The Simpsons

Season 9 Episode 13

The Joy of Sect

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Feb 08, 1998 on FOX
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The Joy of Sect
Homer gets a brochure from a religious group at the airport and being highly gullible, he goes to their retreat. Because of Homer's intelligence quotient they have more trouble brainwashing him than the rest of Springfield most of who are all sucked into joining this cult. When they finally succeed with Homer, he signs over the family house to the Leader. The Leader begins taking over various media outlets, making Mr. Burns envy him. Seeing an opportunity to pay even less in taxes, Mr. Burns tries to form his own cult, although he is unsuccessful. Homer and the family move to an agricultural compound and begin picking beans. When the children become just as brainwashed as Homer, Marge escapes and enlists the help of Lovejoy, Flanders, and Willie to kidnap her family. They are able to deprogram them and then Homer tries to show the cult that the Leader is a fraud. When he does, and life returns to normal.moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • this was a good ep

    in this ep of the simpsons there is a cult that comes to springfield and they are having others sign over everything they own to the leader and they come to homer and they cant program homer like they did theo others so homer signs over everything to the leader and homer thinks the leader is good and stuff but . turns out no one has ever seen the leader really. and they work and homer gets deprogramed by marge and homer gets the group to dispand and they find out the leader was really taken peoples money nad they take him down. this was a good epmoreless
  • The Joy of Sect

    Homer is brainwashed into joining a cult, and the cult expands to other Springfield citizens. Marge tries to save her kids and Homer because she was never brainwashed. In the end, they are all saved, and the cult leader turns out to be a maniac who just wanted money.

    This was an interesting episode on cults, and I think, for the most part, it was handled pretty nicely. It had some good jokes and an overall good plot. I can name two hilarious jokes off the top of my head. My overall grade for this episode is probably an A+moreless
  • Homer gets brainwashed?!?! You need a brain for that first!

    Ahh! what a great episode! Me being a christian, I enjoy all the episodes that criticize in sucha a good way anything remotely related to God. I know they are critizicing cults which are by defintion destructive, but I can't help but wonder if they are also antagonizing regular world religions. The way Homer buys into this new "religion" is so pathetic. After all these years going to a boring sunday service and getting the same messages over and over again in his head not learning one thing and now just by sitting for a couple of hours in a room watching a movie, he is completely converted, is hard to believe. But that's the way this show is, illogical.moreless
  • Homer joins the family in a cult and It's up to Marge, Reverend Lovejoy, and Willie to get them out and reveal the secret.

    A great episode it figures Homer would do something so stupid. One of my favorite moments from the Simpsons ever. Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na LEADER Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Leader Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na LEADER Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na BATMAN oh wait I mean LEADER. Delivery from all voice actors was excellent. I also enjoyed Reverend Lovejoy and Willie in this episode and Marge was kick - butt for her family in escaping the Movementarians scene. Awesome job on to the next episode review!moreless
  • ANother one of Homer's crazy schemes delivers amazing humor once again!!!

    The Simpsons join a religious sect called The Movementarians. The sect worships an all-powerful leader who claims that he will take his followers to the planet Blisstonia, where they will all live lives of uninterrupted happiness. Everyone takes to the Movementarian lifestyle, moving to a compound and working for the leader. But Marge is incredulous and flees the compound. Now free, she hires Groundskeeper Willie to kidnap her husband and kids and deprogram them. The kids return to their unwashed minds, but Homer appears to still believe in Movementarianism. He goes back to the compound and surprises his Movementarian friends by denouncing the leader and proving that his spaceship to Blisstonia is a fake. Because of Homer, the Movementarians disband.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

Marcia Wallace

Marcia Wallace

Mrs. Krabappel

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

  • QUOTES (24)

    • Bart: Ha ha! When I'd finished with that people, oh man! Nobody can brainwash to Bart Simpson. Nothing that I can't handle. (pull out a briefcase labeled with "Lil' Bastard Brainwash")
      (Bart enters to the room)
      (a few seconds later)
      Bart: (hypnotized) I love the Leader.

    • (Reverend Lovejoy tries to knock Homer out with a baseball bat)
      Willie: Give me that, you noodle-armed choir boy!
      (Willie hits Homer and still doesn't knock him out)
      Reverend Lovejoy: Well, that didn't do it Mr. Kilt.

    • (Watching the leader drive past)
      Lisa: We toil in the fields and he drives around in a Rolls-Royce?
      Homer: Yes, it would be nice if he'd buy American, but what are you going to do?

    • Homer: Marge, you're the leader? You don't look anything like the beans.

    • Burns: You see me as a god, Smithers?
      Smithers: Absolutely, sir.
      Burns: You'd kneel before me?
      Smithers: Boy, would I!

    • Marge: When we got married, you promised me my harvesting days were over.

    • Sect Member: Your family will be housed here for the first 100,000 years, then something might open up in a double.
      Homer: Why even unpack?

    • Homer: Ooh! A lima bean that looks just like the Leader! I'll put it with the others!
      Marge: Homer, you know I always try to put the best face on everything, but there's no face on that damn bean!

    • Barney the Dinosaur: (singing) We love him, he loves we, we're the Leader's family . . .

