In “The Simpsons” Season 26 episode “Clown in the Dumps,” Krusty the Clown lost his father, Rabbi Krustofski to natural causes. Two years later, Krusty’s father will make his return to “The Simpsons,” in Krusty’s mind.
The rabbi, voiced by Jackie Mason, will make his return to Springfield in a holiday episode that will air this December, Entertainment Weekly reports. In the episode, titled, “The Nightmare After Krustmas,” Krusty will convert to Christianity after an incident with his daughter. While being baptized in the winter, Krusty will fall through ice, leading to a hallucination that shows Krusty’s father.
“Krusty is nearly going to die, so his mind flashes to the hackiest thing it can think of which is a ‘Frozen’ parody, and then he sees his dad and his dad talks to him in this hallucination,” executive producer Al Jean told Entertainment Weekly. “It’s the last thing Krusty sees before he’s about to die.”
While the rabbi has been gone for two seasons now, Jean assumed he would make his return to the show in some way. “We told the actor that didn’t mean the end of his part in the show. He certainly could come back as a memory of Krusty,” he told Entertainment Weekly.
As for Krusty’s daughter Sophie, who was originally played by Drew Barrymore in Season 12, she’ll now be voiced by “Orange Is the New Black” actress Natasha Lyonne. “She has converted to Christianity, and he really disappoints her,” said Jean, “so he converts to try to get her love back.”
Season 28 of “The Simpsons” premieres Sept. 25 on Fox and will include other guest stars such as Jason Alexander, Sarah Silverman, Patton Oswalt and Michael Sheen.