'The Simpsons' pays tribute to Marcia Wallace
There was no gag when Bart spent detention in front of the class chalkboard at the beginning of Sunday's new episode of "The Simpsons." Instead, the troublemaker wrote a simple, sad message during the opener, "We'll really miss you Mrs. K."
The note was in honor of star Marcia Wallace, who died at age 70 on Oct. 25. She had voiced bitter teacher Edna Krabappel since January 1990. The actress had also played Carol Kester on "The Bob Newhart Show" from 1972 to 1978.
At the end of the episode, titled "Four Regrettings and a Funeral," the show said goodbye to Wallace once more. "The Simpsons" ended with Edna giving her signature laugh in class, with the message, "In loving memory of Marcia Wallace" written on the chalkboard behind her.
Ahead of the new episode, Fox re-aired the 2011 episode titled "The Ned-Liest Catch," which featured the Mrs. K character prominently. "Ned-Liest" marked the beginning of Edna and Simpsons' neighbor Ned Flanders' relationship. The two began dating in this episode, and later married. Prior to the episode, Edna was known not only for her abrasive laugh, but also for her excessive drinking, being unlucky in love and dating many of Springfield's men.
Fans were pleased to see the show honor the late actress in such a touching way.
The show's Facebook page also paid tribute to the late actress on Monday with an image of Wallace and Edna watching from the clouds above.
"The Simpsons" airs Sundays at 8 p.m. on Fox.