Synopsis by Mark Deming
So far back as anyone can remember, Homer Simpson (voice of Dan Castellaneta) has never gotten along with his annoyingly good-natured neighbor Ned Flanders (voice of Harry Shearer), but when Homer is stuck without tickets for the upcoming Springfield vs. Shelbyville football game and Ned wins a pair of tickets, Homer grudgingly agrees to go along. The game turns out to be a near-perfect day for Homer: the seats for the game are great, Flanders springs for drinks and snacks, Springfield wins the game, and after being presented with the game ball, Ned gives it to Homer. Suddenly, Homer has decided that Ned is his new best friend, and begins spending even less time with his family to hang out with Flanders. Ned, however, soon discovers a little time with Homer goes a long way, and suddenly their attitudes have been reversed -- Homer is the well-meaning friendly one, while Flanders is the cranky guy who keeps wishing his neighbor would go away. "Homer Loves Flanders" was first aired on February 24, 1994.