The Simpsons

The Joy of Sect

Season 9, Ep 13, Aired 2/8/98
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  • Episode Description
  • Homer gets a brochure from a religious group at the airport and being highly gullible, he goes to their retreat. Because of Homer's intelligence quotient they have more trouble brainwashing him than the rest of Springfield most of who are all sucked into joining this cult. When they finally succeed with Homer, he signs over the family house to the Leader. The Leader begins taking over various media outlets, making Mr. Burns envy him. Seeing an opportunity to pay even less in taxes, Mr. Burns tries to form his own cult, although he is unsuccessful. Homer and the family move to an agricultural compound and begin picking beans. When the children become just as brainwashed as Homer, Marge escapes and enlists the help of Lovejoy, Flanders, and Willie to kidnap her family. They are able to deprogram them and then Homer tries to show the cult that the Leader is a fraud. When he does, and life returns to normal.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 (7)
  • this was a good ep

    By cube2k8, May 24, 2010

  • The Joy of Sect

    By futuramarama, Jan 24, 2010

  • Homer gets brainwashed?!?! You need a brain for that first!

    By twilightboy, May 14, 2008

  • Homer joins the family in a cult and It's up to Marge, Reverend Lovejoy, and Willie to get them out and reveal the secret.

    By codename11, Feb 01, 2008

  • ANother one of Homer's crazy schemes delivers amazing humor once again!!!

    By Iverson82094, Jan 26, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (24)

    • Bart: Ha ha! When I'd finished with that people, oh man! Nobody can brainwash to Bart Simpson. Nothing that I can't handle. (pull out a briefcase labeled with "Lil' Bastard Brainwash") (Bart enters to the room) (a few seconds later) Bart: (hypnotized) I love the Leader.

    • (Reverend Lovejoy tries to knock Homer out with a baseball bat) Willie: Give me that, you noodle-armed choir boy! (Willie hits Homer and still doesn't knock him out) Reverend Lovejoy: Well, that didn't do it Mr. Kilt.

    • (Watching the leader drive past) Lisa: We toil in the fields and he drives around in a Rolls-Royce? Homer: Yes, it would be nice if he'd buy American, but what are you going to do?

    • Homer: Marge, you're the leader? You don't look anything like the beans.

    • Burns: You see me as a god, Smithers? Smithers: Absolutely, sir. Burns: You'd kneel before me? Smithers: Boy, would I!

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    Notes (2)

    • This episode is the origin of the term "Jerkass Homer," used by alt.tv.simpsons members to describe a perceived change in Homer's personality around season nine or so. Homer shouts "Outta my way, Jerkass!" while driving into the Movementarian compound, and once again when he's told there will be a free movie.

    • Blackboard Joke: Shooting paintballs is not an art form. Couch Gag: The family are now micro-sized and Santa's Little Helper takes Homer away.

    Trivia (4)

    • Goof: During the part where Homer & everyone else is watching the movie you can see Mr.Burns but later he is one of the people is not hypnotised.

    • The Movementarians who recruit Homer are called Glen and Jane.

    • Syndication cuts from the show all the scenes with the Special K cereal.

    • Syndication cuts out the part where Mr. Burns makes a mention of people kneeling before him as a divine God and Smithers gladly responds to that.

    Allusions (10)

    • Batman When Homer is fishing he sings "na-na-na-na-na-na-na fishing" and then later the Movementarians chant "na-na-na-na-na-na-na leader" parodying the theme song to the 1960's Batman TV series starring Adam West.

    • Michael Crichton/Stephen King In the airport there is a store called "Just Crichton and King Bookstore" referring to popular authors Michael Crichton and Stephen King.

    • Scientology The Movementarians are based on Scientologists and the leader of Scientology, founder L. Ron Hubbard. Both call themselves religions but are called cults by many and both strong-arm people out of money by using lawyers. Also, the Leader looks just like a younger Hubbard. Nancy Cartwright, who voices Bart Simpson as well as a number of other characters, is a member of the Church of Scientology.

    • The scene where Marge jumps over the back of alligators while fleeing the Movementarian compound spoofs a famous stunt from the 1973 James Bond film "Live and Let Die."

    • When Willie scratches his nails on the window to get attention and then names his price for kidnapping, deprogramming and killing Homer and the kids, it's a reference to the scene in the 1975 movie Jaws when Quint (the slightly crazy old fisherman) scratches the blackboard to get everyone's attention and then names his price for capturing, killing and skinning the shark.

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