The Simpsons

Season 14 Episode 1

Treehouse of Horror XIII

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Nov 03, 2002 on FOX
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Treehouse of Horror XIII
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The Simpson family, along with Ned Flanders, holds a séance which brings the ghost of Maude Flanders back from the grave. With her presence in the room, she opens a book which brings us three haunting tales. Send in the Clones Homer finds that his new hammock is capable of making clones, and he begins making and using the clones to do all of his chores. When one of the clones permanently takes care of Flanders, Homer decides to get rid of the clones and the hammock. So he takes them both out to cornfield where he leaves them. Only the clones begin using the hammock and start to proliferate themselves at an enormous rate, soon the town of Springfield is under invasion by an army of Homer clones. It's up to Lisa to give the army a suggestion that help them eliminate the clone problem. The Right to Keep and Scare Harms Lisa finds the grave of William Bonney who was killed by gun violence. In his memory, she starts a gun control crusade, which makes Springfield totally gun-free; even the police no longer have guns. Now defenseless, the corpse of William "Billy the Kid" Bonney and his cohorts rise from the dead and start raising havoc in town. Professor Frink develops a time machine, which Homer uses to go back to the recent past to stop the ban on guns. The Island of Dr. Hibbert The family takes a trip to "The Island of Lost Souls," where they find Dr. Hibbert is running the island's resort. Marge thinks that something creepy is going on there, but when she goes off to investigate she is captured by Dr. Hibbert who turns her into a cat woman. Homer goes in search of a cure for Marge's condition and encounters Ned Flanders (who needs to be milked). Flanders takes Homer to meet the others who've been converted into beasts. While initially horrified at what they've all become, after thinking about it, he decides it might just be the life for himmoreless

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  • Decent Opener to the 14th Season

    7.0
    what i liked- the seance opening, bart dressed as maude, ned as a cow, the ending to the episode with kang and kodos, peter griffin as a clone of homer, the real homer being the first one to jump over the cliff, the ending to the second segment, amongst other things. Decent episode. It wasn't one of the best THOH episodes but it did have some good laughs, and that's about all I can hope for in the Simpsons. so, 3/5 or so seems right overall.moreless
  • The fourteenth season begins with The Simpsons continuing its annual Halloween tradition with the thirteenth installment of the "Treehouse of Horror" series.

    8.0
    This entry is one of the stronger episodes of "Treehouse of Horror." "Send in the Clones" is the best of the stories presented. It seemed the most clever and original of all. That does not mean that the other stories are bad, however the fact that the second story is somewhat of a retread diminishes its quality. We have already seen a story where Springfield is overrun by zombies. We have also already seen a story where Homer goes back in time to change the past. So while I liked the second story focusing on Billy the Kid's rise from the grave it sounded very familiar. The final segment was better in the fact that it had more laughs. Overall "Treehouse of Horror XIII" works. Catch it whenever you can.moreless
  • Homer has many clones, Billy the kid returns, and Dr. Hibbert beings changing people into animals.

    9.5
    Send in the Clones



    Homer finds that his new hammock is capable of making clones, and he begins making and using the clones to do all of his chores. When one of the clones permanently takes care of Flanders, Homer decides to get rid of the clones and the hammock. So he takes them both out to cornfield where he leaves them. Only the clones begin using the hammock and start to proliferate themselves at an enormous rate, soon the town of Springfield is under invasion by an army of Homer clones. It's up to Lisa to give the army a suggestion that help them eliminate the clone problem. 4/5 I thought this episode offered some great jokes, and I loved the parody of multiplicity. The Right to Keep and Scare Harms



    Lisa finds the grave of William Bonney who was killed by gun violence. In his memory, she starts a gun control crusade, which makes Springfield totally gun-free; even the police no longer have guns. Now defenseless, the corpse of William "Billy the Kid" Bonney and his cohorts rise from the dead and start raising havoc in town. Professor Frink develops a time machine, which Homer uses to go back to the recent past to stop the ban on guns. 3/5 Maybe a little weaker of a story from the first but still amazing.





