The Simpsons

Season 10 Episode 10

Viva Ned Flanders

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Jan 10, 1999 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Homer and Ned enjoy a bender in Las Vegas, but when they awake the next morning, they are shocked to find they have two new wives.

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  • Homer and Flanders go to Vegas.

    In this episode, Homer convinces Flanders to go to Vegas with him.

    What I liked:

    * The part where Homer was grilling on the roof. - LMFAO!

    * Homer getting really drunk with Flanders.

    * Flanders actually taking Homer's advice.

    * Homer doing that stupid trick.

    What I didn't like:

    * The fact that they married those nasty cocktail waitresses - they could have did something else.

    * The ending was not all that great.

    Overall, I think that this is another one of season 10's best episodes. It was funny and it showed that Flanders is dumb enough to listen to Homer and follow his advice. I would recommend checking this one out.moreless
  • alright

    i didn't like most of this episode, things such as ned actually being 60 throughout the series {continuity error}, and some of the jokes throughout. this felt like a typical sitcom with 2 parts, the "cliffhanger" being homer and ned marry two other women. I don't like plots like that on this show. I do know this show is a cartoon and sometimes you have to except wackiness and stuff, but to me, there is a limit on what is funny and what is not, and the majority of this episode is simply not funny. Overall grade, C+ or somoreless
  • Homer and Ned accidently marry two cocktail watresses from Vegas.

    Let me start off by saying this episode is just truly amazing, enough said. This episode is one that kept me entertained from start to finish, and it just kept those hilarious jokes coming. It was good to see a stick in the mud like flanders have Homer show him really how to paint the town red. This is surely a great episode, maybe not one of my favorite episodes but it is an episode that I will always remember as being a part of this legendary series. Just a well thought out and greatly executed plot that let to a great episode. Amoreless
  • Living life like an idiot 101 with Homer Simpson.

    Guess what! it is Homer again at the helm! yep, Homer Simpson is the new leading star of the Simpsons tv show. Isn't that crazy? we went from stories about Bart Simpson destroying other's people property to this. What is this? well, this is crazyness. Ned Flanders asking Homer to teach him how to live life a bit less prefectly. Ned you don't need that, you and your God can figure that out I think. I like this episode because although it is a very crazy story, it can actually happen and I believe it has happenned many times before in rela life.moreless
  • Was Ned on drugs in this episode because nobody should ever take Homer's advice.

    In an attempt to show Flanders a good time, Homer takes him to Las Vegas, where they gamble and drink. After a night of debauchery, the men wake up in a hotel room to discover that they've married Amber and Ginger, two trashy but sweet cocktail waitresses from Nero's Palace. Over a breakfast buffet, Homer and Ned try to explain to the women that they already have wives, but the brides prove to be frighteningly tenacious. Homer and Ned are forced to flee Las Vegas when everyone, from hotel security to the Moody Blues, beats them up for dishonoring two young women in need.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

The Moody Blues

The Moody Blues


Guest Star

Maggie Roswell

Maggie Roswell

Maude Flanders, Helen Lovejoy, Miss Hoover, and others

Recurring Role

Pamela Hayden

Pamela Hayden

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

Recurring Role

Marcia Wallace

Marcia Wallace

Mrs. Krabappel

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (14)

    • According to this episode Ned is 60 years old, even though in "Hurricane Neddy" he said he was in a mental hospital as a child only 30 years ago.

    • When Homer loses at roulette betting on red the dealer says the ball came up 14 Black. 14 is red on the roulette wheel.

    • Casinos parodied during Ned and Homer's trip to Las Vegas:
      Luxor (When driving into town, the light beam is on.)
      Nero's Palace (Caesars Palace, where Homer and Ned stay.)
      Golddiggers Casino (The Golden Nugget)
      Newark Newark (New York, New York)
      Rivera's (The Riveria)
      Snowshoe Casino (Binion's Horseshoe)
      Quicksands (The Sands)
      Safari Casino (Sahara)
      Stratosphere (Seen through the window of their room.)

