The Simpsons

Season 23 Episode 3

Treehouse of Horror XXII

6
Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Oct 30, 2011 on FOX
5.8
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Homer takes a dangerous dive into an isolated canyon on Candy Peak, but when a crashing boulder traps his arm, he channels Aron Ralston (guest voicing as himself) to save himself. In "The Diving Bell and the Butterball," the first of three hair-raising Halloween tales, a venomous spider bite leaves Homer paralyzed, but when Lisa discovers Homer's ability to communicate through natural gases, he is able to express his love for Marge. The killer spells continue in "Dial D for Diddly," when Ned Flanders, devout preacher by day, transforms into a cold-blooded vigilante by night. In the final terrifying tale, "In the Na'Vi," Bart and Milhouse are sent on a mission to obtain a sacred extract on a distant planet. They morph into the land's indigenous one-eyed avatars, but when Bart finds love and an eternal mate abroad, he is caught in planet warfare.

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Epic Fear.

    10
    La parodia di Dexter (2006-2013),Spider-Man (2002) ed Avatar (2009) in un solo .
  • Mediocre TOH episode

    5.0
    I hasn't seen that much Treehouse of Horror episodes, but this is one of the weakest in this installment. I kinda agreed with the people giving it bad reviews. The opening was okay at first, but then it started a little funny when Homer got his hand stuck on a rock. But it was too violent (almost Family Guy/South Park violent for me) to be the funniest part of this episode. As for the first segment of this TOH, it was mediocre. I felt like the farting plot was similar to watching an extended scene on Family Guy (I hope the writers doesn't do that on an episode), which is annoying. Had some laughs but not the worst segment in this installment. Next, on to the second segment, it was the best even though it was religious related...again sometime that usually come up on Family Guy (so that's why the show is often hated because of it similarness). Had some funny parts while there's only a few boring/bad parts. The last one however was dreadful and unwatchable. I didn't laughed whatsoever. Overall, this TOH was mediocre and is not worth watching again. One of season 23 worst. 5/10moreless
  • Disappointing

    1.0
    A sad sad day that the Simpsons have stooped to fart jokes now in a misguided attempt at Family Guy-style humour. While Homer has done many stupid things in the past at least the writers never resorted to toilet humour before. So it was really disappointing that they devoted an entire act to Homer farting. Lost me as a fan.
  • One of the Worst ToHs Ever

    1.0
    This was probably one of the worst Treehouse of Horror episodes ever. It wasn't even funny, more like painfully boring. For most of the episode, all they did was parody popular movies. They even had to reference one of their older episodes too. Overall, this episode wasn't funny or interesting. This is an episode you want to miss. 4/10
  • For whatever reason, these Halloween specials STILL haven't improved.

    6.5
    Ah, the Treehouse of Horror series. This is one of main reasons why I love the show. But I can't help but feel like they've been going downhill recently, and this is no different. Every year I hope that each Treehouse of Horror episode will be an improvement to what we've been seeing recently, but no, same old thing.

    The first segment "The Diving Bell and the Butterball" was in my opinion, the absolute WORST of the entire Treehouse of Horror series, even worse than the Twilight spoof they did in last year's Treehouse of Horror XXI. Aside from there being absolutely nothing scary about it whatever, it has some ridiculous story about Homer getting paralised after being bitten by a spider, and then having the ability communicate through farting. WTF? And then it just ends with Homer being bitten a second time then becoming Spider-Man and saving Marge. Seems to me like they recycled Homer becoming a superhero (Pie-Man) from the episode "Simple Simpson". Whatever the writers were smoking while making this segment I can't even explain. Worst Treehouse of Horror segment yet.

    Now the second segment "Dial D for Diddly" was a slight improvement, though there wasn't anything particulary special or funny about it. Ned Flanders becomes a serial killer basically, thinking he's serving God well by killing evil people, though he is then told by "God" to start killing more innocent people, until Ned discovers that Homer is using a voice warper to sound like God to get him to kill his enemies. Then the real God shows up and kills Homer by choking him to death, followed by Marge asking God to set everything right, though it turns out that he is actually under Satan's control when he shows up with Ned's dead wife, much to his disgust. This segment was mediocre at best. I was hoping for the murders to be more violent and intense. The ending was poor as well.

    The third segment "In the Na'Vi" was a good Avatar spoof that put the previous segments to shame. Like Avatar, Bart and Milhouse are sent on a mission to Rigel 7 (Kang and Kodo's home planet) and disguised as Rigellians to infiltrate the planet and find something called "hilarium". Bart falls in love with Kang's daughter Kamala, just like Avatar. Milhouse ends up ratting Bart out and telling the location of the hilarium to the army, in which they attack. The wildlife on the planet turns out to be stronger and mostly wins. One funny moment is when Superintendent Chalmers punches himself in the face and falls off a cliff when Bart tells him he has something on his face. Despite being more "sci-fi" than "horror" this segment was much more enjoyable and saved the episode from being the worst TOH yet in my opinion (which would go be Treehouse of Horror XXI).

    Overall, the first two could have been so much better, but failed miserably. The first segment was unspeakably AWFUL, and felt completely out of place in a TOH episode, as well as being a perfect example of how much worse these horror-themed segments are getting. Despite the third segment saving the episode, if you compare this to a cla$$ic like Treehouse of Horror V (one of the BEST TOH episodes of all-time), you'll see exactly what I'm talking about. These Halloween specials have been dropping in quality for a few years, and there seems to be NO effort whatsoever in improving them.

    I really did try to like this episode, but it just felt like yet another hit-and-miss. Maybe the staff should take a look at some cla$$ics like "Clown Without Pity", "The Shinning" and "I Know What You Diddily-Iddly-Did" to find out what they're doing wrong. The problem with these new segments is that they just don't feel suspenseful, in other words, the "horror" just doesn't seem to be there.moreless
Dan Castellaneta

Dan Castellaneta

Homer Simpson, Grampa Simpson, Barney Gumble, Krusty the Clown, Groundskeeper Willie, and others

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

Jackie Mason

Jackie Mason

Unknown

Guest Star

Aron Ralston

Aron Ralston

Himself

Special Guest Star

Chris Edgerly

Chris Edgerly

Voice of Unknown

Recurring Role

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

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