After skipping church one week, Homer decides that he is never going back. However, when a calamity occurs, it takes the combined efforts of a number of people from different faiths to save him.



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Episode cast overview:
Marge Simpson (voice)
Lisa Simpson (voice)
Moe Howard / Public Affairs Spokesman / Moe Szyslak / Garbage Boat Man / Apu / Chief Wiggum / Insurance Company Man (voice)
Rev. Lovejoy / KBBL DJ #2 / TV Announcer / Sports Commentator / Penny / God / Ned Flanders / Kent Brockman (voice)
Three Stooges Actress (voice)

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Homer decides not to attend church one Sunday and has the time of his life and vows never to return to church again, however one Sunday after falling asleep while smoking a cigar he accidentally sets fire to The Simpsons house, Flanders spots the flames and rescues him, Homer comes to his senses and turns up at church the following Sunday(asleep). Written by wodder

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Animation | Comedy


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8 October 1992 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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At the end of the episode Homer asks God what the meaning of life is to which he says he'll find out in 6 months when he dies. 6 months after the debut of this episode on April 1, 1993 the episode titled "So It's Come To This: A Simpsons Clip Show" Bart plays a prank on Homer which lands him in the hospital nearly killing him. See more »


When we see God he has five fingers for the majority of the episode, but in the last scene, where Homer questions the meaning of life, God only has four fingers. See more »


[doorbell rings; Homer answers the door to Krusty]
Krusty the Clown: Hello, I'm collecting for the Brotherhood of Jewish Clowns. Last year, tornadoes claimed the lives of seventy-five Jewish clowns. The worst incident was outside our convention in Lubbock, Texas.
[choking up]
Krusty the Clown: There were floppy shoes and rainbow wigs everywhere!
Krusty the Clown: It was terrible...!
Homer: Wait a minute. Is this a religious thing?
Krusty the Clown: A religious clown thing, yes.
Homer: Sorry.
Krusty the Clown: Well, bless you anyw...
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References Mission: Impossible (1966) See more »


by Les Reed and Barry Mason
Performed by Dan Castellaneta
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Beautiful......Just Beautiful!
1 January 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is the third episode of the fourth season of the Simpsons and frankly, this may be the best episode of the entire series to date. It's incredibly funny as we see Homer become a lazy bum and later pay for his actions. The film has more of a religious theme as it advises people to attend church of their own religion(Christianity, Judaism, etc). I also loved the cultural reference to Ron Howard's Backdraft.

In this episode, "Homer the Heretic," Homer decides to skip church one day and he ends up having the best day of his life, while Marge and the kids are stuck in a frozen church and dealing with a stalled car. Marge prays for Homer and God appears to Homer in a dream telling him to worship however he would like. Even with the help of Flanders and Reverend Lovejoy, Homer does not go to church.....until it's too late.

Overall, this is a fantastic episode with some religious overtones, and good ones too. The episode is really funny and it has some jokes spread throughout. There is also an emotional moment or two near the very end. I rate this episode 10/10.

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