The Simpsons

Treehouse of Horror XIV

Season 15, Ep 1, Aired 11/2/03
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  • Episode Description
  • Reaper Madness Death comes to the door of the Simpson home looking for Bart. A la a Benny Hill chase the family tries to elude Death. Homer kills Death and suddenly the world is without death. No one can die. Homer puts on Death's robe and suddenly finds himself "The Grim Reaper." He starts doing the job until he has to kill Marge. He gets out of the reaper job by pleading with God, but then he "pulls a fast one" on him by substituting Patty's body for Marge. Frinkenstein Homer gets a call telling him that he's won the Nobel Prize, only the call is really for Professor Frink. So that his father might partake in the awards ceremony, Professor Frink reanimates his father's corpse. His father's corpse escapes and goes on a killing spree to collect some replacement body parts. At the awards ceremony in Stockholm the Professor's father tries to make amends with his son for his recent organ harvest, until he sees all the brains filled with knowledge and rampages through the audience. Professor Frink, Jr. stops his father but is able to hold onto his father's soul. Stop the World, I Want to Goof Off Bart and Milhouse get hold of a stopwatch that actually allows them to stop time. They are having a great "time" and almost get away with it, until they are outsmarted by the mayor. On their run from the angry mob, the watch breaks and they are the only two moving in a world where time has stopped. Despite an easy to follow manual for watch repair, it takes the pair 15 years to get the watch repaired and for things to almost get back to normal.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Julie Kavner

    Marge Simpson, Patty Bouvier, and Selma Bouvier

  • Harry Shearer

    Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders, Principal Skinner, Waylon Smithers, Kent Brockman, and others

  • Dan Castellaneta

    Homer Simpson, Grampa Simpson, Barney Gumble, Krusty the Clown, Groundskeeper Willie, and others

  • Nancy Cartwright

    Bart Simpson, Nelson Muntz, Ralph Wiggum, Todd Flanders, and others

  • Yeardley Smith

    Lisa Simpson

  • Fan Reviews (11)
  • Like most Treehouse Of Horror episodes, this is one of the best.

    By JohnnySeidz, Jul 06, 2006

  • Homer is the repear, Prof. Frink brings his dad back to life, and Bart gets a magic stop watch.

    By Hornets3, Aug 20, 2009

  • Lolage in my collage

    By exterminator25, Apr 08, 2008

  • Without a doubt flippen sweet!!!!!!! When you think about it all of the Treehouse of Horror Episodes are flippen sweet.....

    By Iverson82094, Nov 25, 2007

  • Halloween X1V

    By replacementsrox, Jul 19, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (36)

    • (Lisa asking about Frink, Sr. when she first sees him.) Lisa: Did a shark do that? Frink, Jr.: Yes. He was testing out a new blood-based sun-tan lotion.

    • (hanging from a noose) Moe: If I knew this would take so long I'd put out a TV. (Pizza boy comes in) Pizza Boy: Pizza! Moe: The money's on the counter… No tip. Pizza Boy: Aw, you miserable bastard. Moe: That's why I'm up here. (looks at his watch again)

    • Homer: Death! Death! We miss you so much! You were a busboy in the restaurant of life. Clearing away the oldies and the sickies and the junkies. And you made NASCAR racing exciting!

    • Lisa: Dad! You've become the new Grim Reaper! Homer: No way, forget it. I might occasionally kill out of anger, or to illustrate a point. But I am not a Grim Reaper! (the robe sucks in his groin) Ow! Ow! I'll reap! I'll reap already!

    • Professor Frink Sr.: I'm getting me a real spleen and then I'm gonna vent it on you boy chick.

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    Notes (10)

    • This episode was nominated for the 2004 Emmy Award for Outstanding Music Composition for a Series (Dramatic Underscore).

    • List of the Halloween names used by the staff on this episode: BAT GROENING, JAMES "JUST ONE HUG" BROOKS, BAT GROENING, SAM "SAYONARA" SIMON, DAN (YOUR AD HERE) ANETA, KADAVER KAVNER, BLOOD CURDLING CARTWRIGHT, crab noodle, HANGED AZARIA, HARRY "I WANT TO OWN ALL THE MEDIA IN THE WORLD" SHEARER

    • The third segment, “Stop the World, I Want to Goof Off.”, has precedents. In 1962, John D. MacDonald published a novel titled The Girl, the Gold Watch & Everything, which featured a watch that could stop time. The following year, The Twilight Zone aired episode #124, 5-4, “A Kind of Stopwatch,” which featured a time-stopping watch, and introduced the idea of breaking the watch, leaving the protagonist stranded.

      In 1980, MacDonald's novel surfaced as a made-for-TV movie starring Robert Hays and Pam Dawber. Several TV critics, unaware of the publication date of the novel, accused the movie's producers of plagiarizing from The Twilight Zone.

    • This episode marks the second time Homer was cast to be a Marvel Super Hero character (which also was a beast-like character); the first time was in 'I am Furious Yellow', where he lost his temper and temporarily acted as The Incredible Hulk.

    • Referring to the remark about Homer talking about the previous episode, this also sort of happens in "Treehouse of Horror XI," where the Leprechaun from the first episode "Hex and the City" is seen on Bart's back in the last episode "Wiz Kids."

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    Trivia (22)

    • We learn that Professor Frink can get seasick easily, even when taking a shower.

    • Jerry Lewis' appearance as Dr. Frink's father is even more hilarious when you consider that the character of Dr. Frink is based on one of Jerry's most famous characters, The Nutty Professor.

    • When Frankie the Squealer is being shot but not killed, he decides to call his wife to tell her he'd be home late. But if the evening had went as planned, he definitely wouldn't have been coming home at all, so a call would not have been necessary.

    • The segment 'Reaper Madness' is a play on the title of an old marijuana propaganda film 'Reefer Madness'. Dead Like Me (a show about grim reapers) also has an episode called 'Reaper Madness'. Aside from sharing the same title, both are similiar in the way they have no common ground with the propaganda movie.

    • In “Stop the World, I Want to Goof Off.”, when Millhouse said he tried to get his parents together, His mom, and dad were taped together. but when Bart, and Millhouse unfroze time, you can see Luanne Vanhouten, in the mob, beating on Martin.

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    Allusions (16)

    • When Death arrives at the door in Reaper Madness, he says "I AM DEATH!" using the same tone and gestures as Death in the film "Monty Python's Meaning of Life."

    • Reaper Madness is also reminiscent of Piers Anthony's 1983 novel On a Pale Horse, in which the main character inadvertently kills Death and is then forced to take its place.

    • Homer: Does this mean that they will never cancel the Jim Belushi show?
      Homer is referring to the Jim Belushi sitcom According to Jim that premiered in 2001.

    • Bart: And I thought Halle Berry went nuts on her acceptance speech!
      Halle Berry made history in 2001 when she became the first African American actress to win the Oscar for Best Actress. This landmark was so overwhelming to her that she went hysterical and cried during the entire long speech.

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      The scene where John Frink Sr. is walking down the sidewalk to the tones of the Bee Gees' song Stayin' Alive, which is taken from the 1977 film "Saturday Night Fever," starring John Travolta.

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