Recap / The Simpsons S 11 E 11 Faith Off

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Bart becomes a faith healer after removing a glued-on bucket from Homer's head at a church revival. Meanwhile, Homer builds a homecoming float from his alma mater (the college he briefly went to in "Homer Goes to College.")

Tropes:

  • Call Back: Homer returns to the same university he went to in "Homer Goes to College".
  • Comic-Book Time: Parodied. As Homer sets up a prank on Dean Peterson, the security guards recognize Homer for running him over five years ago. They bring up a photogram of him from that time, about to eat a fish. They then age the picture five years. All that's different is that Homer's clothes had rotted, he had grown a beard, and the fish turned into a skeleton.
  • It Burns!: Homer shouts it after having the bucket removed.
    Homer: I see the light! It burns!
  • Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: Lisa tries to explain to Bart that the real reason the glued-on bucket got off Homer's head was that the hot stage lights heated the bucket, which liquefied the glue, while also expanding the bucket and allowing Bart to pull it off.
  • Series Continuity Error: Lisa says Homer only attended Springfield University for one term. However, the episode "Homer Goes to College" ends with Homer agreeing to return to Springfield University to set a good example since he cheated to pass the first time.
  • Shout-Out: The Springfield University halftime song parodies "(I've Had) The Time of My Life" from Dirty Dancing.
  • You Don't Look Like You: Dean Peterson looks nothing like he did back in "Homer Goes to College".
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