    • List of free music tapes seen at the car wash:
      Seals and Crofts
      Pablo Cruz
      Air Supply
      Loggins and Oates

    • Music From This Episode
      "Any Way You Want It" by Journey (When Grandpa and Jasper get carjacked.)
      "Viva Las Vegas" by Elvis Presley (When Homer and Ned are fleeing their wives in the casino and the closing credits.)

    • When Ned says, "the letter X," the captioning reads "finger foods."

    • Ned's sweater didn't appear wet after he got out of the hot tub.

    • There is no hotel window in Vegas where one can get a good view of both the Stratosphere Tower and the Luxor (my grandmother recently went to Vegas and she told me this).

    • Lance Murdock's voice sounds different than it did in "Bart the Daredevil".

    • When Ned meets Joan Rivers, the buildings across the street change.

    • Ned acts as though he's never really hung out with Homer before--and the plot to "Homer Loves Flanders" would indicate otherwise (though in that episode, Flanders wasn't willing to be Homer's friend as the story progressed).

    • When Ned walked behind a glass of water, the image of him through the glass should have crossed in the other direction.

    • Ned says that he hasn't drank liquor before--what about the blackberry Schnapps on "Duffless" (though alcohol does make you forget, so...)?

    • Lisa says she never heard of Loggins & Oates, but in her fantasy in "Lisa's Rival," she was on stage with John Oates (and Loggins' erstwhile partner, Jim Messina).

  • QUOTES (18)

    • Homer: Argh, it's the Moody Blues!
      Graeme Edge: Cold-hearted Homer, ditching his wife, while ancient Ned runs for his life...
      Justin Hayward: Chips of red, and blue, and white, but we decide which...
      John Lodge: Can the poems, it's arse-whipping time!
      Ray Thomas: (pulling out a knife) I want fatty!

    • Casino Security Guard: Someone dishonoring their marriage vows? Not in Las Vegas!

    • Homer: What if we switched wives? Would that help?
      Flanders: For the last time, NO!

    • Reverend Lovejoy: And once again, tithing is ten percent off the top, that's gross income, not net. Please people, don't force us to audit.

    • (At the casino demolition)
      Mr. Burns: I'm just thinking about my employees. All the card sharks, bottom dealers and schills. Where will they go?
      Smithers: They're managing your chain of nursing homes, sir.
      Mr. Burns: Excellent!

    • Maude: Well, you may be a little cautious, but what's the harm? Some people like chunky peanut butter and some like smooth.
      Flanders: And some people prefer to steer clear of that hornet's nest altogether! I'll take a piece of plain white bread, thank you, maybe with a --
      Maude, Rod, and Todd: Glass of water on the side for dipping!

    • Lisa: What kind of music is it?
      Bart: Soft rock?
      Marge: Nope.
      Homer: Wuss rock?
      Marge: Yeah that's it.

    • Homer: Well, well, well. Flawless Flanders wants help from Stinkypants Simpson.
      Ned: Yeah, I guess I do.
      Homer: Welly, welly, welly. Mr. Clean wants to hang with Dirty Dingus McGee.
      Ned: Well, will you teach me the secret of your intoxicating lust for life?
      Homer: Wellity, wellity, wellity--
      Ned: Stop that!

    • Ned: Ooh, it's going on 8:30. I'd better call Maude and tell her where I am.
      Homer: Relax; I called her from the gas station.
      Ned: Thanks buddy.
      Homer: …Sucker!

    • Ned: The lights, the noise, the letter X. It's all designed to inflame the senses. I'm overstimulated. I've gotta get out of this town.

    • Homer: Ladies, we want to do the honorable thing, so breakfast is on us with full waffle bar privileges. But first, I'm afraid we have some bad news... The waffle bar is closed! I'm sorry I'm so very.
      Ned: Homer! The bad news is, ladies, we already have wives.

    • Homer: Alright, lets get our story straight for Marge and Maude. We were out buying them fabulous gifts.
      Ned: What's the occasion?
      Homer: Because we love them, jackass! Anywho, we came out of Walmart, when suddenly 100 spaceships--
      Ned: Homer!
      Homer: You're right, you're right. 50 spaceships beamed us aboard. They gang probed you, while I discovered an invention that blew their heads up and saved America.
      Ned: Uh, do I have to be gang probed?
      Homer: Would you rather tell Maude the truth?
      Ned: What do the aliens look like?
      Homer: Well, I only saw them from the back, cause they were so busy gang probing you!

