The Simpsons

Season 21 Episode 4

Treehouse of Horror XX

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Oct 18, 2009 on FOX
out of 10
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Episode Summary

Title Sequence: Homer and Marge throw a Halloween party, and real monsters show up to it, creating havoc when their wives show up. Dial "M" for Murder or Press "#" to Return to Main Menu: Lisa winds up in detention for being disruptive in class when another student is chosen for a spelling bee. She and Bart meet and discuss their plan to prank their teachers, except Bart's meaning of prank is different... Don't Have a Cow, Mankind: Krusty's new burger makes the citizens of Springfield turn into zombies. 28 days later, the Simpsons are still locked up in their home, and discover that Bart's Krusty Burger immunity is the key to solving the zombie crisis. There's No Business Like Moe Business: Homer, Marge and Moe are the main players in a Broadway style musical set in Moe's Tavern that tells the story of their complicated love-triangle.moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Best modern THOH

    I love all three segments, best one since the episode from season 10. I wish the intro was funnier though.
  • Zombie dresses up as "SpongeBob SquarePants" (my all-time favorite cartoon) in the introduction of this THoH episode :D lol

    Intro: HIlarious!!! unfortunately it's WAY more funnier than three segments. I LOL'd at Frankenstein, Dracula, Mummy, and Werewolf wearing the costumes of Iron Man (MARVEL superhero), Jack Sparrow (from the "Pirates of the Caribbean" trilogy), Harry Potter (from...well... the "Harry Potter" trilogy), and BEST OF ALL as I mentioned in my intro "SpongeBob SquarePants" (the animated Nickelodeon series which happens to be my all-time favorite cartoon) so that made me LOL the most. Sorry but I'm NOT gonna give a score on the intro though, it must be a SEGMENT for me to score it BUT if it was a segment, I give 10 out of 10 so now let's get to the segments.

    Dial "M" for Murder or Press "#" to Return to Main Menu: It was an okay segment. I really liked how it was in the black-and-white format and that it parodies Alfred Hitchcock which I find to be clever plus the fact that they play the "Psycho" (1960 film) score throughout this segment and that's the positive. About 4 parts of this segment overall made me laugh. The storyline was just okay but I honestly got bored almost throughout the entire segment but it wasn't bad at all. The ending was pretty funny though. 6/10

    Don't Have a Cow, Mankind: Oh my gosh, please help me PLEASE. This segment was so bad and the worst of the three segments. The segment was nothing but boredom plus it's just disgusting. The most disgusting part is the very ending of the segment with Bart bathing and everyone drinking from it... eww, I seriously wanted to vomit after seeing that. It's more gross seeing it than how it hears. I laughed maybe 3 times out of the whole segment and they were pretty good/decent laughs but for the most part, I hated this segment. Avoid this segment, unless you want to vomit afterwards then go ahead and watch it but I'm warning you... just know what you're about to see. 3/10

    There's No Business Like Moe Business: This segment ties with the first segment. It was somewhat enjoyable to watch. It's WAY better than the second segment but just like the first two segment, it does get boring and at least 75% through the segment is boring but there are positives. I didn't laugh much here, maybe a couple of times and that's it. The thing I like the most about this segment are just the musical numbers and that's it. I find all of the musical numbers in this segment to be extremely or mildly catchy. The storyline is... well... meh but yeah it ain't that bad my friends. Overall, this segment is weak and boring but it is quite enjoyable mostly for the musical numbers. 6/10

    OVERALL: 4.5/10 (averaging all three ratings together)moreless
  • They should rename it into "Treehouse of tragicomedy".

    Dial "M" for Murder or Press "#" to Return to Main Menu:

    OK, you could easily guess that this is a free adaptation of a great Hitchcock movie, Dial M for murder. I'm a big Hitchcock fan, and I expected more of this segment, to be honest. At the very beginning, Lisa acts annoying, shouts, screams and jealousy spurts from every of her pores. It's very disturbing to watch that part. Later we have a predictable twist, and some psychodelic chase scene which doesn't make any sense. After Hitchcock apparently dies, Lisa chases Bart into some kind of sick Salvador Dali's creation, to kill him at a playground and, still, we have a happy end. How nice


    Don't have a cow, mankind:

    You know how in every ThoH we have a mediocre story which drops the score of the entire episode? Well, what can I say about this? Woooow, zombies, how original. It really does seem like writers of new ThoH episodes think that a nice parody of a trash movie can be fine? What happened to original stories?

