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Recap / The Simpsons S14 E10 "Pray Anything"

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Homer starts praying for every little thing, but his good fortune spins out of control, especially after he sues Reverend Lovejoy and gets the church in a settlement.


  • A God Am I: Not outright stated. However as more of Homers prayers are answered he stops asking for help from God and expecting it. Even finishing one prayer with "I command you".
  • Agent Scully: At the end of the episode, Lisa rationalizes the rain and the flood were the result of the bonfire and the trees being cut down, respectively. When Bart asks her what made the rain stop, Lisa sarcastically responds, "I don't know. Buddha?" The camera pans up to Heaven, where Buddha looks down upon them alongside God and Colonel Sanders.
    Buddha: Hey, they've suffered enough.
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  • Amoral Attorney: The lawyer who helped Homer to sue the church. To him, the fact Homer was really injuried was just a "big plus".
  • Anything That Moves: Downplayed: after Moe falls for the female basketball mascot, Swish, it turns out Gil is wearing the costume. Moe's immediate response? "Put the head back on."
    Moe: (to Gil) Can't we just pretend you're really a girl?
    Gil: Well, for how long?
    Moe: (pulls out an engagement ring) For the rest of our lives.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Reverand Lovejoy saves Homer and the town by praying to God to forgive the town.
  • Brick Joke: In the middle of the episode, Homer suggests that God is eating chicken next to Colonel Sanders. In the end of the episode, the cuckoolander is proven right.
  • Gosh Darn It to Heck!: Parodied. The driver of the bacon truck screams "OH, FUUUUUUUUDGE!!!!" as he's about to crash into a fudge trick.
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  • Hanging Judge: Justified, Judge Snyder's wife was run over by a clergyman.
  • His Name Really Is "Barkeep": Homer's lawyer's name is Harry H. Lawyer Junior.
  • Inflationary Dialogue: When Homer was holding a party at the church, Moe offered a meal and kept downgrading its quality until it reached rat-level.
  • Jerkass: Moe, he tries to murder Homer and skin him alive just because he wants to.
  • Mysterious Middle Initial: Harry H. Lawyer Junior.
  • "Noah's Story" Arc: Homer sued the Church and started living in it, but then in his blasphemy a flood started and Flanders decided to do the Noah's Ark thing on a car-driven speedboat, but said he only brought two of every ''male'' animal to prevent them from actually mating.
  • Prayer Is a Last Resort: Inverted. After a few things go his way prayer becomes Homer's first and 'only' resort from getting a new kind of food to helping Bart with his homework instead of him. When Marge tells him he can't just expect God to fix every problem he has, Homer bluntly tells her he can and will.
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  • Pun: When Santa's Little Helper is wearing the communion cup on his head and wears a towel like a priest robe, Homer fondly says, "Awww, he thinks he's papal."
  • Selective Obliviousness: When he asks Ned what the secret to his success is. Ned replies it's down to working hard and living clean, plus a little prayer never hurt. Homer being Homer chooses not to hear the parts that require effort and hears only the part about praying for what you want.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Harry H. Lawyer Junior is a parody of Larry H. Parker, an attorney whose commercials are often seen in the L.A. area. He even uses the same catchphrase: "We'll fight for you! Se habla espanol."
    • "OH, FUUUUUUUUDGE!!!!"

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