The Simpsons

Season 5 Episode 5

Treehouse of Horror IV

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Oct 28, 1993 on FOX
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Treehouse of Horror IV
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With a Night Gallery style opening, Bart introduces three tales.

The Devil and Homer Simpson
Homer falls asleep, while Carl and Lenny eat all the doughnuts. When he realizes that all the nearest doughnuts are gone, he sells his soul for a doughnut. The devil, disguised as Ned Flanders, comes up and signs a contract with him, causing more mischief than Homer thought. His family saves him from an eternity of damnation by a fair trial.

Terror at 5 1/2 Feet
Bart dreams about his death on the school bus, and later realizes, that his dream is starting to become real when he is the only one to see a gremlin taking down the bus piece by piece as the bus travels to school on a stormy morning. Nobody sees it except for him, so he tries to get it off, but it isn't easy, especially with Skinner on the bus as well.

Bart Simpson's Dracula
Mr. Burns is a vampire, and after inviting the family to dinner at his castle in Pennsylvania, Bart falls victim to his bite. Lisa is the only one who initially knows the truth and convinces the rest of the family they must go to his castle, kill Mr. Burns (as he is the head vampire) and put an end to the curse.

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

    9.5
    This episode in the long running Halloween series is the best since the premier "Treehouse of Horror" episode. The stories are all fantastic. They are very well written and will keep you laughing through out. Again The Simpsons shows its excellent talent for parody with "Terror at 5 1/2 Feet". A terrific parody of one of the best episodes of The Twilight Zone ever. "The Devil and Homer Simpson" will have you laughing from start to finish. The scenes of Homer's trial are very well done. The dialouge and sight gags all work perfectly. A comedy of horror for sure!moreless
  • One of the best Treehouse of Horrors.

    9.5
    The Devil and Homer Simpson: A very good segment with lots of humor. Homer selling his soul just for a doughnut was great. My favorite part was the ironic punishment scene where Homer ate every doughnut in the world. Grade: A



    Terror at 5 1/2 Feet: Had some good moments and laughs, like Bart going crazy, but got kind of lame at some parts. I liked it, but it's definitely my least favorite short out of the three.



    Grade: B-



    Bart Simpson's Dracula: I love this segment, the dialogue in this one was priceless, and the ending was comedy gold. It's tied with the first segment as my favorite short.



    Grade: A



    An overall excellent Treehouse of Horror.moreless
  • Second Best THOH

    9.5
    The Devil and Homer Simpson: Homer sells his soul, but is eventually sent to Hell, until Marge convinces the devil to have a trial for Homer. At the trial, Homer is freed, but the devil turns his head into a doughnut. Best segment on here, lots of hilarious moments. A+



    Terror at 5 1/2 ft: Bart claims to have seen a gremlin on the bus. Some funny parts, but not that great. Weakest segment. C



    Bart Simpson's Dracula: Mr. Burns is a vampire, and he bites Bart, and the family goes to kill Burns so Bart can return to normal. However, after killing Burns it's discovered that Marge is the head vampire, and everyone in the family is a vampire. Funny, falls just a little short of the first segment. A-



    Overall, an entertaining episode for all to enjoy, watch the first segment if yo haven't seen it (although it's pretty well known.) 9.5/10 Amoreless
  • this was a good tree house of horror

    8.5
    in this ep of the simpsons treehouse of horror the show begins like it normal does and bart is telling three stores one story involves homer who goes to work and starts to worry that most of all the good doughnuts is gone and so he says he will sell his soul for a dounut and so the devil who is disquside as flanders and he takes the offer and there is court haring with all the most deocred horror stars michle and jason and freddie and others . and the second story bart sees a gremlin on the bus and he thinks it bad and he warns the princebul and the prince abou things its just a joke but its not and things go wrong and the third involves vampires and mr burns is the head vampire like a old horror franchise . this was good epmoreless
  • THOH IV

