As previously guessed, the Simpsons character fated to die in an upcoming Simpsons episode next season is almost certainly Krusty the Clown’s formerly-estranged father, Rabbi Hyman Krustofsky.
A recently-added copyright record for an episode entitled “Clown in the Dumps” simply confirms it:
Who’s the only clown we know of in the Simpsons universe? Krusty, of course (Sideshows Mel and Bob are mere assistant clowns, in my estimation). Why would Krusty be in the dumps? Because his father just died, that’s why. The clues are piling up, and they all point to a dead rabbi.
I would bet my remaining bitcoin on it!
[United States Copyright Office via No Homers Club]
We’ve made fun of episode titles in the past for being exceptionally lazy or recycled puns, but at least those took a modicum of effort and at least ten seconds to come up with. This one, however, takes the cake:
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Mr. Long is the writer of the Simpsons episodes New Kids on the Bleech, Million Dollar Abie, Elementary School Musical, and Brake My Wife, Please. [Twitter]
In case you ever need further evidence of the creative bankruptcy of Current Simpsons, look no further than the episode titles themselves. Here is a list of titles from Seasons 21 and 22.
- Bart Gets a “Z” – Reference to Bart Gets an F, which was also referenced later that season with Bart’s Dog Gets an F, and again in Season 10 with Lisa Gets an “A”
- Rednecks and Broomsticks – Pun of Bedknobs and Broomsticks, already parodied by Mypods and Boomsticks
- O Brother, Where Bart Thou? – Pun of “O Brother, Where Art Thou?,” a fictional novel from Sullivan’s Travels, already referenced by O Brother, Where Art Thou?
- Moe Letter Blues – Pun of Mo’ Better Blues, already referenced by Moe Baby Blues
- Elementary School Musical – Incredibly lazy parody of High School Musical that had already been used by a South Park episode
- Loan-a Lisa – Pun on Mona Lisa, already referenced by Moaning Lisa, Moe’N’a Lisa, and Mona Leaves-a
- Lisa Simpson, This Isn’t Your Life – Reference to the catchphrase from This Is Your Life, already referenced by Homer Simpson, This Is Your Wife
- Flaming Moe – Presumably, this is the title to an upcoming episode where “Moe’s Tavern is converted into an ultra-trendy bar,” which given the homophobic tendencies of the current show, undoubtedly means “gay bar.” The title, of course, is a parody of Flaming Moe’s…. essentially making a gay joke out of a title that was already a gay joke.
The Greatest Story Ever D’ohed
American History X-cellent
Moe Letter Blues
The Bob Next Door
The Squirt and the Whale
Donnie Fatso [No Homers Club]
Someone claiming to be Simpsons writer Bill Odenkirk posted a thread on the No Homers Club message board to respond to internet criticism for the punderful title of upcoming episode “Mona Leaves-a” and defend the use of titular punnage:
Most of you are showing hate towards the episode title, Mona Leaves-a. I’m the writer for this episode, and also pitched the title. I’m here to say that it’s supposed to be a bad pun…
We don’t mind you people criticizing the episodes after they’ve aired, but judging them like you do, when all you know is the title, really makes us mad towards you. Hey, what a great pun! New episode title here we come!
[No Homers Club]
UPDATE: See follow-up post I guess??