The Simpsons

Season 5 Episode 16

Homer Loves Flanders

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Mar 17, 1994 on FOX

Episode Recap

Homer wants to see a big football game and Flanders asks if Homer would like to go with him. Homer tries to avoid the scenario, but ends up accepting the offer. Springfield wins the big game. When Flanders shows him a good time at the game, Homer begins to try to hang out with him constantly. Homer starts to neglect his family and Flanders feels a little uneasy with Homer as his best friend. Homer unites the two families for a weekend boating getaway. Homer starts a food fight, making Flanders really annoyed and Homer continues to get on Flanders' nerves in the coming days and he really creeps out old Neddy. Flanders feels like a hypocrite for beginning to hate him. Flanders tries to escape Homer in his car and gets pulled over by Chief Wiggum. When Reverend Lovejoy sees this, he devotes his sermon to the misbehavior of Ned Flanders; Homer, meanwhile, gets praise. At the church, Flanders blows up at Homer and everyone turns on him, but Homer defends Flanders in a speech. They are friends forever, but will their relationship be the same next week?