Beloved Simpsons joke "Bort" was referenced in last night's episode "Yellow Subterfuge," as roughly half the jokes in modern day Simpsons are just callbacks to old episodes. Apparently, there's a kid named Bort Sampson attending Springfield Elementary, according to this list of names Principal Skinner wields:
Will Bort and Bart ever cross paths? Will Lisa's friend Janey ever get a surname that sticks? Will Skinner ever print out an attendance list that isn't just a random jumble of kids from multiple grades? Keep watching the skis.
[h/t No Homers Club]
A couple weeks ago, Ben Joseph, a first-time Simpsons writer, went onto the notorious pony-fetish website reddit and took some questions about his experience hanging out with Bart Simpson. Some of the answers are sorta-kinda interesting - how the writing process works, how much money you get before taxes, what Hank Azaria looks like ("a bronzed Adonis") - but then he let this little nugget of info slither out:
No restrictions. But, as much as I'd have loved to pitch an all-Bort episode, I also worked hard to pitch something that felt like something they would actually do.
Thanks for dashing our dreams, jerkwad. [reddit]