The Simpsons

Season 16 Episode 21

The Father, The Son, and The Holy Guest Star

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM May 15, 2005 on FOX
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The Father, The Son, and The Holy Guest Star
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Bart is given the role of a cooper in the school's medieval festival, while Lisa is the queen. Bart is blamed and expelled when rats come out of large pie that is presented to the queen. Marge looks for a new school for Bart and decides to try out a Catholic school. In his first day at school Bart encounters a tough nun and Father Sean. Bart takes a liking to Father Sean and begins to embrace the Catholic faith, which concerns Homer and Marge. Homer goes to the school with the purpose of taking Bart out of school, only to himself being converted before the night is through. With her husband and son gone Marge finds herself alone at church. Reverend Lovejoy tells her that when they die she and Homer will be going to different heavens. Marge, Ned and Reverend Lovejoy go to Homer and Bart's first communion class to at the very least liberate Bart from becoming Catholic. To bring Bart back to his old religion they take him to a religious festival. Father Sean and Homer arrive hoping to take Bart back, but Bart in one his rare moments of insight brings both sides together, that is until 1,000 years later.moreless

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  • This is a crappy episode

    3.5
    This is a crappy episode
  • The sixteenth season ends with Bart being unjustly expelled from school. He is sent to a Catholic school where he embraces the faith much to Marge's dismay.

    8.0
    A funny and entertaining end to the season. Being a Catholic myself, I felt the episode was very well written and there were plenty of laughs throughout. Liam Neeson was quite good in his guest appearance. The scenes of Bart's first day in the Catholic school were very well done also. The best part of this very good episode was Marge's vision of the Catholic and Protestant heavens. That had me laughing the hardest. I am sure that this episode will offend just as many people as it entertains, but I would recommend it to any fan of this show. My only drawback is the obvious ending. We all knew at the start of the next season Bart would be back at Springfield Elementary. Well, his time at Catholic school was fun while it lasted!moreless
  • Skinner gets Bart out of school, so he goes to a catholic one. homer gets interested for this so Bart and Homer go become catholics. Rev. Lovejoy, Flanders and Marge try to stop them.moreless

    2.5
    I think this episode is too offensive for catholics (I am catholic), Marge, Flenders and Lovejoy obligate Homer and Bart to be protestants. Lisa is right about everybody has to pick his / her religion. The most offensive part was when Marge imagines she goeas to the heaven and the english guy says Jesus was kidnaped by catholics, that was very offensive.The part when Marge says Bart learnt using the toilet when he was 5 was funny, but the rest of the episode is not good. It gets those points just for original. At least this is the only episode about catholics vs. protestants.moreless
  • Bart gets expelled from school.

    9.0
    Bart is given the role of a cooper in the school's medieval festival, while Lisa is the queen. Bart is blamed and expelled when rats come out of large pie that is presented to the queen. Marge looks for a new school for Bart and decides to try out a Catholic school. In his first day at school Bart encounters a tough nun and Father Sean. Bart takes a liking to Father Sean and begins to embrace the Catholic faith, which concerns Homer and Marge. Homer goes to the school with the purpose of taking Bart out of school, only to himself being converted before the night is through. With her husband and son gone Marge finds herself alone at church. Reverend Lovejoy tells her that when they die she and Homer will be going to different heavens. Marge, Ned and Reverend Lovejoy go to Homer and Bart's first communion class to at the very least liberate Bart from becoming Catholic. To bring Bart back to his old religion they take him to a religious festival. Father Sean and Homer arrive hoping to take Bart back, but Bart in one his rare moments of insight brings both sides together, that is until 1,000 years later.moreless
  • Kinda Awkward

    9.5
    Bart is expelled for a prank he actually didn't do, so he is sent to a Catholic School. So now he loves Catholicism and wants to convert, as does Homer. Marge, Ned, and Reverend Lovejoy want to change their minds.



    Now, I am a Catholic, but this episode didn't really offend me. It was just awkward, especially while watching with your parent who does not enjoy this show much. The line about Homer masturbating was REALLY weird to hear. When I was younger that line just flew over my head. But there were a lot of knocks on Catholics, and whilst we are not the most holy people, I am surprised i was not told to change the channel. This episode had a lot of more adult jokes, more so then others.