    Also, majority of this part was boring as hell and DISGUSTING.


    There's no business like Moe business:

    The best part of the episode, but it really doesn't belong in here. Yet another movie parody, and where's the scary part? Why is it even called Treehouse of HORROR? What happened to old, atmospheric plotlines like the one from "The thing and I"? What is supposed to be scary here. Don't get me wrong, this segment is brilliant, but appeared here just to fill in the 10 blank pages from "Don't have a cow, mankind" to "Executive producer:..."


    The episode itself rating:

  • I LOVE THIS ONE!!!!!!!

    This was a great Treehouse of horror episode. It was much much much better than that poorly written Great Wife Hope that aired previously. It was also funny to see a Zombie dress up as SpongeBob, see Alfred Hitchcock fall off the president mountain, Homer beating up Bart to dial the phone number, Homer sing a gay song, and the "Yank My Area" in the credits. How could you not like this episode? The beginning of it was a bit boring, but the rest was hilarious. It's also the first scary themed episode to aire on October since a long time ago. Good job on this episode!

    grade: A+

    Hope the next episode is good also.moreless
  • Halloween always bring the show back!

    It was about time for a great episode!!! The epiosde starts with Dracula, Mummy, Frankenstein and Werewolf being mocked by the school bullies because of ther old disguises, so they dress up like Iron Man, Jack Sparrow, Spongebob and Harry Potter, respectively. They attend to the Simpsons' party, but when their wives arrive they murder Homer and take their husbands. (the Xs on homer's eyes are the XX of the title)

    1st segment: Dial M for Murder of Press # to Return to Main Menu: Lisa and bart criss cross and plan to do a "ding-dong ditch" on their silblings' teachers. After Lisa rings her doorbell and runs, she realized Bart ment kill them. she refuses and after thinking a bit, she deicdes to kill Bart. After a chase seen she accidentally kill him. 2 best segment.

    2nd segment: Don't Have a Cow Mankind: This one was easily the best of the night IMO, it was fun from start to end. Krusty realeases Burger2, made with mad cows fed with cows, with turns Springfieldians into "munchers". After Bart escapes to eat a Burger2 and returns with no side effects, they asks Hibbert what to do. It was simple: take him to the Safe zone. With the help of vegetarian Apu, they get there, but the military wants to eat Bart to heal the munchers,but they though of an alternate solution: make Bart bath on their food.

    3rd segment: There's no Business like Moe business: worst of the night, but not because of it being not fun, it was, but it wasn't horror-y. It told the tale of how Homer got stuck in Moe's beer machine and the beer had a new ingredient: Homer's blood. Marge thinks of dating Moe, but Homer arrives and takes Marge back. Oh and Homer sung a song about the joys of being gay.

    Better than everything so far this season and better than other THOH.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

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

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  • NOTES (1)


    • 28 Days Later/28 Weeks Later and I Am Legend
      The "Don't Have a Cow, Mankind" segment is loosely based on the plots of 28 Days Later and its sequel 28 Weeks Later where a deadly virus spreads quickly through the population. A similar affliction occurs in I Am Legend, but a cure is discovered and a journey to an area called the Safe Zone is made to save humanity occurs in the latter movie.

    • Alfred Hitchcock
      The "Dial "M" for Murder or Press "#" to Return to Main Menu" segment is a parody of various Alfred Hitchcock films, such as Psycho, Dial M for Murder and Strangers on a Train. Hitchcock himself even makes a cameo.

    • Terminator 2: Judgment Day
      When McBain says to The Simpsons "Come with me if you want to live". This is what the Terminator says to John and Sarah Connor when he has to protect them from the T-1000 from death.

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