The upcoming episode, titled “Portrait Of A Lackey On Fireplace,” was written by longtime sequence author Rob LaZebnik and his son Johnny LaZebnik, who impressed him to write down Smithers’ authentic coming-out episode.
“So usually, homosexual romances are a subplot or alluded to or proven in some sort of montage or as a punchline,” Johnny LaZebnik informed the New York Put up this week.
“And what I feel I used to be actually enthusiastic about, with this episode, we get to see — with out spoiling an excessive amount of — the start, center and who is aware of the way it ends of a homosexual relationship, of actually moving into the nitty-gritty of how homosexual individuals date, how they meet, what it is like.”
In response to the episode synopsis: “Smithers finds real love with a well-known dressmaker, however will his new relationship destroy Springfield?”
His new boyfriend is trend mogul Michael De Graaf, voiced by Victor Garber.
Garber, the overtly homosexual star of International’s “Household Regulation,” informed the New York Put up he was “crucially essential that these tales are acknowledged,” including that each time he performs a homosexual character “it brings again sure emotions I had as a younger actor the place I could not be homosexual.”
Smither’s sexual orientation was an open secret on the present for years. Earlier than his official popping out in season 27, his utter infatuation with Mr. Burns was depicted in elaborate fantasy sequences.