    The Island of Dr. Hibbert



    The family takes a trip to "The Island of Lost Souls," where they find Dr. Hibbert is running the island's resort. Marge thinks that something creepy is going on there, but when she goes off to investigate she is captured by Dr. Hibbert who turns her into a cat woman. Homer goes in search of a cure for Marge's condition and encounters Ned Flanders (who needs to be milked). Flanders takes Homer to meet the others who've been converted into beasts. While initially horrified at what they've all become, after thinking about it, he decides it might just be the life for him. 5/5 Great plot, Great jokes, Great segment. Overall- 12/15moreless
  • Great Treehouse of Horror nothing new for this series... What else more do I have to say?

    9.7
    Send In The Clones: Homer purchases a "magic" hammock which creates clones. He uses the hammock to start cloning himself to perform odd jobs around the house and care for the kids. But soon the clones start cloning themselves, until the town is overrun by Homers! The Fright To Creep And Scare Harms: Lisa convinces the town to abolish all guns in honour of a dead man's dream. When all guns are gone, the man and his crew raise from the dead. The town are in for a shock when they find out it is Billy The Kid, and he's out to cause trouble. The Island Of Dr. Hibbert: The Simpsons travel to an island operated by Dr. Hibbert. Homer notices everybody turning into animals and tries to figure out why. Can he figure out before it's too late, or will he become an animal too?moreless
  • I dont know why people dislike Season 13+ episodes, this was great!

    9.3
    What a great Treehouse of Horror episode with very funny stories. "Send in the Clones": Homer finds that his new hammock is capable of making clones, and he begins making and using the clones to do all of his chores. This is a very hilarious story, especially the part when Homer 'takes over' when Marge asks one of the clones for a little nookie. "The Right to Keep and Scare Harms": Lisa finds the grave of William Bonney who was killed by gun violence. In his memory, she bans all guns in Springfield, making Springfield totally gun-free. Now defenseless, the corpse of William "Billy the Kid" Bonney and his cohorts rise from the dead and start raising havoc in town. Professor Frink develops a time machine, which Homer uses to go back to the recent past to stop the ban on guns. This was funny especially when Kaiser Wilhelm appears on a horse and pretends to be a cowboy. The last one was a bit of a letdown but I liked the different 'manimals'. They actually resembled the characters.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

Tress MacNeille

Tress MacNeille

Agnes Skinner, Brandine Del Roy, Dolph and others

Recurring Role

Maggie Roswell

Maggie Roswell

Maude Flanders, Helen Lovejoy, Miss Hoover, and others

Recurring Role

Karl Wiedergott

Karl Wiedergott

Additional Voices

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Featured Music in this Episode: "Ride of the Valkyries" by Richard Wagner; and "Love the One You're With" by Stephen Stills.

    • Goof: After Flanders (as a cow) gives Homer a ride through the jungle, when he parts the bushes to see several others changed into animals as well, Ned's sleeves are colored blue instead of green.

    • Dr. Hibbert turns the following citizens of Springfield into the following animals (not in the correct order though):

      Homer= walrus
      Marge= panther
      Lisa= owl
      Maggie= anteater
      Bart= spider
      Skinner= baby kangaroo
      Skinner's mother= mother kangaroo
      Disco Stu= Disco shrew
      Selma= elephant
      Patty= lioness
      Kent Brockman= rhino
      Bumblebee Man= bumblebee
      Krusty=Lion
      Snake=skunk
      Mayor Quimby=panda
      Moe=frog
      Moleman=turtle
      Mr. Burns= fox
      Smithers= flamingo
      Sea Captain= alligator
      Dr. Nick= squirrel
      Willie= ape/gorilla
      Professor Frink= turkey
      Luigi= guinea pig
      Flanders= half cow
      Apu= opossum
      Apu's children= baby opossums
      Ralph=half peacock (he thought he was a dog)
      Chief Wiggum= pig
      Mrs. Krabappel= leopard
      Jasper= Billy goat
      Rainer Wolfcastle= rabbit
      Comic Book Guy= goat
      Otto= camel
      Nelson= wolf

    • Willie's fur changes from red to yellow in one of the scenes.

