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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Episode cast overview:
Homer Simpson / Krusty the Clown / Itchy / Elvis / Writer #1 / Grampa / Artie Ziff / Barney Gumble / Audience Member #1 (voice)
Marge Simpson (voice)
Bart Simpson / Child in Action-Figure Man / Todd Flanders (voice)
Lisa Simpson (voice)
Roger Meyers Jr. / Bobby Mindich / Documentary Narrator / Cowboy (voice)
Krusty's Chef / Scratchy / Retirement Home Employee / Principal Dondelinger / Writer #2 / Animation Awards Announcer / Audience Member #2 / Ned Flanders (voice)
Herself (voice)
Doris Grau ...
Roxie (voice)
Itchy & Scratchy End Credits / Anti-Fur Protesters (voice)


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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Animation | Comedy





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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 »


Marge Simpson: An invitation to our high school reunion! Gee, that's odd, they didn't send one to you.
Homer's Brain: This is it, Homer. It's time to tell her the terrible secret from your past.
Homer: Marge, I ate those fancy soaps you bought for the bathroom.
Marge Simpson: Oh my God!
Homer's Brain: No, the other secret.
Homer: Marge, I never graduated from high school.
Marge Simpson: Well, that still doesn't explain why you ate my soap. Wait, maybe it does.
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References Alice (1976) See more »


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Written by Reverend Samuel Gilman
Performed by Dan Castellaneta
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Abraham Simpson: The Award Winner!
9 January 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is the nineteenth episode of the fourth season of the Simpsons. I thought it was a pretty clever episode as well as humorous. I really loved Grampa's take on cartoon violence. I loved the inside jokes about the award shows, even though I find them fun to watch. An excellent episode mainly due to the fact this has Bart and Lisa working together.

In this episode, "The Front," after a lackluster Itchy and Scratchy show, Bart and Lisa decide to send in a script. After being tossed away, they get Grampa to send in a script to excellent results, thus getting Grampa a nomination. Meanwhile, Homer and Marge attend their high school reunion where it's been found out that Homer did not graduate because he failed remedial science.

Overall, this is a solid episode that features many good moments. Homer failing science is actually something that I can relate with. A good show with good jokes and good morals. And finally, I loved that ending clip with Ned Flanders. I rate this episode 9/10.

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