    9.0
    Annual Treehouse of Horror Stories:



    The Devil and homer Simpson- Homer promises to trade his soul for a donut, and the devil, looking like Ned Flanders, makes sure he keeps his end of this bargain. Grade- A



    Nightmare At 4 1/2 Feet- Bart thinks he sees a gremlin on the bus. C+/B-



    Bart Simpsons' Dracula- The Simpsons think Burns is a vampire, which he is, but they also think he is the head vampire. Turns out the head vampire is actually Marge. Grade- B



    The best was the first, then the last, then the middle, keep in mind these are all my opinionmoreless
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

Phil Hartman

Phil Hartman

Lionel Hutz, Troy McClure and Additional Voices

Recurring Role

Pamela Hayden

Pamela Hayden

Milhouse Van Houten, Rod Flanders, Jimbo Jones, and others

Recurring Role

Russi Taylor

Russi Taylor

Martin Prince, Sherri, Terri and others

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (8)

  • QUOTES (35)

    • Lisa: Grampa's a vampire?
      Bart: We're all vampires.
      Lisa: But no. We killed Mr. Burns.
      Homer: You have to kill the head vampire.
      Lisa: You're the head vampire?
      Marge: No, I'm the head vampire. (Lets out an evil laugh)
      Lisa: Mom?
      Marge: Well I do have a life outside this house, you know.

    • Lionel Hutz: First, some ground rules: Number one, we get bathroom breaks every half-hour. Devil Flanders: Agreed! Number two, the jury will be chosen by me! Lionel Hutz: Agreed. No, wait-- Devil Flanders: Silence! I give you the Jury of the Damned! Benedict Arnold, Lizzie Borden, Richard Nixon-- Nixon: But I'm not dead yet! In fact, I just wrote an article for Redbook. Devil Flanders: Hey, listen; I did a favor for you! Nixon: Yes, master. Devil Flanders: John Wilkes Booth, Blackbeard the Pirate, John Dillinger, and the starting line-up of the 1976 Philadelphia Flyers! Simpsons: Ahh!

    • Homer: Kill my boss? Do I dare to live out the American dream?

    • Homer: Oh, Lisa, you and your stories: "Bart is a vampire, beer kills brain cells." Now let's go back to that...building...thingy...where our beds and TV...is.

    • Lisa: Ew! Dad, this is blood!
      Homer: Correction--free blood.

    • Kent Brockman: Another local peasant has been found dead, drained of his blood with two teeth marks on his throat. This black cape was found on the scene. (It is labeled "Dracula.") Police are baffled.
      Chief Wiggum: We think we're dealing with a supernatural being, most likely a mummy. As a precaution, I've ordered the Egyptian wing of the Springfield museum destroyed.

    • Bart: We come now to the final and most terrifying painting of the evening. To even gaze upon it is to go mad.
      Homer: (Looking at the painting) Aah! They're dogs...and they're playing poker! Aah!
      Bart: We had a story to go with this painting, but it was far too intense. So we just threw something together with vampires. Enjoy!

    • Principal Skinner: Hello, Simpson. I'm riding the bus today because Mother hid my car keys to punish me for talking to a woman on the phone. She was right to do it.

    • Lionel Hutz: That was a right-pretty speech, sir. But I ask you, what is a contract? Webster's defines it as "an agreement under the law which is unbreakable." Which is unbreakable!

    • Homer: Mmm...forbidden donut.

    • Homer: (reading note) "Dear Homer, I. O. U. one emergency donut. Signed, Homer." Bastard! He's always one step ahead!

    • Mr. Burns: Who's that goat-legged fellow, Smithers? I like the cut of his jib.
      Smithers: Prince of Darkness, sir. He's your 11 o'clock.

