The Simpsons

Season 8 Episode 8

Hurricane Neddy

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Dec 29, 1996 on FOX
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Episode Summary

After a hurricane blows through Springfield and destroys only Ned Flanders' home, Ned snaps. He is checked into a psychiatric ward to discover the source of his sudden uncontrollable rage.

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  • Hurricane Neddy.

    Probably the best of Season 8. It starts out with Hurricane Barbara headed towards Springfield, and they show all the residents preparing for the storm. After the storm, the residents find that they survived the storm without major damage-except for Ned Flanders. He doesn't have insurance so the family has to move into the church basement. The citizens of Springfield come together to rebuild Flanders' house, except they did a terrible job on it and it ends up falling apart and the Flanders once again find themselves homeless. Ned lashes out at everyone and ends up in a psychiatric hospital. Once he is cured, he returns home to his family and friends.

    The best parts of the episode were when Homer was preparing for the hurricane, he ripped off one of the doors and nailed it over the windows; proving that he is a complete idiot. When they were at the prison and the guy was about to be executed, the roof got torn off and the guy was carried away, the people were disappointed. Then he hits the power lines and gets electrocuted and they all cheer. Also, when they sort of 'parodied' their intro with "The Hurricane" instead of "The Simpsons".

    Overall, this was a fantastic episode. I would recommend that you watch this episode. 10/10moreless
  • Ned Flanders gains depth

    In this episode, Hurricane Barabra strikes Springfield, and the Simpsons go into the cellar during said hurricane and wait out the storm. They eventually pray to God for mercy, and when they emerge everything is ok, rompting Marge to say belief in God leads to good things... only to see Ned Flanders in ruins. His house is destroyed, he lives at a rescuse center. He finally snaps after the town makes him a new house, that doesn't last, and he soon commits himself. Honestly, I didn't really laugh, but we gained enough depth into Flanders character, that it's forgivable, with the help of a nice storyline also. 10/10 A+moreless
  • this was a good ep

    in this ep of the simpsons a hurricane is coming to springfield and everyone is tring to get ready and the town is ok after a few things were picked up like the bowling alley and stuff but everyons houses were fine but ned flanders his house was inruins and the towns people want to help ned flaners rebuild his house thing is he has a scicotic break when his house falls down .again after a bad job of rebuilding and he goes off on everyone including homer and others. and everyone is shocked and ned flanders checks himself in a instition to figure out the real problem. this was agood epmoreless
  • Hurricane Neddy

    A hurricane comes to Springfield, but not too much damage happens- except Ned's house is almost entirely broken. Downhearted, he thinks God is punishing him. But soon Marge and the rest of the town tries to fix the Flanders' house. But the new house is crap, and Ned literally freaks out {in what is really one of the funniest things in the show}, and then Ned goes to a mental hospital. While there, we discover why Ned started talking the way he did. At the end Ned is released from the hospital.

    Great, funny episode, overall grade would be Amoreless
  • Ned goes insane after his house is destroyed.

    A hurricane sweeps through Springfield and destroys only the Flanders's house. To make matters worse, Ned's store, The Leftorium is looted in the storm's aftermath. Without insurance, the family are forced to moved into the church basement. The people of Springfield gather together to rebuild the house. Ned inspects their work and finding that they did a poor job, he lashes out at everybody. Ned commits himself to a mental institution for insulting friends when they were trying to help. Dr. Foster, Ned's childhood psychiatrist treats Ned, and using Homer as a role model, he teaches Ned to express his angry feelings. Ned is cured and returned home. The whole scence where Homer is helping Ned in therapy was hilarious. The ending was hilarious. Everything was well put together! Watch it.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

Maggie Roswell

Maggie Roswell

Maude Flanders, Helen Lovejoy, Miss Hoover, and others

Recurring Role

Tress MacNeille

Tress MacNeille

Agnes Skinner, Brandine Del Roy, Dolph and others

Recurring Role

Pamela Hayden

Pamela Hayden

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

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (9)

  • QUOTES (28)

    • Ned: Why me, Lord? Where have I gone wrong? I've always been nice to people! I don't drink or dance or swear! I've even kept kosher just to be on the safe side! I do everything the Bible says; even the stuff that contradicts the other stuff! What more could I do?

    • Ned's Mother: You gotta help us, Doc. We've tried nothing and we're fresh out of ideas!

    • Dr. Foster: (on phone) Yes, Dr. Foster here. … Ned Flanders? You're sure? … No, no, no, I'll come right over. And may God have mercy on us all. (hangs up) Darling, there's an emergency at the hospital, uh, where are my shoes?
      Mrs. Foster: I think they're in the den.
      Dr. Foster: The den? May God have mercy on us all.

