Producer Al Jean revealed almost a year ago that a recurring Simpsons player would be dying.
Obviously, Jackie Mason was solid in what is presumably his last performance as Rabbi Krustofsky.
It's just a shame the script didn't give him more to do.
For many, the expectation coming into "Clown in the Dumps" must have been that the show was losing a major icon - maybe even one of the Simpson family themselves. Krusty's father has only appeared a handful of times in the show's many seasons, and only twice in a significant role. But on the other hand, would there really be any point in killing off one of the show's more iconic characters? Krabappel last season after the unfortunate passing of actress Marcia Wallace.
Instead, it turned out to be Rabbi Hyman Krustofsky. What was more disappointing about the death is that the writers didn't use it to tell an interesting story.
Warning: Full spoilers for The Simpsons: Season 26 premiere follow.
It's pretty crazy to think that The Simpsons kicked off its 26th season tonight.
This wasn't an especially humorous episode either, given the depressing subject matter.
Luckily, there were a few laughs to be had early on.
The Simpsons Top 25 Episodes Family Guy obviously had the bigger and flashier premiere tonight with their hour-long Simpsons-flavored crossover.
This show didn't attempt anything quite as flashy, but it still had one major selling point.
But it felt like an afterthought, and the resolution was as random and abrupt as Krusty's emotional crisis.