The Simpsons

Season 11 Episode 14

Alone Again, Natura-Diddily

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Feb 13, 2000 on FOX
8.0
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Alone Again, Natura-Diddily
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After Maude's surprising accidental death, Homer feels compelled to help a saddened, grieving Ned move forward and get back into the dating scene.

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  • car tire

    8.0
    Dude I swear a tire killed her. Just another reason not to substance abuse
  • Ned is naked!

    10
    Maude is dead and Homer is helping Ned by making a dating tape filming him naked and stuff! The best part is a cut of Marge giving birth to Maggie! Hilarious!

  • Lisa takes the family on a hike and then go to see a car race.homer then sees girls firing free t-shirts.The girls fire about 6 of them at him but he bends down an the t-shirts hit Maude Flanders in the back row.She falls off the stands and diesmoreless

    10
    There is one main question i want to ask about this episode: why Maude? i mean,she didn't do anything but why kill her?i think i agree with mostly everybody that this is when the simpsons went really down hill and started to make up random plots.The episode started out well but near the end it sort of became quite random.The episode was mainly about Maude dieing and nothng else they needed something besides that like the kids running away or something.i guess maude wasn't a big part in the show but it was sort of sad in flanders position don't you think?moreless
  • Not Sad

    3.0
    Maude dies {in part due to Homer being dumb and a jerk}. A lot of people say the episode was sad a as a whole, but I strongly disagree. It was just... not sad. It had a slow pacing of jokes, but not sad entirely. Or at all. There were maybe one or two moments where it was sad, but nothing sad enough to make me raise my grade or cry or anything. I'm not expecting to cry, but when an episode deals with death, I expect more emotion rather then laughs. I just think it would be better to have more emotion. Then people wouldn't complain about lack of jokes because the episode wouldn't need jokes. One of season 11's worstsmoreless
  • Rod and Todd play a video game

    8.5
    An episode that seems to promise emotion delivers but there's still room for improvement.



    The episode begins with the Simpsons going on a hiking trip and what at first sounded like bees turns out to be a race-course. Naturally, the Simpsons are given free tickets by a driver. The Flanders are sat behind them at the top of the stand where they are 'out of range of the crashes' although Ned still enjoys the safety gear.



    However, when Homer promotes a barrage of T-Shirts to be fired at him by drawing a target on his disgusting belly with ketchup, Maud, gets hit and is sent toppling over the stand and falls to her death. This moment is great from a dramatic point of view as you get the juxtaposition of the humour of Maud getting hit and the sadness of seeing her die in a matter of seconds.



    What I would have liked to see is Ned's immediate reaction to the death in the following days but instead we fast-forward to a funeral where we see Ned's silent despair (until Moe comes along).



    Homer tries to help but he only makes Ned realise that he's not ready to move on and date although the crazy dog woman was a hilarious scene in the episode. And when Ned refuses to go to Church because God he feels God has let him down, he almost immediately realises his mistake and rushes to Church to hear a Christian Rock band where he finds a friend in lead singer Rachel Jordan. Although Ned says hes not yet ready for dating, the pair agree to meet in future and there is hope in Ned's life for happiness.



    I really liked this episode because it is the first one from the Scully era to really evoke any emotion out of me. However, it still didn't make much of an impact. Is that because Maud was a character that the audience didn't really care about? Then again, who really cared about Bleeding Gum's Murphy yet his death was very emotional.



    This episode had some laughs and moments where you really felt for Ned but all in all, it didn't have enough impact on me to a make it a classic.



    B+moreless
Julie Kavner

Julie Kavner

Marge Simpson, Patty Bouvier, and Selma Bouvier

Harry Shearer

Harry Shearer

Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders, Principal Skinner, Waylon Smithers, Kent Brockman, and others

Dan Castellaneta

Dan Castellaneta

Homer Simpson, Grampa Simpson, Barney Gumble, Krusty the Clown, Groundskeeper Willie, and others

Nancy Cartwright

Nancy Cartwright

Bart Simpson, Nelson Muntz, Ralph Wiggum, Todd Flanders, and others

Yeardley Smith

Yeardley Smith

Lisa Simpson

Hank Azaria

Hank Azaria

Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, Moe Szyslak, Chief Wiggum, Comic Book Guy, Lou, and others

Shawn Colvin

Shawn Colvin

Rachel Jordan

Guest Star

Marcia Wallace

Marcia Wallace

Edna Krabappel

Recurring Role

Frank Welker

Frank Welker

Santa's Little Helper and Additional Animal Voices

Recurring Role

Pamela Hayden

Pamela Hayden

Milhouse Van Houten, Rod Flanders, Jimbo Jones, and others

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (15)

    • Names appearing on tombstones during Maude's burial:
      -Bleedin' Gums Murphy, with a winged sax pictured on his grave and a lily on his tomb.
      -Dr. Marvin Monroe, with a couch on it.
      -Beatrice Simmons
      -Frank "Grimey" Grimes

    • Ned's ATM pin number is 5316.

    • Before Homer shows Flanders the dating tape that he put together, Homer says, "The audio needs some tweaking and there was some footage of Maggie being born that I couldn't get rid of." For this quote to make sense, I would have made Homer say, "...there was some footage of Lisa being born...", because Homer did not have a camcorder for Bart's birth in "I Married Marge", and he was not videotaping Maggie's birth in "And Maggie Makes Three".

    • The label on Homer's bee repellent reads "Bee-Gone. African Strength" and has a picture of a bee choking.

    • A sign seen in the forest says, "Springfield Nature Preserve. Outdoor sex by permit only."

    • T-shirts for the 21-T-shirt salute at Maude's funeral feature a cartoon skeleton and words that say "Let'er R.I.P.".