    • Ned: Uh, was that toilet always next to the refrigerator?
      Chief Wiggum: Uh, Ned, you ever try lugging a toilet up a flight of stairs?

    • Ned: Ooh, looks like a loose nail.
      Homer: Yeah, one out of twenty five ain't bad!

    • Homer: Hope you like it, neighbor. We didn't have the best tools or all the know-how, but we did have a wheel-barrel full of love!
      Apu: And a cement-mixer full of hope, and some cement.

    • Kent Brockman: Meantime, Springfield bowlers will be happy to hear that the Bowl-A-Rama is back in business at its new location teetering over the Carter-Nixon tunnel.

    • Maude: Neddy, I know this has been a terrible day. But, by golly, first thing tomorrow morning, we're going to open up the Leftorium and before you know it, we'll be back on our feet.
      Kent Brockman: (on TV) Down here at Springfield Mall, a crowd appeared to have turned its rage… on the Leftorium. Surprisingly, people are grabbing things with both hands, suggesting it's not just south-paws in this rampaging mob.

    • Todd: We got new clothes from the donation bin! (wearing a Butthole Surfers shirt) I'm a surfer!
      (Rod wears a "I'm With Stupid" t-shirt)
      Rod: Look, Daddy, Todd is stupid and I'm with him.

    • Marge: I'm sure your insurance will cover the house.
      Maude: Uh, well, no. Neddy doesn't believe in insurance. He considers it a form of gambling.
      Ned: You know it's kind of funny. The only thing that survived the storm were the family tombstones. They're all we have left.
      Homer: Well, call us if you need anything!

    • Marge: Dear, God, this is Marge Simpson. If you stop this hurricane and save our family, we will be forever grateful and recommend you to all our friends! So, if you could find it in your infinite wisdom to…
      Lisa: Wait! Listen, everybody… the hurricane's over.
      Homer: He fell for it! Way to go, Marge!

    • Kent Brockman: The weather service has warned us to brace ourselves for the onslaught of Hurricane Barbara. And if you think naming a destructive storm after a woman is sexist, you obviously have never seen the gals grabbing for items at a clearance sale.
      Marge: That's true… but he shouldn't say it.

    • Asylum Receptionist: Would you like to be shown to your room or dragged away kicking and screaming?
      Ned: Kicking and screaming, please.

    • Homer: Yello? … Yes? … Mental hospital? … Well I don't know any Ned Flanders.
      Marge: The man who lived next door until his house blew down?
      Homer: Oh, him!

    • Ned: Aw, hell-diddly-ding-dong crap! Can't you morons do anything right?!
      Marge: Ned! We meant well, and everyone here tried their best.
      Ned: Well, my family and I can't live in good intentions, Marge! Oh, your family's out of control, but we can't blame you, because you have good intentions!
      Bart: Hey! Back off, man!
      Ned: Ooh, okay, dude! I wouldn't want you to have a cow, man! Here's a catch-phrase you better learn for your adult years: "Hey, buddy, got a quarter?"
      Bart: I am shocked and appalled.
      Lisa: Mr. Flanders, with all due respect, Bart didn't do anything.
      Ned: (sarcastic gasp of surprise) Do I hear the sound of butting in? It's gotta be Lisa Simpson, Springfield's answer to a question no one asked!
      Chief Wiggum: (laughs)
      Ned: (to Wiggum What do we have here? - The long flabby arm of the law? The last case you got the bottom of, was a case of Malamars!
      Krusty: Malamars, oh haha. That's going in the act.
      Ned: Oh yeah, the clown. The only one of you buffoons who doesn't make me laugh.
      Ned: (to Lenny) And as for you, I don't know you, but I'm sure you're a jerk!
      Lenny: Hey, I've only been here a few minutes! What's going on?
      Ned: (to Moe) You ugly, hate-filled man!
      Moe: Hey, hey, I may be ugly and hate-filled, but I... um, what was the third thing you said?
      Ned: (quietly) Homer, you are the worst human being I have ever met.
      Homer: Hey, I got off pretty easy.

    • Apu: This is the room with electricity. But it has too much electricity. So, I don't know, you might want to wear a hat.
      Ned: Uh-huh. Floor feels a little gritty here.
      Moe: Yeah we ran out of floorboards there, so we painted the dirt. Pretty clever!

    • Apu: Stand behind the flaming garbage cans. We'll be letting you into the store, seventy people at a time.
      Kirk: Oh, let's just beat him up and take his stuff!
      Apu: No no no, do not listen to that man. Remain calm. You will all have a chance to be gouged.

    • Homer: Oh Lisa, there's no record of a hurricane ever hitting Springfield.
      Lisa: Yes, but the records only go back to 1978 when the Hall of Records was mysteriously blown away!

