The Simpsons

Season 11 Episode 11

Faith Off

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Jan 16, 2000 on FOX
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Faith Off
Remember "Homer Goes to College?" Well, Homer visits his college for old times' sake and reunites with the old nerds. He organizes a prank, but somehow ends up with a bucket stuck on his head. Nothing will get it off, so the Simpson family goes to a faith healer. While there, Brother Faith has Bart pull it off. Bart sees the potential of being a faith healer, so he starts performing miracles of his own. After a while, he forms his own church; but after a miracle performed on Milhouse goes horribly wrong, he realizes that he should quit. Meanwhile, Homer has to build a homecoming float for Springfield University. The family goes to the big homecoming football game. Everyone roots for the star player, a kicker. Until a drunken Homer drives the float onto the field and runs over his leg. Fat Tony threatens Homer with an ice pick, but Homer gets Bart to perform another miracle on the leg. With a taped-up leg, the kicker attempts a big field goal. In doing it, his lower leg breaks off and kicks the ball again in mid-air. The kick is good!moreless

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  • Not Perfect

    By this time, I was long gone with thinking an episode could be anywhere near perfect. In this one, a prank gone wrong causes Homer to have a bucket glued to his head. There is no hope, until the Simpsons see Brother Faith's Revival, and Brother Faith uses Bart to lift the bucket off. Brother Faith convinces Bart that he is a miracle worker and has the power to help those in trouble.

    So Bart helps kids at Springfield Elementary school with their problems. He soon believes he can fix anything. So he removes Milhouse's glasses because "They make me look like a geek." But soon, he is hit by a truck due to not being able to see.

    A somewhat decent episode, a couple bad gags but watchable nonethelessmoreless
  • Bart becomes a magical healer or at least that's what everyone thinks.

    This was an episode that was characterized by many great gags and giggles. AMong all of these, were Homer's prank backfiring, Bart taking the Bukcet off of Homer's head, and Homer running over the star kicker. It was also fun to see Dr. Hibbert make fun of the patients degree in communications, and possibly my favorite gag of the episode is the final field goal where out of no where the kickers leg comes off, and kicks the football between the uprights. All in all the episode strated out very strong, and hit maybe one or two dry spots in the middle, but it was still a good episode. Bmoreless
  • Great episode all the way through!!!!

    Homer attends a fundraiser for Springfield University, where he is briefly reunited with his old pals Benjamin, Doug and Gary. For old time's sake, the four team up to pull a prank on the dean. When the prank goes tragically awry, Homer is forced to live with its aftermath: A bucket full of super glue gets stuck on his head. Every attempt to remove the bucket fails until the Simpson family attends a religious revival, where a preacher named Brother Faith empowers Bart to remove it. Sensing a new calling, Bart devotes his life to becoming a faith healer. He manages to heal a number of Springfield's residents, but experiences a crisis of faith when he causes Milhouse to be hit by a car. Swearing off faith healing for good, Bart is forced into it again when a field goal kicker for Springfield University injures his ankle during an important game. Does Bart really have the power to heal him? Or will Springfield U lose the big game? Bart had better have faith and the team doctor had better have some morphine.

    Guest Stars: Don Cheadle as Brother Faith; Joe Montegna as Fat Tonymoreless
  • bart becomes a holy man

    this was a turn for the better in the simpsons about religon stupidity and other idiotic lesseons.

    the episode starts off at a college reunion and the dean calls it only to collect money from everyone and so homer decides to get back at the dean with the old glue on the bucket trick but instead the bucket falls on him. while adjusting to the bucket on his head homer accidentaly goes to a religous healing ceremony where bart takes the bucket off his head inflating his ego and making him think he is a holy man but is that really true.moreless
  • miracle and gruesome

    It’s been long time since we’ve heard Bart’s famous line “eat my shorts”, and this time with Satan in it. The couch scene is hilarious with Homer admitting he’s crazy. The first plot was great; Homer goes to college…again, reunited with the nerd’s, cocktail party, and prank the dean scene simply awesome. The bucket and run into the cornfield…emm haven’t we seen this before. The second plot where it reveals the main story is good and the songs have decent lyrics. Lisa being skeptic about Bart’s power to heal is good. Bart starts his own healing center is outrageous (comically speaking). Patty healed of smoking, c’mon. Things turn ugly when Millhouse got hit by a truck and Bart realizes he’s not a real healer and could’ve made it adventurous with a deeper plot involving Bart and Lisa rather than ruining it in a football game which turns out to be gruesome and misguided. Another ending ruined.moreless
Julie Kavner

