The Simpsons

Season 8 Episode 1

Treehouse of Horror VII

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Oct 27, 1996 on FOX
out of 10
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Episode Summary

The Thing and I Homer and Marge warn the children not to go up into the attic. Of course they do and there they discover Bart's Siamese twin, who plans to sew them back together. The Genesis Tub Lisa's science experiment becomes a quickly-developing micro-universe, where she is thought of as God and Bart is the devil. Citizen Kang Homer is abducted by Kang and Kodos. The aliens take Homer to Washington where they replace Clinton and Dole just in time for the election. Homer tries to explain the truth, but no one believes him.moreless

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  • The eighth season begins with The Simpsons continuing its annual Halloween tradition with the seventh installment of the "Treehouse of Horror" series.

    The seventh chapter in the long running series is a strong one. I just felt that the segments moved a little fast. "The Thing and I" is the best of the segments because I felt it had the funniest moments. I like how "The Genesis Tub" took an urban legend that many of us are familiar with and turned it into a very entertaining story. This segment stood out for me because when I was a kid my brother tried unsuccessfully to convince me to try that with one of my teeth that I had lost. The segment was well written and had some very clever jokes. The third and final segment featuring the mandatory appearances by Kang and Kodos was my least favorite. No that it was bad, but I just did not find it as funny as the previous two segments. Still this was a good way to start season eight.moreless
  • Conteder for best Halloween special

    In this year's spooky series of Halloween stories, Bart discovers that he has a special new sibling, Lisa discovers that she is a God to a race of tiny people, and the American people discover that Bill Clinton and Bob Dole are actually aliens Kang and Kodos. In the first segment, Bart investigates noises from the attic and learns that his formerly conjoined twin, Hugo, is locked up there. Hugo is a wild, fish head-eating savage who was locked away because Dr. Hibbert determined that he was evil at birth. When Hugo captures Bart and tries to sew himself back together with his brother, it's up to the doctor to save the good twin. But can he tell for sure which is which? In the second tale, Lisa generates microscopic life inside a plastic tub that quickly evolves into a full-blown species of tiny humans. The tiny people consider Lisa their God. In the final story, Kang and Kodos beam Homer aboard the spacecraft and ask him who the President is. Homer thinks it might be Bill Clinton…or is it Bob Dole? Kang and Kodos beam Clinton and Dole aboard, assume the identities, and both run for President. Homer makes it his mission to expose the two false candidates.moreless
  • Three great stories of horror

    Oh Yeah! this three house of horror special has to be amongst the top 3 ever. The humor in this special makes you think that it is not a very horrible situation but in reality if you think about it and remove the jokes, these are rather horrible things that you wouldn't want to happen to you. The first segment is the weakest one but it is still very enjoyable. I love the pidgeon-rat created by evil Bart.

    The second segment is amore or less a copy of a Twilight ZOne episodeand it is still very good. I really like the secen in whcih the spaceships go and attack Bart (the camera shot is really cool).

    And the third segment is just hilarious with many jokes about those hated...politicians. A great episode wih great jokes.moreless
  • Bart has a twin, Lisa creates another society, and Alieans enslave the Earth.

    The Thing And I: Homer and Marge tell the kids that Bart has an evil siamese twin brother named Hugo who had been separated from Bart at birth and kept in the attic where he cannot cause any harm. 5/5

    The Genesis Tub: Lisa conducts a science experiment in which a tooth is combined with soda. But when static electricity ends up in the tub, Lisa awakens to find the tooth has evolved into a tiny society. 4/5

    Citizen Kang: Kang and Kodos interrogate Homer about the Earth's leaders. When they learn of an upcoming election, the aliens kidnap Bob Dole and Bill Clinton and pose as them for the remainder of the campaign. 5/5

    Overall- 14/15 or A+moreless
  • Treehouse of Horror VII

    The Thing and I- Bart learns he has an evil twin named Hugo. He tries to sew them together, but at the end, it is revealed our Bart is the true evil twin {shocker!}. Grade- B+

    The Genesis Tub- Lisa creates her own society, who see her as a God, with Bart as the devil. Grade- C+/B-

