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After a long baseball break, The Simpsons returned to the TV line-up with a memorial service, both fictional and actual. The former was a bit of a letdown as the writers trotted out some tired old tropes and gags, while the latter was actually quite touching.
The episode began with a bittersweet tribute to the late Marcia Wallace, the actress who gave voice to Mrs. Krabappel for 25 years. It was a touching and sentimental tip of the hat, with Bart writing “We’ll really miss you, Mrs. K.,” on the chalkboard and looking a little bereaved at the idea of never seeing his much loved (and loathed) fourth grade teacher again. Of course, Mrs. K. isn’t really gone, her character is just now retired, but with The Simpsons, understatement works best, and even the most cynical fan should have been left with a tear in their eye.
Unfortunately, the »
- Adam A. Donaldson
Originally, Fox planned to honor the late Marcia Wallace — who passed away last weekend — by re-airing “Bart the Lover,” the Simpsons season 3 episode for which Wallace won her first and only Emmy Award. Unfortunately for classic Simpsons fans, “technical issues” ultimately prevented the network from playing the 21-year-old heartbreaker; instead, it was replaced with “The Ned-Liest Catch,” the 2011 season finale in which Wallace’s Mrs. Krabappel begins dating widower Ned Flanders.
But despite the last-minute bait-and-switch, The Simpsons still managed a touching goodbye to Wallace.
After the rerun, Fox aired a new Simpsons episode coincidentally called “Four Regrettings and a Funeral. »
- Hillary Busis
2 items from 2013
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