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{{Character
{{Quote|I don't judge Homer or Marge. That's for a vengeful God to do.|Maude Flanders|Home Sweet Homediddly-Dum-Doodily}}
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|name = Maude Flanders
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|image = [[File:maude_Flanders.png]]
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|sex = {{Female}}
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|status = {{Deceased}} (non-canon ghost)
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|hair = Ginger
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|job = Housewife (former)<br>[[The Leftorium]] (former)<br>Creator of [[Praiseland]] (closed)
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|location = 744 Evergreen Terrace
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|relatives = '''Grandmother:''' [[Maude Flanders' grandmother|Unnamed]]<br>
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'''Mother:''' [[Maude Flanders' mother|Unnamed]]<br>
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'''Sons:''' [[Rod Flanders|Rod]] and [[Todd Flanders]]<br>
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'''Husband:''' [[Ned Flanders]]<br>
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'''Mother-in-Law:''' [[Agnes Flanders]]
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''' Father-in-Law:''' [[Nedsel Flanders]]
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|appearance = "[[Dead Putting Society]]"
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|voiced by = [[Maggie Roswell]] (1990–1999; 2002–present)<br>[[Marcia Mitzman Gaven]] (1999–2000)
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|age =Uknown since she died in 2000
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|image text = Photo of Maude.}}
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{{Quote|I don't judge Homer or Marge. That's for vengeful God to do.|Maude Flanders|Home Sweet Homediddly-Dum-Doodily}}
 
{{Quote|Neddy doesn't believe in insurance. He considers it a form of gambling.|Maude Flanders|Hurricane Neddy}}
 
{{Quote|Neddy doesn't believe in insurance. He considers it a form of gambling.|Maude Flanders|Hurricane Neddy}}
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{{Quote|In many ways, Maude Flanders was a supporting player in our lives. She didn't grab our attention with memorable [[catchphrases]], or comical accents. But, whether you noticed her or not, Maude was always there ... and we thought she always would be.|[[Reverend Timothy Lovejoy]] at Maude's funeral|Alone Again, Natura-Diddily}}
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{{Quote|Excuse me, Edna. I don't think we're talking about love here. We're talking about S-E-X in front of the C-H-I-L-D-R-E-N.|Maude Flanders|Grade School Confidential}}
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{{Quote|Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh!|Maude's Last Word|Grade School Confidential}}
   
{{Quote|In many ways, Maude Flanders was a supporting character in our lives. She didn't grab our attention with memorable [[catchphrases]], or comical accents. But, whether you noticed her or not, Maude was always there ... and we thought she always would be.|[[Reverend Timothy Lovejoy]] at Maude's funeral|Alone Again, Natura-Diddily}}
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'''Maude Flanders''' was the first wife of [[Ned Flanders]] and the late mother of [[Todd Flanders|Todd]] and [[Rod Flanders|Rod Flanders.]][[File:Hurricane neddy.png|thumb|Maude and Ned homeless]]
{{Character
 
|name= Maude Flanders †
 
|image= [[File:222px-Maude Flanders.png|250px]]
 
|gender= {{Female}}
 
|hair= Light Brown
 
|age= 42
 
|status= Dead
 
|job= Housewife<br>[[The Leftorium]] (Ex-Former)<br>Ghost (Current)
 
|relatives= '''Grandmother:''' [[Maude Flanders' grandmother|unnamed]]<br />'''Mother:''' Unnamed<br />'''Sons:''' [[Rod Flanders|Rod]] and [[Todd Flanders]]<br />'''"Ex"-Husband:''' [[Ned Flanders]]|
 
|appearance= [[Dead Putting Society]]
 
|voiced by= [[Maggie Roswell]]<br>[[Marcia Mitzman Gaven]]
 
}}
 
   
'''Maude Flanders''' (1948-2000) was the wife of [[Ned Flanders]], and the mother of [[Rod Flanders|Rod]] and [[Todd Flanders|Todd]]. Maude was a woman with many positive qualities: faith, kindness, and charity. She loved to draw, which was found out after her death.
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Maude was a devout Christian who once attended a Bible camp to learn how to be more judgmental, although she wasn’t as preachy as her husband. She campaigned strongly against ''[[The Itchy & Scratchy Show|Itchy and Scratchy]]'' with [[Marge Simpson|Marge]] and was often partnered with [[Helen Lovejoy]] as they protest against the "evils" in Springfield. She died after being struck by a barrage of shirts fired from t-shirt cannons at the [[Springfield Speedway]] in "[[Alone Again, Natura-Diddily]]".
   
[[File:Hurricane_neddy.png|thumb|Maude and Ned homeless]]
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==Biography==
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Although she spent much of her free time in prayer and reading the Bible, Maude was known to let her hair (and her neckline) down for the occasional dinner party at the home of [[Simpson family|the Simpsons]] (Maude's neighbors).
   
