Thursday Evening Cartoons

“Please, Dad?” – Bart Simpson
“No.” – Homer Simpson
“Please, Dad?” – Bart Simpson
“No.” – Homer Simpson
“Please, Dad?” – Bart Simpson
“No.” – Homer Simpson
“Please, Dad?” – Bart Simpson
“No.” – Homer Simpson
“Please, Dad?” – Bart Simpson
“No.” – Homer Simpson
“Please, Dad?” – Bart Simpson
“No.” – Homer Simpson
“Please, Dad?” – Bart Simpson
“No.” – Homer Simpson
“Please, Dad?” – Bart Simpson
“No.” – Homer Simpson

It’s pretty rare these days that I notice something in The Simpsons that I’ve never noticed before, but even after all these years and Jebus knows how many rewatches, this show can still surprise me. I was watching “Three Men and a Comic Book” in honor of Cloris Leachman, and out of curiosity I turned the commentary on to see if they said anything about her.

They mentioned Leachman briefly, noting that she knew Brooks from back in The Mary Tyler Moore years and laughed at some of her jokes. But what caught my eye was something from shortly before she shows up.

When the family gets to Krusty Burger after the comic convention, Reiss is laughing at “Jeff Martin script padding” as Bart repetitively pesters Homer to buy him Radioactive Man #1. Then Groening (I think, the voices are hard to tell apart) mentions this guy:

In the 90s, you always knew you were at a classy place when the staff was smoking on the job.

Matt Groening: I like the guy in the background there, just watching, smoking a cigarette.
Jeff Martin: That’s a little gag, well, you had the wholesome Krusty Burger employee on the sign.
Groening (as soon as the shot cuts back): Oh, yeah!

As always with the show, no matter how many times you’ve seen something, there’s often a hidden gem you’ve never noticed before staring you in the face.

2 Responses to “Thursday Evening Cartoons”

  1. 1 PFC
    28 January 2021 at 9:54 pm

    Great to have you back.

  2. 2 Anonymous
    28 January 2021 at 10:25 pm

    Not sure if you know this, but the the guy on the poster reappears again in Lisa’s first word during Krusty’s promotion for the Olympics.

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