February 8, 2023

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Simpsons Did It!: “No Loan Again, Naturally”

In which Ned Flanders winds up as the Simpsons' landlord.

Does Ned Flanders have a limit to how much Simpson-related abuse he will take?

Yeah, probably.

It’s Mardi Gras time again, and that means Homer is throwing his annual gigantic Mardi Gras party in his backyard, complete with a float for his, er, backyard parade? How big in the Simpsons’ backyard anyway?

As it is, the party is big enough to even get a kick-off from Mayor Quimby, who will tell his wife over a phone call he’s in Zurich at a economics forum before he remembers she came with him. And Homer will even, after being guilted by Marge, invite Ned Flanders to come over. Ned is the guy to remind everyone at midnight that it’s Ash Wednesday and everyone should start fasting. He’ll get booed for that. Obviously.

How does Homer pay for a giant party every year? He takes out a home equity loan and the house pays for it. That’s probably not how those things work.

So, you know, when the mortgage company sends the Simpsons a threatening letter, it’s time for Homer and Marge to see what’s going on.

What’s going on is the mortgage company refinanced everything and they can’t afford the payments anymore. They’re going to be evicted. This is what happens when Gil is your mortgage agent. Marge is reduced to helpless tears. Lisa thought she was the strong one. She is. Homer is hanging himself in the front yard. Fortunately, the tree doesn’t hold.

As the family packs up the last of their things during the auction, Mr. Burns is set to buy the house as a place to store various knickknacks, when Ned feels a stab of pity for the poor Simpsons and outbids the old billionaire easily (Burns didn’t care to raise that paddle a second time), making himself the Simpsons’ new landlord.

And then, while visiting, he sees Homer try and fail to fix a drippy faucet. Since he’s the landlord, Ned says he can fix the leak. He has to. It’s the law. Heck, he even has all his tools already there since Homer never returned anything he ever borrowed from Ned. Of course, that opens the floodgates to all the other things the Simpsons need fixed.

What’s spookiest? Homer isn’t the one who seems to be taking the most advantage of Ned’s good nature and a legal loophole. It’s Marge. She even refers to Ned as a genie who appears whenever you have a wish (to fix something). And when Ned finally won’t come over late at night to fix a gas leak, Homer completely forgets who bailed him out and uses the local news to make Ned look bad.

Ned then opts to evict the Simpsons. They weren’t exactly paying rent anyway.

Ah, but if there’s an elderly person living in the house, the Simpsons can’t be evicted! Cue Grampa moving in! All they need to do is make sure Grampa never leaves the house!

Ah, but if the Simpsons go for a walk where Homer will recount dull stories of things that happened in front of everybody only minutes before, Grampa can move out when Ned offers to let the old man live in the Flanders house!

So, yeah, the Simpsons are homeless. That means spending the night in a homeless shelter while Ned almost rents the place to a Christian couple that seems like the perfect neighbors.

But then Ned feels guilty again and lets the Simpsons come back.

And then all the other neighbors put up “for sale” signs.

I get the feeling Homer isn’t popular in that neighborhood.

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