    But it was still funny.moreless
Julie Kavner

Julie Kavner

Marge Simpson, Patty Bouvier, and Selma Bouvier

Harry Shearer

Harry Shearer

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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

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Hank Azaria

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  • TRIVIA (5)

    • The ragtime music video playing during the montage of Homer and Bart at the catholic school is called "Maple Leaf Rag," a public-domain ragtime piano piece composed by Scott Joplin in 1899.

    • After Bart speaks Latin at the dinner table, Lisa states that Latin is Plutarch's language. However, Plutarch was a Greek who wrote in Greek during the Roman Empire.

    • Statue plaque: "St. Jerome. He died for our sins. Now it's your turn."

    • It took Marge five years to toilet-train Bart.

    • Catholic Springfielders: It is made clear in this episode that most of the main characters in Springfield are Protestants, who attend Rev. Lovejoy's church. The episode does give some insight into who are the (probable) Roman Catholics in Springfield. At the church's pancake dinner one can spot: Bumblebee Man (Hispanic); Mayor Quimby (Irish, but he may only be attending a community event for political reasons); Luigi and two members of Fat Tony's crew (Italian). Fat Tony is sitting at a different table as his fellow mob members.

  • QUOTES (20)

    • (After shaking Father Sean's hand)
      Ned's mind: Note to self: Have hand re-blessed.

    • Abe: I need two double A batteries now.
      Homer: Get them from the smoke detector.
      Marge: What if there's a fire?
      Homer: The smoke will wake us up.

    • Homer: Bart I can't believe you got expelled, don't think you're going to be lying on the couch all week long cos that's my thing.

    • Bart: Easy on the zeal Churchos… I've got something to say. Don't you get it? It's all Christianity, people! The little stupid differences are nothing next to the big stupid similarities!

    • Lisa: Everyone should be able to choose their faith, just like I chose Buddhism.
      Father Sean: Buddhism? (laughs) Well, I guess lots of kids have imaginary friends.
      Lisa: I'll ignore that.

    • Homer: Marge you bring Bart home now! Once you go Vatican, you can't go back again.

    • Ned: We gotta stop them now! Once they seal the deal, there's no turning back; just like the Jews with their snippety-snip.

    • Marge: Homer, you've been out all night and you look like you've accepted someone as your personal something. Were you at that Catholic Church?!
      Homer: Look Marge, I know I was supposed to yell at that priest, but he's so cool! He plays drums in a band with a bunch of other priests!
      Marge: I knew they'd try to convert you! That's what they do! Well I'm not having another twelve kids.
      Homer: Marge, no one is saying twelve. (gets out a pamphlet called 'Plop till you drop') Nine, ten, tops!

    • Homer: Bingo? That's my favorite game. I just can't remember what to yell out when you win.
      Father Sean: Bingo.
      Homer: That's my favorite game. I just can't remember what to yell out when you win.
      Father Sean: (sighs) How about you just say 'Yay, I won!'
      Homer: BINGO!

    • Father Sean: We're having our monthly pancake dinner. Care to join us?
      Homer: You've transformed breakfast into dinner… It's a miracle! (kneels and starts to pray) Log cabin, full of taste, my stomach is with thee. Blessed art thou among syrups and bless…
      Sister Thomasina: No prayin' to the condiments! (whacks Homer with a yard stick)

    • (flashback to Father Sean and his father fighting in the street)
      Father Sean's Dad: Yer just like your mother... can't take a punch.
      Father Sean: I was laying in the gutter picking up me teeth when St. Peter himself appears before me. 'Sean, yah wanker', he says, 'repent of your wicked ways or sod off!'. Then he gobbed in my face and turned back into a streetlight.

    • Sister Thomasina: In the old days we'd use a ruler to deal with incorrigibles like you.
      Bart: Thanks for the history lesson, sis.
      Sister Thomasina: These days we use a yard stick! (whacks Bart with a yard stick)
      Bart: I'll show you! I'll move thirty three inches away. (moves his desk back)
      Sister Thomasina: A yard's thirty six! (whacks Bart again)

    • Marge: Bart, this could be a good new school. Oakwood Academy. Huh?
      Bart: Mom, that's a school for the blind.
      Marge: Think of the leg-up you'd have.

    • (to the huge pie he's stuffed with live rats)
      Groundskeeper Willy: Quiet my pretties. Soon we'll have revenge on those who mocked me. Also on those who were kind to me. And on the parents who took time from their busy schedules to make today such a success… Ooh I hate them all!

