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Recap: The Simpsons S 7 E 3 Home Sweet Homediddly Dum Doodily
Episode - 3F01
First Aired - 10/1/1995

The local child welfare office unfairly takes the Simpson kids out of their home and places them with the Flanders family.

Tropes:

  • Bait and Switch: The Simpsons were told Bart, Lisa and Maggie would be taken to a place where Homer and Marge would never see them again. Then they're left at the next door house (which actually is a violation on the 100-foot restraining order Homer and Marge were given against their own children).
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: At one point after Maggie says "Daddily-doodily" her head does a 360 degree turn on Bart and Lisa as a parody of sorts to The Exorcist. It's never explained how can Maggie do this and it's not even a Halloween special!
  • Big "NO!": When Homer sees Ned is about to baptize his children.
    Ned: Do you reject Satan, and all his empty promises?
    Homer: 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 and overseas markets (as Pier One isn't known outside of America), the "Pier One" line is used.
  • Holy Burns Evil: Homer takes a baptism for his kids to keep them from becoming Flanderses. It doesn't seem to do any lasting damage (except 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.
  • I'm Cold... So Cold...: When Bart is discovered to have head lice on class picture day (as a result of playing with a monkey Milhouse found), he comments "Nothing ever happens to Milhouse." We then see Milhouse standing there pale, wrapped in a blanket, muttering "Cold, so very, very cold."
  • Jerkass: 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.
  • Road Trip Across The Street: The social worker drives Bart, Lisa and Maggie the few feet from the Simpsons house to the Flanders'.
  • Vertigo Effect: When the social worker announces to Bart, Lisa, and Maggie that they're being taken to "a FOSTER HOOOOOOME!"
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