The Simpsons

Season 2 Episode 3

Treehouse of Horror

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Oct 25, 1990 on FOX



  • Trivia

    • The hands of the wisps of smoke that cradle Homer's head have just three fingers and a thumb, like the Simpsons.

    • The TV on the spaceship airs "The Itchy & Scratchy Show".

    • In "Bad Dream House," tombstones from an Indian burial ground can be seen in the basement, they read as follows: Hiawatha, Cochise, Sitting Bull, Pocahontas, Crazy Horse, Not So Crazy Horse, Geronimo, Sacajawea, Mahatma Gandhi, and Tonto.

    • Goof: In "Hungry Are the Damned", when the family is looking up at the UFO and Homer says that the burgers are getting cold, the burger he is eating has a bite out of it. However, in a close-up shot, it is a whole burger again.

    • According to this episode, Kang and Kodos are from the planet Rigel Four.

    • In "The Raven," Bart, acting as the Raven, drops the Edgar Allan Poe stories, The Pit and the Pendulum, The Telltale Heart and The Purloined Letter on Homer's head.

    • There is a skeleton that decorates the side of the treehouse that only has three fingers and a thumb, just like the Simpsons.

    • Goof: In "Hungry Are The Damned," at the very end, the family looks up at Kang and Kodos' ship and Marge's necklace is white like Lisa's, when it should be red.

    • In "Hungry Are The Damned", the apron Homer wears when he grills some hamburgers reads: "Mafia Staff Apron."

  • Quotes

    • Marge: I'm not going to live in a house of evil just to save a few dollars!

    • Evil Spirit: Get out.
      Marge: What on earth was that?
      Homer: Probably just the house settling.

    • (Lisa finishes reading The Raven.)
      Bart: Lisa, that wasn't scary, not even for a poem.
      Lisa: Well, it was written in 1845. Maybe people were easier to scare back then.
      Bart: Oh, yeah. Like when you look at Friday the 13th, part one. It's pretty tame by today's standards.

    • (Kang shows off his TV to the Simpsons.)
      Kang: On this cable system, we receive over one million channels from the furthest reaches of the galaxy.
      Bart: You get HBO?
      Kang: No. That would cost extra.

    • (In the evil house, Marge catches the rest of the family trying to kill each other with knives.)
      Marge: That does it. Children, get dressed. We're leaving.
      Homer: Come on, Marge. You said you'd sleep on it.
      Marge: I don't care what I said. This family has had its differences and we've squabbled, but we've never had knife fights before, and I blame this house.

    • (Lisa confronts Kang and Kodos.)
      Lisa: Well, why were you trying to make us eat all the time?
      Kang: Make you eat? We merely provided a sumptuous banquet. Frankly, you people made pigs of yourselves.
      Serak the Preparer: (Crying) I slaved in the kitchen for days for you people. And…
      Kang: Well, if you wanted to make Serak the Preparer cry, mission accomplished.

    • (With his mouth full of food, Homer stands up for his family.)
      Homer: Listen, you big, stupid space creature, nobody, but nobody, eats the Simpsons!

    • (Serak the Preparer provides the Simpson family with a bounty of food.)
      Marge: Well, thank you very much, Mr.--
      Serak the Preparer: To pronounce it correctly, I would have to pull out your tongue.

    • (Homer barbeques on the back patio.)
      Marge: (Groans) Homer, all these flies.
      Homer: Not to worry. I'll just turn on the trusty bug zapper.
      (The sound of a few bugs being zapped is then followed by a large zapping noise.)
      Homer: Ooh, that was a big mama! (Chuckles)

    • (In "Bad Dream House," the House talks to Bart in its ghoulish voice.)
      Evil Spirit: They are all against you, Bart. You must kill them all. They all must die.
      Bart: Are you my conscience?
      Evil Spirit: I--Yes, I am.

    • (Homer convinces the family to stay in the "Bad Dream House.")
      Homer: Now, wait a minute, Marge. It's only natural there'd be some things wrong with an old house like this. It's a fixer-upper. What's the problem? We get a bunch of priests in here--
      Marge: I'm not going to live in a house of evil just to save a few dollars.
      Homer: Don't be so stubborn! We're not talking about a few dollars.
      (Homer slowly begins floating to the ceiling.)
      Homer: We're talking about a few thousand dollars!
      (Homer realizes that he is floating upwards and begins screaming.)
      Homer: It's got great high ceilings!
      (Homer screams as he suddenly plunges back to the floor.)
      Homer: Tell you what. Let's, uh, sleep on it, okay?

    • (Homer throws an orange into a vortex and it disappears.)
      Homer: Hey, pretty slick!
      (A crumpled wad of paper flies back out of the vortex and Lisa reads it.)
      Lisa: "Quit throwing your garbage into our dimension."

    • (In "Bad Dream House," the man from the moving company finishes unloading the Simpsons' things.)
      Moving Man: That's all of it. Sign here!
      (Homer signs a paper on a clipboard.)
      Homer: There you are my man. And a dollar for yourself.
      Moving Man: (Muttering to himself.) A buck. I'm glad there's a curse on this place.
      Homer: Huh?

