The Jazz Singer (1980) See more »


This Could Be The Start Of Something
by Steve Allen
Performed by Nancy Cartwright
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A Solid Simpsons Episode!
11 August 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is the sixth episode of the third season of the Simpsons and while not as good as the previous two episodes, it is still rather enjoyable. While there may be a few laughs, the episode is not high on jokes. But the drama is there, and that makes for a surprisingly emotional episode. Father-son reunions sure do have a way of getting into my heart.

In this episode, "Like Father, Like Clown," we finally get to learn a little more about Krusty the Klown and his Jewish heritage. Krusty has been separated from his rabbi father for over 2 decades because his father did not approve of him being an comedian. Lisa and Bart decide to work together to reunite father and son.

Overall, this is a rather sentimental episode that is a little low on the laughs. I have come to expect laughter with the Simpsons, but I was moved by the episode and I guess I can call that a good thing, even though I have never been a favorite of Krusty the Klown. I rate this episode 8/10.

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