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Judd Apatow reveals 22 year old plot of a Simpsons episode that will be made next year

Nov. 20, 2012by: Niki Stephens
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Who better to talk to about writing an episode of THE SIMPSONS than Conan O'Brien. While O'Brien only served as a writer on the show for year, I wonder if he sat on an episode plot for nearly 22 years. Okay, obviously not, but that is what happened with Judd Apatow.

During a conversion with Conan on his new web show, SERIOUS JIBBER-JABBER, Apatow talked with the host about the episode in question. Earlier during a Q&A at Film Independent for THIS IS 40, Apatow went into the plot more deeply (via IndieWire):

The first thing I ever wrote was a spec episode of The Simpsons. After only five Simpsons episodes aired, I sat down and tried to write one when I was in my early twenties. And what it was about was they went to see a hypnotism show and at the hypnotism show, they made Homer think he was the same age at Bart. And then the hypnotist had a heart attack. So now Homer and Bart became best friends and they spent the rest of the show running away because Homer didnt want responsibility and didnt want to be brought back to his real age. So I basically copied that for every movie Ive made since."

Since mentioning the spec script, Matt Groening and company have decided to give him a shot. I'm sure it also helps that he's more of a household name now than he was 22 years ago. Apatow's episode of THE SIMPSONS will debut next year.

If you'd like to hear the conversation between Conan and Apatow, check it out below. It's a good watch if you have the time on your hands.

Source: VultureConan

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9:30AM on 11/21/2012
this sounds like a good idea which we all know the Simpsons need as bad as Jessica and Ashlee do. whatever happened to all the people of Springfield getting large parts of episodes now its almost entirely based on the core family,i know its called the Simpsons but for 19 seasons they had a shit pile of episodes that had lots of springfieldians in it.
this sounds like a good idea which we all know the Simpsons need as bad as Jessica and Ashlee do. whatever happened to all the people of Springfield getting large parts of episodes now its almost entirely based on the core family,i know its called the Simpsons but for 19 seasons they had a shit pile of episodes that had lots of springfieldians in it.
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2:05AM on 11/21/2012
Wow, I never knew Conan had his own web-show. Just watched the whole thing. Loved it. Thanks Niki!
Wow, I never knew Conan had his own web-show. Just watched the whole thing. Loved it. Thanks Niki!
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11:44PM on 11/20/2012

The Simpsons already did it

While not exactly the same plot, Homer was once hypnotized in what is one of my favorite Simpsons episode ever : "The Blunder Years", a great spoof of "Stand By Me".

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But then again, it is Apatow and I can't wait to see it!
While not exactly the same plot, Homer was once hypnotized in what is one of my favorite Simpsons episode ever : "The Blunder Years", a great spoof of "Stand By Me".

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But then again, it is Apatow and I can't wait to see it!
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11:28PM on 11/20/2012

The Critic?

Didn't Apatow write for 'The Critic'? If he writes this episode, it could be the funniest 'The Simpsons' have been in a while!
Didn't Apatow write for 'The Critic'? If he writes this episode, it could be the funniest 'The Simpsons' have been in a while!
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10:19PM on 11/20/2012
That's actually a wonderful concept.
That's actually a wonderful concept.
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10:16PM on 11/20/2012
That's actually a wonderful concept.
That's actually a wonderful concept.
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10:13PM on 11/20/2012
I still think Undeclared is the best thing he has ever associated himself with.
I still think Undeclared is the best thing he has ever associated himself with.
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7:33PM on 11/21/2012
Freaks and Geeks was better.
Freaks and Geeks was better.
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