The Simpsons

Season 14 Episode 10

Pray Anything

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Feb 09, 2003 on FOX
7.9
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When Flanders wins a half-time money shot during a WNBA game, Homer asks him what the secret to his good fortune is. Ned reveals his secret as hard work, honest living and flossing his teeth, tail and toes. Also a little prayer now and again doesn't hurt either. Homer focuses on the notion of the little prayer and when he needs to find the remote for his TV, his own little prayer works. He begins to pray for a number of things. His prayer for a new home pays off when he trips into a hole outside of the church. His lawsuit against the church wins him the deed to the church, since the church can't afford to pay him $1 million. Homer turns the church into a party palace. Without a place to preach, Reverend Lovejoy and his wife leave Springfield, when preaching at the bowling alley and staying at Ned's house just doesn't work for the Reverend. The partying at the church gets out of hand; Marge asks Homer if he is afraid of incurring God's wrath. Homer isn't so sure, but then the rainfall begins and Homer is struck by lightning. Soon Springfield has started flooding. When an unruly mob starts to come after Homer, Reverend Lovejoy arrives on the scene asking for forgiveness on behalf of the town.moreless

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Fair Episode

    6.5
    What I liked- Homer praying for everything and anything, homer's long scream after falling in that little hole, the ending of the episode, homer kicking people out of the church for the AA meeting.



    Not one of the best episodes but it provided some laugh moments which is always nice of course. C+/B- or so because the plot was kind of boring
  • Homer becomes dependent on God

    9.5
    When Flanders wins a half-time money shot during a WNBA game, Homer questions why Ned's life is perfect. He suggests a little prayer now and then, so Homer begins praying for everything and things begin to work his way. When their house's plumbing gets clogged with roots, the family are forced to pay a hefty sum to get it fixed. While walking into church, Homer falls into a ditch and breaks his leg, leading him to sue the church to get money. They are forced to pay $1 million which it doesn't have so Homer is given the church. The family move in to solve their problem, while the church services are moved to Barney's Bowlarama. Reverend Lovejoy leaves Springfield, as the church is turned into a 24-hour party. A storm gathers and a flood takes everybody to the church roof. Lovejoy shows up in time to say a prayer to stop the flood. This was an utterly a hilarious episode enough said. Definately give this episode a watch. Its a master piecemoreless
  • Homer becomes dependent on God and begins to abuse the power of prayer. Will Homer ever find the error in his ways.

    10
    When Flanders wins a half-time money shot during a WNBA game, Homer questions why Ned's life is perfect. He suggests a little prayer now and then, so Homer begins praying for everything and things begin to work his way. When their house's plumbing gets clogged with roots, the family are forced to pay a hefty sum to get it fixed. While walking into church, Homer falls into a ditch and breaks his leg, leading him to sue the church to get money. They are forced to pay $1 million which it doesn't have so Homer is given the church. The family move in to solve their problem, while the church services are moved to Barney's Bowlarama. Reverend Lovejoy leaves Springfield, as the church is turned into a 24-hour party. A storm gathers and a flood takes everybody to the church roof. Lovejoy shows up in time to say a prayer to stop the flood.moreless
  • This might be my favourite episode of the season!

    10
    I love this episode so much. Humour, great characters and the sheer disrespect of the church caused by Homer's 'prayers' is hilarious. The end where God, Buddha and the Colonel are talking on the cloud is a perfect way to end this episode. It all starts when Flanders wins a half-time money shot during a WNBA game, Homer asks him what the secret to his good fortune is. Ned reveals his secret is hard work, honest living and also a little prayer now and again doesn't hurt either. So he starts abusing the object of prayer and soon takes over the church. The partying at the church gets out of hand; Marge asks Homer if he is afraid of incurring God's wrath. Homer isn't so sure, but then the rainfall begins and Homer is struck by lightning. Soon Springfield has started flooding. When an unruly mob starts to come after Homer, Reverend Lovejoy arrives on the scene asking for forgiveness on behalf of the town. Classic Simpsons.moreless
  • Hilarious episode

    9.3
    this episode is terrific with homer using prayer to get everything such as finding the remote. the fact that he shouts because "he's way the hell up there" is very good reasoning by homer. i love the fact that he continues saying nooooooooooo long after he fell into the hole which wasn't very deep at all was a great gag and homer actually getting the church because of it makes the episode all the more entertaining. Ned Flanders obviously annoyed at the immoral things that homer and the gang at the week-long party were doing was a classic reaction and really tied the episode up well.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

Lisa Leslie

Lisa Leslie

Herself

Special Guest Star

Ken Burns

Ken Burns

Himself

Special Guest Star

Tress MacNeille

Tress MacNeille

Agnes Skinner, Brandine Del Roy, Dolph and others

Recurring Role

Karl Wiedergott

Karl Wiedergott

Additional Voices

Recurring Role

Pamela Hayden

Pamela Hayden

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

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • When Homer is given the deed to the church, he and the family move into the church. The minister of the church and his family usually live in the parsonage.

    • While at the WNBA game when choosing the contestant for the shot, Homer stands up and no one is in the seat to his left. Then when Flander's makes the shot, there is someone sitting next to him.

