When you’ve been around a long as The Simpsons, you’re going to pick up some things. I don’t mean new skills or a sexually transmitted disease, but rather a quality more akin to an urban legend. Some popular fan theories about the show include the idea that The Simpsons predicted the Syrian Civil War in “New Kids On The Blecch,”and that Springfield exists in a Tesseract that keeps time inside it static as the rest of the world changes and ages around it. The theory that we’re addressing here though, I had never heard of before, but some fans are apparently of the opinion that when Homer fell into a coma in 1993’s “So It’s Come To This: A Simpsons Clip Show,” he never woke up. The show, like revealed at the end of St. Elsewhere with Tommy Westphall, has apparently taken place in Homer’s comatose mind ever since.
Say what?! If you can’t recall the episode, it’s the one in which an April Fool’s prank war between Homer and Bart escalates to the point where Bart has a can of Homer’s beer shaken with such ferocity that it explodes and leaves Homer in a coma when opened. The rest of the episode features the family trying to wake up Homer with remembrances of past episodes, until Homer comes to in the end when Bart confesses, choking the boy with loving care. Or did he? Perhaps that’s what Homer thinks happened, thus explaining why, 22 years later, Bart is still 10, Lisa is still 8 and Maggie is still attached to her pacifier.
If true, that’s pretty messed up, but that is a pretty big if. The question was put to long-time Simpsons executive producer Al Jean by TMZ, and although he’s aware of the theory and finds it “intriguing,” he flat-out denies it.
“It would mean back in 1993 we would presume the show was going on for years and years more and right before we left, threw this hidden monkey wrench in for all our successors,” he said. “I’m afraid it goes with the ‘Dead Bart’ episode in the intriguing but false file.”
“Dead Bart” is a well-known Simpsons anecdote. A post on Creepypasta outlined how the author accosted Matt Groening and demanded to know about “Dead Bart” at which point Groening gave him a link to a website that contained the unfinished early episode of the show where Bart is killed after getting sucked out a plane window leaving a bloody and gory corpse in the process. The rest of the episode follows the family as they cry, and mourn and waste away as the town falls apart around them. It’s what you might call a “downer.” In an added bit of creepiness, the end of the episode features shots of tombstones with the names of future Simpsons guest stars like Michael Jackson and George Harrison, complete with the dates they actually died on in real life. Cue the drama button.
“Dead Bart” has been more than proven false, even though the video “evidence” is probably the most prevalent, easiest to find Simpsons clip on the internet. Like all good conspiracies though, this one just can’t be entirely cast off despite all proof to the contrary. Obviously Al Jean’s word is not going to be dissuasive, so I say, let the fools have their
tartar sauce conspiracy theories.
The Simpsons airs Sunday nights, either in Homer’s mind or not, on Fox.
Source: Comic Book.com