    • In The Island of Dr. Hibbert somebody proposes that all animals stop wearing trousers and Wiggum then pulls his trousers off but in the following scene, after Homer appears, when all are in a circle listening to him, Wiggum wears his trousers again.

  • QUOTES (30)

    • Homer: You guys are nuts! All you can do is eat and sleep and mate and roll around in your own filth and mate and eat--where do I sign up?

    • Marge: The House of Pain? I guess this is where you pay the bill. (does her trademark laugh) Why am I always funny when no one's around?

    • (Looking through kitchen window)
      Ned: Hey Homer I was wondering if I could borrow that chainsaw you ahh… stole from me.
      Homer: Yeah, but you'd have to leave a credit-card.
      Ned: No problem.(takes out card) Discover okay.
      Homer: Ned.
      Ned: Ok, here's my Amex.

    • Comic Book Guy (Half-goat): Hear me! A cursed bredren! I understand some of you are still wearing tattered pants. Please throw them on the bonfire, and embrace your animal essence.
      Chief Wiggum (Half-pig): Okay, but I'm keeping my tattered vest. I still have my dignity. Hey, slops! (eats slops) Ooohh, a toenail! Heh, Heh! (eats the toenail)

    • William "Billy the Kid" Bonney: The Sundance Kid!
      Comic Book Guy: What happened to Butch Cassidy?
      Sundance Kid: "What happened to Butch Cassidy?" We're not joined at the hip, ya know!

    • Lisa: How do you like being a walrus dad?
      Homer: It's great, I haven't been this skinny since high school.

    • Lisa: I dream of a world without guns. Don't we all, William?
      Bart: Lisa has a dead boyfriend!
      Lisa: He's not my dead boyfriend! He's a dead boy that happens to be my friend.

    • Bonney: Play us some pian-ee.
      (Homer starts Für Elise, and then a bullet ricochets…)
      Bonney: That's piano! I said pian-ee!
      (Homer plays western-style music.)
      Bonney: You! Play the cell-ee!
      (Marge plays a honky-tonk tune.)
      Bonney: You! Sing a song about cattle-russlin'. And you! Sing one about, uh, robbing banks.
      (song plays intro)
      Bart (sung): Caps in the field so you sneak up slow, grab 'em by the tail and go man, go.
      Lisa: Break into the bank and snatch that dough...
      Bart and Lisa: Please don't hurt our family.
      (Zombies shoot at the floor directly under Bart and Lisa)
      Homer: Marge, let me do a solo. This could be my big break!
      Marge: I very much doubt that, Homer. These are horrible ghouls from the past.
      Homer: Hey, so are the Grammy judges.

    • Lou: (handing in his gun) This always made me feel like a man, you know? Now all I got is my enormous genitals.

    • Homer: Oh my God! She's become a monster! Which I have to admit, I sorta suspected during the sex.

    • Marge: No belly button? You're a clone! Then the real Homer…
      Homer Clone: First over cliff.

    • Maude's Ghost: Are you ready for tales that will shatter your spine and boil your blood?!
      Lisa: Well, duh.

    • Homer: (after creating 4 clones) I think this could be a MAGIC hammock!

    • Sideshow Mel: Another tragedy prevented by gun violence!

    • Moe: All right, who's paying the tab?
      Homer Clones: LENNY!
      Lenny: Anything for Homers.

    • Quimby: I proudly declare our town utterly defenseless.

    • (Ralph Wiggum slides down a slide made from guns, giggling as the guns go off)
      Ralph: The bumps tickle my bottom!

    • Quimby: Springfield's weapons of death have been converted into weapons of climbing and sliding.

    • Lisa (counting the number of guns): 28, 29…there's one missing.
      Homer: Not Mr. Blasty! (stroking gun) It's okay, boy. You'll be shooting angels in heaven.
      (Sobbing)

    • Wiggum: Well, well. Not so tough without your gun, are you, Snake? (Snake slaps Wiggum on the side of the face) Oh! Ow! I guess you are. That's what I like about this job. You learn stuff.

