The Simpsons

Season 11 Episode 4

Treehouse of Horror X

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Oct 31, 1999 on FOX



  • Trivia

    • First Church of Springfield's marquee at Flanders funeral:
      Ned Flanders: Husband, Father, Wacky Neighbor.

    • People on the second rate rocket include Tom Arnold, Pauly Shore, Ross Perot, Dr. Laura, Spike Lee, Dan Quayle, Courtney Love, Tonya Harding, Al Sharpton, and Rosie O'Donnell.

    • People inline for the Exodus rocket include Bill Gates, Ron Howard, Jimmy Carter, Stephen Hawking, Mel Gibson, Paul McCartney, Michael Jordan, Stephen Jay Gould, Michelle Kwan, Mark McGwire, and Professor Frink.

    • One of the aliens in the Centauri City audience looks like Grampa.

    • Unlike other episodes, the director was credited before the script writer.

    • Look closely- in the collectors lair you can see Matt Groening also trapped in a plastic bag- he looks like from the couch gag an episode earlier.

    • Lucy Lawless kicks CBG "The Collector" through the banister but in the next scene the banister is intact.

      Response: The shot was looking at another section of banister.

    • When Nelson is sucked into the copy machine, his shorts are back on (though I guess we should excuse that because of censorship).

    • Maude Flanders sounded completly different in this episode. (This problem would continue until Maude's death)

    • Homer pokes the undead Ned in the eye with a stick through his glasses.

    • When they showed Flanders on the road after Marge runs him over his clothes are fine, but in the flashback his clothes where torn from his werewolf transformation.

  • Quotes

    • Xena/Lucy Lawless: Must… remove… breast plate!
      (Nerds all take out their cameras)

    • Homer: Hey….we just got away with murder! And it was so easy (sees Milhouse in street) you know… I've never liked that little wiener Milhouse (turns to run over, Marge stops him)
      Marge: No more murders!
      Homer: But you got to kill…
      Marge: No!

    • Guy: Name, please!
      Homer: Certainly. I'm ... the piano genius from the ... movie Shine!
      Guy: Uh huh, and your name is?
      Homer: Uhh, Shiny McShine?

    • Homer: Hello?
      Mysterious Voice: I know you're alone!
      Homer: Uh... who is this?
      Mysterious Voice: Is this... Maude Flanders?
      Homer: No it's Homer...
      Moe: Oh! Hey Homer, it's Moe! I must have dialed the wrong number.

    • Lisa: They're evacuating the Earth! We're saved!
      Homer: Thank you, sweet clown. In death you saved us all.
      Krusty: I'm not dead!
      Homer: I can still hear his voice on the wind.

    • The collector: Good night, Retch Dude and Slobber Girl. Sweet screams! Ha, ha, ha! I'm unbelievably amused.

    • The Collector: Soon those bratty buttinskis will be cased in lucite for all eternity. While we're waiting, here are some names you may call me on my wedding night. Obi-wan, Iron man, Mr.Mxyzplkt, and, of course, big Papa smurf.

    • Cheif Wiggum: They're looting the mall! Hurry! I got nine shoe buffers!

    • Bart: I must only use this power to annoy! (Stretches hand out of window and knocks on door)
      Skinner: Yes... yes? Up? Down? Side to side? What's your point! (Bart's hand slaps Skinner)

    • (as the second-rate celebrities sing)
      Bart: Don't worry, Dad. We'll be dead in five minutes.
      Homer: NOT FAST ENOUGH!
      (Homer pushes the eject button on their seats. The seats take off out of the rocket and they float through the atmosphere. Because of the vacuum of space, their heads grow big and explode.)

    • Rick James: (Singing) Superfreak, superfreak, I'm superfeakin', Yowwwww!
      (Two cops arrest him)
      Rick James: Aww, man, what I'd do now?

    • Homer: We're rubbing elbows with the greats. Look there's Ross Perot. Dr Laura. Spike Lee.
      Bart: Wait, they aren't so great.
      Homer: Well, yeah, but there's Dan Quayle and Courtney Love. Tonya Harding? Al Sharpton?! Aaah! Tom Arnold! What the hell is going on?!

    • Marge: Remember, you're vulnerable to kryptonite!
      Homer: Geez, Marge! Tell the neighborhood!

