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Recap / The Simpsons S 10 E 18 Simpsons Bible Stories

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During an Easter Vigil, Reverend Lovejoy finds a chocolate bunny in the collection plate. Since no one in the congregation confesses to doing it (though it's shown that Homer did so), he punishes them with a thorough reading of the entire Bible, prompting four Simpsonized takes on popular Biblical tales: In the first segment written by Tim Long, Homer and Marge are Adam and Eve (with Flanders as God and Snake as [what else?] the snake that tempts Eve into partaking of the forbidden fruit), Milhouse as Moses leading Egyptian slave children to the Promised Land, Homer as King Solomon presiding over a dispute about a pie, and Bart as David out to defeat Goliath Nelson.

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  • Artistic License – Religion: This episode takes many liberties. Two stand out examples include Adam eating the forbidden fruit first when the Scriptures states Eve did so, and the very inaccurate depiction of the Plagues of Egypt.
  • Bait-and-Switch: In Homer's Dream Sequence as King Solomon, he splits the pie into two... then orders Lenny and Carl to be killed, before eating the pie.
  • The Bible: The main inspiration, though most of the stories are taken from the Old Testament.
  • Bring My Brown Pants:
    Marge: It's the Apocalypse! Bart, are you wearing clean underwear?
    Bart: Not anymore.
  • Call-Back: Homer lamenting not using his pizza coupons may be a reference to the pizza coupons he got on "Sunday, Cruddy Sunday". The pig in Eden is similar to the pig from Homer's dream in "King-Size Homer" who encouraged him to gain 61 pounds to become obese and acquire disability.
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  • Caught Up in the Rapture: How the episode ends.
  • The Dinosaurs Had It Coming: According to the pig in the Garden of Eden, one of the dinosaurs ate fruit from the Tree of Knowledge and, well... that was the end of them.
  • A Dog Named "Dog": Snake plays the role of the Serpent during the Adam and Eve episode, making him a snake named Snake.
  • Double Standard:
    • God throws Eve (Marge) out of Paradise for biting in the apple, even though Adam (Homer) bit the apple first. Justified because God didn't see Adam doing it.
    • Several Simpsons contributors who were very religious weren't offended by the episode, though only because it mostly poked fun at the Old Testament and not the New Testament.
  • Dream Sequence: All stories are dream sequences. The final part, where the Apocalypse breaks out, might be one too.
  • Foreshadowing: Lisa tells Moses (Milhouse) that the Jews will wander in the desert for 40 years. Milhouse then asks: "But after that everything will turn out well for the Jews, right?"
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  • The Faceless: God is played by Ned Flanders, but we only ever see Him as a hand and arm in the sleeve of a distinctive green sweater.
  • Godiva Hair: Marge's hair is left down for the entirety of the Adam and Eve segment, which helps to keep her breasts covered for the length of it.
  • Hurricane of Puns: Bart's confrontation with Nelson!Goliath.
    Nelson!Goliath: Whaddaya know? A king fit for a meal!
    Bart: Hope I don't give you...heartburn!
  • Hypocritical Humor: Despite Homer having bit in the apple first, God only gets mad when Marge does the same and only throws her out of Paradise as a result.
  • Judgment of Solomon: Parodied. As mentioned above, Homer/King Solomon mediates a dispute between Carl and Lenny over a pie.
    Homer: Both men shall receive...death. I'll eat the pie.
  • Let's Meet the Meat: Homer-Adam regularly helps himself to the ham and bacon strips provided for him by his best friend in Eden, a talking pig. Justified in that since it's Eden, the pig doesn't die or feel any pain for having parts of him pulled out and eaten.
  • Oh, Crap!: Moses and Egyptian Lisa when they see they put a trap in their prison in motion.
  • Opening Shout-Out: When Moses calls all of the slaves for their journey to freedom, a scene is shown staged exactly like the Chalkboard Gag scene in the opening, with Bart writing "I will not deface" in hieroglyphs, then running off when he hears Moses's horn.
  • Screw This, I'm Out of Here!: Milhouse says these exact words when the Pharaoh confronts him and the slaves at the Red Sea.
    • Santa's Little Helper also does this after seeing Goliath.
  • Sexy Secretary: Krabappelpatra is Pharaoh's (Skinner) secretary, sculpting "bird, bird, bird, pyramid, bird" on stone table. She sits in a very sexy pose and has Egyptian eye lines.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Bart (as King David) is addressed by Santa's Little Helper with the words: "I don't know, Daaaaavey." This is a reference to Davey and Goliath.
    • When Bart is arrested by Chief Wiggum, he says: "Where's your Messiah now?". This is a reference to The Ten Commandments where actor Edward G. Robinson (on whom Wiggum's voice is based) is popularly believed to say the same to Moses (he doesn't).
    • When Nelson arises from the rubble of his castle, he strikes the same pose as Chernobog from Fantasia, while a snippet from "Night On Bald Mountain" is heard (his hair is even spiked up to resemble Chernobog's horns).
  • Something Completely Different: A Three Shorts Easter episode featuring Biblical story parodies and featuring a non-canon ending (the Simpsons going to Hell while the Flanderses ascend into Heaven. Though Lisa had a chance to go to Heaven, only for Homer to pull her down).
  • Take That!: After Homer and Marge are thrown out of paradise, Homer remarks that they will be let back in pretty soon, after all: "God can't stay mad forever, right?"
  • Talking Animal: The pig and the snake in the Garden of Eden. Also, Santa's Little Helper and one of the sheep in the King David segment.
  • Tempting Fate: When Moses dumps frogs on the Pharaoh:
    Moses: Well, we spent all of our money, but it was Worth It. Now he's gotta let us go!
    (cut to the Pharaoh dining on the frogs)
    Pharaoh: Mmm, these are the juiciest frogs I've ever eaten. Ra has rewarded my cruelty to the slaves.
  • Training Montage: King David (Bart) trains for a fight, action-hero style. He is helped by Ralph's sheep after he was defeated by Goliath II.
  • Unexplained Recovery: Ralph's death was offscreen, but his marked grave spelled it out. He later showed up and was okay.


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