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Treehouse of Horror XIII

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Season 14 Episode
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"Treehouse of Horror XIII"
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"Treehouse of Horror XIII"
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Treehouse of Horror Episode


Donut Homer.png This episode is considered non-canon and the events featured do not relate to the series and therefore may not have actually happened/existed
For the continuing series of Halloween specials, see Treehouse of Horror series.
"She's become a monster! Which, I gotta admit, I sort of suspected during the sex."
Homer Simpson
Treehouse of Horror XIII
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Episode Information
Episode Number: 292
Production Code: DABF19
Original Airdate: November 3, 2002
Special Guest Voices: Maggie Roswell as Maude Flanders
Written By: Marc Wilmore
Brian Kelley
Kevin Curran
Directed By: David Silverman
DVD features


"Treehouse of Horror XIII" is the first episode of season 14, as well as the thirteenth Halloween episode.

Synopsis[edit]

"First, Homer uses a magic hammock to clone himself in "Send In The Clones." Then, gun-wielding zombies attack Springfield after a ban on firearms in "The Right To Creep And Scare Harms." Finally, The Simpsons are trapped on an island where people are transformed into animals in "The Island Of Dr. Hibbert.""


Plot[edit]

Opening sequence[edit]

The Maude Flanders' ghost angry.

The Simpsons and Ned Flanders hold a seance in order to contact Ned's dead wife, Maude. While praying, Bart comes in dressed as Maude's ghost and finds out that Maude's real ghost is behind him, which startles everyone. Homer and Ned admire Maude, but are terrified when she turns into a hideous ghoul. Maude opens up a green book with the white writing "THE SIMPSONS TREEHOUSE OF HORROR" and someone writes "13" on the book in blood.

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Send in the Clones[edit]

Homer starts walking into the backyard to lie in his hammock, which soon collapses. He purchases a new one from a passing vendor, who warns him that it carries a curse. Disregarding this, Homer lies down and discovers that the new hammock can produce clones of anyone who rests on it. He inspects the first clone and notices that it doesn't have a belly button. He begins making and using clones to do all of his chores, which include helping Marge choose an outfit, visiting Grampa to listen to one of his war-related stories, and play a baseball game with Bart, Lisa and Maggie. The clones are soon revealed to be much more stupid than the true Homer. Lisa notes this while they are playing baseball with one of the clones and the clone smashes the car with a bat. When Ned Flanders asks if he can have his chainsaw back, one of the clones picks up the chainsaw and looks at Homer, who nods. The clone misunderstands and brings back Ned's severed head. Horrified, Homer immediately decides to get rid of the clones and the hammock. He bundles them in a truck and takes them to an isolated cornfield. When they arrive, Homer asks if anyone knows the way home; three Homers put up their hands, prompting Homer to shoot the three clones down with a rifle. He then abandons the rest of them, along with the hammock, presuming that none of the clones are smart enough to get anywhere without him. The clones soon use the abandoned hammock to make an army of Homer clones. Among the hundreds of clones, a few 'mutations' (including Homer as he was drawn on The Tracy Ullman Show version of The Simpsons, Homer after gaining 300lbs to get on disability at work, and Family Guy's own Peter Griffin) are seen. The clones attack Springfield and destroy all of its buildings, except for Moe’s Tavern, which reports record business. US army officials gather in the Mayor's War Room, where Lisa thinks of a solution to solve the problem, after getting the idea from Homer, who became upset when he found an empty donut box. She suggests that several helicopters hook gigantic donuts on cables and have the clones chase them into Springfield gorge. The plan is put into action in a parody of the "Ride of the Valkyries" helicopter scene in Apocalypse Now. Upon seeing the large donuts, all the Homers gasp and exclaim,"Mmmmm. Donuts." and begin chasing the helicopters. The helicopters fly over the gorge, luring the Homer clones to their doom. As each clone hits the bottom of the gorge, he replies,"D'oh!", which echoes across the gorge. Later that night, Marge enters the bedroom and soon discovers that the Homer next to her is a clone (he has no belly button). The clone tells her that the true Homer was the first to fall into the gorge. Marge is initially upset, but relaxes when the clone offers her a back rub as Mike O Malley's "Love The One You're With" plays in the background.