    • (A scene from "The Raven.")
      Homer: (Chuckles) Though thy crest by shorn and shaven, thou--
      Narrator: I said.
      Homer: --art sure no craven, ghastly, grim and ancient Raven wandering from the nightly shore--Tell me. Tell me what thy lordly name is on the night's Plutonian shore!
      Narrator: Quoth the Raven.
      Bart: (Interrupting) Eat my shorts!
      Lisa: Bart, stop it! He says "nevermore." And that's all he'll ever say.
      Bart: Okay, okay.

    • (In "Bad Dream House" Homer calls up his realtor after he finds out the house was built on an Indian burial ground.)
      Homer: Mr. Ploot, Homer Simpson here. When you sold me this house, you forgot to mention one little thing. You didn't tell me it was built on an Indian burial ground! (Pause) No, you didn't! (Pause) Well, that's not my recollection! (Pause) Yeah? Well, all right, goodbye!
      (Homer hangs up the phone and turns to his family.)
      Homer: He says he mentioned it five or six times.

    • (Kang and Kodos show off the amenities on their spaceship.)
      Kang: And over here is our crowning achievement in amusement technology: an electronic version of what you call table tennis.
      (Kang shows off a video screen that features the vintage video game Pong.)
      Kang: Your primitive paddles have been replaced by an electronic--
      Bart: Hey, that's just Pong. Get with the times, man.
      Homer: Marge and I played that old game before we were married.
      Kang: Well, we did build this spaceship, you know.
      Kodos: Anyone from a species that has mastered intergalactic travel, raise your hand.
      (Kang and Kodos each raise a tentacle. Bart raises his hand, but Homer slaps it down.)
      Kodos: All right, then.
      Marge: Sorry. Your game is very nice.

    • (At the end of "Bad Dream House," the aforementioned house destroys itself.)
      Lisa: It chose to destroy itself rather than live with us. You can't help but feel a little rejected.

  • Notes

    • This is the first episode of The Simpsons to be scored by Alf Clausen, whom will then go on to compose the music for all episodes afterward (and win two Emmys and receive several nominations doing so.)

    • In Spanish, all the Treehouse of Horror episodes are known as "Especial de Noche de Brujas de los Simpsons." (Simpsons Halloween Special)

    • In the Season Two DVD Commentary track, we learn Matt Groening wanted to take the cookbook joke one step further and have it read "How To Cook For Forty Humans & Then Eat Them."

    • Opening Credit Tombstones: Ishmael Simpson, Ezekiel Simpson, Cornelius V. Simpson, Garfield, The Grateful Dead, Casper The Friendly Boy, Elvis, Your Name Here, Paul McCartney, and Disco.

    • First Appearance: Kang and Kodos

    • This is the only Treehouse of Horror to be situated inside a treehouse.

    • Blackboard Joke: None.
      Couch Gag: None.

  • Allusions

    • Friday the 13th
      The classic horror movie Bart mentions towards the end of the episode was released in 1980 by Paramount Pictures. The movie then became a popular franchize.

    • Pallas
      Pallas, also known as Pallas Athena is the Greek god of wisdom and war, son of Zeus and Metis, one of the most famous gods of this mythology.

    • Poltergeist
      The house in the "Bad Dream House" segment implodes in a fashion similar to the house from the 1982 movie Poltergeist.

    • Hungry Are the Damned
      This is a parody of Damon Knight's classic short story To Serve Man, off of which a Twilight Zone episode of the same name is based.

    • Tombstone: Casper The Friendly Boy
      A quick and funny reference to the previous life of Casper The Friendly Ghost and his show, The New Casper Cartoon Show.

    • Tombstone: Paul McCartney
      A quick and funny reference to the "Paul Is Dead" rumors and clues that apparently can be found in many of The Beatles albums.

    • Vertigo
      In "Hungry are the Damned," the green shot of a shocked Lisa, is a shot that mimics the track and zoom feature used for a very similar shot in the 1958 Alfred Hitchcock film Vertigo.

    • Star Trek
      The name Kodos is taken from the Star Trek episode, "The Conscience of the King," where the crew is looking for Kodos the Executioner--the evil governor of the planet Tarsus IV. The name Kang is taken from the name of a Klingon from the original Star Trek series. Serak the Preparer is also a parody on the name Sarek, Spock's father on Star Trek.

    • The Fall Of The House Of Usher In "Bad Dream House," the house destroying itself is taken from the Edgar Allan Poe short story, "The Fall of the House of Usher."

    • The Amityville Horror
      In "Bad Dream House," the walls bleed, the house tries to urge the family into killing each other and the house has a voice of it's own. Just like in the classic horror novel and film(s) The Amityville Horror.

    • The Exorcist
      The scene where Maggie's head turns completely around without stopping is a take on the 1973 classic film The Exorcist.

    • Psycho
      The haunted house in "Bad Dream House" looks just like the house that Norman Bates lived in the 1960 classic film Psycho.