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Treehouse of Horror XIV

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Season 15 Episode
313 "Moe Baby Blues"
"Treehouse of Horror XIV"
"My Mother the Carjacker" 315
XIII "Treehouse of Horror XIII"
"Treehouse of Horror XIV"
"Treehouse of Horror XV" XV
Treehouse of Horror Episode

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.

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"Ow, ooh. Ooh, ow, oy. Oy, ooh, ow. Dead."
Jonathan Frink Sr.
"Treehouse of Horror XIV"
Episode Information
Episode number: 314
Season number: S15 E1
Production code: EABF21
Original airdate: November 2, 2003
Guest star(s): Jerry Lewis as Jonathan Frink Sr.
Dudley Herschbach as himself
Jennifer Garner as herself
Oscar De La Hoya as himself
Showrunner: Al Jean
Written by: John Swartzwelder
Directed by: Steven Dean Moore

"Treehouse of Horror XIV" is the first episode of season 15 of The Simpsons and the three-hundred and fourteenth episode overall. It is also the fourteenth installment in the Treehouse of Horror series and consists of three parts. It originally aired on November 2, 2003. The episode was written by John Swartzwelder and directed by Steven Dean Moore. It guest stars Jerry Lewis as Jonathan Frink Sr., Dudley Herschbach as himself, Jennifer Garner as herself and Oscar De La Hoya as himself.


"In the 14th annual Halloween special, Homer bludgeons the Grim Reaper to death, assuming the ghastly ghoul's role, armed with a scythe and a scroll listing residents of Springfield, including Marge; Professor Frink learns he will be awarded the Nobel Prize, leading Lisa to retrieve Professor Frink Senior from the cryonics lab, reviving his body with human body parts from various Springfield residents, including Flanders and Skinner; and Bart and Milhouse discover a watch that can stop time. They use their new ability to play a variety of pranks on the residents of Springfield, bit when one of their pranks backfire, Bart and Milhouse find that they are the only two people left on Earth and their repair manual is written is German."


Opening sequence[edit]

Bart and Lisa, dressed as Charlie Brown and Lucy from the Peanuts series, discuss their Hallowe'en treats, and Lisa claims that hers are better than Bart's. The two then fight until Homer intervenes and orders them to stop fighting. He throws an flaming log at them, but misses and hits Grampa. Homer gets Bart and Lisa rolled up in the rug and "beats the lumps". A gun-wielding Marge intervenes, saying she does not approve of Homer's parenting techniques. She then shoots Homer, splattering his blood on the viewer's TV screen and revealing the episode title. From their spaceship, Kang and Kodos criticize the Simpson family for airing a Halloween special in November, while they have their Christmas decorations set up.

Reaper Madness[edit]

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Death enters the Simpson house attempting to take Bart, but the family goes on a Benny Hill-style chase to elude him. However, Death eventually manages to pin Bart's shirt to the wall with its scythe. As the Grim Reaper sentences Bart to an eternity of pain, Homer kills it with a bowling ball, but when he does, he learns that no one can die since the Grim Reaper is dead. The scene then cuts to two examples of a world where no one can die: Frankie the Squealer being shot by the Springfield Mafia and Moe hanging himself from the ceiling. On trash day, Marge tells Homer to take the dead Grim Reaper to the curb. Homer does, but puts on the robe, inadvertently turning himself into the new Grim Reaper. He kills many people on God's list (and some who are not) until he is asked to kill Marge. Homer doesn't want to kill his wife, and he tries to plead to God that he wants to get out of the job. Then Homer pulls a fast one on God by substituting Patty's body for Marge. The annoyed deity tries to punish Homer with a (presumably lethal) sunbeam but Homer narrowly escapes on his motorcycle, prompting God to sigh "I'm too old and too rich for this." At the house Marge gives Homer an extra pork chop.



Homer gets a call telling him that he is the winner of the Nobel Prize; however, Lisa learns that it is actually for Professor Frink. Frink is so excited that he decides to reanimate his father's corpse in order to have him appear at the ceremony. Unfortunately, the corpse of Frink Sr. goes on a rampage stripping organ from others, including Ned Flanders' heart, Principal Skinner's spine (his mother isn't amused), and Sideshow Mel's trademark hair.

At the awards ceremony in Stockholm, Frink Sr. tries to make amends with his son for his recent behavior, but he goes on another rampage through the audience, stealing brains of scientists and growing more and more intelligent. Frink Jr. manages to stop his father with a kick to the groin, and he is able to hold on to his father's soul (which talks to him from a box).

Stop the World, I Want to Goof Off[edit]

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Bart and Milhouse get a stopwatch through an ad in an old comic book magazine for 49 cents that actually allows them to stop time. They have a great blast pulling pranks on Springfieldians, such as depantsing Principal Skinner and stealing Homer's doughnuts. They almost get away with it, but they are outsmarted by Mayor Quimby. An angry mob then chases after Bart and Milhouse. While they are on the run, Chief Wiggum shoots at them; they stop time and the watch breaks, causing Bart and Milhouse to be the only two people moving in a world where time has stopped. They soon take advantage of this and go on a world wide crime spree, kidnapping the pope for wedgying, stealing whatever they want and just generally doing anything they wish.

They soon become bored though and realize they need to fix the watch. Although the watch repair manual states that each lesson lasts about an hour, it takes the pair 15 years to get the watch fixed and for things to go back to normal. Once repaired, the pair position Martin Prince to take the blame, and he is killed when time returns. However, Lisa points out that Bart has become a grown man and has amassed vast riches. In the interest of being fair, Homer decides to let Lisa use the watch. She then discovers a second button which interferes with reality, causing the Simpsons to undergo various changes such as becomimg bobbleheads, having their torsos separate from their bodies on jetpacks, become the Fantastic 4, and finally start hula-hooping to "Rock Around the Clock", and Bart is restored to his normal 10-year-old self.


This Treehouse of Horror episode marked the return of Halloween name credits because people missed them. The reason the episode aired on November 2, rather than in October, was because the Baseball World Series was going on in October and Fox didn't want a clash with The Simpsons. It was Hank Azaria's idea to get Jerry Lewis in to play Jonathan Frink, Sr.. Hank Azaria based Professor Frink's voice on Jerry Lewis. The crew flew out to Las Vegas, where Jerry Lewis lived, to record his lines.[1]

The producers wanted an actual Nobel Prize winner to guest star in the episode.[1] Matt Selman recommended Dudley Herschbach who won a Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Selman claims that everybody at Harvard loved him which is why he chose him.[2] The Pope in the third segment was originally modeled after Pope John Paul II. However, they were afraid something would happen to the real John Paul II so they changed him to be a generic pope.[1]


Composer Alf Clausen was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Music Composition for a Series in the 56th Primetime Emmy Awards for "Treehouse of Horror XIV". However, it lost to "Similitude from Star Trek: Enterprise.[3]

As of August 2018, the episode has a 7.4 rating on IMDb[4] and an 8.3 rating on TV.com.[5]



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