If you have been watching The Simpsons for any length of time, you know that the things that always gets us ready for another fun-filled episode is the opening couch gag. Most of the time, these snippets are only a few seconds long. Well, this week the producers have decided to take another route.
This week’s couch gag will last 1:38, and is totally worth the extra time.
Homer, Marge, and the rest of the Simpsons clan, with the exception of Grandpa who will sleep through the whole thing, take off on an unexpected journey through their own little Simpsonized version of The Hobbit.
The couch gag starts off with a Simpsons version of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth Map.
This would be the journey to find The Comfy Couch.
We see Homer, who one could assume has taken on the role of a fat, balding Thorin Oakenshield, Bart, who has clearly taken up the reins as Bilbo Baggins, and Marge, who has seemingly taken on the role of the wise wizard Gandalf, as they prepare to set off on their journey to find the one comfy couch.
The Simpsons travel their way across the land, experiencing all kinds of weather conditions; from lush landscapes, the pouring rain, and blistering cold.
Soon, they unknowingly come across Moe, who has been transformed into a much-yellower version of Gollum. When approached by his one female companion who tells him he shall not receive intimacy before he puts a ring on it, he whips out his one ring and puts it on her finger. Unfortunately for Moe, she disappears. Poor Moe, this guy just can’t catch a break.
Next, they come across Lenny, Carl, and Barney who have taken on roles as drunken trolls. Unfortunately fo them, the drinking comes to an end when the sun rises and they turn into giant stone statues.
Once they finally reach the Dragon’s lair, we see Homer entering the lair. Smaug, who is actually Mister Burns, is sleeping soundly on his bounty of gold. Just like when you see a shiny new penny on the floor, Homer reaches down to pick up so gold. Just then, Mister Burns miraculously wakes up and attempts to choke the life out of Homer.
I guess Homer knows what Bart feels like now.
Finally, the Simpson clan reaches their destination; the elusive comfy couch.
Immediately, Homer plops himself down on the couch and lets out a sigh of relief. Of course, Homer’s tubby butt takes up the entire couch, so no one else has any room to sit.
What about us, man?” Bart asks. “Get your own couch.” Homer replies.
Well isn’t that just typical Homer?
Here is an early look at The Simpsons Hobbit-inspired couch gag from this weekend’s episode.
This epic couch gag will kick off this weekend’s episode of The Simpsons, which is entitled ‘4 Regrettings and a Funeral.’ Before you ask, no…this is not the funeral for Edna Krabappel, nor is it the funeral for the character that they were planning to kill off. Those will both come later down the road. However, they will pay tribute to Marcia Wallace, the actress behind Mrs. Krabappel, on this weekend’s episode.
The Simpsons airs on Sunday nights at 8:00 p.m. on Fox.