The Simpsons

Season 3 Episode 3

When Flanders Failed

4
Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Oct 03, 1991 on FOX
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While hosting a backyard barbecue, Ned Flanders announces that he is going to open “The Leftorium,” a new store in the mall that will cater to the needs of left-handers in Springfield. Homer scoffs at the idea, secretly wishing for Ned to fail, and to his delight, his wish starts to come true.moreless

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Dan Castellaneta

Dan Castellaneta

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

Hank Azaria

Hank Azaria

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

Harry Shearer

Harry Shearer

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

Julie Kavner

Julie Kavner

Marge Simpson, Patty Bouvier, and Selma Bouvier

Nancy Cartwright

Nancy Cartwright

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

Yeardley Smith

Yeardley Smith

Lisa Simpson

Pamela Hayden

Pamela Hayden

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

Recurring Role

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

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (9)

  • QUOTES (16)

    • Bart: Yo, Sensei, can I go to the bathroom?
      Akira: You can if you believe you can!

    • Bart: When do we get to break blocks of ice with our heads?
      Akira: First you must fill your head with knowledge. Then you can hit ice with it.

    • Homer: Hello Jerry, remember last month when I paid back that loan, well now I need you to do a favor for me.

    • Mr. Burns: Well, the worm has turned, has it not, my tin-plated friend? Look out, you. You who were once so proud! Feel the wrath of the left hand of Burns!

    • Homer: It's all here, and it's all backwards!

    • Akira: We learn karate, so that we need never use it.
      Bart: Um, excuse me, sir. I already know how not to hit a guy. Can we break out the nunchucks?

    • Homer: See Marge, you knock TV and then it helps you out. I think you owe someone an apology.

    • Ned: See anything you like?
      Homer: Oh, I get it! It's not good enough for you, but it's good enough for me! Well, I wouldn't be caught dead buying this... (spies something) hello!

    • Marge: Bart, don't use the Touch of Death on your sister.

    • Lisa: Dad, do you know what Schadenfreude is?
      Homer: (sarcastically) No, I do not know what Schadenfreude is. Please tell me, because I'm dying to know!
      Lisa: It's a German term for 'shameful joy', taking pleasure in the suffering of others.
      Homer: Oh, come on Lisa. I'm just glad to see him fall flat on his butt!

    • Flanders: Even the good book can't help me now!
      Homer: Why not?
      Flanders: I sold it to you for seven cents!

    • Lisa: You punks are about to get a taste of your own medicine, this is my brother and he knows karate!
      Jimbo: Oh, we're real scared!
      Kearney: Please don't hurt us Bart!
      Dolph: What are you gonna do? Throw your diapers at us? Haha!
      Lisa: Yeah just keep laughing, you know it makes him madder! Come on Bart, start em off with the touch of death, and go from there!
      Bart: I think they've learned their lesson already
      Jimbo: No! We wanna see the touch of death!

    • Chuck: Good afternoon, sir. I'm Chuck Ellis from the Springfield Collection Agency, and I'm here to ask you why you think you don't need to pay your bills!
      Homer: Oh, I know I disobey them but there's just so many!
      Chuck: Does it make you feel good about yourself to owe people money? We've been very patient with you, Mr. Flanders.
      Homer: I know but.... wait a minute, I'm Homer Simpson! Ned Flanders lives over there.

    • Homer: Hey Bartely Boobely, care for a Steak-a-roonie?
      Bart: Sounds scrump-diddely-umptious dear old daddely doodely!

    • Homer: Look, I don't care if Ned Flanders is the nicest guy in the world, he's a jerk! End of story!

    • Homer: (Watching rotating vending machine) Apple, apple, apple...come on, candy bar! (Looking at an apple.) Hey, I know you! You're that first apple I didn't want!

  • NOTES (3)

    • Itchy & Scratchy: "O Solo Meow." Scratchy eats a plate of Itchy's spaghetti, with a bomb substituting for a meatball. Scratchy realizes what he has eaten and, in a panic, races out the door so quickly that he knocks off his head. As his body explodes, a dog waiter walking by with a tray trips over Scratchy's head and crashes to the ground.

    • In the DVD commentary for this episode, director Jim Reardon pointed out that this episode came back from a brand new overseas animation company with a lot of mistakes. The majority of the goofs for this episode can be credited to this problem. The animation company in question is Anivision (now part of Sunwoo Entertainment), which would continue animating Simpsons episodes along with Akom and Rough Draft (the latter joining the show in the fourth season) up until the tenth season.

    • Blackboard Joke: Nobody likes sunburn slappers.
      Couch Gag: The family does an Egyptian style dance in front of the couch.

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • In Flanders Fields
      The title of this episode is a pun on the title of the World War I poem, "In Flanders Fields" by John McCrae.

    • It's A Wonderful Life
      The end of this episode is a take off of the final scene in the 1946 film It's A Wonderful Life. Ned and Maude even wear similar clothes.

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