The Simpsons has made some pretty shocking ‘predictions’ over its decades on the screen, however should the show’s latest spooky episode tell us anything it’s that should people not vote in this week’s US election things are going to be pretty dire.
Still, for the show that ‘predicted’ Donald Trump would become president, it was always going to scrape in with a last-minute dig at the leader right before citizens of the United States took to the polls to flex their democratic right.
We’ve been waiting for what seems like four years to see how Matt Groening and co would treat the upcoming battle between Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden – set to finally end in the US today, should all go to plan – and now we’ve finally been graced with the 31st Treehouse Of Horror episode.
Earlier this week the long-running Fox animation, in its 32nd season, began with the anticipated Election Day, with the voters of Springfield waiting in a long line to cast their ballot.
So far seemingly pretty realistic, right?
However Homer is still waiting at home, with Marge badgering him from the polling booth that ‘Your vote for president has never been more important’.
She threatened: ‘You’ll get down here this minute if you care about the three things you love most.’
As Homer finally arrives at his polling station he’s still undecided as to who to vote for, asking if he can instead write in Judge Judy, with Lisa piping up – in a face mask, no less – asking him how on Earth he could still be undecided following the past four years.
Musing over his daughter’s question, multiple headlines flash onscreen in front of Homer that illustrate all the things that have happened under Trump, including ‘put children in cages,’ ‘paid $750 in taxes’, ‘called white supremacists “fine people”‘, ‘said to swallow bleach’, and ‘pulled US out of climate agreement’.
The reminder ends with: ‘And we haven’t even said the worst one.’
Homer then says he’s ‘gotta do something’ as he casts his vote, we assume, for Democratic candidate Joe Biden as he turns to the camera and says: ‘Who are you going to make fun of now, late-night comics?’
Sadly, and this is the spoiler bit, it was all a dream.
Homer didn’t vote. And his vote was the decider.
The real kicker is when Homer imagines just how bad it could be that he didn’t vote. Cut to Inauguration Day next year and Homer sits on his roof wearing full body armour made from kitchen utensils as Springfield is thrown into an apocalypse.
According to LA Times’ rundown of the episode we see U.S. Department of Homeland Security robots patrolling the streets, kicking Hans Moleman sky-high as he yells: ‘That’s what I get for voting for Kanye!’
It’s hardly surprising the show was going to tackle the election this year, with the show previously addressing the 2016 election by seeing Homer attempt to vote for former Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton – only to find Russian leader Vladimir Putin (disguised as a Red Sox supporter), who tells Homer that he’s hacking the election.
Even during this election campaign the show released a short video of Marge addressing claims she sounded like Democratic vice-presidential nominee Kamala Harris.
Sadly we’ve still got a bit to wait until the latest season lands on Disney Plus here in the UK, with season 31 arriving this week.
The Simpsons is available on Disney Plus.
Credit: Original article published here.