The Simpsons

Season 3 Episode 7

Treehouse of Horror II

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Oct 31, 1991 on FOX
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Episode Summary

After eating piles and piles of Halloween candy, Bart, Lisa and Homer have nightmares that haunt them all night.

The Monkey's Paw
Lisa dreams that the family goes on a trip to Morocco and buys a cursed monkey paw that grants its owner four wishes. By wishing for world peace, Lisa accidentally paves the way for an alien invasion by Kang and Kodos, who enslave the human race.

The Bart Zone
Bart's dream, in which he has the power to read minds and affect a person with his thoughts, which seems like a wonderful dream for him at first. But eventually, he realizes he has used his powers for evil and repents.

If I Only Had A Brain
Homer dreams that Mr. Burns steals his brain for a giant robot he's building. Due to an accident, Mr. Smithers is forced to sew Mr. Burns' head onto Homer's body. Then he wakes up. It was all a dream, or was it? When he looks in the mirror, Burns' head is still attached to his.moreless

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  • My 350th review will be this THOH episode.

    After eating piles and piles of Halloween candy, Bart, Lisa and Homer have nightmares that haunt them all night. The Monkey's Paw Lisa dreams that the family goes on a trip to Morocco and buys a cursed monkey paw that grants its owner four wishes. By wishing for world peace, Lisa accidentally paves the way for an alien invasion by Kang and Kodos, who enslave the human race. 10 out of 10

    The Bart Zone Bart's dream, in which he has the power to read minds and affect a person with his thoughts, which seems like a wonderful dream for him at first. But eventually, he realizes he has used his powers for evil and repents.

    10 out of 10 If I Only Had A Brain Homer dreams that Mr. Burns steals his brain for a giant robot he's building. Due to an accident, Mr. Smithers is forced to sew Mr. Burns' head onto Homer's body. Then he wakes up. It was all a dream, or was it? When he looks in the mirror, Burns' head is still attached to his.

    8.5 out of 10

    FINAL SCORE: 9.5 out of 10moreless
  • The Simpsons continues its annual Halloween tradition with the second installment of the "Treehouse of Horror" series.

    While it is not as good as the first episode of "Treehouse of Horror" (That will always be the best episode I'm sure) this episode is terrific and definitely worth watching. One thing The Simpsons has always done well in its twenty seasons is parody. That certainly shows here with the excellent parody of one of the best episodes of the classic series The Twilight Zone. From the hysterical scene at Dr. Monroe's office ("I'm not nodding. It's the air conditioning.") to the segment's very clever conclusion, it's great fun to watch. The final segment is just as good. Terrific.moreless
  • this was a really good tree house of horror

    in this halloween anual speical by the simpsons there happens to be a monkey paw that grants wishes nad causes mad things to happen in springfield like falling prey to sadistic space aliens and bart gets powers and turns homer into a jack in the box and causes other mischif.and mr burns starts to work on a robot and builds it but the only thing he needs a brain so he goes searching and finds homers brain and they take it and put it into the robot but the only thing is the robot now becomes as lazy as homer simpson was. this was a classic horror specialmoreless

    After eating too much candy, the Simpsons have nightmares:

    Lisa's Nightmare- Homer gets a monkey's paw that grants wishes but of course, all the wishes backfire, especially when aliens come to conquer Earth.

    Bart's Nightmare- Bart has weird supernatural powers that can harm others if they are not happy.

    Homer's Nightmare- Mr. Burns puts Homer's brain in a robot, but in the end the robot turns out to be as lazy as Homer, perhaps even more lazy.

    One of my favorite early THOH's, I love all the segments and there are some really funny lines throughout. My order of preference is Bart's Nightmare, Homer's, and then Lisa'smoreless
  • A Halloween Special classic as usual, not to be missed!

    I like this Treehouse Of Horror alot, because it has alot of really good jokes and funny quotes. Not only that, but all of the stories/dreams are great fun. The build up is that Homer, Bart, and Lisa eat loads of candy and it gives them nightmares and a really bad night. All of the stories are top quality.

    The Monkey's Paw

    Grade: B

    This one's pretty good. This is Lisa's dream. Not the strongest one though but still very good. The story is simple, yet it has alot of small but funny jokes and some of the wishes come out with funny moments (e.g Homer's "The Turkey's a little dry!" comment). Overall, good story.

