The Simpsons

Season 5 Episode 16

Homer Loves Flanders

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Mar 17, 1994 on FOX
out of 10
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Episode Summary

Homer reluctantly goes to a football game with Ned. After Ned shows Homer a good time, they become close friends. Little to Homer's realization, Ned actually starts to have negative feelings toward him.

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  • superb

    what i liked- Ned's dream about him hating homer, and him telling maude that he thinks he hates homer, and then we see homer say to marge that he thinks he hates someone (name escapes me), Homer running after the Flanders' car, the ending of the episode, the end of act 1 where Lenny and Carl are talking about homer's car thinking it is a 'robot car', Ned starting to dislike Homer, amongst other things.

    good episode. it's not a perfect episode but it definitely is an enjoyable way to spend a half hour of your time, and like pretty much everything from season 5, you're sure to laugh a lot. B- or so as my final grade, i think is fairmoreless
  • Homer and Flanders are friends... for a little while.

    Homer decides to be friends with Flanders after he finds out that Flanders has tickets to a football game that he wants to go to. After Flanders lets him go with him, Homer decides to be friends with him, and it works; for a while until Flanders gets sick of Homer hanging around and disrupting his family. They have a fight and in the end, everything is back to normal with Homer hating Flanders and Flanders still trying to be nice to him. Overall, I think it was a pretty decent episode. 9/10moreless
  • Funny, but somewhat off I think

    In this episode, Homer can't buy tickets to the Baseball game, but luckily Ned has 2 tickets to the game. Homer, at first reluctantly, agrees to go with Flanders. He has such a great time, that he begins spending more and more time with Ned and his family, putting them all on the edge. Eventually, Homer speeds through Ned's community service, and making Ned look like a loser, until the whole town hates him. There are some very funny scenes in this episode, like the Simpsons and the Flanders reactions to each other, but what I really hated about this episode was the ending. He just ends like that, was a stupid move on the part of the writers. Overall, it's a good episode, but it's somewhat off. 8/10 Bmoreless
  • this was a good ep

    in this ep of the simpsons show homer is invited by ned flanders to a football game and he even gets the game ball from ned flanders. but during the game homer started to spill bear and go crazy and yell duering the game. and act obnixius. which made ned flanders hate homer even more. then he normal did. but during the second part of the ep things went back to normal i thought between homer and ned they went back the way things was homer not spending time with ned and taking his tools with out asking . this was a good epmoreless
  • The pigskin classic

    Homer reluctantly goes to a football game with Ned. After Ned shows Homer a good time, they become close friends. Little to Homer's realization, Ned actually starts to have negative feelings toward him.

    My absolute all-time favorite part of this episode is the part where Ned and Homer are exiting the stadium and homer yells to Lenny and carl saying

    "This is Ned flanders, my best friend" Lenny: What did he say? Carl: I don't now, something about being gay


    One of the funniest parts of this great episode is when the church busdrives by Ned and they start saying he's hacked up on goofballs, Ha-ha

    and of course, when homer is in church he shouts out "Hey Ned, I got us some kick-ass seats"

    In church... Rofl

    In conclusion my final rating is 9.5 Very good episodemoreless
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

Pamela Hayden

Pamela Hayden

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

Recurring Role

Maggie Roswell

Maggie Roswell

Maude Flanders, Helen Lovejoy, Miss Hoover, and others

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (13)

  • QUOTES (30)

    • Homer: If everyone here were more like Ned Flanders, there'd be no need for Heaven, we would already be there.

    • Lisa: Dad and Ned Flanders friends? Hah! What's next? A's on Bart's report card?
      (She, Marge and Bart laugh together)
      Bart: (Stops laughing) Hey!

    • Marge: Homey, I'm very proud of you, but don't you think you're spending too much time with Ned? Your family needs you too.
      Homer: Oh, of course you'd say something like that, Marge. You've hated Ned for years! In fact, you wanted to bash his head in with a pipe.
      Marge: That was you!
      Homer: Love, Marge. Don't hate... love.

    • Marge: Honey, I'm so glad you're ho--
      Homer: Can't talk, seeing Flanders. Later, sex.

    • Homer: Ned, since you've let me spend time with your family, I want you to get to know my family. (they go to Moe's) Hey, everyone.
      Barney: Hey.
      Homer: I'd like to introduce Ned Flanders, my best friend.
      Moe: Hey, I don't want no one in here with their "evils of alcohol" rap.
      Ned: Wait a second: you're the man at the hospital who reads to sick children.
      Moe: (grabs Ned) If this gets out, the next words you say will be muffled by your own butt.

    • (Homer throws a picture into the garbage)
      Marge: Homer, that's our wedding photo!
      Homer: Marge, quit living in the past.

    • Homer: If anyone can pull it off, it's Stan "The Boy" Taylor.
      Crowd: Stan, Stan, he's our boy, If he can't do it, no one… will.

    • Homer: Well, I guess I should pay my share.
      Ned: Relax, Homer. I keep telling you, you're my guest.
      Homer: Ooh, you brought me a nacho hat! Thanks, Ned (singing) Nacho, nacho man, I want to be a nacho man…

    • Mr. Burns: Men, there's a little crippled boy sitting in a hospital who wants you to win this game. I know because I crippled him myself to inspire you.
      Milhouse: (to his mom and dad) I hope they win, or Mr. Burns said he's coming back.

