Simpsons Bible Stories

Simpsons Bible Stories

Infobox Simpsons episode
episode_name = Simpsons Bible Stories

image_caption = Homer and Marge take on the form of Adam and Eve.
episode_no = 221
prod_code = AABF14
airdate = April 4, 1999
show runner = Mike Scully
writer =
Tim Long
Larry Doyle
Matt Selman
director =
Nancy Kruse
blackboard = "I cannot absolve sins"
couch_gag = Everybody slips on banana peels, and land on the couch. Maggie ends up in Marge's arms.
commentary = Matt Groening
Mike Scully
George Meyer
Tom Martin
Larry Doyle
Matt Selman
Nancy Kruse
season = 10

"Simpsons Bible Stories" is the eighteenth episode of "The Simpsons"' tenth season. It aired on April 4, 1999. It is the 2nd non-"Treehouse of Horror" trilogy episode


It is a scorching hot Easter at church, and no one is interested in Reverend Lovejoy's sermons. When the collection plate is passed round, Homer puts in a chocolate Easter bunny ("Relax, I found it in the dumpster"), enraging Reverend Lovejoy, calling it a wicked idol, and provoking him to read the Bible from the beginning. The Simpsons all fall asleep.

Marge's Dream

Marge dreams that she and Homer are Adam and Eve. They peacefully live in the Garden of Eden until a snake (the jailbird Snake plays the snake in the dream) tempts Adam into eating dozens of apples from the forbidden tree. He persuades Eve to try one when God (Ned Flanders) witnesses her sin. Even though Homer ate the most, Eve is banished from the Garden of Eden. Adam is unwilling to come clean, but misses Eve and thinks of a way of getting her back in by digging a tunnel with the help of some of the animals. God's unicorn, named Gary, becomes exhausted from the digging and dies just before Flanders/God catches Adam trying to smuggle Eve back into the Garden. The death of the unicorn enrages him further, and he expels them both from the Garden of Eden.

Lisa's Dream

Lisa imagines she and all the other Springfield Elementary students are Hebrews in ancient Egypt, with the Pharaoh (Principal Skinner) making them build a pyramid. Only Moses (Milhouse) can liberate the Hebrews. When Bart defaces the Pharaoh's Tomb, supposedly incited by the burning bush, he gets the other students punished. Lisa helps Milhouse produce plagues to scare the Pharaoh into freeing the Israelites, but they fail. This in turn gets Lisa and Milhouse thrown in a Pyramid prison. When they escape, Milhouse gathers all the students and they attempt to leave. When they reach the sea, Lisa has an idea to get across: They simultaneously flush all the Egyptians' toilets to drain the lake. As they cross, the Pharaoh and his guards follow, but the water fills the lake back up and swallows them. They enjoy splashing each other, and then return to the shore. Pleased that they have escaped, Milhouse asks Lisa what the future holds for the Israelites, but Lisa disappoints Milhouse when she says that they have to wander the desert for forty years. Milhouse then says "But after that, it's clear sailing for the Jews, right?", ignorant of antisemitism. Lisa sees some manna for the Jews to eat, and they begin the Exodus.

Homer's Dream

Homer pictures himself as King Solomon, who can solve disputes over objects by cutting each object in half. Lenny and Carl fight over ownership of a pie. King Solomon cuts it in half, sentences Lenny and Carl to death and then eats the pie. Next, the theme to "The People's Court" plays during the entrance of Jesus Christ and Checker Chariot. However, Homer's Dream is cut short when Bart wakes him up, complaining that he is sitting on his arm.

Bart's Dream

The last story is an action-packed one where Bart sees himself as King David, who kills Goliath, but hasn't won the war yet: Nelson is Goliath II, Goliath's son. Goliath II has killed Methuselah (Grampa), Bart's oldest friend. In retaliation, Bart challenges Goliath II, but having no stones to sling at him, Bart loses and is catapulted from the city. Bart then meets Ralph, a shepherd, who claims he can kill Goliath II. Ralph dies, which enrages Bart even more. He then trains up to try and slay Nelson. Having to climb up the enormous Tower of Babel beforehand, Bart manages to kill Nelson by throwing a lit lantern down his throat. Nelson is surprisingly still alive, but is quickly killed by Ralph's gravestone, hurled by Ralph himself, who also had not died. Much to his amazement, Bart is sent to jail as the townspeople claim that Goliath was the best King they ever had, building roads, libraries and hospitals.

Ending Sequence

As the family wakes up, they find themselves alone in the church. Upon exiting they realize that the Apocalypse has come, and they see good citizens, such as the Flanders family being raised up to Heaven. Lisa is the only family member to be raised up to Heaven as well, but Homer pulls her back down so she can go to Hell with the rest of the family. A stairway opens up in the ground and the Simpsons descend into Hell where Homer is first excited by the smells of barbecue, but soon afterward starts screaming in agony when there's no hot dogs, and the coleslaw has pineapple in it. This part is not specified as being a dream; however, due to the very loose continuity of The Simpsons, it was most likely a dream sequence of some sort. Similar to the Treehouse of Horror episodes, this sequence does not belong with the storyline canon.

Cultural references

*In the Moses segment, Chief Wiggum resembles Edward G. Robinson's character from "The Ten Commandments". In the David and Goliath segment, he again appears, and says "Where's your Messiah now?" like in Homer Loves Flanders from season 5.
*The scene where Marge/Eve is making tools is similar to a scene in the "Dawn of Man" sequence from the 1968 film "".
* Nelson/Goliath falling off the tower parodies the way King Kong falls off the Empire State Building in the 1933 film.
* As the Simpsons go into Hell, the AC/DC song "Highway to Hell" is playing.
* Before Bart's fight against Nelson, an overconfident Bart says that he will simply throw a stone to the head as he did with Goliath and give a quick speech telling kids not to drop out of school.
* Santa's Little Helper talks and calls Bart "Davey", a reference to the show Davey and Goliath.
* When Bart is attempting to infiltrate the tower, Nelson is heard belching and discards the remains of his meal, which consists of the skeleton of a whale. Bart is mournful as he sees the skeleton of Jonah, who was a friend of his and died inside the whale. In the Bible, Jonah did not die inside the whale, but it was instead sent by God as an unconventional transport to the city of Nineveh; though Bart does say "Oh Jonah, you died the same way you lived, inside of a whale.". However, it should be noted that he was actually eaten by a big fish, not a whale.
* When Bart believes that he has won the battle after the explosion, Nelson rises from the tower with devilish hair and ominous music plays in the background. This is a reference to the Night on Bald Mountain/Ave Maria scene from the Disney film "Fantasia".Fact|date=January 2008

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