Careful viewers of the Simpsons JAN 11 2000
Careful viewers of the Simpsons will notice that Maude Flanders (Ned's wife) sounds a little goofy. It seems the actress that voiced Maude and most of the other female characters on the show left a while ago and the producers replaced her with someone else. Rumor has it that Maude will be killed off later this season (!) and the rest of the female characters won't be written into any more episodes. To me, this seems a little farfetched....I really don't think the show can do much without any regular female characters (excepting Marge, Lisa, and Maggie). Update: more evidence of Maude Flanders' untimely departure (scroll down). Thanks JJG.