The Simpsons’ brought back character Edna Krabappel for one last hurrah with an emotional episode dedicated to her memory.
Marcia Wallace, who voiced the snappy teacher, died suddenly in 2013 at the age of 70, with the character being retired rather than recast shortly afterwards.
But writers on the show have continued to make sure that Marcia’s legacy lives on within Springfield, with the latest episode Diary Queen centred on her effect on troublesome student, Bart.
In the episode, Bart discovers Edna’s diary, where she talks about how much she believes in him, despite their near-constant fallouts.
In clips previously used in the show, Marcia’s voice is heard in a voiceover during emotional scenes.
Bart eventually returns the diary to Ned Flanders, who secretly married Edna before her death, who reassures the youngster as they both grieve for their loved one.
It’s been long-noted that Bart has found it hard to process Edna’s death, with the iconic chalkboard sequence in the opening credits back in 2013 seeing him write ‘We’ll really miss you, Mrs K’ during a detention.
Marcia’s family was notified about the use of her voice, and were compensated for agreeing to her one last return. She was also credited as a special guest at the end of the episode.
Speaking about the emotional episode, showrunner Al Jean told Variety: ‘Sadly, it was a very surprising passing. I didn’t know she was that ill until very close to when it happened.
‘So we never got the chance to give sort of a proper goodbye to her in the show, and this is a small attempt to do that.’
‘She was so beloved by everybody that worked on The Simpsons, that we just sort of wanted to give her one last moment on the show in her memory,’ he continued.
‘It’s just that, it’s nothing more, but, we thought she was the best.’
The Simpsons is available on Disney Plus in the UK.