Lisa abandons her Christian faith (after the local church sells ad space inside of it to cover the damages done by Homer and Bart's toy rocket) and opts for a new one that still allows her to be close to God, Buddhism. When words gets around, Marge tries to win her back to Christianity, but Lisa refuses.
Tropes of this episode:
- Bowdlerization, Word of God, and What Could Have Been: Originally, there was supposed to be a scene where an Arab man named Hassan Jay Salam is arrested for shooting the rocket into the church because the rocket has his initials on it (which are actually Homer's initials), but, because of the 9/11 attacks and fear of backlash from Arab viewers, the producers had the scene cut. The DVD commentary talks about the missing scene.
- Crisis of Faith: Plot of the episode
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Kearney, a known bully and petty thug, is right to point out what has to be done about the church, making it a priority. Burns also fits this trope; after all he did help rebuild the church, even if the advertisements inside were in bad taste.
- Kid Has a Point: Lisa does explains to Bart she's not going for a new way to worship just because it's sounds cool, she rather find one that brings her peace while reminding God that she still respects Him.
- Pet the Dog: Even though he opts for commercialism, Mr. Burns does live up to his promise to help rebuild for the church.