    The story is that The Simpsons go to Morocco and they buy this Monkey Paw. This is no ordinary paw however. It allows them to grant four wishes which don't always fulfil what they want. Everything goes fine until Lisa wishes for world peace which causes the aliens (Kang and Kodus) to take over Earth, who then enslave the human race.

    The Bart Zone

    Grade: A

    This one's very funny. This is Bart's dream. It probably has the biggest jokes out of the three but I like this one simply because of the way everyone is scared and frightened of Bart's mind. The story however, is a bit lackluster and ends rather suddenly and predictable. However, the jokes make up for this one, and it's a nice take on an old Twilight Zone episode.

    The story is about a boy who can cause things to happen with his mind. That person is Bart Simpson. He can read minds and everyone has to be happy to him to avoid the consequences. However, when Homer tries to attack Bart he turns him into a Jack-In-A-Box. After having some quality time with each other, Bart and Homer know longer hate each other. Homer requests Bart to turn him back to his normal self, and Bart turns him back.

    If Only I Had A Brain

    Grade: A*

    This is my favourite, simply because it has the cleverest jokes and the best story out of the three. This is Homer's dream. Mr Burns and Smithers are just fantastic in this one, and Homer's mind inside a robot which replicates him is just hilarious with all the quotes he comes out with (Mmm Sprinkles!). There's also a rather unexpecting twist at the end and this is just a superb Halloween story overall.

    The story is about Homer getting a new job as a gravedigger and he falls asleep. Smithers takes his body to the lab and takes out his brain. Mr Burns' new robot needs a brain to work, so they put in Homer's brain and it starts functioning. However, the robot turns out to be a disaster and rather annoying (e.g keeps eating and looking for donuts) and Mr Burns wants the machine to stop.

    As Homer's brain returns to his body, Mr Burns knocks over the robot onto him and it crushes his body. Mr Burns tells Smithers to get some surgical tools... but then Homer wakes up and finds out that Mr Burns' head was sewn to his neck!


    This is a fantastic Halloween Special and you can't miss it out! Plenty of jokes and great memorable moments (e.g waking up from the dreams, who wakes up like that lol!) this is one of those specials you can't miss! One of my favourites as well. A must see, I'd recommend it!moreless
Dan Castellaneta

Dan Castellaneta

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

Hank Azaria

Hank Azaria

Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, Moe Szyslak, Chief Wiggum, Comic Book Guy, Lou, and others

Harry Shearer

Harry Shearer

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

Julie Kavner

Julie Kavner

Marge Simpson, Patty Bouvier, and Selma Bouvier

Nancy Cartwright

Nancy Cartwright

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

Yeardley Smith

Yeardley Smith

Lisa Simpson

Marcia Wallace

Marcia Wallace

Edna Krabappel

Recurring Role

Maggie Roswell

Maggie Roswell

Maude Flanders, Helen Lovejoy, Miss Hoover, and others

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (8)

  • QUOTES (30)

    • Kang and Kodos: People of Earth! We come to you in the spirit of hostility and menace!

    • Kang and Kodos: Your superior intellect is no match for our puny weapons!

    • Kodos: It looks like the Earthlings won.
      Kang: Did they? Right now they have a board with a nail in it. But they won't stop there. Soon they will make bigger boards with bigger nails until they make a board with a nail in it so big it will destroy them all!

    • Mr. Burns: Every bone shattered . . . organs leaking vital fluids . . . slight headache . . . loss of appetite . . . Smithers, I'm going to die.

    • Mr. Burns: Oh, Smithers, I was wrong to play God. Life is precious, not a thing to be toyed with. Now take out that brain and flush it down the toilet!
      Smithers: Sir, his family might appreciate it if you returned the brain to his body.
      Mr. Burns: Oh, come on, it's 11:45!

    • Mr. Burns: Behold, the greatest breakthrough in labor relations since the cat-o-nine-tails!

    • Mr. Burns: Little do they realize their days of suckling at my teat are numbered.
      Smithers: Oh, in the meantime, sir, may I suggest a random firing? Just to throw the fear of God into them?

    • Mr. Burns: Damn it, Smithers! This isn't rocket science, it's brain surgery!

    • Moe: (answers phone) Moe's Tavern... Hold on, I'll check. (aloud) Uh, hey, everybody! I'm a stupid moron with an ugly face and big butt and my butt smells and... I like to kiss my own butt.

