The Simpsons

Season 14 Episode 10

Pray Anything

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Feb 09, 2003 on FOX



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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.