The Simpsons

Season 7 Episode 6

Treehouse of Horror VI

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Oct 29, 1995 on FOX



  • Trivia

    • Marge's shoes are green a few times in "Homer3" instead of red. Example is when Marge is sitting down.

    • Goof: The writing on the heel of the Lard Lad should make a backward impression on the ground, but is read normally.

    • In "Homer3", the equation 178212 + 184212 = 192212 appears.

    • In "Homer3", Homer walks by a floating sign with the following sequence of numbers: 46, 72, 69, 6E, 6B, 20, 72, 75, 6C, 65, 73, 21. Those are hexadecimal numbers, which just happens to be how computers interpret text in the ASCII standard. When translated, it reads: "Frink Rules!"

  • Quotes

    • Groundskeeper Willie: (after being nearly burnt to death) You'll pay for this…with your children's' blood!
      Chief Wiggum: (not serious) Oh, right… How are you going to get them? Skeleton power?
      Groundskeeper Willie: I'll strike where you cannot protect them: in their dreams!

    • Marge: These monsters are destroying everything and everyone we care for! (to Bart and Lisa) And you kids should have jackets on.

    • Radio: Astronomers from Tacoma to Vladivostok have just reported an ionic disturbance in the vicinity of the Van Allen belt. Scientists are recommending that all necessary precautions be taken.
      Homer: (scoffs) Eggheads… What do they know?

    • Homer: (driving down the road) Aah, the miracle mile... Where value wears a neon sombrero and there's not a single church or library to offend the eye. (sees Lard Lad donut shop) There it is! The chain that put the "fat" in "fat southern sheriff"!

    • Dr. Hibbert: Homer. This is your physician, Dr. Julius Hibbert. Can you tell us what it's like in there?
      Homer: It's like, uh… Has anyone seen the movie Tron?
      Dr. Hibbert: No.
      Lisa: No.
      Marge: No.
      Chief Wiggum: No.
      Bart: No.
      Patty: No.
      Chief Wiggum: No.
      Ned: No.
      Selma: No.
      Professor Frink: No.
      Reverend Lovejoy: No.
      Chief Wiggum: Yes. (chuckles) I mean, no.

    • Reverend Lovejoy: Do you see a light, Homer?
      Homer: (offscreen) Yes...
      Reverend Lovejoy: Move into the light, my son.
      (A buzzing sound is heard.)
      Homer: (offscreen) OOOWWWW!!!

    • Homer: (off-screen) Hello? Can anybody hear me?
      Marge: Homer! Where are you?
      Homer: (off-screen) Uh, I'm somewhere where I don't know where I am…
      Marge: Do you see towels? If you see towels, you're probably in the linen closet again.
      Homer: (off-screen) Just a second… No. It's a place I've never been before…
      Selma: I know… The shower.
      (Patty and Selma laugh.)
      Homer: (off-screen) HEY!!!

    • Marge: Homer, get ready! Patty and Selma will be here any minute!
      Homer: (panicking) Oh no! I gotta hide! I'd better ride this one out in the closet… (opens it and sees Bart and Lisa standing inside it)
      Lisa: Sorry, Dad. This is our spot.
      Homer: Oh yeah? Well it's my house, so it's my spot.
      Bart: Nuh uh. We called it first.
      Homer: Did not.
      Lisa: Well, we're calling it now…
      Homer: You are?
      Bart: 'Fraid so.
      Homer: (closes closet) Ohh, they got me with their legal mumbo-jumbo…

    • Bart: Hey, Lawn Boy! You missed a spot!
      Willie: When I'm done with you, they'll have to do a compost-mortem!

    • Lisa: It's no use, Bart; we can't stay up forever.
      Bart: You're right. The only thing left to do is go into my dream and force Willy into a final showdown. You stay awake, and if it looks like I'm in trouble, wake me up.
      Lisa: Okay. But promise you won't be grouchy.

