After 26 seasons of wedded bliss-ish, Homer and Marge Simpson will legally separate in an episode from "The Simpson's" upcoming 27th year. Executive producer Al Jean broke the news to Simpsons fans in an interview with Variety spotlighting the long-running show's next batch of episodes, which are slated to begin on September 27.
"In the premiere, it’s discovered after all the years Homer has narcolepsy and it’s an incredible strain on the marriage," said Jean, describing the circumstances that will finally prove too much for Marge to bear. "Homer and Marge legally separate, and Homer falls in love with his pharmacist, who’s voiced by Lena Dunham. We’ll have cameos from the other women from 'Girls.'"
The change might not be as permanent as you think, however, since Jean never throws around the "D" word in the interview; he also mentions an episode that he wrote for the show's 27th season that sees Homer and Marge back under one roof.
"I always feel sorry for people who have to work on Christmas eve or aren’t home. Homer stays at Moe’s too late, so Marge kicks him out of the house," said Jean. "He’s wandering Springfield meeting with the different lonely people on Christmas Eve, and he meets Ned Flanders, who starts to cry about losing Edna Krabappel."
Jean ran through even more episodes, teasing what's coming up as the show comes close to rounding out its third decade. "We have an episode coming up where Lisa befriends a homeless woman who turns out to be an incredible singer. The woman’s voiced by Kate McKinnon, but the singing is done by Natalie Maines. In another episode, Spider Pig makes his return. Sideshow Bob appears in a segment, and we finally see him do something he’s wanted to do for 25 years. And we have an episode based on the film 'Boyhood.' It’s a flashback/flashforward about Bart. We go to various points in his life and his life to come which I think came out really well."
"The Simpsons'" 27th season premieres on Fox on September 27.