She debuts in "$pringfield", where it is explained she was captured from the wild by Ernst and Gunter. Arnie Pye (voiced by Dan Castellaneta) is a disgruntled, somewhat eccentric helicopter traffic reporter for Springfield's KBBL-TV (Channel 6).She reappears in "Viva Ned Flanders", performing in Las Vegas. He dislikes pompous anchorman Kent Brockman, with whom he often gets into arguments on the air.
When Artie tries to grope her in his car, Marge rejects him and drives off, encountering Homer on her way home.
In adulthood, Artie tries repeatedly to coerce Marge into choosing him over Homer, with Patty's encouragement as she saw him more as the ideal husband for her sister.
A number of them have gained expanded roles and have subsequently starred in their own episodes.
According to the creator of The Simpsons, Matt Groening, the show adopted the concept of a large supporting cast from the Canadian sketch comedy show Second City Television.
In "Half-Decent Proposal" (2002), Marge learns that Artie is extremely wealthy, having made his fortune in computers by inventing an adapter that turns dial-up modem handshaking noises into easy-listening music, and she reluctantly accepts a $1 million offer to spend a weekend at his mansion to pay for an operation Homer needs to cure his extremely loud snoring.
Homer assumes the two are having an affair, but Artie admits that he could not win her over.
The Simpsons includes a large array of supporting characters: co-workers, teachers, family friends, extended relatives, townspeople, local celebrities, fictional characters within the show, and even animals.
The writers originally intended many of these characters as one-time jokes or for fulfilling needed functions in the town.
Akira works as a waiter at The Happy Sumo, a Japanese restaurant in Springfield.