- For the Season 25 episode of the same name, see Labor Pains.
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Labor Pains is an Itchy & Scratchy Comics story first printed in Itchy & Scratchy Comics #3. It is the first part of a three-part story, followed by When Bongos Collide! and The Final Collision.
Scratchy has decided to quit doing cartoons because he is sick of the amount of takes needed and his salary. Despite numerous replacements, Itchy starts to miss him and wants to convince him to return. Scratchy works his way through a series of jobs including in a fast food restaurant and as an office worker. Itchy repeatedly sneaks into Scratchy's workplaces and injures him until Scratchy plans on killing himself. A producer gives him a movie deal which he finds worse than his old acting job so he returns to work with Itchy, much to Itchy's delight who was actually the producer in disguise.
In real life, Bart and Lisa have been watching the Itchy and Scratchy cartoon when they hear a noise on the roof. The TV loses its signal and starts to glow until Itchy and Scratchy emerge from it into the Simpsons' house. Itchy continues to chase Scratchy down the streets of Springfield.