After 24 seasons, you have to expect Matt Groening and company to start getting pretty creative with the opening couch gag on The Simpsons, right? Well, sure enough, the opening sequence for this Sunday’s episode, which is titled “What Animated Women Want,” is one of the most interesting ones to date: an homage to Breaking Bad.
Marge is Walter White (Byan Cranston)—only instead of meth she makes cupcakes—and Bart is Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul), distributing the addictive confections to his friends. And yes, the opening does end on a couch…just not the Simpsons’ couch.
Of course, Breaking Bad is on AMC, not Fox. Is it strange that a show on Fox is basically advertising for a show on another network? Yeah, I guess. However, the Simpsons are bona fide cultural icons, and Matt Groening and company have basically been doing whatever the hell they want for years now—including making fun of Fox, time and time again. So running a promo for Breaking Bad? Suuure, why not? What’s Fox going to do, cancel The Simpsons?