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 (after Bart catches lice from Milhouse's pet monkey, Lisa gets her prescription shoes taken by some bullying girls and bites her tongue after someone hits her with a soccer ball, and Marge and Homer go to a spa and leave Grampa to let the house go to pot) and puts them in foster care — with Ned and Maude Flanders. While Homer and Marge are forced to take parenting classes, Bart and Lisa worry that Maggie may love the Flanders family more than The Simpsons.


  • 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 "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, overseas markets (as Pier One isn't known outside of America), and the "Every Simpsons Ever" marathon on FXX (as well as normal cable reruns on that channel), the "Pier One" line is used.
  • Fun with Acronyms: After Marge passes her drug test again (the first time she failed because the test mistakenly had her tested positive for crack and PCP), she says "The only thing I'm 'high' on is love. Love for my son and daughter. Yup, a little LSD is all I need." She probably meant TLC (tender loving care), because LSD means lysergic acid, which is a commonly known hallucinogen.
  • 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 "So 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. Is it any wonder Homer put him in a home?
  • 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!"