The Simpsons has been all over the news of late for this question of how appropriate the characterisation of Apu is (they addressed the alleged racism surrounding the character in a heavily criticised recent episode but have since said they will address the issue more appropriately). It makes it all too easy to harbour ill will against the show when complaints have been raised against its deteriorating quality for years.
But let’s not forget that before the series took its spiral downwards, it was one of the best shows on TV, with numerous iconic episodes and sketches.
Among the latter was of course, ‘Steamed Hams’ a segment in the '22 Short Films about Springfield' episode where Principal Skinner and Superintendent Chalmers have a luncheon. It has inspired a number of hilarious Steamed Hams, But It's... videos.
While Bill Oakley previously shared a much earlier draft of the sequence (which has been deleted since but you can gander at here), fellow Simpsons writer Josh Weinstein has since shared a second draft of the sequence, which looks more or less like the final version except with the addition of a couple of lines from Chalmers.
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
While some people would have liked to see the additional line in the scene, others think the final product was just right:
Hahahahahahaha that would've made it even better https://t.co/MBXplecPJF
— chaz (@dingcharlie_) April 16, 2018
Steamed Hams Except It's The Original Script With Cut Dialogue Which Was Actually The Right Choice To Cut https://t.co/GnjUhM43yw
— Robbie B (@CannedLizard) April 16, 2018
Let us know what you think in the comments.