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Encyclopedia > When Flanders Failed
The Simpsons episode
"When Flanders Failed"
Homer gleefully imagines Ned going out of business
Episode no. 38
Prod. code 7F23
Orig. airdate October 3, 1991
Show runner(s) James L. Brooks
Matt Groening
Sam Simon
Written by Jon Vitti
Directed by Jim Reardon
Chalkboard "Nobody likes sunburn slappers"
Couch gag They do a little dance.
DVD
commentary
Matt Groening
Al Jean
Mike Reiss
Jon Vitti
Jim Reardon
Season 3
September 19, 1991August 27, 1992
  1. Stark Raving Dad
  2. Mr. Lisa Goes to Washington
  3. When Flanders Failed
  4. Bart the Murderer
  5. Homer Defined
  6. Like Father, Like Clown
  7. Treehouse of Horror II
  8. Lisa's Pony
  9. Saturdays of Thunder
  10. Flaming Moe's
  11. Burns Verkaufen der Kraftwerk
  12. I Married Marge
  13. Radio Bart
  14. Lisa the Greek
  15. Homer Alone
  16. Bart the Lover
  17. Homer at the Bat
  18. Separate Vocations
  19. Dog of Death
  20. Colonel Homer
  21. Black Widower
  22. The Otto Show
  23. Bart's Friend Falls in Love
  24. Brother, Can You Spare Two Dimes?
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"When Flanders Failed" is the third episode of the The Simpsons' third season. It is famous among fans of The Simpsons for Lisa's use of the German word schadenfreude to describe Homer's initial reaction to the Leftorium's poor business. The episode aired on October 3, 1991. However, many sources list this episode as being broadcast before the previous one, Mr. Lisa Goes to Washington. The title of this episode is a reference to the title of the poem "In Flanders Fields". Simpsons redirects here. ... Image File history File links Simpsons_7F23. ... Homer Simpson is also a character in the book and film The Day of the Locust. ... Nedward Ned Flanders is a fictional character on The Simpsons, voiced by Harry Shearer. ... is the 276th day of the year (277th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the 1991 Gregorian calendar). ... James L. Brooks (born May 9, 1940) is a three-time Academy Award, nineteen-time Emmy and Golden Globe-winning American producer, writer, and film director. ... Matthew Abram Groening is an American cartoonist (Life in Hell) and the Emmy Award-winning creator of the animated series, The Simpsons and Futurama. ... Sam Simon is an American television producer and writer, most notable as one of the original developers of The Simpsons, along with Matt Groening and James L. Brooks. ... Al Jean (left) and David Mirkin (right), have both been writers for The Simpsons for more than ten years. ... Vitti as portrayed in the episode of The Simpsons The Front. Jon Vitti is a writer who is most noted for his well-received scripts for the television series The Simpsons. ... The three people are caricatures of (left to right) Rich Moore, Wes Archer and David Silverman[1] The following is a list of directors who have worked on the Fox animated television series The Simpsons. ... Jim Reardon is a director and storyboard consultant for episodes of the animated TV series The Simpsons. ... Bart writes The Pledge of Allegiance does not end with Hail Satan The chalkboard gag is a running visual joke that occurs during the opening credits of many episodes of The Simpsons. ... The couch gag is a running visual joke in the opening credits of the animated television series The Simpsons. ... The Simpsons DVD season boxsets have been released since 2001 in different regions all over the world. ... Matthew Abram Groening is an American cartoonist (Life in Hell) and the Emmy Award-winning creator of the animated series, The Simpsons and Futurama. ... Al Jean is a TV comedy writer most known for his work on The Simpsons. ... Mike Reiss is an American TV comedy writer. ... Vitti as portrayed in the episode of The Simpsons The Front. Jon Vitti is a writer who is most noted for his well-received scripts for the television series The Simpsons. ... Jim Reardon is a director and storyboard consultant for episodes of the animated TV series The Simpsons. ... The Simpsons Season 3 DVD. The Simpsons 3rd season (September 1991 – May 1992) began on September 19, 1991. ... is the 262nd day of the year (263rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the 1991 Gregorian calendar). ... is the 239th day of the year (240th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar). ... Stark Raving Dad is the first episode of The Simpsons third season. ... Mr. ... Bart the Murderer is the fourth episode of the The Simpsons third season. ... Homer Defined is the fifth episode of The Simpsons third season. ... Like Father, Like Clown is the sixth episode of The Simpsons third season. ... Treehouse of Horror II is the seventh episode of The Simpsons third season, the second Simpsons Halloween episode, and the first Halloween episode where names in the closing credits were replaced by spooky name parodies. ... Lisas Pony is episode eight of the The Simpsons third season, which aired on November 7, 1991. ... Bart the Murderer is an episode of the The Simpsons third season. ... Flaming Moes is the 10th episode of the The Simpsons third season. ... “Burns Verkaufen der Kraftwerk” (German: Burns to Sell [sic] the Power Plant) is the eleventh episode of The Simpsons’ third season; the title uses incorrect German grammar—see below. ... I Married Marge is the 12th episode of the The Simpsons third season. ... Radio Bart is the thirteenth episode of The Simpsons third season. ... Lisa the Greek is the fourteenth episode of The Simpsons third season. ... Homer Alone is the fifteenth episode of The Simpsons third season. ... Bart the Lover is the sixteenth episode of The Simpsons third season which is an early look at the personal life of Mrs. ... Homer at the Bat is the seventeenth episode of The Simpsons third season. ... Separate Vocations is the 18th episode of The Simpsons third season. ... Dog of Death is the 19th episode of The Simpsons third season. ... Colonel Homer is the 20th episode of The Simpsons third season. ... Black Widower is the 21st episode of The Simpsons third season. ... “The Otto Show” is the 22nd episode of The Simpsons’ third season. ... Barts Friend Falls in Love is the 23rd episode of The Simpsons third season. ... Brother, Can You Spare Two Dimes? is the 24th episode of The Simpsons third season. ... The following is an episode list for the Fox animated television series The Simpsons. ... The Simpsons Season 1 DVD Digipak. ... The Simpsons second season originally aired between October 1990 and July 1991, beginning on October 11, 1990. ... The Simpsons Season 3 DVD. 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The episode had an unusual number of animation glitches, because the animation studio was training a new group of animators and this episode was one of their first efforts, according to the DVD commentary. Furthermore, it is revealed that Ned Flanders, Moe Szyslak and Montgomery Burns are left-handed, just like the Simpsons creator Matt Groening. Nedward Ned Flanders is a fictional character on The Simpsons, voiced by Harry Shearer. ... Morris Moe Szyslak (pronounced //) is a fictional character on the animated series The Simpsons, voiced by Hank Azaria. ... Charles Montgomery Burns, normally referred to as Mr. ...


