Edna Krabappel

fictional character from The Simpsons franchise

Edna Krabappel is a fictional character in the television show The Simpsons. She is the fourth grade teacher of Bart Simpson's class. In the 23rd season, it is shown that she was married to Ned Flanders. Flanders's first wife died in season 11.

The Simpsons character
Edna Krabappel
GenderFemale
JobFourth grade teacher at Springfield Elementary School
Voice actorMarcia Wallace
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First appearance
"Bart the Genius" (1990)

Marcia Wallace was the voice actor for Edna Krabappel. Wallace died in 2013. When she died, Krabappel was not in many episodes after that.

In The SimpsonsEdit

She is a fourth grade teacher at Springfield Elementary School. She does not like her job as a teacher. In the episode "The Seemingly Never-Ending Story", it is shown that she liked to teach and help others. However, the school's bad quality and Bart Simpson made her annoyed to be at the school.[1]

Edna smokes a lot, even inside the school. In the episode "Grade School Confidential", she gets in an intimate relationship with the school's principal, Seymour Skinner. They use Bart to give messages to each other when he is in classrooms. Bart gets angry and tells all of the students about the relationship. Skinner and Edna get fired by Superintendent Chalmers, but they get their jobs back at the end of the episode.[2] In the episode "Bart Gets a 'Z'", she gets fired because she was drunk at the school. She gets her job back at the end of the episode because the substitute teacher also gets drunk.[3] In the episode "The Ned-Liest Catch", she gets suspended and put in a reassignment center for hurting Bart. Bart tries to get her out, but Edna falls from a ladder. Ned Flanders stops her from falling.[4]

Love lifeEdit

Edna's first husband cheated on her. She told Nelzon Muntz about it by saying he "chased something small and fluffy down the rabbit hole".[5] This is a metaphor for having an affair. In the episode "Flaming Moe's", she tries to seduce Joey Kramer and Homer Simpson.[6] The episode "Bart the Lover" has Bart pretending to be a man that loves Edna.[7]

In "Grade School Confidential", her relationship with Skinner almost made them married.[2] However, in "My Big Fat Geek Wedding", Skinner does not want to marry Edna. This made Edna sad and their relationship became unstable.[8] In "The Seemingly Never-Ending Story", it is shown that she liked Moe Szyslak before she was a teacher. When she first met Bart Simpson, Moe stopped the relationship.[1]

In "The Ned-Liest Catch", Ned and Edna started dating. The end of the episode asked fans if Ned and Edna should be in a relationship.[4] Most of the fans answered yes.[9] The episode also showed that Edna dated many other people before.[4] In "Ned 'n Edna's Blend Agenda", Ned and Edna got married, but not in public.[10] After Edna's voice actor Wallace died, Edna is shown to have died in the show.[11][12] The episode "Left Behind" has Ned become a teacher so he can think of Edna more.[13]

Creation and popularityEdit

 
Marcia Wallace was the voice actor of Edna Krabappel.

Krabappel's family name (last name) was named after the the fruit "crabapple". This is a reference to the character Miss Crabtree from Our Gang.[14]

Marcia Wallace won an Emmy Award (for Outstanding Voice-Over Performance) in 1992 for being the voice actor of Edna.[15] Tilda Swinton said that she made her hair look like Edna's in the movie Burn After Reading.[16]

RetirementEdit

Marcia Wallace died on October 25, 2013.[17][18] The people who worked on the show said that they knew that she was ill.[19] Al Jean (the show's showrunner) was very sad when he learned that Marcia Wallace died. He said that the show will retire her character.[20] This means that she will not usually be in episodes anymore. In "Four Regrettings and a Funeral", the episode's chalkboard gag says "We'll really miss you Mrs. K".[21]

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 "The Seemingly Never-Ending Story". Writer: Ian Maxtome-Graham. The Simpsons. Fox Broadcasting Company. March 12, 2006.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Grade School Confidential". Writer: Rachel Pulido. The Simpsons. Fox Broadcasting Company. April 6, 1997.
  3. "Bart Gets a 'Z'". Writer: Matt Selman. The Simpsons. Fox Broadcasting Company. October 4, 2009.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 "The Ned-Liest Catch". Writer: Jeff Westbrook. The Simpsons. Fox Broadcasting Company. May 22, 2011.
  5. "Bart's Friend Falls in Love". Writers: Jay Kogen, Wallace Wolodarsky. The Simpsons. Fox Broadcasting Company. May 7, 1992.
  6. "Flaming Moe's". Writer: Robert Cohen. The Simpsons. Fox Broadcasting Company. November 21, 1991.
  7. "Bart the Lover". Writer: Jon Vitti. The Simpsons. Fox Broadcasting Company. February 13, 1992.
  8. "My Big Fat Geek Wedding". Writer: Kevin Curran. The Simpsons. Fox Broadcasting Company. April 18, 2004.
  9. "The Falcon and the D'ohman". Writer: Justin Hurwitz. The Simpsons. Fox Broadcasting Company. September 25, 2011.
  10. "Ned 'n Edna's Blend Agenda". Writer: Justin Hurwitz. The Simpsons. Fox Broadcasting Company. May 13, 2012.
  11. "Holidays of Future Passed". Writer: J. Stewart Burns. The Simpsons. Fox Broadcasting Company. December 11, 2011.
  12. "The Man Who Grew Too Much". Writer: Jeff Westbrook. The Simpsons. Fox Broadcasting Company. March 9, 2014.
  13. "Left Behind". Story: Al Jean, Teleplay: Joel H. Cohen, John Frink. The Simpsons. Fox Broadcasting Company. May 6, 2018.
  14. Groening, Matt; Wolodarsky, Wallace (2001). Commentary for the episode "Homer's Odyssey", in The Simpsons: The Complete First Season [DVD]. 20th Century Fox.
  15. "Briefing–'Simpsons' score big in Prime-Time Emmys". Los Angeles Daily News. August 3, 1992. p. L20.
  16. Verner, Amy (September 8, 2008). "Bad hair days welcomed on set of Coen brothers film". The Globe and Mail. Archived from the original on April 7, 2013. Retrieved January 7, 2021.
  17. "Marcia Wallace, Star of 'The Bob Newhart Show' and Voice of Mrs. Krabappel, Dies at 70". Variety. October 26, 2013. Archived from the original on October 27, 2013. Retrieved January 7, 2021.
  18. "R.I.P. Marcia Wallace". Deadline. October 26, 2013. Archived from the original on October 27, 2013. Retrieved January 7, 2021.
  19. "Marcia Wallace, actress from 'The Simpsons' and 'The Bob Newhart Show', dies at 70". Entertainment Weekly. October 26, 2013. Archived from the original on October 27, 2013. Retrieved December 7, 2021. Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  20. "Marcia Wallace of 'The Simpsons,' 'The Bob Newhart Show' has died". Chicago Tribune. Reuters. October 26, 2013. Archived from the original on August 6, 2015. Retrieved January 7, 2021.
  21. Hughes, Jason (November 4, 2013). "'The Simpsons' Pays Tribute To Marcia Wallace With Final Chalkboard Message". The Huffington Post. Archived from the original on November 6, 2013. Retrieved January 7, 2021.