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The Simpsons is an animated comedy about a family in the fictional town of Springfield. The family is made up of selfish father Homer, fretting mother Marge, precocious daughter Lisa, rebellious son Bart and silent daughter Maggie. FOX 1989-???


Episode 21 - Ned 'n' Edna's Blend

18 June 2012

Synopsis: Homer is cast as Jesus in the Springfield Passion play. He does a good job but while being crucified the cross collapses on Ned. As he is wheeled away to hospital he reveals that he and Edna are married. They married in secret to avoid the attention of others. Edna now begins to take an interest in Rod and Todd’s education. She enrols them in Springfield Elementary and Ned frets about their future.

The Good: I thought there were some nice lines throughout this. When Homer discovers the work involved in playing Jesus he cries out in full meta mode “Oh why do I succeed at everything I audition for?” Before opening night Ned tells God that although he sees all he really doesn’t want to see this. Later on Edna finds Ned at a meeting for left handed people. It was a pretty fun sequence as they put words into the mouths of the left handed which belonged to more serious activists. Edna visits the religious school where Rod and Todd are taught and the teacher uses the phrase “Well I’ll be a monkey’s unrelated creature.”

The Bad: Despite those moments of fun though this was a disappointment. We haven’t had a Nedna episode all season which defeats the purpose of holding a vote to decide if they should be together. Their story was also just a Homer-Marge story with different characters. There was no real evidence of Ned learning to be open minded or Edna learning how to be a wife. It would be interesting if Rod and Todd were now permanent students at Springfield Elementary but I’m not convinced they will.

The use of the boys’ education was an entirely appropriate plot. As a teacher Edna would naturally have opinions about their future and Bart giving advice worked fine too. However we just didn’t get enough detail about the conflict. Instead we got a pointless diversion about Bart apparently keeping a dolphin in the house and a Ned dream sequence. We also got to see Ned’s hippie parents who really should have looked older than they did. The Homer as Jesus story was fun but was also a needless addition to the episode.

Best Joke:  It did provide the best joke though. Snake is playing the bandit on the cross next to Jesus. Once Homer tells him that he will be joining him in paradise Snake is delighted. “It pays to network at these things” he comments.

The Bottom Line: There just wasn’t much to this plot. Ned and Edna are married now but I doubt we will be seeing a lot more of what could be an interesting dynamic.



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