When a present has been round for so long as The Simpsons, these concerned are sadly sure to lose just a few mates alongside the best way. Few have been ready for the lack of Marcia Wallace in 2013 after she had performed elementary trainer Edna Krabappel on the present for many years. So it is no shock that the writers proceed to pay tribute to the enduring character even to today.
On Sunday’s episode of the now 32 season-long sequence, Bart finds a diary that he shortly discovers belonged to his late trainer. As he and his greatest pal Milhouse learn a little bit of it, the viewers is handled to a brief line courtesy of Wallace’s personal voice, saying, “Bear in mind: in the event you can educate one child one factor, then in the present day will probably be a hit…” Whereas Bart brushes the entire thing off with rather less class than most would when reminiscing a couple of dearly departed pal, it is clear this was meant for the wistful viewers members who missed the actress in addition to the character.
Wallace had mentioned that line on The Simpsons earlier than, which is the place the voice-over got here from, and govt producer Al Jean clarified that they’d obtained permission from Wallace’s property to make use of the previous audio. Given how lengthy she had been on the present, there was possible a hefty quantity of strains they may have chosen, however in the end, they went with one that matches significantly effectively with the general really feel of the episode itself. Definitely higher than utilizing inventory footage, at any charge.
Edna was a fixture on The Simpsons for almost all of its run. Not solely did she function the trainer for Bart and a lot of the different extra outstanding college students, however she made common appearances within the lives of varied different characters all through the sequence. Her legendarily unlucky love life was usually performed for laughs, however she in the end discovered happiness when she married Ned Flanders, who had misplaced his personal spouse Maude a few years earlier. Having the poor trainer in a loving relationship when she handed felt nearly like reparations for all the things the present had put her via.
Wallace’s 2013 passing caught everybody without warning, so it felt fortunate that her character was in a comparatively good place on the time. After all, no person needs to go when all the things goes effectively for them, however for a fictional character, being blissful on the finish is probably the most effective factor audiences can ask for. Contemplating how the present nonetheless references Edna to today, it is clear that they, together with the viewers, cared deeply for her.
Good on The Simpsons for dealing with it like this, and hopefully they offer comparable respect to different characters when the present inevitably ends. It was definitely a painful reminiscence for everybody concerned, however many would argue that it is higher to recollect the ache than neglect all of the happiness.
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