The kill-off was the result of Maggie Roswell (Maude's voice actor) leaving The Simpsons in 1999 after a pay dispute with Fox. IGN gave the episode a 7/10 rating, calling it "decent".The episode was criticized for killing off a character and for rushing Act III.It turns out that the attraction is mutual, and Rachel suggests that she and Ned get together after Kovenant gets back from touring with the Monsters of Christian Rock. My name's Ned Flanders, and I'm here every week -- rain or shine!" This episode features the death of Maude Flanders - a character who has been a background character since the beginning of the shows history.One Sunday morning, Ned says he does not want to go to church, because he doubts the Lord for having taken Maude.
The family goes to the racetrack and are surprised to meet the Flanders family.Homer draws a target on his chest and finally gets the cheerleaders' attention.The cheerleaders send a full salvo of T-shirts in Homer's direction, but rather than catch them, Homer bends down at the last second to pick up a bobby pin.and we thought she always would be." Everyone shows their condolences for Ned's loss, but Ned has to deal with being a widower and a single parent.Homer secretly makes a videotape of Ned to submit to a video dating service.