When I started watching The Simpsons, I always felt that Hurricane Neddy was one of those episodes that felt a bit odd, like it wasn’t appropriate for a show like this. I was kinda right about it being an odd episode but at the same time this is the kind of the story that The Simpsons should “tackle”. This is a prime example of what to do with a character like Ned, having him carry human traits. Nowadays, he’s just behaving a little bit like Marge, being angry only when Homer does something outrageous, and it becomes a little bit hard to sympathize with him (so I guess episodes now and then that focuses on Ned still have a little glimpse of hope).
I think this episode for me hit home around 2 years ago when I was watching season 8 on DVD for the first time. I think it’s a darker episode that Homer’s Enemy, because Ned is such a good kinder spirit that having to go through a psychosis like stage that could have changed his character, but no, it’s a part of him. It’s also one of the only episodes that plunges us into the psychology of the characters. It’s also a very funny episode, satirizing the hurricane scares and mental institutions. It doesn’t go too deep (in the satire) but it keeps us entertained with many crazy scenes.
All and all, it’s another strong season 8 episode that shows how fresh the Simpsons could stay around that time and that I still have pleasure watching.
Funny jokes that I never noticed until now:
The sexism in the naming of Hurricane Barbara.. ending with "That’s true but he shouldn’t say it".
-"Some of those books have not been discredited yet!"
I had to look up who was Art Linkletter. Not necessarily a good joke but a nice addition to Reverend Lovejoy's lexic (?).
Now this is one of the episodes I remember that has jokes that I thought never worked or were never funny in the first place. There are few others episodes this season which have that kind of jokes, which is a reason maybe why I wouldn't put it as high as season 7.
The assistant of Ned's psychiatrist who takes credit for the ideas, etc...
Ned wanting to be kicking and screaming while he's taken to his room.
My favourite joke: " He fell for it! Way to go Marge!" tied with "We've tried nothing and we're all out of ideas!"
@zartok-35 : I'm surprised Raymond Persi was an animator for the show as early as season 8. He didn't direct an episode until season 17 I believe. Anyway one of my favorite new directors from when he was working.