“Is there room at your table for a foolish old man?” – Abe “Grampa” Simpson
“Well, sure! We’ll have to move a chair in from the den, but it’s no problem. Bart!” – Homer Simpson
Before we finish up with “Politically Inept, With Homer Simpson”, I want to point out one last trick they used to try and make this out-of-date hodgepodge seem snappy and current. Like the faces of the various Republican contenders (and the null signs over the pictures of Cain and Bachmann), this was clearly a late addition used to work around the fact that the production schedule prevents them from ever being with the times. Here is the establishing shot of the Republican meeting where Ted Nugent makes his unexplained appearance:
After this, the show cuts to a close up of Burns and Homer discussing Homer’s choice. When Homer balks and asks if they can get Chris Christie, Burns points stage left and we see . . .
. . . Chris Christie, as out of place as if he were in a flashback. Partly this is just Zombie Simpsons’ old habit of having characters beam in and out of scenes whenever a line and a half of dialogue calls for it. But in this case it doubles as another incongruous way to make this episode seem the least bit current. Just a few seconds after the above cuts back to Homer, he gets his gravy hat shot off by Ted Nugent, and we see that Christie is once again missing from the table:
And we’re back to how we were in the original shot. There’s no Christie, nor is there food all over the place. Most importantly, it’s all characters they could animate into the scene well in advance, so if Christie had actually run they could’ve shown Mitch Daniels sitting in his wife’s handbag or Tim Pawlenty quivering in a pool of his own flop sweat.
This is just a minor cheat, but it nicely illustrates what a Frankenstein’s monster Zombie Simpsons really is. It’s made of unrelated pieces (many of them quite old) sewn together and zapped to see if they’ll stand up and walk. And if they have to staple a few scenes on like a bad toupee to make it look kinda normal, then so be it.