    • The words ned spells out when he plays scrabble alone are: Solitary, alone, forever, horny, and flanswered.

    • Fascar racer Champ Clay Babock is sponsered by Duff, Garden Blast, and Kwik-E-Mart.

    • There is an actual band named Covenant in real life (although they are not Christian rock, but rather EBM/Futurepop). Swedish band "Covenant" was founded in 1989 by members Joakim Montelius, Clas Nachmanson, and Eskil Simonsson. The Kovenant is also a Norwegian black metal band. There is no connection between either of these bands and the one appearing in this episode.

    • Diane sounds an awfully lot like Maude Flanders.

    • One of the women Ned dates resembles and sounds like Lindsey Naegle, but introduces herself by a different name

    • Homer makes the dating video and changes scenes with star wipes, but in the actual movie there are NO starwipes.

    • Dr. Hibbert points out the T-shirt picture of "a Ford urinating on a Chevy." The closed captioning has it the other way around.

    • When Bart says, "It's a racetrack," the closed-captioning reads, "It's a miracle."

    • In the opening scene, Maggie is not wearing her bow at first, but then it appears.

  • QUOTES (15)

    • Rachel Jordan (singing): In a motel room in Delacroix,
      I was drinking like a Dartmouth boy,
      And thinking about the wrong turns that I took,
      I woke up on the puke-green floor,
      And opened up a dresser drawer,
      Looking for a bottle but instead I found a book!
      A book about a man,
      A book about the dude who lives above,
      A book about a man,
      Who drives a pick-up full of sweet sweet love!
      So if you think he doesn't care,
      Or maybe that he isn't there,
      It's not too late to see how wrong you are.
      So if your soul has gone astray,
      Just let God be your Triple A,
      He'll tow you to salvation,
      And he'll overhaul your heart!

    • Ned: Homer, this really isn't necessary!
      Homer: Those feelings are normal Ned. That's part of the process…watch the sprinkler!
      Ned: Hey! That's my sprinkler!
      Homer: It's natural to feel that way. But the sprinkler is gone, it's time to let go.
      Ned: I just bought that!
      Homer: I know, I know, it's never easy!

    • Moe: Look Ned, I know we ain't hung out much, what with your insane fear of drinking and me being banned from the church and all but eh, that Maude, she was really something.
      Ned: Oh, wasn't she. Thank you Moe, I really appreciate that.
      Moe: I really mean it though, If it was you that died, I would have been on her so fast!
      Ned: What are you saying!?
      Moe: What, nothing, she was hot, what you can't take a compliment?

    • Lovejoy: In many ways Maude Flanders was a supporting player in our lives. She didn't grab our attention with memorable catch phrases or comical accents!
      Willie: Aye!
      Sea Captain: Yarr!
      Frink: Oh Glaven!

    • Ned: Hi-diddly-ho, peddle to the metal-o-philes!
      Homer: Flanders? Since when do you like anything cool?
      Ned: Well I don't care for the speed, but I can't get enough of that safety gear! Helmets, rollbars.
      Maude: I like the fresh air! And looking at the poor people in the infield.

    • Parrot: Squawk! Start your engines! Show us your boobs! Show us your boobs!
      Homer: Better do what he says, Marge!

    • Marge: You know Homer, you really should help her as well.
      Homer: I toileth not on the Sabbath, woman. A pox on thee!

    • Ralph: Mommy has bosoms like that, Daddy!
      Chief Wiggum: Yeah, right.

    • Pit crew member: Hey, you're not a driver!
      Homer: Oh, how rude of me. My name is--
      (He drives off quickly)

    • Dr. Hibbert: A Ford urinating on a Chevy.
      Mrs. Hibbert: Don't you usually laugh at everything?
      Dr. Hibbert: Yes, yes I do.

    • Homer: From now on, I will say "I love you" or "You're special" before you leave the room. Nah, too long. How about just a pat on the butt?

    • Homer: How comes bears can crap in the woods and I can't?

    • Rod: Daddy, can we go up to the front row?
      Ned: Abso-not-ely. We wanna stay away from the drivers' cussing.
      (Bart sits in the row in front of the Flanders.)
      Bart: Move your damn butt!
      Lisa: Bite me!

    • Lisa: Dad, why are you taping Flanders?
      Bart: Do you even have a job anymore?
      Homer: I think it's pretty obvious that I don't.

    • Maude: I like to look at the poor people in the infield.
      Brandine: Dang, Cletus, why'd you have to park next to my parents?
      Cletus: Now, honey, they's my parents too!

  • NOTES (2)

    • When Lisa says, "Why do jerks want everyone to see their stupid names?" after seeing the carvings on the tree, the credit "WRITTEN BY IAN-MAXTONE-GRAHAM" appear in very big letters.

    • Blackboard Joke: My suspension was not mutual.

      Couch Gag: They are in bumper cars, as they enter. There is no couch, Marge w/Maggie bump Homer, and then Bart hits him, and Lisa hits him. Homer yells "D'oh!" as he hits the back wall.

  • ALLUSIONS (4)

    • The background music played during Ned's dating video is "I'm Too Sexy" by Right Said Fred.

    • :
      Laramie Cup is a spoof of the Winston Cup, like a good Simpson cigarette reference should ... be like, that is.

    • The four sponsors of racing cars (AC DeeCee and Quakker State) or of Maude Flanders' funeral (SPT and Budwrench) are plays of automotive products (AC Delco, Quaker State and SPT motor oils and Goodwrench). Budwrench is also a play on Budweiser beer. AC DeeCee may also be a play on AC/DC.

    • The episode title is a reference to the Gilbert O'Sullivan song "Alone Again, Naturally."

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