As great as The Simpsons was for the first – we’ll go with – ten series, we can probably all agree that it’s about time it hung up its boots.
Fans of what could well prove to be the greatest TV show ever have been begging for it, like an old faithful pet that’s started shitting in the house, to be put out of its misery for a good while now as each episode gets tougher to watch by the week.
But how on earth do you end something that has become such an iconic part of pop culture for 27 years? It’s got to be perfect.
Well, it sounds like one person may have come up with the perfect ending we’re all desperate for.
Redditor – and genius – LittleMonkey69, posted their idea for the ideal finale and we have to admit, it’s pretty damn perfect.
It goes like this:
When watching TV as a family, it is announced that Itchy and Scratchy is coming to an end and that there will be a competition to allow a fan to write the finale.
All the Simpsons family members enter the contest, and Krusty falls in love with one of the ideas and decides to make it the winner.
But, on the day he announces the names of Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie – they’ve all have won.
Okay so far, but this is where it gets really good. We flash forward a year…
Bart is in class describing his take on the Itchy and Scratchy finale to Milhouse, while showing us Itchy and Scratchy with Bart’s voice-over.
He finishes and the class is silent, Edna Krabappel is staring at him and says, “After-school detention”.
The scene then cuts to the power plant and Homer is describing his finale to Lenny and Carl. He finishes, a bell rings and he gets in a radiation suit.
The scene cuts to a supermarket and Marge is describing her take to Helen Lovejoy, she finishes and strolls Maggie in the trolley to another aisle.
Here, Maggie sees the unibrow baby and starts describing her take via waving and motioning.
She finishes and the scene cuts to Lisa, she begins describing her take to Sherri and Terri. She finishes and picks up her saxophone to go to music practice.
I think you’re probably starting to see where this is going…
She walks in the music room sits down and then sees the time. She realises the show is going to be on in ten minutes. She plays the Itchy and Scratchy melody on her sax and bolts out.
It cuts to Bart, he’s writing on the black board: “I will not talk in class ever again” – he hears a bell, realises the time and runs out.
Cut to Homer holding some plutonium at a conveyor belt when a bell rings at the plant and he too realises the time and runs off, dropping some plutonium.
Cut to the supermarket and we see Marge and Maggie checking out and running through the exit doors.
Cut to a bird’s eye view of their home and we see everyone rushing to take a seat in the couch. They look at each other, they smile, the Itchy and Scratchy music plays, and it cuts to credits.
Personally, I love it. Understated, funny, meaningful – all the things The Simpsons has brought to us over the years goes full circle.
And if the show’s creators do take it then incepts itself another level – a fan has written the final episode of the show based around fans writing the final episode of a show.
I’m so sold on this.