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D'oh! The Simpsons producer points out 23-year-old error, hiding in plain sight

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Sep 6, 2018

Do you remember the sixth season of The Simpsons? Of course you do, but just in case you don't, here's a refresher about one of it's more popular episodes. Season 6 contains the flashback-friendly "And Maggie Makes Three", which features Homer and Marge telling the kids about Maggie's birth. The event forced Homer to return to work at the power plant instead of continuing at a job that he enjoyed much more. Airing on January 22, 1995, it was short and sweet, and self-contained. No problems, right? 

Wrong, it would seem. After all this time, Simpsons executive producer Matt Selman took to Twitter to point out a glaring error that is contained in the episode. It's right in front of your face, it's been there for 23 years, and yet nobody noticed it until now...at least, nobody has pointed it out until now. 

In the tweeted image, we see Marge talking to Homer while pregnant with Maggie. The big issue? There's a framed photo of Maggie, already born, right behind her. As Selman tweets, "Maggie is in photo on wall behind Marge telling Homer she's pregnant with Maggie."

Another Simpsons executive producer and writer, Al Jean, was quick to respond to the tweet. His response was, "Canon is in ruins!" 

Jean goes on to joke (we think) that at least seventeen people were fired for this 23-year-old error. Of course, there are plenty of mystical explanations as to why this photo would be there — time travel, psychic painting, and wizards being the biggest ones. One Twitter user hilariously tweeted a screencap from Lucy Lawless's Xena-clad appearance on the show — it affirms the wizard possibility. As Lawless said during her animated appearance, "Whenever you notice something like that a wizard did it." 

What other little errors lie in the corners of this animated legend that has been running since man first crawled out of the oceans? There's only one way to know: we must go back to the beginning and watch everything. In the meantime, we're sure that the fine men and women who work on series will be more than happy to point us in the right direction if any similar errors are noticed. 

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