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When Flanders Failed 

After wishing for Flanders to lose his business, Homer discovers that his neighbor is actually about to go bankrupt and decides to help him out.

Director:

Jim Reardon

Writers:

Matt Groening (created by), James L. Brooks (developed by) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Dan Castellaneta ... Homer Simpson / Barney Gumble / Canadian Football League Announcer / Ned's Friend #3 / Itchy / George Washington in Advert / Husband (voice)
Julie Kavner ... Marge Simpson (voice)
Nancy Cartwright ... Bart Simpson / Todd Flanders / Landscape Architect / Kearney / Wife (voice)
Yeardley Smith ... Lisa Simpson (voice)
Hank Azaria ... Moe Szyslak / Canadian Football Host / Ned's Friend #2 / Akira / Choreographer / Cleaner / Man on Phone / Man with Parking Ticket / Man at Yard Sale / Chuck Ellis (voice)
Harry Shearer ... Ned Flanders / Waylon Smithers / Montgomery Burns / Scratchy / Doctor / 'Touch of Death' Combatant / Man on TV (voice)
Pamela Hayden ... Rod Flanders / Girl Playing Tag / Homemaker / Dolph (voice)
Maggie Roswell ... Maude Flanders / Ned's Friend #1 / Clumsy Woman / Others (voice)
Tress MacNeille ... Jimbo Jones (voice)
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Storyline

At a family barbecue Ned announces his intention to open the Leftorium,a store catering for left-handed customers. Homer,ever jealous of his neighbour,hopes it will fail - and indeed it does,getting to the point where Ned has to sell many of his possessions and his house seems likely to be repossessed. Feeling guilty Homer comes to Ned's rescue by pointing all the left-handed people he knows in the store's direction and thus saving it. Bart,meanwhile,pays the price for going to the video arcade when he should be at self-defence classes. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Genres:

Animation | Comedy

Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 October 1991 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

USA

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby SR (seasons 3-19)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

In December 2002, the episode was utilized in a Roanoke Presbyterian Church Sunday School class, to stimulate a discussion among both children and adults, about why unfortunate things happen to good people. Phil Brown, the teacher of the class, said the reason they used episodes of The Simpsons (1989) was "to get something that would get the kids excited and be more than just a traditional Sunday School lecture series." See more »

Goofs

Maude's lipstick disappears and reappears between shots. See more »

Quotes

Lisa: Dad, do you know what Schadenfreude is?
Homer: No, I don't know what "shaden-frawde" is.
[sarcastic]
Homer: Please tell me, because I'm dying to know.
Lisa: It's a German term for "shameful joy", taking pleasure in the suffering of others.
Homer: Oh, come on Lisa. I'm just glad to see him fall flat on his butt!
[getting mad]
Homer: He's usually all happy and comfortable, and surrounded by loved ones, and it makes me feel... What's the opposite of that shameful joy thing of yours?
Lisa: Sour grapes.
Homer: Boy, those Germans have a word for ...
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Connections

Featured in WatchMojo: Top 10 Simpsons Jokes That Came True (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

Put on a Happy Face
(uncredited)
Music by Charles Strouse
Lyrics by Lee Adams
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Missed the mark
10 August 2018 | by papavanaSee all my reviews

This episode really did a disservice to Homer. It's one thing to show that he doesn't like Flanders but to make the animosity towards him was too much. He only shows remorse at the last second. Homer plays a poor antagonist anyway; it's just not in his character.


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