The Simpsons

Season 16 Episode 1

Treehouse of Horror XV

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Nov 07, 2004 on FOX
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Treehouse of Horror XV
The Ned Zone Ned develops a sixth sense that allows him to see the deaths of everyone he touches. When he sees himself murder Homer, he tries his best to keep his vision from coming true.Four Beheadings and a Funeral A take on the Jack the Ripper story that casts Lisa and Bart as Eliza Simpson and Dr. Bartley, who try to discover the identity of the "Mutton Chop Murderer." In the Belly of the Boss A parody of Fantastic Voyage in which the Simpson family goes on a rescue mission after Maggie is accidentally shrunk and ingested by Mr. Burns.moreless

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  • The sixteenth season begins with The Simpsons continuing its annual Halloween tradition with the fifteenth installment of the "Treehouse of Horror" series.

    A very entertaining episode of this long running series. Everything works here in my opinion. The prologue scene was very good. A nice way to insert Kang and Kodos into the episode. Being a big Stephen King fan I enjoyed "The Ned Zone". The segment was very well written. The ending was very clever. Just when you thought things were all wrapped up, Homer rears his ugly head (Or should I say his . I did have a problem with the second segment however, everybody's cheesy British accents were a liability. Sometimes it was tough making out what they were trying to say. That may just have been the point, but it did take away from the overall enjoyment of the segment. The whole eel pie thing was too gross for my tastes. The episode concludes with a great parody of a great science fiction movie. There were a lot of genuine laughs from start to finish in the final segment. Overall, chapter fifteen was a good one. "Treehouse of Horror" is something I always look forward to every year.moreless
  • in the ned zone ned flaanders gets the power to see peoples deaths. in 4 beheadings and a funaral the muttenchop murderer kills of towns wimen. and finaly in the belly of the boss mr burns swallows maggiemoreless

    truly the best treehouse of horrers and the 2nd best episode.

    the best being capefear treehouse of horror xv is 2nd.

    the best out of this is the ned zone.

    2 brillent episodes followed by 1 not so good one.

    the ned zone is made from the dead zone 4 beheadings and a funoral is like 4 weddings and a funoral and jack the ripper.

    i never geust who the mutten chop murderer was i thought it was homer.

    actually it kined of remides me of sherlock holms death by decrea.

    the last story ends well but i dont realy like it to much its ok.moreless
  • The last good Treehouse of Horror episode.

    This was probably the last good Treehouse of Horror episode. The Ned Zone:

    Flanders gets a sixth sense that allows him to see the deaths of everyone he touches. When he sees himself murder Homer, he goes on a mission to try and keep that from coming true. Which results in him shooting Homer and Homer's dead body falls on the self-destruct button at the nuclear plant and he unintentionally blows up the city of Springfield, and kills everyone. At least they're all in a better place.

    Four Beheadings and a Funeral:

    A spin on the Jack the Ripper story which involves Lisa and Bart as Eliza Simpson and Dr. Bartley who discover the identity of the "Mutton Chop Murderer". The murderer turns out to be their Police Chief (Wiggum).

    In the Belly of the Boss:

    Maggie gets inside of a pill at a "New Invention Expo". The pill gets shrunk by Dr. Frink's shrink ray. The pill is then swallowed by Mr. Burns. The rest of the Simpsons family get shrunk inside a submarine and go inside Mr. Burns to find Maggie. They find her, but they have to leave someone behind. That would be Homer. Homer returns to full size inside Mr. Burns' body.

    Overall, this was probably one of the last good ToH eps. My favorite part was the first one, the second was pretty decent, and the third, was not the greatest.moreless
  • Mediocre

    In the first tale, Ned has the power to see how people die. He sees Homer about to blow up the town... will he be able to save the town?

    Next, murders! Who is a murderer?

    Then, Mr. Burns swallows Maggie, and so the family has to get her out. Will they manage to do so?

    Meh, it was alright I guess, none were really scary and I do not remember a lot of funny lines or jokes. It seemed pretty average, actually, and so my grade for this episode is a C or so, which I consider an average grade. Average grade for an average episodemoreless
  • The last good Treehouse of horror.

    The Ned zone:

    Although it's yet another movie parody, it was very creative, and this time the ending didn't suck. I admit it was kind of disturbing to see Homer getting shot like that but it helped to bring better ending. One plothole, since when do policemen give you their weapons if you kindly ask them?


    Four beheadings and a funeral:

    This was good until the...(God, I hate to repeat myself)... the ending. Rating by low memory: 4/5

    In the belly of the boss:

    Well, this was weak. Nothing fascinating, the Crazy cat lady language translator is probably the best part of this segment.

    Rating: 3/5moreless
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

Marie Cain

Marie Cain


Guest Star

Tress MacNeille

Tress MacNeille

Agnes Skinner, Brandine Del Roy, Dolph and others

Recurring Role

Karl Wiedergott

Karl Wiedergott

Additional Voices

Recurring Role

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • During the closing credits, the music which played was the theme song from the former '70s/Mark Lynn Baker/Bronson Pinchot sitcom, Perfect Strangers entitled "Nothing's Gonna Stop Me Now."