Julie Kavner

Marge Simpson, Patty Bouvier, and Selma Bouvier

Harry Shearer

Harry Shearer

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

Dan Castellaneta

Dan Castellaneta

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

Nancy Cartwright

Nancy Cartwright

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

Yeardley Smith

Yeardley Smith

Lisa Simpson

Hank Azaria

Hank Azaria

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

Don Cheadle

Don Cheadle

Brother Faith

Guest Star

Joe Mantegna

Joe Mantegna

Fat Tony

Recurring Role

Russi Taylor

Russi Taylor

Martin Prince, Sherri, Terri and others

Recurring Role

Pamela Hayden

Pamela Hayden

Milhouse Van Houten, Rod Flanders, Jimbo Jones, and others

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Homer refers to the nerds as his old roommates, and the dorm room as his old dorm, but in "Homer Goes to College," he only went to the nerds for tutoring. He did not live with them in the dorm.

    • This episode's Dean Peterson is not the same Dean Peterson Homer ran over during a prank in "Homer Goes to College" (1F02)

    • ~Homer was wearing a hat when the bucket fell on his head. The bucket should have come off easily because the bucket was glued to his hat, not his head.

      ~During his song, Bart threw away Milhouse's glasses. But when Milhouse was in the hospital, he had his glasses. His mom didn't know he was at the hospital, so how did he get them back?

    • When Reverend Lovejoy plays the electric guitar in church, you can clearly see that the guitar isn't plugged into an amplifier, yet it sounds as if it is.

    • When Homer crashed into a ditch, he said "That had nothing to do with the bucket", but the closed-captioning read, "Stupid Ford!" In "Gump Roast", the captioning matched what Homer said.

  • QUOTES (23)

    • Fat Tony: I wagered a large sum on the performance of that scholar athlete. (produces an ice pick and points it menacingly at Homer)
      Homer: No, wait! I got a kid who's a miracle worker! He'll heal him up real good!
      Fat Tony: Well he'd better, or else.
      Homer: Or else what? … Oh, right, the ice pick.

    • Marge: Wow, he should have his foot insured by Lloyd's of London.
      Homer: (drunk) Oh, you just know what everyone should do, don't you, Marge?

    • Bart: Milhouse, I can't help you. I am no healer.
      Milhouse: Could you tell my Mom I'm here?

    • Lisa: Bart, I hope you don't believe your own hype.
      Bart: Number of miracles performed by Bart: Two. Number of miracles performed by Lisa: Zero.
      Lisa: How can you believe all this mumbo-jumbo? The bucket came off Dad's head because the bright lights heated it, causing the metal to expand.
      Bart: Heat makes metal expand. Now who's talking mumbo-jumbo?

    • Bart: Then I said, "I have the power," and the bucket came off.
      Ralph: Can you heal me? I can't breathe good and it makes me sleepy.
      Bart: I'll give it a whirl. Devil … be gone (slaps Ralph in the head)
      Ralph: Ow! (two coins fall out of his nose) My milk money! (milk spills from his nose) And my milk.

    • Bart: Excuse me, Brother Faith? I've gotta know -- how did you really get the bucket off my Dad's head?
      Brother Faith: Well, I didn't, son. You did. God gave you the power.
      Bart: Really? Huh. I would think that He would want to limit my power.

    • Homer: Cure me! Cure me!
      Brother Faith: Brother, I sense that you are feeling trapped and desperate.
      Homer: Yeah! And I got a bucket on my head.

    • Homer: I'm beginning to think this alumni party was just a ruse to get our money.
      Benjamin: That Dean is going to get an indignant e-mail.
      Doug: You should do it with bold, red letters.
      Gary: My computer has 512 shades of red.
      Homer: Have you nerds forgotten everything I taught you? This calls for a prank.

    • Marge: He hit the star player!
      Lisa: Aw, Dad has the worst luck when he's drinking.

    • Lisa: Do you have any food that wasn't brutally slaughtered?
      Homer: I think the veal might have died of loneliness.

    • Football Announcer: Well, my supply of homespun sayings is lower than a doodlebug in Aunt Tillie's root cellar.

    • (to the tune of "Time of My Life")
      Singers: I had the halftime of my life, and I owe it all to S.U.

    • Brother Faith: Now let's hear it, for the Holy Spirit, no need to fear it, just revere it.
      He works in heaven, that's a twenty four/seven.
      That's right - a-check the bible, a-John 2:11.

