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Treehouse of Horror VIII

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Season 9 Episode
181 "Lisa's Sax"
182
"Treehouse of Horror VIII"
"The Cartridge Family" 183
VII "Treehouse of Horror VII"
VIII
"Treehouse of Horror VIII"
"Treehouse of Horror IX" IX
Treehouse of Horror Episode


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Treehouse of Horror VIII
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Episode Information
Episode Number: 182
Production Code: 5F02
Original Airdate: October 26, 1997
Couch Gag: The Simpsons sit on the couch. Metal shackles restrain their wrists and ankles and a metal cap comes down on all of their heads. The family writhes in pain as they get shocked by the electricity.
Written By: Mike Scully
David S. Cohen
Ned Goldreyer
Directed By: Mark Kirkland
DVD features

"Treehouse of Horror VIII" is the one hundred and eighty-second episode of The Simpsons, the fourth episode of the ninth season and the eighth installment in the Treehouse of Horror series.

Synopsis[edit]

"In the eighth annual "Treehouse of Horror" episode, Homer discovers he is the last man left alive after a neutron bomb destroys Springfield in the segment "The HΩmega Man" (a spoof of The Omega Man). In "Fly vs. Fly" (a spoof of The Fly), Homer buys a transporter that Bart uses to switch bodies with a housefly, and "Easy-Bake Coven'" features Marge being accused of witchcraft in a Puritan rendition of 1649 Springfield."

Plot[edit]

A Fox censor named Fox Censor, sitting at his desk reading through the script and deleting things, proudly announces that thanks to his editing tonight's Simpsons episode is rated TV-G. But as he says this, a hand with a sword appears out of the on-screen rating icon and stabs him in the back repeatedly. Every time he gets stabbed, the rating gets higher. In the end, the rating is "TV-666" and Censor collapses dead onto the desk. Blood pours down the front to reveal the title, "The Simpsons Halloween Special VIII."

Act I: "The HΩmega Man"[edit]

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Mayor Quimby generates a great deal of controversy over a "frog's legs" joke he makes about France and he refuses to apologize. Lisa becomes worried that France will launch an attack against them. Homer tries to reassure her by saying that they have a bomb shelter, but it turns out to be a cardboard box in the backyard. So, Homer goes to Herman's Military Antiques to look for a real bomb shelter. He is looking at the Withstand-inator when the French president launches a neutron bomb directly into Springfield. Homer, completely unharmed, emerges from the shelter and complains to Herman's corpse about the food. On the way home, Homer doesn't take notice to the lifeless town. At a green traffic light, he becomes annoyed because the person in front of him won't go. He gets out of his car and decides to handle things with a "little friendly punching". He punches the driver in the head, mistaking their head turning into dust for a sign that he 'still has it'. He then notices a newspaper headline that tells about the bomb that blew up Springfield, and he seems to be the only person to have survived.

Homer looking at the dead people.

He misses his family, but he quickly gets over his loss and realizes he can do anything he wants. Homer takes this opportunity to dance naked in the church, when he is confronted by a band of Springfield citizens who have become mutants, but they prefer to be called 'freaks' or 'monsters'. They claim that they want to create a perfect world in which the mistakes of the past will be eliminated. This, of course, includes killing Homer. Homer flees in his car back home with the freaks chasing him in a type of zombie car. Upon arriving home, Homer is greeted by his family, who survived the blast because their house was protected by so many layers of lead paint. Seeing Homer reunited with his family, the freaks see the error of their ways. Ned Flanders hopes they can build a Utopian society where freaks and norms can live together in peace. Marge seems to agree at first, but she and the children open fire with shotguns that they were hiding behind their backs, killing all of the freaks. Homer and his family decide to take advantage of the nuclear holocaust and go and steal some Ferrari's.

Act II: "Fly Vs. Fly"[edit]

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Homer buys a teleporter from Professor Frink at his yard sale. Bart asks if he can use it but, Homer refuses. That night, Bart tries to sneak Snowball II into the teleporter and at the same time, Santa's Little Helper jumps in. As the pets come out, Santa's Little Helper and Snowball II have been merged into two creatures. A fly lands on Bart's arm and thinking that he will become a superhero, Bart grabs the fly and steps into the teleporter.

He comes out his normal head, but with the body of the fly and meanwhile the fly has his body. The rest of the family wakes up and sees Bart's body with a fly's head and decide that it must be Bart and accept him as their family. That night, Bart talks to Lisa and tells her what happened. When Lisa is in the kitchen fly-boy eats Bart and Lisa knocks him into the teleporter. Bart then appears in the living room normal. An enraged Homer grabs an axe and starts chasing Bart around for using the teleporter.

