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Like Father, Like Clown

Like Father, Like Clown

Rating: 3.3 (173 votes)


Krusty the Clown finally comes to dinner with the Simpsons, and reveals that he is Jewish, and estranged from his rabbi father. Rabbi Krustofski never liked Krusty's profession of being a clown. He left Krusty for years. So Bart and Lisa team together to try and reunite the two. After searching and searching they find out that the rabbi appears on Reverend Lovejoy's radio show, and soon get his address. They try to convince Rabbi Krustofski to reunite the two by spouting ancient Jewish proverbs, but he refuses. Finally, he gives in when Bart quotes and inspirational phrase from entertainer Sammy Davis Jr. Both Rabbi Krustofski and Krusty the Clown reunited on an episode of the Krusty the Clown show.

Memorable quotes

Bart: Okay, Milhouse, how many Krusty autographs should I put you down for?
Milhouse: A hundred!
Bart: Consider it done.

Bart: Krusty, you don't have to be 'on' tonight.
Homer: What are you talking about! Of course he does!
Lisa: No Dad, Krusty is our guest. Your pratfalls and Punchinello antics aren't necessary here.

Homer: He's talking funny-talk!
Lisa: No Dad, that's Hebrew! Krusty must be Jewish.
Homer: A Jewish entertainer? Get out of here!

Krusty: It's just that saying the bracha brings back a lot of painful memories, the old days, my... my father...
Homer: Hey, Krusty, you going to finish that meatloaf or what?

Homer: Boy, you don't have to follow in my footsteps.
Bart: Don't worry, I don't even like using the bathroom after you.
Homer: Why you little...!

Bart: We came to talk to you about your son.
Rabbi Krustofski: I have no son! (slams door)
Bart: Oh great, we came all this way and it's the wrong guy.
Rabbi Krustofski: (opens the door) I didn't mean that literally! (slams the door again)

Bart: Hello, my name's Dmitri. I'm a first-time caller, long-time listener. My question is, if a son defies his father and chooses a career that makes millions of children happy, shouldn't the father forgive the son?
Reverend Lovejoy: I think so.
Msgr D.: Yes, of course.
Rabbi Krustofski: No way! Absolutely not! Never, never! Who screens these calls? Who's in charge here? There's nobody in charge? They leave a building without people watching it...

Lisa: Here you go, Bart. It's a long shot, but that's all I can do without learning ancient Hebrew. (Bart stares at her) Bart! I am not going to learn ancient Hebrew!


  • Krusty has photos of himself with Alfred Hitchcock and the Beatles.
  • Movies playing at the Springfield-X theater include ''For Your Thighs Only,'' ''Crocodile Done Me,'' and ''Doctor Strangepants.''
  • Rabbi Krustofski turns down the Jackie Mason sandwich at the restaurant.


  • The plot of this episode, a rabbi rejecting his son's choice of careeras an entertainer, is reminiscent of ''The Jazz Singer.''