Gump Roast
Production Code
Episode Number
21 April 2002
Deb Lacusta
Dan Castellaneta
Mark Kirkland
Executive Producer
Al Jean
Jimmy Heenan
Plot Homer is on a park bench, telling a story that Chief Wiggum isn’t interested in, but he builds interest when Homer uses flashbacks (actually clips from previous episodes) to help him tell the story. The family takes him to the Friar’s Club, where he will be roasted by Krusty the Clown and other prominent citizens of Springfield. Among the people roasting him are Bart and Lisa, Grampa and Agnes Skinner (in Jennifer Lopez’s infamous Grammy dress), and, in a Smothers Brothers-like manner, Reverend Lovejoy and Ned Flanders, and even Mr. Burns.

It isn’t long, however, before Kang and Kodos arrive at the roast and prove humans are stupid, as part of their plans for world domination. When they probe Maggie, they find something on Earth that makes them spare it: celebrities.

The episode ends with a flashback song, “They’ll Never Stop the Simpsons,” a parody of Billy Joel’s hit, “We Didn’t Start the Fire.” The song apologizes for the clip-show, and insists that despite the long run of The Simpsons the writers have still “got stories for years!” The future story ideas mentioned are Marge becoming a robot, Moe getting a cell phone, Bart owning a pet bear, and “a crazy wedding, where something happens, and do do do do do.”
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