The Simpsons

Treehouse of Horror XXIV

Season 25, Ep 2, Aired 10/6/13
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  • Episode Description
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  • Cast & Crew
  • Dan Castellaneta

    Homer Simpson, Abraham Simpson, Arnie Pye, Groundskeeper Willie, Krusty the Clown, Kodos & Barney Gumble

  • Julie Kavner

    Marge Simpson & Selma Bouvier

  • Nancy Cartwright

    Bart Simpson, Nelson Muntz, Ralph Wiggum & Kearney

  • Yeardley Smith

    Lisa Simpson

  • Hank Azaria

    Comic Book Guy, The Bore-ax, Moe Szyslak, Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, Bumblebee Man, Dr. Nick Riviera, Carl Carlson & Rafael

  • Fan Reviews (9)
  • good episode

    By Funnygamer, Dec 06, 2013

  • Seriously?

    By jeffosoft, Nov 19, 2013

  • Great episode

    By chadwulf, Nov 02, 2013

  • The Simpsons continues its annual Halloween tradition with the twenty-fourth installment of the "Treehouse of Horror" series.

    By meathead704, Oct 07, 2013

  • brilliant opening and one of the best non-Suess Suesses ever

    By cherold01, Oct 08, 2013

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  • Quotes (1)

    • Homer: With an emerald that big, I could buy anything! A jalopy, an icebox, a steamer trunk full of fedoras… But how do I get my hands on it? Oh, I'm an idiot — of course! I get Marge to marry Moe, then I kill Moe, then she gets the ring, then I marry her, and the ring is mine. And the brilliance of my plan is its simplicity!

    Notes (3)

    • The episode won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual in Animation - color design director and background designer.

    • The extended opening sequence begins with the show title approaching in a gray clouds and storm sky, as lightning strikes the three-eyed crow flying from left to right, and it continues flying despite being reduced to only its skeleton.  In a more apocalyptic setting, soldiers are battling zombies, among which include Jimbo and Dolph, whom as usual are sawing off the head of the Jebediah Springfield statue.  As always, it drops on Ralph Wiggum, but he's decapitated, having the statue head on his body, as his own head still functions, licking the ice cream cone he drops.

      Billboard Gag:  Krusty...Now doing funerals. (with a saddened Krusty pictured, wearing a yarmulke)

      The sequence continues with the giant Lard Lad Donut boy statue getting eaten by an even larger monster.  Then, Ms. Krabappel, sitting on a park bench next to Alfred Hitchcock, is chased away by a flock of crows, similar to what was seen in his 1963 movie The Birds.

      Chalkboard Gag:  Bart writing "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy", as is Stephen King all over the classroom walls seen in his 1980 movie The Shining, based on his horror novel of the same title.

      Continuing the sequence, Homer mutates into an Alien-like vampire creature at the nuclear plant, then Carl dresses up as vampire hunter Blade (featured in Marvel Comics, as well as a number of movies and animated TV series) to pursue him, decapitating Lenny as he departs.  Panning downward to Hell, we see Mr. Burns as an evil creature who eats Smithers, seen as a small fairy.  At the supermarket, Maggie finds herself surrounded by human insects, including Marge, before the toddler herself is revealed to be the monobrowed boy in disguise.  Then, Lisa is playing her saxophone, but in a cathedral before being kicked out by her music teacher who's seen as the Phantom of the Opera.  Bart skateboards in an apocalyptic street setting with various monsters and creepy figures standing around as Springfield's citizens flee in terror from more monsters chasing them.  Maggie is then seen driving a black car, knocking Milhouse, riding a bicycle, off a bridge, where be becomes prey to a giant three-eyed fish.  When Homer arrives home, he gets flattened by Maggie still driving the car.

      Couch Gag:  The children are seen in normal form, but Marge is still a giant insect and Homer is a burnt zombie.  Then Lisa suddenly drops down a hole and her outfit changes to a dress similar to Alice in Wonderland.  She lands safely on a mushroom, spotting the HypnoToad, seen in  Futurama. Her outfit changes again as she finds herself in a more regal setting where Homer and Marge are king and queen, and Bart is seen as a mythic creature who greets her upon arriving.  Above Lisa is a TV that shows the title "Treehouse of Horror XXIV".

    • The extended opening sequence begins with the show title approaching in a gray clouds and storm sky, as lightning strikes the three-eyed crow flying from left to right, and it continues flying despite being reduced to only its skeleton.  In a more apocalyptic setting, soldiers are battling zombies, among which include Jimbo and Dolph, who as usual are sawing off the head of the Jebediah Springfield statue.  As usual, it drops on Ralph Wiggum, but he's decapitated, having the statue head on his body as his own head still functions, licking the ice cream cone he drops.