    • Homer: Poor guy... he lost his leg.
      Dr. Hibbert: Oh, no, no. The fans will whoop it up with that tonight -- you know, drink beer out of it and so on -- but, uh, it'll turn up in the morning, and I'll sew it back on.
      Marge: Will that really work?
      Dr. Hibbert: Well, I assume so... as long as I have Bart's healing powers...
      Bart: Why won't anybody listen to me? I don't have any special powers. I am not a healer!
      Dr. Hibbert: Fine. More money for me.

    • Milhouse: Thank you Bart for fixing my vision, now I see with total precision!
      Bart:Song's over Milhouse, but you're welcome.

    • Marge: I tried greasing the bucket with bacon fat but your father kept eating it!
      Homer: Can't you try a non delicious fat? (he starts crying) *Ugh* there's no such thing!

    • Reverend Lovejoy: Perhaps its time to fight razzle with dazzle.
      (He gets his guitar and plays it.)
      Reverend Lovejoy: Mi--Michael ro--ro--rode--
      (The guitar squeaks a high sound.)
      Todd: Is he killing that guitar daddy?
      Ned: Yes, son.

    • Bart: (Holding up skateboard) Satan, eat my shorts!
      (Crowd cheers)
      Bart: (Singing) I was a sinner, a real bad kid.
      What thou shalt not, I shalt did.
      Neighbor's cat I tried to neuter,
      Took a whiz on the school's computer.
      Sherri & Terri: He took a whiz, oh, yes he did.
      Bart: But now I changed, you can't deny.
      Come on up, and testify.
      Sherri & Terri: Testify, testify, come on up and testify!
      Grampa: My hip's misbehavin'.
      (Bart knocks his cane away.)
      Grampa: Hey!
      Sherri & Terri: Testify!
      Patty: Got a nicotine cravin'.
      (Bart slaps away the cigarettes.)
      Sherri & Terri: Testify!
      Professor Frink: Got a cramp in my glavin.
      (Bart kicks Frink's rump.)
      Professor Frink: Oy!
      Bart: Testify!
      All: Testify! Testify!
      (Bart dramatically holds up two lit Roman candles, one in each hand. The flames shoot off to his sides.)

    • Ned: Excuse me, neighbor. I couldn't help but notice, you picked pretty much all of my flowers!
      Homer: Can't make a float without flowers.
      Ned: Oh, sure. But did you have to salt the earth so nothing would ever grow again?
      Homer: Heh-heh, heh-heh ... yeah.

    • Lenny: You're only calling us a cow college cause we were founded by a cow.

    • Marge: Hmm ... there's a homecoming parade, a cocktail party ...
      Homer: And the big game between Springfield U and Springfield A&M. I hate Springfield U soooo much!
      Lisa: You went to Springfield U. You hate A&M.
      Homer: Soooo much!

    • Kent: Big game fever is taking a fevered pitch as the fevered rivalry between Springfield U and Springfield A&M spreads like wild fever. This, this is writing?
      Nephew: I'm sorry, Uncle Kent. I lost my thesaurus.
      Kent: Ugh, thesaurus, you'll lose more than that…..In preparation for the big game, Springfield Stadium has caught additional seating capacity fever. Arrgh!

    • Krusty: Hey! You gentiles are alright!

  • NOTES (1)

    • Blackboard Joke: I will stop "phoning it in".
      Couch Gag: Sigmund Freud (which actually looks like an elderly version of Milhouse) is next to the couch. Homer sits on the couch and cries that he's going crazy while the family watches.


    • "(I've Had) The Time of My Life" People on Float: I've, had, the halftime of my life, and I owe it all to SU.
      During halftime of the football game, some people on the floats sing these lyrics, which are a parody of the song "(I've Had) The Time of My Life" by Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes.

    • Football Announcer: Annie, get your radar gun 'cause that tamale was one tall drink of water!

      The beginning of the line was a play on Annie, Get Your Gun, the musical about Annie Oakley.

    • Homer: I remember my love affair with Ali McGraw. She used to call me "Preppy." And then she died.

      Apparently Homer has gotten his college days confused with the movie Love Story, which starred Ali McGraw and Ryan O'Neal. It was based on a novel by Erich Segal.

    • The announcer for the football game sounds like college football announcer Keith Jackson who is known for his "homespun" sayings.

    • The name of the episode is a play on the title of the 1997 film Face/Off, starring Nicholas Cage and John Travolta.