The Simpsons Go Off-Grid, Meet WikiLeaks Founder for 500th Episode

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Is it really possible that this only the 500th episode of "The Simpsons?" It feels like 5,000... On February 19, the longest running show in the USA will hit its 500th episode and to celebrate, Homer and the family are leaving Springfield and going to live off-grid.

According to the Off-Grid magazine (who else would know this...), the programme will be called "At Long Last Leave." After the town of Springfield votes to throw them out, the family is forced to go off to the wilderness.

To add to the confusion, it will also feature an appearance by Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks. He will be their new neighbour in the community. Given that his real life options are running out quickly, this may be more than just a cartoon for Assange. He recorded the dialogue personally over a secret telephone line.

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Apparently, “The Simpsons go off the grid to this very rugged place where they meet Assange, who’s sort of their new Flanders,” said the executive producer of the show.

Assange is a controversial figure in real life and in the show as well. The Simpsons end up watching a home movie with him about an Afghan wedding being bombed. Family entertainment, as always, on the Simpsons.

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