The Simpsons

Season 13 Episode 6

She of Little Faith

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Dec 16, 2001 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Bart orders a model rocket and Homer builds and tries to launch it. With help from some nerds and a hamster named Nibbles, a new rocket is built and launched, but results in the church being destroyed. The church looks to rebuild and Montgomery Burns offers his help, but only if he can run the church like a business. The over commercialization of the rebuilt church puts Lisa off; she leaves it for good in search of a new place to worship. She finds Lenny, Carl and Richard Gere at a Buddhist temple. Richard gives her some information about Buddhism and she converts. The family tries to use Christmas as a means to bring Lisa back to Christianity. Realizing what they are doing runs to the temple but learns from Richard that Buddhism allows for the tolerance of other beliefs. So as Homer puts it, she can "pay lip service" to Christianity while remaining a Buddhist.moreless

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  • superb

    what i liked- bart knowing homer's credit card number (and lisa knowing it), marge saying that homer 'blowing up the church is the worst thing you've ever done' and homer saying "you say that so much it's lost all meaning", "My satan sense is tingling', lisa becoming buddhist (Good character development for her), amongst other things.

    pretty good simpsons christmas episode. of course, there have been better ones, but this one is still good in its own right, so my final grade is going to be a B+/A-moreless
  • Suprisingly very good!

    Okay, this is the first episode without Mike Scully (exec. producer for Seasons 9-12), and it wasn't half bad!

    The opening act was great, with some funny lines spouted from Homer, such as: "Mmm... pie pants," and "All nerds clear the launch area!" The hamster walking up to the rocket has to be one of the funniest animal-related moments in Simpsons history.

    Anyway, we soon get into the main story - the destruction of church and Lisa's abandoning of her faith. Everything in this part was good, even some of Lisa's lines (a rarity these days). The best Lisa line has to be: "No it's not, it's apt. APT!" The way she says it makes it funny.

    As with most episodes recently, the last few minutes were not as funny as the rest of the episode. However, it did not matter this time because it was more of a "resolution" ending to the story, which is nice - Lisa learned that she can celebrate Christmas.

    The only thing I worry about is whether Lisa is going to stay Buddhist, or if she will go back to being Christian. The writers nowadays seem to like this kind of permanent continuity changes, such as Barney now drinking coffee all the time. I hope this doesn't continue.

  • lisa becomes a buddhist

    this episode shows lisa's transition into buddhism though that is not why i like this episode. this episode is hilarious especially the rocket scenes and that marge has said "this is the worst thing you've ever done" so much it's lost all meaning. the advertising in the "new" church run by burns was hilarious aswell. ralph and millhouse being the pony was a teriffic addition to the episode ("more sugar please") but lisa becoming a buddhist was the most important part of the episode which was funny aswell especially the fact that lenny and carl were buddhists too though they really didn't understand it ("who wears short shorts"). definitely a pivotal moment in lisa's life.moreless
  • Lisa becomes a buddhist.

    Yet again the Simpsons satire comes in handy. Only this time, it is in the corruption of the Church of God. I thought it was hilarious that Homer and Bart destroyed the Church, and they had to rebuild it with advertisments all over it. Lisa's character is so great because she is not afraid to speak up when she knows something is wrong, and her becoming a buddhist really stressed this point, and I think very well developed in character in a positive manner. I have to tip my hat to the writers. This was a great episode. Watch it.moreless
  • The perfect companion piece to "Lisa the Vegetarian"

    What's not to say about this milestone episode? Just as Lisa became a permanent Vegetarian and animal activist in "Lisa the Vegetarian", she makes yet another life-altering change in this episode, this time becoming a buddhist. There may be similarities between the two episodes, but that what makes it great. Yet another milestone in the evolution of Lisa Simpson. The Simpsons will never be the same again.
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

Richard Gere

Richard Gere


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

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

  • QUOTES (13)

    • Mr. Burns: This is Lindsay Naegle. Don't let the skirt fool you; she'll have this place making money in no time!

    • Marge: Fixing this church is going to be very expensive.
      Reverend Lovejoy: Yes...barring some miracle (looks up to sky, arms wide open for the Lord's help) (beat). Alright, we'll help ourselves. YET again.

