'''Original air date''': February 8, 1998

Homer and the rest of the town (save Marge, Reverend Lovejoy, the Flanders family, Mr. Burns, Smithers, Lenny, Cletus and Groundskeeper Willie) are brainwashed into joining a cult known as the Movementarians.

This is the second of two episodes to be produced by David Mirkin (the showrunner for seasons 5 and 6) instead of the current showrunner, Mike Scully.

!! Tropes:

* ArmyOfLawyers: More like a fire station of lawyers, that raid places like Mafia leg-breakers.
* ArrangedMarriage: As part of the "mass marriage" ceremony, Otto is chosen to marry Barney, while Comic Book Guy is chosen to marry Lurleen Lumpkin.
* AttentionDeficitOohShiny: Comes up when Homer tells the Movementarians about his short attention span, then gets distracted by a bird as soon as they attempt to explain the point of their orientaion film.
* BatterUp: Lovejoy tries to subdue Homer by smacking him with a baseball bat, but as he's failing, Willie steps in and tries to smack Homer himself. Eventually, Marge, Lovejoy and Willie hit him all together.
* BigNO!: Marge does this when Homer and her own kids have been fully corrupted by the Movementarians.
* BreadEggsBreadedEggs: Occurs in the Movementarians' orientaion film.
-->'''Film:''' When you surrender yourself to the Movementarians, you are guaranteed a perfect life of serenity and love and loving serenity! [[RattlingOffLegal Not a guarantee.]]\\
'''Moe:''' Loving serenity. It's about damn time!
* CallBack: Homer's ability to withstand the blows from Lovejoy and Willie is almost certainly a CallBack to [[Recap/TheSimpsonsS8E3TheHomerTheyFall "The Homer They Fall"]].
* ChekhovsGag: When the kids are swayed out of the Movementarians' ways with fake hoverbikes, Ned reveals that he created the hoverbikes' humming noise with a comb and paper. Later on, when the Leader's "spaceship" falls apart, it is revealed that the ship's own humming noise was provided by a comb and paper.
* ChurchOfHappyology: The Movementarians is said to be a reference to Scientology (among other cults, but Scientology sticks out as the main target). The leader even looks like L. Ron Hubbard. It's a miracle this episode didn't cause controversy like ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'''s "Trapped in the Closet" did, considering that Creator/NancyCartwright [[note]](the voice of Bart Simpson, Maggie Simpson [when she's not being voiced by a CelebrityVoiceActor], Nelson Muntz, Kearney Zzyzwicz, Database the nerd, Todd Flanders, and Ralph Wiggum)[[/note]] is an actual member of the Church of Scientology and that a rejected first draft exists where Lisa joins Scientology.
* CloudCuckoolander: Homer gets bored of the orientation film and makes up his own movie. The first thing he says after the real movie ends is, "Wait! I'm confused about the movie. So the cops knew that internal affairs were setting them up?" much to his attempted brainwashers' annoyance.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: Hans Moleman enters a bookstore whose name makes it clear they only have works by Stephen King and Michael Crichton and asks for books by Robert Ludlum.
* {{Deprogram}}: Groundskeeper Willie tries to deprogram Homer, but ends up being convinced that the Movementarians are great and joining too.
* DespairEventHorizon: Rev. Lovejoy loses faith in his own religion when the Leader's apparent spaceship is revealed.
* TheDragon: The two most prominent members of the Movementarians, the two recruiters whom Homer and Bart first encounter at the airport, seem to be this for The Leader.
* TheDeterminator: The recruiters trying to convert Homer. Likewise, Marge herself will stop at nothing to release her family from the Movementarians' grasp.
* EpicFail: In the space of a brief conversation, Willie goes from trying to deprogram Homer to thinking the Movementarians are great.
* GetOut: In the "Only Creator/StephenKing and Creator/MichaelCrichton" store in the airport:
--> '''Hans Moleman''': Do you have any books by Creator/RobertLudlum?\\
'''Clerk''': Get out.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Smithers eagerly agreeing to kneel before Mr. Burns. Considering his unrequited crush on the old man, that can be taken a lot of ways.
* TheGoldenRule: One of the religious recruiters at the airport tells Homer, "Do unto others as you would have done unto you." Homer replies skeptically, "Right, that'll work."
* HostileShowTakeover: The Movementarians take over Kent Brockman's newscast.
--> '''Kent''': Springfield has been overrun by a strange and almost certainly evil sect calling themselves "the Movementarians". " In exchange for your home and all your money,the leader of this way-out and wrong religion claims he'll take believers away on his spaceship to the planet Blisstonia. Excuse my editorial laugh, but- ''(is handed a note)'' Ladies and gentlemen, I've just learned of a change in this station's management. Welcome, Movementarians! Continue to improve our lives! I love you, perfect Leader, and new C.E.O. of KBBL Broadcasting.
* HumiliationConga: The Leader's "spaceship" breaks apart in mid-air, sending him plummeting to the ground on Cletus' property, who then robs him at gunpoint.
* HypocriticalHumor: Reverend Lovejoy, to what's left of the congregation:
--> '''Lovejoy''': This so-called "new religion" is nothing but a pack of weird rituals and chants designed to take away the money of fools. Let us say the Lord's Prayer 40 times, but first let's pass the collection plate.
