| "I, Carumbus"
| Episode Information
"I, Carumbus" is the second episode of season 32 of The Simpsons and the six-hundred and eighty-sixth episode overall. It originally aired on October 4, 2020. The episode was written by Cesar Mazariegos and directed by Rob Oliver. It guest stars Joe Mantegna as Gordus Antonius and Michael Palin as the Springfield History Museum curator.
- "At a museum exhibit of Ancient Rome, Marge and Homer get into an argument about Homer's lack of ambition. They then imagine a Roman version of what would happen if Homer was more career-driven."
The family is visiting the Springfield History Museum's Ancient Rome gallery, where Marge and Homer have an argument over him participating in a management position training program, with Marge wanting Homer to put more effort in. When the museum curator hears their story, he proposes them the story of the life of Obeseus the Wide.
The Curator tells the story of how Obeseus was in a poor family and had to plow the land himself for them, growing strong and muscular. When the father made enough money with his work, he bought a bull to substitute him and sold him to Rome.
He was sold as a fighter in the Colosseum and had to fight Wolfus Rein to the death, and when all seemed lost, he tackled Wolfus and plowed the arena floor with his face, winning the battle. When the daughter of the buyer, Marjora, saw the victory, she stopped her father from killing him.
Obeseus and the other gladiators make a pact that whoever gets freed would free the rest, but when its find out that he impregnated Marjora, he was put in the beheading block, which freed him from the locks, and he was forced to marry Marjora.
Marjora's father offered Homer his friends as workers for his new management job, and Marjora offers him the knowledge of how he'd have to do the work instead of them, so he refuses to set them free like he promised. The job that was offered to him was a laundromat, which uses ammonia from urine to work, so his friends offered him the advice to put jars outside taverns to collect it.
With the idea, Obeseus and his family become rich and moved to new land, and his friends asked him once again to free them now that he was rich, but he refuses again. At the church, Obeseus and Marjora couldn't get front seats cause he wasn't senator so Marjora proposes him to become a senator himself.
Obeseus asked audience to convince the emperor to make him senator, but fails, so the emperor's politically adopted son proposes him to kill the emperor so he can become one, and Obeseus a senator, so he does and over the next 10 years he become even more obese, avoiding freeing his friends and not spending life with his children, while Marjora wanted more, offering him to kill the emperor to become one himself.
When Obeseus refuses, Marjora poisons the emperor's drink, getting him killed, and proposes their son, Bartigula, as new emperor, nicknamed "Bartigula the Jerk", after his cruelty and when he eventually started losing Rome with his ways, he declared himself a God and sent Obeseus to be eaten by the lions.
Obeseus took his friends with him as his "belongings" and they remembered him once again of the pact he never fulfilled. When his daughter came to save him and take him to liberty, he refused and challenged Bartigula, and after a quick fight they both succumbed, one to a fatal wound, the other to being strangled.
Marjora in the end saw his errors and poisoned herself to death, leaving Rome to burn into the ground, 400 years later. Back in the present, the family starts arguing over the story, while the gods notices how they missed the whole point of the story, and ask to change the channel, saying the show sucks now and it has gone off the rails since season 2016, but the father says that he wants to see how it will wrap up, sensing the show is going to end any day soon.
"I, Carumbus" was nominated for a 2021 Writers Guild of America award in Animation, but it lost to "Xerox of a Xerox" from BoJack Horseman.
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