    • (Close-up of Homer at breakfast)
      Homer: So, you think you know better than this family, huh? Well, as long as you're in my house, you'll do what I do and believe what I believe! (it turns out that he is talking to Bart) So butter your bacon!
      Bart: Yes, father. (does so)
      Lisa: (walking in) Mom, Dad, my spiritual quest is over!
      Homer: Hold that thought... (to Bart) Bacon up that sausage, boy!
      Bart: But, Dad, my heart hurts!
      (Homer glares at him; Bart reluctantly wraps a slice of bacon around his sausage and eats it.)

    • Richard Gere: I am dreaming of a free Tibet.
      Lenny: We are dreaming of free sandwiches.

    • Carl: Hey, Richard, in An Officer and a Gentleman, did you really do all those sit-ups?
      Richard Gere: I wish! I did one, and they just showed it a thousand times.

    • Marge: (Cheerfully) Who wants some astro-lemonade?
      Nerd: What precisely makes it "astro"?
      Marge: Look, I don't want to start a whole thing with this.

    • Kearney: Fixing this church should be our top priority. And I say that as a teenager and a parent of a teenager.

    • Marge: (whispering) Here she comes! And a-one, and a-two, and...
      Family: (singing) We wish you a merry Christmas, we wish you a merry Christmas, we wish -- (stop as Lisa enters)
      Marge: ...oh. Hello, Lisa.
      Lisa: I just came down for a glass of water.
      Marge: Oh. Well, you do have a present under the tree. I guess no-one told Santa you were a Buddhist.
      Lisa: Well, Santa can take it back, because I'm not ruled by material desi-- (gasps when she sees the "present") Is that a pony!?
      (Homer and Bart stand beside it)
      Homer: I don't know what Santa left you! I just know his name is Clip-Clop and he loves sugar. (holds out some sugar cubes to the pony)
      Marge: Lisa, we love you, and we're not trying to put any pressure on you!
      (She sets Maggie, carrying a candy cane, down on the floor, and nudges her with her foot. Maggie walks over to Lisa and holds out the cane.)
      Lisa: (touched) Aww!
      (Reverend Lovejoy peers through the living room window as Lisa takes the cane)
      Reverend Lovejoy: Lick it! Lick it!
      Lisa: (noticing him) NO! (runs out of the house)

    • Lenny: Richard Gere! The world's most famous Buddhist!
      Carl: What about the Dalai Lama?
      Lenny: Who's the Dalai Lama?
      Carl: You know, the 14th Reincarnation of Buddha?
      Lenny: Who's Buddha?
      Richard Gere: It's a good thing Buddhism teaches freedom from desire, 'cause I've got the desire to kick your ass!

    • (Lenny and Carl meditating.)
      Lenny: Who likes short shorts?
      Carl: I like short shorts.
      Richard Gere: Those guys are way off.

    • Marge: This is the worst thing you've ever done!
      Homer: You know, you say that so much it's lost all meaning.

    • Homer: Science?!
      Bart: He didn't say science... he said, um, pie pants!
      Homer: Mmm... pie pants.

    • Homer: The word un-blow-upable is thrown around a lot these days.

  • NOTES (2)

    • This episode was nominated, but did not win an Emmy Award in the "Outstanding Animated Program (For Programming Less Than One Hour)" category at the 54th Annual Prime time Emmy Awards.

    • Blackboard Joke: I do not have a cereal named after me.
      Couch Gag: The couch is replaced by a giant slot machine. The slots spin and land on pictures of Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa. A "7" shows up in Maggie's place and a bell sounds as coins fall out of the slot machine and onto the floor.


    • The Noid
      The little red guy called the Noid is a reference to an old advertising campaign used by Domino's Pizza. The Noid is a gremlin-type creature that would make pizzas cold before delivery. Their slogan was "Avoid The Noid".

    • Devo
      While cleaning his teeth, Homer sings a song parody of the Devo hit "Whip It" entitled "Floss It".

    • Nair
      While Lenny and Carl are meditating, they chant, "Who likes short shorts? I like short shorts." This is a reference to the 70's commercial for Nair, a leg hair removal product.

    • Doubting Thomas
      When Lisa appears on the Jumbotron at church, she looks sulky and a caption reads, "Pouting Thomas." This is a play on the biblical story of "Doubting Thomas." Thomas was one of the Apostles. He saw Jesus after the Resurrection and had to touch him before he would believe that Jesus had actually risen from the dead.

    • Homer: It's time to slip the surly bonds of gravity and punch the face of God!
      Homer is trying to quote the poem "High Flight" by John Gillespie Magee, an RCAF pilot in World War II. The poem begins, "For I have slipped the surly bonds of earth," and ends with, "Put out my hand, and touched the face of God."