Hey there Addicts. In this little game of ours, we tend to forget those characters that are few and far between. We get so involved in the game, so into the latest events…that we sometimes forget to pay attention to the little things. The little details that make the Springfield world go around. The thing that seems to be really lacking/missing from Springfield.
What exactly is it I am going on about? What is so terribly important to the game that would draw such attention. WOMEN OF COURSE! To be a bit more specific, The Real Housewives of Springfield (and maybe a mistress or 3. Gotta have the drama aspect in any series, right?).
So keep your eyes on our blog as we take you on a new journey into the lives of each of the women currently and NOT currently available in the game.
How do you talk about a character who hardly ever talks? Well, let’s see what I can do. In this edition I am going to be diving into the life of Bernice Hibbert. (It is hinted her name was Sylvia in earlier episodes.)
This is a sassy spitfire of a woman who always seems to be angry at her husband, Dr. Hibbert, for one thing or another. So where and when exactly to we meet her? Let’s look at the Simpsons Episodes.
Season 2, Episode 16: Barts Dog Gets an F
The first time we get a glance at Bernice is when Marge contacts Dr. Hibbert at home to see what he can do about Lisa’s mumps. The family can be seen sitting at the dinner table. Bernice, Julius, and 3 of their 5 unnamed children. An older girl, an older boy, and a younger girl. The only one that speaks is Dr. Hibbert.
So we can see what looks to be a pretty run of the mill normal family setting. But it seems that Bernice is more of the “seen and not heard type” as she has MANY appearances that just pop up here and there without her saying a word.
Season 2, Episode 20: The War of the Simpsons
We only get quick glimpses of Bernice next to Hibbert or in the background at Simpsons neighborhood party. She does not look very amused at all the commotion going on during the party thanks to Homer.
Season 6, Episode 13: And Maggie Makes Three
Another few brief appearance at the Baby Shower for Maggie
Season 6, Episode 14: Barts Comet
She is crammed into Flander’s Bomb Shelter, with what seems like the entire town, while they wait for the Comet to hit. (Even Waldo somehow got in there too. Lol.)
Season 6, Episode 23: The Springfield Connection
She is seen sitting with Dr. Hibbert on the lawn at the Amphitheater inside Jebediah Springfield Park listening to some cool Star Wars music played by the Springfield Pops.
Season 7, Episode 5: Lisa the Vegetarian
We only see her shortly with Dr. Hibbert at Homer’s BBQ.
So with all the times she is in the Simpsons Series, do we ever actually get to hear a voice come out of her mouth? Well, there are some episodes we do get to catch a small line or three from her.
Season 8, Episode 5: Bart After Dark
This is one of the first times we actually hear a voice from Bernice in an episode…funny thing, it is to yell at Dr. Hibbert for getting caught visiting the La Maison Derriere (thanks to Marge’s photo display at the Town Hall).
Season 10, Episode 14: I’m with Cupid
After Apu upsets Manjula, he tries to make it up to her with 7 days of Valentine’s gifts. This causes issues with the other wives as jealousy runs wild with them. As Homer messes up the skywriting for Manjula, we see Bernice gardening. She exclaims that just once, she would like a love note in the sky. Then she laughs just like Hibbert.
Season 21, Episode 3: Great Wife Hope
We can see her enjoying some fun with Luann, Edna, Marge, and Sarah at the Bowlerama going “Crazy Bowling”. She is even dressed up in a straight jacket. (I guess the crazy does seem fitting for her. Lol.) We even get to hear her laughing in this episode. Very similar to her Husband’s laugh too. Marge wonders where all the men went. She actually has a few lines this episode as she explains where she thinks they went.
We know she is a wife and Mother, but of how many kids exactly because that does seem to vary a lot throughout the series.
Season 7, Episode 4: Bart Sells His Soul
Here we see her briefly in the church with Dr. Hibbert, a young boy, and young girl. Later the family is looking for somewhere to eat and ends up at Moe’s. We catch a few shots of Bernice, Dr. Hibbert, their two boys, and their youngest daughter.
Season 9, Episode 10: Miracle on Evergreen Terrace
The Hibberts drive past the Simpsons on Christmas Day, riding snowmobiles. You can see Dr. Hibbert, Bernice, and the 2nd son & daughter each on one.
