The Simpsons

Season 20 Episode 4

Treehouse of Horror XIX

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Nov 02, 2008 on FOX
8.0
out of 10
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226 votes
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Episode Summary

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Opener: When Homer casts his vote for Senator Obama the sinister electronic voting machine instead tallies a vote for Senator McCain.

Untitled Robot Parody: Bart buys a possessed Malibu Stacy convertible for Lisa for Christmas. A Transformers parody ensues.

How to Get Ahead in Dead-Vertising: A group of ad executives discover Homer and his talent of killing celebrities. With the celebrities out of the way, the advertisers can use their likenesses and not have to pay royalties--That is, until their ghosts seek revenge on Homer.

It's the Grand Pumpkin, Milhouse: A parody of It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown starring Milhouse as Linus, Lisa as Sally, and Bart as Charlie Brown.moreless

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Very funny parodies!

    9.5
    One of the best Treehouse of Horrors of them all!



    For the Transformers spoof, I liked the anagram openings they featured. Reminded me of an Ore-Ida French Fries commercial back in the 1990's.



    The best gag line was when Bart saw Homer & Ned's transformed cars battling. Bart quipped, "This is what Boxing Day is meant to be!" Boxing Day is the day after Christmas that Canada, the UK & Australia celebrate. Maybe the day after, Mexico could celebrate Wrestling Day (LOL).



    But the best was "It's The Grand Pumpkin, Milhouse", with Simpson characters spoofing Peanuts. Loved Marge playing the trombone gag.moreless
  • The second segment lowered my score

    7.0
    First of all, I didn't like the introduction of this episode but I really don't include intros in my averaging but I just thought I let it out of the way



    Untitled Robot Parody: Bart buys a possessed Malibu Stacy convertible for Lisa for Christmas. A Transformers parody ensues. Awesome!!! I really loved this segment. It was hilarious all the way through and just plain creative. Marge talking to the Transformers was hilarious and the ending has to be my favorite part of the first segment. Overall, the first segment was PERFECT. 10/10



    How to Get Ahead in Dead-Vertising: A group of ad executives discover Homer and his talent of killing celebrities. With the celebrities out of the way, the advertisers can use their likenesses and not have to pay royalties--That is, until their ghosts seek revenge on Homer. Weakest of the three segments in my opinion. Not that it's a terrible segment but compared to the first and third segment of this THoH episode, it's pretty unwatchable. I really wasn't too crazy about the storyline here. Also, I thought Krusty getting shredded and Homer pumping his heart was a little too over-the-top to see. I laughed a few times but that's all really I can say about this. Could have been a better segment, just saying. 4.5/10



    It's the Grand Pumpkin, Milhouse: A parody of It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown starring Milhouse as Linus, Lisa as Sally, and Bart as Charlie Brown. I really loved this segment. It was a fantastic parody of "It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" and they really did a well done job with this one. Hilarious and creative all the way through. Ending was funny as well. Overall, this third and final segment was perfect. 10/10



    Man, it was really tough to range on my overall score because of the second segment but I think my score should be fair and correct if you ask me. If it's not correct then that's okay, it's close enough



    OVERALL SCORE: 7/10 (averaging all three ratings together)

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  • The best Treehouse Of Horror since XIV.

    10
    This THOH is really great and I have to say that this is the best Treehouse Of Horror XIV which was back in 2003. There has been THOH with one good parts in the past 4 seasons but this one is better then those ones.



    The opening was very funny because I felt that is how George W. Bush got into the White House by votes that did not count. The Simpsons writers really pointed it out.



    -The Unknown Robot story felt short but I guess that has a lot to do with the actors & writer strike.



    -The Dead Verting is my favorite part of the three. There were many funny gags in this like Chief Wiggum and who is supposingly copying se lol. I like the Psyco Killer song in the middle while Homer is killing the celebritiys. The Lincoln joke of being gay was pritty funny



    -Is it me or does the Pumpkin Patch episode looked drawn out by hand instead of computer which it has been for years. Out of that I thought there where really great jokers like Homer craving funny faces in front of the pumpkin was very funny.



    I think Matt Warburton did a great job writing here and so did Bob Anderson, Matthew Schofield and the rest of the animators did a really great job here.moreless
  • One segment was pretty bad.

    8.0
    Untitled Robot Parody: Bart gives lisa a Malibu Stacy convertible toy for christmas, but it turns into an evil robot. This segement was pretty bad. There were no jokes at all, and it had an awful ending. 1/5



    How To get ahead in Deadvertising: Homer starts killing celeberties, and getting payed for it.

    This was pretty good. It ahead a few good jokes, but it was kinda gross. 3.5/5



    Grand Pumpkin: In a parody of Charlie Brown, Milhouse believes in the Grand Pumpkin, and he comes to live and starts killing everybody.