Maude Flanders was a devout Christian who once attended a Bible camp to learn how to be more judgmental. She campaigned strongly against ''[[The Itchy & Scratchy Show|Itchy and Scratchy]]'' with [[Marge]]. She is often partnered with [[Helen Lovejoy]] as they protest against the "evils" in Springfield. Maude died after she was knocked off a grandstand at the [[Springfield Speedway]]. Homer used to have a crush on her.
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[[Homer Simpson]] and [[Moe Szyslak]] both found her attractive that Moe made anonymous phone calls to her and Homer once ogled Maude's low-cut dress at a dinner party, which ended up with him and [[Marge Simpson]] going to marriage camp <ref>[[The War of the Simpsons]]</ref>.
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[[File:Tumblr m9hjbbd3Wa1qzzd6io1 500.png|Maude smiling|thumb]]
   
== Biography ==
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Maude liked ficus plants, unflavored nonfat ice milk and Newsweek Magazine. In one episode, when Marge was arrested for accidental shoplifting, Maude was one of the people who missed Marge’s treats during a bake sale.
Maude was a busy homemaker and a tireless advocate for the children, whose innocence is so often sullied by the "evils" of cartoon violence, liberal education, and the insidious influences of popular culture.
 
   
Even though she spent much of her free time in prayer and reading the Bible, Maude was known to let her hair (and her neckline) down for the occasional dinner party at the home of her neighbors, [[Simpson Family|the Simpsons]]. Homer often made statements insinuating his attraction to Maude, thereby literally coveting his neighbor's wife. Once, Homer ogled at Maude's very low-cut dress at a dinner party which ended up with him and Marge going to marriage camp<ref>[[The War of the Simpsons]]</ref>.[[File:Tumblr_m9hjbbd3Wa1qzzd6io1_500.png|Maude smiling|thumb]]
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After her death, Marge was mildly surprised and concerned to discover Maude's three pairs of shoes as she believes this to have been a fetish. <ref>[[I'm Goin' to Praiseland]]</ref>
   
She held a deep love for ficus plants, unflavored nonfat ice milk, and Newsweek magazine.
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==Death==
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{{Quote|I know, they make you uncomfortable.|Maude Flanders's last words|Alone Again, Natura-Diddily}}[[File:Maude getting hit with a t-shirt.jpeg|Maude getting hit by a T-shirt and falling to her death|thumb|182px]]
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In 2000, "[[Alone Again, Natura-Diddily]]", Maude died after being knocked off a grandstand by several t-shirt cannons at the [[Springfield Speedway]]. The shirts had been meant to hit Homer, who wanted one of them. However, before the shirts could hit him, Homer noticed a bobby pin on the ground and bent over to pick it up. This caused Maude, who was returning to her seat behind Homer, to be struck instead, and fall off the grandstand to her death, at least a 20-foot drop. According to Homer's statement later in the episode, he had parked in the ambulance zone, which prevented any quick resuscitation.<ref>"[[Alone Again, Natura-Diddily]]</ref>
   
