Todd, Todd, Why Hast Thou Forsaken Me?
|"Todd, Todd, Why Hast Thou Forsaken Me?"|
|The Simpsons episode|
|Episode no.||Season 31|
|Directed by||Chris Clements|
|Written by||Tim Long & Miranda Thompson|
|Original air date||December 1, 2019|
"Todd, Todd, Why Hast Thou Forsaken Me?" is the 9th episode of the thirty-first season of the American animated sitcom The Simpsons, and the 671st episode overall. It aired in the United States on Fox on December 1, 2019. The episode was written by Tim Long & Miranda Thompson and was directed by Chris Clements.
Maude appears in dream to Ned as a ghost, calling him, and he asks her to kiss him one last time, only to be woken up by his dog Baz instead. Ned cries and asks Todd if he ever dreams about his mother. Todd recollects his dreams, where he is in a happy land, dragged by Maude, but when Maude turns around she is faceless. After watching Christmas tapes of their family in an attempt to jog his memories of Maude, Todd starts to believe there is no point in believing what he has no proof of when Ned tells him he does not have proof of Maude being in a better place. At church, Reverend Lovejoy invites the kids to say what they would want to say to baby Jesus if they could speak to him and Todd says he would tell him thanks for nothing because his mom is dead and that he does not believe in God anymore, shocking everyone.
Ned is shocked to the core and reprimands his action, while Todd keeps questioning God's actions. The next morning, Todd refuses to say Amen to the prayer for the breakfast and Ned asks himself what can put fear of God back in Todd, and after seeing Bart trick Homer in staying outside in his underwear, asks the Simpsons to look after Todd for a while and help him rediscover his beliefs in God.
Lisa unsuccessfully tries to bring Todd to Buddhism, Todd cleans Bart's room, much to Bart's discomfort, and eavesdrops on Homer and Marge as they try to have sex. The next morning, Homer tries to convince him God drew Jesus on a piece of bread as a sign, but Todd still refuses to believe it, so Bart takes him where the bullies are throwing rocks down a cliff, but even Kearney's beliefs do not help as he says the bullies are all going to Hell.
Eventually, Todd tells Homer the reason he does not believe is because his mother is never coming back and asks Homer if he knows what he feels, and Homer remembers his mother, Mona, making him cry too. Homer goes to Moe's to forget but is surprisingly joined by Ned. The two get drunk before getting hit by Hans Moleman's car.
They are greeted in Heaven by Ned's second wife Edna Krabappel and Maude, John the Baptist, and God. After a movie argument with Abraham Lincoln, God reminds them they are not dead; merely in a coma with their families at their hospital beds. After being convinced by Marge and seeing even Bart praying, Todd prays too to God, Jesus and Buddha to bring his dad back, and it works as Ned returns to his body. Homer is then met by Mona, and finally has a chance to say goodbye to her and bring closure with him before he too regains consciousness and the families are reunited. At night, Rod and Todd dream of Maude tucking them in, while Edna's ghost shouts "Ha" to Ned.
Dennis Perkins of The AV Club gave this episode a B-, stating “‘Todd, Todd, Why Hast Thou Forsaken Me?’ zooms in on—spoiler alert—Todd Flanders, and comes just about this close to making its exercise in shifting narrative focus on the Simpsons’ younger neighbor, the perpetual half of one-joke, something interesting."
Bubbleblabber's Review System gave this episode 6.5 out of 10 points.
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