Two scenes were cut in syndication: one of Homer's face turning purple after choking on a hamburger at the end of act 1 (note that Homer's evil laugh is cut off abruptly in syndication because of this), and one of Bart running to karate class only to be picked up by Homer seconds later after watching the Itchy and Scratchy cartoon "Burning Love" (note that this cartoon was also cut when it first appeared in Krusty Gets Busted). In broadcasting, syndication is the sale of the right to broadcast radio shows and television shows to multiple stations, without going through a broadcast network. ... Krusty Gets Busted is the 12th episode of the first season of The Simpsons. ...

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Plot

Ned Flanders invites the Simpsons to a barbecue party. During the barbecue, Ned announces his plans to open a store for left-handed people; the Leftorium. Homer sarcastically replies that it is a ridiculous idea. During the pulling of the wishbone, Homer, who has been constantly jealous of the material success of the Flanders family, wishes for the Leftorium to be a failure and go out of business. Homer frequently checks on Ned to ensure that business is going poorly. However, Homer sees left handed citizens struggling with items made for right handed people. Homer thinks about informing these people about the Leftorium, but decides against it. Eventually the store does indeed close due to lack of business, plunging the Flanders into debt and misery. Ned is forced to sell his possessions, and Homer gleefully buys many of Ned's things. Homer starts to regret what he did, but when he goes to return Ned's possessions, he find Ned’s house repossessed and the family living in their car. A depressed Ned is actually grateful to Homer, as he believes Homer was trying to warn him against engaging in a high risk venture. Homer wrestles with the guilt his wish has brought, and tells Ned to open the store for one final day. He tells all the left handed population of Springfield about the Leftorium. They all travel to the store and buy many things, and their business helps Ned keep the store and get his house back. Nedward Ned Flanders is a fictional character on The Simpsons, voiced by Harry Shearer. ... A barbecue on a trailer at a block party in Kansas City. ... Look up wishbone in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Homer Simpson is also a character in the book and film The Day of the Locust. ... The following is a list of characters featured in the American animated television series The Simpsons. ...


