The Simpsons

Season 7 Episode 3

Home Sweet Homediddly-Dum-Doodily

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Oct 01, 1995 on FOX
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Episode Summary

After a series of misadventures, the Simpson children are put in the custody of Ned and Maude Flanders. Learning that none of the children have been baptized, Ned sets up a baptism - which Homer and Marge thwart just in time.

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  • The simpson kids are in a foster home

    Due to a series of mis communications, child services comes to The simpsons house and takes the kids away to a foster home. Whats even worse is that their foster family is The Flanders. Bart and Lisa cant eat any good food, cant watch itchy and scratchy, or do anything fun. When Ned finds out they have never been baptised, he decieds to baptise them, but homer stops him before its too late, although is he baptised himself.

    This was a great episode with a sweet ending. I loved Homer and Cletus in this episode. "I love you Pa!, "I love you too Cletus!"

    Overall Grade: 100%/A+++moreless
  • Bart, Maggie, and Lisa become Flanders. Was Homer controlled by the devil?? LOL

    When Bart is sent home from school with head lice and Lisa loses her shoes, Marge and Homer are accused of being negligent parents and their kids are taken away by the bureaucratic do-gooders at the Child Protection Agency. As (bad) luck would have it, Bart, Lisa and Maggie are placed in the foster care of the Flanders family. While their kids must endure 5 PM bedtimes, Flanders-style nachos, and endless games of Biblical Bombardment, Homer and Marge must attend a special class for bad parents. Ned treats Bart, Lisa and especially Maggie with love and kindness, until he discovers that none of them have been baptized. After a fainting jag, Ned shores up the energy and the righteousness to baptize the kids himself. As Ned leads his new flock to the edge of the river for their baptisms, Homer and Marge, newly graduated from bad parent school, rush to the scene to stop him. Homer sees what is about to happen and dives into the river to prevent Ned from pouring Holy Water on Bart. When the Holy Water hits Homer, it burns his flesh and bubbles up. Bart, however, is saved from salvation and the Simpson family is reunited.moreless
  • Life with the Flanders

    After homer and Marge are deemed negligent parents, bart, lisa and maggie are forced to live somewhere else; with the flanders. Now, Marge and Homer need to get deemed better parents or face the consequences, while Bart, Lisa and Maggie may be getting baptized from Flanders.

    A funny episode and also quite sad at some places. It has a very unique and interesting plot and was handled in a funny manner. Overall, a great offering from the season known as seven, my overall grade for this episode is an A+, just an all around, funny, good, fun episode, I thinkmoreless
  • this was a good ep

    in this ep of the simpsons home and marge take a trip and bart and lisa and maggie are taken away becasue the insidents start to happen like bart plays a prank and they think he has lice and lisa loses her shoes and it looks like she has no shoes and is not taken care of . and lisa was doing a projec that required old news papers and so when the foster care came to vist they saw all that stuff around the house and other things so they took the kids and sent them to live with the flanders next store and marge and homer had to go through a program to see i they were good parents .and so bart and lisa find it borning living there and they are about to be batised when homer and marge come home and they go to were they are about to batised and they save them. and maggie goes marge for a hug. this was a good epmoreless
  • After a series of unfortunate incidents, the Simpsons kids are placed in the care of Ned and Maude Flanders. The Flanders soon discover that the Simpson kids were never baptised and they organise a baptismal, which Homer and Marge stop just in timemoreless

    This was an okay episode, but very much like 'Radioactive Man', it lacked in funny parts, which is why I have rated it as average. The best parts are when bart makes his 'newspaper report' for todd and when Homer and Marge are taking their parental classes. This episode is also good in the way of changing the emotions of the viewer, like when the Simpson kids are taken, the viewer is sad, and when Maggie begins to forget Homer and Marge, the viewer is worried, and when the family are reunited, the viewer is happy again. Whereas most Simpson episodes are made purely for the comedy pleasure of the viewer. This episode was also good for anyone who wants to see the Flanders family in their best light.moreless
Dan Castellaneta

Dan Castellaneta

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

Hank Azaria

Hank Azaria

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

Harry Shearer

Harry Shearer

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

Julie Kavner

Julie Kavner

Marge Simpson, Patty Bouvier, and Selma Bouvier

Nancy Cartwright

Nancy Cartwright

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

Yeardley Smith

Yeardley Smith

Lisa Simpson

Joan Kenley

Joan Kenley

Telephone Operator

Guest Star

Marcia Wallace

Marcia Wallace

Edna Krabappel

Recurring Role

Pamela Hayden

Pamela Hayden

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

Recurring Role

Tress MacNeille

Tress MacNeille

Agnes Skinner, Brandine Del Roy, Dolph and others

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

  • QUOTES (27)

    • Bart: Remember how Mom used to microwave our underwear on cold days?
      Lisa: Or how Dad used to call the radio station with fake traffic tips?