    Citizen Kang- Kang and Kodos run for President. In the end, Kang wins, and so all of Earth are the aliens slaves. Grade- about a B+

    Overall, pretty good show, first was best, third was second, then last. Overall grade for the whole thin: B+/A-moreless
Yeardley Smith

Yeardley Smith

Lisa Simpson

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

Harry Shearer

Harry Shearer

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

Hank Azaria

Hank Azaria

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

Dan Castellaneta

Dan Castellaneta

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

Phil Hartman

Phil Hartman

Lionel Hutz, Troy McClure and Additional Voices

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

  • QUOTES (32)

    • (Talking to Lisa in "The Genesis Tub")
      Bart: Hey what is this goo? Are you trying to build a friend?

    • (From "The Genesis Tub")
      Principal Skinner: This mini universe you've created is even more impressive then Martin's milk carton ukulele.
      (Shot of Martin in background in a grass skirt playing the ukulele.)

    • (From "The Thing and I")
      Dr Hibbert: That means the evil twin is and always has been...Bart.
      (They all turn around and stare at Bart.)
      Bart: Oh, don't look so shocked.

    • Kang: (as Dole) We must go forward, not backward. Upward, not forward. And always twirling, twirling, twirling towards freedom.

    • Kang: It's a two party system! You have to vote for one of us!
      Man: He's right, this is a two-party system.
      Man 2: Well, I believe I'll vote for a third-party candidate.
      Kang: Go ahead, throw your vote away.

    • Homer: Ah… The old fishin' hole. So peaceful and relaxing, doesn't even matter if I catch a single fish… come on, you stupid fish! Take the bait! Don't make me come down there!!!

    • Leader: Welcome to our world, most gracious Lisa.
      Lisa: Your world is incredible. And you speak English.
      Leader: We have listened to you speak since the dawn of time, O Creator. And we have learned to imatoot you exarktly.

    • Homer: We think we saw Hugo at the airport; he was boarding a plane to Switzerland and… (sees Hugo) Oh.

    • Lisa: What's up there?
      Bart: Is it a monster?
      Lisa: We have to know.
      Bart: Tell us what's the secret.
      Homer: No more questions. I work my butt off to feed you four kids and all you do is--
      (Marge stares at Homer.)
      Homer: What?
      Marge: Three, we have three children!
      Homer: Yeah, three nosy kids. And you know what happens to nosy kids who ask too many questions?
      Bart/Lisa: (talking quickly) No, what? Does something happen? Does something happen to nosy kids who ask questions? What happens?

    • Kent: Senator Dole, why should people vote for you instead of President Clinton?
      Kang: (as Dole) It makes no difference which one of us you vote for. Either way, your planet is doomed. DOOMED!
      Kent: Well, a refreshingly frank response there from senator Bob Dole.

    • Homer: Oh my God, space aliens! Don't eat me, I have a wife and kids! Eat them!

    • Bart: Your micro-jerks attacked me!
      Lisa: Well, you practically destroyed their whole world.
      Bart: You can't protect them every second. Sooner or later, you'll let your guard down, and then flush! It's toilet time for Tinytown!

    • Lisa: Oh my God! I've created life!
      Marge: (from downstairs) Lisa, breakfast! We're having waffles!
      Lisa: Ooh, waffles.

    • Bart: You're crazy!
      Hugo: Am I? Well, perhaps we're all a little crazy. I know I am. I went mad after they tore us apart, but I'll be sane… once I sew us back together.
      Bart: But you'll kill both of us.
      Hugo: No, it's easy. Look, I've been practicing: I made a pigeon-rat.

    • Bart: Did you guys hear something moving around in the attic last night?
      Homer: Attic? Oh, that's silly. Seriously though, don't ever go up there.

    • Kang: (as Dole) Fooling these Earth voters is easier than expected.
      Kodos: (as Clinton) Yes. All they want to hear are bland pleasantries embellished by an occasional saxophone solo or infant kiss.

    • Kang: (as Bob Dole) Abortions for all!
      (Crowd boos)
      Kang: Very well, no abortions for anyone!
      (Crowd boos again)
      Kang: Hmm... Abortions for some, miniature American flags for others!
      (Crowd cheers and waves miniature flags.)

