These days it’s much easier for travelers to visit Cuba, so it was only a matter of time before The Simpsons headed 90 miles south of Miami. On this trip, although the focus will be on Grampa finding affordable medications, the entire family goes on one big adventure. Variety Latino spoke to Executive Producer Al Jean about Sunday’s episode entitled, “Havana Wild Weekend” airing Sunday, November 13 (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT) on FOX.
“It was inspired by Dan Castellaneta and his wife who went to Cuba and they wanted to turn in a script, Jean told Variety Latino. “So that was the genesis and it deals with how it’s a little easier now to go to Cuba from America. This episode was written a year ago so we write about what we think will be important a year from now or five years from now. Grampa can’t get affordable healthcare even being a vet.”
In an exclusive clip from the show that we’ve added below, Grampa realizes that Cuba has a lot of old vehicles from back in the “good ‘ol days.” Jean explains this new phenomenon they’ve dubbed the “Cubagasm.”
“Cuba has these old American cars in incredible condition, he said. “There’s this phenomenon that old people experience when they’re surrounded by objects from their youth that make them feel younger and they act younger. So Granmpa is seeing all these old cars and he starts feeling younger and better. ‘Cubangasms’ is the medical term that we’re coining for it.”
Jean is excited for fans to see the episode which he promises will feature some beautiful Cuban music, Bart and Lisa arguing in Spanish, and even the return of dictator Fidel Castro.
“There’s a Castro joke in the episode where it’s like, ‘I’d be surprised if he’s still alive’ and he is! He’s over 90 now. He’s dealt with presidents since Eisenhower, it’s unbelievable.”
One other thing that it will also include is their explanation for that now infamous episode where they predict the presidency of Donald Trump at the very beginning. When questioned about the possibility that he had inside information due to him having worked with Scott Baio on one episode of Charles in Charge many years ago, he was happy to jokingly take the blame.
“That gives you the Scott Baio connection, Jean said. “Oh my God, it’s all my fault! We were surprised like a lot of people. All I can say is to hope for the best but we will certainly make fun of whatever happens.”
Adding, “It is crazy. There was the Trump one and there was another one that was nuts where we had a brochure that said New York on $9 a day and then the Twin Towers were next to the 9 so it looked like nine eleven. I don’t know what to tell you. These things are just nuts. I can’t explain it. We definitely think about the future [when writing]. We’re sort of like futurologists because we work so far ahead.
So for example, when we said Brazil was going to lose the World Cup to Germany we had a joke about how funny it would be if after they lost they would sing Ole! Ole! very sadly. So sometimes we have good predictions. The Trump one was just…what odds would you have given that one?
There will probably something else that will happen, only God knows. I don’t know.”