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Treehouse of Horror II

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Donut Homer.png This THOH is considered non-canon and the events featured do not relate to the series and therefore may not have actually happened/existed.

The reason behind this decision is: The episode is part of the Treehouse of Horror series.

If you dispute this, please bring it up on the episode's talk page.

"Ahem. Hello, everyone. Before last year's Halloween show, I warned you not to let your children watch. But you did anyway. Mm. Well, this year's episode is even worse. It's scarier, more violent, and I think they snuck in some bad language, too. So please, tuck in your children and... [sighs] Well, if you didn't listen to me last time, you're not going to now. Enjoy the show."
Marge Simpson
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Episode Information
Episode number: 42
Season number: S3 E7
Production code: 8F02
Original airdate: October 31, 1991
Showrunners: Al Jean
Mike Reiss
Written by: Al Jean
Mike Reiss
Jeff Martin
George Meyer
Sam Simon
John Swartzwelder
Directed by: Jim Reardon
DVD features

"Treehouse of Horror II" is the seventh episode of season 3 of The Simpsons and the forty-second episode overall. It is also the second installment in the Treehouse of Horror series and consists of three parts. It originally aired on October 31, 1991. The episode was written by Al Jean, Mike Reiss, Jeff Martin, George Meyer, Sam Simon and John Swartzwelder and directed by Jim Reardon.


Homer and the kids eating candy.
"In 'The Monkey's Paw', Lisa dreams Homer purchases a monkey's paw granting the family four wishes. In Bart's nightmare, he dreams he has the power to read minds, and he punishes people if they aren't happy - subsequently turning Homer into a jack-in-the-box. In Homer's dream, his brain's put into a Frankenstein-style robot."


Act I: Lisa's nightmare[edit]

When Homer, Lisa, and Bart come back from trick-or-treating, they get a load of candy. Marge tells them not to eat too much, or they'll get nightmares. They all scoff at her, but they do have nightmares.

The Simpson's visit Morocco, where Homer buys a mysterious monkey paw granting wishes but with great misfortune. Once back home, the family begins to wish upon the paw. Maggie wishes for a golden pacifier, and Bart wishes for the family to be rich and famous. The pacifier seems to have no negative connotations, but the money and fame cause a public backlash to grow around the Simpsons, because they appear on everything from T-shirts to billboards for mammogram tests. Lisa wishes for world peace, but when Kang and Kodos see the Earth's vulnerable, they conquer it, enslaving humanity. Homer wishes for a turkey sandwich without any "weird surprises", he claims, a wish which can't backfire. The sandwich appears to be perfect... except the turkey's a little dry. This 'abnormality' causes Homer to fly into a rage, before throwing the monkey paw away. When Ned Flanders sees Homer throwing it out, Homer offers the paw to him, assuming wishes with misfortunes will soon plague his neighbor. However, Ned's first wish (to get rid of the aliens) frees the human race, and he's considered a hero. Shortly afterward, Flanders wishes for his home to become a castle, as Homer watches, seething, and says, "I wish I had a monkey's paw."

Act II: Bart's nightmare[edit]

After Lisa has her nightmare, she goes into Bart's room and wakes him up to ask if she can sleep in his bed. Bart tells her to get lost, so she offers him a candy necklace. He eats it, spits out the string, and tells her she can sleep with him. She climbs into his bed and thanks him. He replies with "less talk, more sleep" as he spends the last moment staring at the Krusty the Clown Jack-in-the-box on his nightstand before falling back to sleep...

Bart's a boy able to bend reality with his mind, as well as read the minds of others, and he'll turn anyone who thinks badly about him into a creature. The whole town lives in fear of him because of this, constantly forced to be happy and fulfill his every demand. Bart comes home from school, and Homer and Lisa are watching TV. Bart demands to watch Krusty. After Homer refuses, Bart replaces the football on the TV with him, and he smacks into the field post. When Homer comes back, he tries to bash Bart over the head with a chair. Bart reads his mind and turns him into a Jack-in-the-box. Upon discovering this, Marge takes them to see Dr. Marvin Monroe, who suggests Bart and Homer spend more time together doing father/son activities. Homer takes Bart to a baseball game, fishing, shooting a BB gun, church, and an amusement park. Bart becomes less mean because he enjoyed the time with his father and decides to turn Homer back to normal. Homer gives Bart a fatherly kiss, and Bart wakes up, horrified. This is a parody of It's a Good Life Episode.

Act III: Homer's nightmare[edit]

After Bart has his nightmare, he and Lisa run into Homer and Marge's room and ask to sleep in their bed. Homer looks at the clock and comments in 2 hours he'll have to go to work.

Homer's fired from his job, and he becomes a grave digger. He falls asleep in an open grave. Mr. Burns and Smithers are out looking for a brain for their experiment to create the ultimate worker. They find Homer, and, thinking he's dead, take him to their lab, remove his brain, and place it in a robot. The robot acts like Homer, (clumsy and lazy), to Mr. Burns's disappointment. Smithers convinces him to put Homer's brain back where it came from, but, after this is done, the robot falls on top of Mr. Burns, crushing his body.

Homer wakes up from his nightmare, and realizes Mr. Burns' head is sewn onto his body.

As the Simpsons are eating breakfast, Lisa reminds Homer that evening, the kids' school will be having an all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner. Homer looks forward to it, but Mr. Burns reminds him that same evening, they'll be attending the reception for Queen Beatrix in The Netherlands. Homer complains he hates having two heads.


"Treehouse of Horror II," the second edition of the Treehouse of Horror series of episodes, was written by Al Jean, Mike Reiss, Jeff Martin, George Meyer, Sam Simon, and John Swartzwelder. Jim Reardon was the director.


Composer Alf Clausen was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Music Composition for a Series in the 44th Primetime Emmy Awards for "Treehouse of Horror II". However, it lost to "The Strangler" from Matlock.[1]

Sound mixers Brad Brock, Anthony D'Amico, Peter Cole, Gary Gegan received a nomination for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series (Half-Hour) and Animation in the 44th Primetime Emmy Awards for the episode. However it lost to "Lonesome Doog" from Doogie Howser, M.D.[2]

In other languages[edit]

Language Name Translation
Germany.png Deutsch "Albträume" Nightmares
Brasil Flag.png Português "A Casa da Árvore dos Horrores II" The Treehouse of Horror II
Flag of Japan.png 日本語 "新ハロウィーン・スペシャル" New Halloween Special


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