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Recap / The Simpsons S 12 E 19 Im Goin To Praiseland

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Airdate - May 6, 2001

Ned discovers that Maude had an unfulfilled dream — building and opening a Christian theme park — and decides to make it a reality to honor her memory.

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  • All Women Love Shoes: While the Simpsons are cleaning out Ned's bedroom of any remnants of Maude, Marge comes across three pairs of shoes in the closet and comments, "Wow, [...] Someone had a fetish."
  • Balloon Belly: Bart and Milhouse after eating all of the ice cream toppings.
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  • Big "NO!": Homer and Ned yell out one simultaneously when they both see the orphan siblings lighting up a candle near the gas leak and throw themselves at them to protect them.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Praiseland is ultimately closed down due to poor reception, the gas leak and the Springfield citizens mistaking Homer and Ned saving Patches and Poor Violet from the gas leak as them sexually harrassing the poor kids. However, at the end, Ned is ultimately more determined to let go of the tragedy that shook his life.
  • The Bus Came Back: Ned's girlfriend Rachel Jordan from "Alone Again, Natura-Diddily" reappears.
  • Crappy Carnival: Praiseland isn't crappy due to a lack of effort on Ned's part, but rather due to his severely overestimating how entertaining most people would find his ideas of religious entertainment. King David's Wild Ride just locks the kids in the car while a giant animatronic of King David reads psalms, Whack-a-Satan lacks a mallet to use, and the confections are unflavored, among other flaws.
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  • Exact Words: Homer asks Helen Lovejoy for a Towel of Babel ice cream and to build it to Heaven. She puts four scoops of ice cream in a cone and offers it to Homer, but Homer insists, "To Heaven!" Helen thus puts 18 more scoops on the cone and Homer accepts it. Cut to his Towel of Babel in contact of a power line and exploding into a brown mess.
  • Fluffy Cloud Heaven: Averted as this is not how heaven appears to anyone. Principal Skinner mentions that his vision "wasn't clouds and angels playing harps, like at the end of so many Three Stooges shorts".
  • Heartwarming Orphan: Marge suggests that Ned donate the extra money to the orphanage, which she hears needs another wall. When Ned is about to expose the truth that the gas leakage is causing the hallucinations, the sight of Patches and Poor Violet make him reconsider.
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  • Incredibly Lame Fun: Praiseland is a very Crappy Carnival even by the show's standards — at least most of the other carnivals may be entertaining in a "may lose life and limb" or "as long as you don't mind being swindled out of all of your money" fashion, but Praiseland literally forces religion down your throat and is outrageously bland otherwise (even the food is flavorless).
  • Least Rhymable Word: At the end of Rachel's performance, Lisa comments, "I can't believe she found a rhyme for Hezekiah." Of course, the episode was focusing on Ned's shyness and Homer using a paper fortune teller on him during most of the performance.
  • Let Us Never Speak of This Again: In the epilogue, Rachel says her hair is a wig and asks Ned never to mention it again.
  • Manchild: Homer taunts Flanders that he has cooties and giggles like a schoolboy.
  • Mistaken for Pedophile: When Homer and Ned see Patches and Poor Violet about to light a candle near the gas leak, they both scream "No" and hurl themselves at the kids to save them from the danger. Unfortunately, everyone present believes they were sexually harrasing the children, resulting in Praiseland's definite closure.
  • Mushroom Samba: People see their idea of heaven, while onlookers witness them writhing on the ground speaking in tongues. Everyone thinks it's something truly spiritual, until Ned discovers a gas leak near the statue and that people were just "getting goofy off the gas fumes."
  • Something Else Also Rises: Comic Book Guy squeezes his burrito so hard it squirts out of his hand when Uhura mentions she wants to make out with him, as do Catwoman and Agent 99.
  • Who Dares?: On King David's Wild Ride the animatronic statue asks riders who dares to disturb him. No one answers, but he calls for silence before reading his psalms.
  • Wrong Name Outburst: Ned is not quite over the loss of his wife, even when he is with Rachel.
    Ned: Well, good night Maude. I mean, Maude. I mean, Rachel. I mean, Maude.
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