The Simpsons: Season 4, Episode 19

The Front (15 Apr. 1993)

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Homer goes back to school after it is revealed that he never graduated. Meanwhile, Bart and Lisa ghostwrite for Itchy & Scratchy using Abe's name.

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Cast

Episode cast overview:
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Homer Simpson / Krusty the Clown / Itchy / Elvis / Writer #1 / Grampa / Artie Ziff / Barney Gumble / Audience Member #1 (voice)
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Marge Simpson (voice)
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Bart Simpson / Child in Action-Figure Man / Todd Flanders (voice)
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Lisa Simpson (voice)
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Roger Meyers Jr. / Bobby Mindich / Documentary Narrator / Cowboy (voice)
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Krusty's Chef / Scratchy / Retirement Home Employee / Principal Dondelinger / Writer #2 / Animation Awards Announcer / Audience Member #2 / Ned Flanders (voice)
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Herself (voice)
Doris Grau ...
Roxie (voice)
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Itchy & Scratchy End Credits / Anti-Fur Protesters (voice)
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After watching a particularly tame Itchy and Scratchy show Lisa and Bart send one of their own scripts to the studio but it is rejected as they under age so they write some more and get Grandpa to say that he is the author. As a result Grandpa wins an award but at the presentation ceremony is horrified to see one of the cartoons for the first time. Homer,meanwhile,has to attend night school after it is discovered that he never actually graduated. Written by don @ minifie-1

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A cartoon writer for the Itchy & Scratchy Show expresses frustration at the show and says he wants to start a sit-com about a sassy robot. Six years later, Matt Groening & Co. made Futurama (1999) a main character of which is Bender, a sassy robot. See more »

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Bart Simpson: Grampa, we need to know your first name.
Grampa: [gasps] You're making my tombstone?
Lisa Simpson: No, no, we're just curious.
Grampa: All right, let's see. First name, first name... well, whenever I'm confused, I just check my underwear.
[pulls them out]
Grampa: It holds the answer to all the important questions.
[reads]
Grampa: "Call me... Abraham Simpson."
Lisa Simpson: Grampa, how'd you take off your underwear without taking off your pants?
Grampa: ...I don't know.
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References The Little Shop of Horrors (1960) See more »

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Fair Harvard
Written by Reverend Samuel Gilman
Performed by Dan Castellaneta
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Homer in school and Bart and Lisa writing Itchy and Scratchy? Yes!
8 January 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In this episode we learn that Homer never completed high school. He has one more course left to take. Meanwhile, Bart and Lisa, discouraged by bad episodes of Itchy and Scratchy, begin writing the episodes themselves under Grandpa Simpson's name.

A good deal of the show's writer were Harvard graduates. There are multiple Harvard jokes in this episode. You can just imagine how these writers were jabbing themselves back and forth while writing this episode.

Grandpa Simpson and Krusty are great in this episode, while Homer's plunger may top them all. Then there's the fact that this is a nice Bart and Lisa adventure story.


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