==Relationship with Marge==
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Her death crushed Ned and their sons, Todd and Rod, who, although used to some measure of hardship (their house getting destroyed<ref>[[Hurricane Neddy]]</ref>) assumed they would always be together (The actual reason her character was killed off was due to a pay dispute between the actress who voiced her character and the show's producers).
Despite being on decent terms with Marge, Maude has been less than kind to her on a few occasions. The first occasion was when Marge accidentally forgot to pay for her groceries at the [[Kwik-E-Mart]], as was charged for shoplifting. Because of this, when Marge asks to use the bathroom at the Flanders' house, Maude spies on her, then threatens her to not touch anything and get out<ref>[[Marge in Chains]]</ref>. Although, with the later chaos, she was heard to say that Marge would never have let the chaos happen.  On other occasions, Maude would join other female acquaintances, such as [[Luann Van Houten]], Helen, and [[Agnes Skinner]] of the Investorettes in shunning Marge by kicking her out of the group and harshly confronting her with members of the Yakuza to end her pretzel franchise<ref>[[The Twisted World of Marge Simpson]]</ref>.
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[[File:AloneAgain,NaturallyDiddly1.gif|Maude's Funeral|thumb|left|185px]]
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Apparently, Homer fell in her grave, which Ned mentioned <ref>[[Kill the Alligator and Run]]</ref>. [[Timothy Lovejoy, Jr.|Reverend Lovejoy]] eulogized her as follows: "In many ways, Maude Flanders was a supporting player in our lives. She didn't grab our attention with memorable [[catchphrases]], or comical accents. But, whether you noticed her or not, Maude was always there ... and we thought she always would be." <ref>[[Alone Again, Natura-Diddily]]</ref> Though the episode aired in February 2000, the events appeared to take place before the winter meaning that the events probably took place before Winter 1999 and 2000.
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====[[Praiseland]]====
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After her death, the grieving [[Ned Flanders]] and the Simpsons saw in her sketchbook a series of drawings that outlined a plan for a Christian-themed amusement park named "[[Praiseland]]." Realizing this park to be her final dream, Ned acquired the defunct amusement park "Storytime Village" from [[The Rich Texan|Colonel Antoine "Tex" O'Hara]] ("The Rich Texan") and, with the assistance of Homer and other townspeople, built and opened [[Praiseland]]. He memorialized Maude there with a statue of her, and placed on its base a plaque bearing the phrase: "She taught us the joy of shame and the shame of joy."
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[[File:Maudemask.jpg|thumb|A Maude mask]]
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[[Praiseland]] sold Maude memorial items such as masks. Praiseland gained popularity among the residents of Springfield when they erroneously attributed to the statue of Maude the performance of miracles providing religious experiences. The religious experiences were actually hallucinations, caused by gas that was leaking from a gas line near the base of the statue (it was revealed that Springfield natural gas was actually deadlier and more poisonous in area with good ventilation). Feeling that profiting off the memory of his dead wife was wrong, and even more so after the candles near the gas leak nearly caused an explosion, Ned closed down Praiseland <ref>[[I'm Goin' to Praiseland]]</ref>.
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[[File:Heavenmaude.jpg|thumb|Maude in Heaven]]
   
== Death ==
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===Post Death Appearances in the Simpsons===
[[File:Maude_getting_hit_with_a_t-shirt.jpeg|Maude getting hit by a T-shirt and falls to her death|thumb|182px]]
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* Despite her death, she and [[Bleeding Gums Murphy]] continued to be in the seasons 2-20 intro until the show introduced the 720p high definition opening sequence as well as the new 16:9 high definition format in the episode "[[Take My Life, Please]]".
In [[Alone Again, Natura-Diddily]], Maude died after being knocked off a grandstand by a shirt cannon at the [[Springfield Speedway]], because Homer had made the Fan-demonium girls shoot directly at him all at once. When this happened, Homer ducked down to pick up a bobby pin, causing Maude to get hit. According to Homer, he had parked in the ambulance zone, preventing any quick resuscitation. Her [[death]] crushed Ned Flanders (as well as Todd and Rod Flanders), who, though used to some measure of hardship (their house getting destroyed <ref>[[Hurricane Neddy]]</ref> and car crashes among them), assumed that they would always be together.
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* At the start of [[Treehouse of Horror XIII|The Simpsons Halloween Special XIII]] originally broadcast in the U.S. on November 3, 2002, the Simpsons and Ned Flanders held a seance and summoned Maude's ghost, who proceeded to tell them three horror stories.
[[File:Maude_Dead.jpg|Maude's funeral|thumb|left|185px]]
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* The regular episode "[[Bart Has Two Mommies]]", which aired March 19, 2006, Maude was shown looking down on her sons from Heaven, and said: "My little boy's growing up." [[Maggie Roswell]] voiced her, and she was credited in the premiere airing.
Apparently, Homer fell in her grave, which Ned mentioned <ref>[[Kill the Alligator and Run]]</ref>.
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* Maude was also shown to be alive in [[Season 6]] in the episode "[[Lisa's Wedding]]" which was set in the future after the Simpson children had grown up, but written before [[Season 11]] when Maude was killed. However, it should be noted that this was a vision by a possibly illegitimate psychic, and may not have been considered canonical.
[[Reverend Lovejoy]] eulogized her as follows: "In many ways, Maude Flanders was a supporting player in our lives. She didn't grab our attention with memorable [[catchphrases]], or comical accents. But, whether you noticed her or not, Maude was always there ... and we thought she always would be." <ref>[[Alone Again, Natura-Diddily]]</ref>
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* Any time the full (second) opening sequence was played, Maude could still be seen in the quick fly-by leading to when Bart landed on top of Homer's car.
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*Maude appeared in flashbacks in the Season 20 episode "[[Dangerous Curves]]" and the Season 21 episode "[[Postcards From the Wedge]]", as well as other episodes such as "[[Take My Life, Please]]", "[[The Kids Are All Fight]]" and "[[Fland Canyon]]".
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*There was a house in the final level of [[The Simpsons Game|''The Simpsons Game'']] with a huge sign with Maude's name on it, which may have implied that she's literally "living with God."
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*Goofingly, she was seen with [[Ned]], [[Rod]], and [[Todd]] when an overview of the crowd was seen in "[[Take My Life, Please]]", even though she was supposed to be dead.
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*She was mentioned in "[[Kill the Alligator and Run]]", "[[A Star is Torn]]" and "[[The Ned-liest Catch]]".
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*There are still pictures of Maude in the Flanders home.
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*In [[The Simpsons Road Rage|''The Simpsons Road Rage'']] game, if you played as Ned and went airborne, he'll eventually yell out: "AAGH, I'm coming to join ya, Maude!"
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*In "[[Treehouse of Horror XXII]]", Maude appeared as a devil who was sleeping with Satan. Ned killed Homer in an act of revenge and anger, but God refused to resurrect him because Satan wouldn’t like it.
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*In "[[How I Wet Your Mother]]", Maude appeared in Homer's dream as a member of a crowd of women who supported drunk driving, ironically enough.
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*In [[The Simpsons: Tapped Out|''The Simpsons: Tapped Out'']], Maude's ghost could have been unlocked in the [[Treehouse of Horror XXIV |Treehouse of Horror XXIV&nbsp;]]Event in 2013.
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*In the crossover episode "[[The Simpsons Guy]]", while threatening to hit [[Peter Griffin]] with a large rock, Homer said: "Say hi to Maude Flanders!" (Who Peter naturally did not know).
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*In "[[Holidays of Future Passed]]", Maude appeared as a ghost and remarried to Ned, interestingly claiming that Heaven doesn’t exist, where Ned revealed that Homer had killed [[Edna Krabappel]].
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*In "[[Waiting for Duffman]]", when Bart and Lisa were playing with the t-shirt cannons, Homer said that no one had ever been killed by a t-shirt cannon. One of the t-shirts hit a picture of Maude in Ned's house and Ned looked at the audience. That referenced the cause of Maude's death.
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*In "[[Fland Canyon]]", Maude features heavily, appearing in flashbacks in which she and Ned, amongst others, clean up Springfield's [[Skid Row]], and on the Flanders' and Simpson's family vacation to the [[Grand Canyon]].
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*Maude's most recent appearance is in "[[Flanders' Ladder]]", where she meets Bart in ghost form to resolve unfinished business. She seems to be jealous of Ned marrying Edna.
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*In the episode "[[Monty Burns' Fleeing Circus]]", the deceased Maude and [[Edna Krabappel]] are sat beside [[Ned Flanders]].
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*In "[[My Way or the Highway to Heaven]]", she is in heaven alongside [[Edna Krabappel]].
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*In "[[Todd, Todd, Why Hast Thou Forsaken Me?]]", she appears to Ned in his dreams.
   
