The Simpsons find Springfield Park to be a littered wreck and they spot a church carnival to raise money for a clean-up. When Homer wins at a game, he goes into a victory dance that Ned Flanders captures with a video camera he won at the carnival. Comic Book Guy offers to put the video on his website and soon, Homer's dance becomes a worldwide viral phenomenon, much to Homer's embarrassment. However, major sports stars like Tom Brady and [=LeBron=] James ask Homer to teach them his dance, inspiring Homer to become a victory dance choreographer and start a showboating academy.

Meanwhile, Ned, outraged by the state of today's media, decides uses his camera to create a film version of the story of Cain and Abel. After being shown to the public, everyone cheers except for Marge, who finds it too violent. Mr. Burns comes up to Ned to finance his next film titled ''Tales of the Old Testament'', running at a length of 800 minutes. Midway through the screening, an outraged Marge stands up and calls the film out for its gore, threatening to boycott all Burns-related services. When Burns asks what alternative power sources, the audience names several sources. Burns admits defeat and says the film will never be seen again, to Ned's disappointment.

Homer's choreography becomes so popular, he is asked by the football commission to produce the Super Bowl halftime show. He can't come up with any ideas, so he goes to a lonely Ned, who's praying in church, and the two ultimately collaborate a retelling of the story of Noah's Ark which ends with a flooded stadium full of mock corpses and Ned reading a Bible verse (the story's actual ending, in which the waters recede and Noah and his family emerge to a fresh start for Earth, is not depicted). The production is roundly booed and criticized for spreading Christian messages. In the end, the Simpsons are back home enjoying breakfast with several sports stars...the main course being omelettes made from eggs people have thrown at the house.

This episode aired immediately after Super Bowl XXXIX along with the series premiere of ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad''. With 23.1 million viewers upon its premiere, this is one of the highest rated episodes in the show's history

!!"Homer and Ned's Hail Mary Pass" contains examples of:
* AscendedMeme: "Jock Center" introduces Homer as "Professional {{Jerkass}} Homer Simpsons".
* AuthorTract: In Ned's first film, as Cain murders Abel, Ned appears as Satan and the newspaper headlines "Massachusetts Legalizes Gay Marriage" and "Stem Cells Cures Alzheimer's" flash onscreen with hellfire in the background.
* BitingTheHandHumor: "I'm the worst thing to happen to sports since {{Creator/Fox}}."
* BlatantLies: Yao Ming pretends [[LanguageBarrier he can't understand English]]. Lisa tries to call him out on it.
* BloodierAndGorier: Parodied. To make his films faithful to the Bible, Ned includes frequent bloody and gory scenes, sometimes exaggerating the gore.
** He also shows entirely unfaithful depictions of the Judgement of Solomon and Jonah and the whale, seemingly for the sake of even more gore. One suspects Mr. Burns [[ExecutiveMeddling may have had something to do with this]], but it's never stated.
* CainAndAbel: The subject of Ned's first film.
* ChewOutFakeOut: We're first led to believe the commissioner of the NFL is going to insist Homer stop teaching players to showboat instead he commends Homer on improving ratings and invites him to do the Superbowl halftime show.
* GivenNameReveal: Comic Book Guy casually tells Ned his real name: Jeff Albertson.
* TheGreatFlood: Homer simulates this during the halftime show by ''flooding the entire stadium.''
* HandOrObjectUnderwear: Ned wears a leaf over his crotch in his first film.
* HypocriticalHumor: Homer's opening to the halftime show.
-->'''Homer:''' A time before TV, before cowboys, before dinosaurs...the time of the Bible.
* InstantHumiliationJustAddYouTube
* JudgmentOfSolomon: One of Ned's Bible stories is about the story of Solomon cutting the baby in half. After [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone seeing what he just did,]] Solomon cuts ''himself'' in half.
** Note that this does not happen in any version of the story, completely contradicting Lisa's claim that he's just trying to be true to the Bible.
* MemeticMutation: InUniverse; Homer's victory dance becomes a global sensation.
* MoneyToThrowAway: The stadium the Super Bowl is played in was completed a week before the game...and is scheduled to be demolished a month after the game. It cost ''$300 million''.
* MoralGuardians: Marge is incensed over the gore of Ned's films.
** Ned once again when he decides to base faithful Bible-based films. This time, in response to suggestive commercials Rod and Todd are watching, not as an entry for a film festival as seen in "A Star is Burns."
** Inverted when a liberal mother criticizes the half-time show for pushing Christian values on innocent children.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: In one of Ned's films, King Solomon did cut the baby. Realizing what he did, he cut himself in half out of remorse.
* NewJobAsThePlotDemands: Mentioned: "Lisa, I bet you're wondering why Daddy's not at work again."
* NightmareFace: In Ned's first film, Cain (Rod) is forced to walk the Earth forever with "the mark of evil" on his face, which has [[EyeScream an eyeball hanging out of it socket.]]
* ShoutOut
** The bloodiness of Ned's films is a reference to ''Film/ThePassionOfTheChrist'', which was criticized for using violence to push Christianity on others.
** "Beware the [[Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan Wrath of Kwan!"]]
** Homer meets [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Mario]] and throws trash cans at him a la ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong''.
* StereotypeFlip: A secular mother is angered by the halftime show because it spreads Christian messages.
* TheStinger: The first part of the credits shows an alternate scene of Homer welcoming the sports stars to his showboating academy.
* SuddenlyVoiced: The Crazy Cat Lady because she's been taking medications. She goes back to incoherent jabber when Marge sees that the medications are Reese's Pieces.
** Parodied with Michelle Kwan.
-->'''Milhouse:''' I didn't know you could talk!
* SuperBowlSpecial
* TemptingFate: Marge declares her intention to boycott the power plant in response to Mr. Burns financing Ned's films. When Burns asks her how she plans to get by without nuclear power, much to his annoyance Marge and a good chunk of the audience chip in with renewable energy sources they could make use of.
* TruthInTelevision: As Lisa points out to Marge, TheBible is actually quite violent when you really get down to it
* WhipItGood: Mr. Burns recommends that Moleman being whipped for real during a film shoot despite Ned's objections.