If you've been on the Internet over the past month or so, odds are you've seen something tied to The Simpsons' Steamed Hams sketch. But as it turns out, the iconic segment from the Season Seven episode "22 Short Films About Springfield" almost had a completely different ending.
Josh Weinstein, who was a showrunner of The Simpsons when the episode aired, recently shared a photo of the second draft of the Steamed Hams sketch. You can check it out below.
What, you like Steamed Hams so much you wish there was more of it? Even if it was one line we added in the 2nd draft but then cut because it wasn't as good as the original? Okay, in honor of 22 Short Films About Springfield's 22nd anniversary I give you page 22 of the 2nd draft: pic.twitter.com/THRRhzfXjR— Josh Weinstein (@Joshstrangehill) April 16, 2018
As fans will know, the sketch sees Principal Skinner attempting to impress Superintendent Chalmers over lunch, ultimately leading to him lying and passing off Krustyburgers as "steamed hams". The luncheon ends on an awkward note, with Chalmers leaving as Skinner's house is on fire - which Chalmers thinks are the Northern Lights - in the background. But as it turns out, the second draft of the script took the lie even further, with Chalmers deciding to use the term "steamed hams" during a speech at Albany's Union of Amateur Astronomers.
The idea that there could've been more to the Steamed Hams bit - much less a line that would've made things even more awkward for Skinner - is a pretty interesting bombshell for Simpsons fans. So as you'd expect, there's been quite a reaction to this revelation online. Here's a round-up of some of our favorites.
Hahahahahahaha that would've made it even better https://t.co/MBXplecPJF— chaz (@dingcharlie_) April 16, 2018
We have the confirmed location for SteaHamCon! #TicketToAlbany— Kim Khan (@kimjournalist) April 16, 2018
Huh, so both the "some other burger is just like Krustyburger" skits originally ran one after the other?— John V (@greendarmok) April 16, 2018
I think it was for the best to leave that out. The memes are out of control as it is!— Hannah Whitten (@HannahWhitten91) April 16, 2018
I just want to read the next page.
"Shakes. You don't know what you're gettin....."— James Cariello (@JamesCariello) April 16, 2018
Clearly we need Jeff Goldblum to record these lines as intended. The meme fandom will split into two factions, 2nd Steamers and OG Hams. War is coming.— James C (@netizen_james) April 16, 2018
I'm glad they added the "must have popped up overnight" portion to the Shelbyville McDonald's riff.— Kyle (@iamthetermite) April 16, 2018