    • Mrs. Krabappel: Well, class the history of our country has been changed again, to correspond with Bart's answers on yesterday's test. America was now discovered in 1942 by... ''some guy.'' And our country isn't called America any more. It's Bonerland.

    • Otto: Hey, this is fun, isn't it! We're gonna die, aren't we!

    • Homer: He gets it from your side of the family, you know. No monsters on my side.

    • Homer: Come to think of it, the guy that sold me this thing did say the wishes would bring grave misfortune. I thought he was just being colorful.

    • Woman #1: If I hear one more thing about the Simpsons, I swear, I'm going to scream.
      Woman #2: At first they were cute and funny, but now they are just annoying.

    • Vendor: Sir, I must strongly advise you: Do not purchase this. Behind every wish lurks grave misfortune. I, myself, was once president of Algeria.
      Homer: Come on, pal, I don't want to hear your life story. Paw me!

    • Marge: If you eat too much, you'll have nightmares.
      Bart: Oh yeah, everybody in the family is going to have bad nightmares tonight, ha!
      Lisa: Oh yeah, three bad nightmares.
      Homer: I'd like to see that! Heh heh heh!

    • Marge: Hello, everyone. Before last year's Halloween show, I warned you not to let your children watch. But you did anyway. Well, this year's episode is even worse. It's scarier, more violent, and I think they snuck in some bad language, too. So please, tuck in your children and-- (sighing) --well, if you didn't listen to me last time, you're not going to now. Enjoy the show.

    • Mr. Burns: Will you quit your complaining!
      Smithers: Sir, You know what this means? He is alive.
      Mr. Burns: Oh, you're right Smithers; I guess I owe you a Coke.

    • Marge: It's your father, he's missing.
      Bart: Dad's missing? Get outta here!
      Marge: He's been gone for two days!
      Lisa: What do you know, she's right!

    • Smithers: It's the man in the bag sir; I think he's still alive!
      (Mr. Burns beats the bag with a shovel.)
      Mr. Burns: Bad corpse, bad corpse! Stop scaring Smithers! Satisfied?
      Smithers: Thank you, sir.

    • Lisa/Bart: Mom, dad!
      Marge: My goodness what's wrong?
      Bart: We both had nightmares!
      Lisa: Can we sleep with you?
      Homer: Are you both toilet trained?
      Lisa: Yes!
      Homer: Oh okay then...

    • Krusty: (Laughs weakly) Well, we're still on... three hundred and forty- six consecutive hours, and all because of one little boy who--Who won't let me stop! (Delirious) Okay, now let's go and see if Sideshow Mel has any more of those legal over-the-counter wakeup drugs of his.
      Audience: Yaaaaaay!

    • Lisa: Bart, Bart!
      Bart: What's the matter?
      Lisa: I had a bad dream; can I sleep in your bed?
      Bart: No!
      Lisa: I'll give you a candy necklace.
      (Bart puts the candy necklace in his mouth and chews it and pulls the elastic string out)
      Bart: Climb aboard.

    • Homer: I'll make a wish that can't backfire! I wish for a turkey sandwich, on rye bread, with lettuce, and mustard, and... I don't want any zombie turkeys, I don't wanna turn into a turkey myself, and I don't want any more weird surprises, you got it! (Homer eats)... Mmm, not bad, nice hot mustard, good bread, turkeys a little dry... THE TURKEY'S A LITTLE DRY!!!

    • Lisa: I wish for world peace!
      Homer: Lisa that was very selfish of you!

    • Bart: No more fooling around, paw, I wish for The Simpsons to be rich and famous!
      Homer: Now you're talking!
      Lisa: Yaaaay!
      Marge: My purse just exploded!
      Homer: Come on everybody, we're going to the fanciest restaurant in town!

    • Homer: That Monkeys Paw is going to make our dreams come true!
      Maggie: suck
      Lisa: Oh no! Maggie made a wish! (the family hear a car horn)
      Homer: Oooh! A luxury car! Good Maggie!
      Marge: (someone's at the door, she opens it) Ooh, a new pacifier.
      (The car drives off)
      Homer: D'oh!

    • Homer: Hey, If you don't like it, go to Russia!

