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Thank God, it’s Doomsday

couch gag: All the Simpsons have Moe’s face.

Director: Michael Marcantel

Guest voices:
Baha Men singing the haircut parody of their song, ‘Who let the dogs out?’
Los Lobos performing the end credits

Synopsis: After watching a movie about the Rapture, Homer predicts the apocalypse.

Discussion: Forgive me, Father, for I am about to blaspheme. What in the name of Jesus Christ was this shit?

After watching a movie called Left Below, Homer starts to panic and predicts the Rapture using numerology. His first prediction doesn’t come true but his second one, in which no one believes him, proves to be true… or at least, a very vivid dream.

Homer’s battles with religion are nothing new to The Simpsons. He’s started his own religion, he’s sued the church and taken residence, he’s taken active protests against going to church. Seeing a movie glorifying the Rapture which scares him into believing it could happen any day (and coincidentally, next Wednesday in particular) is completely out of character. Lisa’s quip about many predictions of Doomsday being incorrect is the most intelligent thing about this episode.

Coincidentally (or is it?), as I was watching today’s episode, a couple of Jehovah’s Witnesses came to my door. They wanted to talk about what happens to people after they die and not the Rapture, but if they did I would have found it amusing for the coincidence. Spooky.

Anyhoo, back to the episode. Homer has dreamed about meeting God before, and Heaven does seem like a rather nice place but Homer being able to get there… well, it’s not going to happen because Homer just isn’t that pious. Surely wishing for the angel concierge’s head to explode proves that?

The Simpsons and religion go together well. This isn’t one of those well-done episodes. What if it were Marge who predicted Doomsday?

PS: Today is the anniversary of watching The Simpsons. Read about the past year here.

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