Volume 93, Issue 76

Tuesday, February 15, 2000


Rainy days at Beach

Tigger loses his bounce for adult audiences

Maude, we hardly knew you

Tina effort tries for Young blood

Maude, we hardly knew you

Maude Flanders is dead.

With sweeps week in full force on network television, The Simpsons put forth their highly anticipated best in an episode which actually killed off one of its sacred Springfieldians.

When the roar of the race track settled and the first commercial break was well upon us, North American audiences sat stunned in realization that Maude would not walk away from an unfortunate accident at the site of the newly erected Springfield motorway.

Although Mrs. Flanders is survived by her husband Ned and sons Rod and Todd, two words sum up this compelling moment in television history – thank you.

Thank you, Simpsons creator Matt Groening, for not ripping away an individual like Moe the bartender who brings so much happiness week in and week out with his low brow activities, like smuggling pandas in the back of his bar or housing killer whales.

Thank you for not rubbing out someone like Krusty the Clown who, in his 10 year tenure, has managed to take all that was ever good about "clowning" and turn it into a hilariously satirical role. Who could fill such voids as "Ughhh, burn that seat!" or "What's that say? – 'Meet with audience?' Ughhh I hate this part," with the same feeling?

Thank you for not letting time catch up with the more than a century old Mr. Burns whose "Excellent," "Simpson, eh?!?" and "Smmiitherrrs" go well beyond the realm of simple catch phrases. The mourning that Smithers alone would have to endure, would be too much for even the most dedicated viewer to handle.

Thank you for taking the only person who would have the least structural effect on the delicate ecosystem known as The Simpsons. All of the above were rumoured to meet their ends on Sunday's show and in doing so, would have made the world a little colder to live in.

Although Maude served a purpose on the show, it can be seen as trivial, with no real memorable moments or catch phrases as the episode itself pointed out. At best, Maude was just, sort ofÉ there.

The Simpsons has been a part of our lives for more than a decade. It represents our generation and has become a pivotal part of the '90s. Sadly, it will not be around forever. If Maude's death has taught us anything, it's to enjoy every character and episode of the greatest show ever created.

Because even cartoons have to die, someday.

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