    • (about to beat up Martin for being made king in the medieval festival)
      Mrs Krabappel: Not so fast Nelson! You're one of King Martin's Guards… HA HA!!!
      Nelson: You'll pay for this… (bows) My liege.

    • Marge: Homer you're a grown man and you can make your own decisions about your religion. But I didn't change Bart's diapers for five years to see him become a Catholic!
      Bart: I thought there was a monster in the potty.

    • Bart Soldier: We believe that God's last prophet, Bart Simpson preached a message of tolerance, and love.
      Bartman Soldier: We believe the holy Bartman preached a message of understanding and peace, before he was betrayed by his follower, Milhouse! And pulled apart by snow-mobiles, until he died.
      Bart Soldiers: Eat my shorts!!!
      Bartman Soldiers: Cowabunga!!!
      (Both sides wage war)

    • Skinner: Now kids, since the middle ages had no compact disks or Super Mario Men, people found entertainment in abusing the village idiot. So, let history come alive.
      (Kids start throwing fruit at WIllie, who is hoisted in a small cage)
      Willie: Wait! Let me take out my contact lenses. (Willie is hit int he eye with a tomato) Ahhh! (Kids laugh) Pelt all you want. Revenge will be Willie's. (A stapler hits Willie in the face) Ahhhg, that was a stapler!

    • Father Sean: But if you do break a rule, you can always find absolution in the sacrament of confession.
      Homer: Wait, wait, wait wait wait. No matter what I did, no matter how many people lost their pensions, it's forgiven like that?
      Father Sean: If you truely repent, then, yes.
      Homer: Oookay, let's make some magic here. I wiped a booger on your shirt, made a dog and a cat kiss, I swiped a bolted-down TV from a Holiday Inn (Cut to Homer in confessional box) I coveted the wife in Jaws 2, I lied to a waiter, I masturbated eight-million times, and I have no plans to stop masturbating in the future. (Darts out confessional door) Wahoo I'm clean! In your face Lord!

    • Marge: Bart, I love you. But sometimes I don't love your choices. (Sighs) Now we have to find another school for you.
      Homer: Yeah, and if you get kicked out of that one, you're going straight in the army. Where you'll be sent straight to America's latest military quagmire. Where will it be? North Korea? Iran? Anything's possible with with Commander Koo-Koo-Bananas in charge!

  • NOTES (7)

  • ALLUSIONS (13)

    • Hava Nagila
      When Bart sings "Don't have a cow, man" he does it to the tune of "Hava Nagila", a traditional Jewish song.

    • After Homer answers a question (the answer to which was written on his arm), he says to a classmate who complains, "Welcome to the Jungle, Kevin." This alludes to the Guns 'N' Roses song "Welcome to the Jungle."

    • The song Quiet/Pious Riot sings is a parody of the song "Cum On Feel the Noize."

    • Skinner: Now kids, since the middle ages had no compact disks or Super Mario Men...
      "Super Mario Men", as Skinner calls them, is an obvious reference to Nintendo's long-running Super Mario Bros. franchise.

    • Reverend Lovejoy: Back off, Popé Le Pew.
      A quick and funny reference to the Looney Toons character Pepé Le Pew.

    • Lisa: It's the language of Plutarch.
      Homer: Mickey Mouse's dog?
      A quick and funny reference to the animated dog Pluto.

    • Milhouse: My shield is a Spider-Man...
      A quick reference to the comic book hero Spider-Man.

    • Michael Flatley: Now dance you heavenly gobs!

      In Marge's vision of a Catholic heaven, the residents there do a dance similar to Flatley's "Riverdance."

    • Episode Title: The Father, The Son, & The Holy Guest Star
      The title of the episode references the Holy Trinity: the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost.

    • Otto: Lute solo!
      Otto recreates Jimi Hendrix's setting fire to his guitar, only Otto burns his lute.

    • Van: The Ministry Machine
      A quick parody of The Mystery Machine from the cartoon show, Scooby Doo, Where Are You?

    • Homer: Man, you guys have got crazier rules than Blockbuster Video
      A quick and funny reference to the "No Late Fees" promotion from Blockbuster in late 2004. The deal involved the price of the film being charged to your credit card if you didn't return the movie within a certain time. Occasionaly included was a "restocking fee."

    • Marge's Ringtone: Hawaii Five-O
      The ring on Marge's phone is the theme to the late 60's show, Hawaii Five-O.

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