Hey hey friends! In our silly lil game, we sometimes see things pop in that we have no clue as to their Origin. They seem familiar, but we just can’t pinpoint from where. So that is why we decided to make a fun lil reminder out of it. To let you know just Where did THAT Come From?
So Level 57 dropped in our games and brought a lot of goodness. Old Jewish Man and Belle with the Maison Derriere have been on a lot of wish lists for a long time. Of course, with every level update, there’s more items than just characters. For this round of origin stories, I wanted to talk about the Old Gray Mare and what it has to do with the Best. Show. Ever. How does a horse in its latter years apply to The Simpsons. Why is she not what she used to be? How is it connected to Old Jewish Man (OJM)? Let’s head to the TV series to find out.
So… this new premium decoration is an original creation by the EA designers. It does connect to OJM and the show and I love it, but finding an image of it would be like taking a selfie with Sasquatch. Of course, it needs to be explained why those wacky folks at EA would decide to create an original design to coincide with Level 57 and for that we head to “Krusty Gets Kancelled” (S4:E22).
When you discuss great Simpsons episodes, this one usually falls in people’s lists. Basically a “Homer at Bat” for celebrities, it has everything from Sideshow Luke Perry, Hugh Hefner and the Red Hot Chili Peppers to Bette Midler and Johnny Carson. The basic storyline is that Krusty finds his show cancelled after a more popular show competes with his time slot. Gabbo may be a “bad wittle boy” but his show cancelling Krusty always made me think of Gabbo as an “S.O.B.” even before he said it.
Krusty getting cancelled was a big deal for me when this episode aired in 1993. I was worried for this icon of the Simpsons universe. Thankfully his biggest fan, one Bartholomew J. Simpson, agreed with me and didn’t let his favorite Klown fall into the nether of TV has-beens by orchestrating a Komeback Special that saved Krusty’s career. But what does that have to do with a dilapidated nag?
Well before you can have a comeback, you usually have a period of despondency and Krusty is no exception. We all know he enjoys the dregs at the bottom of his proverbial barrel and after being cancelled, Bart and Lisa find him panhandling on the street.
He’s not even making any money because another guy is dropping his pants for free and singing a song. Funny that back in this episode OJM was known as Crazy Old Man.
“The old gray mare she ain’t what she used to be, ain’t what she used to be, ain’t what she used to be.”
And there you go friends. TSTO brought us a physical version of a gag that comes to mind when most Simpsons fans think of Old Jewish Man. Now his 4 hour task to “Drop Pants for Change” probably makes a lot more sense for anyone unacquainted with this classic episode. I guess he finally decided to stop giving it way for free… probably around the same time he stopped by Crazy Old Man.
Now bring on the Crazy Old Man Singers. That’s an original animation I’d have loved to see with this level too.
Anywho… maybe the horse we got in our games is the racehorse Krusty used to own with Bette Midler? I don’t know about you but I’ve been calling the Old Gray Mare Krudler since I bought it. I had to put Krudler next to the Retirement Castle to live out its years.
So that’s it for this origin post friendereenos. I used to think he said “Old Gray Mashee ain’t what she used to be.” My best friend thought OJM said Grandma lol. What about you? Did you like the addition of a physical Old Gray Mare? Drop the 40 donuts to place it in your town? Where’d you put it? Sound off and stay classy. “That ought to hold those S.O.B.s.”
TTFN… Wookiee out!