    • Before Homer prayed for the remote to be found, it is not under the couch until after he prays. Also, before he finds it look closely, you can see the shadow of the remote.

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Marge: You know, Homer, most people pray silently.
      Homer: But Marge, He's way the hell up there!

    • Marge: Bart, you're a little young to be growling at seven foot tall Chinese women!

    • Homer: Oh look, God's giving us a little shower. Everybody, look at the much-needed rain. Thank you, God! Now turn the rainwater into wine! (Homer sticks his tongue out and gets electricuted)

    • Reverend Lovejoy: As I was saying, if we keep our hearts pure we can…Doctor Hibbert, must you play the claw machine?
      Dr. Hibbert: I'll be right there. I've almost got me a kitty cat.

    • Flanders: (towing ark) Ok, I got two of every animal. But only males. I don't want any hanky-panky! (looks in rearview mirror) Hey hey hey, cut that out!

    • Bart: Lisa Leslie, you got game!
      Lisa Leslie: I think you mean "I have game". Try to speak correctly.
      Bart: You go, girl!
      Lisa Leslie: Yes, I will depart lest your bad grammar rub off on me.

    • Homer: The grass is actually greener on Flanders' side.
      Marge: That's because you keep passing out on our lawn. (There are many silhouettes of Homer on the ground)

    • Lisa Leslie: Thanks for supporting the WNBA, sir.
      Ned: You betcha. It's a nice break from the male sports I usually watch.
      Lisa Leslie: You like male sports?
      Ned: Oh, sure! Speed walking, ballroom dancing, rhythmic gymnastics, extreme choir…
      Lisa Leslie: Just hurry up and miss.

    • Lisa: Dad, this ticket is for tomorrow's WNFL game.
      Bart: The Cowgirls versus The She-gles. No love lost there.

    • Moe: I say we skin him alive and set him on fire!
      Carl: Yeah, that'll appease God!
      Moe: Appease who now?

    • Homer: Dear Lord, as I think of you, dressed in white, with your splendid beard, I am reminded of Colonel Sanders, who is now seated at your right hand, shoveling popcorn chicken into thy mouth. Lord, could you come up with a delicious new taste treat like he did? (claps twice) I command you!

  • NOTES (5)

    • Judge Snyder's family has had some bad luck with getting hit by cars. In this episode, he says his wife was run over by a clergyman. In "Marge in Chains" (9F20), Lionel Hutz admits he ran over Snyder's son repeatedly.

    • Legs, a member of the Legitimate Businessmans' Social Club can be seen in the Jury Duty seats in the court scene.

    • Maggie Roswell returns to the show permanently starting with this episode.

    • Blackboard Joke: Spongebob is not a contraceptive.
      Couch Gag: The family runs into the living and sits down on the couch; then giant hands reach down and pick them up. The views shifts upwards to reveal the giant hands are that of a giant toddler.

    • As is always the case with any marketing department, next week's episode is being advertised as the 300th episode of the series. We who can count know that episode actually aired last week. They are also touting it as the longest running comedy, in number of years they are correct but in number of episodes they still have quite a ways to go. In total number of episodes, the series is 11th overall between comedies and dramas. Against comedies, the series is fifth behind, Ozzie and Harriet (435), My Three Sons (369), Jack Benny Show (343) and Make Room for Daddy (336). For the record, the running dramas are Gunsmoke (635), Lassie (588), Bonanza (430), Alfred Hitchcock Presents (361), Dallas (357) and Knot's Landing (344).

  • ALLUSIONS (9)

    • When Ned is pulling the boat out with all the animals, this is an allusion to the story of Noah's Ark.

    • Annie Leibovitz
      Rev. Lovejoy's picture laying playfully on a pile of bibles is attributed to Annie Leibovitz, an innovative photographer known mostly for her pictures in Rolling Stone magazine, most notably of a nude John Lennon in bed embracing Yoko Ono.

    • The song that Homer is listening at church is "I Was Made for Lovin' You" by Kiss.

    • Springfield Square Garden:

      This refers to the New York City landmark Madison Square Garden.

    • Ken Burns is a film-maker and jazz-musician, with a debatable haircut.

    • The Plumber: Your pipes have more roots than a list of highest rated TV shows.
      The 1977 mini-series "Roots" is one of the highest rated TV events of all time.

    • The title is probably a spoof of the 1989 John Cusack film Say Anything.

    • Bart: Spongebob is not a contraceptive
      This gag refers to the popular Nickelodeon TV show "Spongebob Squarepants" and the Today sponge contraceptive which helped birth control, popularized by an episode of "Seinfeld" in which it appeared, then taken off the market and recently put back on store shelves. The joke also appeared in an episode of "Saturday Night Live" hosted by Jeff Gordon.

    • Carpenter: And all this humidity probably isn't good for your drywall ... it's gonna fall apart.

      When the carpenter takes a piece of the Simpson's kitchen wall, the whole thing cracks and falls apart. For a split second before the wall crumbles apart, you can see a picture of "Washington Crossing the Delaware" outlined in the cracks.

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