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She of Little Faith 

Homer and Bart collaborate on a model rocket which destroys The First Church of Springfield. To raise money for repairs, the church sells advertising space, outraging Lisa - who becomes a Buddhist, with the help of guest star Richard Gere.


Steven Dean Moore


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Episode cast overview:
Dan Castellaneta ... Homer Simpson / Astronaut / Doug / Sideshow Mel / Squeaky-Voiced Teen (voice)
Julie Kavner ... Marge Simpson / Selma Bouvier / Patty Bouvier (voice)
Nancy Cartwright ... Bart Simpson / Kearney / Ralph Wiggum / Todd Flanders (voice)
Yeardley Smith ... Lisa Simpson (voice)
Hank Azaria ... Colonel Chet Manners / Benjamin / Money Changer / Comic Book Guy / Carl (voice)
Harry Shearer ... Announcer / Captain / Ned Flanders / Gary / Wino Executive / Reverend Lovejoy / Montgomery Burns / Lenny (voice)
Richard Gere ... Richard Gere (voice)
Pamela Hayden ... Milhouse Van Houten / Rod Flanders / Jimbo Jones (voice)
Tress MacNeille ... Lindsey Naegle / Dolph (voice)
Karl Wiedergott Karl Wiedergott ... Bum (voice)


Homer accidentally destroys the church. The church is rebuilt with corporate money; soon after, product placements become a major feature of church life. Disgusted with this turn of events, Lisa vows to find a faith that speaks to her. Lisa discovers the Buddhist Temple. Inside, she speaks to Lenny and Carl, as well as Richard Gere. Lisa tells her family that she's become a Buddhist. After this revelation, Lisa must deal with the reactions of many of her loved ones, who worry that they won't know how to cope with a Buddhist in the family, especially at Christmas time. Written by Ken Miller <>

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Animation | Comedy


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Release Date:

16 December 2001 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby SR (seasons 3-19)



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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[Homer is setting up a rocket Bart purchased]
Bart: This is gonna be cool.
Milhouse Van Houten: And also educational. We can learn about science.
Homer: Science.
Bart: Uh... he didn't say 'science', he said... 'pie pants'
Homer: Mmmm... pie pants...
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Lisa Becomes a Buddhist
27 June 2019 | by Christmas-ReviewerSee all my reviews

Review Date 6/27/2019

I have Reviewed OVER 500 "Christmas Films and Specials". Please BEWARE Of films and specials with just one review! For instance When "It's a POSITIVE" chances are that the reviewer was involved with the production. "If its Negative" then they may have a grudge against the film for whatever reason. I am fare about these films.

Very funny episode. While watching a 1950s science fiction movie, Bart and Lisa see a commercial for a model rocket kit and Bart orders it by using Homer's credit card number. Homer helps Bart and Milhouse build it, but it blows up before launching. Jealous that Ned Flanders built a superior rocket, Homer enlists the help of his former nerdy college roommates, Gary, Doug, and Benjamin, to build a rocket piloted by the hamster Nibbles. The rocket lifts off successfully, but it develops complications and Nibbles bails out. However, Homer makes an attempt to shoot down the rocket with a 12 gauge shotgun, but the rocket crashes into the church. The church council meets up to decide how to come up with money to fund the repairs to the church. With no other aid available, they accept help from Mr. Burns and Lindsay Naegle, who wish to run the church as a business. The two rebuild the church as a commercial monstrosity, complete with advertising signs, a Lard Lad statue, and a Jumbotron. Lisa is appalled at this and abandons the church, feeling her religion has lost its soul.

That night, Lisa prays to God and assures him she has not turned her back on Him, but plans to seek a new path to Him. While on a walk around town, passing many sacrilegious signs, she finds Springfield's Buddhist temple. Inside she sees Lenny and Carl meditating, and Hollywood actor Richard Gere teaches the core concepts of Buddhism to her. An intrigued Lisa takes a pamphlet on Buddhism and studies it at home. It convinces her of the virtues of the faith, and Lisa announces out her window she has become, and forever will be, a Buddhist. Lisa plants her own bodhi tree in the back yard and begins to meditate, but Marge grows increasingly worried about Lisa's soul and tries to convince her to come back to Christianity.

There is a lesson to be learned here and it is a very good message. I love that this show took some chances here. BRAVO

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