After only having minor appearances this season, Krusty returned this week for his own episode, as the voice behind this iconic character (and Homer!), Dan Castellaneta returned to the pen the script for "The Ten-Per-Cent Solution."
It opened with Itchy & Scratchy movie parodies and the meta joke acknowledging the criticism (mine included) about the show's untimely nature as a result of its animation process.
Naturally, when the show moved to an animated format, "Krusty Gets Kancelled" for the umpteenth time. Rather than the Simpsons kids saving him via a star-studded comeback special this time around, they reunited Krusty with a former agent, Annie Dubinsky, guest-voiced by Joan Rivers. She explained her brilliant new Pee Wee Herman image for the clown.
Castellaneta, in addition to repeating the plot line, also took some liberties with his character's origin story. Krusty's lifelong dream to become a clown was made by Annie this time around.
How would the Rabbi Krustofski feel about that? Don't worry, Jackie Mason was there to guest voice and throw some flower pots at him, as well.
Outside some minor continiuity and rehashing issues, the episode was funny, loaded with some intelligent, humorous inside jokes; such as acknowledging the Honeymoon ripoffs, the movie parodies and pretty much everything from HBOWTIME, including the network's budget coming from softcore porn and boxing.
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