The Simpsons

Season 19 Episode 5

Treehouse of Horror XVIII

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Nov 04, 2007 on FOX
8.0
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The 18th installment of the Treehouse of Horror series. E.T. Go Home Bart and Lisa help Kodos "phone home," but Kodos uses their assistance to secretly plan something sinister. Mr. & Mrs. Simpson A parody of the 2005 film Mr. and Mrs. Smith, featuring Marge and Homer as the title characters. Heck House Flanders decides to scare Bart, Lisa, and their friends straight after they go too far with their Halloween pranks.moreless

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  • there's no horror in it!

    7.0
    Actually, I like the opening title in this episode. And, from the three stories in this episode, I only like "Mr & Mrs Simpsons" but it's not horror I think.

    I don't know why, but this Treehouse of Horror episode doesn't give me a scared things or horror sense.
  • In the later seasons, these Treehouse of Horror episodes suck whether it's in the "poor" or "bad" or even lower range but this one was awesome

    10
    E.T. Go Home Bart and Lisa help Kodos "phone home," but Kodos uses their assistance to secretly plan something sinister. This first segment of "The Simpsons" was awesome. It was hilarious and it's an excellent parody of the 1984 film "E.T. The Extra Terrestrial". I couldn't stop laughing and it was just all-around excellent. Overall, the first segment of "The Simpsons" was perfect. 10/10



    Mr. & Mrs. Simpson A parody of the 2005 film Mr. and Mrs. Smith, featuring Marge and Homer as the title characters. This second segment of "The Simpsons" was perfect just like the first segment. It was an awesome parody of the 2005 film "Mr. and Mrs. Smith". The action scene in this episode was awesome and hilarious at the same time. Chief Wiggum's appearance in this segment was funny and the ending was funny as well. Overall, the second segment was perfect. 10/10



    Heck House Flanders decides to scare Bart, Lisa, and their friends straight after they go too far with their Halloween pranks. This third segment isn't quite as good as the other two segments but I still really liked it and it was hilarious for the most part. I could never tell if this is a parody of "Monster House" though since they didn't enter a haunted house or anything like that. The part where Bart, Nelson, Millhouse, and Lisa were tricking the neighborhood was funny. I think after the part where Ned takes them to Hell is when this segment started to drag. Overall, an almost perfect third segment. 9.5/10



    OVERALL SCORE (averaging all three ratings together) : 10/10moreless
  • The Simpsons continues it's annual Halloween tradition with the eighteenth installment of the "Treehouse of Horror" series.

    6.0
    This episode is by far the most disappointing installment of the "Treehouse of Horror" series. I found the first two segments to be dull and recycled. OK, Kodos is trying to destroy humanity. That has been done several times before in this series. I hope the scene of Homer smothering Kodos means we have seen the last of the sinister alien. The parody of Mr. & Mrs. Smith did not work at all. Boring and unfunny. The final segement, "Heck House," was the best of the three. It was original, well written and very funny (except for the quick ending).moreless
  • Stupid, but it didn't reach the bottom yet.

    3.0
    E.T. go home:

    I watched this episode a long time ago and i don't remember almost anything about this segment, but I still didn't forget mindless jokes like Kang's intergalactic balls getting hurt, Homer acting like Lincoln and swat team getting owned by Kang's ray gun. Eeshhh.

    2/5



    Mr & Mrs Simpson:

    As usually, new writers don't know when to stop, so they serve us overused plotlines like this one, give a few references about the original movie and finish the segment with a happy end a la Full House. Isn't it wonderful?

    3/5



    Heck house:

    Is it just me, or is there a chance of improved stories? This episode was both funny and creepy, but those parts with Homer at the restaurant and Willie fighting with transformer were totally unnecessarily. 4/5



    Episode overall:

    3/5moreless
  • Not the best Halloween episode they made.

    7.0
    When I heard about this episode on the internet a year ago I was a little excited to see it but not very excited. And I was right to be not very excited. As a fan of The Simpsons I am a little disappointed by this halloween episode. All the segments were somewhat funny and not even close to be scary, but if I had to pick a segment that I like it would have to be the Mr. and Mrs. Smith parody because I like the fight scene between Homer and Marge, it was hilarious. The E.T. parody was okay but the last segment was poor to me. Some of the jokes were pretty cliche and predictable. I watched it again this year and it's still not funny. But there are still funny moments in the episode like how people died in the episode and it still makes it a pretty good episode.moreless
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

Tress MacNeille

Tress MacNeille

Agnes Skinner, Brandine Del Roy, Dolph and others

Recurring Role

Pamela Hayden

Pamela Hayden

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

Recurring Role

Maurice LaMarche

Maurice LaMarche

Additional Voices

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Spider Pig/Harry Plopper makes a cameo during the "Heck House" segment.

    • According to this episode, Homer weighs 241 pounds.

