It’s the 600th spooktacular episode of The Simpsons! This Sunday, October 15th, 2016, Fox aired the 27th annual “Treehouse of Horror XXVII“, the 4th episode of Season 28. This Episode Fact File will recap the episode with pictures, video clips and more. Get the scoop right after the jump!
Treehouse of Horror XXVII
Episode Details: ‘Treehouse of Horror XXVII’ is the 27th installment of the Treehouse of Horror series, the 4th episode of Season 28 as well as the 600th episode of The Simpsons. The episode aired on FOX on October 15th, 2016 and was written by Joel H. Cohen and directed by Steven Dean Moore and Al Jean as 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.
The couch gag for the episode is Planet of the Couches, an unused couch gag that was planned to be used if an episode came up too short. Google approached the producers about creating a virtual reality couch gag. The producers then decided to use the Planet of the Couches gag. The couch gag can be viewed with Google Cardboard.
In the 45 second couch gag in the actual episode, there will be a URL that can be accessed on your device to view the 3 minute VR couch gag. The full version will be viewed with Google Cardboard whilst a limited version can be seen without it, by moving your device around. It was available world wide.
Episode Couch Gag Plot
The title of the couch gag appears with “If you don’t have VR glasses you miss everything” superimposed.
The Simpsons are running away from the couches, but they get captured, and taken to a rural town, with couches populating it, and placed in a “Homo reclinus” cell.
VR Couch Gag Plot
The title of the couch gag appears with “If you don’t have VR glasses you miss everything” superimposed. If moved around, only “of the couches” appears, with different colors.
When the dust clears, a rural town is seen, with couches populating it. The scene moves to the Simpsons holding cell. If looked around, Hedonismbot appears on the walls, The Creation of Adam is depicted with God near-touching hands with a couch, and two couches can be seen at Moe‘s Cavern with one vomiting stuff, including Snowball from being too drunk.
Homer calls out for help and food, and the couch saves them, opening the cell and taking them to a beach, under a Lard Lad statue, where Ralph is seen on a rock with El barto written on it, saying he’s lost, while a boat spoilering Planet of the Apes is sunk sunk by a couch-Mocha Dick. Kang and Kodos are hovering on hot air baloons while a Stop the Planet of the Apes I Want to Get Off is seen on the beach, broken. Meanwhile Homer is on the beach sand saying “damn me”, and the Lard Lad statue fells on top of him and he d’ohes.
Planet of the Couches is an unused couch gag that was planned to be used if an episode came up too short. