From birthday cake fantasies, to booting up his computer, to dramatic reinterpretations of A Streetcar Named Desire, we’ve known for some time that there was something different about Waylon Smithers. Questions have plagued Mr. Burns’ assistant/toady for years, all the way to The Simpsons‘ 138th Episode Spectacular when Ambassador Henry Mwabwetumba of the Ivory Coast wrote into the show to ask “What is the real deal with Mr. Burns’s assistant, Smithers? You know what I’m talking about.” Well, as the show’s executive producer recently confirmed, there’s much more to Smithers than him being a man in his early 40s, unmarried, and currently residing in Springfield. You know what we mean.
While talking to TV Line about the new season of The Simpsons – yes, the new season started this past Sunday, and yes, they’re still making new episodes so get the jokes out of your system – long-time producer Al Jean addressed when the show would address the Smithers question. “In Springfield now, most people know he’s gay, but obviously Burns doesn’t,” Jean said. “We deal with that in two episodes. He gets fed up with Burns not appreciating him and considers his options.”
We know that Smithers has in the past “considered his options.” Not only does he live in Springfield’s “Gay Town,” but it was sort of implied in “Homer’s Phobia” that Waylan had gone out a couple of times with hipster/collectible impresario John (voice by John Waters), but other than that it’s seemed like Waylon’s been saving all his love for Mr. Burns. You don’t need to speak Spanish to get the point of this clip…
In other Simpsons season 27 news, the finale will be called “Orange is the New Yellow,” and see Marge go to jail for leaving Bart home alone in a send-up of a recent case of a woman being charged with neglect for letting her son play in the park without supervision while she was at work. Meanwhile, a new character named Jamshed will be taking over at the Quik-E-mart when Apu and his brother Sanjay have a falling out.
The Simpsons will run to, at least, the end of its 28th season and still airs Sunday at 8 pm on Fox.