    • Lisa: That's it! I know exactly what we should do.
      General #1: Thank God! And you said we shouldn't let little girls in the War Room.
      General #2: Look, I was wrong, okay?

    • Marge: They look like you, they were rude to Patty and Selma, and the horde has been described as "very gassy".
      Homer: Yeah, it's a good group.

    • Lisa: Dad, is there something you'd like to tell us about this horde?
      Homer: You'd think so, but no.

    • Kent Brockman: Like comedy clubs in the late '80s, these ravenous clones are everywhere. They destroyed every building in town, except Moe's Tavern, which is reporting record business.

    • Homer clones: (All chanting) Beer, beer, beer, beer, beer, beer.
      (Many beer cans heard opening, then being gulped. The Homer clones then run around to the back of the building, zippers are heard being pulled down.)
      Homer clones: (Relieved groans) Ahhhhhhhh.

    • 1987-1989 Homer: Let's all go out for some frosty chocolate milk shakes.

    • Homer: Now, before I abandon you in this cornfield, does anyone remember the way home?
      Homer clone: (Raises hand) I do.
      (Homer pulls out a rifle and shoots the clone.)
      Homer: Anybody else?
      (Another clone raises his hand. Homer shoots him.)
      Homer: Anybody else? Come on.
      (Another clone raises his hand and gets shot.)
      Homer: Okay, everybody out.

    • Homer: (Laughs) It would take three clones to beat the original Homer.
      Homer clones: (Excited) Hmmm...
      Homer: (Gasps) I mean four.
      Homer clones: (Disappointed groan)
      Homer: Suckers.

    • Homer & Homer clone: Why you little!!!

    • Homer: (While riding the half-Ned/half-cow) In the jungle, the creepy jungle, Homer rides a freak.

  • NOTES (3)

    • The cast/crew didn't use spooky names in place of their real names for this episode like past Halloween episodes (ex. Matt Groening changes it to 'Bat Groaning').

    • Maude Flanders returns from beyond the grave in this episode. The last time she appeared was in the episode "Alone Again, Natura-Diddly," but the last time Maggie Roswell provided Maude's voice was in "Guess Who's Coming to Criticize Dinner."

    • "Send in the Clones" featured a cameo by Peter Griffin from Family Guy and a minor speaking role by Homer drawn (and voiced) in the style in which he first appeared on The Tracey Ullman Show. Fat Homer also appears from the episode "King-Size Homer."

  • ALLUSIONS (8)

    • Looks like the only guns left are in my cold, dead hands.
      This is a poke at actor Charlton Heston, once the president of the National Rifle Association, and his speech given in May of 2000 when he said that Al Gore would have to rip his gun from "his cold dead hands."

    • House of Pain
      Not just a hut in a forest, but also a band from the '90s. House of Pain are best known for their hit single 'Jump Around', which has become a standard fixture in Alternative rock retro nights.

    • Fantasy Island: The theme to the original 1978 version of this show can briefly be heard after Homer decides he wants in on the animal transformation.

    • The idea of undead cowboys taking over the town comes from the song "Cowboys From Hell" by Pantera.

    • The scene with the helicopters lifting the giant donuts over the horde of Homers while "The Ride of the Valkyries" by Wagner plays in the background is a take on the 1979 film "Apocalypse Now," where a Lt. Colonel in command of an Air Cavalry unit liked to play the piece during helicopter raids to scare the enemy.

    • :
      "The Island of Dr. Hibbert" is based on the H.G. Wells novel "The Island of Dr. Moreau" where a mad doctor creates manlike beasts and rules over them. This story has been made into a movie on at least three occassions.

    • Homer: Manimals, invertibroads...
      When Homer confronts the mutated population of Dr. Hibbert's island, he makes a reference to the 80's NBC drama Manimal, about a scientist who can transform himself into the animal of his liking.

    • One of the Homer clones is made to look like Peter Griffin from the FOX TV show Family Guy. The writers were calling Peter Griffin a rip-off of Homer.

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