The hit American animated TV series The Simpsons will air an episode set in Israel.
Entitled “The Greatest Story ever D’ohed,” it will feature the yellow family on a church group tour of the holy land guided by a bitter Israeli tour guide played by Sacha Baron Cohen (of Borat and Bruno fame).
Several episodes of the popular series have dealt with Jewish issues, and even the Middle East conflict over the years, but none has been set in Israel until now.
The show’s executive producer Al Jean described some of the scenes to Entertainment Weekly magazine. One example is when Baron Cohen as the tour guide is “trying to get Marge to give him good grades on the comment card, and she goes, ‘You people are pushy,’ and he goes, ‘What do you mean, you people? You try having Syria for a neighbor! What do you have – Canada?’ “
Set to be aired around Palm Sunday, the episode also depicts Homer developing Jerusalem Syndrome and becoming convinced that he’s the messiah. “It’ll be a show that all faiths can come together and be offended by,” Jean promised Simpsons’ fans.