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Home Sweet Home-Dum-Diddly Doodily 

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

Director:

Susie Dietter

Writers:

Matt Groening (created by), James L. Brooks (developed by) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Dan Castellaneta ... Homer Simpson / Grampa Simpson / Groundskeeper Willie (voice)
Julie Kavner ... Marge Simpson (voice)
Nancy Cartwright ... Bart Simpson / Nelson Muntz / Todd Flanders (voice)
Yeardley Smith ... Lisa Simpson (voice)
Hank Azaria ... Soccer Kid / Agent Goodman / Mafioso / Tape Voice / Cletus (voice)
Harry Shearer ... Bentley Salesman / Principal Skinner / TV Announcer / Ned Flanders / Scratchy / Flub / Reverend Lovejoy (voice)
Joan Kenley Joan Kenley ... Woman on Phone (voice)
Marcia Wallace ... Edna Krabappel (voice)
Pamela Hayden ... Milhouse Van Houten / Rod Flanders (voice)
Tress MacNeille ... Agent #2 / Judge / Agnes Skinner (voice)
Maggie Roswell ... All is well / Maude Flanders / Helen Lovejoy (voice)
Frank Welker ... Monkey / Santa's Little Helper (voice)
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Animation | Comedy

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TV-PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 October 1995 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

USA

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby SR (seasons 3-19)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The appearance of the female Child Protective Services agent is based on a teacher both Bill Oakley and Josh Weinstein had in high school that they hated. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Goodman: Stupid babies require the most attention.
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Connections

References Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! (1965) See more »

Soundtracks

Symphony No. 5
(uncredited)
Composed by Ludwig van Beethoven
Hummed by Dan Castellaneta
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An amazing episode
18 November 2008 | by gizmomogwaiSee 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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