How did the writers and producers of “The Simpsons” work Steve Carell into the show?
They made him an accountant for the mob, of course!
That’s the role the deadpan funnyman from “The Office” plays on the upcoming new episode of “The Simpsons,” airing Sunday (Nov. 18) at 8/7c on Fox.
In the episode, Carell (or, more specifically, his voice) guest-stars as mild-mannered Dan Gillick, a new (and probably not recurring) character who is first introduced as a new member of the Pin Pals bowling team. He has apparently replaced Otto the schoolbus driver on the team, which consists of Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, Moe Szyslak, Ned Flanders and Homer Simpson.
But unbeknownst to his clueless teammates, their Pin Pal Dan is employed by mob kingpin Fat Tony (Joe Mantegna) as accountant for Springfield’s first family of crime. With Fat Tony planning to go away for a while, he appoints nebbish Dan as the family’s temporary godfather. And like any professional numbers guy, Dan makes a plan to cut costs and reduce overhead.
We always like a “Simpsons” episode that features Fat Tony and his gang, and as usual, we detected a number of references to classic mob movies in the episode, which we got to see in advance the other day, thanks to Fox. We also think at least one scene was an homage to a movie that wasn’t about gangsters at all — “The Age of Innocence” — a banquet scene that figured into the episode’s other storyline involving Lisa Simpson’s vegetarianism.
“The Simpsons” with Steve Carell airs Sunday night at 8/7c on Fox.