    • (Homer puts stake in Mr.Burns)
      Homer: Take that!
      (Homer hits stake with hammer multiple times)
      Lisa: Uh Dad, that's his crotch.
      Homer: Oh, Sorry.
      (Homer puts stake where the heart and hits it)
      Mr. Burns: AAAAAAGH!
      (Mr. Burns disentergrates)
      Homer: Whoo-hoo!
      (Mr. Burns Comes Back Alive)
      Mr. Burns: You're Fired!
      (Mr. Burns Dies Again)
      Homer: D'oh!

    • Devil Flanders: Now remember, the instant you finish it, I own your soul for--
      (Homer has already scarfed the donut)
      Homer: Hey, wait. If I don't finish this last bite, you don't get my soul, do you?
      Devil Flanders: Well, technically no, but--
      Homer: I'm smarter than the Devil. I'm smarter than the Dev--
      (Flanders turns into a huge demon)
      Devil Flanders: You are not smarter than me. I'll see you in Hell yet, Homer Simpson.

    • (Devil Flanders curses Homer by turning his head into a donut.)
      Marge: Homer, don't pick at it!
      Homer: But, Marge, I'm so sweet and tasty! Well, I guess I'll go to work.
      Lisa: Uh, Dad, I wouldn't go out there if I were you.
      Chief Wiggum: (Outside house, sipping coffee) Don't worry, boys. He's got to come out of there sometime.

    • Homer: Oh, I'd sell my soul for a donut.
      (Flanders appears as the devil.)
      Devil Flanders: Did I hear someone wanted to sell their soul?
      Homer: Flanders?! You're the devil?!
      Devil Flanders: It's always the one you least expect isn't it?

    • Marge: Lisa, it's not nice to call people vampires. Did everyone wash their necks like Mr. Burns asked?
      Bart & Lisa: Yes.
      Homer: (Holding out a pitch black towel) Sure did!

    • Bart: Otto! There's a gremlin on the side of the bus!
      (Otto looks out his side window and sees Hans Moleman driving.)
      Otto: Don't worry, Bart dude. I'll get rid of him.
      (Otto slams into the car.)
      Hans Moleman: Oh, I just made my last payment.
      (Moleman's car almost crashes into a tree, but then explodes.)

    • Bart: I just had a vision of my own horrible fiery death.
      Lisa: And…?

    • Grampa: Quick! We have to kill the boy!
      Marge: How did you know he's a vampire?
      Grampa: He's a vampire? Ahhh!

    • (Homer squeezes bull horn in Bart's ear)
      Bart: Ahhhhhh!
      Homer: Hey Marge, I found all this stuff at the dock. It was just sitting in some guy's boat.

    • Homer: Bart! How many times have I told you not to bite your sis… Hey, wait a minute! You are a vampire!

    • Marge: Homer, today Bart's a vampire. Tomorrow he could be smoking!

    • Homer: It was so nice of Mr. Burns to invite us to his country home in...Pennsylvania!

    • (Homer is being sucked into Hell)
      Marge: Homer, did you eat that donut?!
      Homer: No.

    • Blackbeard: (looking at Homer and Marge's wedding picture) Arrgh! This be some sort of treasure map!
      Benedict Arnold: Give me that, you idiot! You can't read!

    • Vampire Burns: (On the intercom) Come in, come in. Ah, more victims for the vicious undead.
      Smithers: Uh, you're supposed to let go of the button.
      Vampire Burns: Well son of a bi--(lets go of the button)

    • Marge: I think there is something a little off about him.
      Homer: Yeah, his hairdo is so queer.
      Vampire Burns: I heard that!
      Homer: It was the boy!

    • Vampire Grampa: This cape is giving me a rash.

    • Groundskeeper Willie: My mule wouldn't walk in the mud. So I had to put seventeen bullets in him.

    • Lionel Hutz: I was watching Matlock in a bar last night. The sound wasn't on but I got the gist of it.

    • Blackbeard: This chair be high, says I.

    • Homer: Lisa, vampires are make-believe, just like elves, gremlins, and Eskimos.

    • Principal Skinner: Pull, Willie, pull!
      Groundskeeper Willie: I'm doin' all the pulling, you blouse-wearing poodle-walker!

