The Simpsons: Season 8, Episode 8

Hurricane Neddy (29 Dec. 1996)

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After a hurricane hits Springfield and destroys Ned Flanders' house, he suffers a breakdown and is forced to confront problems from his childhood.

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Episode credited cast:
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Homer Simpson / Grampa / Krusty / Barney / Patient (voice)
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Marge Simpson (voice)
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Lisa Simpson (voice)
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Apu / Kirk / Convict / Chief Wiggum / Lenny / Moe / Dr. Foster (voice)
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Kent Brockman / National Guard / Reverend Lovejoy / Dr. Hibbert / Happiest Man in Springfield / Nedward Flanders, Sr. / Doctor (voice)
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Mrs. Glick / Nurse (voice)
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Milhouse Van Houten / Rod Flanders / Mona Flanders (voice)
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Jay Sherman (voice)
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After a hurricane hits Springfield and destroys Ned Flanders' house, he suffers a breakdown and is forced to confront problems from his childhood.

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Ned Flanders: Need some help there? You know, maybe you folks should come over and hunker in our bunker.
[Ned's house is covered with tints]
Ned Flanders: Oh, it'll be fun! We're gonna go through our old cancelled checks and receipts and give ourselves an audit. Make sure we don't owe anything extra.
Homer: Oh, I'm sure I'd be a third wheel.
Ned Flanders: Ho ho, no sir-ee, we'd be happy as heads to ha...
Homer: [sternly] *I* would make it my *business* to be a third wheel.
Ned Flanders: Okily dokily. Oooh, I better go take down the Manger scene. If baby Jesus got ...
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To Be Angry is To Be Human.

This episode isn't memorable for its many laughs inasmuch as its subject. In this one the cute, always indulgent, Ned Flanders discovers that he lived too indulgent life, too indulgent to be bearable for any human being. Though, he goes through some journey where he knows himself better, and learns that anger is a human act which he sinned when refused the license to it.

Although it's simple episode but it's smart in the same time. Look at the scene in which Ned expresses his confusion to God at night in the church, concentrate well on how the camera goes higher and higher like Ned's pain increases or maybe because this catastrophes that he meets along with his very confusion are for a higher purpose he didn't know yet. I liked how his afflictions led him to anger, and then this anger led him to explore himself, so reaching his hidden problem (his beatnik parents).

Ned hated his parents' way of life and tried all what he could to be unlike them.. inordinately unlike them; and that's a problem. Plus when I rethought about the way the doctor treated young Ned (the 8 months spanking) I discovered how this made him suppress his negative feelings too early in his life (otherwise he'd get the spanking again!). This characterization got my esteem for being plain, short and sharp.

It was wonderful as well to see how the whole thing has been solved nearly by Homer at the end; not because he's the one that can gets on Ned's nerves best, but because he's his total opposite, where Ned can clearly sees what he's missing; so the design of the climactic scene was metaphorically representing, by the direct confrontation, kind of antithesis mirror that doesn't show Ned what he already has but shows him the "more human" type that he refuses to be or rather his complete contrary that he needs part of it to be balanced.

(Harry Shearer) is a vocal force of nature; this man redefines the word 'fabulous'. For anyone who doesn't aware; the talented (Shearer) is the one who performs the voices of : Montgomery Burns, Waylon Smithers, Ned Flanders, Kent Brockman, Rev. Lovejoy, Principal Skinner, Dr. Hibbert, Rainer Wolfcastle and many more. It must be exhausting to act dozen of characters every episode, though he always handled it sweetly, providing every character with its own characteristics so creatively (to be Burns and Smithers together in more than scene.. just WAW!). Here, he astonished me utterly. His tone was remarkable when he was in the middle of his house's debris. Or at his hysteric explosion when we're allowed finally to hear Ned's loud voice and long-curbed anger !

I loved exploiting Ned's funny catchphrase "diddle-e-diddle-e-diddle-e" as the defense mechanism that he uses unconsciously, or showing how it doesn't work this time. Actually the dialog of the Hurricane Neddy scene was perfect, especially the 2 lines "Homer, you're the worst human being I've ever met/I got off easy!".

Many sitcoms use stereotypes to make laughs, but don't venture to go and explore them, showing the mild surface and the droll manners more than making human characters that can incite you to think and feel about the others and yourself. However this cartoon show did what countless live shows didn't, achieving quite fine result. Sometimes The Simpsons has this exceptional capacity to touch and teach while being entertaining. Re-watch (Hurricane Neddy) again to understand why it, along with its show, will live longer indeed.


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