The Simpsons: Season 10, Episode 18

Simpsons Bible Stories (4 Apr. 1999)

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Three famous religious stories are retold Simpsons style as the family nods off at church.

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Marge Simpson (voice)
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Bart Simpson / Nelson Muntz / Ralph (voice)
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Lisa Simpson (voice)
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Pig / Chief Wiggum (voice)
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Milhouse Van Houten / Gary the Unicorn (voice)
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Each family member has a dream after they nod off during a boring church sermon. Marge imagines she is Eve to Homer's Adam,being expelled by God (Ned) from Eden for eating the forbidden fruit - as well as for killing Gary the Unicorn. Whilst Homer sees himself as Solomon wisely giving judgment on the division of a pie,Lisa is a Hebrew slave helping Moses Milhouse lead the kids to freedom from Pharaoh Skinner by flushing all the toilets and parting the waves for them. Bart is David,fighting Goliath's son Nelson,with the help of shepherd boy Ralph,who comes back from the day to get rid of the bully. Written by don @ minifie-1

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While they are inside the torture chamber, Milhouse and Lisa walk past an orb. The orb is called "Orb of Isis" and played a big part in the season 9 episode "Lost Our Lisa". See more »

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Marge: It's the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. Bart are you wearing clean underwear?
Bart: Not anymore.
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References Goliath II (1960) See more »

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Highway to Hell
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Another Trilogy Episode, but at least it's a good one.
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This was the second non-Halloween trilogy episode of The Simpsons, the first being the Spin-Off Showcase. This is still a good episode, unlike many future trilogy episodes. The creative title tells you the plot will look at stories from The Bible focusing on 'Adam & Eve', 'Moses & Pharaoh' and 'David & Goliath'. There are actually two more since we also see 'King Solomon' and then end with 'Revelation' from the New Testament.

The stories are told through dreams. Marge sees herself as Eve with Homer as Adam and Ned Flanders (who else?) as God. It's probably the best of the segments of the episode and the twist on the story is that Adam ate the fruit first but only Eve got caught. A feminist take on the story then. Highlights include Gary The Unicorn and seeing 'People Magazine' with only Adam and Eve on the cover.

Next is Lisa's dream about the Exodus story. The Egyptians are portrayed by the school staff with the pupils as the Israelites. Moses is played by Milhouse Van Houten and Pharaoh by Seymour Skinner. It takes a different look at the story as well going for the secular approach as the plagues are actually faked by Lisa' unnamed character and Moses. The parting of the Red Sea is done by having loads of toilets flush at the same time. This is the weakest part of the episode and there are no particular highlights to mention.

Before Bart's dream we see Homer's where he is King Solomon. The famous incident about the argument over two women and a baby is retold here with Lenny and Carl and their pie. "The pie shall be cut in two and each man shall receive death. I'll eat the pie." This is followed by a court case between Jesus Christ and a chariot that apparently hit him. Very very funny section. Shame it's not longer, but I don't think there's all that much more material for the writers to use here for a full segment.

Bart's dream is a bit rubbish really. King David is his character and Goliath II (Nelson Muntz) is out for revenge. It doesn't seen to know what to do with itself here, shown by leaving The Bible entirely and just coming up with a new story instead. Ralph saves this section from being too pathetic though and makes it still watchable. The best bits of this one are the extended references to other Biblical figures. Jezebel, Jonah, Methuselah and The Tower Of Babel all get a look in.

To end we see the family all wake up to see they've slept through church and now the world is ending. Lisa is stopped from ascending to heaven with the Flanderses and then a portal to hell opens in front of them as the four horsemen go by overhead. It's a nice way to end the Biblical episode with these references to the final book of the 66 and seeing that the worst part of hell for Homer is that there's no Hotdogs left on the BBQ is quite funny.

And who better to play us out than ACDC with 'Highway To Hell'? Overall not the best episode, but still pretty good. 8/10


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