Richard Dawkins Appears in Ned Flanders’ Nightmare on The Simpsons

In Sunday night’s episode of The Simpsons (titled “Black-Eyed, Please”), Richard Dawkins made an appearance in Ned Flanders‘ nightmare.

The setup: In a rare showing of rage, Ned Flanders lost his patience with Homer Simpson and punched him in the face. Wracked with guilt over his actions, Flanders has a nightmare about how he’ll end up in Hell… alongside partially nude statues, people who have non-Jesus-y beards, and giant demon Richard Dawkins:

That’s Dawkins at the end there, saying his one line, “I’m making Catholic Saint stew!”

Ok, it’s pretty anti-climactic… but it’s also the twenty-fourth season of a show none of us has watched in nearly a decade, so it’s not like expectations were that high. Still, it’s a mark of high achievement in popular culture to be lampooned on the show, so hats off to Dawkins for being a good sport and doing the voice-over.

About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the editor of Friendly Atheist, appears on the Atheist Voice channel on YouTube, and co-hosts the uniquely-named Friendly Atheist Podcast. You can read much more about him here.

  • Pseudonym

    “None of us”? What, is everyone into Seth MacFarlane manatee-produced anti-humour now?

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/ Hemant Mehta

      An exaggeration, perhaps, but I’d be surprised if anyone said they actually watch the show regularly. It’s just not part of the conversation anymore.

      • Pseudonym

        Maybe it’s because I have kids?

      • http://twitter.com/InMyUnbelief TCC

        I agree. Someone I know brought up the show tonight (unrelated to the Dawkins bit, I’m fairly sure), and I wasn’t the only one to remark in response that the show has long since become irrelevant, culturally. It’s just not interesting anymore and hasn’t been for…well, about a decade, as Hemant said. (And no, I don’t watch anything that Seth MacFarlane puts out; I like hearing him talk in speeches and interviews, but FFS, he has produced some seriously crappy stuff otherwise. By the time The Simpsons became too boring to care about, there was no need for that void to be filled.)

      • Artor

        I killed my TV nearly 20 years ago, so I’m one of those “all,” who hasn’t watched The Simpsons in a long, long time.

      • Bogdan Varlamov

        I watch the show every time (well, as much as I can without a TV, so every time a new episode is on HULU)

      • jcm

        Ouch. I still watch the show regularly.

      • Sinfanti

        Actually, I laughed when I read that, because it probably was the only Simpsons episode I’ve watched in a decade. I probably marveled more over the changes to the opening credits than over the remarkably brief appearance by Dawkins.

    • Nate Frein

      I don’t really care for Seth MacFarlane either

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/ Kevin_Of_Bangor

      What does Seth MacFarlane have to do with The Simpsons?

      • Pseudonym

        Seth MacFarlane produces TV work which can (if one is charitable enoug) be called “animation”, and he seems to be discussed more here than competitors such as Matt Groening, Mike Judge, or Trey Parker/Matt Stone.

      • RobMcCune

        Wait does this mean that the guy complaining about Seth MacFarlane used a completely irrelevant non-sequiter?

  • Librepensadora

    This is the first TV show I have watched in which the commercials took more time than the program. The Ned Flanders personal hell was clever and amusing, but it was a stretch to link it to Lisa being bullied by a long-term substitute teacher.

  • SeekerLancer

    I honestly had no idea the show was still going.

  • http://twitter.com/Grrrowler Todd

    I admit that I watch the show regularly, or at least try to. But, it’s more out of a sense of loyalty to what the show used to be more than anything else. The show has definitely faded and it should have been gracefully retired more than a few years ago.

    As for Dawkins, I didn’t realize that was him playing the devil (I think I was looking at my computer when the line was delivered).

  • LD

    The Simpson’s is not a Seth Macfarland show.

  • Raising_Rlyeh

    Personally, I only watch the tree-house of horrors episodes.

    • http://twitter.com/maxbingman1 Max Bingman

      And even then only if I remember. It’s not that I think the Simpsons is a bad show. It has just fallen off my radar rather severely.

  • A3Kr0n

    I’m not the only one who hasn’t watched the Simpsons in nearly a decade? Whew!

    I was bummed when I cleaned the dust off my TV, turned it on, and saw Family Guy. Why does Yahoo keep insisting on giving me Eastern times when I’m in Central? D’oh!

  • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/ Kevin_Of_Bangor

    Why do people think nobody watches The Simpsons any longer? I still watch the show as often as I can. While I missed the show last night I will catch it tonight or tomorrow but I still love the show, even after 24 years.

  • Marco Conti

    Well, I’d like to watch the Simpsons if I remembered. Now and again, I’ll watch it on Hulu if I am really bored. But I still find it funny and clever. I agree, it’s not new anymore. It hasn’t been new since the mid 90 but I try to keep in mind that it’s a cartoon. A cartoon.

    Unfortunately, my all time favorite Simpson episode is the one at the World Trade Center. An episode that will never air again. The scene where they go to Flushing Meadows driving through a landscape of toilets is epic and will rarely be topped in my mind.

  • C Peterson

    Just caught this episode on the DVR (I still think the Simpsons is great, and seldom miss it). Parts of this episode were fantastic- Groening’s atheism was really shining through! The best? When Ned is looking to the bible for a solution to his guilt, and keeps landing on concepts to reject- “semen on the ground”, “breasts like towers”, “harlot”, “whoremonger”- until he gets to “an eye for an eye”. Great stuff.

  • Ro R

    I’m spanish and I want to know that Homer say in this scene, in english.Sorry, I don’t wirte very good english. Thank you so much!!!

  • Ro R

    Tengo que hacer un trabajo sobre la frase que dice Homer y la verdad es que mi nivel de inglés no me permite entender muy bien lo que dice. Si alguien me pudiera decir que significa o en resumen que dice en español se lo agradecería mucho. Gracias de antemano!!


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