Brilliant actress Marcia Wallace – best known as the voice of cynical teacher Edna Krabappel on The Simpsons – passed away from cancer last week at the age of 70. In tribute, Fox is running a classic Edna episode called “The Ned-liest Catch” tonight at 6:30 p.m. (CST) as the lead-in to tonight’s new Simpsons episode.
Fox was originally planning to run an episode from Season 3, in which Bart pranks a lonely Mrs, Krabappel after she places an ad in the Lonely Hearts section of the newspaper. (For our younger readers, this was the 90’s version of plentyoffish.com.) It’s a really sweet episode, notwithstanding Homer’s idea of a sensitive romantic letdown letter: “Dear Baby, Welcome to Dumpsville. Population: You.”
However, due to “technical difficulties”, they are instead running a happier episode where Edna gets suspended from her teaching job but starts dating Ned Flanders. Ned, as longtime viewers know, is surprisingly hot underneath the nerdy church guy persona. (Note: I may or may not have a thing for a cartoon character. At least it’s not tentacle hentai.)
Homer: “Does this mean that Mrs. Krabappel is a virgin, too?” Edna: “HA!”
D’oh! My dreams have come true — I will soon be able to drink overpriced beer at Moe’s Tavern and buy Hellboy comics at The Android’s Dungeon in Springfield. Universal Studios is building a Simpsons theme park in Orlando, Florida, that will include working versions of:
* Krusty Burger
* Lard Lad Donuts
* Moe’s Tavern (!)
* The Frying Dutchman, and
* Luigi’s Pizza
Most of all, I am looking forward to the new “intergalactic spinning” ride called Kang & Kodos’ Twirl N’ Hurl, which will (hopefully) send me ***twirling, twirling, twirling towards freedom.
Twirling sold separately.
***Note: You must be a profound Simpsons nerd to get this joke. If you didn’t laugh, congratulate yourself on what must be a rich and interesting social life.
Kodos: They do realize that boarding the Twirl N’ Hurl will send them into an alternate slave dimension, right?
Kang: Hush, sister. Just keep smiling harmlessly. The humans will be giving us tentacle rubs in no time! Bwa-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha!!!
Tentacle jokes: They never get old.