==== [[Praiseland]] ====
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==Friends==
After Maude's death, the grieving Ned saw in her sketchbook a series of drawings that outlined a plan for a Christian-themed amusement park named "Praiseland." Realizing this park to be her final dream, Ned acquired the defunct amusement park "Storytime Village" from [[Colonel Antoine "Tex" O'Hara]] ("The Rich Texan") and, with the assistance of Homer and other townspeople, built and opened Praiseland. He memorialized Maude there with a statue of her, and placed on its base a plaque bearing the phrase "She taught us the joy of shame and the shame of joy." Praiseland sold Maude memorial items such as masks. Praiseland gained popularity among the residents of Springfield when they erroneously attributed to the statue of Maude the performance of miracles providing religious experiences. The religious experiences were actually hallucinations, caused by gas that was leaking from a gas line near the base of the statue (it is revealed that Springfeild natural gas is actually deadlier and more poisonus in area with good ventilation). Feeling that profiting off the memory of his dead wife was wrong, and even more so after candles near the gas leak nearly caused an explosion, Ned closed down Praiseland <ref>[[I'm Goin' to Praiseland]]</ref>. Though the episode aired in February 2000, the events appeared to take place before the winter meaning the events probably took place before Winter 1999/2000.
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*[[Helen Lovejoy]]
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*[[Timothy Lovejoy]]
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*[[Luann Van Houten]]
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*[[Marge Simpson]]
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*[[Julius Hibbert]]
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*[[Bernice Hibbert]]
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*[[Edna Krabappel]]
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*[[Agnes Skinner]]
   
===Post-Death Appearances===
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She was often seen with [[Helen Lovejoy]], with whom she would protest against the evils of Springfield. After her death in [[Season 11]], Helen is often seen with [[Luann Van Houten]] and [[Bernice Hibbert]].
* At the start of "Treehouse of Horror XIII", originally broadcast November 3, 2002, [[Simpson Family|The Simpsons]] and Ned Flanders held a seance and summon Maude's ghost, who proceeds to tell them three horror stories.
 
