The Passion Play is a dramatic recreation of Jesus Christ's crucifixion, performed by the people of Springfield.
Auditions were held in Springfield Playhouse by director Chazz Busby. Homer was cast as Jesus while Ned Flanders, who usually got that role, became a minor character.
The play was very popular, with many people being moved by Homer's performance as Jesus. The play ended in disaster though as Homer's cross fell over while he was on it and knocked Ned out.
- Homer Simpson as Jesus Christ
- Timothy Lovejoy, Jr. as narrator
- Ned Flanders as minor role
- Clancy Wiggum as Pontius Pilate
- Jimbo Jones, Kearney Zzyzwicz and Dolph Starbeam as guards
- Horatio McCallister, Lenny Leonard, Carl Carlson, Barney Gumble, Moe Szyslak, Julius Hibbert as unnamed men.
- Elizabeth Hoover, Lunchlady Doris as unnamed women.
- Lisa Simpson, Marge Simpson, Helen Lovejoy, Lindsay Naegle as Daughters of Jerusalem.
- Sideshow Mel as cross lifter.
- Snake Jailbird and Hans Moleman as crucifixion victims.
 Behind the Laughter
The Passion play is a traditional part of Lent.