Moral Orel

Season 1 Episode 2

The Lord's Greatest Gift

Aired Monday 12:00 AM Jan 23, 2006 on Adult Swim
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The Lord's Greatest Gift
After learning that God's greatest gift is life, Orel recruits his friend Doughy to help protect that gift. A library book, a graveyard full of dead townsfolk, and Orel's convictions spell trouble for the population of Moralton.

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  • Fine example of a quality show.

    Not the most fantastic Moral Orel, but a good episode none-the-less. I guess the comedy was kinda choppy although I liked the bible joke about the librarian only tearing out the Jewish parts. Although it really helps if you have something to eat while you watch this episode, it brings a little bit of a different air to it than any other Moral Orel. On one condition, the ending is different. Instead of dad spanking Orel at the end, stuff happens afterwards. And, it was a lot more adult than any other Moral Orel, also. My idea is that it was an all around great episode. So I'm giving it 8.9/10moreless
Carolyn Lawrence

Carolyn Lawrence

Orel Puppington

William Salyers

William Salyers

Reverend Putty

Tigger Stamatopoulos

Tigger Stamatopoulos

Shapey Puppington

Scott Adsit

Scott Adsit

Clay Puppington, Doughy, Various

Britta Phillips

Britta Phillips

Bloberta Puppington, Nurse Bendy, Miss Sculptham

Jay Johnston

Jay Johnston

Coach Stopframe, Sal Figurelli, Principal Fakey, Miss Censordoll

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  • TRIVIA (12)

    • During the opening title sequence we see God's hand across the state and his finger is pointing outwards as a bird goes to land on it. However, in this episode God's middle finger is showing which is not shown in any other episode.

    • One of the zombies is modelled after the Moral Orel creator Dino Stamatopoulos.

    • The closing credits shows Orel creating a stop-motion film of Jesus resurrecting contemporary Christian figures.

    • Captions on the signs the protesters are holding out the front of the Moralton Cinema include; "only God can kill witches," "there's no place in heaven" and "flying monkeys more blasphemous than Darwinism." The protesters are against the showing of the film The Wizard of Oz.

    • The Moralton local pub is called 'Forghetty's.'

    • Lost Commandment #11 - Thou shalt be ashamed of thy natural anatomy.

    • Tombstones seen in the graveyard include:

      The Dead Robinson Family
      Doughy's Dead Grandpa
      Mike Davidson: Beloved Corpse
      Ben Johnson: 1939-Killed
      Poor Little Dead Joey
      Mary Smith (Dead)
      Blind Ted: Beloved Cab Driver

    • The cemetary is named 'Fading Smiles Cemetary.'

    • Songs featured on the radio include "Think With Your Heart" by The Crucifolks, and a hard rock song by Multiple God-gasm.

    • The sign display at the front of the church reads 'This week's sermon: Heaven or Hell — which would Jesus choose?'

    • Books placed on the 'We Recommend' shelf include 'A Guide to Close-Mindedness' and 'Understanding: A Fool's Journey.'

    • The list of books to be burnt are 'Animal Farm,' 'Fahrenheit 451,' 'Necronomicon (aka the Book of the Dead)' and 'How Stella Got Her Groove Back.'

  • QUOTES (20)

    • Orel: Hi, dad. Pretty great, huh?
      Clay: No, and wash that smile off your face, young man. You're in trouble. I think you should meet me in my study.

    • Orel: Gee, dad, I was just trying to stop those dead people from spitting phlegm on to God's face.
      Clay: That much I understand, Orel, but there are other ways of preserving God's gift of life.
      Orel: How?
      Clay: Well, for one, reading this book doesn't say the dead have to be naked.
      Orel: Well, it doesn't really, but some of their clothes were stinky and messy with blood.
      Clay: Their clothes didn't smell, Orel, their bodies smell. Their disgusting, exposed bodies.

    • Doughy: My Grampy just ate his brain.

    • Doughy: His uniform's all bloody.
      Orel: Strip him!

    • Officer O'Chunky: (to the naked zombie) You can't be runnin' around like that!

    • Doughy: That doesn't sound very Protestant, Orel.
      Orel Well... at least it's not Catholic.
      Doughy: C-C-C-Catholic?

    • (after digging up Doughy's grandpa)
      Doughy: Boy Orel, he smells worst than when he was alive.
      Orel: Well, he has been wearing the same underwear for some time now.

