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Krusty becomes alarmed at the flagging ratings for "The Itchy & Scratchy Show" and demands it be corrected. The producers reason some new gimmicks are needed to inject fresh air and - after a focus group doesn't quite go as well as planned - decide to introduce a new character named Poochie, a rapping cartoon dog that is supposed to become friends with Itchy and Scratchy. Homer auditions to do ... See full summary »

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Marge Simpson (voice)
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Lisa Simpson (voice)
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Oakley / Meyer / Roy / Doug / Comic Book Guy / 'Uh, in episode...' / Moe Szyslak / Carl (voice)
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Focus Group Guy / Animator / Otto / Cohen / Recording Engineer / Scratchy / Jasper / Ned Flanders / Kent Brockman / Gary (voice)
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Troy McClure (voice)
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Network Lady / June Bellamy (voice)
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Milhouse Van Houten / Krusty's Secretary (voice)
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Krusty becomes alarmed at the flagging ratings for "The Itchy & Scratchy Show" and demands it be corrected. The producers reason some new gimmicks are needed to inject fresh air and - after a focus group doesn't quite go as well as planned - decide to introduce a new character named Poochie, a rapping cartoon dog that is supposed to become friends with Itchy and Scratchy. Homer auditions to do Poochie's voice and wins the part. Poochie's first cartoon, "The Beagle Has Landed," premieres to great fanfare but is poorly received to say the least. The producers decide that, given his spectacular failure, Poochie will be killed off in the mutt's next cartoon. Homer learns about this and at his next recording session, gives a speech imploring everyone to give Poochie a chance. However, the effort is unsuccessful and Poochie's death - along with the correct lines dubbed in - is revealed in the next animated short. Also: A college-aged boy named Roy temporarily moves in with the Simpsons and ...

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Animation | Comedy

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Trivia

The Itchy & Scratchy writers are caricatures of the writing staff for The Simpsons (1989). See more »

Goofs

In episode 2F09 when Itchy plays Scratchy's skeleton like a xylophone, he strikes the same rib twice in succession, yet he produces two clearly different tones. I mean, what are we to believe, that this is some sort of a magic xylophone or something? Boy, I really hope somebody got fired for that blunder. See more »

Quotes

Focus Group Guy: [after showing the kids some Itchy & Scratchy cartoons] Okay, how many of the kids would like Itchy & Scratchy to deal with real life problems like the ones you face every day?
[the kids cheer]
Focus Group Guy: And who would like to see them do just the opposite, getting into far-out situations involving robots and magic powers.
[the kid kids cheer again]
Focus Group Guy: So you want a realistic down-to-earth show that's completely off the wall and swarming with magic robots?
[the kids all chat at once about it being a great idea]
Milhouse Van Houten: ...
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Connections

Featured in Some Jerk with a Camera: The Simpsons Ride (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Poochie Rap Song
Written by Alf Clausen and David X. Cohen (as David Cohen)
Performed by Dan Castellaneta
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Very Clever Take on Something Several Television Series Have Done,
26 August 2014 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

The Itchy and Scratchy and Poochie Show is a brilliant Simpsons episode with a very well written storyline and a ton of very funny scenes.The episode is very cleverly written and is a very smart take on what several television series have done to get the show better ratings, Poochie was a very legit way that a new character is introduced in a show,pops up out of nowhere and suddenly all the other characters instantly love him.I also really liked seeing Homer as the voice actor of Poochie and the writing room scenes for Itchy and Scatchy are some of the episodes highlights.Another great episode from the eight season (without a doubt my favourite season to date),the Itchy and Scratchy and Poochie Show is a funny and clever episode.

When ratings start going down,the writers of Itchy and Scratchy decide to add a new character to make things interesting,however Poochie the dog is unsuccessful with fans.

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