Sunday Preview: “Donnie Fatso”

You thought you could saunter off into the holiday season without another episode of Zombie Simpsons, didn’t you?   Well guess again.  As if last week’s Katy Perry nonsense weren’t enough, tonight we’ve got a gritty, guest star-filled crime drama called “Donnie Fatso.”  Okay, maybe it won’t be gritty, but it definitely has Jon Hamm and Joe Mantegna.  From Simspsons Channel:

Donnie Fatso airs tonight in North America. Homer spends New Year’s Eve in the Springfield Penitentiary after getting caught bribing an official. An FBI investigator (Jon Hamm) offers to reduce his jail time if Homer agrees to go undercover as an informant to investigate Fat Tony. When Homer forges a special bond with Fat Tony and his family, he becomes conflicted between his obligation to the government and his loyalty to his new family. After an unexpected turn of events, Fat Tony’s cousin Fit Tony (Joe Mantegna) seeks to settle a score with Homer, but winds up teaching him an important lesson.

Homer was previously a rat in “The Trouble with Trillions“, but I’m more perplexed by the notion that this could be an episode of Zombie Simpsons with one distinct plot, instead of a hodgepodge of tangents and perfunctory fan service bits cobbled together for the kiddies.  I not optimistic it’s going to be a winner on that basis alone, but it does somehow make it seem intrinsically less shitty.  There’s something unsettling about that…

15 Responses to “Sunday Preview: “Donnie Fatso””

  1. 1 Ezra
    12 December 2010 at 3:31 pm

    There’s not enough gore on that pic to sate my raging bloodlust.

  2. 2 Celia
    12 December 2010 at 4:25 pm

    John Hamm is still fond of Zombie Simpsons, apparently:

    “It was an incredible experience,” he said. “I got to work on ‘The Simpsons,’ which I watched for 20 years and the show is still fresh and still funny and the characters still resonate. It’s one of the best shows on television. It was an honor to be asked to be a part of it.”

    • 3 Charlie Sweatpants
      12 December 2010 at 8:06 pm

      Enh. It’s pretty boilerplate for every celebrity to give out a quote like that one when they’re on Zombie Simpsons. Of course, for publicity’s sake, such quotes are expected for pretty much anything a celebrity does.

  3. 12 December 2010 at 5:11 pm

    I got spoiled to the plot thanks to Season 13 commentaries:


    Fat Tony dies, and Fit Tony takes over. Then Fit Tony gets depressed and eats until he looks like Fat Tony, and the name sticks.


    Not looking forward to this one.

  4. 10 P. Piggly Hogswine
    13 December 2010 at 4:36 am

    As long as they don’t re-introduce any of the legendary one-off characters from the show’s glorious past, I’ll be happy. I dread the day that we see Shelbyville Manhattan or the black-hearted ivory dealer appear in one of these awful new episodes.

  5. 15 Jeff
    14 December 2010 at 12:49 am

    I agree that the Simpsons is no longer a good show. That`s why I`m going to stop watching it instead of wasting my time bitching about it every week.

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