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Recap: The Simpsons S 3 E 3 When Flanders Failed
Episode - 7F23
First Aired - 10/3/1991

Ned Flanders announces during one of his barbecues that he's quitting his job as a pharmacist and going into business for himself by running a specialty store catering to the left-handed, but Homer's jealousy (and a wishbone wish) drive Flanders' business into the ground. Meanwhile, Marge encourages Bart to do other things with his time rather than watch TV, so Bart takes karate lessons and skips them for time at the arcade.

This episode provides examples of:

  • Be Careful What You Wish For
  • Everyone Has Standards: Homer thinks that outright wishing for Ned to die would be going too far note , but not wishing he'd go broke and lose his store (until it actually happened).
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Bart getting beat up by the bullies after skipping karate class to play video games, while trying to get Lisa's sax back.
    Lisa: It's funny how two wrongs sometimes make a right.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Homer after seeing Flanders' store going bankrupt.
  • Off Model: Like you wouldn't believe. (though compared to the disaster that was "Some Enchanted Evening", this one wasn't too bad). This happened because the episode was animated by trainees in the Korean studio. Mike Reiss had said he will always remember the episode "that came back animated with a thousand mistakes in it and was just a complete and utter mess." They had attempted to clean up as much as possible, but errors still made it through.
  • The Other Darrin: Akira from "One Fish, Two Fish, Blowfish, Blue Fish" returns, but is now voiced by Hank Azaria instead of George Takei.
  • Pursue the Dream Job: Ned Flanders quits his job as a pharmacist and opens a specialty store catering to the left-handed. Deconstructed when his business nearly goes under and the Flanders are forced to move away; reconstructed when Homer gathers everyone in town whose left-handed to come to his store.
  • Shout-Out: Homer rallying the townspeople to save Ned's store echoes the ending of It's a Wonderful Life. Maude is also wearing the dress that Donna Reed's character wore.

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