    • Principal Skinner: Our next budget item: $12 for doorknob repair.
      Parents: Nay!
      (burning Willie tries to escape, but the doorknob falls off)
      Principal Skinner: Recharge fire extinguishers? Now, this is a, uh, free service of the fire department…
      Parents: Nay!
      Homer: Nay.
      (burning Willie tries to use the fire extinguisher, but it's empty)

    • Lisa: Mom! Dad! Martin died at school today!
      Marge: I don't see what that has to do with Groundskeeper Willie.
      Bart: Umm… we didn't mention Groundskeeper Willie, Mom.
      Marge: Kids, it's time we told you the true story and put your fears to rest. It's a story of murder and revenge from beyond the grave.

    • Homer: (after Lard Lad continues destroying the town) Don't you ever get tired of being wrong all the time?
      Marge: (thinks to herself) Sometimes...

    • Chief Wiggum: (after he shot what he thought was a monster) Eh, they're not so tough.
      Lou: Um… Chief, that wasn't a monster; that was the captain of the high school basketball team.
      Chief Wiggum: Uh, yeah… Well, he was turning into a monster… Yeah.

    • Kent Brockman: Good morning, everybody. Panic is gripping Springfield as giant advertising mascots rampage through the city. Perhaps it's part of some daring new ad campaign, but what new product could justify such carnage?

    • Marge: Homer! Where did you get that?
      Homer: … Get what?
      Marge: That giant donut.
      Homer: Well, I acquired it legally. You can be sure of that.

    • Professor Frink: (draws on chalkboard) Here is an ordinary square…
      Chief Wiggum: Whoa, whoa! Slow down, egghead!
      Professor Frink: But, suppose we extend the square between the two dimensions of our universe along the hypothetical Z axis there.
      (Everyone in the room gasps.)
      Professor Frink: This forms a three-dimensional object known as a "cube", or a "Frinkahedron" in honor of its discovery, n'hey n'hey.
      Homer: (off-screen) Help me! Are you helping me, or are you going on and on?
      Professor Frink: Oh, right. And, of course, within, we find the doomed individual. (draws an image of Homer in the cube.)
      Chief Wiggum: Enough of your borax, Poindexter! A man's life is at stake! We need action! (fires his gun off at the wall a few times) Take that, you lousy dimension!

    • Paul Anka: (singing) To stop these monsters 1-2-3/ Here's a fresh new way that's trouble free/ It's got Paul Anka's guarantee...
      Lisa: (talking) Guarantee void in Tennesee.
      Paul Anka / Lisa: (singing) Just don't look! Just don't look! Just don't look! Just don't look!

    • Homer: Oh, there's so much I don't know about astrophysics. Wish I'd read that book by that wheelchair guy.

    • Lisa: Bart! Do you realize what this means? The next time we fall asleep, we could die!
      Grampa: Heh! Welcome to my world! (falls asleep and snores)

    • Homer: (places a dollar on the counter) I'd like a colossal donut, please. Just like the one on the sign.
      (Homer is given a regular-sized donut.)
      Homer: D'oh, nuts! That's false advertising!
      Squeaky-Voiced Teen: Sorry, sir. No refunds.
      Homer: (slowly) I paid for a colossal donut, and I'm gonna get a colossal donut! (walks away)
      Squeaky-Voiced Teen: You don't scare us, sir.

    • Lisa: (being dragged by Willie) Well, I guess this is goodbye, Bart!
      Bart: Goodbye, Lis. (sarcastically) I hope you get reincarnated as someone who can stay awake for 15 minutes.

    • Marge: Bart! Where's Homer?
      Bart: Well, we kinda hit a snag and the universe sorta imploded on itself. But Dad seemed cautiously optimistic…
      Homer: (off-screen) CRAAAAAAAP!!!

    • (Homer in the third dimension, looking at fish in a pond)
      Homer: Mmm, unprocessed fish sticks.

    • Homer: (in the flashback) Brr… Oh, lousy Smarch weather… (reads sign on the thermostat) "Do not touch Willie". Good advice.

    • Principal Skinner: There's no mystery about Willie. He simply disappeared. Now, let's have no more curiosity about this bizarre cover-up.

