WCCB, the Fox affiliate in Charlotte, North Carolina, home to Lowe's Motor Speedway, refused to show the promotional advertising for this episode. Many viewers criticized the show at the time for killing off a popular and beloved character.
Groening later revealed that the reason he killed off Maude was because her voice actress, Maggie Roswell, moved away from the studios to Colorado, making it difficult to continue the character's role in the show. Beyond Blunderdome • Brother's Little Helper • Guess Who's Coming to Criticize Dinner?
But, whenever you noticed her or not, Maude was always there...
After the service, Ned helps Rachel load equipment into the band's van, and strikes up a conversation with her.
It turns out that the attraction is mutual, and Rachel suggests that she and Ned get together after Kovenant gets back from touring with the Monsters of Christian Rock. My name's Ned Flanders, and I'm here every week -- rain or shine!
Needing a break from Homer's antics, Maude goes to buy some hot dogs.
Homer draws a target on his chest and finally gets the cheerleaders's attention.
Guilt-ridden, he later rushes to church (apologizing out loud to God the whole way) and arrives just in time to see Kovenant, a Christian rock band, starting to sing.
Ned likes the song, and finds himself attracted (both physically and spiritually) to the lead singer, Rachel Jordan.
Not long after the two families sit down, a squad of cheerleaders is giving out free T-shirts by firing them from hand cannons into the crowd, and Homer demands one.
He takes off his own T-shirt, and waves it around, shouting, which irritates Ned and Maude, who are seated right behind him.
This has the most ways of happening, so it’s the most likely outcome, and for the same reason it’s the outcome with the highest entropy.
“Entropy” is just a mathematical tool for extending the idea down to atomic interactions, where we don’t have a nice idea like “dice” to work with.
After several unsuccessful dates, Ned walks into church and finds himself interested in the lead singer of a Christian rock band, Rachel Jordan.