* The regular episode "[[Bart Has Two Mommies]]," which aired March 19, 2006 showed her looking down on her sons from heaven, saying "My little boys are growing up." Maggie Roswell voiced her, but was uncredited in the premiere airing. When it re-aired, the credits were amended to include her name.
 
* Maude is also shown to be alive in Season 6 in the episode "[[Lisa's Wedding]]" which was set in the future after the Simpson children had grown up, but written before Season 11 when Maude was killed. However, it should be noted that this was a vision by a possibly illegitimate psychic, and might not be considered canonical.
 
* Any time the full (second) opening sequence is played, she can still be seen in the quick fly-by leading to when Bart lands on top of Homer's car.
 
*She appeared in flashbacks in the Season 20 episode [[Dangerous Curves]] and the Season 21 episode [[Postcards From the Wedge]].
 
*There is a house in the final level of [[The Simpsons Game]] with a huge sign with Maude's name, which may imply that she's literally "living with God."
 
*She was seen with Ned, Rod and Todd when an overview of the crowd is seen in [[Take My Life, Please]], even though she was supposed to be dead.
 
*She was mentioned in [[Kill the Alligator and Run]] and [[A Star is Torn]].
 
*There are still pictures of her in the Flanders home.
 
*In [[The Simpsons Road Rage]] game, if you play as Ned and go airborne, he'll eventually yell out, "AAGH, I'm coming to join ya, Maude!"
 
*In [[Treehouse of Horror XXII]], she appeared as a devil married to Satan.
 
* In [[How I Wet Your Mother]], she appears in Homer's dream as a member of a crowd of women who support drunk driving.
 
* She appears in the episode "[http://simpsons.wikia.com/wiki/Saddlesore_Galactica Saddlesore Galactica]" in season 11. When Homer is trying to train his horse with Bart, he says the first step is "seducing a lonely houswife". Then he nodes to Maude who appears in the window of her house.
 
   
== Friends ==
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==Appearances==
* [[Helen Lovejoy]]
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'''Note: Maude is mainly a background character, episodes in which she has a speaking role are in bold.'''
* [[Luann Van Houten]]
 
* [[Marge Simpson]]
 
* [[Agnes Skinner]]
 
* [[Edna Krabappel]]
 
* [[Sarah Wiggum]]
 
   
== Appearances ==
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{{Scroll|*'''{{Ep|Dead Putting Society}}'''
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*'''{{Ep|Itchy & Scratchy & Marge}}'''
*{{ep|Dead Putting Society}}
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*{{Ep|Old Money}}
*{{ep|Itchy & Scratchy & Marge}}
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*{{Ep|The War of the Simpsons}}
*{{ep|The War of the Simpsons}}
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*{{Ep|Blood Feud}}
*{{ep|When Flanders Failed}}
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*'''{{Ep|When Flanders Failed}}'''
*{{ep|Brother, Can You Spare Two Dimes?}}
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*{{Ep|Brother, Can You Spare Two Dimes?}}
*{{ep|Homer the Heretic}}
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*{{Ep|Homer the Heretic}}
*{{ep|Marge vs. the Monorail}}
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*'''{{Ep|Marge vs. the Monorail}}'''
*{{ep|Duffless}}
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*{{Ep|Duffless}}
*{{ep|Marge in Chains}}
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*{{Ep|Marge in Chains}}
*{{ep|Homer Loves Flanders}}
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* {{Ep|Bart's Inner Child}}
*{{ep|Bart Gets an Elephant}}
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*{{Ep|$pringfield (Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Legalized Gambling)}}
*{{ep|Grampa vs. Sexual Inadequacy}}
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*'''{{Ep|Homer Loves Flanders}}'''
*{{ep|Bart of Darkness}}
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*{{Ep|Bart Gets an Elephant}}
*{{ep|And Maggie Makes Three}}
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*{{Ep|Grampa vs. Sexual Inadequacy}}
*{{ep|Bart's Comet}}
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*{{Ep|Bart of Darkness}}
*{{ep|The Springfield Connection}}
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*{{Ep|And Maggie Makes Three}}
*{{ep|Home Sweet Homediddly-Dum-Doodily}}
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*{{Ep|Bart's Comet}}
*{{ep|Bart Sells His Soul}}
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*'''{{Ep|The Springfield Connection}}'''
*{{ep|Mother Simpson}}
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*{{Ep|Home Sweet Homediddly-Dum-Doodily}}
*{{ep|Team Homer}}
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*{{Ep|Bart Sells His Soul}}
*{{ep|Two Bad Neighbors}}
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*{{Ep|Mother Simpson}}
*{{ep|Much Apu About Nothing}}
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*{{Ep|Team Homer}}
*{{ep|Bart After Dark}}
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*{{Ep|Two Bad Neighbors}}
*{{ep|A Milhouse Divided}}
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*'''{{Ep|Much Apu About Nothing}}'''
*{{ep|Lisa's Date with Density}}
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*{{Ep|Bart After Dark}}
*{{ep|Hurricane Neddy}}
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*'''{{Ep|A Milhouse Divided}}'''
*{{ep|The Twisted World of Marge Simpson}}
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*{{Ep|Lisa's Date with Density}}
*{{ep|My Sister, My Sitter}}
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*'''{{Ep|Hurricane Neddy}}'''
*{{ep|Homer vs. the Eighteenth Amendment}}
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*'''{{Ep|The Twisted World of Marge Simpson}}'''
*{{ep|Grade School Confidential}}
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*{{Ep|My Sister, My Sitter}}
*{{ep|In Marge We Trust}}
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*'''{{Ep|Homer vs. the Eighteenth Amendment}}'''
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*'''{{Ep|Grade School Confidential}}'''
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*'''{{Ep|In Marge We Trust}}'''
 