    • Homer: Marge, when I join an underground cult I expect a little support from my family.

    • Lisa: Dad, do you think you might have been brainwashed?
      Homer: I have not been brainwashed! Kill the girl.

    • Lisa: Watch yourself, Dad - you're the highly suggestible type.
      Homer: Yes, I am the highly suggestible type.

    • Homer: Wait, I'm confused about the movie ... so the cops knew Internal Affairs was setting them up?
      Man: What are you talking about? There's nothing like that in there.
      Homer: Well, you see when I get bored I make up my own movies. I have a very short attention span
      Lady: But our point is very simple, you see when...
      Homer: Oh look! A bird! Hee hee hee!
      (Homer runs after the bird)

    • Homer: (Sings to the old "Batman" tune) Nananananananana fishing, nananananananana fishing, fishing, fishing...
      Man: Hi, how are y-
      Homer: Fishing!

    • Homer: Homer no function beer well without.

    • Homer: How much is this free resort weekend?
      Man: It's free!
      Homer: And when is this weekend?
      Man: It's this weekend.
      Homer: Uh-huh, and how much does it cost?
      Man: Um ... it's free.
      Homer: I see, and when is it?
      Man: It's ... this weekend
      Homer: And how much are you charging for this weekend?

    • Bart: Church, cult, cult, church. So we'll get bored someplace else every Sunday. Does this really change our everyday lives?

    • Rev. Lovejoy: (spilling gasoline all over the church) I never thought I'd have to do THIS again.

    • Rev. Lovejoy: This new so-called religion is nothing but a pack of weird rituals and chants designed to take away the money of fools. Now let's say the Lord's Prayer 40 times, but first let's pass the collection plate.

    • (Hans is at a bookstore named "Only S. King and M. Crichton".)
      Hans Moleman: Do you have any books by Robert Ludlum?
      Clerk: (sinister) Get out.

    • [The Leader Chant]
      The leader is good,
      the leader is great.
      We surrender our will,
      as of this day.

    • Cletus: Stranger, you're trespassing on my dirt farm.
      Leader: you need a Messiah?
      Cletus: No, but I'll take them money bags from ye.
      Leader: Ohh, I should have stayed with the Promise Keepers.

    • Barney: At least you got to choose your mate. We got matched up on the printout.
      Otto: Hey, remember our agreement. I'm the man.
      Barney: You're the man!

    • Lisa: It's great that we can all think for ourselves again.
      Announcer on TV: You are watching FOX.
      Family: (Robotically) We are watching FOX.

  • NOTES (2)

    • This episode is the origin of the term "Jerkass Homer," used by members to describe a perceived change in Homer's personality around season nine or so. Homer shouts "Outta my way, Jerkass!" while driving into the Movementarian compound, and once again when he's told there will be a free movie.

    • Blackboard Joke: Shooting paintballs is not an art form.
      Couch Gag: The family are now micro-sized and Santa's Little Helper takes Homer away.

  • ALLUSIONS (10)

    • Batman
      When Homer is fishing he sings "na-na-na-na-na-na-na fishing" and then later the Movementarians chant "na-na-na-na-na-na-na leader" parodying the theme song to the 1960's Batman TV series starring Adam West.

    • Michael Crichton/Stephen King
      In the airport there is a store called "Just Crichton and King Bookstore" referring to popular authors Michael Crichton and Stephen King.

    • Scientology
      The Movementarians are based on Scientologists and the leader of Scientology, founder L. Ron Hubbard. Both call themselves religions but are called cults by many and both strong-arm people out of money by using lawyers. Also, the Leader looks just like a younger Hubbard. Nancy Cartwright, who voices Bart Simpson as well as a number of other characters, is a member of the Church of Scientology.

    • The scene where Marge jumps over the back of alligators while fleeing the Movementarian compound spoofs a famous stunt from the 1973 James Bond film "Live and Let Die."

    • When Willie scratches his nails on the window to get attention and then names his price for kidnapping, deprogramming and killing Homer and the kids, it's a reference to the scene in the 1975 movie Jaws when Quint (the slightly crazy old fisherman) scratches the blackboard to get everyone's attention and then names his price for capturing, killing and skinning the shark.

    • Homer getting a brochure at an airport could be a reference to "The Moonies" a cult in the 70's who would hang around airports trying to turn people to their cult.

    • Barney:

      In one scene we see Barney the dinosaur (from the PBS children's show Barney and Friends) singing the praises of the leader to young children to the tune of his "I Love You, You Love Me…" song.

    • Fans of the 60's television series The Prisoner (starring Patrick McGoohan), will recognize the bubble that emerges from the river and chases Marge as 'Rover', the security system from that series.

    • The title is a parody of the title of the book The Joy of Sex.

    • Mr. Burns: I bring your new God.

      This scene is set up to mimic Gotham Square in the 1992 film "Batman Returns" directed by Tim Burton. The statues flanking Burns' podium, the Christmas Tree-- direct from the lighting of the Christmas tree in the movie.

      It could also be a parody of the scene in the 1985 film "Jewel of the Nile" where Omar is up on a platform using a special effect person to simulate miracles.

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