The Father, the Son, and the Holy Guest Star


The Father, the Son, and the Holy Guest Star

Infobox Simpsons episode
episode_name = The Father, the Son, and the Holy Guest Star
episode_no = 356
prod_code = GABF09
airdate = May 15, 2005
writer = Matt Warburton
director = Michael Polcino
blackboard = None
couch_gag = The Simpsons are depicted as parade balloons that float to the couch. The Homer balloon, however, ends up getting popped by Snowball II.
guest_star = Liam Neeson as Father Sean


image_caption = Homer with Father Sean (Liam Neeson)
season = 16
"The Father, the Son, and the Holy Guest Star" is the last episode of "The Simpsons"' sixteenth season. The episode aired on May 15, 2005 in the United States. Originally supposed to air April 10, the episode was dropped from the week's schedule due to the death of Pope John Paul II, since this episode revolved around Catholicism. [ [http://www.simpsonschannel.com/cgi-bin/newspro/addons/iSay.cgi?Page=Comments&ID=EEEkZyFpZFCXiapuEH] ]

Plot

Springfield Elementary School is holding its medieval festival. All the students are given roles: Lisa is queen, Martin is king, and Bart is the cooper (a role he bitterly hates). Groundskeeper Willie, against his will, is cast as the village idiot. Bart is mad about his role and is treated terribly by everyone, especially Lisa. Bart hates his role, but not as mad as Willie. For revenge, Willie unleashes a pie with hundreds of rats inside. Bart is blamed for this prank and is expelled from school. After looking through other schools, Marge decides to enroll Bart in St. Jerome's Catholic School. There, Bart's hip, rebel attitude is frowned upon.

While holding out two dictionaries, Bart meets Father Sean (voiced by Liam Neeson), who came to become Catholic after he was beaten by his father and St. Peters told him to repent. He is sympathetic to Bart and gives him a comic book about the saints and he is drawn into it. At home, Marge becomes concerned over Bart's interest in the Roman Catholic Church. Homer goes to the school to confront Father Sean, but reconsiders after having pancake dinner and playing Bingo. After expansively confessing, Homer learns he must convert to Catholicism to be absolved of his sins. With Bart and Homer both considering joining the Church, Marge (worried she might be alone in Protestant Heaven while Bart and Homer are in Catholic Heaven) seeks help from Rev. Lovejoy and Ned Flanders, who agree to stop them. While they are learning about First Communion, Marge, Lovejoy, and Ned capture Bart.

On the road, Marge and Lovejoy try to bring Bart back to the "one true faith": The Western Branch of American Reform Presbylutheranism. Back at the house, Lisa agrees with Homer and Bart's desire to join a new faith. Even after getting laughed at for being Buddhist by Fr. Sean, she says that Marge is taking Bart to a Protestant Youth Festival. Homer and Fr. Sean then leave in immediate pursuit. At the Festival, Marge fails to bribe Bart with the banal Christian rock of Quiet Riot (Pious Riot after their conversion). However, he agrees after he plays some paintball. Homer and Fr. Sean arrive with a motorcycle, shoot Marge's hair with some paintball bullets and engage in a Mexican standoff with Ned and Lovejoy. Bart says it is stupid that all the different forms of Christianity are feuding. The two groups agree to both fight monogamous gays and stem cells and to take Bart's idea to heart. The episode then jumps 1,000 years into the future, when Bart becomes the last Prophet of God. In this age, mankind is waging war over whether Bart's teachings were about love and tolerance, or understanding and peace (and whether he was betrayed by his minion Milhouse and ripped apart by snowmobiles until he died). One side cries Bart's catchphrase "Eat my shorts", the other cries "" and both sides engage in a bloody battle.

Cultural references

* The title is a reference to the Trinitarian formula, "In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost".
* In Catholic heaven, everyone dances to the music made famous by "Riverdance". This song's name is "Firedance" by Bill Whelan, and is also played over the end credits.
* At the school Medieval festival, Otto is shown playing a lute, going into a "lute solo", smashing the lute, and lighting it on fire, like Jimi Hendrix's fabled performance at the Monterey Pop Festival. He sings about the game Dungeons & Dragons.
* After taking Bart away from the Catholic school, Rev. Lovejoy is driving the Ministry Machine, a car similar to the Mystery Machine from "Scooby Doo".
* Marge's mobile phone ringtone is the opening theme song from the television series "Hawaii Five-O".
* Groundskeeper Willie references a quote from "The Wizard of Oz".

Reception

Eric Goldman, Dan Iverson, and Brain Zormski of IGN called this episode this best episode of the sixteenth season. They thought of it as a great episode that dealt with the sensitive topic of religious tolerance, stating that "with a daring story, we can't help but remember when The Simpsons was an edgy hip show that would frequently shed a light on cultural complexes". They thought it would be ideal if there were more episodes like this one." [http://uk.tv.ign.com/articles/731/731095p3.html "The Simpsons": 17 Seasons, 17 Episodes] "]

References

External links

* [http://www.tv.com/the-simpsons/the-father-the-son-andamp-the-holy-guest-star/episode/402060/summary.html "The Father, the Son, and the Holy Guest Star"] at TV.com
* [http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0701236/ "The Father, the Son, and the Holy Guest Star"] at the Internet Movie Database


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