'The Simpsons' quietly bids farewell to Mrs. Krabappel
When Marcia Wallace passed away last year after a 28-year battle with breast cancer, fans of The Simpsons mourned the loss of the series’ beloved, wisecracking teacher Edna Krabappel — whom Wallace had voiced for 24 years.
Executive producer Al Jean promised that the character would be retired, and The Simpsons has since paid homage to Wallace in a few brief instances: in a November episode, Bart remembered his teacher in a somber opening chalkboard gag, and a holiday opening credits sequence featured Krabappel sporting angel wings in a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it moment.
But at the end of the March 10 episode “The Man Who Grew Too Much,” the show dedicated its tag to what appears to be Mrs. Krabappel’s final appearance. The scene finds Ned Flanders — who married Bart’s perennial fourth grade teacher in a 2012 episode — wearing a black armband and tenderly remembering his late wife. And naturally, we hear her signature laugh echo one last time.
Watch the touching moment below, courtesy of the folks at Vulture (the official version is only available via Hulu Plus). We’ll miss you, Edna.