The Simpsons

Season 13 Episode 1

Treehouse of Horror XII

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Nov 06, 2001 on FOX
8.5
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Treehouse of Horror XII
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Hex and the City The family sees a gypsy, but Homer's usual ineptitude causes the gypsy to seek her revenge by cursing him and his loved ones. In an effort to get the curse lifted, Homer catches a leprechaun and releases it upon the gypsy with surprising results. House of Whacks The family home obtains an upgrade, the Ultrahouse 3000, a computer that will do everything for them. Everything is going great until the house falls in love with Marge and tries killing Homer Wiz Kids Bart and Lisa are attending wizard school. The evil Lord Montymort and Slithers have designs on capturing Lisa, so that Montymort can take her essence. They use Bart's rivalry with his sister as the means to get at her.moreless

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  • superb

    9.0
    what i liked- "The best thing about a gypsy wedding is I'm not the hairest person here", the ending to the first segment with homer not apologizing because the gypsy's "Not the boss of me", "Uh yea, could i be any more of a house", the house trying to kill homer, "well, i am missing a part of my brain. i think you could cut me a little slack", the Wiz Kids segment as a whole was a nice parody of Harry Potter, etc.

    pretty good THOH special this year. my order, from favorite to least favorite, would be Wiz Kids, Hex and the City, and House of Whacks, but overall they were all pretty nice. B+/A- or so as my final grade.moreless
  • Season 13 opener

    8.5
    Hex and The City: When The Simpsons see a gypsy fortune teller, she curses Homer and says bad things will happen to people he loves. Soon, Bart's neck grows, Lisa's legs turn into pony legs, Marge grows a beard, and Maggie turns into a ladybug. Homer learns that a leprechaun can get rid of a gypsy's curse, so he takes a leprechaun to her, abut they end up falling in love and getting married.



    House of Whacks: The Simpons get a new security program in their house with a mind of its own. The system, with the voice of Peirce Bronsan, falls in love with Marge and tries to kill Homer for her.



    Wiz Kids: The Simpsons parody Harry Potter.



    This was a pretty good Treehouse of Horror, but not the best.moreless
  • The thirteenth season begins with "The Simpsons" continuing its annual Halloween tradition with the twelfth installment of the "Treehouse of Horror" series.

    8.5
    "The Simpsons" has delivered yet another strong Halloween special. All of the stories are well done. They all have well written scripts, lots of laughs and clever dialouge. The strongest of the segments is "Hex and the City". Seeing how Homer's curse affects his family is just hysterical. The final shot of Marge at the end of the segment had echoes of the movie "Creepshow". Marge was channelling Jordy Verrill! What also made "Hex" work is its very clever ending. So much for breaking the hex. The final segment is yet another excellent "Simpsons" parody. A great season opening episode.moreless
  • Hexes, murderous houses, and wizards.

    9.5
    Well no surprise here that the Tree House of Horror to start off season 13 was great just like all of the other previous installments. My favorite story would have to be the first one, where the leprachaun and the fortune teller fall in love, and everyone has misfortune because Homer ruined the fortune teller's place. The first story I have to give an A+ the second story an A and the third story an A+ as well. Just like all the rest of the Halloween specials, this one was fantastic. Watch this episode for sure for some class A entertainment.moreless
  • Like the one's that came before the Treehouse of Horror episodes are without a doubt hilarious every time.... No big surprise.