      Billboard Gag:  Krusty...Now doing funerals. (with a saddened Krusty pictured, wearing a yarmulke)

      The sequence continues with the giant Lard Lad Donut boy statue getting eaten by an even larger monster.  Then Ms. Krabappel, sitting on a park bench next to Alfred Hitchcock, is chased away by a flock of crows, similar to what was seen in his 1963 movie  The Birds.

      Chalkboard Gag:  Bart writing "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy", as is Stephen King all over the classroom walls seen in his 1980 movie  The Shining, based on his horror novel of the same title.

      Continuing the sequence, Homer mutates into an Alien-like creature at the nuclear plant, the Carl dresses up as vampire hunter Blade to pursue him, decapitating Lenny as he departs.  Panning downward to Hell, we see Mr. Burns as an evil creature who eats Smithers seen as a small fairy.  At the supermarket, Maggie finds herself surrounded by human insects, including Marge, before the toddler herself if revealed to be the monobrowed boy in disguise.  Then Lisa is playing her saxophone, but in a cathedral before being kicked out by her music teacher who's seen as the  Phantom of the Opera.  Bart skateboard in an apocalyptic street setting with various monsters and creepy figures standing around as Springfield's citizens flee in terror from more monsters chasing them.  Maggie is then seen driving a black car, knocking Milhouse, riding a bicycle, off a bridge, where be becomes prey to a giant three-eyed fish.  When Homer arrives home, he gets flattened by Maggie still driving the car.

      Couch Gag:  The children are seen in normal form, but Marge is still a giant insect and Homer is a burnt zombie.  Then Lisa suddenly drops down a hole and her outfit changes to a dress similar to  Alice in Wonderland.  She lands safely on a mushroom, spotting the HypnoToad, seen in  Futurama. Her outfit changes again as she finds herself in a more regal setting where Homer and Marge are king and queen, and Bart is seen as a mythic creature who greets her upon arriving.  Above Lisa is a TV that shows the title "Treehouse of Horror XXIV".

    Allusions (2)

    • The first segment has the townspeople as various Dr. Seuss Characters and with a couple of parody names such as The Fat In The Hat, The Bore-Ax.  These are parodies to The Cat In The Hat and The Lorax written by Dr. Seuss.

       

    • The title of the first segment, "Oh, the Places You'll D'oh!" is a take on the title of the book Oh, The Places You'll Go! by Dr. Suess.  The book was published in 1990 making it the final Dr. Suess work published before his death.

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    • chadwulf Oct 07, 2013

      In case anyone would like to see a 2 minute review of "Freaks" from 1932 referenced in The Simpsons 3rd story tonight.
      http://cinemassacre.com/2009/10/05/05-freaks-1932/

    • chadwulf Oct 07, 2013

      Interesting. I LOVED the intro, that was a hilarious strong start. The first story was alittle slow at first but after the murder started it was great. 10 minutes of rhyming is hard to keep entertaining, but their were enough decent jokes sparsed throughout.

      The second, again, the plot line seemed kinda thin till the end.

      The 3rd was good, but mostly because I immediately recognized the reference to the 1932 movie "Freaks". However that's a reference 99% of the audience is gonna miss IMO.

      I dunno, this was a good episode for me but how could it not? How can you mess up Tree House of Horror? These are always my favorite episodes.

      Not my favorite THoH but not bad. A 9 (by today's standards. It's not fair to compare to the original seasons)

    • Torzhestvuyushe Oct 07, 2013

      I know; I didn't really understand the hatred directed toward this episode. It was nice to see an episode that wasn't chock-full of trendy guest stars or just a big ad for another TV show like the previous episode. Not to the best THoH, of course. But it wasn't bad by today's standards.

    • AndresFelix May 11, 2014

      wow, so a making a parody is promoting a show?, I guess you hate all simsons episodes that are parodies, right?

    • Torzhestvuyushe May 16, 2014

      I hate bad attempts at parodies that come off as advertisements for another show, yes. It was actually "Homerland" that got me interested in Homeland.

      But not having seen Homeland, the first time I saw "Homerland", I didn't find much interesting about the episode because the references only appealed to people who knew the show. Homeland isn't...say...Apple. It's one thing to make a parody of Apple (i.e. "Mapple"). Most people know about Apple; it is part of American mainstream culture now. Most people do not know about Homeland--it's a popular show, but shows on paid cable channels always have some limited appeal. The parody didn't work for me because unless you knew Homeland well, the references fell flat.

      The so-called "parody" of Homeland reminded me of the "-Movie" movies like Date Movie and Epic Movie. Those movies don't parody anything. All they do is stick references in. A parody is an intelligent lampooning of a pop culture or mainstream item; it isn't just shoving references into an episode. And that is why, for me, that parody was not effective. The Simpsons has done MUCH better parodies than that.