*{{THOH|Treehouse of Horror VIII}}
 
*{{THOH|Treehouse of Horror VIII}}
*{{ep|Bart Star}}
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*{{Ep|Bart Star}}
*{{ep|Realty Bites}}
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*'''{{Ep|Realty Bites}}'''
*{{ep|The Trouble with Trillions}}
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*{{Ep|The Trouble with Trillions}}
*{{ep|Natural Born Kissers}}
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*{{Ep|Natural Born Kissers}}
*{{ep|D'oh-in' in the Wind}}
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*{{Ep|D'oh-in' in the Wind}}
*{{ep|Viva Ned Flanders}}
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*{{Ep|Viva Ned Flanders}}
*{{ep|I'm with Cupid}}
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*{{Ep|I'm with Cupid}}
*{{ep|Make Room for Lisa}}
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*{{Ep|Make Room for Lisa}}
*{{ep|Mom and Pop Art}}
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*{{Ep|Mom and Pop Art}}
*{{ep|Brother's Little Helper}}
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*{{Ep|Brother's Little Helper}}
 
*{{THOH|Treehouse of Horror X}}
 
*{{THOH|Treehouse of Horror X}}
*{{ep|Little Big Mom}}
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*{{Ep|Little Big Mom}}
*{{ep|Alone Again, Natura-Diddily|(Death)}}
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*{{Ep|Saddlesore Galactica}}
*{{ep|Kill the Alligator and Run|(Mentioned)}}
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*{{Ep|Alone Again, Natura-Diddily|(Death)}}
*{{ep|I'm Goin' to Praiseland|(Seen in pictures and as a statue)}}
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*{{Ep|Kill the Alligator and Run|(Mentioned and pictured)}}
*{{THOH|Treehouse of Horror XIII|(As A Ghost)}}
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*{{Ep|I'm Goin' to Praiseland|(Seen in pictures and as a statue)}}
*{{ep|Bart Has Two Mommies}}
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*{{THOH|Treehouse of Horror XIII|(As a ghost)}}
*{{ep|Kill Gil: Vols. 1 & 2}}
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*{{Ep|Bart Has Two Mommies}} (returned)
*{{ep|Dangerous Curves|(Flashback)}}
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*{{Ep|Kill Gil: Vols. 1 & 2}}
*{{ep|Take My Life, Please|(in crowd with Ned, Rod and Todd)}}
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*{{Ep|Dangerous Curves|(Flashback)}} (returned)
*{{ep|Postcards From the Wedge|(Flashback)}}
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*{{Ep|Take My Life, Please|(In crowd with Ned, Rod and Todd due to an error)}}
*{{THOH|Treehouse of Horror XXII}}
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*{{Ep|Postcards From the Wedge|(Flashback)}} (returned)
*{{ep|Holidays of Future Passed|(Ghost)}}
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*{{Ep|The Ned-liest Catch|(Mentioned and pictured)}}
*{{ep|How I Wet Your Mother|(Seen in Homer's dream)}}
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*{{THOH|Treehouse of Horror XXII}} (returned)
*{{ep|Them, Robot|(Seen in couch gag as a ghost)}}
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*{{Ep|Holidays of Future Passed|(As a ghost)}}
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*{{Ep|How I Wet Your Mother|(Seen in Homer's dream)}} (returned)
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*{{Ep|Them, Robot|(Seen in couch gag as a ghost)}} (returned)
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*{{Ep|The Man Who Grew Too Much|(Appeared in a picture)}}
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*{{Ep|Days of Future Future|(As a ghost)}} (returned)
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*{{Ep|The Simpsons Guy|(Mentioned and pictured)}}
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*{{Ep|My Fare Lady|(Seen in pixel couch gag as an angel)}}
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*{{Ep|Waiting for Duffman|(Picture and indirectly mentioned by [[Homer]])}}
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*{{Ep|The Kids Are All Fight|(Flashback)}} (returned)
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*{{Ep|Barthood|(Tombstone)}}
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*{{Ep|Fland Canyon|(Flashback)}} (returned)
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*{{Ep|Monty Burns' Fleeing Circus|(ghost)}}
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*{{Ep|Moho House|(ghost)}}
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*{{Ep|Dogtown|(grave)}}
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File:Ned & Maude.PNG|Ned tickles Maude
 