** "Even though the Leader himself is completely nonviolent, he urges you to be as violent as you like in capturing the Simpsons."
* {{Irony}}: Just as Lisa comments that the family is thinking for themselves again, the family -- including Marge -- starts droning after the TV, "We are watching Creator/{{Fox}}..."
* ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne: One attempt to brainwash Homer has him being subjected to harsh criticism by several people at once. After gleefully agreeing with insult after hate-filled insult, Moe finally mentions Homer's armpit smell. Homer is about to object, but he gets a whiff himself and promptly changes his tune.
* {{Jerkass}}: [[TropeNamer This episode is the first time Homer uses the word]] ("Outta my way, jerkass!"), but [[Recap/TheSimpsonsS9E1TheCityOfNewYorkVsHomerSimpson "The City of New York vs. Homer Simpson"]] and [[Recap/TheSimpsonsS9E22TrashOfTheTitans "Trash of the Titans"]] actually show Homer's new jerkass personality. In this episode, he's just an easily-swayed idiot who likes beer (though some will argue that he is a jerkass for forcing his family into a cult, but that was only partially his fault).
* LateToTheRealization: Homer can't seem to grasp the free weekend that the Movementarians are hosting:
--> '''Movementarian''': We're having a free get-acquainted session at our resort this weekend.\\
'''Homer''': How much is this free resort weekend?\\
'''Movementarian''': It's free.\\
'''Homer''': And when ''is'' this weekend?\\
'''Movementarian''': It's this weekend.\\
'''Homer''': Uh-huh. And how much does it cost?\\
'''Movementarian''': Um, it's free.\\
'''Homer''': I see. And when is it?\\
'''Movementarian''': It's this weekend.\\
'''Homer''': And what are you ''charging'' for this free weekend?\\
'''Bart''': Come on, Dad. The team's arriving.\\
'''Homer''': ''(as he's pulled away)'' It's free, right?
* NoodleIncident: Three of them:
** Apparently, Reverend Lovejoy burned down the Springfield Church before ("I never thought I'd have to do this again").
** Barney's liver has once tried to escape from his body.
** Homer fell for a timeshare scam where he bought four of them before his check bounced.
* OrganAutonomy: When Marge and the others tempt Homer with beer to break him out of his Movementarian mindset, Homer's brain and stomach fight over whether Homer would have some.
-->'''Homer's feet:''' [[NonSequitur Ooh, these poly-nylon sure are comfortable!]]
* PerpSweating: Whenever anyone tries to leave the Movementarians video room, a bright spotlight shines from above and a Movementarian inquires why they're leaving. The person in question nervously sits back down.
* TheQuisling: Kent Brockman, unsurprisingly. He opens up a news report decrying the Movementarians as a cult and the Leader as a fraud, before he receives a notice from them and immediately starts praising them.
* RealAfterAll: Homer attempts to expose the leader as the fraud he is, only to find himself face to face with a working intergalactic spaceship. The leader attempts to escape in the ship, [[SubvertedTrope only for it to fall apart in the air, revealing it was not a real spaceship at all]].
* SacredHospitality: Flanders is not pleased that the Movementarians have broken into his house and taken Homer away from his deprogramming, but he still offers them a beer.
-->'''Flanders:''' But I am so mad, it'll be mostly head!
* ShoutOut: Deciding that a catchy theme tune was the best way to convert Homer, the cult members chanted the one to ''Series/{{Batman}}'' with "Leader" instead of "Batman". Rover from ''Series/ThePrisoner'' also shows up.
** Mr. Burns' attempt at introducing himself as a god spoofs the music video for Music/MichaelJackson's ''[=HIStory=]''.
*** His attempts at creating a symbol for his religion ended up producing Kellogg's Special K and Disney's Mickey head.
** The way Groundskeeper Willie gets everyone's attention and offers his services spoof Quint's introduction in ''Film/{{Jaws}}'
* ShownTheirWork: Many of the Movementarians' tactics and practices are taken directly from RealLife cults including Jim Jones' People's Temple, Heaven's Gate, the Church of Scientology and the Rajneesh movement.
* StartMyOwn: Mr. Burns attempts to create his own religion after he learns of the Movementarians' tax-exempt status.
** Ironically, the Leader had started his own religion with the Movementarians after having previously been with the Promise Keepers.
* StrangeMindsThinkAlike: Ned Flanders uses a comb and a paper to make the fake hoverbikes' noise. The Leader is later seen using the same trick for his fake spaceship.
* StrangeSyntaxSpeaker: When Homer is informed beer is not allowed in the Movementarians:
--> '''Homer''': Homer no function beer well without.
* TooDumbToFool: Until the cult recruiters realized that's what kept them from converting Homer.
* {{Touche}}: During the "circle of judgement" scene:
--> '''Moe''': And your stink brings tears to my eyes.\\
'''Homer''': Now ''wait'' a minute, Moe. ''(sniffs himself)'' Oh, my mistake.
* YankTheDogsChain: Marge deprograms the kids by offering them hoverbikes. They accept, only to find that Marge and Ned faked the hovering effect with wires and a phony noise. Worse, Marge says they don't even get to keep the bikes since they are borrowed and must be returned before 6:00 p.m.