    • Homer: Hello? Yes? (opens door and sees Lard Lad) Oh, it's you… Uh, if you're looking for that donut of yours, um… Flanders has it. Go smash open his house.
      (Homer shuts the door as Lard Lad leaves.)
      Homer: (to himself) He came to life… Good for him.
      (Loud smashing is heard, then loud thumping and the doorbell; Homer opens the door and sees Lard Lad again.)
      Ned: (runs past) Help me, Lord!
      Homer: I told you! Flanders has it! …Or Moe. Go kill Moe.
      Marge: Homer! Give him the donut! Once he has it, it will be the end of all this horror!
      Homer: Well, okay… If it will end horror…

  • Notes

    • Homer is the first character seen in the real world.

    • This episode won the 1997 WAC Winner Award for Best Animation Produced for a Television Special.

    • In "Homer3," the 3.5 minutes of computer animation took about 4 months for PDI to create. The 3D Homer falls into a dumpster on Ventura Blvd. in Encino, CA, instead of an actor in a Homer suit as originally scripted.

    • List of the Halloween names used by the staff on this episode:

      Dan CastellanetaarghaGAHEEGA (Smash)
      Gurgle Mr. Hyde,

    • Opening Gag: Krusty is the Headless Horsemen from "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow". He throws his head to the camera. It splats and forms the words, "Tree House of Horror VI".
      Couch Gag: The family are hanged on nooses.

    • This is the first time we see a live action sequence on the series.

    • The company that made the computer sequence in "Homer3" (PDI) went on to create its first feature film, Antz, three years later.

    • The "Homer3" segment is shown in the IMAX 3D film Cyberworld.

  • Allusions

    • Alien 3
      The logo for Homer 3 alludes to format of the title for Alien 3.

    • Looney Tunes
      In "Nightmare on Evergreen Terrace," Bart holds up a sign that says "Yipe!" alluding to what Wile E. Coyote does in the Road Runner cartoons.

    • Myst
      In "Homer3", the famous video game Myst is referenced when a building from the game appears in the background and similar music is heard.

    • Advertisements
      The giant ads in the first sequence are references to popular ads or businesses at the time. "Lard Lad" reference "Big Boy" restaurant; the "Zip Boys" reference the "Pep Boys" auto parts; the Duff cowboy references an MGD ad that showed a billboard cowboy coming to life and walking off with a billboard cowgirl.

    • Attack of the 50 Foot Woman
      The first sequence, "Attack of the 50 Foot Eyesores," parodies the title of the 1958 movie, Attack of the 50 Foot Woman.

    • Poltergeist
      The way Homer disappears in "Homer3" and later how there's an attempt to rescue him by Bart with a rope tied to his waist are similar to the 1982 film Poltergeist, where the little girl character of Carol Anne is taken by spirits but somehow is still in the house. Her mother attempts to rescue her by going through a wall with a rope tied around her as several people hold onto and pull on it, very much the same way it happens to Bart.

    • Terminator 2: Judgment Day
      As Willie is sinking in the sandbox, he adopts many different shapes. This is very similar to what happens to the T-1000 as he sinks in the pool of molten steel near the end of the 1991 film, Terminator 2: Judgment Day.

    • Homer: Oh, there's so much I don't know about astrophysics. I wish I'd read that book by that wheelchair guy.
      Homer is refering to Stephen Hawking, who is arguably the foremost expert in black holes. Hawking suffers from ALS and is confined to a wheelchair.

    • Ghostbusters
      The Stay Puft Marshmallow Man's hat is seen climbing a building in the background of one of the shots of the ads attacking the cities. The Stay Puft Marshmallow Man attacked New York City in the 1984 film Ghostbusters.

    • Lisa: Like that old lady who couldn't find the beef.
      Lisa is referring to Clara Peller, a woman who became a spokesperson for Wendy's (Old Fashioned Hamburgers) restaurants in the 1980s. Clara's famous catchphrase was "Where's the Beef?".

    • Nightmare on Elm Street
      "Nightmare on Evergreen Terrace" is a spoof of the 1984 film, A Nightmare on Elm Street. Kids are in danger of being killed in their dreams. Willy appears in Bart's nightmare in a striped sweater and a brown hat. Willy comes back from the dead to get revenge on the offspring of the parents that killed him. Martin dies in class similar to the girl who dies of asthma attack. All these event are very similar to said movie.