Episode Fact File: Treehouse of Horror XXVI

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!
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Treehouse of Horror XXVI

Episode Description: 

  1. Wanted: Dead, Then Alive: Sideshow Bob finally kills Bart and doesn’t know what to do with his life.
  2. Homerzilla: Homer wakes up with short-term memory loss.
  3. 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.

PLOT:!

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.

Homerzilla

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).

Closing

The episode ends with Kang and Kodos complaining that once again they only have made a cameo appearance.

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.

COUCH GAG!:

EPISODE FACTS!:

CULTURAL REFERENCES:

CREDITS’ CULTURAL REFERENCES:

CONTINUITY:

TRIVIA:

  • 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.

GOOF:

  • 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.

SPECIAL GUESTS!:

PROMOTIONAL IMAGES!:

EPISODE CLIPS!:

Previous Episode: Halloween of Horror

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Next Episode: Friend with Benefit

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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.

WikiSimpsons: Season 27 Page, Treehouse of Horror XXVI, Treehouse of Horror series

TSTOTopix: Episode Fact File: Season 27 and 28: What We Know So Far!
(Part 1: 2015) (Part 2: 2016 #1) (Part 3: 2016 #2)

Till next time, Happy Tapping everyone!


100px-fox_broadcasting_companyThis pictures and videos are from the “Treehouse of Horror XXVI” episode of FOX show The Simpsons. Their use is believed to qualify as fair use under United States copyright law.

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