While enjoying a day at the NASCAR races, Homer's shirtless antics inadvertently cause the death of Ned Flanders' wife, Maude, and Flanders begins losing faith when Homer bungles his way to helping his depressed neighbor.

!!Tropes featured:
* TwentyOneGunSalute: In honor of the way Maude died, there's a twenty-one T-shirt-gun salute at her funeral.
* CallBack:
** At Maude's funeral, Reverend Lovejoy mentions Apu's [[Recap/TheSimpsonsS9E7TheTwoMrsNahasapeemapetilons marriage]] and [[Recap/TheSimpsonsS11E7EightMisbehavin birth to octuplets]] as well as [[Recap/TheSimpsonsS8E6AMilhouseDivided the Van Houtens' divorce]] as ways the people of Springfield have changed since the series began.
** Homer brings up [[Recap/TheSimpsonsS10E10VivaNedFlanders his and Ned's Vegas marriage to Amber and Ginger]] as proof that Ned's a bigger ladies' man than he thinks, surprising Marge, who's hearing about it for the first time.
* ContinuityCavalcade: Maude's funeral. In addition to the above {{Call Back}}s by Reverend Lovejoy, we also see the gravestones of [[Recap/TheSimpsonsS6E22RoundSpringfield Bleeding Gums Murphy]], [[Recap/TheSimpsonsWhoShotMrBurns Dr. Marvin Monroe]], [[Recap/TheSimsponsS2E17OldMoney Bea Simmons]], and [[Recap/TheSimpsonsS8E23HomersEnemy Frank Grimes]].
* CreditsGag: During the credits that run underneath the first sequence of the episode, the writer credit is larger than ususal, timed to appear after Lisa comes across a tree with initials carved on it and wonders, "Why do jerks think everyone wants to see their stupid name?"
* DespairEventHorizon: Maude's death in the episode nearly destroyed Ned to a point that he momentarily refused to attend church because he believed that God punished him for no reason and ruined his life.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: [[http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_U8QxpkDnPrQ/TS9tQdEV1aI/AAAAAAAAAQs/XZZz-goN11A/s1600/tumblr_l8mzfo8IkI1qdoghio1_500.png Ned's endowment]] (which could be interpreted as either Homer using video special effects to entice women who watch his dating video or Ned actually having a large penis).
* GilliganCut: Ned tells his sons he won't attend church, saying "I'm going to sit right here and miss church. You just watch." Cut to Ned hurriedly driving, saying "Sorry, sorry, sorry, sorry, sorry!"
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: In Reverend Lovejoy's eulogy for Maude.
-->'''Reverend Lovejoy:''' In many ways, Maude Flanders was a supporting player in our lives. She didn't grab our attention with memorable catchphrases, or comical accents.\\
'''Groundskeeper Willie:''' Aye...\\
'''Captain [=McCallister=]:''' Yaar...\\
'''Professor Frink:''' Oh, glaven, why, glaven?\\
'''Lovejoy:''' But, whether you noticed her or not, Maude was always there... and we thought she always would be. My friends, life is about change. Just yesterday, Apu was a lonely bachelor.\\
'''Apu:''' ''(holding octuplets)'' [[SarcasmMode Yes, thank God those days are over.]]\\
'''Lovejoy:''' ''(continuing)'' And the Van Houtens were enjoying a storybook marriage.\\
'''Kirk Van Houten:''' Yeah, lots of storybooks have witches.\\
'''Pyro:''' Shut up, Kirk!\\
'''Kirk:''' Sorry...
* PartingWordsRegret: Flanders regrets telling his wife "No foot longs" instead of "I love you" or something more meaningful.
* {{Pixellation}}: When Flanders is filmed taking a shower.
* SingleTear: Homer sheds one after he's told he has to start being nicer to Ned due to Maude's death.
* TonightSomeoneDies: The promos for "Alone Again, Natura-Diddily" literally asked: "Who will ''die''?", and proceeding to list off a bunch of potential victims. Unfortunately, word got out before the episode aired that Maude would be the unfortunate one, so these promos didn't generate the expected suspense.
* WhamEpisode: First time in the show that a recurring character is KilledOffForReal.
* {{Wipe}}: While Lisa and Homer are editing Ned's dating video, Homer suggests to use star wipes for every shot. Lisa tries to tell him there are other kinds of wipes than that, but Homer argues, "Why eat hamburger when you can have steak?" As Lisa decides to take her name off the project, what marks the transition to the next shot...? [[https://frinkiac.com/gif/S11E14/761960/762560/ A star wipe!]]