    • Marge: Oh, Maggie, you're a Simpson again. (Maggie belches)

    • Reverend Lovejoy: Oh Lord, why do you hate my trains?

    • Homer: Kids! We're good parents now…get your asses out here!

    • Marge: It's so quiet here without the kids.

      Homer: What I wouldn't give to hear Lisa play another one of her jazzy tunes. (speaks into Lisa's saxophone to the tune of Beethoven's 5th) Saxa-ma-phone, saxa-ma-phone. (sighs)

    • Groundskeeper Willie: See ya in Hell, you wingless bloodsuckers! (drops Bart's lice infested clothes in the boiler, lice scream)

    • Bart: Wow, Dad, you took a baptismal for me! How do you feel?

      Homer: (reverently) Oh, Bartholomew, I feel like St. Augustine of Hippo after his conversion by Ambrose of Milan.

      Ned: (gasps) Wait, Homer! What did you just say?

      Homer: I said shut your ugly face, Flanders!!!

      Ned: (shrugs) Oh, fair enough.

    • (The Flanderses drive Bart, Lisa and Maggie to the baptism site)

      Ned: Until this, I never thought Homer and Marge were bad parents, but now I know you kids need a less Hell-bound family!

      Maude: Just sit back, and before you know it, you'll be part of the Flanders flock.

      Bart: (to Lisa) Ha ha, you're gonna be Lisa Flanders!

      Lisa: (annoyed) You're gonna be Bart Flanders.

      Bart: Aah!

      Maude: Oh, relax, Bart. You're sister Maggie isn't scared.

      Bart: That's because she can't talk.

      (Maggie looks at Maude and Ned, then takes her pacifier out)

      Maggie: Daddily doodily!

      (She turns her head round 180 degrees a la The Exorcist to face Bart and Lisa, who look on in fear)

    • (The "Family Skills" graduation ceremony)

      Welfare Guy: I'm very proud of you people. You've learned how to care for your children, how to maintain your homes, and you've all passed the drug test. Except for Marge -- Marge, you tested positive for crack and PCP.

      Marge: Oh my!

      (Fifteen minutes later)

      Welfare Guy: (handing Marge her diploma) Okay, the retest says you're clean. Sorry about the mistake.

      Marge: The only thing I'm high on is love. Love for my son and daughters. Yes, a little LSD is all I need.

      Welfare Guy: All right, sounds very good.

      (The class members cheer and throw their mortarboards into the air; some of them fire guns)

    • (As Homer and Marge mull over their absence of their kids, the doorbell rings multiple times in succession)

      Homer and Marge: (excited) That's Bart's ring!

      (they run to the front door, but when they open it, all they find is a 'Flanders Press' paper under the doormat)

      Homer: (reading the paper) "Todd Smells". Aw, I already knew that!

      Marge: Look at the other side!

      (the other side reads "Simpson Kids Miss Mom & Dad"; Homer and Marge hold each other and sigh)

    • (Homer looks through a venetian blind into the Flanders' house)

      Marge: Can you see them?

      Homer: I can see Lisa... but it might be a starfish. I've gotta call them! (dials phone)

      Woman: (recorded) The number you have dialed can no longer be reached from this phone, you (splice) negligent (splice) monster. (Homer groans)

    • Ned: Hey kids! Nachos, Flanders style! That's cucumbers with cottage cheese!

    • (The welfare agents drop Bart, Lisa and Maggie off at the Flanders' house)

      Maude: I don't judge Homer and Marge. That's for a vengeful God to do.

      Ned: Mm-hm. All we want to do is give you kids a good home until they get their act together!

      Lisa: You don't understand, Mom and Dad take good care of us. (one of her teeth falls out) That was a baby tooth. (whistles on the 'th'; Ned and Maude look horrified) It was loose! (whistles on the 's')

      Welfare Lady: Don't you worry, little girl. We'll get you some nice county dentures.

    • Welfare Lady: Sink full of dirty dishes. Trash not taken out. Living room a mess, stacks of old newspapers...(Gasps)...from 20 years ago!
      Welfare Man: A disheveled and malnourished man found sleeping in his own filth, seems confused and dehydrated.
      Welfare Lady: Where's the baby!?
      Grampa: That's her ain't it? (points to Maggie drinking from dog dish) Kids love that water!
      Welfare Lady: (Spots the "I'm a stupid baby" sign on Maggie from earlier in the episode) Oh my lord!
      Welfare Man: Stupid babies need the most attention!

    • Mrs. Krabappel: Nelson, you look adorable.
      Nelson: I feel like punching myself!
      Mrs. Krabappel: Bart, stop scratching, you're messing up your hair!...AAH! Lice! How on earth does a boy get head lice in this day and age?
      (A flashback shows Milhouse and Bart who are playing with a monkey.)
      Milhouse: We bought a wicker basket from Pier One and he was passed out inside.
      (End flashback)
      Bart: Hey, how come I get lice and nothing happens to Milhouse?
      (Milhouse is shivering)
      Milhouse: So cold, so very, very cold!

