Btw, the "chaotic and strange" comment was referring to this episode, not "Marge". Just to clarify.
Homer5000: I think the 43 episodes thing was more or less a satirical exxagaration, as they make so few episodes and so sporadically (despite that the aninamation is so cheap to make) and then rerun them ad nauseum. Course, it could've also been meant to be similar to the 132 episodes thing. Funny how both shows have lampooned each other, and both in a rough yet loving manner. As for Ned's comment, that was also a joke I think, since obviously Ned wouldn't say something like that. But it wasn't a bad out of character joke by any means, and didn't sacrifice his character in my eye, since it wasn't THAT out of character and was funny.