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The Joy of Sect

The Joy of Sect

Rating: 4 (102 votes)


Homer encounters two recruiters from the "Movementarians," a religious sect which promises to take members away in a spaceship to "Blisstonia." Homer attends the meeting and is (eventually) brainwashed. Homer gives up his house and moves the family to the sect's compound, where everyone except Marge loves "the leader." Marge escapes, and with Reverend Lovejoy and Groundskeeper Willy's help, kidnaps her family and attempts to deprogram them. However, the lawyers burst in and take Homer back. When Homer is returned, he reveals that he no longer believes in the group, and exposes the spaceship to be a fake.

Memorable quotes

Homer: Homer no function beer well without.

Homer: Out of my way, jerkass!

Lisa: Watch yourself, Dad - you're the highly suggestible type.
Homer: Yes, I am the highly suggestible type.

Homer: Wait, I'm confused about the movie - so the cops knew that Internal Affairs were setting them up?

Homer: Oh, I have not been brainwashed...kill the girl... kill the girl...

Homer: Marge, when I join an underground cult I expect a little support from my family.

Sect member: You're family will be housed here for the first 100,000 years, then something might open up in a double.
Homer: Why even unpack?

Marge: When we got married, you promised me my harvesting days were over.

Mr. Burns: You see me as a god, Smithers?
Smithers: Absolutely, sir.
Mr. Burns: You'd kneel before me?
Smithers: Boy, would I!

Homer: Marge, you're the leader? You don't look anything like the beans.

Homer: Look at those morons! I paid my taxes over a year ago!

Lisa: The government has no right to use you this way
Homer: Quiet honey, you don't know how big this government is - it goes all the way to the president!

Agent: Mr. Simpson, this government computer can process over nine tax returns per day. Did you really think you could fool it?
Homer: No sir, I'm really sorry sir, an older boy told me to do it.

Homer: No sir, please I can't go to prison. They pee in a cup and throw it on you. I saw it in a movie.
Agent: You won't be seeing any prison movies where you're going - prison!

Homer: If I don't hear you, it's not illegal!

Lenny: I've always wondered what it would feel like to wear something that's been ironed.

Homer: Any of you involved in any illegal activity? 'Cause I could sure go for some!

Agent: Let's take a walk.
Homer: Walk? That wasn't part of the deal...

Narrator: This film will self-destruct...if not stored properly.

Homer: (looking at the trillion dollar bill) Wow, that must be worth a fortune.

Mr. Burns: (to Castro) Look with your eyes, not with your hands.
Homer: Mr. Burns, I think we can trust the President of Cuba!

Movmentarian: Would you rather have beer, or eternal happiness?
Homer: (pause) What kind of beer?


  • The sign at Springfield Airport reads: "No Crashes Since Tuesday".
  • Books in the Movementarians' classroom include "Arithmetic the Leader's Way" and "Science for Leader Lovers".
  • People who weren't brainwashed by the Movementarians: Marge, Reverend Lovejoy, the Flanders', Lenny, Burns, Smithers and Groundskeeper Willy (at least at first).


  • This episode's title references the book "The Joy of Sex".
  • Marge is chased by a giant bubble which emerges from a river, referencing the 60's cult TV series "The Prisoner".