The Simpsons

Season 22 Episode 4

Treehouse of Horror XXI

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Nov 07, 2010 on FOX
out of 10
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Episode Summary

War and Pieces: Bart and Milhouse must battle board games that come to life. Master and Cadaver: Marge and Homer charter a boat for their second honeymoon, but an unexpected passenger may kill more than the mood. tweenlight: Lisa falls for a young vampire.

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • The Simpsons continues its annual Halloween tradition with the twenty-first installment of the "Treehouse of Horror" series.

    My expectations for this episode were not very high when I heard what the segments were going to be. However I was pleasantly surprised at how well written and funny the segments were. The laughs for the first segment are primarily in the sight gags than anything else, but that works well enough in my opinion. "Master and Cadaver" is the highlight of this episode. The twist at the end of the segment was very clever and was not something I saw coming at all. I am no fan of Twilight but that segment had its share of laughs too.moreless
  • Not the best.

    Not the best Tree House of Horror. The problem was I read Simpsons comics and I found the comic Tree house of Horror better than the actual episode. I hope they are not putting more effort into the comics!

    War and Pieces: This was a terrible parody of Jumanji. Bart and Milhouse are playing video games so Marge tells to play board games. They found a devilish looking game which came to life and started terrorizing the town. 0/10 this was terrible, the worst segment of Tree house of Horror ever. The gags were annoying.

    Master and Cadaver: Marge is on a cruise with Homer when they save a guy from a raft. Marge and the guy develop a liking to each other. Homer insists that he is a killer after a couple jelly-filled events Marge thinks he is a killer too. They kill him but feel guilty after they found out he was innocent. 4/10 not funny and a bad plot line. Tween light: This segment saved this THOH. The new kid at school takes a liking to Lisa then he tells her he is a vampire. Homer tries to save Lisa from being bitten. 10/10 Milhouse as a poodle was funny.

    Overall it was good but a little disapopointing for a THOH.moreless
  • The worst Simpsons episode of Season 22 so far

    I can't believe what the writers were thinking when they wanted to make a Halloween episode like this. The first segment was funny and creative (that's why my score isn't more low). The second segment was boring and way too violent and inappropriate for the kids to watch, the only thing I laughed at was when Homer thought he killed the shark with the pie. the third segment was pointless and pretty much the only thing I laughed at was when Yogi Bear was at the forest. I loved "The Simpsons" introduction though when they did a parody of "The Office", that was funny. Overall, the worst Simpsons episode of Season 22 so far. I hope I never see another episode like this again. 4/10moreless
  • one of their worst THOHs ever

    sorry if you disagree and liked this, but i hated it. i was bored throughout most of it. war and pieces was boring and kind of dumb, and it was basically nothing but board game joke after board game joke. master and cadaver i just could not get into (shame because i really like hugh laurie), and by the time Tweenlight started i was just really bored. I hope the rest of this season is better, it had been going good until this, and i want this season to be good. i just really disliked this episode. Overall grade- Fmoreless
  • Homer: If a mosquito bites you, does it turn into a vampire? Edmund's dad: Yes. Homer: And if you bite your tongue, does it turn into a vampire? Edmund's dad: Yes.moreless

    Ok, so the best thing about this episode was the introduction. So Homer & Bart are craving pumpkins when Bart & Homer start to fight. then Frink gives some TiVo intros, and TiVoed himself to death. Then a lame Halloween-y Office parody.

    War & Pieces: So, there isn't much of a plot in this segment as much as there is a situation that unleashed a string of gags. Bart & Milhouse play Satan's Path and all of a sudden the game sucks all other games and turns the town into a game. Good jokes (Wiggum one) and bad jokes (Selma & Kang) unleashed. Then suddenly Milhouse died, and Bart beat the game. Then they played hangman and Milhouse thinks 3 is a letter.

    Master & Cadaver: Marge Fanservice! Marge Fanservice! Okay, so a guy drops byu at H&M's honeymoon and Homer thinks he is a killer (casue he told them that he was blamed for poisoning pies at his last job). Then they see a dead shark with pie in his mouth and try to kill the guy. When they think he is dead they flee and see the cruise where the guy worked. Turn out everyone's alive and the guy was innocent. Homer kills everyone & Marge suicides.

    Tweenlight: So Lisa falls for the new student Edward (err, EdMUND). Then she invites him toi dinner and he brings his dad. They flee to some tower & Homer & Dracula follow. In Dracula-la-land, the ociunt from Sesame Street tells him they went to some tower. There Edmund is turning Lis into vampire, but then she rethinks being 8 forever. Homer then sacrifizes & Edward & Dracula bite him. They get fat cause Homer's blodd is filled with collesterol.

