The Simpsons

Homer Loves Flanders

Season 5, Ep 16, Aired 3/17/94
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  • Episode Description
  • Homer reluctantly goes to a football game with Ned. After Ned shows Homer a good time, they become close friends. Little to Homer's realization, Ned actually starts to have negative feelings toward him.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Wesley Archer

  • David Richardson (III)

  • Dan Castellaneta

    Homer Simpson, Grampa Simpson, Barney Gumble, Krusty the Clown, Groundskeeper Willie, and others

  • Hank Azaria

    Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, Moe Szyslak, Chief Wiggum, Comic Book Guy, Lou, and others

  • Harry Shearer

    Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders, Principal Skinner, Waylon Smithers, Kent Brockman, and others

  • Fan Reviews (10)
  • superb

    By futuramarama, Aug 18, 2011

  • Homer and Flanders are friends... for a little while.

    By Sami5118, Jul 15, 2011

  • Funny, but somewhat off I think

    By Southparkfa, Jun 24, 2010

  • this was a good ep

    By cube2k8, May 18, 2010

  • The pigskin classic

    By meatboys, Aug 30, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (30)

    • Homer: If everyone here were more like Ned Flanders, there'd be no need for Heaven, we would already be there.

    • Lisa: Dad and Ned Flanders friends? Hah! What's next? A's on Bart's report card? (She, Marge and Bart laugh together) Bart: (Stops laughing) Hey!

    • Marge: Homey, I'm very proud of you, but don't you think you're spending too much time with Ned? Your family needs you too. Homer: Oh, of course you'd say something like that, Marge. You've hated Ned for years! In fact, you wanted to bash his head in with a pipe. Marge: That was you! Homer: Love, Marge. Don't hate... love.

    • Marge: Honey, I'm so glad you're ho-- Homer: Can't talk, seeing Flanders. Later, sex.

    • Homer: Ned, since you've let me spend time with your family, I want you to get to know my family. (they go to Moe's) Hey, everyone. Barney: Hey. Homer: I'd like to introduce Ned Flanders, my best friend. Moe: Hey, I don't want no one in here with their "evils of alcohol" rap. Ned: Wait a second: you're the man at the hospital who reads to sick children. Moe: (grabs Ned) If this gets out, the next words you say will be muffled by your own butt.

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    Notes (1)

    • Blackboard Joke: I am not delightfully saucy. Couch Gag: There are two couches and the family splits in half and sits on couches.

    Trivia (13)

    • Music from this episode: After punching the radio, Homer is singing along the song"Two tickets to Paradise" from Eddie Money

    • In this episode Homer’s car is green instead of purple, like his old car from high school.

    • The shelter that Ned and Homer go to is called "Helter Shelter," the same as the title to an episode in the 14th season.

    • In America version of this episode, Homer wakes up from a bad dream and says that he thinks he hates Ted Koppel. In the Mexican version, he wakes up from the bad dream and says he hates Michael Jackson.

    • The name of the star quarterback of the Springfield Atoms is Stan Taylor (#7).

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    Allusions (5)

    • Texas Tower Massacre Ned Flanders has a dream in which he is standing atop a tower, picking off random people with an assault rifle. This is obviously alluding to Charles Whitman's part in what has become known as the Texas Tower Massacre. Whitman killed fourteen and injured dozens when he went on a ninety minute shooting rampage from the Tower of the University of Texas.

    • Village People Homers song, "Nacho, nacho man. I want to be a nacho man..." is a parody of the famous Village People song "Macho Man."

    • Terminator 2 Homer sprints after Flanders' car with the golf clubs is from the 1991 film Terminator 2.

    • Homer: Where's your messiah now Flanders? A parodies of an Edward G. Robinson line from the 1956 film The Ten Commandments.

    • Bobby McFerrin Homer listens to Bobby McFerrin's "I'm Worried, Need Money" on the radio, an obvious stab at Bobby McFerrin's only hit single, "Don't Worry, Be Happy".

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