The Simpsons

Season 9 Episode 4

Treehouse of Horror VIII

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Oct 26, 1997 on FOX
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Episode Summary

The Homega Man: Quimby insults the French government who launch a neutron bomb in retaliation at Springfield. Homer escapes the blast and begins enjoying himself in seemingly deserted town. Fly vs. Fly: The family visits Prof. Frink's yard sale. Homer purchases a matter transporter. Bart uses it in an attempt to become "Superfly", with comic and near disastrous results. Easy-Bake Coven: In 1649, Marge is accused of being a witch. It turns out she and her sisters actually are witches who learn that it's easy to scare people into giving them treats.moreless

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

    Without question chapter eight is the best episode of "Treehouse of Horror" since the beginning. This episode ranks up there with the first two chapters. All of the segments are just plain terrific. "The Homega Man" is rip roaring hysterical. How good is it? It can make a simple thing as kicking and/or punching a skeleton into dust very funny. Homer dancing to Edwin Star's "War" on the First Church of Springfield altar is in my opinion the best sequence in not just "Treehouse of Horror" but the entire series. It makes me laugh uncontrollably every time I see it. "Fly vs. Fly" is just as fantastic with it's great jokes and Homer's very funny uses of Professor Frink's teleporters. I will admit I am a little partial to it considering what I huge fan I am of David Cronenberg's 1986 remake of the classic science fiction film, but that aside it is still a tremendous segment. The episode then concludes with yet another terrific segment. The title is just as great as the segment itself. If memory serves this chapter was the last one in which all three segments were excellent. While other episodes of "Treehouse of Horror" have had great segments, none have achieved the Hat Trick like this one. War may be good for absolutely nothing, but "Treehouse of Horror VIII" is good for a tremendous amount of laughs. Make some time to check it out. Good God Y'all!moreless
  • this was a good tree house of horror

    in this simpsons show its the annual tree house of horror speacial and its like the usully they have 3 stories. and the first story homer has to deal with a opocolitpto springfield and the second bart becomes a fly and does all sorts of funny things and its fly vs fly. and the third story marge has a secret that she has kept marge and her sisters are witches and they were from long ago. and the whole town is trying to hunt them. this was a good treehouse of horror special and i thougt it had some good scenes in it and funny moments.moreless
  • Treehouse of Horror VIII

    The Homega Man- A bomb set by the French destroys all of Springfield's citizens- except Homer. Overall grade- B

    The Fly {don't remember exact title}- Bart is transformed into a fly, and a fly looks like Bart. Overall Grade- C+

    Easy Bake Coven- Marge and her sisters are witches in ye olde Springfield. Overall Grade- B

    A decent watch, not the best out of the other Treehouse episodes, but it was OK. I think this is the first bad Treehouse of Horror. It's not dreadfully bad, but it is lesser then others, I think. My overall grade for the whole episode: C+/B-moreless
  • The horror!

    And once again, is that time of the year in which we watch the best of the best. The Simpsons' halloween special is usally my favorite episode (unless it really stinks, which has not happenned yet) Seeing some of the previous episodes they are not very different from these specials, they are not just as gory.

    The three segments in this edition are fairly good. With the post-nuclear mutants attacking the Simpsons bt as the most interesting and well written for me. I just love how the whole family takes care of them ghouls.

    The other 2 segments are just as enjoyable and maybe a tad not as exciting as the first one.moreless
  • In Homega Man Homer is the last man on earth being chased by flesh-eating zombies. In Fly-vs-fly Bart switches bodies with a fly. In Easy Bake Coven we go back to the 1800s and it is revealed that Marge is a witch.moreless

    Not the best but Homega Man was one of my fave Tree house of horror episodes so it balances out with Fly Vs. Fly and Easy Bake Coven that were just average. I didn't much like the ending to easy bake coven what Homer did to Lisa was awful! In seperate ratings I give Homega Man a 10 Fly vs. Fly an 7.5 and Easy Bake Coven had a good and clever story too it so an 8.5 al and all 26/30 isn't bad! season 9 just keeps getting better and better on to the next season 9 review Great Job so far.moreless
Julie Kavner

Julie Kavner

Marge Simpson, Patty Bouvier, and Selma Bouvier

Harry Shearer

Harry Shearer

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

Dan Castellaneta

Dan Castellaneta

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

Nancy Cartwright

Nancy Cartwright

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

Yeardley Smith

Yeardley Smith

Lisa Simpson

Hank Azaria

Hank Azaria

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

Maggie Roswell

Maggie Roswell

Maude Flanders, Helen Lovejoy, Miss Hoover, and others

Recurring Role

Tress MacNeille

Tress MacNeille

Agnes Skinner, Brandine Del Roy, Dolph and others

Recurring Role

Pamela Hayden

Pamela Hayden

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

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (10)

  • QUOTES (19)

    • (Marge and the kids shoot some mutants.)
      Marge: Friends with mutants, right!
      Homer: Now, that's the Marge I married. Now, who wants to go steal some Ferraris?!
      Bart & Lisa: Ooh me! I do! I do!

    • Ned: We can all work together to build a Utopian society, free of violence, hate, and prejudice!
      Marge: That sounds beautiful, Ned. And let me just say my family and I share your vision for a better- NOW!
      (Marge and the kids pull out their shotguns and shoot the mutants, leaving them in a pile.)

    • Homer: Marge, kids, you're alive!
      Lisa: All the layers of lead paint in this house made the perfect bomb shelter!

    • Lenny: She's the witch!
      Marge: I'm not a witch!
      Woman: Oh yeah? Then why are your handkerchiefs so much whiter than mine?!
      Moe: I've heard enough, burn her!

    • Ralph Wiggum: Bye, witchies! Thanks for not eating me!
      Chief Wiggum: (Still a gopher) Yeah, you hags are alright!

