The new season of The Simpsons continues and this Sunday, October 25, 2015, Fox aired “Treehouse of Horror XXVI”, the 5th episode of Season 27, and the 579th episode to date. This Episode Fact File will recap the episode with pictures, video clips and more. Get the scoop right after the jump!
Treehouse of Horror XXVI
- Wanted: Dead, Then Alive: Sideshow Bob finally kills Bart and doesn’t know what to do with his life.
- Homerzilla: Homer wakes up with short-term memory loss.
- Telepaths of Glory: Lisa, Bart and Milhouse get super-powers from radiation.
Episode Details: ‘Treehouse of Horror XXVI’ is the 5th episode of Season 27 as well as the 579th episode of The Simpsons and the 26th annual Treehouse of Horror episode. The episode aired on FOX on October 25, 2015 and was written by Joel H. Cohen and directed by Steven Dean Moore with Al Jean as the show runner. This episode is considered non-canon and the events featured do not relate to the series and therefore may not have actually happened/existed.
Wanted: Dead, Then Alive
Bart is making a competition on school when he gets a text message from Milhouse, saying that Mr. Largo’s stuck in a harp. When Bart enters the music room, he realizes Sideshow Bob is there playing a classic violin song. He tells Bart that he stole Milhouse‘s phone to attract him to the music room to accomplish his life-long dream: kill Bart.
Bob pulls a spear gun and shoots Bart, killing him almost instantly. He then decides to take Bart‘s corpse to his house to celebrate his accomplishment. Since his main objective in life is done, Bob decides to complete other dreams, such as becoming a literature teacher at Springfield University, but discovers that being a teacher is very stressful and the only thing that has made him happy was hunting down Bart for 24 years, so he builds a machine to bring Bart back to life so he can kill him over and over.
Bob’s machine is discovered by Lisa and Santa’s Little Helper. The Simpson family breaks into Bob‘s basement and reanimates Bart, but Bob appears holding a shotgun, saying that as they’re in his house, he can shoot. Homer attacks him with a lamp which rips Bob head off, and Marge decides that Bart can keep Bob‘s remains. Bart puts Bob‘s head into the reanimator with a horn, frog legs, a chicken body, a tail and a booger, making a bizzare looking creature.
In a parody of Godzilla, a crazy old man (Grampa) in Springfield, Japan, is constantly mocked because everyday he drops a perfect donut into the ocean with his grandchildren (Bart and Lisa). When asked why he does such things, he says that is because if he doesn’t, a huge sea monster will rise and destroy the city. Instead of understanding, they just laugh at him. One day, while he is preparing a donut for his “ritual”, he chokes on the toppings and died. With nobody to drop the donuts, the sea monster, Homerzilla (Homer) wakes up and destroys the city.
The scene cuts to the present time, where executives are watching the Homerzilla movie, stating that it’s so bad that it deserves a remake. Two years later, they release “Zilla”, but the movie is a total failure. They decide to throw all the merchandise into the ocean, but the containers wake up another sea monster and a message appears, reporting that Homerzilla will return as soon as people have forgotten about the last one.
Telepaths of Glory
In a parody of Chronicle, Bart, Lisa and Milhouse are hiking in a forest to spot butterflies, but Bart and Milhouse haven’t spotted any, which makes Lisa angry. Bart scares Lisa with dead owls, and she hits Milhouse‘s nose with the camera, making him lose his balance and fall into a giant hole. Bart and Lisa decide to jump into the hole to rescue him, making all three stuck inside of it with nuclear waste from the nuclear power plant. The radioactive goo explodes, sending all the three kids back outside the hole.
When they wake up, Milhouse and Lisa discover they’ve gained telepathic powers (Bart didn’t, as his brain is not powerful enough), so they decide to use the powers in their favor. Lisa only makes a few changes, but Milhouse goes mad with power, only to be struck by lightning. Lisa says she didn’t do it, making the family curious to discover who did this. They then realize that Maggie also has Telepathic powers (as she was using a radioactive rod as a pacifier).
PRODUCTION!: According to Comic-Con 2015, one of the segments will feature Homer as Homerzilla. John Kricfalusi will animate the couch gag.
RECEPTION!: The episode was watched by 6.75 million viewers.
TIE-IN!: A tie-in for The Simpsons: Tapped Out has been released, with the Ancient Ornamental Pond and Bob’s Victorian House.
- The segment Wanted: Dead, Then Alive’s title is a reference to Wanted Dead or Alive, which has a lot of meanings through popular culture.
- The segment Homerzilla’s title and the segment itself are parody of the original 1954 Godzilla and the 1998 American remake and subsequent renaming of that film’s monster to Zilla.
- Disco Stu was singing “Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree” (with the lyrics changed “ole” to “old”) by Tony and Dawn Orlando before Homerzilla destroyed the power lines.
- The segment Telepaths of Glory’s title is a reference to the movie Paths of Glory, as well to the season 27 episode Paths of Glory.
- Bart‘s mask in the couch gag is a mask of Huckleberry Hound.
- Lisa‘s mask in the couch gag is a mask of Yogi Bear.
- Fiendbook is a parody of Facebook.
- Sideshow Bob song is based on Le nozze di Figaro.
- Sideshow Bob talks about The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock and reads a fictional book about the author, T. S. Eliot, “The complete works of T. S. Eliot except “Cats””.
- A student of Springfield University mentions Game of Thrones.
- Green Hornet, Green Lantern, Green Arrow and Solitaire are referenced in posters.
- Comic Book Guy is in the theater to get a good seat for the next Star Wars.