    • Homer: Ahh! Super Fun Happy Slide!
      Lisa: No Dad!
      Homer: Ohh…I guess killing will be fun enough.

  • NOTES (6)

    • At the end of the original broadcast of this episode, the winner of the Who Laid a Finger on Bart's Butterfinger? contest was announced. The Springfield resident who stole the Butterfinger was Krusty the Clown who was wearing a rubber Homer Simpson mask as a disguise. The clue was that Krusty had forgotten to take off his large clown shoes. The winner was Nancy Fredholm of Hudson, New Hampshire who won $50,000 for solving the case.

    • List of the Halloween names used by the staff on this episode:
      MATT "MR SPOOKY" GROENING
      JAMES HELL BROOKS
      MATT "COUNT CHOCULA" GROENING
      SAM "SAYONARA" SIMON
      DYSFUNCTIONAL DAN CASTELLANETA
      JOOOOOLIE KAVNER
      NASTY NANCY CARTWRIGHT
      SCABBY YEARDLEY SMITH
      BOO! BOO! SCARE YA HANK AZARIA
      FRIGHTICIOUS HARRY SHEARER

    • First Appearance: Üter Zörker

    • The end credits of this episode are similar to The Addams Family theme, but with the Simpsons notes in it. This is also the first "Treehouse of Horror" episode to use the Halloween Gracie Films logo, in which the "ssh" is replaced by the woman screaming sound from the "Treehouse of Horror" openings.

    • The clip of Homer saying "Pennsylvania!" and lightning flashing around the "Welcome to Pennsylvania" sign is used by some Pennsylvania stations in commercials for the show.

    • "The Devil and Mr. Simpson" is produced by Conan "12:30 NBC" O'Brien and also written by "Watch Conan O'Brien." Conan used these names in an attempt to promote his new "Late Night" show at the time.

  • ALLUSIONS (11)

    • The Inferno by Dante
      Homer's punishment in Hell, being forced to eat all the donuts in the world, is a reference to the classic poem The Inferno by Dante. Dante saw one's punishment in Hell to be reflective of the sins that caused their souls to end up there.

    • Nosferatu
      One of the vampires in Burns' basement looks just like this silent film classic character.

    • Fantasia
      The first time Flanders appears, he looks the same as the devil at the end of the 1940 Disney film Fantasia during the "Night on Bald Mountain" piece.

    • The Broad Street Bullies
      The Devil Flanders adds the starting lineup of the 1976 Philadelphia Flyers to Homer's jury. The 1976 Philadelphia Flyers were well known for their rough and tough style of play. They got into many fights and were often feared by other teams. They were famously nicknamed, "The Broad Street Bullies."

    • Segment Title: The Devil and Homer Simpson
      The title for the first segment comes from Steven Vincent Benet's The Devil and Daniel Webster.

    • Critters 2
      The scene where a Gremlin tears a bus piece by piece is an allusion to a scene in the 1988 movie Critters 2.

    • Rod Serling's Night Gallery
      Bart walking through a scary museum is a spin on the show Rod Serling's Night Gallery, in which Rod Serling would walk through an art museum and tell stories about the various hideous artwork.

    • Peanuts
      At the end, after they say Happy Halloween, the Simpsons start singing, snow comes down, and you see Milhouse playing on a piano with Santa's Little Helper dancing on it. This is much like Schroeder and Snoopy from Peanuts.

    • The Lost Boys
      Bart is floating on the outside of Lisa's window telling her how exciting it is to be a vampire, which is just like the 1987 thriller The Lost Boys.

    • Twilight Zone
      In "Terror at 5 1/2," when Bart tries to tell everyone that there's something on the bus, nobody believes him, which is just like the episode "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet" from the original TV series and its remake in the 1983 film, Twilight Zone: The Movie.

    • Dracula
      The title and general plot for the third segment are taken from Bram Stoker's Dracula.

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