In a timely installment of "The Simpsons" (Sun., 8 p.m. EST on Fox), Homer becomes the voice of the people, earning his own talk show on a network very similar to Fox News. There, he can spout his opinions and say what the common man is thinking, never mind that he's incredibly ill-informed and ignorant on politics.
Lisa sees the inherent danger in his fear-mongering, but can't get through to him. When he finds himself the head of a gravy boat (they wear them like colonial hats -- *wink wink*) movement, he decides to throw his hat into the presidential debate, and backs Ted Nugent. Nugent gamely voiced himself, comically exaggerating his love of hunting and shooting a bow by killing animals indiscriminately and eventually using children as arrows.
Homer finally saw the light, thanks to a James Madison impersonator, and publicly withdrew his support for Nugent, thus dashing the rocker's dreams of becoming president. Because in the world of "The Simpsons," political pundits have enough power and influence that they can almost indiscriminately choose presidents ... except for Chris Christie, who was too busy eating to be a viable candidate.
This installment marked the 496th episode of the series, with only four more to go until the landmark 500th installment. To celebrate, Fox is organizing an attempt to break the Guiness World Record for marathon television viewing. Participants will get to watch all 500 episodes back-to-back and see how the show has evolved over the past two decades.
"The Simpsons" march to 500 episodes continues every Sunday night at 8 p.m. EST on Fox.
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