In the 23rd season, episode 8 of The Simpsons, an animated Joan Rivers is introduced emerging from a hospital room? No context is given as to why. In the background, we see an i.v. plasma bag and bed. Joan’s character talks about the death of celebrities while Homer play acts a bloated corpse. The episode centers around a relationship Joan has with Crusty the Clown. At the end of the episode, Joan is silent as Crusty asks her to “wake up”.