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The Simpsons

Season 10 Episode 18

Simpsons Bible Stories

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Apr 04, 1999 on FOX
out of 10
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Episode Summary

Simpsons Bible Stories
During a particularly long-winded church service led by Reverend Lovejoy, our favorite family passes into slumber land. Marge dreams of herself and Homer as Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. Lisa dreams of herself and Milhouse leading their school aged friends out of Egypt and from underneath the control of the Pharaoh, played by Principal Skinner. Homer visions himself as King Solomon. Bart dreams up a slightly different version of the David and Goliath story, casting himself as David and Nelson as Goliath's son.moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • a more "treehouse" ending

    we can only assume that the end where the simpsons wake up to find themselves in the apocolyps and go to hell is yet another dream because otherwise it is breaking many rules since it's a normal episode, not halloween, and they were merely dreaming the stories.

    the humour is why this episode got such a high score with Goliath II and ralph's appearance (bart(david): ralph, i thought you were dead.

    ralph: nope) in the third act and millhouse as moses was a great segment aswell with bart carving into stone for detention.

    my favourite dream is the shortest where homer declares to lenny and carl that their pie shall be cut in half and each man shall receive...death and that he'll eat the pie.

    my second favourite is the adam and eve sequence like the death of god's unicorn "gary" and "adam jumping headfirst into a rock just because he couldn't feel pain. i also liked the fact that the snake was literally Snake who is a jailbird constantly shown commiting crimes throughut springfield.

    this is a terrific episode.moreless
  • Trilogy

    Adam and Eve- homer and marge as adam and eve, in the garden of eden.

    Milhouse as Moses trying to free the people.

    David Vs Goliath with Bart and Nelson as David and Goliath.

    The rapture has come and the Simpsons are sentenced to eternal damnation!

    This episode was pretty good, my favorite segment was David Vs Goliath, then Adam and Eve, then Moses. Homer was King Solomon in one but that was a mere 30 seconds, if that. The ending is weird but it wasn't unbearable. Overall grade for this episode is a B+, a pretty good episode in this season methinksmoreless
  • A trilogy of pseudo-christian stories for all the family!

    I have always liked The Simpsons, since I first watched an episode many years ago. Even now that I am a christian and see this how mock the bible, I still like it. This episode is too many christians a blunt attack to their believes. In my case, it is just fun fun fun.

    This episode is not as good as episodes form past seasons, but still has some touch of creativity and the jokes are very good. Well, especially for a new born christian. My favorite story is David and Goliath and the least favorite is the Egypt themed one.moreless
  • Another triology episode that was amazing... Except this one was Christian, but that doesn't make a difference still pretty darn good

    A particularly boring sermon by Reverend Lovejoy sends each member of the Simpson family into his or her own biblical fantasy. Marge imagines herself and Homer as Adam and Eve, living in harmony with the flora and fauna of the Garden of Eden until Homer stupidly eats from the Tree of Knowledge. Lisa dreams of herself and the other kids of Springfield Elementary as the Israelites in ancient Egypt. Principal Skinner is Pharaoh and it's up to a nervous Milhouse to act as Moses and free his people from bondage. In Homer's dream, he is King Solomon, solving every dispute by cutting the contested object in half. When Lenny and Carl bring a pie to the King, he cuts it in half and eats both pieces. In Bart's action-packed fantasy, he is David, fighting Nelson as Goliath's son, Goliath II. When the Simpsons awake from their dreams, they discover that Revelation has come and it's time for God's final judgment. Only Lisa is allowed into Heaven, but Homer drags her down into Hell with the rest of the family.moreless
  • Better than the book.

    Having been an apostate from biblical religion for most of my life, I usually find it tiresome when shows turn to the bible for storylines. However, the Simpsons almost make it possible for me to accept the bible again, but then I realise that this episode is the way the book should be (Who knows? Maybe it was!), and not the tedious manuscript it actually is. And yes, I have read the bible, several times and in more than one language. It doesn't get any better when it's not in English.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

Pamela Hayden

Pamela Hayden

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

Recurring Role

Tress MacNeille

Tress MacNeille

Agnes Skinner, Brandine Del Roy, Dolph and others

Recurring Role

Russi Taylor

Russi Taylor

Martin Prince, Sherri, Terri and others

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (11)

    • Seen on the church marquee: "He dyed eggs for our sins."

    • Reverend Lovejoy appears to forgotten that the Easter Bunny and eggs become a part of Christian tradition as a sight of fertility and new Life because birds lay eggs and rabbits as well as hares give birth to a new generation in the early spring. The coloring of eggs dates back to ancient times when the Greeks when dyed their Easter Eggs with blood as a sight of renewal of Life. This tradition was around before the time of Christ and to remember of his time. This was to honor the fallen, and other colors of the rainbow were added as a symbol of good
      luck. This was soon adopted by the Christians, and the Easter Bunny and the eggs tradition goes on toward this date.

    • When Goliath (Nelson) is eating, he throws a whale carcass out the window of his tower which lands in front of David (Bart). He then throws out a corn cob which is surprisingly the same size as the whale carcass.

    • Israelite Lisa pulls out a scroll to find out what's in store for the Jews and reads it left-to-right; it was probably in Hebrew which reads right-to-left

    • Methuselah (the really old man Grampa portrays in Bart's dream) is mentioned in Genesis, not in 1 Samuel, where the story of David is found.

    • Bart/David cuts off only one side of Nelson/Goliath Jr.'s hair, but both sides appear cut.

    • In Lisa's dream, Milhouse didn't have a shofar until he needed it--both times.

    • The serpent that tricked Adam and Eve to eat the apple had legs, but in this dream, the serpent was the way it was when God punished it for tricking Adam and Eve.

    • Homer's fig leaf defies gravity as he dives off the rocks.

    • Adam (Homer) and Eve (Marge) were portrayed with belly-buttons. As Adam and Eve were the first couple, they wouldn't have belly-buttons since they were created by God (Flanders) and had no human parents.

    • The hand of God (or Flanders) had only four fingers in Marge's dream when in "Homer the Heretic", the God that was in Homer's second dream had five fingers (and five toes).

  • QUOTES (17)

  • NOTES (3)

    • In Hasbro's "The Simpson's Electronic Trivia Game", card 064A-127-00 asks the question, "What character does Homer dream he is in "Simpson's Bible Stories"?" It mistakenly gives the correct answer as Adam. In the episode Homer dreams he is Solomon. Marge dreams that Homer is Adam.

    • This episode won the 1999 Annie Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement for Writing in an Animated Television Production.

    • Blackboard Joke: I cannot absolve sins.
      Couch Gag: The family slip on banana peels and land on the couch safely.


    • Marion Barry Trial
      Bart says "The bush set me up." This is an allusion to the Marion Barry trial in 1990 when Barry said "Bitch set me up."

    • Santa's Little Helper: I don't know, Davie...
      David/Bart: Quiet, you!
      SLH's voice and delivery are a tribute to the 60's/70's claymation series Davey and Goliath, a Lutheran church based show with heavy religious and moral overtones.