Season twenty-six opened with a mystery that a longstanding Springfieldian would die, particularly one whose voice performer had won an Emmy. Would it be Kelsey Grammer’s Sideshow Bob? No. He does appear in this episode, as does David Hyde Pierce as himself instead of Bob’s brother Cecil. That’s just confusing.
No, it’s Jackie Mason’s Rabbi Krustofski.
But first, there was this couch gag from animator Don Hertzfeldt:
That’s just weird.
So, Krusty is being roasted by the likes of guest stars Jeff Ross and Sarah Silverman, but it sure is a lot meaner than he remembers, so, questioning his appeal and talent, he goes to see his father. Rabbi Krustofski seems less inclined to comfort his son, says he finds him to be “Eh,” and then…dies. Man, that’s cold.
That incident puts Krusty in a bad place, and at the funeral talks about losing a father which makes Lisa worry over Homer and she later saves his life by wrapping him in bubble wrap. Man, Lisa does not deal with death well. Then again, she is eight.
Krusty, meanwhile, can’t bring himself to do his show anymore and quits, taking Sideshow Mel with him. Mel should not have argued with Bob at the funeral over who was the better sidekick. Mr. Teeny, on the other hand, takes on the role of Oscar in a stage production of The Odd Couple opposite David Hyde Pierce. That turns out to be just how Neil Simon always wanted it. I don’t know who voices Simon for that one line.
Bart for his part tries to cheer Krusty up by showing him his past shows. That just makes Krusty worse when he sees how repetitive he was. So Krusty gets drunk and imagines Jewish Heaven, where the ghost of Rodney Dangerfield shows him around and everything is awesome until Rabbi Krustofski shows up and reminds Krusty there’s no heaven in the Jewish faith.
That kinda sucks for Krusty, especially as even in the dream the rabbi doesn’t approve of his son. Is there hope? Yeah, actually. Bart takes Krusty to see the clown’s father’s favorite rabbi, and that guy is telling all the same religion jokes Krusty used to make. Rabbi Krustofski did like his son’s jokes.
Just not the delivery.
Well, it’s good enough for Krusty.