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

  • QUOTES (12)

    • Ned: Homer, do not press the core destruct button!
      Transmitted into the booth: Homer, (Static) press (Static) Destruct button!
      Homer: Okay.
      Ned: Don't do it! You'll kill everyone!
      Transmitted: (Static) Do it! (Static) Kill everyone!

    • Lisa: More snickers bar pie, dad?
      Mr. Burns: Oh my, no.
      Homer: (inside Burns) If I say we're still hungry, we're still hungry! You don't wanna piss off somebody who can kick you in the crotch from the inside!

    • Ned: Homer, please, don't tempt the gods... er, I mean God! There's one God! Only one! Well, sometimes there's three.

    • (Ned shoots Homer)
      Ned: Homer! Fall backward! (Homer walks backwards and dies outside the button)
      Ned: Phew!
      (Homer turns on to his back and dies)
      Ned: Phew!
      (Homer's tongue comes out and hits the button)
      Ned: Oh, you stupid son of a…… (town explodes)

    • Lisa: If you must kill our dad, remember the family motto: not in the face.

    • Wiggum: (sighs) Looks like the Mutton-Chop Murderer has struck again.
      Lou: What should we do with the body?
      Wiggum: I want you to dust her for prints.
      Eddie: What does that mean?
      Wiggum: The prince is coming by and I want her clean when he looks her over.

    • Ned: I had a vision of my self... shooting your father.
      Bart: In this neighborhood, who hasn't?

    • Ned: Homer, stay away from the nuclear plant.
      Homer: Fine, I'll never go back… starting tomorrow. Today is Lenny's birthday and they're having ice cream cake.
      Ned: B-B-B-But you'll kill us all!
      Homer: But ice cream cake!
      (Homer drives off)

    • Bart: Am I the only one who is in horrible pain?
      Homer: You're the only one who won't shut up about it!

    • Marge: Why is my suit so revealing?
      Homer: Because that's what turns a mediocre voyage into a fantastic voyage!

    • Marge: Homer, I'm so mad at you! I bet you blew up the town just to get out of cleaning the garage.
      Homer: (laughs) Everything's coming up Homer.
      Marge: Yeah, well the joke's on you, smart guy. The garage made it to Heaven, too!

    • (Homer tosses Ned a gun and tempts him to use it)
      Homer: Come on, shoot me a new one! (sarcastically) Oooh, I'm so scared! Ned Flanders is pointing a gun at me! You couldn't even shoot me by accident, even if I whack the barrel like this. (Homer knocks the gun around, laughing)
      Flanders: Quick whackin' my barrel!
      Homer: Never!

  • NOTES (4)

    • Because of money problems, the Latin American voices that played the Simpson family, and a few other characters, changed, after 15 years; others stayed the same.

    • This episode received the 2005 Emmy nomination for Outstanding Music Composition For A Series (Dramatic Underscore).

    • In this Halloween edition, producer Mike Scully is credited as "Mike 'Completely Savage' Scully". Beginning in 2004, Scully teamed up with fellow ex-Simpsons producer, Julie Thacker, to work on the show Complete Savages for ABC's TGIF line-up.

    • God appears at the end of the first act of this episode (The Ned Zone) and God has five fingers just like he did in the season 4 episode "Homer the Heretic." Of the five-fingered God Matt Groening said "the theological implications of which are staggering." (Intro to Season 4 DVD)


    • Gypsy
      Homer's comment, "Everything's coming up Homer!" is a reference to the song "Everything's Coming Up Roses" from the Broadway musical Gypsy.

    • The Adventures of Little Nemo
      The ending segment of "Four Beheadings and a Funeral" with Ralph and Chief Wiggum flying on a bed is a parody of the novel and animated film The Adventures of Little Nemo.

    • Jack the Ripper
      In "Four Beheadings and a Funeral" the whole story about the police officer being the killer is an actual Jack the Ripper theory. The theory was that a former officer of Scotland Yard was the Ripper, but was proven false because he suffered strokes before the murders occurred.

    • Firefly
      Co-Executive Producer Don Payne is credited as Don "Reavers" Payne. "Reavers" are the race of cannibals that menace the edge of the solar system in television series Firefly.

    • Homer: Because that's what turns a mediocre voyage into a fantastic voyage!
      The 1966 film about a group of people miniaturized and injected into a man's body to save his live, is called Fantastic Voyage, from which the third story is taken. Raquel Welch, busty sixties screen siren, wore a revealing outfit very much like Marge's in it.

    • The Dead Zone
      "The Ned Zone" is from the Stephen King story The Dead Zone, where Johnny Smith, the main character, possesses the power to foresee people's deaths by touching them. This story has been made into a film starring Christopher Walken and a television series starring Anthony Michael Hall.

    • Perfect Strangers
      The closing credits were freeze frames from the episode, with the song "Nothing's Gonna Stop Me Now" playing behind them, aping the closing credits sequence of the TV show Perfect Strangers.

    • Four Weddings and a Funeral
      The title of the segment "Four Beheadings and a Funeral," is a take on the title of the 1994 comedy Four Weddings and a Funeral. Of course this segment also resembles Sherlock Holmes and the true actions of the late 1800's killer Jack the Ripper!