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Treehouse of Horror XXII

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Season 23 Episode
488 "Bart Stops to Smell the Roosevelts"
489
"Treehouse of Horror XXII"
"Replaceable You" 490
XXI "Treehouse of Horror XXI"
XXII
"Treehouse of Horror XXII"
"Treehouse of Horror XXIII" XXIII
Treehouse of Horror Episode


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For the continuing series of Halloween specials, see Treehouse of Horror series.
Treehouse of Horror XXII
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Episode Information
Episode Number: 489
Production Code: NABF19
Original Airdate: October 30, 2011
Special Guest Voices: Aron Ralston as 911 dispatcher
Jackie Mason as Hyman Krustofsky
Written By: Carolyn Omine
Directed By: Matthew Faughnan
Transcript  


"Treehouse of Horror XXII" is the third episode of the season 23. It originally aired on October 30, 2011.

Synopsis[edit]

"In the spooky opener, Homer takes a dangerous dive into an isolated canyon on Candy Eating Peak, but when a crashing boulder traps his arm, he tries to bite off his arm. In “The Diving Bell and 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, when Homer pretends to be God to tell Ned to murder Homer's enemies. In the final terrifying tale, “In the Na’Vi,” Bart and Milhouse are assigned on a mission to access a sacred extract on a distant planet, Rigel 7 (the notable home of Kang and Kodos). 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."

Plot[edit]

Opening sequence[edit]

Homer gnawing through his limbs.

On Halloween, the kids come back from Trick-or-Treating with a massive haul of sweets. Marge, as the Switch Witch, switched their sweets with vegetables and tells Homer to take the sweets to a drop off facility to send them to American soldiers. Homer goes against this and goes to Candy Eating Peak to eat them, when he falls into a canyon and gets pinned by a boulder, with the bag of sweets just out of reach. After calling 911, he decides 20 minutes is too long to wait without sweets and decides to gnaw through his arm to get free. After gnawing through the other arm and a leg, he manages to free himself and open the bag, to find that it is full of vegetables instead with the kids stuffing their faces with sweets at home.

The Diving Bell and Butterball[edit]

The Diving Bell and the Butterball title card

Homer is paralyzed after getting bitten by a real spider that got mixed up with the Halloween decorations. Lisa tried to read Homer The Brothers Karamazov to Homer's horror and he tries to make her stop the only way he can, by farting. Lisa then realizes that Homer can communicate this way and manages to get a message to Marge from him.

Later, as Homer is enjoying life, he gets bitten by another spider and gets spider-like powers. He swings from buildings with a hand truck attached to him taking out criminals and farting out webs. He and Marge then swing off back home.

Dial D for Diddily[edit]

Dial D for Diddily title card

Ned Flanders drives through a seedy district of Springfield and starts doing lots of good chores, until he dumps a severed body into a local lake. Mr. Burns then drives up to dump nuclear waste in the lake and a large booming voice tells Ned to kill him. Ned does so and dumps the body in the lake too. Back at home, Ned gets ready to kill again when asked by who he thinks is God and also kills Sideshow Bob and Patty and Selma. He eventually finds out that Homer has been ordering these deaths, not God, and goes to kill Homer. Homer then burns Ned's Bible and the real God comes along and strangles Homer to death. When Marge walks in, God blames Ned for the death. Marge asks God to put everything right but he says that the Devil wouldn't like it, when he suddenly comes along and asks God to make him tea. Then, Maude Flanders comes along and asks the Devil to come back to bed, annoying Ned greatly.

In the Na’vi[edit]

In the Na'vi title card

On the planet Rigel 7, the human forces are planning on getting hillarium for Krusty the Clown, a liquid which makes everything seem a lot funnier. They put Bart Simpson in an avatar body, along with Milhouse and send them to the planet to make contact with the natives and find the hillarium. Bart eventually falls in love with a Rigellian called Kamala and gets her pregnant. After finding out that the hillarium comes from the Rigellian queen, Milhouse calls the human forces and they go into war against the Rigellians and nature. the Rigellians win and Gary Chalmers is defeated by Bart. Kamala then says that they would have given them to hillarium if they had just asked.

Production[edit]

"Treehouse of Horror XXII" was written by Carolyn Omine and directed by Matthew Faughnan. The episode, as the title suggests, is the twenty-second installment in the annual Treehouse of Horror series. Aron Ralston guest starred as a 911 dispatcher and Jackie Mason reprised his role as Hyman Krustofsky in the episode. Following tradition, the cast and crew created their own 'scary names' for the credits - this involves altering the name somehow in a 'scary' fashion. Guest star Ralston came up with his own scary name for the credits, which was Aron "I gave my right arm to be on 'The Simpsons'" Ralstump.

The episode has a parody of the Dexter opening credits starring Ned Flanders.

To promote the episode, Burger King released a series of 10 toys as a tie-in to the episode. The characters are: Homer, Mr. Burns, Maggie, Scratchy, Bart, Marge, Kang, Lisa, Comic Book Guy, Milhouse.[1][2]

Prior to the episode airing, Al Jean announced that the writers have already started creating "Treehouse of Horror XXIII".[3]

Reception[edit]

The episode first aired on the Fox network on October 30, 2011, precisely one night before Halloween. Show-runner Al Jean, when asked if he was satisfied with the air date, said "Yes, and the perfect thing is, Halloween is actually a bad day to air it, because nobody watches TV that night. Especially if they have kids. So October 30th, it is our Halloween. People can watch it and then still go out the next night." It was watched by 8.1 million people.

The episode won 2012 Annie Award for "Writing in a Television Production".

Promotional images[edit]

References[edit]


Season 23 Episodes
The Falcon and the D'ohman Bart Stops to Smell the Roosevelts Treehouse of Horror XXII Replaceable You The Food Wife The Book Job The Man in the Blue Flannel Pants The Ten-Per-Cent Solution Holidays of Future Passed Politically Inept, with Homer Simpson The D'oh-cial Network Moe Goes from Rags to Riches The Daughter Also Rises At Long Last Leave Exit Through the Kwik-E-Mart‎ How I Wet Your Mother Them, Robot Beware My Cheating Bart‎ A Totally Fun Thing That Bart Will Never Do Again The Spy Who Learned Me Ned 'N' Edna's Blend Lisa Goes Gaga