Simpsons Sunday – What If?

Hello and welcome to another Simpsons Sunday. This week I’m going to spout some random thoughts and pose questions, which I have had for a while but never had a chance to put anywhere. I don’t know if people have even thought of some of these things but here they are.
What if Homer was suddenly blind? How would he manage with his current personality and his three children? Would Bart be the same as he is now, while Homer has full eyesight? Would Bart tone things down somewhat, if Homer suddenly loses his eyesight? How would Bart’s sibling rivalry with Lisa change as a result? How would his friends such as: Moe, Barney, Lenny and Carl treat him? Would he even be able to keep his current job at the Springfield nuclear power plant? I’m just asking here!
What if Krusty The Clown revealed himself actually to be Homer? Would Bart still respect him? Would Bart suddenly turn against him or would he be even more involved with Krusty’s TV show? This was discussed in varying degrees in interviews with the producers and it could have been a real fun final episode… maybe.
If Sideshow Bob ever suddenly dies unexpectedly, who would be Bart’s ultimate enemy? Would Sideshow Mel suddenly turn on Krusty and frame him too? If that ever happens, would Bart and Lisa figure it out, all over again? Hmm!
If Nelson wasn’t Bart’s original nemesis at school, would Jimbo, Kearney and Dolph have teamed up to bully Bart regularly? Would have Nelson been one of Bart and Milhouse’s protectors instead? Would it have been as funny? Probably not… then again, maybee if all things work.
If Lisa didn’t become a vegetarian would the show still have survived until now? I think so but the plots for episodes focusing on it would be different. Actually, it was hinted at this character change in the episode Lisa’s Wedding, during Season 6
Would The Simpsons allow Yeardley Smith to use Lisa’s voice as an audio tester? If Lisa was allowed to she could have or could still use her voice to test out stereo speakers. If you listen to the timber it would be perfect for testing out both the bass and treble.
If Marcia Wallace hadn’t passed away last October, would Mrs. Krabappel have continued as Bart’s fourth grade teacher throughout the rest of the series? It would be interesting to see what plots that could have been hatched if she was still alive today.
What if Lisa hadn’t met Bleeding Gums Murphy in the episode Moaning Lisa? Would she eventually loose interest in her saxophone or would she continue being blue throughout the rest of the series run? Bleeding Gums Murphy didn’t last very long on the show but it is interesting to wonder what would have become if Lisa didn’t hear him playing his horn. After all, he did make an impact on her life but he wasn’t the only one outside the family to do so, as you will see below.
If Mr. Bergstrom had become a reoccurring substitute teacher how would Bart and his class react to his teaching style? Woodbark be jousting as much with him as he did with Mrs. Krabappel? Again, it is interesting and there may hopefully be a chance that we could find out one day. Of course Lisa took to him and his teaching style and was understandably devastated when he left on the train for the projects in Capitol City.
If Frank Grimes turned out to actually like Homer, would he become a reoccurring character on the show? Probably yes and maybe they would have become really close friends. Obviously, we know how things turned out so let’s leave that alone.
If Ned Flanders hadn’t played more of a Fatherly roll in Bart’s life in The Simpsons Movie, would Bart have drank more whiskey, despite Marge ordering him to stop? Also, what if Homer did not win the truck? How would have the family escaped to Alaska? What if Russ Cargill had shot Homer but not killed him, before Maggie dropped a boulder on his head? Also, what if Bart hadn’t skateboarded naked to Krusty Burgers? Would Homer have met Spider Pig?
These are questions and some thoughts I have been living with for a while and well, we may never know the answer to some of them. But it is fun to consider what could have become if things were different with certain characters on the show.
On the birthday front, Metallica singer and guitarist James Hetfield turns 51 today. Him and the rest of Metallica were guest stars on the Season 18 premier episode The Mook, The Chef, The Wife And Her Homer. James writes most of the lyrics and music, along with drummer Lars Ulrich and occasionally lead guitarist Kirk Hammett. One of James’s lines in the episode was “we don’t take rides from strangers” after Otto sees them and offers them a lift, after Bart hijacks the school bus.
One of the bands Metallica influenced has released a new song on Friday. Slipknot has put out a new song via their website called The Negative One and it’s just killer. I know it has nothing to do with The Simpsons but it does have everything to do with my wish to have Slipknot guest star on the show at some point. Maybe they can play a concert in Springfield and Bart somehow gets into the mosh pit with Homer. Then again, Bart may do something to bring the concert to a chaotic ending, with one of his practical jokes that go very wrong. It’s just a thought!
As usual to end each Simpsons Sunday post, I recommend checking out Chris Ladesma’s blog. He is the Music Editor for The Simpsons and has been since day 1.
http://simpsonsmusic500.wordpress.com/author/simpsonsmusic500/
I also recommend checking out Yeardley Smith’s blog at http://gobbingoff.tumblr.com
I should also mention Marchez Vous, which is her women’s shoe designer company, which she started earlier in the decade. You can check out their website at
http://www.marchesvous.com
For some strange reason everyone I know hasn’t heard of them yet. Hopefully I can change that.
You can also comment here or you can email me at blindgordie@gmail.com and I will reply as soon as I can to all messages I receive. I would much prefer getting an email so I can reply directly to you, but that’s just me.
Anyway, I hope everyone in Ontario enjoys the civic long weekend.

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