    • Homer: I got my dad to look after her!
      Grampa: BEHIND YA!
      Marge: Nyeeh! DON'T DO THAT!
      Grampa: I..ja..pff. Don't do that!

    • Homer: What advantages does this motor car have over say… a train, which I could also afford.
      Car Salesman: Well, you'll notice how the heated gas pedal warms your feet, and the… (Homer drives off… comes back) …massages your buttocks. Well Count Homer, shall we discuss the…
      Homer: No we shant… yoink! (grabs tickets from man's pocket)

    • Lisa: Mom, you fuss over us way too much!
      Marge: Enjoy it now, because when you're a grown-up you'll have to take care of yourself!
      Homer: (scared) Marge, there's a spider near my car keys.
      Marge: You did the right thing by telling me. Shoo! Get out of here!
      Homer: Ah, that's better!

    • Homer: Oh, no! In the eyes of God they'll be Flanderseseses!

    • (The Itchy and Scratchy cartoon ends. Rod and Todd are shaking)
      Rod: Daddy? What's that coming out of Kitty's ear?
      Ned: Why that's uh... raspberry jam!
      Todd: Dad? Should I hit Rod with a broken bottle like the mouse did?
      Ned: No, son. No, sirry Bob.

    • (Homer and Marge drive after the Flanderses)

      Marge: Where are we going? Where are we going?

      Homer: OK, OK, don't panic. To find Flanders, I just have to think like Flanders! (thinks) I'm a big four-eyed lame-o, and I wear the same stupid sweater every day and -- (aloud) The Springfield River!

    • Marge: (reading a notice on the Simpsons' front door) "Parents are not to communicate with children, and must stay at least 100 feet away at all times."

      Homer: (takes notice off door and turns to Grampa) We leave you the kids for three hours and the county takes them away?!

      Grampa: Oh, bitch, bitch, bitch! (walks off)

    • Homer: Son, let's stop the fussin' and a-feudin'.
      Cletus: I love you, Paw!
      Homer: I love you, Cletus!

    • Homer: (to Judge) Okay, I'm never going to win Father Of The Year, in fact, I'm probably the last guy in the world to have kids ... wait, let me rephrase that. I love my kids. I'd do anything for Bart and Lisa.
      Judge: And Margret?
      Homer: Who? Lady, you must have the wrong file.
      Marge: It's Maggie.
      Homer: Oh, Maggie. I've got nothing against Maggie.

    • (Ned can't get over the fact that Bart, Lisa and Maggie haven't been baptized)

      Ned: Jeepers H Crackers. I'd better call the Reverend. (presses "Rev. Lovejoy" button on phone)

      (as Reverend Lovejoy plays with a train set, his wife hands him a cordless phone)

      Helen Lovejoy: (chuckles) Ned Flanders is on the phone!

      Reverend Lovejoy: (groans) Hello, Ned.

      Ned: (breathless) Reverend -- emergency! I -- it's the Simpson kids -- eedily -- I, uh, baptism -- oodily -- uh -- doodly diddly!

      Reverend Lovejoy: Ned... have you thought about one of the other major religions? They're all pretty much the same.

      (as he ends the call, his train crashes)

      Reverend Lovejoy: Ooh... damn Flanders!

      Ned: (to Bart, Lisa and Maggie) Looks like I'm gonna have to baptize you myself!

    • Homer: (Choking Cletus) Why you cotton-picking...!

    • Ned: Hidilly ho, neglect-arinos!

  • NOTES (1)

    • Blackboard Joke: No one wants to hear from my armpits.
      Couch Gag: A Brady Bunch style screen (where it's divided in nine spaces) with Lisa, Marge, and Grampa along the top, Maggie, the couch, and Bart in the middle, and Snowball II, Homer, and SLH along the bottom. At the last minute, everyone except Grampa (who's sleeping) runs out of their frames and onto the couch.


    • I Got You, Babe
      The lullaby Ned and Maude sing to Maggie is a parody of "I Got You, Babe" by Sonny and Cher.

    • Batman
      When Child Protective Services are called, the swirling badge, music, and flames from the exhaust pipe are a reference to the classic 60's Batman series.

    • Faster Pussycat Kill! Kill!
      The title of the Itchy & Scratchy episode, "Foster Pussycat Kill! Kill!" is a reference to the 1966 film Faster Pussycat Kill! Kill!.

    • The Exorcist
      The scene where Maggie's head spins on her neck is similar to what happened to the possessed girl in the 1973 film The Exorcist.

    • The Brady Bunch
      The couch gag spoofs the opening credits of The Brady Bunch.