A familiar Martin County voice was heard during Sunday night’s episode of “The Simpsons.”
Maggy Hurchalla, the former county commissioner and an environmentalist, co-starred with her sister Janet Reno to play the former U.S. Attorney General.
“I (was) helping my sister, who is the star of the show,” Hurchalla wrote in an email.
One of the show’s main characters, Bart, is falsely accused of pulling an Easter prank on the school’s marching band and appears before Reno’s character as the former U.S. Attorney General sitting in asthe Children’s Court judge.
“Ah, to be young and on trial,” Reno’s character comments during the episode.
Hurchalla travels to Miami every three weeks to take care of her sister, who developed Parkinson’s in 1995. Hurchalla said Reno was offered a part on the show in August, but the script’s longer lines were too much for her to handle.
“Parkinson’s makes it difficult to speak,” Hurchalla said. She called the producers to let them know Reno couldn’t take the part, but when they discovered how similar she sounded to her sister, they asked her to share the part.
“Janny (Reno) did the one-liners,” Hurchalla said, while she handled the longer pieces of the script.
The episode was dedicated to their brother, Robert Reno, who died of Alzheimer’s disease last year.
Reno and Hurchalla both received payment for their dual guest appearance, but donated the money to the Innocence Project, an organization that uses DNA testing to exonerate those who are wrongfully convicted.
“Because Bart was innocent!” Hurchalla said.
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