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Home Sweet Homediddly-Dum-Doodily

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Home Sweet Homediddly-Dum-Doodily
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Episode Information
Episode Number: 131
Production Code: 3F01
Original Airdate: October 1, 1995
Couch Gag: Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, Maggie, Grampa, Santa's Little Helper, and Snowball II are in a nine-square grid as seen in the opening credits of The Brady Bunch.
Blackboard Text: "No one wants to hear from my armpits"
Special Guest Voices: Joan Kenley as the telephone lady
Written By: Jon Vitti
Directed By: Susie Dietter
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"Home Sweet Homediddly-Dum-Doodily" is the third episode of season 7 and aired on October 1, 1995. The episode was written by Jon Vitti and directed by Susie Dietter. Joan Kenley guest stars.

Synopsis[edit]

"Due to a series of misunderstandings, the Simpson children are removed from the home by the county child welfare board. While Marge and Homer take "Family Skills" classes to get the kids back, Bart, Lisa and Maggie are placed in foster care with Ned and Maude Flanders. Learning that none of the Simpson children have been baptized, Ned sets up a baptism. Homer and Marge, however, graduate from their class just in time to thwart the baptism."


Plot[edit]

Homer gives Marge a surprise trip to a relaxation center, abandoning the children under the ineffective care of Grampa. Meanwhile, Bart has gotten lice from Milhouse's monkey, forcing him to have his clothes burned by the school. Lisa has had her prescription shoes stolen by bullies. They come home wearing bags, finding that their parents are not home and the child welfare agency (prompted by Principal Skinner) has taken offense at the poor conditions of the house (the household chores were simply postponed, but the agency misinterprets such signals as a stack of 20-year-old newspapers obtained for Lisa's history project). Homer and Marge arrive as the agents take Bart, Lisa, and Maggie, convinced Marge and Homer are bad parents.

The Simpson kids are taken to a foster home - right next door, at the house of Ned Flanders. The kids have to get used to Flanders' style nachos (cucumbers with cottage cheese), bedtime when there's still light, and hours of Bible Bombardment. Bart and Lisa hate it, but Maggie enjoys being there, not just because she's a baby but also because Flanders pays her more attention than Homer did. When Ned finds out that none of the Simpsons were baptized, he faints and takes it upon himself to give the kids a proper baptism even though he has no right to do so.

Meanwhile, since there's no way for Homer and Marge to talk to their children, even by phone, they take classes to become better parents as they are forced to attend a basic class on home care, including such lessons as putting garbage into garbage cans, and leaving milk either in a refrigerator or a cool, wet sack. Marge is genuinely humiliated, while Homer seems to have learnt a lot. In the end they are declared fit parents.

When they go to pick up the kids, they see only a note saying "Gone Baptizin'". They quickly head for the Springfield River, where Ned is about to baptize Bart. Homer arrives at the scene just as Flanders is about to sprinkle holy water over Bart's head (baptism as practiced by Protestant and Evangelical congregations tend not to involve the use of holy water at all). Homer pulls Bart over and the holy water falls upon Homer's head instead, baptizing him and apparently burning him. Homer has a moment of grace after his baptism but quickly reverts back to his old self and angrily reclaims his kids from the Flanders. Nevertheless, Maggie would rather stay with the Flanders than with Homer, Bart and Lisa, until Marge shows up. The Simpson family is back together again, and they head home together, mocking the old paint cans in Ned's garage.


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