    • Ned: I'm not a bad man. I don't drink or dance or swear. I've done everything the Bible says, even the stuff that contradicts the other stuff! I've even kept kosher, just to stay on the safe side.

    • Ned: (after getting paper cut on Bible) Ouch! Those gilded edges smart.

    • Ned: Reverend Lovejoy, with all that's happened to us today, I kinda feel like Job.
      Reverend Lovejoy: Well, aren't you being a tad melodramatic, Ned? Also, I believe Job was right-handed.
      Ned: But, Reverend, I need to know. Is God punishing me?
      Reverend Lovejoy: Oh, short answer, "yes" with an "if." Long answer, "no" with a "but."

    • (While Homer stops following the script and he and Ned argue, Dr. Foster looks at his script.)
      Dr. Foster: (To other doctor) I can't find what they're saying in here. Did you write this?
      Doctor: Uh...did you like it?

    • Dr. Foster: You folks are free to roam the grounds. Just remember, one of our patients is a cannibal -- try to guess which one! I think you'll be pleasantly surprised.

    • (Mrs. Glick grabs Lisa's head through the crowd in the grocery store.)
      Mrs. Glick: The last pineapple! And plenty ripe too!
      Lisa: But I'm not fruit! I'm a kid!
      (She puts Lisa in her cart.)
      Mrs. Glick: That's what the pumpkin said.
      Ralph: Hi, Lisa! We're going be in a pie!

    • (Seen in a room in the mental hospital.)
      Jay Sherman: It stinks! It stinks! It stinks!
      Psychiatrist: (Humoring) Yes, Mr. Sherman. Everything stinks.

    • Homer: What about mosquito bites?
      Ned: Hm-mm! Sure are fun to scratch!

    • (The doctors at the mental facility use Homer for an experiment with Ned.)
      Homer: (reading from a card) Ned Flanders, I mock your value system. You also appear foolish in the eyes of others.
      Ned: (giggling) Well howdy, Homer.
      (The window closes between them.)
      Dr. Foster: He's not responding. (to Homer) Proceed to Level 2 antagonism.
      (Window between Ned and Homer opens.)
      Homer: Past instances in which I professed to like you were fraudulent!
      Ned: Oh well, I'll just have to try harder.
      (Ned giggles as the window closes again.)
      Dr. Foster: Ah, he's still repressing. (to Homer) Maximum hostility factor.
      (The window between Ned and Homer opens again.)
      Homer: I engaged in intercourse with your spouse or significant other. (to Dr. Foster) Now that's psychiatry! Eh? Eh?
      Ned: Ho ho ho, very funny wise guy.
      Homer: Oh, that's it; you just can't insult this guy. You call him a moron and he just sits there grinning moronally.
      Ned: (to Dr. Foster) Hi, neighbor!
      Homer: You know what your problem is, Flanders? You're afraid to be human.
      Ned: Ho ho, now, why would I be afraid of that?
      Homer: Because humans are obnoxious sometimes. Humans hate things.
      Ned: Well, maybe a few of them do … back east.

    • (Ned goes around beating up children in the daycare)
      Young Ned: Hey, I'm Dick Tracy! Take that Pruneface! Now I'm Pruneface! Take that Dick Tracy! Now I'm Prune Tracy! Take that Dick --
      Dr. Foster: (running in and stopping him) No, Ned! No!

  • NOTES (3)

    • Dr. Foster shows Ned a video 30 years ago when he was just a child, but in "Viva Ned Flanders" in season 10, it is revealed that Ned is 60. So 30 years ago Ned would be 30, not just a child.

    • It is revealed in this episode, that every time Ned uses those 'Diddlies' it is to suppress his anger.

    • Blackboard Joke: None.
      Couch Gag: The TV room now has a Vend-a-Couch. Homer puts a quarter in; nothing happens. Homer bangs on the Vend-A-Couch and a couch falls on him.


    • Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
      The scene where Ned is looking at the new house and walks down a hallway that becomes increasingly smaller is an allusion to a similar scene from the 1971 film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

    • Butthole Surfers
      Todd can be seen wearing a Butthole Surfers shirt he acquired from the church donation bin. The Butthole Surfers are an American alternative band out of San Antonio, Texas.

    • Twister
      Homer is pulled back into the basement a la 1996's film, Twister.

    • Gene Krupa
      During his conversation with Dr. Foster, Ned's father makes a reference to Gene Krupa. Gene Krupa was a popular jazz drummer during the beatnik period.

    • Wizard of Oz
      The scene where the high winds carry away the bowling alley is similar to the scene of a tornado carrying away Dorothy's house in the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz.

    • Homer: Ned, you so crazy.
      "You so crazy" is a line made famous by Martin Lawrence, whose show, Martin, also aired on FOX.