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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Marge Simpson (voice)
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Lisa Simpson (voice)
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Moe Howard / Public Affairs Spokesman / Moe Szyslak / Garbage Boat Man / Apu / Chief Wiggum / Insurance Company Man (voice)
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Rev. Lovejoy / KBBL DJ #2 / TV Announcer / Sports Commentator / Penny / God / Ned Flanders / Kent Brockman (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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8 October 1992 (USA)  »

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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 »

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When Flanders rescues Homer from the fire at his house, there isn't much snow on the ground. The very next shot, there is snow completely covering the ground. Most of it disappears another scene later. See more »

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Homer: [watching "The Three Stooges" on TV] Moe is their leader.
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Spoofs Risky Business (1983) See more »

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Nearer, My God, to Thee
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Music by John B. Dykes
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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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