Recap / The Simpsons S 10 E 18 Simpsons Bible Stories
During an Easter mass, Reverend Lovejoy finds a chocolate bunny in the collection plate. Since no one in the congregation confesses to doing so (though it's implied that Homer did it), he punishes them with a thorough reading of the entire Bible, prompting four Simpsonized takes on popular Biblical tales: Homer and Marge are Adam and Eve (with Flanders as God and Snake as [what else?] the snake that tempts Eve into partaking of the forbidden fruit), Milhouse as Moses leading Egyptian slave children to the Promised Land, Homer as King Solomon presiding over a dispute about a pie, and Bart as David out to defeat Goliath Nelson.

Tropes featured:

  • Bait-and-Switch: In Homer's Dream Sequence as King Solomon, he splits the pie into two... then orders Lenny and Carl to be killed, before eating the pie.
  • The Bible: Main inspiration, though most of the stories are taken from the Old Testament.
  • Bring My Brown Pants:
    Marge: It's the Apocalypse! Bart, are you wearing clean underwear?
    Bart: Not anymore.
  • Call-Back: Homer lamenting not using his pizza coupons may be a reference to the pizza coupons he got on "Sunday, Cruddy Sunday".
    • The pig in Eden is similar to the pig from Homer's dream in "King-Size Homer" who encouraged him to gain 61 pounds to become obese and acquire disability.
  • Caught Up in the Rapture: How the episode ends.
  • Double Standard:
    • God throws Eve (Marge) out of Paradise for biting in the apple, even though Adam (Homer) bit the apple first. Justified because God didn't see Adam doing it.
    • Several Simpsons contributors who were very religious weren't offended by the episode, though only because it mostly poked fun at the Old Testament and not the New Testament.
  • Dream Sequence: All stories are dream sequences. The final part, where the Apocalypse breaks out, might be one too.
  • Foreshadowing: Lisa tells Moses (Milhouse) that the Jews will wander in the desert for 40 years. Milhouse then asks: "But after that everything will turn out well for the Jews, right?"
  • Hypocritical Humor: Despite Homer having bit in the apple first, God only gets mad when Marge does the same and only throws her out of Paradise as a result.
  • Judgment of Solomon: As mentioned above, Homer/King Solomon mediates a dispute between Carl and Lenny over a pie.
    Homer: Both men shall receive...death. I'll eat the pie.
  • Oh, Crap!: Moses and Egyptlisa when they see they put a trap in their prison in motion.
  • Opening Shout-Out: When Moses calls all of the slaves for their journey to freedom, a scene is shown staged exactly like the Chalkboard Gag scene in the opening, with Bart writing "I will not deface" in hieroglyphs, then running off when he hears Moses's horn.
  • Screw This, I'm Out of Here!: Milhouse says these exact words when the Pharaoh confronts him and the slaves at the Red Sea.
    • Santa's Little Helper also does this after seeing Goliath.
  • Sexy Secretary: Krabappelpatra is Pharaoh's (Skinner) secretary, sculpting "bird, bird, bird, pyramid, bird" on stone table. She sits in a very sexy pose and has Egyptian eye lines.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Bart (as King David) is addressed by Santa's Little Helper with the words: "I don't know, Daaaaavey." This is a reference to Davey and Goliath.
    • When Bart is arrested by Chief Wiggum, he says: "Where's your Messiah now?". This is a reference to The Ten Commandments where actor Edward G. Robinson (on whom Wiggum's voice is based) says the same to Moses.
    • When Nelson arises from the rubble of his castle, he strikes the same pose as Chernobog from Fantasia, while a snippet from "Night On Bald Mountain" is heard.
  • Something Completely Different: A Three Shorts Easter episode featuring Biblical story parodies and featuring a non-canon ending (the Simpsons going to Hell while the Flanderses ascend into Heaven. Though Lisa had a chance to go to Heaven, only for Homer to pull her down).
  • Take That!: After Homer and Marge are thrown out of paradise, Homer remarks that they will be let back in pretty soon, after all: "God can't stay mad forever, right?"
  • Talking Animal: The pig and the snake in the Garden of Eden. Also, Santa's Little Helper and one of the sheep in the King David segment.
  • Tempting Fate: When Moses dumps frogs on the Pharaoh:
    Moses: Well, we spent all of our money, but it was Worth It. Now he's gotta let us go!
    (cut to the Pharaoh dining on the frogs)
    Pharaoh': Mmm, these are the juiciest frogs I've ever eaten. Ra has rewarded my cruelty to the slaves.
  • Training Montage: King David (Bart) trains for a fight, action-hero style. He is helped by Ralph's sheep after he was defeated by Goliath II.
  • Unexplained Recovery: Ralph's death was offscreen, but his marked grave spelled it out. He later showed up and was okay.