Episode - 3F01\\
First Aired - 10/1/1995

The local [[DepartmentOfChildDisservices child welfare office]] unfairly takes the Simpson kids out of their home (after Bart catches lice from Milhouse's pet monkey, Lisa gets her prescription shoes taken by some [[AlphaBitch bullying girls]] and bites her tongue after someone hits her with a soccer ball, and Marge and Homer go to a spa and leave Grampa to let the house go to pot) and puts them in foster care -- with Ned and Maude Flanders. While Homer and Marge are forced to take parenting classes, Bart and Lisa worry that Maggie may love the Flanders family more than The Simpsons.

This is the first episode featuring Bill Oakley and Josh Weinstein as showrunners; they took over the job from David Mirkin, the showrunner for seasons 5 and 6.

!! Tropes:
* AdultFear: Due to several misunderstandings, child welfare accuse Homer and Marge of negligence and their children are taken away from them. It's particularly heartbreaking when Homer and Marge wander into each of their kids' empty bedrooms. And when Marge and Homer hear Bart's signature ring, they rush down to the front door, faces joyful, only to see nobody's there.
** After regaining custody of the kids, Homer and Marge find out that the Flanders have taken their children to be baptized, which in this universe, amounts to being adopted and brainwashed.
* BaitAndSwitch: The Simpsons are told Bart, Lisa and Maggie will be taken to a place where Homer and Marge will never see them again. Then they're left at the house next door (which actually is a violation on the 100-foot restraining order Homer and Marge were given against their own children).
* BigNo: When Homer sees Ned is about to baptize his children.
-->'''Ned:''' Do you reject Satan, and all his empty promises?
-->'''Homer:''' [[SlowNo NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!]] (skin burns on contact with holy water)
* {{Bowdlerization}}: When the episode first aired, Milhouse tells Bart that he found the monkey that gave Bart lice in a wicker basket from Pier One. When the company complained about the joke, the reruns had the line changed to "We got the wicker basket from Trader Pete's." On DVD, overseas markets (as Pier One isn't known outside of America), and the "Every Simpsons Ever" marathon on FXX (as well as normal cable reruns on that channel), the "Pier One" line is used.
* ChekhovsGun: The "Stupid Baby" sign Bart puts on Lisa's back. It bites the family in the ass because Marge didn't get rid of it, and it somehow winds up on Maggie's back.
* ChildrenAreInnocent: Rodd and Todd are so sheltered by Maude and Ned that they have no idea what ''blood'' is.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint:
** On both sides with the newspaper printing scene - Bart smiles innocently on handing Todd the paper reading "Todd Stinks", as if genuinely expecting them to go with it, and Rodd and Todd just seem confused by it, rather than offended.
* EntertaininglyWrong: A combination of [[ItMakesSenseInContext bullying, monkeys, and Grandpa's senility]] result in Homer and Marge being mistaken for bad parents.
* FunWithAcronyms: After Marge passes her drug test again (the first time she failed because the test mistakenly had her tested positive for crack and PCP), she says "The only thing I'm 'high' on is love. '''L'''ove for my '''S'''on and '''D'''aughters. Yes, [[ThatCameOutWrong a little LSD is all I need]]."
* HairTriggerTemper: During the parenting session, Homer goes into a rage because of Cletus saying he cut himself on a screen door, and starts trying to strangle him.
* HolyBurnsEvil: Homer takes a baptism for his kids to keep them from becoming Flanderses. It doesn't seem to do any lasting damage (except briefly make Homer peaceful and knowledgeable of religious events, like St. Augustine of Hippo being converted by Ambrose of Milan), but the sound effect and Homer's demonic growl fit pretty well.
* HumorDissonance: In-universe. Bart and Lisa cackle madly on seeing an episode of "Itchy & Scratchy" where Itchy violently murders Scratchy just to commit theft, while Rodd and Todd are completely traumatised.
* ImColdSoCold: When Bart is discovered to have head lice on class picture day (as a result of playing with a [[EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys monkey]] Milhouse found), he comments "I get lice and nothing bad to Milhouse." We then see Milhouse standing there pale, wrapped in a blanket, muttering "So cold, so very, very cold."
* KillItWithFire: Willie burns Bart's shirt on Principal Skinner's orders, to get rid of his lice. They squeak in terror before being incinerated.
* RoadTripAcrossTheStreet: The social worker drives Bart, Lisa and Maggie the few feet from the Simpsons house to the Flanders'.
* ShoutOut: Maggie's head twists around, ''Exorcist''-style.
* SocietyMarchesOn: The Flanders' car has a bumper sticker reading "I ♥ YOUR KIDS" - fine for the joke they're telling in the episode, but these days, that'd be read as something else ''entirely''.
* TakeThat: Ned says he used to let Rodd and Todd watch ''My Three Sons'' before bedtime, but it got them "too worked up" to go to sleep.
* TookALevelInJerkass:
** Grandpa. He's confronted about being left with the kids for a few hours and getting them taken away and just says "Oh bitch bitch bitch!" and walks off.
** Ned Flanders, he forcibly tries to baptize Bart, Lisa and Maggie and calls Homer and Marge bad parents because they never baptized the kids, and by the way they talked he and Maude intended to keep the Simpson children permanently despite that being outside the scope of being a foster parent..
* VertigoEffect: When the social worker announces to Bart, Lisa, and Maggie that they're being taken to "a FOSTER HOOOOOOME!".