    • Marge: You'd better stop and get the car washed..
      Homer: Ah, what's the rush? It might rain next week.
      Lenny: Hey Homer... Car's kinda dirty!
      Homer: Really? Think I should get it washed?
      Lenny: Yeah, maybe.
      (Homer pulls into car wash.)
      Marge: You listen to your friends but you never listen to me...
      Homer: Hey, that's great!

    • Homer: Nobody's gonna take my Ned, gonna teach him to have fu-uh-un!

    • Bart: You've never snuck out of church to break into cars?

    • Flanders: How do you do it, Homer? How do you silence that little voice that says "think?"
      Homer: Who, Lisa?

    • Homer: Now, let's see, what's Marge's birthday? Barney's is April 20th, same as Hitler's, so Marge must be fifty.

    • Homer: Eat my dust, dust!

  • NOTES (6)

    • This episode was nominated for the 1999 Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program (For Programming One Hour or Less).

    • The opening scene of this episode references the long-forgotten Mr. Burns's Casino from "$pringfield (Or How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love Legalized Gambling)", and the whole town being moved at the end of "Trash of the Titans".

    • Blackboard Joke: My mom is not dating Jerry Seinfeld.
      Couch Gag: The family sit on the couch as normal. A live-action hand spins the picture and causes the paint to smear.

    • Alternate titles to this episode include: "Fear and Loathing of Ned Flanders" and "Flanders Does Vegas".

    • Some versions of this episode change Homer's line about Barney Gumble's birthday being on the same date as Adolf Hitler's (April 20) so that way Homer says that Barney's birthday is the same day as Lassie's (June 15).

    • Comic book guy's bumper sticker reads, "Kang is my co-pilot"

  • ALLUSIONS (12)

    • New York, New York
      One of the attractions in Las Vegas is called Newark, Newark. This is an allusion to the song and movie New York, New York.

    • Oklahoma!
      When entering Las Vegas, one of the signs for a play is called Okla-Homo. This is an allusion to the play/movie, Oklahoma!

    • Cirque du Soleil
      A sign seen in Las Vegas reads" Cirque du Buffet". This is a reference to the many Cirque du Soleil shows in Las Vegas as well as the abundance of buffets on the strip.

    • I Know What You Did Last Summer
      A message spotted on the church marquee reads: "Today's Topic: He Knows What You Did Last Summer." This is a reference to the 1997 film I Know What You Did Last Summer.

    • Priest: By the power vested in me by the Chicago Outfit...
      This is a reference to the crime syndicate known as the Chicago Outfit. Their reach included control of many Las Vegas casinos.

    • Ned Flanders: When I want to laugh, I'll take Bob Saget.
      Bob Saget is an American actor and comedian. He is perhaps best known for his roles as Danny Tanner on the TV show Full House and as the former host of America's Funniest Home Videos.

    • Flander: This may sound just a teeny bit insane in the old membrane, Homer, but . . .

      "Insane in the membrane" is a line from rap group Cypress Hill's song "Insane in the Brain." It's strange that Ned would reference this song; Cypress Hill doesn't seem like his style of music.

    • Moe (splashing holy water on his face): Aah! It burns!

      In the classic horror movie The Exorcist, Father Karras throws holy water on Regan, who is possessed by the devil, and she has much the same reaction.

    • Homer: One day soon I will come for you. And then the game will begin. Could be in the middle of the night, it could be when you least expect it. Or whatever's good for you, I don't care.
      Ned signs a contract just like Michael Douglas does in the 1997 film The Game; afterwards Homer quotes some of the rules from the movie.

    • When Homer and Ned are driving off to Las Vegas, another car approaches the screen and it contains the characters out of Hunter S. Thompson's book 'Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas'

    • "Viva Ned Flanders" is an obvious take off on the title of the 1964 Elvis film Viva Las Vegas.

    • Ned: "And then there's Maude! And then there's Maude!"
      While worrying about how his wife Maude would react to Ned's mistake wedding, he quotes lines from the Maude theme song.