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maude marge.png|Maude with Marge and Lisa at a picnic in [[Homer Loves Flanders]]
 
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I don't judge Homer or Marge. That's for vengeful God to do.
―Maude Flanders[src]
Neddy doesn't believe in insurance. He considers it a form of gambling.
―Maude Flanders[src]
In many ways, Maude Flanders was a supporting player in our lives. She didn't grab our attention with memorable catchphrases, or comical accents. But, whether you noticed her or not, Maude was always there ... and we thought she always would be.
Reverend Timothy Lovejoy at Maude's funeral[src]
Excuse me, Edna. I don't think we're talking about love here. We're talking about S-E-X in front of the C-H-I-L-D-R-E-N.
―Maude Flanders[src]
Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh!
―Maude's Last Word[src]
Maude Flanders was the first wife of Ned Flanders and the late mother of Todd and Rod Flanders.
Hurricane neddy

Maude and Ned homeless

Maude was a devout Christian who once attended a Bible camp to learn how to be more judgmental, although she wasn’t as preachy as her husband. She campaigned strongly against Itchy and Scratchy with Marge and was often partnered with Helen Lovejoy as they protest against the "evils" in Springfield. She died after being struck by a barrage of shirts fired from t-shirt cannons at the Springfield Speedway in "Alone Again, Natura-Diddily".

BiographyEdit

Although she spent much of her free time in prayer and reading the Bible, Maude was known to let her hair (and her neckline) down for the occasional dinner party at the home of the Simpsons (Maude's neighbors).

Homer Simpson and Moe Szyslak both found her attractive that Moe made anonymous phone calls to her and Homer once ogled Maude's low-cut dress at a dinner party, which ended up with him and Marge Simpson going to marriage camp [1].

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Maude smiling

Maude liked ficus plants, unflavored nonfat ice milk and Newsweek Magazine. In one episode, when Marge was arrested for accidental shoplifting, Maude was one of the people who missed Marge’s treats during a bake sale.

After her death, Marge was mildly surprised and concerned to discover Maude's three pairs of shoes as she believes this to have been a fetish. [2]

DeathEdit

I know, they make you uncomfortable.
―Maude Flanders's last words[src]
Maude getting hit with a t-shirt

Maude getting hit by a T-shirt and falling to her death

In 2000, "Alone Again, Natura-Diddily", Maude died after being knocked off a grandstand by several t-shirt cannons at the Springfield Speedway. The shirts had been meant to hit Homer, who wanted one of them. However, before the shirts could hit him, Homer noticed a bobby pin on the ground and bent over to pick it up. This caused Maude, who was returning to her seat behind Homer, to be struck instead, and fall off the grandstand to her death, at least a 20-foot drop. According to Homer's statement later in the episode, he had parked in the ambulance zone, which prevented any quick resuscitation.[3]

Her death crushed Ned and their sons, Todd and Rod, who, although used to some measure of hardship (their house getting destroyed[4]) assumed they would always be together (The actual reason her character was killed off was due to a pay dispute between the actress who voiced her character and the show's producers).

AloneAgain,NaturallyDiddly1

Maude's Funeral

Apparently, Homer fell in her grave, which Ned mentioned [5]. Reverend Lovejoy eulogized her as follows: "In many ways, Maude Flanders was a supporting player in our lives. She didn't grab our attention with memorable catchphrases, or comical accents. But, whether you noticed her or not, Maude was always there ... and we thought she always would be." [6] Though the episode aired in February 2000, the events appeared to take place before the winter meaning that the events probably took place before Winter 1999 and 2000.

PraiselandEdit

After her death, the grieving Ned Flanders and the Simpsons saw in her sketchbook a series of drawings that outlined a plan for a Christian-themed amusement park named "Praiseland." Realizing this park to be her final dream, Ned acquired the defunct amusement park "Storytime Village" from Colonel Antoine "Tex" O'Hara ("The Rich Texan") and, with the assistance of Homer and other townspeople, built and opened Praiseland. He memorialized Maude there with a statue of her, and placed on its base a plaque bearing the phrase: "She taught us the joy of shame and the shame of joy."