    • Homer: You want me, come and get me!
      Mutant Moe: Get 'em!
      Homer: D'oh!

    • Lisa: Wait! Doesn't the Bible say "Judge not, lest ye be judged?"
      Townspeople: (muttering variously) Hey, yeah! She's right! I guess so.
      Chief Wiggum: The Bible says a lot of things. SHOVE HER!!

    • Homer: (after Bart goes back to normal) Well, we were lucky this time. But it's all too clear that some things in this universe… aren't meant to be trifled with. (grabs an axe)
      Marge: Homer, what are you doing?
      Homer: Something I should have done a long time ago. (to Bart) I'll teach you to mess with my machine! (Bart screams and Homer chases Bart with the axe) I'm gonna chop you good! That cost me thirty-five cents! I promise I won't hurt you!

    • (Patty and Selma are mixing something in a cauldron)
      Selma: Needs more eye of newt.
      Patty: You always want more eye of newt. If it were up to you, the brew would be nothing but newt eyes!

    • (Mutants are chasing Homer, he runs into his house, there's a knock on the door)
      Homer: That better not be the mutants!

    • Homer: Sorry but this is a highly sophisticated doo-whackey. If you don't use it responsibly… Kablammo!
      (Whacks Lisa in the face)
      Lisa: Ow! Someone just punched me in the face!
      Homer: It was your mother!

    • Homer: Hmm!
      Frink: I take it from that little impressed noise that you are interested in purchasing that matter transporter, sir.
      Homer: Emm… Two bucks… And… It only transports matter… Um… Well ah… I'll give you thirty five cents.

    • Frink: Good morning mam, good afternoon sir, it passed noon while I was speaking, so that was technically accurate.
      Homer: He's crazy.

    • Homer: Oh, a Gary Larson calendar! I don't get it…I don't get it… I don't get it…I don't get it…I…don't get it.

    • Homer: Relax! I built a bomb shelter.
      Lisa: That's not gonna protect us from anything!
      Homer: Fine, then don't use it.
      Lisa: I won't.
      Homer: Good.
      Lisa: I know it's good.
      Homer: So do I.
      Lisa: I'm happy for you.
      Homer: You should be!

    • Lisa: Dad, that's our house.
      Homer: Oh…
      (Everyone laughs.)
      Homer: SHE'S THE WITCH!
      (Everyone chases Lisa.)

    • Homer: (While mourning.) Little Bart!
      (Envisions him hitting ball with bat.)
      Little Lisa!
      (Envisions her hitting ball with bat.)
      Little Marge!
      (Envisions her swinging and missing.)
      And the rest!
      (Envisions Maggie, Santa's Little Helper, Snowball II, and the television set.)

    • Comic Book Guy: But Aquaman, you cannot marry a woman without gills! You're from two different worlds! (sees neutron bomb approaching) Oh, I've wasted my life.

    • Agnes Skinner: See you in Hell, Seymour.
      Seymour: Goodbye, Mother.

  • NOTES (4)

    • This episode won the 1998 Golden Reel Award for Best Sound Editing - Television Animated Specials.

    • This episode was nominated for a 1998 Emmy Award for Outstanding Music Composition for a Series (Dramatic Underscore).

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


    • Blackboard Joke: None.
      Couch Gag: The family scrambles to sit on the couch, then metal skull caps with wires descend onto each family member's head. Once attached, the skull caps appear to shock them.

  • ALLUSIONS (12)

    • Spy vs. Spy
      The title of the "Fly vs. Fly" segment is in reference to title of the black and white comic strip from Mad Magazine entitled, "Spy vs Spy."

    • Superfly: Bart imagines himself as a half-boy, half-fly called "Superfly". This a reference to the landmark 1972 blacksploitation film starring Ron O'Neal.

    • The song Homer sings along with when he's dancing in the church naked (now THAT'S scary) is "War" by Edwin Starr. Bruce Springsteen has often performed this song at his concerts.

    • The title of the third short "Easy Bake Coven", is a spoof on the classic children's toy Easy Bake Oven which enables them to bake miniature pastries. This has also been referenced in other episodes like "Bart the Mother" when Bart shot a bird in the neck.

    • Mrs. Krabappel with a red "A" on her dress is a reference to the Nathaniel Hawthorne novel The Scarlet Letter. The "A" in this novel stood for Adultery, which was a violation of church doctrine in the 17th century.

    • Homer's costume in "Easy-Bake Coven" looks like Barbera Eden's from I Dream of Jeannie.

    • Selma: So, you finally left Derwood.
      This is an obvious reference to the sitcom Bewitched in which Endora, a witch, always referred to her mortal son-in-law as "Derwood" rather than his real name, Darrin.

    • Storywise, "Easy-Bake Coven" is a parody of the 1996 film The Crucible where a 17th-century Salem woman accuses an ex-lover's wife of witchcraft in an adaptation of the Arthur Miller play that starred Daniel Day Lewis.

    • Homer: "...and the rest!"
      This may be a reference to a line in one version of the "Gilligan's Island" theme song, whose writers/producers must have felt it needed abbreviating even though "the rest" only comprised the Professor and Mary Ann.

    • Bart: (with a very high-pitched voice seemingly caught on the spider web) Help me! Help meeee!!! Help meeeeee!!!

      The Fly vs. Fly short is a parody of the original 1958 film The Fly, which was remade in 1986. However, the title is a spoof of Mad Magazine's "Spy vs. Spy" cartoons.

    • The Homega Man is a spoof of the 1971 film The Omega Man, which starred Charlton Heston.

    • The Robot named Floyd in this episode is a reference to the Planetfall computer game series. Where the robot Floyd was an NPC (Non Player Character) that was used to help the player in a series of puzzle.