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Hurricane Neddy

Couch gag: A couch falls from above when Homer inserts a coin into Vend-a-Couch

Director: Bob Anderson

Guest voice:
Jon Lovitz as Jay Sherman

Synopsis: When a hurricane flattens Ned’s home and the rebuilt house also falls down, Ned tells the townspeople what he really thinks of them. He then commits himself to a mental hospital and finds the source of his repressed anger. 

Discussion: This is another case of “WTF?”: Ned goes nuts and it’s all down to his Beatnik parents who refused to discipline him. Huh? 

The first act is great. A hurricane hits Springfield and the residents bleed the Kwik-E-Mart dry before taking shelter. The Simpsons try to help Marge solve a Rubik’s Cube (I am one of those people who have never been able to solve that thing). When the storm is over, there’s very little damage in the town except for the Flanders home. Ned doesn’t believe in insurance, he considers it a form of gambling. 

The second act is also good. The residents of Springfield rebuild the house even though they have no building skills. The house falls down, leading Ned to unleash his bottled up anger onto everyone. He checks himself into a mental hospital to deal with this new anger. 

And then it gets weird. Beatnik parents, repressed anger, Homer is given the task to anger Ned and then he’s cured. Well, OK. There’s not much you can do in 22 minutes but still… It’s a hugely unsatisfying ending. 

Look closely at the patients in the mental hospital and you’ll see Ms Botz and Jay Sherman


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