Smithers will get a boyfriend in historic 'The Simpsons' episode

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Waylon Smithers is finally getting a love interest on “The Simpsons.”

Mr. Burns' longtime loyal assistant will get a boyfriend in an upcoming episode titled “Portrait Of A Lackey On Fire.”

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A synopsis for the episode reads: “Smithers finds true love with a famous fashion designer, but will his new relationship destroy Springfield?”

His love interest is described as fashion designer Michael De Graaf, voiced by Victor Garber.

"He's charming and down to earth, and he loves that Smithers isn't using him to get ahead in the fashion world," executive producer Matt Selman told EW. "Smithers doesn't know anything about fashion. Smithers is a smart, hardworking, intelligent guy. Michael is tired of people from the New York fashion scene where everyone has an agenda. He wants that middle-America regular guy who isn't about status and fashion stuff."

Smithers -- who had a massive crush on his boss over the years -- previously came out in a 2016 episode titled “Tom Collins,” however, his romantic life was never explored fully.

Longtime series writer Rob LaZebnik is back to pen the upcoming installment alongside his son Johnny, who inspired the original coming-out episode.

“To be able to work with Johnny on this was, like, such a dream and to be able to see how truly funny and talented he is was just, you know, super fun and rewarding,” Rob told the New York Post.

Johnny, who also worked on "The Rugrats" reboot on Paramount+, admitted he was excited to write stories with “real impact.”

“So often, gay romances are a subplot or alluded to or shown in some kind of montage or as a punchline. And what I think I was really excited about, with this episode, we get to see — without spoiling too much — the beginning, middle and who knows how it ends of a gay relationship, of really getting into the nitty-gritty of how gay people date, how they meet, what it’s like,” he said. “That was really special to me to get to highlight characters who are not punchlines, who are fully formed.”

Garber also spoke out about the significance of the storyline and character.

“I think it’s crucially important that these stories are acknowledged,” the 72-year-old actor told the outlet. “I haven’t played a lot of gay characters, but every time I do it, it brings back certain feelings I had as a young actor where I couldn’t be gay.”

The historic episode will air on November 21.

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