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Maude died after being knocked off a grandstand by a shirt cannon at the [[Springfield Speedway]](because homer jumped out of the way after the shirt cannon was about to shoot at him, so it was his fault). 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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Maude died after being knocked off a grandstand by a shirt cannon at the [[Springfield Speedway]]. 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.
   
 
Apparently, Homer fell in her grave, which Ned mentioned <ref>[[Kill the Alligator and Run]]</ref>.
 
Apparently, Homer fell in her grave, which Ned mentioned <ref>[[Kill the Alligator and Run]]</ref>.

Revision as of 17:33, November 1, 2010

For Maude's spirit which appeared in Treehouse of Horror XIII, see here.

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[src]

Maude Flanders was the wife of Ned Flanders, and the mother of Rod and Todd. Maude was a woman with many positive qualities: faith, chastity, charity. She loved to draw, found out after her death.

Maude Flanders was a devout Christian who once attended a Bible camp to learn how to be more judgmental. She campaigned strongly against 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.

Biography

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, the Simpsons. Homer often made statements insinuating his attraction to Maude, thereby literally coveting his neighbor's wife. Once, Homer oggled at Maude's very low-cut dress at a dinner party which ended up with him and Marge going to marriage camp. She held a deep love for ficus plants, unflavored ice cream and Newsweek magazine.

Death

Maude died after being knocked off a grandstand by a shirt cannon at the Springfield Speedway. 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 [1] and car crashes among them), assumed that they would always be together.

Apparently, Homer fell in her grave, which Ned mentioned [2].

Reverend Lovejoy eulogized her as follows: "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." [3]

Praiseland

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. 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 [4].

Post-Death appearances

  • At the start of "Treehouse of Horror XIII", originally broadcast November 3, 2002, 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 reaired, 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.
  • In "Kill Gil Part 1 & 2 ", aired on December 17, 2006 Maude appeared in the special Christmas themed opening sequence when the camera pans to The Simpsons house.
  • Any time the full opening theme is played (Chalkboard through to Couch Gag), she can still be seen in the quick fly-by leading to when Bart lands on top of Homer's car.
  • She appeared in a flashback in the season 20 episode Dangerous Curves
  • 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".


Appearances

References

  1. Hurricane Neddy
  2. Kill the Alligator and Run
  3. Alone Again, Natura-Diddily
  4. I'm Goin' to Praiseland
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