Springfield is in shambles as the town is rioting. The rioting crowd has found their way to the Flanders home. He tries to calm them down, but cannot. They crowd goes crazy beating him and his family to death, but Ned alone survives and is devastated when he finds out what happened to his family. After the funeral, Ned falls into a deep depression and he eventually loses his mind. He becomes schizophrenic, believing his wife Maude is still alive, and he walks around, wearing a Maude mask, acting like Maude and scaring the people of town. He is then institutionalized.