So It's Come to This: A Simpsons Clip Show
The Front
Whacking Day


  • By the time this episode aired, Billy Crystal had hosted The Oscars for three years in a row (1990–1993). He went on to host it in 1997, 1998, 2000, 2004, and 2012.
  • The Flanders segment was added in order to fill in the time of the episode, as nothing else worked.
  • Bart also created an animated piece which a Simpson besides himself wins an award for in Angry Dad: The Movie.
  • Bart also thought about changing his name when he grew up in "The Fat and the Furriest."
  • In this episode the title refers to Abe "fronting" for Bart and Lisa's Itchy & Scratchy episode. In "Please Homer, Don't Hammer 'Em" Marge asks Homer to "front" for her carpentry.
  • According to commentary, the episode was inspired on a real life story regarding the creation of Tiny Toons Adventures episode "Buster and Babs Go Hawaiian", where three eighth grade fans wrote and mailed in a script to Steven Spielberg, and was so well received, that he also invited them to California during the creation process of their episode.
  • The episode "Dazed and Contused" of Itchy and Scratchy is a jab to real life cartoon specials meant to broadcast anti drug and violence messages (and also, were hamfisted and poorly made), especially during the late 1980's and the early 1990s.
  • This episode aired just four days before the fire at the Branch Davidian compound of April 19, 1993.
  • The Cartoon Awards Show not having a clip of Ren and Stimpy is a reference to the aforementioned show's horrible production schedule in which some episodes weren't delivered on time.
  • The book Lisa reads, How To Get Rich Writing Cartoons, is written by John Swartzwelder.
  • The scene where Roger Meyers, Jr. gives Bart and Lisa a tour of Itchy & Scratchy Productions Headquarters features an in-joke. When Roger tells Lisa that they sometimes cut corners by having the animators reuse the background over and over and over again, the hallway shows a pushbroom lady, door, and watercooler four and a half times in the exact same order.
  • This episode features caricatures of Jon Vitti and Rich Moore.


  • The title references The Front, the Woody Allen movie of the same name.
  • Lisa's line about the "Itchy and Sambo" cartoons of the 1930s is a reference to the many theatrical cartoons (particularly the ones made by Disney and Warner Bros. Studios) that are banned from airing (and some DVD releases) due to outdated stereotypes of black people.
  • The first Itchy & Scratchy episode Bart and Lisa write is titled Little Barbershop of Horrors, a reference to Little Shop of Horrors.
  • Strongdar: Master of Akom, is a parody of He-Man and the 1980s He-Man and the Masters of the Universe cartoon and toyline and AKOM, the animation company that produces The Simpsons.
  • Besides copying the Simpsons credits, the Itchy & Scratchy credits also parody the sequence seen at the end of the credits of many TV shows produced by the late Stephen J. Cannell, where Cannell sits at the typewriter in his office and throws a sheet of paper into the air, with it forming of part of his production company's logo. In the episode, Itchy and Scratchy are seen at a desk; Scratchy pulls a sheet from his typewriter and throws it into the air, where it forms an "I & S Productions" logo.

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