The Simpsons: Season 7, Episode 3

Home Sweet Home-Diddily-Dum-Doodily (1 Oct. 1995)

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Marge and Homer lose custody of the kids, who are sent to live at the Flanders' house.

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Marge Simpson (voice)
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Lisa Simpson (voice)
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Soccer Kid / Agent Goodman / Mafioso / Tape Voice / Cletus (voice)
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Bentley Salesman / Principal Skinner / TV Announcer / Ned Flanders / Scratchy / Flub / Reverend Lovejoy (voice)
Joan Kenley ...
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Mrs. Krabappel (voice)
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Agent #2 / Judge / Agnes Skinner (voice)
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All is well / Maude Flanders / Helen Lovejoy (voice)
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A series of unfortunate factors,such as Bart having head lice and Lisa collecting old newspapers for a school project leads to the Simpson children being taken into care and fostered with Ned Flanders and his family,which Maggie enjoys,as Ned gives her more attention than Homer but Bart and Lisa hate,as there are no cartoons,only bible stories and bedtime is at seven. However Marge and Homer attend parenting classes and arrive in time to get their children back before Ned baptizes them in the river. Written by don @ minifie-1

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The title is based on the song "Home Sweet Home" composed by Englishman Sir Henry Bishop with lyrics by John Howard Payne and has been popular since the mid-nineteenth century. See more »

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Homer and Marge are ordered to stay at least 100 feet from their children while they are in foster care, but the Flanders residence is right next door and not necessarily 100 feet away. See more »

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[the "Family Skills" course is almost over, and the agent is testing Homer and Cletus]
Goodman: OK, let's see if we've learned anything. I want you two to simulate a typical household problem. Go.
Cletus: Uh, Pa, I cut my finger on the screen door again.
Homer: [as he strangles Cletus] Why you cotton-pickin...
[the class looks critically at Homer]
Homer: [to himself] No, I gotta pass this class for my kids.
[to Cletus]
Homer: Son, let's stop the fussin' and the feudin'.
Cletus: I love you, Pa!
[then sobs]
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References The Exorcist (1973) See more »

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Amazing Grace
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Written by John Newton
Performed by Nancy Cartwright, Pamela Hayden (I)', Maggie Roswell, and Harry Shearer
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An amazing episode
18 November 2008 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Despite having a few mediocre episodes, season 7 features some exceptional episodes- Bart Sells His Soul may be the best, but Mother Simpson, Marge Be Not Proud and Summer of 4 Ft. 2 are great too. Bart Sells His Soul was aired early in the season because, as they say in the DVD commentary, they saw it as a strong Bart episode. Home Sweet Homediddly-Dumb-Doodily aired just before it, and it was viewed as a strong episode dealing with the family as a whole.

In it, Bart gets lice after playing with a monkey and the school blames the parents, and Lisa is in bad condition too after being roughed up by bullies. Government people inspect the Simpsons' house at one of the rare times that Marge has taken a break from cleaning, and seeing it's a mess, take Bart, Lisa and Maggie to a foster home. That foster home, as it turns out, is just next door, the Flanders' house. The kids, except Maggie, have trouble adjusting to their new home and miss their parents.

The brilliance of The Simpsons is that the family is dysfunctional but loving at the same time. And we can see that here- the Simpsons miss each other deeply, despite the fact that they're not perfect, and in fact the perfect Flanders family is strange and terrible, maybe even repulsive. This episode sticks up for the kinds of families that elitists look down on. Despite the sad tone of the story, it scores some laughs, particularly in the first half, and that's no surprise given that it's from Jon Vitti, the writer of Lisa's Substitute which may be the best Simpsons episode of all time. Home Sweet Homediddly-Dumb-Doodily itself is probably top 25 material.


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