Important Bonus Material From ‘The Simpsons’

Bill Oakley has offered no shortage of laughs in his work on The Simpsons. Together with Josh Weinstein he penned some of the standout episodes from seasons five and six, including “Bart vs. Australia” and the one where Springfield legalizes gambling. Remember that one? So good. But today Oakley tweeted something marvelous from his days as showrunner of seasons seven and eight.

It’s an audio file from the making of “El Viaje Misterioso de Nuestro Jomer (The Mysterious Voyage of Homer),” perhaps better known as the episode in which Homer consumes hallucinogenic hot peppers during a chili cook-off and takes a peyote-tinged psychedelic journey of self-discovery, with a cameo from Johnny Cash. As Homer begins to trip, the voices of his friends and neighbors become distorted and unreal.

In particular, Ned Flanders’s usual friendly gibberish is heightened to an absurd degree and pitch-shifted. What we didn’t know is that Harry Shearer, who voices Flanders, had to record this nonsense very carefully, as though it were a real line, and not improvise one whit. You can now hear the original take used for the sequence, which is somehow even funnier.

 

 

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