    Overall: Pretty lousy THOH, but there were some good jokes here & there (Otto: Me again?/Homer:I shouldn't tell him if he knows Frankestein cause that's racist somehow..). So 8/10.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

Daniel Radcliffe

Daniel Radcliffe


Guest Star

Hugh Laurie

Hugh Laurie


Guest Star

Pamela Hayden

Pamela Hayden

Milhouse Van Houten

Recurring Role

Tress MacNeille

Tress MacNeille


Recurring Role

Russi Taylor

Russi Taylor

Martin Prince

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Lisa: (after finding out that Edmund is a vampire and gasps) You're a vampire! I should be scared, but I'm not!
      Edmund: Let us move between the trees the way a bat does-by jumping.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Instead of the usual couch gag, the Halloween special opens with Homer and Bart carving pumpkins. Bart then carves a jack-o-lantern face on the seat of Homer's pants. Homer retaliates by strangling him before Bart puts a jack-o-lantern on Homer's head, which suddenly catches fire. The images zooms out to show Professor Frink viewing their antics on TV, freezing the image on his DVR. He advises viewers to fast forward through anything that's too violent for youngsters watching the annual Halloween special. He uses his remote to speed through further violent Homer and Bart antics, continuing through later parts of the special and promos for Fox series Bones, So You Think You Can Dance, and glee. Fearing he's spoiled the special for everyone, he feels he should no longer have the remote and uses it on himself, aging him to very elderly, and turning into a pile of dust. It eventually blows away, revealing the title, Treehouse of Horror XXI. A Frankenstein's monster picks up the remote and decides to watch a Transylvanian version of The Office in which several monsters take on the roles of the various characters from that series. Its theme music is played and the segment ends with The Simpsons title and credits listed in the same fashion from that series.

  • ALLUSIONS (14)

    • Moët et Chandon The bottle of whine that Homer holds in Master and Cadaver is called Moe et Chandon. This is an allusion to Moet et Chandon. A French winery and co-owner of the luxury goods company Moët-Hennessy • Louis Vuitton.

    • Bart watch Millhouse sink to the bottom of the sea, this is a joke to "Titanic" where Rose watch Jack sink to the bottom of the sea.

    • Tweenlight is a joke to the novels and movies of "The Twilight Saga".

    • Edmund: You're tearing me apaaaaaart!

      This a reference to the classic 1955 film Rebel Without A Cause, right down to the arm gesture that was used by James Dean. The famous scene has been aped in diverse other films and TV shows.

    • Snakes and Ladders

      The game that Homer is on climbs a ladder then goes down a slide is an allusion to the game Chutes and Ladders.

    • Board games: The games that Milhouse and Bart look at are as follows along with the actual games that they are parodying. Taffyland - Candyland

      Drops and Risers - Chutes and Ladders

      Consternation - Concentration

      Ravenous Ravenous Rhinos - Hungry Hungry Hippos

      Mouse Catch - Mouse Trap

      Battleboat - Battleship

      Funopoly - Monopoly

      Crate of Apes - Barrel of Monkeys

      Yahtzu - Yahtzee

      Tiddlywonks - Tiddlywinks

    • "I say it was you that killed him in the parlor with the letter opener."

      This quote that Marge says is alluding to the game of Clue where players had to figure out who, where and with what weapon a murder was committed.

    • Trouble
      The board game Satan's Path has the board just like the Hasbro game Trouble with the dice in the middle and you push the middle down and the dice pops.

    • Monopoly
      One of the pieces inside the board game Satan's Path is a thimble. The thimble is a game piece for the Monopoly game.

    • Jumanji
      When Bart and Milhouse play the mysterious board game Satan's Path and the board game opens up and the house shakes and strange things happen. This is like the 1995 movie Jumanji where a boy and his childhood friend begin playing the game and the boy disappears for 25 years and another boy and his sister begin playing the game and they released the kid who started playing the game who is now an adult (played by Robin Williams) and they gotten the girl who is also an adult that also played the game (played by Bonnie Hunt) and all four finish the game. Also, the scene where Marge is and the English speaking fellow are in a living room with a sheet over a dead person. The man is dressed like the villain in Jumanji.

    • The classic Wilhelm scream sound effect can be heard a few times in the War and Pieces segment, as well as at the Gracie Films closing logo (instead of the standard "Shhh!" or the woman screaming sound heard on most Treehouse of Horror specials).

    • Board Games
      The names of the board games that Bart and Milhouse look over is Taffyland, Drops and Risers, Consternation, Ravernous Ravernous Rhinos, Mouse Catch, Battleboat, Funopoly, Crate Of Apes, Yahtzu, & Tiddlywonks. These are parody names of various board games made by Hasbro, & Milton Bradley.

    • Young Vampire: You're tearing me apart!
      This is a famous line said by James Dean in the 1955 movie Rebel Without A Cause.

    • A Clockwork Orange
      At the end of the second segment, Maggie appears with a bowler hat and makeup on one eye. This is a reference to the 1971 movie A Clockwork Orange, directed by Stanley Kubrick.