    • Smithers: (Over P.A.) Attention Homer Simpson. Attention Homer Simpson.
      (Homer is still dozing at his post)
      Smithers: Wake up, Homer! (Homer awakens)
      Smithers: You're fired.
      Homer: For what?
      Smithers: For sleeping on the job.
      Homer: How'd you know I was sleeping?
      Smithers: We've been watching you on the surveillance camera.
      Homer: Camera? (Spots the camera) D'oh!

    • Homer: (In Morocco) How could Princess Grace live in a dump like this?
      Lisa: Dad, that was Monaco!

  • NOTES (6)

    • This is the first Simpsons episode to be animated overseas by Anivision (a subsidiary of Sunwoo Entertainment), whom will continue to provide Korean animation services for the show until Season 10 in 1998.

    • On the DVD commentary for this episode, Matt Groening says that the scenes in "The Monkey's Paw" in which the public grows weary of The Simpsons fame and fortune was an attempt to head off the real-life backlash the was brewing at the time over the over-exposure of The Simpsons both in the press and in their merchandise.

    • This episode was nominated for two 1992 Emmy Awards for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Sound Mixing for a Comedy Series or a Special and for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Music Composition for a Series.

    • This is the first Halloween Special to actually air on Halloween.

    • List of some of the Halloween names on the credits of this special:

      Malevolent Matt Groening,
      James Hell Brooks,
      Mad Matt Groening,
      Sort Of Frightening Sam Simon,
      Demonic David Silverman,
      Vicious Jack Vitti,
      Diabolical Dan Castellaneta,
      Ghoulie Julie Kavner,
      Nefarious Nancy Cartwright,
      Yowling Yeardley Smith,
      Hellacious Hank Azaria

    • Opening Credit Tombstones: Bambi's Mom, Jim Morrison, Cajun Cooking, Walt Disney, Lose Weight Now Ask Me How.

  • ALLUSIONS (12)

    • 1967 Anti-Smoking PSA
      The montage in which Bart and Jack-in-the-Box Homer are spending time together is a reference to a 1967 anti-smoking ad.

    • The Thing With Two Heads
      The finale involving Mr. Burns' head being grafted onto Homer's body is reminiscent of the 1972 horror comedy The Thing With Two Heads starring Rosie Grier as a man who wakes up with Ray Milland's head sewn onto his shoulder.

    • Invasion of the Body Snatchers
      Jasper being turned into a dog is a parody of a similar occurrence in the 1956 film Invasion of the Body Snatchers.

    • Walt Disney
      In the opening credits there are tombstones of famous people, including one for Walt Disney with ice and snow on it. This is a reference to the urban legend that Walt Disney had himself cryogenically frozen when he died in order to be re-animated in the future.

    • Robocop
      The robot vision of the donuts is taken from the 1987 film Robocop.

    • Star Trek
      Kodos taking over the planet is very much like an episode of Star Trek entitled "The Conscience of the King." The name Kodos even comes from one of the characters, General Kodos.

    • It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
      In the opening sequence, several children can be seen running by the Simpson's house. One of them is dressed up in a spotted sheet. This is an homage to the "Peanuts" film It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.

    • The Wizard of Oz
      The segment, "If I Only Had A Brain", is based on the song title of the same name from the musical The Wizard Of Oz. Mr. Burns actually hums a few bars of the song as he's scooping out Homer's brain. Also, Mr. Burns' line, "You clinking, clattering, cacophony of colligenous cogs and camshifts!" is from The Wizard of Oz.

    • Midnight Express
      The scene where Homer gets caught trying to smuggle souvenirs at the airport is similar to a scene from the 1978 film Midnight Express, where Billy Hayes tries to smuggle hashish out of Turkey.

    • The Monkey's Paw
      Lisa's nightmare is based on the 1902 short story "The Monkey's Paw" by W.W. Jacobs from "The Lady of the Barge." The story is about a woman who wishes on a cursed monkey's paw for her dead son to return. The story was later remade in the 1972 film Tales From The Crypt.

    • It's A Good Life
      The plot for "The Bart Zone" is a spoof of "It's A Good Life," an episode of The Twilight Zone that was also remade in the 1983 film which also featured Nancy Cartwright in the segment.

    • Frankenstein
      In the last segment of this episode, Mr. Burns and Smithers dig up dead bodies, which is similar to the 1930's classic film, Frankenstein.