The Simpsons: Season 3, Episode 3

When Flanders Failed (3 Oct. 1991)

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Ned Flanders opens a mall store catering to lefties. Homer, however, wishes Flanders would fail.

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Homer Simpson / Barney Gumble / Canadian Football League Announcer / Ned's Friend #3 / Itchy / George Washington in Advert / Husband (voice)
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Marge Simpson (voice)
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Bart Simpson / Todd Flanders / Landscape Architect / Kearney / Wife (voice)
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Lisa Simpson (voice)
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Moe Szyslak / Canadian Football Host / Ned's Friend #2 / Akira / Choreographer / Cleaner / Man on Phone / Man with Parking Ticket / Man at Yard Sale / Chuck Ellis (voice)
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Ned Flanders / Waylon Smithers / Montgomery Burns / Scratchy / Doctor / 'Touch of Death' Combatant / Man on TV (voice)
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Rod Flanders / Girl Playing Tag / Homemaker / Dolph (voice)
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Maude Flanders / Ned's Friend #1 / Clumsy Woman / Others (voice)
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Jimbo Jones (voice)
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At a family barbecue Ned announces his intention to open the Leftorium,a store catering for left-handed customers. Homer,ever jealous of his neighbour,hopes it will fail - and indeed it does,getting to the point where Ned has to sell many of his possessions and his house seems likely to be repossessed. Feeling guilty Homer comes to Ned's rescue by pointing all the left-handed people he knows in the store's direction and thus saving it. Bart,meanwhile,pays the price for going to the video arcade when he should be at self-defence classes. Written by don @ minifie-1

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In a surprising case of "Life imitating Art" (or the show in this case), in 2009, a store called "Lefty's" opened in San Francisco that specialized in selling left-handed merchandise (much like the Leftorium). Lefty's now has two stores at Pier 39 in San Francisco and another in Downtown Disney in Orlando, as well as their own website that sells hundreds of left-handed items. The company even took their homage to the Simpsons one step further and used for their website the domain name "Leftorium.com". See more »

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Maude's lipstick disappears and reappears between shots. See more »

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Bart: You lie like a fly with a booger in its eye.
Homer: [laughing] The fly was funny, but the booger was the icing on the cake.
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Music by Charles Strouse
Lyrics by Lee Adams
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Homer Simpson Vs. Ned Flanders!
8 August 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is the third episode of the third season of the Simpsons and I really liked it a lot. This episode highlights the rivalry between Homer and his neighbor, Ned. Or more so between Homer and his dislike for Ned and his riches. It was funny to see how Homer tries to thwart Ned's plans, but it's also nice to see that Homer has a heart, even for his enemies.

In this episode, "When Flanders Failed," Ned opens a store in the mall called the Leftorium which sells products for left-handed people. When Homer gets jealous, he wishes that Ned fails. When his wish comes true, Homer feels guilty and tries to repair the damage he caused.

Overall, this is a decent episode and one that highlights the jealousness Homer has for Ned. It can be a little sappy at times, but on the whole it's a pretty good episode. I rate this episode 9/10.


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