The Fright to Creep and Scare Harms[edit]

Lisa and Bart are at the Springfield Cemetery, mourning the loss of their pet goldfish, Goldie, who had always been there for them between August and October. Lisa inadvertently discovers the grave of William Bonney, a man who was killed at a young age by gun violence. According to his epitaph, he dreamed of a world without guns. In his memory, Lisa starts a gun control crusade, which makes Springfield 100% gun free. All the guns are taken including Homer's, Bart's and Maggie's guns, even the police no longer possess guns all guns are turned into a playground. The town is now defenseless, causing the corpses of William "Billy the Kid" Bonney and his cohorts, 'The Hole in the Ground' gang to rise from the dead. The gang starts wreaking havoc on the town, until Professor Frink invents a time machine, which Homer uses to go back in time to stop the gun ban and destroy the zombies. Homer tells the citizens of Springfield to shoot at the zombies' graves, causing them to rise up and flee. Lisa feels guilty about banning guns, because sometimes they are the answer. Suddenly, a more futuristic Homer comes in to warn them about guns that have destroyed Earth in the future. He is then shot by Moe, who has had enough of all this nonsense and plans to use Frink's time machine to find some "caveman hookers". An error in this portion of the episode is when The Hole in the Ground Gang started firing after being introduced, Mayor Quimby has no hair.

The Island of Dr. Hibbert[edit]

In an elaborate parody of The Island of Doctor Moreau by H. G. Wells, the Simpsons are going on a trip to "The Island of Lost Souls", where they find Dr. Hibbert running the island's resort. While the family are there, Marge starts to think that something creepy is going on, although Homer largely dismisses her concerns. She investigates and, consequently, she is captured by Dr. Hibbert, who transforms her into a cat. After having violent sex with the new Marge, Homer realizes she has been transformed.

He goes to find a cure for Marge's new state, but encounters Ned Flanders, who has become a cow-centaur who needs to be milked. After Homer reluctantly milks him, Flanders takes Homer to meet other Springfield inhabitants who have also been turned into 'manimals', including Bart (now a spider), Lisa (now an owl) and Maggie (now an anteater who was almost eaten by Lisa (claiming to be playing the lets eat Maggie game) but was stopped by Homer). Homer, initially appalled at what everyone has become (and that they actually prefer it to being human), eventually embraces the concept of being an animal who does nothing but eat, sleep, mate and roll around in its own filth after realizing how well it suits his lifestyle. He enjoys spending the rest of his life as a walrus and living with his transformed family on the island. A wide shot of the island reveals Kang and Kodos are flying above the island in their spaceship, commenting on how the skull-shaped island looks like their number 4. This is a reference to the Japanese as their number 4 is an unlucky number, as it spells like death.

Production[edit]

Marc Wilmore, Brian Kelley and Kevin Curran wrote the episode. This is the first Halloween episode to use digital ink and paint as a proof of concept, which led to the decision to have the whole show's animation converted from traditional cel to digital ink and paint.

Reception[edit]

The episode received overwhelming positive reviews from Simpsons critics and fans, many calling it one of the best "post-Golden Age" Simpsons Treehouse of Horror episodes ever.

Gallery[edit]

Season 14 Episodes
Treehouse of Horror XIII How I Spent My Strummer Vacation Bart vs. Lisa vs. 3rd Grade Large Marge Helter Shelter The Great Louse Detective Special Edna The Dad Who Knew Too Little The Strong Arms of the Ma Pray Anything Barting Over I'm Spelling As Fast As I Can A Star Is Born Again Mr. Spritz Goes to Washington C.E. D'oh 'Scuse Me While I Miss the Sky Three Gays of the Condo Dude, Where's My Ranch? Old Yeller-Belly Brake My Wife, Please The Bart of War Moe Baby Blues