    • Lisa: Look at the wonders of modern technology now.
      Homer: Wonders, Lisa, or blunders?
      Lisa: I think that was implied by what i just said.
      Homer: Implied or implode?
      Lisa: Mom, make him stop!

    • Dick Clark: And that was Whitesnake playing.
      Rocker: We're Poison.
      Rocker #2: I thought we were Quiet Riot.
      Drummer: It says that we're Ratt.

    • Lucy Lawless: Xena needs Xex!

    • Homer: Oh, no! It's Rosie O'Donnell!

    • Lisa: Bart, just let me drop and save yourself.
      Bart: What do you think I'm trying to do!

    • Lisa: Wait a minute. Xena can't fly!
      Lucy Lawless: I told you, I'm not Xena, Lisa. I'm Lucy Lawless.
      Lisa: Oh.

    • Homer: (Ned's eulogy) What I'd like to say is... we're still looking for the real killers. Anyway in conclusion, a man cannot be forced to testify against his wife--
      Marge: Stop winking!

    • Marge: Homer, did you remember the foglights?
      Homer: Guess I forgot to put the foglights in!

    • Guy: This is a difficult decision. You're only allowed to take one parent with y--
      Lisa: Mom.

    • Homer: (Puppeting Ned) Hi Maude... diddly. I'm helping my friend Homer... diddly.

    • Homer: Okay, Marge, you hide in the abandoned amusement park. Lisa, the pet cemetary. Bart, spooky roller disco. And I'll go skinny dipping in that lake where the sexy teens were killed 100 years ago tonight.

  • Notes

    • This episode was nominated for the 2000 Golden Reel Award for Best Sound Editing - Television Animation - Music.

    • This episode won the 2000 CINE Golden Eagle Award for Animation.

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


    • After Homer drops Ned in the Flanders home he says "That's the end of that chapter," which was the catch phrase of the original Homer Simpson character on "Police Cops" in "Homer to the Max".

  • Allusions

    • Lisa: I don't think the real Radioactive Man wears a plastic smock with a picture of himself on it.
      Milhouse: He would on Halloween!

      This is a reference to the c Halloween costumes from the 1950s to the 1980s manufactured by companies like Ben Cooper Inc. and Collegeville, usually consisting of a simple plastic smock of body suit and a plastic face mask. Usually the smock would have a picture of the character of the costume right on it; Milhouse's Radioactive Man costume consists of a similar plastic mask and a smock with a picture of Radioactive Man saying "Trick-or-treat!" on it.

    • Friday the 13th: In "I Know What You Diddily-Iddly-Did", Homer thinks of hiding in the lake where the teens were killed 100 years ago, just like in this film.

    • "Life's A Glitch, Then You Die" May be a parody of the Y2K scare but it is also a parody of the Steven King film, "Maximum Overdrive" in which the machines start attacking people.

    • There is a Marvel Comic's villain who goes by the name of "The Collector"; an alien being with essentially the same Modus operandi, only he captures superheroes/villains and shrinks them.

    • The episode title "Life's a Glitch, Then You Die" is a reference to the adage "Life's a bitch and then you die".

    • In the bag next to Xena is Tom Baker who was Doctor Who from 1974-1981. To the date of the episode, there were 8 Doctors, with Tom Baker as the fourth being the most recognizable. As of 2006 the total number of incarnations for the character of "The Doctor" is 10.

    • One of the aliens in the audience in the opening scene with Kang and Kodos is a Cylon Centurion from the original Battlestar Galactica.

    • Comic Book Guy: Must end life in classic Lorne Greene pose from Battlestar Galatica. Best death ever.

      Battlestar Galatica was a sci-fi show from the late 70s that starred Lorne Greene.

    • The title of the segment "I Know What You Diddily-Iddly-Did" was inspired from the 1997 film titled I Know What You Did Last Summer. The same instance occured when in the movie as in this episode; Flanders was hit by the car as was the victim in the movie.

    • The rockets leaving a doomed Earth are reminiscent of the 1951 George Pal film When Worlds Collide.

    • Marge: Remember, you're vulnerable to Kryptonite!
      Kryptonite is a mineral from the "Superman" series that is Superman's weakness.

    • Homer: Can't get enough of that Sugar Crisp!
      "Sugar Crisp" was the name of the breakfast cereal that these days is known as "Golden Crisp." Post took sugar out of the product's name when sugar started getting a bad reputation.