Episode 3 – Homer the Heretic
Couch Gag – This time the family is already there and looks very confused.
Plot Synopsis – After skipping church one week, Homer decides that he is never going back. However, when a calamity occurs, it takes the combined efforts of a number of people from different faiths to save him.
What is going on really – We start with Homer having a dream sequence but awoken just to be forced to attend church and against Marge’s wishes refused to go due to it being too cold.
Homer enjoys the free time away from the family while Marge forces the kids to attend church in freezing conditions, here we get plenty of frozen references that Maggie experiences. Homer meanwhile goes through film references too with Risky Business.
After his enjoyable day Homer decides to give up going to church posing the discussion that you can believe in God without going to the church once a week, but Marge doesn’t want the rest of the family to feel the same.
With Homer almost starting his own religion he gets Revered Lovejoy and the Flanders family trying to turn him back to their faith but the morale of the story is deeper and tries to teach people to let people believe in their own faith.
Final Thoughts – This is yet another episode that feels way before its time, it offers the discussion of how to have your own faith no matter what other people think. Sure this is done to a full comic tone but it does show us how important it is to respect other people’s religious beliefs.