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Recap / The Simpsons S 11 E 11 Faith Off

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Bart becomes a faith healer after removing a glued-on bucket from Homer's head at a church revival. Meanwhile, Homer builds a homecoming float from his alma mater (the college he briefly went to in "Homer Goes to College.")


  • An Arm and a Leg: Springfield University's star football player returns to the field after Bart tries to heal his broken leg, and attempts to win the game with a field goal. He succeeds...because he inadvertently flings his own leg off, which goes on to kick the ball a second time in mid-air, propelling it just far enough to make the goal.
  • Blind Mistake: We get to see how Blind Without 'Em Milhouse really is. In this case, he confuses an on-coming car for a dog.
  • Call-Back: Homer returns to the same university he went to in "Homer Goes to College".
  • Comic-Book Time: Parodied. As Homer sets up a prank on Dean Peterson, the security guards recognize Homer for running him over five years ago. They bring up a photogram of him from that time, about to eat a fish. They then age the picture five years. All that's different is that Homer's clothes had rotted, he had grown a beard, and the fish turned into a skeleton.
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  • Dean Bitterman: Downplayed with Dean Peterson, apparently a relative of the laid-back Dean Peterson of the previous episode.
  • Fake Faith Healer: Bart decides to become one after successfully removing a bucket from Homer's head. His best friend (Milhouse) nearly pays with his life when Bart claims to have cured Milhouse's poor eyesight, and Milhouse — believing him — walks into the path of an oncoming car, seriously injuring him.
  • It Burns!: Homer shouts it after having the bucket removed.
    Homer: I see the light! It burns!
  • Kent Brockman News: The Trope Namer himself complains about the overuse of the word "fever" in his report while on the air, and ends up crumpling his papers in frustration upon reading the phrase, "Additional Seating Capacity Fever".
  • Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: Lisa tries to explain to Bart that the real reason the glued-on bucket got off Homer's head was that the hot stage lights heated the bucket, which liquefied the glue, while also expanding the bucket and allowing Bart to pull it off.
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  • "Not Making This Up" Disclaimer: A non-verbal one: when Homer calls Lenny's alma mater Springfield A&M a "cow college", Lenny retorts "Oh, you're only calling us a 'cow college' because we were founded by a cow!". The scene proceeds to linger on a now silent Lenny for several seconds as if to say "No, that's exactly what he meant to say".
  • Off-Model: For a few scenes in this episode (as shown in the picture above), Sherri and Terri's skin is colored yellow instead of its usual white.
  • Series Continuity Error: Lisa says Homer only attended Springfield University for one term. However, the episode "Homer Goes to College" ends with Homer agreeing to return to Springfield University to set a good example since he cheated to pass the first time.note 
  • Shout-Out: The Springfield University halftime song parodies "(I've Had) The Time of My Life" from Dirty Dancing.
  • Who Writes This Crap?!: When reporting on the college football game, Kent Brockman proclaims, "Big Game Fever is reaching a fevered pitch as the fevered rivalry between Springfield U and Springfield A & M spreads like wild fever." It turns out that his nephew is behind the repeated use of the word "fever".
    Kent: This... this is writing?
    Nephew: I'm sorry, Uncle Kent, I lost my thesaurus.
    Kent: Thesaurus... you'll lose more than that.

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