Season 14, Episode 22: Moe Baby Blues
After the stench of the Sumatran Flower dispersed, everyone ran to their vehicles to get away. This caused a massive traffic jam on the freeway. The Hibbert’s have a TV in their van, so everyone gathers around to watch too. Dr. Hibbert, Bernice, the 2nd son and daughter can be seen.
Season 15, Episode 5: The Fat & the Furriest
As Homer is wandering the forest with his new found Bear buddy, we see the Hibbert family gathered around their campsite for a meal. Dr. Hibbert, Bernice, their two sons, and the youngest daughter.
So that makes 2 boys and 2 girls. Sheesh. But I never really remember seeing the oldest daughter again in anymore episodes. Do you? Makes you wonder, is that all the children they have? Nope. There is a baby too if you believe it.
Season 12, Episode 16: Bye Bye Nerdie
This is one of the only times we see that the Hibberts have a lil baby. Homer is filling their pool with Jell-O while he is trying to run his “Wee Care” baby proofing business. The lil tike falls in, but the Jell-O bounces him right back out again.
Five children total in the Hibbert family? Oddly, they are all unnamed to this day. Very interesting indeed.
What about Bernice’s social life. We see her here and there at parties and hanging out with Marge and the other wives, but what else? There are some hints that she may be a bit of a lush. Enjoying the drink almost as much as Homer does (if not more).
Season 4, Episode 16: Duffless
Homer is sent to Traffic School and Alchonon Meetings due to he was caught DWI after leaving a tour off the Duff Brewery. At one of the Traffic School classes on DWI, we can see Bernice in the room too watching the horrific films of crashes from DWI. How many DWI’s has she got to put her there? Is this a constant occurence?
Season 8, Episode 18: Homer vs the Eighteenth Amendment
In this episode she is seen with Dr. Hibbert in the crowd at the St. Patricks Day Parade. When beer is shot into the crowd, it is unintentionally funneled into Bart’s mouth. This creates a mass flip out of those “churchies” in town and prohibition is put into full effect. Everyone around town reads the news. Those that love their liquor pass out after reading the news. Moe, Homer, and that includes Bernice too.
Maybe it is her way to deal with her coming and going kids. Or Dr. Hibbert’s work practice as he seems to constantly be working (like most doctors do.) Maybe it is to get away from the drama of her marriage all together.
Speaking of marriage drama, what about her relationship with Dr. Hibbert? It was hinted he did cheat on her with Luann during a key party. We did see in the first episode we heard her voice in that Dr. Hibbert does seem to enjoy the company of “professional women”. Lol. Are there some other signs of their marriage on hard times?
Season 14, Episode 18: Dude, Where’s My Ranch?
The Simpson’s are at a Dude Ranch with many other Springfieldians. Dr. Hibbert and Bernice are seen taking silly shots as Betty Boop and Rambo. Dr. Hibbert makes the comment, “…and this is supposed to save our marriage?” It does hint that there are some marital issues going on with them.
Overall, it does seem like a standard relationship with its ups and downs. As far as the Episodes go, she seems to be one of those quieted wives (like Sarah Wiggum). We see them a lot all throughout the Episodes, but never really dive in too deep with their stories. Maybe in the future? We might even eventually learn the names of all her kids…and if she still has all those kids. Lol
Now for her character in our silly lil game. Thanks to Level 41 and the Vulgari store, we have yet another wife to add to our growing list of characters with some tasks that point out just what kind of person she is.
|Attend an AA Meeting||1 hr||$70/ 17XP||First Church of Springfield|
|Pick On Marge (w/Marge)||4 hr||$350/ 90XP||Simpson Home|
|Look for a New Power Suit||6 hr||$225/ 55XP||Banana Dictatorship|
|Argue with her Husband (w/ Dr. Hibbert)||8 hr||$550/ 140XP||Outside arguing|
|Fall Off the Wagon||12 hr||$420/ 100XP||Outside stumbling around|
|Shop the Day Away||24 hr||$500/ 150XP||Vulgari|
Some quite hilarious tasks to watch outside. I crack up every time I make her and Dr. Hibbert fight.
What do YOU think of Bernice? Do you have a favorite Episode you remember her in? Like her? Hate her? Wish it was a different wife that was brought in the game? If so, who? Sound off in the comments below.
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