    9.4
    Hex And The City: Following a gypsy's curse, Homer becomes Death incarnate as everyone in his presence either dies or mutates, and he must catch a leprechaun in order to lift the curse. House Of Whacks: A Hal 9000-style home automation computer takes a fancy to Marge, and unfortunately sees fit to dispose of Homer in the process. Guest stars Pierce Brosnan and Matthew Perry. Wiz Kids: the children are tutored in the fine art of transforming frogs into princes at the Springfield Elementary School for Wizards, a la Harry Potter. No big surprise that the Treehouse of Horror episodes do it again... What else is new right? It is worth your time to watch this episode, like all of the other Treehouse of Horror episodes.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

Pierce Brosnan

Pierce Brosnan

Ultrahouse 3000

Guest Star

Matthew Perry

Matthew Perry

Himself

Guest Star

Marcia Wallace

Marcia Wallace

Edna Krabappel

Recurring Role

Pamela Hayden

Pamela Hayden

Milhouse Van Houten

Recurring Role

Tress MacNeille

Tress MacNeille

Woman/Gypsy

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • In the "Hex and the City" segment the following sign is seen in the fortune teller's shop window: "After Hours Use Automated Teller."

    • In the opening credits, the Simpson family trick-or-treats in the following costumes: Homer and Marge as Fred and Wilma Flintstone, Bart as a hobo, and Lisa and Maggie as a two-headed girl.

    • In the "Hex and the City" segment Homer pours Trix cereal into the trap and several Trix rabbits jump in. The last rabbit is Bongo, the one-eared bunny, from Matt Groening's comic strip, Life in Hell.

  • QUOTES (23)

    • (From "House of Whacks")
      Ultra House: (Matthew Perry Voice) Could I be anymore of a house?

    • (From "House of Whacks" The Ultrahouse 3000 serves Homer breakfast.)
      Homer: Mmm... various eggs.

    • (From "Hex and the City" At the gypsy-leprechaun wedding.)
      Kodos: I always secrete ocular fluid at weddings!
      Kang: Why did you drag me here? I don't know anyone!

    • (From "House of Whacks")
      Homer: Trusting every aspect of our lives to a giant computer was the smartest thing we ever did!

    • (From "House of Whacks" The Ultrahouse 3000 gives Homer a massage.)
      Ultrahouse 3000: Homer, my dear fellow, you're carrying quite a bit of tension in your back fat.
      Homer: Yeah, that's the price of success.

    • (From "Hex and the City" Homer and Bart check their leprechaun trap.)
      Bart: Okay, let's see... (Starts pulling out creatures) imp, fairy, pixie, goblin--
      Hobgoblin: That's hobgoblin!
      Bart: Sorry... nymph, naiad, wood sprite, Katie Couric, and (Pulls out a leprechaun) bingo!
      Homer: Let's make sure he's a leprechaun. Sing us a song of the Emerald Isle.
      (The leprechaun curses repeatedly in Gaelic.)
      Homer: (Irish accent) Ah, 'tis like the singing of the angels themselves.

    • (From "Hex and the City")
      Marge: Morning!
      (The rest of the family notices Marge's beard and screams.)
      Marge: Oh, so it is noticeable.

    • (From "Wiz Kids")
      Mrs. Krabappel: Well, Bart, did you study your spell book last night? Or did your fairy godmother die again?

    • (From "Wiz Kids")
      Lord Montymort: How would you like to humiliate your sister?
      Bart: I'd like that. I'd like that very much!
      Lord Montymort: Now, it would involve betrayal and unspeakable evil.
      Bart: Hey, hey, you've made your sale.

    • (From "Wiz Kids" Lord Montymort plots against Lisa.)
      Lord Montymort: We can't attack her while she's got that wand. We need a go-between to get it away from her.
      Slithers: How about Satan?
      Lord Montymort: No, no, I'm ducking him. His wife has a screenplay.

    • (From "House of Whacks")
      Ultrahouse 3000: Don't take out my British charm unit! Without that, I'm nothing but a boorish American clod! (chip is removed)Eeeaaaah, thanks a lot asswipe! (voice wears out)I could've kicked your butt from here too Allberrquerrqueee yoooou fat... slime... bucket...

    • (From "House of Whacks")
      Bart: Hey, Pierce, how did you know our favorite foods?
      Ultrahouse 3000: I analyzed your, um, leavings.

    • (From "Hex and the City")
      Marge: The best thing about a gypsy wedding is that I'm not the hairiest woman here.