    • Tiny Tina: Ms. Censordoll, Jenny's looking through the Renaissance art books again.
      Ms. Censordoll: Filthy 15th century.
      (cracks knuckles and walks off)

    • Doughy: My Grandpa wouldn't spit in God's face.
      Orel: I don't see your Grandpa using life too much either.
      Doughy: (gasp) Oh no. Grandpa!

    • (talking about dead people
      Orel: They sure make bad Christians.
      Doughy: What d'ya mean?
      Orel: Everybody in the cemetery is sinning Doughy. Like the good Reverend said 'Lazerus did not reject Jesus' greatest gift of life.' But all these people did!

    • (when walking through the cemetery)
      Doughy: It's always so pretty. Do you think it's because dead people make good fertilizer?
      Orel: Mmm... maybe.

    • Doughy: Orel, you know you're not supposed to think when it comes to God and faith!

    • Bloberta: Don't take any rides from strangers son.
      Orel: Why?
      Bloberta & Clay: Because you're in your good Sunday suit!

    • Reverand Putty: Life is precious. As precious as money! Or those little kissing zebra knick-knacks that we love to display on top of our cabinets.

    • Ms. Censordoll: You're going to hell!

    • Orel: Behave Shapey, we're going to church!
      Shapey: Shut up!

    • Orel: Gosh, you sure are right, dad.
      Clay: Well I suppose that's why they call me dad... and not mum.

    • Clay: Nudity is a horrible thing, and should be used as a last resort. Remember the 11th commandment: Thou shalt be ashamed of thy natural anatomy.

    • Reverend Putty: No God, you're a weirdo, your gift is boring.

    • Orel: I was just trying to be good, so that you would love me more than you do now.
      Clay: Oh, Orel. I could never love you more. People only have so much love in them, and I'm afraid I have to divide mine up among at least a dozen people.
      Orel: Oh...
      Clay: But remember, son, I love you enough.
      Orel: I love you enough too, dad.

  • NOTES (1)


    • Fahrenheit 451
      This book is seen in the pile of books to be burnt.
      A 1951 novel by Ray Bradbury, it is the story of Guy Montag, a firefighter who lives in a lonely, isolated society where books have been outlawed by a government fearing an independent-thinking public. It is the duty of firefighters to burn any books on sight or said collections that have been reported by informants. After Montag falls in love with book-hoarding Clarisse, he begins to read confiscated books, and it is through this relationship that he begins to question the government's motives behind book-burning. It was later made into a film in 1966 starring Oskar Werner and Julie Christie in a double role.

    • How Stella Got Her Groove Back
      This book is seen in the pile of books to be burnt.
      The novel is about Stella, a highly successful, forty-something San Francisco stock broker. She takes a vactation Jamaica and soaks in the beauty of the island. She encounters a young islander, Winston Shakespeare, and his pursuits for her turn into a hot and steamy romance that forces Stella to take personal inventory of her life and try to find a balance between her desire for love and companionship, and the responsibilities of being a mother and a corporate executive. It was later turned into a film in 1998 starring Angela Bassett, Whoopi Goldberg and Taye Diggs.

    • The Wizard of Oz
      A group of protesters are seen outside the Moralton cinema protesting the showing of this movie. The movie title can be seen on the board; this being a direct allusion to the 1939 MGM movie The Wizard of Oz, starring Judy Garland.

    • Animal Farm
      This book is seen in the pile of books to be burnt.
      Animal Farm: A Fairy Story is a satirical novella (which can also be understood as a modern fable or allegory) by George Orwell, ostensibly about a group of animals who oust the humans from the farm on which they live. They run the farm themselves, only to have it degenerate into a brutal tyranny of its own. The book was written during World War II and published in 1945, although it was not widely successful until the late 1950s.

      Animal Farm is a satirical allegory of Soviet totalitarianism. Orwell based major events in the book on ones from the Soviet Union during the Stalin era. Orwell, a democratic socialist, and a member of the Independent Labour Party for many years, was a critic of Stalin, and was suspicious of Moscow-directed Stalinism after his experiences in the Spanish Civil War.

    • Necronomicon
      This book is seen in the pile of books to be burnt.
      The Necronomicon is the title of a fictional text in the works of American fantasy/horror author H.P. Lovecraft and other writers in the Cthulhu Mythos genre of horror fiction.