    • The FOX promos that "invade" the screen while Marge introduces the episode provide advertisement for 24, American Idol, COPS, House, Prison Break, and Pro Football on Sundays.

    • This episode reuses the Addams Family style Simpsons closing theme from "Treehouse of Horror IV".

    • Music From This Episode
      "E.T. Theme" by John Williams (Used throughout the "E.T. Go Home" segment.)
      "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" by Paul Dukas (Used as Kodos activates his space portal and several aliens come marching out of it.)
      "Ride of the Valkyries" by Richard Wagner (Heard while the tanks and helicopters attack the aliens in the "E.T. Go Home" segment.)
      "Blitzkrieg Bop" by The Ramones (Used while Milhouse, Nelson, Bart and Lisa go on their prank rampage.)

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Lisa: I can't believe that an alien who looked so evil turned out to be bad.
      Marge: Hmm, I guess you should judge a book by its cover.
      Secret Agent: Definitely! Especially if you count the inside flap as part of the cover, it usually gives you a great idea of what the book's about.

    • (From "Mr. & Mrs. Simpson.")
      Marge: All those nights I thought you were out getting drunk, you were out killing people?!
      Homer: I was out getting drunk, then killing people!

    • Ned Flanders: That concludes our Halloween show for this year. I just wanna say that for those watching this network, you're all going to Hell and that includes FX, Fox Sports, and our newest devil's portal, The Wall Street Journal. Welcome to the club!

    • (In "Mr. & Mrs. Simpson" Homer is talking to Mr. Burns via satellite.)
      Mr. Burns: Greetings, 241.
      Homer: Why does he always bring up my weight?

    • (In "Mr. & Mrs. Simpson" Homer and Marge both shoot Principal Skinner.)
      Principal Skinner: (Dying) Remember me... on pizza... Fridays.
      Homer: No!

    • (In "E.T. Go Home" Bart shows Kodos his bedroom.)
      Bart: So, this is my Krusty doll, Funzo, Linguo, Iraq War Sergeant Activity with insufficient armor, Phonic Frog, cat skull, Jim Halterman bobble head doll. He's a local car dealer.
      (Kodos grabs the bobble head doll.)
      Kodos: Hmm. Do all humans have such weak necks, or just the one you call "Jim Halterman"?

    • (In "Mr. & Mrs. Simpson" Homer prepares to assassinate Kent Brockman using a sniper rifle.)
      Homer: Now all I have to do is think of a clever line before I pull the trigger. (Thinks) Oh, that's a perfect one. But I don't need to say it out loud 'cause I'm by myself.

    • (In "Mr. & Mrs. Simpson" Marge serves Homer dinner.)
      Marge: Homie, I made you my killer lasagna.
      Homer's Brain: It's poison. Whatever you do, don't eat it.
      (Homer takes a bite.)
      Homer's Brain: Okay, you're already eating it, but don't finish it.
      (Homer finishes the lasagna.)
      Homer's Brain: Okay, you finished it, but don't ask for--
      Homer: Seconds, please.
      Homer's Brain: You moron! Just kill her!
      Homer: I'll kill her after dessert!
      (Marge reaches into a pie on the table and pulls out two handguns, while Homer quickly produces a shotgun.)
      Marge: You're a killer for hire!
      Homer: You ruined that pie!

    • (In "Mr. & Mrs. Simpson" Chief Wiggum shows up while Marge and Homer are in the midst of trying to kill each other.)
      Chief Wiggum: We got a complaint from an anonymous "neighborino" about an elaborately choreographed, high octane, ultra-fight.
      (Marge shoots Chief Wiggum through the chest with a crossbow.)
      Chief Wiggum: I would have taken a bribe. (Collapses on the floor.)

    • (In "Heck House" Bart dispenses a little "wisdom".)
      Bart: "Trick or Treat" isn't just some phrase you chant mindlessly like The Lord's Prayer. It's an oral contract!

    • (In "Mr. & Mrs. Simpson" Marge pulls a bloody machete out of the dishwasher.)
      Marge: Hmm. You just can't get Russian gangster blood out. Must be something they eat.

  • NOTES (3)

  • ALLUSIONS (4)

    • Transformers
      The tractor that changes into a robot and then decapitates Groundskeeper Willie parodies the machine-into-robot transformations from the 1980's cartoon Transformers.

    • Dancing With the Stars
      When Marge sends Bart out to the shed for some more butane in the "E.T. Go Home" segment, Bart is busy watching Samba With the Stars starring Itchy and Scratchy. The show is an obvious parody of the ABC series, Dancing With the Stars.

    • Mr. & Mrs. Smith
      The title and plot of the "Mr. & Mrs Simpson" segment is a parody of the title and plot of the 2005 film, Mr. & Mrs. Smith.

    • E.T. The Extra Terrestrial
      The title and plot of the "E.T. Go Home" segment is basically a parody of the title and plot from the 1982 Steven Speilberg film, E.T. The Extra Terrestrial.

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