Subplot

In a subplot, Bart offers to learn karate. On his first lesson, he finds that it is quite boring, so he decides to skip out of each lesson in order to play in the mall arcade. Whenever he is questioned about the techniques he has learned, he refers to the "Touch of Death", an ability seen in one of the arcade games he plays. He proceeds to terrorize Lisa into doing his will by threatening her with it. His actions catch up to him when Lisa prods him to defend her from Jimbo, Dolph, and Kearney and reclaim her saxophone. He manages to get it back, but ends up being pantsed and hung up on a basketball court. For the comic book series of the same name, see Bart Simpson comics. ... For other uses, see Karate (disambiguation). ... The Touch of Death refers to any martial arts move that can hypothetically kill a person while using seemingly less than lethal force targeted at specific areas of the body. ... Lisa Marie Simpson is a character in the animated television series The Simpsons, voiced by Yeardley Smith; Lisa is the only character Smith voices on a regular basis. ... The saxophone (colloquially referred to as sax) is a conical-bored musical instrument usually considered a member of the woodwind family. ... Pantsing is pulling down someones pants (trousers in England). ...


Cultural references

The Leftetorium
The Leftetorium
  • Akira gives Bart's karate class the ancient Chinese military treatise The Art of War by Sun Tzu. Later in the episode, he is amused to find "left-handed nunchucks" in the Leftorium; in fact this Japanese ninjutsu weapon is ambidextrous. This is similar to a practical joke often played on unsuspecting trainees in the movie industry, where they are sent to purchase a "left-handed screwdriver".
  • Homer watches the CFL Draft, which mentioned the Saskatchewan Roughriders, on television, but the CFL draft is not broadcast on TV, not even in Canada. However, the NFL Draft is with ESPN and later the NFL Network broadcasting every round including the first round which can last up to six hours with up to 10 minutes between picks.
  • The episode ending -- in which Homer gathers the townfolk to rush to the aid of a beleaguered friend, culminating in a happy song -- is a reference to the movie It's a Wonderful Life. Homer's line at the end, referring to Flanders as "the richest left-handed man in Springfield" is a reference to Harry Bailey's toast line.

Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... For other uses, see The Art of War (disambiguation). ... Sun Tzu (孫子 also commonly written in pinyin: Sūn Zǐ) was the author of The Art of War, an influential ancient Chinese book on military strategy (for the most part not dealing directly with tactics). ... For Nintendos Wii Remote Nunchuk attachment, see Nunchuk. ... This article is about a Japanese martial art. ... The Canadian College Draft (also known as the CFL Canadian Draft, CFL College Draft or simply CFL Draft) is an annual sports draft in which the teams of the Canadian Football League (CFL) select eligible Canadian/non-import players, typically from the ranks of college football in either the CIS... The Saskatchewan Roughriders are a Canadian Football League team based in Regina, Saskatchewan, founded in 1910. ... See TV (disambiguation) for other uses and Television (band) for the rock band European networks National In much of Europe television broadcasting has historically been state dominated, rather than commercially organised, although commercial stations have grown in number recently. ... The NFL Draft (officially the NFL Annual Player Selection Meeting[1]) is an annual sports draft in which National Football League (NFL) teams take turns, through seven rounds[2], selecting amateur college American football players and other first-time eligible players. ... ESPN, formerly an acronym for Entertainment and Sports Programming Network, is an American cable television network dedicated to broadcasting and producing sports-related programming 24 hours a day. ... NFL Network is an American specialty channel owned and operated by the National Football League (NFL) and is also shown in Canada and Mexico. ... For other uses, see Its a Wonderful Life (disambiguation). ...

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Flanders family - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (814 words)
Ned Flanders is the father in a devout Christian family, and is often used to satirize Christian fundamentalism, as well as the cloying "niceness" of doggedly upbeat born-again evangelicals.
Maude Flanders was the late wife of Ned Flanders, and the mother of Rod and Todd.
The Flanders' house is situated at 740 Evergreen Terrace, Springfield and is next door to 742 Evergreen Terrace, home of the Simpson family.
Ned Flanders - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (5756 words)
Flanders once met, in Canada, a man very similar to himself in appearance and speech.
So, despite his obsession with the rules and regulations of Christianity, Ned Flanders is still a basically good-natured and kind-hearted man who tries to follow the teachings of Jesus; that this often makes him the target of those less scrupulous than he seems merely to be a badge of honour for him.
Flanders' religious denomination (along with that of Reverend Lovejoy and most other Springfieldians) has long been a matter of much speculation among fans.
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