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Missionary: Impossible 

When Homer is wanted dead for reneging on a 10,000 dollar pledge to PBS, Reverend Lovejoy sets him up for missionary work in the South Pacific until the heat dies down.



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Episode cast overview:
Marge Simpson (voice)
Bart Simpson (voice)
Brother #1 / PBS Host / Bank Teller / Yo-Yo Ma / Craig / Ak / Carl (voice)
Herself (voice)
Mom / Elmo / Amy (voice)


Having reneged on his telethon bid to save the PBS channel Homer is pursued by angry mob into the local church.Rev. Lovejoy helps him escape by sending him to a desert island as a missionary where his efforts to atone for introducing the natives to gambling leads to his building a chapel. Unfortunately he rings its bells too loudly,causing an earthquake. Back in Springfield,during another telethon,Bart saves the Fox network -"not for the first time." Written by don @ minifie-1

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Animation | Comedy


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Release Date:

20 February 2000 (USA)  »

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| (seasons 3-19)


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Marge talks to Homer through the radio, she speaks some of the lyrics to "Comfortably numb" by Pink Floyd. See more »


When Big Bird attempts to surround Homer, he swoops down from the sky, even though it a well-known fact on "Sesame Street" that Big Bird cannot fly. See more »


[after finishing building a church]
Homer: Look at what a wonderful prison we've built for God.
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References Teletubbies (1997) See more »


No Feelings
Written by John Lydon (uncredited), Glen Matlock (uncredited), Steve Jones (uncredited) and Paul Cook (uncredited) (as The Sex Pistols)
Performed by The Sex Pistols
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Curse you Mike Scully!
16 September 2006 | by See all my reviews

This is one of the most pathetic Simpsons episodes ever created. Its completely out-of-character beginning, the poorly created plot-line, and it's shameful ending show what every sitcom should try to avoid. I mean, the entire PBS network after Homer? What is happening to the Simpsons? The entire concept of Homer forced into becoming a missionary was awfully executed, with little to no laugh-out-loud moments and an overall lack of effort from the writers and producers. Most episodes have a few redeeming factors among them, but this one didn't! The writers could've have at least made it funny so it wouldn't be a total waste of 23 minutes, but no, they chose to accept this atrociously written piece of crud. Honestly, this makes Family Guy look good!

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