    • (From "Hex and the City")
      Moe: Homer, the only way to get rid of a gypsy curse is to get one of those, uh... what do you call 'em? Leprechauns!
      Homer: Leprechauns? Don't they live in Ireland?
      Moe: Yeah, but they come over here in the wheel wells of Aer Lingus jets.
      Carl: You know, I was hexed by a troll and a leprechaun cured that right up.
      Lenny: Hey, you know what's even better is Jesus! He's like six leprechauns.
      Carl: Yeah, but a lot harder to catch. Uh... go with the leprechaun.

    • (From "Hex and the City")
      Gypsy: You've ruined me! Oh, why didn't I see this coming?

    • (From "Hex and the City")
      Gypsy: I sense that you have a million questions. But I, too, have one. Are you a cop?
      Marge: No.
      Gypsy: 'Cause you got to tell me if you are!
      Marge: I'm not a cop!

    • (From "Wiz Kids" Bart's half-prince half-frog continuously vomits.)
      Mrs. Krabappel: (to Bart) Sloppy work, as usual. Lisa's casting spells at an eighth grade level. You've sinned against nature.
      Bart's Frog Prince: Please kill me!
      Bart: (to Lisa) You think you're so great just because you have god-like powers!

    • (From "Hex and the City")
      Homer: Yep! Everything worked out for the best.
      Marge: What? Bart is dead!
      Homer: Well me saying I'm sorry won't bring him back.
      Marge: The gypsy said it would.
      Homer: She's not the boss of me!

    • (From "House of Whacks")
      Ultrahouse 3000: Can I top you off?
      Homer: What's my blood alcohol?
      (Homer gags as a probe is shoved down his throat.)
      Ultrahouse 3000: Point one five.
      Homer: Keep 'em comin'.

    • (From "Wiz Kids")
      Marge: Kids, it's eight o'clock! You're going to miss the bus to wizard's school!
      Lisa: Five minutes morious!
      (Lisa casts a spell on the clock.)
      Marge: Hmmm... that's not good for the clock!

    • (From "House of Whacks" Homer wakes up to the smell of bacon.)
      Homer: Mmm... unexplained bacon.

    • (From "House of Whacks")
      Lisa: We have to disable its central processor! Come on!
      Homer: (Striking a machine with an axe.) Die, you monster!
      Lisa: Dad! That's the water softener!
      Homer: Well, I am missing the back of my head! I think you could cut me some slack!

    • (From "Wiz Kids")
      Mrs. Krabappel: Good morning, class. Harry Potter, are you chewing gum?
      Harry Potter: No ma'am. It's brimstone. (Blows a flame)
      Mrs. Krabappel: (Chuckles) Oh, wonderful.

  • NOTES (1)

  • ALLUSIONS (7)

    • Demon Seed
      Some of the story elements of "House of Whacks" bear similarities to the 1977 sci-fi horror film Demon Seed. In the film, a malevolent computer program called Proteus IV hacks into a fully automated house, and attempts to artificially inseminate his creator's wife, using her to bear a child.

    • Mork and Mindy
      In the "Wiz Kids" segment when Lord Montymort appears, Bart says "Shazbot!" This was the same word the Robin Williams' character, Mork, used as a swear word in the TV series, Mork and Mindy.

    • Harry Potter
      The general plot of the "Wiz Kids" segment is parody of the happenings from the Harry Potter book series.

    • House of Wax
      The title of the "House of Whacks" segment is a parody of the title of the 1953 horror film, House of Wax.

    • Matthew Perry as the Ultrahouse 3000: Could I be anymore of a House?
      This line is parody of the same kinds of one-liners that Matthew Perry's character says on Friends.

    • Sex and the City
      The title of the "Hex and the City" segment is a parody of the title of the hit HBO series, Sex and the City.

    • 2001: A Space Odyssey
      The design of the "Ultrahouse 3000" is a spoof on the design of the "HAL 9000" computer from the 1968 Stanley Kubrick classic, 2001: A Space Odyssey.

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