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Missionary: Impossible 

When Homer is wanted dead for reneging on a 10,000 dollar pledge to PBS, Reverend Lovejoy sets him up for missionary work in the South Pacific until the heat dies down.


Steven Dean Moore


Matt Groening (created by), James L. Brooks (developed by) | 3 more credits »

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Episode cast overview:
Dan Castellaneta ... Homer Simpson / Brother #2 / Fred Rogers / Oscar the Grouch / Rupert Murdoch (voice)
Julie Kavner ... Marge Simpson (voice)
Nancy Cartwright ... Bart Simpson (voice)
Yeardley Smith ... Lisa Simpson / Lisa Jr. (voice)
Hank Azaria ... Brother #1 / PBS Host / Bank Teller / Yo-Yo Ma / Craig / Ak / Carl (voice)
Harry Shearer ... PBS Announcer / Reverend Lovejoy / Pilot / Qtoktok / Lenny / Montgomery Burns (voice)
Betty White ... Herself (voice)
Tress MacNeille ... Mom / Elmo / Amy (voice)


Having reneged on his telethon bid to save the PBS channel Homer is pursued by angry mob into the local church.Rev. Lovejoy helps him escape by sending him to a desert island as a missionary where his efforts to atone for introducing the natives to gambling leads to his building a chapel. Unfortunately he rings its bells too loudly,causing an earthquake. Back in Springfield,during another telethon,Bart saves the Fox network -"not for the first time." Written by don @ minifie-1

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Animation | Comedy


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Release Date:

20 February 2000 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby SR (seasons 3-19)



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Blackboard: "A belch is not an oral report" See more »


When Homer first arrives at the island, and not knowing what to do, offer the natives a bible. They tell him they can't read. But when Homer unveils his casino. The first thing they do is read the name of the casino shown on the sign. See more »


Island Native #1: How many times do I have to go to church to avoid going to Hell?
Island Native #2: Every Sunday for the rest of your life.
Island Native #1: HaHa - no seriously.
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References Sesame Street (1969) See more »


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Written by John Lydon (uncredited), Glen Matlock (uncredited), Steve Jones (uncredited) and Paul Cook (uncredited) (as Sex Pistols)
Performed by Sex Pistols
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Curse you Mike Scully!
16 September 2006 | by Philip_CheesesteakSee all my reviews

This is one of the most pathetic Simpsons episodes ever created. Its completely out-of-character beginning, the poorly created plot-line, and it's shameful ending show what every sitcom should try to avoid. I mean, the entire PBS network after Homer? What is happening to the Simpsons? The entire concept of Homer forced into becoming a missionary was awfully executed, with little to no laugh-out-loud moments and an overall lack of effort from the writers and producers. Most episodes have a few redeeming factors among them, but this one didn't! The writers could've have at least made it funny so it wouldn't be a total waste of 23 minutes, but no, they chose to accept this atrociously written piece of crud. Honestly, this makes Family Guy look good!

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