|Overview||:|| "The Ten-Per-Cent Solution" is the eighth episode of the twenty-third season of the American animated sitcom The Simpsons. It originally aired on the Fox network in the United States on December 4, 2011. In the episode, Krusty the Clown becomes depressed after getting fired from his television show for being unpopular with children. The Simpson family encourages him to make a comeback, suggesting that he seek help from an agent they met earlier at a television museum. This agent turns out to be Annie Dubinsky, who was Krusty's first agent and former girlfriend. Krusty left her when he became successful but now he begs her to take him as a client again. She accepts and together they are able to get him back on television, hosting a show for adults that features his clown tricks. However, Annie soon begins to interfere too much, which frustrates the network executives.
The episode, which contains parodies of films such as The King's Speech, The Social Network, and Black Swan, was written by cast member Dan Castellaneta and his wife Deb Lacusta. Comedian and actress Joan Rivers, who is a big fan of The Simpsons, guest starred as the character Annie. Other guest performances in the episode came from Kevin Dillon and Janeane Garofalo as themselves and Jackie Mason as Krusty's father. Reception of "The Ten-Per-Cent Solution" from television critics has been mixed, with praise directed at Rivers' appearance and the development of Krusty's character. The episode was criticized by the Parents Television Council for containing sexual dialogue. During its original American broadcast, the episode was seen by approximately nine million people.|
|Stars||:|| Nancy Cartwright (Bart Simpson / Nelson Muntz / Ralph Wiggum / Todd Flanders / Kearney / Various (voice)), , Dan Castellaneta (Homer Simpson / Abraham Simpson / Krusty the Klown / Barney / Willy / Sideshow Mel / Mayor Quimby / Hans Moleman / Gil / Itchy / Various (voice)), , Julie Kavner (Marge Simpson / Patty Bouvier / Selma Bouvier / Jacqueline Ingrid Bouvier / Various (voice)), , Yeardley Smith (Lisa Simpson / Various (voice)), , Pamela Hayden (Milhouse Van Houten), , Dan Castellaneta (Groundskeeper Willie), , Harry Shearer (Mr. Burns / Smithers / Dr. Marvin Monroe / Ned Flanders / Seymour Skinner / Otto / Kent Brockman / Dr. Hibbert / Lenny / Rev. Lovejoy / Various), , Hank Azaria (Apu / Moe / Chief Wiggum / Carl / Comic Book Guy / Dr. Nick Riviera / Prof. Frink / Cletus / Sea Captain / Kirk Van Houten / Various), , Harry Shearer (Lenny Leonard), , Harry Shearer (Waylon Smithers), , Harry Shearer (Mr. Burns), , Nancy Cartwright (Nelson Muntz), , Harry Shearer (Reverend Lovejoy), , Russi Taylor (Martin Prince), , Hank Azaria (Chief Wiggum), , Nancy Cartwright (Ralph Wiggum), , Harry Shearer (Dr. Hibbert), , Hank Azaria (Apu Nahasapeemapetilon), , Dan Castellaneta (Grampa Simpson), , Maggie Roswell (Luann Van Houten), , Marcia Wallace (Edna Krabappel), , Dan Castellaneta (Krusty the Clown), , Dan Castellaneta (Sideshow Mel), , Tress MacNeille (Agnes Skinner), , Phil Hartman (Troy McClure), , Chris Edgerly (), , Dan Castellaneta (Barney Gumble), , Dan Castellaneta (Mayor Quimby), , Dan Castellaneta (Hans Moleman), , Julie Kavner (Patty and Selma), , Nancy Cartwright (Todd Flanders), , Nancy Cartwright (Kearney Zzyzwicz), , Harry Shearer (Ned Flanders), , Harry Shearer (Kent Brockman), , Hank Azaria (Moe Szyslak), , Hank Azaria (Comic Book Guy), , Harry Shearer (Mr. Burns / Mr. Smithers / Principal Skinner / Ned Flanders / Reverend Lovejoy / Dr. Hibbert / Various (voice)), |