In the upcoming episode, “Portrait of a Lackey on Fire” we see a landmark thing both for the show and for one character in particular. We’ve all seen Waylon Smithers here and there. He’s the quintessential lackey for the evil Montgomery Burns, the grumpy, greedy old man who owns and runs the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant where Homer Simpson carelessly works as a supervisor. Across the years, we’ve seen Smithers relentlessly trying to please Mr. Burns in every way shape, and form. And in this article, you will learn about what’s happening to Smithers in The Simpsons season 33, episode 8.
Political correctness will take center stage in this Smithers-centered episode as the LGBT community will have a shot at representation in The Simpsons. Previously, Smither’s came out as openly homosexual back in 2016 in “The Burns Cage” episode. But in this episode, we will have yet another detail added to this storyline. Now without any further ado, let’s start covering the nitty-gritty details regarding Waylon Smithers’ romantic status in the upcoming The Simpson’s episode in Otakukart.
The Simpsons Season 33 Episode 8 release date
The Simpsons Season 33 Episode 8 will release on November 28, 2021, on Fox. Firstly, this episode is titled “Portrait of a Lackey on Fire”. Secondly, this chapter was directed by Steven Dean Moore. Thirdly, Johnny and Rob LaZebnik penned the script for the episode. Fourthly, the guest stars for this episode, which will center around the life of Waylon Smithers, will be Victor Garber as Michael. Christine Baranski playing herself and Christian Siriano playing himself.
If you want to watch The Simpsons, simply tune in to Fox at the airtime. Now, if you want to watch Homer, Bart, Maggie, Lisa, and Marge go about their ways in Springfield, the best place to do it is Disney+. Firstly, The Walt Disney Company bought Fox not so long ago, thus purchasing the rights to distribute The Simpsons. And on Disney+, they’ve done a great job curating playlists, selections, and short films from these programs. That’s not all. You can watch all the seasons there. Now, if you don’t have Disney+, you can watch them on Hulu and Amazon Prime Video.
The Simpsons will move forward will political correctness and the whole representation trend in this episode. Firstly, Waylon Smithers will be the center of this chapter. While previously coming out of the closet in the 2016 episode “The Burns Cage,” the quirky assistant to Mr. Montgomery Burns from Sector 7-G will now have his own romantic love story. Secondly, Smithers will fall in love with a fashion designer, more specifically, Michael De Graaf, voiced by Victor Garber.
In regards to the love story, the producers kept the lid tight, not giving away any details. Still, the episode marks a landmark when it comes to representation and inclusion in shows like The Simpsons with a long-running story on the screen. This episode was penned by Johnny and Rob LaZebnik, who focused on explaining how it is that two gay men meet in each other and fall in love. This is something that might seem ordinary, but the writers felt like they needed to explain the concept of a relationship as an alien thing to the audience.
The cultural relevance of The Simpsons
The Simpsons have benefitted and been hindered by the passage of time due to its duration. In one way, the program has succeeded in developing its characters into realistic (although humorous) portrayals of American society. On the other side, the show’s popularity has dwindled during its decades-long existence, with an average of 4 million viewers in Season 27 compared to 10 million in Season 17. The Simpsons are just not as fantastic as it once was. Due to the show’s falling ratings, the major cast members even consented to a compensation reduction of $300,000 per episode from $400,000 in 2011.
Whatever the case, The Simpsons has had a direct impact on the American experience, whether via pop culture, Americana, or television. It is unarguable that The Simpsons has had its say. Some of the show’s cultural effect is more ephemeral. Fans develop a common cultural knowledge as a result of the show’s catchphrases and one-liners. And its popularity as a prime-time animated program immediately resulted in the production of others of its sort, such as “Family Guy,” “American Dad,” and “Futurama,” as well as a less direct burst of humorous animated comedies targeted at adults. Imagine a pop-cultural world without The Simpsons for a minute, and you’ll comprehend its significance.