    • Homer: Oh, no! Aliens, bio-duplication, nude conspiracies! Oh my God! Lyndon LaRouche was right!

    • Homer: (Gulps) I suppose you want to probe me. Well, might as well get it over with. (Starts to unzip his pants)
      Kang: Stop! We have reached the limits of what rectal probing can teach us.

    • Lisa: Wait, one of them is nailing something to the door of the cathedral. (Gasps) I've created Lutherans!

    • Lisa: Science has already proven the dangers of smoking, alcohol, and Chinese food. But I can still ruin soft drinks for everyone!

    • Homer: We'll search out every place a sick twisted solitary misfit might run to.
      Lisa: I'll start with Radio Shack.

    • Dr. Hibbert: But what to do with poor Hugo? Too crazy for Boys Town, too much of a boy for Crazy Town. The child was an outcast. So, we did the only humane thing.
      Homer: We chained Hugo up in the attic like an animal and fed him a bucket of fish heads once a week.
      Marge: It's saved our marriage.

    • Lisa: (Upon waking up and seeing her tooth.) Mold! That's science project paydirt!

    • (From The Thing and I)
      Dr. Hibbert: You never forget the birth of Siamese twins!
      Lisa: I believe they prefer to be called "Conjoined twins."
      Dr. Hibbert: And hillbillies want to be called "Sons of the Soil," but it ain't gonna happen. (Laughs)

    • Kang: (as Clinton) I am Clin-ton. As overlord, all will kneel trembling before me and obey my brutal command. End communication. (crosses arms)

    • Homer: What are you spraying me with?
      Kodos: Rum! So no one will believe your story.

    • Clinton Aide: (closely resembling George Stephanopoulos) People are becoming a bit confused by the way you and your opponent are… well… constantly holding hands.
      Kang: (as Dole) We are merely exchanging long protein strings. If you can think of a simpler way, I'd like to hear it.

    • Marge: (on phone, gravely) Yes, Doctor, it's what we've always feared -- it's loose. Hugo is loose. (cheerfully) See you soon!

    • Bob Dole: (captive on the alien saucer) I am so mad at the Secret Service right now.

    • (From "The Genesis Tub")
      Lisa: Oh, great. I'm stuck in this lousy tub for the rest of my life.
      (People stare at her)
      Lisa: Shouldn't you people be groveling?
      (Everyone starts groveling)
      Lisa: And bring me some shoes. Nice ones.
      Man: She'll want socks, too. I'll get socks.

    • Bill Clinton: (wakes up) Ohh. Is it noon already?

  • NOTES (7)


    • 2001: A Space Odyssey
      The corpses of the real Dole and Clinton drift into space like the body of Frank Poole from the 1968 Stanley Kubrick film 2001: A Space Odyssey.

    • Cocoon
      In "Citizen Kang," Homer being abducted in a fishing boat is a sly nod to the classic 1985 film Cocoon.

    • Microcosmic God: The "Genesis Tub" story is more of a reference to Theodore Sturgeon's classic short story, rather than Rod Serling's "The Little People." In Sturgeon's tale a scientist creates life, in the form of fast-evolving little people who refer to him as the Creator and come to worship him. There is no creation in the Serling story; the astronauts just happen upon the civilization and there is no evidence of the rapid evolution of the tiny civilization. It seems just like 20th century earth culture. Sturgeon's story was published in 1941 and was probably an influence on Serling's tale.

    • Citizen Kane
      The segment title, "Citizen Kang," is a parody of the 1941 film and novel Citizen Kane.

    • Terror Comes To Tiny Town Bart tells Lisa when she's not looking it'll be "toilet time for tiny town." This is similar to the 1938 movie called, The Terror of Tiny Town - a spoof of cowboy pictures where all the actors are little people.

    • Homer: Fish heads, fish heads, doo doo doo doo doo doo.
      Homer hums a little of Barnes and Barnes classic song "Fish Heads" as he takes the bucket of fish heads up to Hugo. This song is heard most often on Dr. Demento's globally syndicated novelty radio program.

    • Twilight Zone
      "The Genesis Tub" is inspired by the 1962 Twilight Zone episode called "The Little People," where astronauts stumble upon a tiny civilisation on an asteroid.