The Simpsons

Season 4 Episode 5

Treehouse of Horror III

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Oct 29, 1992 on FOX



  • Trivia

    • Goof: In "Clown Without Pity", when Homer leaves to buy Bart's gift, he exits to the left. However, he doesn't disappear entirely as the animators paused the frame and part of Homer's white shirt can still be seen on screen as he is heard running out the door and leaving in his car.

    • In "Dial 'Z' for Zombies," you can see Pinchy's (from "Lisa Gets an A") grave saying "Eaten by Mistake" with a picture of Pinchy on it.

    • "Dial Z for Zombie" explains how Snowball I died. He was run over by Mayor Quimby's drunk brother Clovis.

    • The monkey's paw from "Treehouse of Horror II" can be seen on a counter behind the Asian merchant in the "Clown Without Pity" segment.

    • In "King Homer", the newspaper headline reads: Woman Weds Ape. It also says: Dick Cavett Born. There is a photo of an adult Cavett.

  • Quotes

    • (Homer pulls the Krusty Doll's string.)
      Krusty Doll: I'm Krusty the Clown, and I don't like you.
      (Homer chuckles.)
      Krusty Doll: I'm Krusty the Clown, and I'm going to kill you!
      Homer: (Chuckles) Didn't even pull the string that time...
      Krusty Doll: I said I'm going to kill you! (Points to Homer) You, Homer Simpson!
      Homer: Oh yeah? (Tosses the doll aside) With what?
      (The Krusty Doll pops up from the other side of the couch, holding a knife; Homer screams.)

    • (Homer throws the Krusty doll into a bag of socks.)
      Krusty Doll: You think your dirty socks can stop me?! Well, they are...making me...dizzy...ugh!

    • Zombie Flanders: Hey Simpson! I'm feeling a mite peckish. (Evilly) Mind if I chew your ear?
      (Homer shoots Ned and the others gasp.)
      Bart: Dad, you killed the Zombie Flanders!
      Homer: (Surprised) He was a zombie!?

    • (Homer finds Barney chomping on a severed arm)
      Homer: Barney, not you too!
      Barney: I'm not a zombie, but hey, when in Rome.

    • Burns: Smithers, this is a golden opportunity. If we get him alive, we can put him on Broadway. Dead, we can sell monkey stew to the army!

    • Homer: To the book depository!

    • Lisa: Dad, we did something very bad!
      Homer: Did you wreck the car?
      Bart: No!
      Homer: Did you raise the dead?
      Lisa: Yes!
      Homer: But the car's okay?
      Lisa / Bart: Uh-huh.
      Homer: All right then.

    • Bart: From A-Apple to Z-Zebra, "Baby's First Pop-up Book" is 26 pages of alphabetic adventure!
      Edna: Bart, you mean to tell me you read a book intended for preschoolers?
      Bart: Well, most of it.

    • Bart: Nice try, Mr. Flanders. But I've got a story so scary you'll wet your pants!
      Grampa: Too late.

    • Carl: Hey, I heard we're goin' to Ape Island.
      Lenny: Yeah, to capture a giant ape. I wished we were going to Candy Apple Island.
      Charlie: Candy Apple Island? What do they got there?
      Carl: Apes. But they're not so big.

    • Homer: So then his wife comes through the door…!
      Bart: So?
      Homer: Did I mention that she was dead?
      Lisa: No.
      Homer: Well, she was! And then, she hit him in the head with a golf-club…!
      Bart: And?
      Homer: Don't you remember? He went golfing all the time, and it really bugged her.
      Lisa: You said he went bowling!
      Homer: D'oh!
      Grampa: Homer! I've coughed up scarier stuff than that!
      Bart: Hey, Grampa. Why don't you tell us a story? You've led an interesting life…
      Grampa: That's a lie, and you know it! But I did see a lot of movies…

    • Patty: (As a naked Homer runs past) There goes the last lingering thread of my heterosexuality.

    • Homer: My baloney has a first name, it's H-O-M-E-R. My baloney has a second name, it's H-O-M-E-R...

    • Grampa: That doll is evil, I tell ya! Evil! Evil…!
      Marge: Grampa, you said that about all the other presents.
      Grampa: I just want attention…

    • Homer: Do you sell toys?
      Shopkeeper: We sell forbidden objects from places men dare to trade... We also sell frozen yogurt, which I call "frogurt".
      Homer: Yeah, well I need something for my son's birthday.
      Shopkeeper: Ah... Perhaps this will please the gentleman...
      (The shopkeeper reaches the shelf and takes the Krusty doll.)
      Shopkeeper: Take this object... But beware, it carries a terrible curse.
      Homer: Ooo, that's bad...
      Shopkeeper: But it comes with a free frogurt!
      Homer: That's good!
      Shopkeeper: The frogurt is also cursed.
      Homer: That's bad...
      Shopkeeper: But you get your choice of topping!
      Homer: That's good!
      Shopkeeper: The toppings contain potassium benzoate.
      (Homer stares at the shopkeeper.)
      Shopkeeper: That's bad.
      Homer: Can I go now?

    • Lisa: It's a story of a boy and his doll.
      Homer: That's not so scary.
      Lisa: A doll... from Hell!
      Homer: I'm gonna go to the store...