Maudemask

A Maude mask

Praiseland sold Maude memorial items such as masks. Praiseland gained popularity among the residents of Springfield when they erroneously attributed to the statue of Maude the performance of miracles providing religious experiences. The religious experiences were actually hallucinations, caused by gas that was leaking from a gas line near the base of the statue (it was revealed that Springfield natural gas was actually deadlier and more poisonous in area with good ventilation). Feeling that profiting off the memory of his dead wife was wrong, and even more so after the candles near the gas leak nearly caused an explosion, Ned closed down Praiseland [7].

Heavenmaude

Maude in Heaven

Post Death Appearances in the SimpsonsEdit

  • Despite her death, she and Bleeding Gums Murphy continued to be in the seasons 2-20 intro until the show introduced the 720p high definition opening sequence as well as the new 16:9 high definition format in the episode "Take My Life, Please".
  • At the start of The Simpsons Halloween Special XIII originally broadcast in the U.S. on November 3, 2002, the Simpsons and Ned Flanders held a seance and summoned Maude's ghost, who proceeded to tell them three horror stories.
  • The regular episode "Bart Has Two Mommies", which aired March 19, 2006, Maude was shown looking down on her sons from Heaven, and said: "My little boy's growing up." Maggie Roswell voiced her, and she was credited in the premiere airing.
  • Maude was also shown to be alive in Season 6 in the episode "Lisa's Wedding" which was set in the future after the Simpson children had grown up, but written before Season 11 when Maude was killed. However, it should be noted that this was a vision by a possibly illegitimate psychic, and may not have been considered canonical.
  • Any time the full (second) opening sequence was played, Maude could still be seen in the quick fly-by leading to when Bart landed on top of Homer's car.
  • Maude appeared in flashbacks in the Season 20 episode "Dangerous Curves" and the Season 21 episode "Postcards From the Wedge", as well as other episodes such as "Take My Life, Please", "The Kids Are All Fight" and "Fland Canyon".
  • There was a house in the final level of The Simpsons Game with a huge sign with Maude's name on it, which may have implied that she's literally "living with God."
  • Goofingly, she was seen with Ned, Rod, and Todd when an overview of the crowd was seen in "Take My Life, Please", even though she was supposed to be dead.
  • She was mentioned in "Kill the Alligator and Run", "A Star is Torn" and "The Ned-liest Catch".
  • There are still pictures of Maude in the Flanders home.
  • In The Simpsons Road Rage game, if you played as Ned and went airborne, he'll eventually yell out: "AAGH, I'm coming to join ya, Maude!"
  • In "Treehouse of Horror XXII", Maude appeared as a devil who was sleeping with Satan. Ned killed Homer in an act of revenge and anger, but God refused to resurrect him because Satan wouldn’t like it.
  • In "How I Wet Your Mother", Maude appeared in Homer's dream as a member of a crowd of women who supported drunk driving, ironically enough.
  • In The Simpsons: Tapped Out, Maude's ghost could have been unlocked in the Treehouse of Horror XXIV Event in 2013.
  • In the crossover episode "The Simpsons Guy", while threatening to hit Peter Griffin with a large rock, Homer said: "Say hi to Maude Flanders!" (Who Peter naturally did not know).
  • In "Holidays of Future Passed", Maude appeared as a ghost and remarried to Ned, interestingly claiming that Heaven doesn’t exist, where Ned revealed that Homer had killed Edna Krabappel.
  • In "Waiting for Duffman", when Bart and Lisa were playing with the t-shirt cannons, Homer said that no one had ever been killed by a t-shirt cannon. One of the t-shirts hit a picture of Maude in Ned's house and Ned looked at the audience. That referenced the cause of Maude's death.
  • In "Fland Canyon", Maude features heavily, appearing in flashbacks in which she and Ned, amongst others, clean up Springfield's Skid Row, and on the Flanders' and Simpson's family vacation to the Grand Canyon.
  • Maude's most recent appearance is in "Flanders' Ladder", where she meets Bart in ghost form to resolve unfinished business. She seems to be jealous of Ned marrying Edna.
  • In the episode "Monty Burns' Fleeing Circus", the deceased Maude and Edna Krabappel are sat beside Ned Flanders.
  • In "My Way or the Highway to Heaven", she is in heaven alongside Edna Krabappel.
  • In "Todd, Todd, Why Hast Thou Forsaken Me?", she appears to Ned in his dreams.

FriendsEdit

She was often seen with Helen Lovejoy, with whom she would protest against the evils of Springfield. After her death in Season 11, Helen is often seen with Luann Van Houten and Bernice Hibbert.

AppearancesEdit

Note: Maude is mainly a background character, episodes in which she has a speaking role are in bold.

GalleryEdit

Maude Flanders
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CitationsEdit

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