The Simpsons

She of Little Faith

Season 13, Ep 6, Aired 12/16/01
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  • Episode Description
  • Bart orders a model rocket and Homer builds and tries to launch it. With help from some nerds and a hamster named Nibbles, a new rocket is built and launched, but results in the church being destroyed. The church looks to rebuild and Montgomery Burns offers his help, but only if he can run the church like a business. The over commercialization of the rebuilt church puts Lisa off; she leaves it for good in search of a new place to worship. She finds Lenny, Carl and Richard Gere at a Buddhist temple. Richard gives her some information about Buddhism and she converts. The family tries to use Christmas as a means to bring Lisa back to Christianity. Realizing what they are doing runs to the temple but learns from Richard that Buddhism allows for the tolerance of other beliefs. So as Homer puts it, she can "pay lip service" to Christianity while remaining a Buddhist.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Julie Kavner

    Marge Simpson, Patty Bouvier, and Selma Bouvier

  • Harry Shearer

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

  • Dan Castellaneta

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

  • Nancy Cartwright

    Bart Simpson, Nelson Muntz, Ralph Wiggum, Todd Flanders, and others

  • Yeardley Smith

    Lisa Simpson

  • Fan Reviews (8)
  • superb

    By futuramarama, Aug 21, 2011

  • Suprisingly very good!

    By JohnnySeidz, Jul 12, 2006

  • lisa becomes a buddhist

    By jimbo_001, Jan 13, 2006

  • Lisa becomes a buddhist.

    By Hornets3, Aug 14, 2009

  • The perfect companion piece to "Lisa the Vegetarian"

    By CraigDavidson, Aug 23, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (13)

    • Mr. Burns: This is Lindsay Naegle. Don't let the skirt fool you; she'll have this place making money in no time!

    • Marge: Fixing this church is going to be very expensive. Reverend Lovejoy: Yes...barring some miracle (looks up to sky, arms wide open for the Lord's help) (beat). Alright, we'll help ourselves. YET again.

    • (Close-up of Homer at breakfast) Homer: So, you think you know better than this family, huh? Well, as long as you're in my house, you'll do what I do and believe what I believe! (it turns out that he is talking to Bart) So butter your bacon! Bart: Yes, father. (does so) Lisa: (walking in) Mom, Dad, my spiritual quest is over! Homer: Hold that thought... (to Bart) Bacon up that sausage, boy! Bart: But, Dad, my heart hurts! (Homer glares at him; Bart reluctantly wraps a slice of bacon around his sausage and eats it.)

    • Richard Gere: I am dreaming of a free Tibet. Lenny: We are dreaming of free sandwiches.

    • Carl: Hey, Richard, in An Officer and a Gentleman, did you really do all those sit-ups? Richard Gere: I wish! I did one, and they just showed it a thousand times.

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    Notes (2)

    • This episode was nominated, but did not win an Emmy Award in the "Outstanding Animated Program (For Programming Less Than One Hour)" category at the 54th Annual Prime time Emmy Awards.

    • Blackboard Joke: I do not have a cereal named after me. Couch Gag: The couch is replaced by a giant slot machine. The slots spin and land on pictures of Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa. A "7" shows up in Maggie's place and a bell sounds as coins fall out of the slot machine and onto the floor.

    Trivia (4)

    • According to this episode, Homer uses contacts.

    • Sign seen on the church marquee: "Watch Ally McBeal - it's great!"

    • It is revealed that Lenny and Carl are Buddhists in the episode.

    • Homer's credit card number: 5784 3653 4341 0709.

    Allusions (5)

    • The Noid The little red guy called the Noid is a reference to an old advertising campaign used by Domino's Pizza. The Noid is a gremlin-type creature that would make pizzas cold before delivery. Their slogan was "Avoid The Noid".

    • Devo While cleaning his teeth, Homer sings a song parody of the Devo hit "Whip It" entitled "Floss It".

    • Nair While Lenny and Carl are meditating, they chant, "Who likes short shorts? I like short shorts." This is a reference to the 70's commercial for Nair, a leg hair removal product.

    • Doubting Thomas When Lisa appears on the Jumbotron at church, she looks sulky and a caption reads, "Pouting Thomas." This is a play on the biblical story of "Doubting Thomas." Thomas was one of the Apostles. He saw Jesus after the Resurrection and had to touch him before he would believe that Jesus had actually risen from the dead.

    • Homer: It's time to slip the surly bonds of gravity and punch the face of God! Homer is trying to quote the poem "High Flight" by John Gillespie Magee, an RCAF pilot in World War II. The poem begins, "For I have slipped the surly bonds of earth," and ends with, "Put out my hand, and touched the face of God."

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