    • Marty: Oh, we have a winner! What's your name, sir?
      Ned: Ned Flanders!
      Homer: Oh, not Flanders, anybody but Flanders…
      Ned: Well, golly, if that doesn't put the "shaz" in "shazam." Oh, listen: what's the cash value of those tickets so I can report it on my income tax?

    • Football Fan: Give me, er, 30,000 tickets.
      Ticket Lady: That'll be $950,000 please.
      Football Fan: Look, the thing about that is, I only got $10 on me. Can I pay you the rest later?
      Ticket Lady: Sure.

    • Bart: Hey Dad, sell you these for fifty bucks…
      Homer: Woo hoo! Sold. (Bart takes the money and runs off)
      Marge: Those aren't tickets to the game, Homer.
      Homer: What do you mean? It says right here: "Free wig with every purchase of large wig. Downtown Wig Center". Why you little …

    • Homer: (recieves a football) Wow! Thanks. Now I have four children You will be called "stitch face."

    • Kent Brockman: Just miles from your doorstep, hundreds of men are given weapons and trained to kill. The government calls it the Army, but a more alarmist name would be... The Killbot Factory.

    • Grampa: Let's sacrifice him to our god! Come on, we did it all the time in the thirties.

    • Homer: I'd like to propose a toast to the coming together of the Simpsons and the Flanders. If this were a more perfect world, we'd all be known as the Flimpsons.

    • Lisa: Don't worry, Bart. It seems like every week something odd happens to the Simpsons. My advice is to ride it out, make the occasional smart-alec quip, and by next week we'll be back to where we started from, ready for another wacky adventure.
      Bart: Ay, caramba!
      Lisa: That's the spirit.

    • Homer: They don't call me "Springfield Fats" just because I'm morbidly obese!

    • Ned: Oh, I guess it's time for me to duck again.
      Homer: No! I want everyone to know that-- (yelling out window) --this is Ned Flanders, my friend!
      Lenny: What'd he say?
      Carl: I dunno. Something about being gay.

    • Lisa: What's so special about this game anyway? It's just another chapter in the pointless rivalry between Springfield and Shelbyville. They built a mini-mall, so we built a bigger mini-mall. They made the world's largest pizza, so we burnt down their city hall.
      Homer: Heh, heh, heh. Yeah, they swore they'd get us back by spiking our water supply. But they didn't have the guts.
      Marge: (drinks the tap water) Ooooh. The walls are melting again.

    • Homer: Why am I such a loser? Why?
      Bart: Well, your father was a loser, and his father, and his father ... it's genetic, man. D'oh!

    • Homer: (chuckling) I did it! Second in line, and all I had to do was miss eight days of work.
      Man: With the money you would have made working, you could have bought tickets from a scalper.
      Homer: In theory, yes. … Jerk.

    • Lenny: Hey, look! Homer's got one of those robot cars.
      Carl: One of those American robot cars.

    • Ned: Homer, I'd love to chitty-chat, but tonight's the night I do my charity work.
      Homer: Oh yeah. The judge made me do that once too. Stupid lack of public urinals.

    • Kent Brockman: Springfield has come down with a fever . . . Football fever. If you have the fever, there's only one cure. Take two tickets and see the game Sunday morning.
      TV Voiceover: Warning, tickets should not be taken internally.
      Homer: See, because of me, now they have a warning.

    • Homer: Marge, I think I hate Ted Koppel. No, wait. I find him informative and witty.

    • Bart: It's okay. There's no sugar in Pixie sticks.

    • Marge: Homer! Are you planning to hit Ned Flanders with that pipe and steal his tickets?
      Homer: Ye…no.
      Ned: (answers door) Huh? (Homer ges ready to hit him, but changes his mind)
      Homer: Oh. Flanders, I decided I'd like to go to the game with you.
      Ned: Well, get out the Crayolas and color me "Tickled Pink". Ooh, what's with the lead pipe, were you going to give my noggin a flogging?
      Homer: Well, yeah.
      (they both laugh)

    • Homer: Why do you mock me, O Lord?
      Marge: Homer, that's not God. That's just a waffle that Bart tossed up there. (She scrapes it down with a broom.)
      Homer: I know I shouldn't eat thee, but--(Eats waffle)--Mmm... sacrilicious.

    • Maude: Come on, Ned! Move this thing!
      Ned: I can't! It's a Geo!

  • NOTES (1)

    • Blackboard Joke: I am not delightfully saucy.
      Couch Gag: There are two couches and the family splits in half and sits on couches.


    • Texas Tower Massacre
      Ned Flanders has a dream in which he is standing atop a tower, picking off random people with an assault rifle. This is obviously alluding to Charles Whitman's part in what has become known as the Texas Tower Massacre. Whitman killed fourteen and injured dozens when he went on a ninety minute shooting rampage from the Tower of the University of Texas.

    • Village People
      Homers song, "Nacho, nacho man. I want to be a nacho man..." is a parody of the famous Village People song "Macho Man."

    • Terminator 2 Homer sprints after Flanders' car with the golf clubs is from the 1991 film Terminator 2.

    • Homer: Where's your messiah now Flanders?
      A parodies of an Edward G. Robinson line from the 1956 film The Ten Commandments.

    • Bobby McFerrin
      Homer listens to Bobby McFerrin's "I'm Worried, Need Money" on the radio, an obvious stab at Bobby McFerrin's only hit single, "Don't Worry, Be Happy".