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Homer the Heretic 

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.

Director:

Jim Reardon

Writers:

Matt Groening (created by), James L. Brooks (developed by) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Dan Castellaneta ... Homer Simpson / KBBL DJ #1 / Churchgoer / Groundskeeper Willie / Curly / Krusty the Klown / Santa's Little Helper / Barney Gumble / Benjamin Franklin (voice)
Julie Kavner ... Marge Simpson (voice)
Nancy Cartwright ... Bart Simpson / Todd Flanders / Kearney / Jamshed (voice)
Yeardley Smith ... Lisa Simpson (voice)
Hank Azaria ... Moe Howard / Public Affairs Spokesman / Moe Szyslak / Garbage Boat Man / Apu / Chief Wiggum / Insurance Company Man (voice)
Harry Shearer ... Rev. Lovejoy / KBBL DJ #2 / TV Announcer / Sports Commentator / Penny / God / Scratchy / Ned Flanders / Kent Brockman (voice)
Maggie Roswell ... Three Stooges Actress (voice)
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Animation | Comedy

Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 October 1992 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

USA

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Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby SR (seasons 3-19)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Along with The Simpsons: Mr. Plow (1992), a later episode of this season, this is one of the few television episodes that prominently featured snow outside of Christmas or Thanksgiving centric episodes. See more »

Goofs

The hairs in Homer's combover are shown burning off in the fire but in the next shot they're back. See more »

Quotes

Homer: [dozing while the fire spreads] Marge, turn down the heat?
[pause, nothing happens]
Homer: That's better!
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Connections

Featured in The Simpsons: Bart's Inner Child (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

The Battle Hymn of the Republic
(uncredited)
Music by William Steffe
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Beautiful......Just Beautiful!
1 January 2015 | by g-bodylSee 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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