    I liked this segment. It was pretty funny, and I liked seeing everyone as different Peanuts characters.



    Overall Grade: 80%/B-moreless
  • Not as bad as people say.

    5.0
    Untitled robot parody:

    Yes, yet another parody of a "blockbuster" movie, but this time it was bearable. However, the ending is insanely retarded, how could they only think of such an apsurd finale. But, on the other hand, "Citizen Kang" ended in similar way but somehow it succeeded.

    3/5



    How to Get Ahead in Dead-Vertising:

    I like this one actually. Although it has nothing to do with ThoH setting and theme, it's quite enjoyable. I always had thought of this segment as a satire on all these suspicious businesses that operate around media space.

    5/5



    It's the Grand Pumpkin, Milhouse:

    Why is it "Grand"? lol

    What we're dealing here is a naughty deride of a child cartoon. The writer looks like he's giggling while writing those magnificent lines. Worthy of a Roman empire.

    1/5



    Episode overall:

    3/5moreless
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

Yeardley Smith

Yeardley Smith

Lisa Simpson

Hank Azaria

Hank Azaria

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

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

Pamela Hayden

Pamela Hayden

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

Recurring Role

Tress MacNeille

Tress MacNeille

Agnes Skinner, Brandine Del Roy, Dolph and others

Recurring Role

Marcia Wallace

Marcia Wallace

Edna Krabappel

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Alternate titles for "Untitled Robot Parody" include: Morf Transers, Trans Morfers, and Snort Farmers.

    • All the characters shown in the title sequence of "How to Get Ahead in Dead-Vertising" are: Marge, Patty, Selma, Edna, Grampa, Mona, Homer, Lurleen Lumpkin, Ruth Powers, Maggie, Rod, Ned, Maude, Todd, Medicine Woman(from The Simpsons Movie), Spiderpig, Lisa, Agnes Skinner, and Amber(from "Viva Ned Flanders") and Lindsay Neagle.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Nelson: Touch me and I'll cut your friend.
      The Grand Pumpkin: What do I care? That's a yellow pumpkin.
      Nelson: You're a racist!
      The Grand Pumpkin: All pumpkins are racist. The difference is that I admit it. (starts eating Nelson)
      Nelson: I'd rather die than hate!

    • (After several appliances transform into robots in the kitchen)
      Homer: Hmmm. Is there something different about the kitchen?
      Robots: (speaking together and waving their hands) No, no, no, no, no.
      (The toaster transforms into the word "NO")
      Homer: Well, the toaster's never lied to me before.

    • Chief Wiggum: (after getting shot) I always thought I'd die of hepatitis!

    • (From "It's the Grand Pumpkin, Milhouse")
      Millhouse: Who wants to sing pumpkin carols?!
      Nelson: I got a pumpkin carol for you! (clears throat, singing to the tune of "We Wish You a Merry Christmas") You are such a stupid moron! It makes people want to punch you! The Grand Pumpkin's super gaaaaaay! Punch, punch, punch, punch, wedgie!
      (Nelson gives Milhouse four punches and a wedgie)

    • (Homer is being sucked into the possessed voting machine during the opener.)
      Homer: This doesn't happen in America! Maybe in Ohio--but not America!

  • NOTES (2)

    • Kang and Kodos, who are seen regularly in the Treehouse of Horror specials, only have a non-speaking cameo appearance in "It's the Grand Pumpkin, Milhouse". They're only in the scene where they're dancing like the Peanuts gang with several of the children.

    • A controversy occured with the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) over this episode when Nelson Muntz stated that the Grand Pumpkin is "super gay."
      A spokesperson for the GLSEN said "many people say gay without even realizing what they're saying is bad, we're trying to educate people that this is a term that is hurtful to young people when used in a negative way."
      There have been various homosexual related jokes throughout the series, but have never caused controversy.

  • ALLUSIONS (5)

    • Futurama

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      The label of the can of Somber String has an image of Phillip Fry being hung. Fry is the main character on Futurama, another show created by Matt Groening.

    • Homer: This doesn't happen in America! Maybe in Ohio--but not America!
      This refers to the many conspiracy theories attributing George W. Bush's defeat of John Kerry in the 2004 Presidential election to supposedly rigged electronic voting machines.

    • Transformers
      The first segment of the episode, "Untitled Robot Parody," is a parody of Transformers.

    • Mad Men
      The title sequence for "How to Get Ahead in Dead-Vertising" is a Simpsonized version of the opening credits of the television series Mad Men.

    • Peanuts
      Aside from the final segment, "It's the Grand Pumpkin, Milhouse!" being a parody of the 1966 Peanuts TV special It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!, the dancing at the Halloween party mimics the dance moves of A Charlie Brown Christmas, complete with the same music ("Christmas is Coming," by Vince Guaraldi).

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