Act III: "Easy-Bake Coven"[edit]

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In 1649 the town of Sprynge-Fielde is witness to many witch burnings. Later in the church, the townspeople try to figure out whom to condemn next. People start accusing others and soon they erupt into chaos, until Marge intervenes. She tries to talk sense into the townspeople, but Moe accuses her of being a witch. Mayor Quimby assures her that she is entitled to due process which means she will be thrown off a cliff with a broomstick. If she is a witch she will be able to fly to safety, in which case the authorities expect her to report back for punishment. If she is not a witch, then she will fall to an honorable Christian death.

Marge, Patty and Selma as witches

Lisa tries to speak on her mother's behalf, but to no avail and Marge gets shoved off the cliff by Wiggum's henchmen. As Reverend Lovejoy speaks to the mob about having done the Lord's work, they hear a cackle and all look up, stunned to see that a green-skinned Marge is flying on the broomstick, as she really is an evil witch. Marge then vows revenge on the town. She returns to her elder sisters Patty and Selma in their mountain lair close to Sprynge-Fielde. The sisters watch Ned Flanders and Maude Flanders talking about how the witches may eat children, thus tempting them to hunt. The three set off for Sprynge-Fielde on their broomsticks. They knock on the Flanders' door and demand the kids. They put the kids in sacks and are about to leave, when Maude offers the witches gingerbread men instead. The witches like these better than the kids and let Rod & Todd go. Marge remarks that she wishes they hadn't eaten all those children before they got to the Flanders' house. They go to each house, getting goodies in exchange for not eating the kids. But As they fly off, Horatio McCallister says that is how the tradition of Halloween and trick or treating started, with Maude Flanders' quick thinking leading to the Halloween we all know today.

The next year, the whole town is celebrating Halloween. Homer eggs the door of a house from which no candy was received. Lisa points out that it is their house. And When everyone starts laughing at him, he then accuses Lisa of being a witch, prompting the townspeople to start chasing her down the street in the moonlight.

Production[edit]

"The HΩmega Man" was written by Mike Scully,[1] "Fly Vs. Fly" was written by David S. Cohen[2] and "Easy-Bake Coven" was written by Ned Goldreyer.[1] Large portions of the "Fly vs. Fly" segment were cut, including the original ending where the fly also emerges from the teleporter, but is considerably larger and the Simpson family ride it to the mall.[2]

The producers had trouble with the censors over several segments in this episode. The opening segment of the episode, which features Fox Censor the censor being stabbed to death and was pitched by David Mirkin, had a difficult time getting through the real life censors. They had issues with the size of the knife and the sound effects used.[1] Originally Fox was stabbed with a dagger, but the censors found it too gruesome, but found the use of a sword acceptable, so it was used instead.[3] The censors also had issues with Homer dancing naked on the altar in the church, so it was changed so that he was just dancing on the floor.[1]

This episode was the only Treehouse of Horror episode that was directed by Mark Kirkland. It was also the last episode that was worked on by Brad Bird, who left the show to direct The Iron Giant. "Easy-Bake Coven" was storyboarded by Kirkland and the backgrounds were designed by Lance Wilder.[3] Although Kang and Kodos make brief appearances in every Treehouse of Horror episode, their brief appearance in this one was nearly cut. David X. Cohen managed to persuade the producers to leave the scene in.[2]

Reception[edit]

The episode received positive reviews from critics and fans. The A.V. Club named Comic Book Guy's line "Oh, I've wasted my life" as one of the quotes from The Simpsons that can be used in everyday situations.

"Treehouse of Horror VIII" won a Golden Reel Award in 1998 for "Best Sound Editing - Television Animated Specials" for Robert Mackston, Travis Powers, Norm MacLeod and Terry Greene.[4] Alf Clausen received an Emmy Award nomination for "Outstanding Music Composition for a Series (Dramatic Underscore)" for this episode, which he ultimately lost.[5]

References[edit]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Scully, Mike. (2006). The Simpsons season 9 DVD commentary for the episode "Treehouse of Horror VIII" [DVD]. 20th Century Fox.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Cohen, David X.. (2006). The Simpsons season 9 DVD commentary for the episode "Treehouse of Horror VIII" [DVD]. 20th Century Fox.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Kirkland, Mark. (2006). The Simpsons season 9 DVD commentary for the episode "Treehouse of Horror VIII" [DVD]. 20th Century Fox.
  4. "Past Golden Reel Awards", MPSE.org{{{date}}}. Retrieved on 2007-10-17. 
  5. Primetime Emmy Awards Advanced. Emmys.org. Retrieved on 2007-10-24.


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