    • (Homer imitates the opening of Alfred Hitchcock Presents)
      Homer: Good eeevening. I've been asked to tell you that the following show is very scary, with stuff that might give your kids nightmares. You see, there are some "crybabies" out there - religious types mostly - who might be offended. If you are one of them, I advise you to turn off your set now. Come on, I dare you. (flapping his arms) Buck buck-buck-buck-buck-buck-buck, buck buck-buck-buck! Chicken!
      (The screen goes black; all we see is a dot in the center)
      Homer: Hey!
      (we hear Marge entering)
      Marge: Homer, did you just call everyone "chicken"?
      Homer: No. I swear on this Bible!
      Marge: That's not a Bible! That's a book of carpet samples!
      Homer: Ooooh... fuzzy.

    • Homer: Marge, the doll's trying to kill me and the toaster's been laughing at me!

    • Marge: Am I going too?
      Mr. Burns: Of course! We can't go without the bait...-thing beauty, the...bathing beauty. Ah, I covered that up nicely.

    • (Bart opens Grampa's gift, a box of cash)
      Marge: Where'd you get all the money?
      Grampa: The government. I didn't earn it, I don't need it, but if they miss one payment I'll raise hell.

    • Repairman: Yep, here's your problem. Someone set this thing to "Evil."

    • Mr. Burns: What do you think, Smithers?
      Smithers: I think women and seamen don't mix.

  • Notes

    • In the movie, 28 Days Later, a joke said by Mr. Smithers from this episode was specifically referenced. The joke (featured in the segment, "King Homer": "Women and seamen don't mix" - a pun, of course, for semen) was mentioned as being the favorite joke of the whole series by the character Sgt. Ferrell in the movie.

    • This episode was nominated for two 1993 Emmy Awards for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Music Composition for a Series (Dramatic Underscore) and Outstanding Individual Achievement in Sound Mixing for a Comedy Series or a Special.

    • Some of the Halloween names of the show staff, included on this Treehouse of Horror:

      Bat Groening,
      Matt "Merchandising" Groening,
      Somewhat Shocking Sam Simon,
      Decaying Dan Castellaneta,
      Julie Kadaver Kavner,
      Nocturnal Nancy Cartwright,
      Yeardley Psycho Smith,
      Scare Ya' Hank Azaria,
      Fearsome Harry Shearer

    • Opening: Homer comes in a la Alfred Hitchcock from Alfred Hitchcock Presents and tells the audience that the following Halloween episode is too scary for younger viewers. Homer then mocks those who are offended by this show to change the channel and the screen goes black.

  • Allusions

    • Rescue from Gilligan's Island
      Homer and the shop owner have an exchange where Homer replies with "That's good," and "That's bad" a number of times. The same device is used between Gilligan and the professor in Rescue from Gilligan's Island.

    • Psycho
      The Shrill-Violin-Knife-Attack-Music used when the Krusty doll raises his knife is a nod to the music cue used in the 1960 Hitchcock film Psycho.

    • Famous TV Detectives
      Bart's magic words "Kolchak, Mannix, Banacek, Danno" are actually names of TV detectives of the 1970s.

    • Store Names
      Bart's magic words "Zabar, Tresge, Caldor, Wal-Mart" are actually names of real life stores.

    • Game Show Hosts
      Bart's magic words of "Cullen, Rayburn, Narz, Trebek" are actually the last names of real life game show hosts.

    • Oscar Mayer
      Homer is singing in the bathtub, "My bologna has a first name it's H-O-M-E-R, My bologna has a second name is H-O-M-E-R," putting his spin on the infamous song from Oscar Mayer advertisement campaigns.

    • Bart: Great Caesar's ghost!
      This is a reference to the Superman comic book character Perry White, who often used this phrase as an exclamation.

    • Mosi Tatupu
      In "King Homer," the natives shout "Mosi Tatupu," a reference to former NFL player Mosi Tatupu, who was a running back for the New England Patriots from 1978-1990 and the Los Angeles Rams in 1991.

    • Love, American Style
      The heart zoom-in and music that conclude both "Clown Without Pity" and "King Homer" are from Love, American Style, a show from the 1970's that featured short segments that always ended with the heart zoom-in and music.

    • Shirley Temple
      In "King Homer," Homer the giant ape, eats a child actress who looks a lot like Shirley Temple.

    • Little Caesar
      In "Dial Z for Zombie," the line "Is this the end of zombie Shakespeare?," is a reference to Edward G. Robinson's death scene in Little Caesar.

    • Segment Title: "Dial Z For Zombie"
      The title of the final segment is a parody of the title of the 1954 Hitchcock movie, Dial M For Murder.

    • Cape Fear
      Krusty belted to the bottom of the car is a homage to the 1962 film Cape Fear.

    • Homer: Good Evening.
      The opening sequence with Homer is a parody of the opening to the famous thriller show Alfred Hitchcock Presents.

    • Bart's Costume: Alexander de Large
      At the Halloween party Bart is dressed as Alex from A Clockwork Orange.

    • Segment Title: "Klown Without Pity"
      The title of this story is a parody of the horror 1961 film Town Without Pity.

    • Krusty Doll: I'm Krusty The Klown, and I'm going to kill you!
      The line the Krusty doll says is a parody from an episode of The Twilight Zone entitled "Living Doll."

    • Night Of The Living Dead
      The Zombies rising from the dead and go on a rampage just like the classic 1968 film, Night Of The Living Dead.

    • Gremlins
      Homer buys the doll from an foreign antique shop which is just like the one in the 1984 film, Gremlins.

    • Child's Play
      A Krusty doll, bought by Homer as a gift, comes to life and starts to terrorize Homer, similar to the 1988 film, Child's Play.

    • Segment Title: "King Homer"
      The title, and pretty much the entire premise for the second story is a parody of the 1933 film, King Kong.