- Scrat from Ice Age makes an appearance, voiced by Chris Wedge, who voiced him in the movies.
- Fred Flintstone from The Flintstones appears underground as a skeleton in his foot-powered car from the series.
- The bare-chested man on horseback is Vladimir Putin.
- The song “Accidents Will Happen” by Elvis Costello plays during the montage showing Sideshow Bob killing Bart in different ways and reanimating him.
- The Reanimation machine is a homage to the movie Re-Animator.
- Telepaths of Glory is a parody of the movie Chronicle.
- In Sideshow Bob‘s song, he sings the lyrics “I did what could not be done”, to Bugs Bunny by Elmer Fudd, referencing Looney Tunes.
- Maggie turns Homerzilla into a large Barney the Dinosaur.
- When Milhouse summons the stone faces out of the ground, its a reference to the manga and anime Fairy Tail (Tartaros Arc).
CREDITS’ CULTURAL REFERENCES:
- Matt Selman‘s credit “The Necromattselmanicon” is a reference to the Necronomicon.
- Brian Kelley‘s credit “Bram Shelley’s Dracustein” is a reference to Bram Stoker‘s Dracula and Mary Shelley‘s Frankenstein.
- Tim Long‘s credit “Tim Long-Un” is a reference to Kim Jong-Un.
- Mike Scully‘s credit “Magic Mike Scully XXS” is a reference to Magic Mike XXL.
- David Silverman‘s credit “Dave Of The Dead Silverman” is a reference to Dawn of the Dead.
- Joel H. Cohen‘s writer credit “Joel Cohen’s Credit 2: The Squeakquel” is a reference to Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel.
- Dan Castellaneta‘s credit “Dan 9 From Outer Space-Eta” is a reference to Plan 9 from Outer Space.
- Chris Wedge‘s credit “Chris “Scrat” Wedge” is a reference to his character Scrat from Ice Age.
- Andrea Romero‘s credit “Andromeda Strain Romero” is a reference to The Andromeda Strain.
- Scott Muller‘s credit “Scott Mulrrr! Ruler Of The Planet Omicron Persei 8!” is a reference to Lrrr from Futurama.
- Nick Conti‘s credit “Nick “Necrochasm” Conti (still don’t have it)” is a reference to the gun “Necrochasm” from the game Destiny.
- This is the second time a “Treehouse of Horror” segment has featured Homer as a classic giant monster. (“Treehouse of Horror III“)
- Bart and Lisa previously acquired superpowers from radiation. (“Treehouse of Horror X“)
- This is be the second time where Bart and Lisa have special powers, but Lisa is much more powerful than Bart because of her intelligence. (“Treehouse of Horror XII“)
- This is the third episode someone in the Simpson Family lost their memory. (“Regarding Margie“, “Eternal Moonshine of the Simpson Mind“)
- A cloth version of Mr. Sparkle billboard appears. (“In Marge We Trust“)
- Frank Grimes‘ tomb appears in the couch gag and he emerges from the tomb as a zombie monster. (“Homer’s Enemy“)
- The witch that turned everyone into their costumed characters appears in the couch gag. (“Treehouse of Horror XVI“)
- Russ Cargill‘s Fiendbook post references the Dome and the year references the release date of the movie, it being ten years after. (“The Simpsons Movie“)
- Oogle appears on smartphones. (“The Good, the Sad, and the Drugly“)
- Sideshow Bob is a professor at Springfield University. (“Homer Goes to College“)
- Sideshow Bob steps on a rake in Springfield University. (“Cape Feare“)
- Kang and Kodos breaks the fourth wall talking about making a cameo appearance, 4:3 and season 4. (“The Man Who Came To Be Dinner“)
- Homer says to Sideshow Bob after he killed him “That’s for trying to frame Krusty”. (“Krusty Gets Busted“)
- Skinner appears as a box kite. (“Married to the Blob“)
- The plot line of “Wanted: Dead, Then Alive” is similar to that from the The Itchy & Scratchy Show‘s episode The Tears of a Clone. (“Little Big Mom“)
- Kang and Kodos break the fourth wall talking about making a cameo appearance, 4:3 and season 4.
- This episode is the first “Treehouse of Horror” episode not to feature a title card and the first to have two segments linked together (Homerzilla and Telepaths of Glory, both having Homerzilla).
- The production code TABF18 appears on the tests that Sideshow Bob is correcting as the course number.
- One of the pre-release images for Telepaths of Glory have Lisa playing various instruments with her powers while Homer and Bart watch her. But in the final version, Bart is not present and Homer interrupts her, saying that “The musicians union does not allow this!”, which makes her drop all the instruments.
- Gracie Films logo’s scream was replaced by Homerzilla roaring.
- When Lisa and Santa’s Little Helper first look into the window and see Bart in the basement, there are no bars on the window but when the camera angle changes in the next scene, the bars appear.
- After Sideshow Bob tried the reanimator machine for the first time, there’s a skull with two wires connected to it’s eye holes on the background. After the second test, however, it’s gone.
- During the montage, the word “Reanimate” on the machine appears only when Sideshow Bob pulls the lever, but when the family rescues Bart, it’s shown in its normal position.
- Due to Homerzilla eating all of the donuts, it’s unlikely the fishes were getting fat and ugly because of them.
- The title is inaccurate as Bart, Lisa and Milhouse gain telekinesis rather than telepathy.
- Milhouse killed Dolph by throwing him on a volcano, but he reappears later at the “whack-a-mole” game with the other bullies.
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Next Episode: Friend with Benefit
That is all from this week’s Episode Fact File and I would like to thank WikiSimpsons for the information for this post and Nathan for the base design of it.
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