Concerned with the lack of interest the family shows at the church, Marge volunteers there and becomes "The Listen Lady," dispensing with excellent advice- as opposed to Lovejoy, who begins to feel like a dejected failure. Meanwhile Homer, Lisa, and Bart discover a Japanese box with Homer's face on it, and try to find out why.

!!Tropes Are:

* ADayInTheLimelight: For Reverend Lovejoy, exploring his lack of enthusiasm with the church.
* {{Animesque}}: The Mr. Sparkle logo, which looks like Homer with huge PieEyes.
* ArmorPiercingQuestion: As Lovejoy bemoans Marge usurping his place as Springfield's moral advisor, he asks "What have I done to lose them?", sparking a vision in which St. Eleutherius from the Church's stain-glassed window asks "What have you done to ''keep'' them?".
* BadassPreacher: Lovejoy, saving Ned from a bunch of angry baboons.
* ContrivedCoincidence: The image of Homer was actually the result of a merger between two companies, even merging their previous logos; a big-eyed fish, and a light bulb.
-->'''Lisa:''' Hey! It was all a coincidence!
-->'''Bart:''' Yeah, there's your answer, fishbulb.
* FreudianExcuse: Lovejoy's disinterest was the result of Ned constantly badgering him about every last misdemeanor in his life, eroding his passion for preaching.
* HeroicBSOD: Lovejoy, when his flock begins going to Marge for help, and realizes he hasn't done anything to inspire people.
* HouseAmnesia: After Homer watches the Mr. Sparkle promo video:
-->'''Homer:''' Well, it was a good ride while it lasted. Come on, kids, let's go home.\\
'''Bart:''' We ''are'' home.\\
'''Homer:''' That was fast.
* MotifMerger: In-universe example: Merging the smiling fish logo of Matsamura Fishworks with the lightbulb logo of Tamaribuchi Heavy Manufacturing Concern, the two companies involved in the production of Mr. Sparkle dishwashing detergent, results in a grinning yellow head that just happens to resemble Homer's. "There's your answer, fishbulb."
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Marge tells Ned to stand up for his business to a bunch of hoodlums, causing him to be chased into a baboon exhibit at the zoo.
* OverlyLongGag: Homer dialing to Japan.
* TookALevelInCynic: Lovejoy after being worn down by Ned.
-->'''Lovejoy:''' Finally, I just {{stopped caring}}. Luckly, by then it was TheEighties, so no one noticed.
* WhatWereTheySellingAgain: The Mr. Sparkle ads. Even with subtitles they make no sense whatsoever. Justified in that it's a Japanese commercial and Japanese commercials really are that weird.
* WideEyedIdealist: Reverend Lovejoy in the 70s, until he met Ned Flanders.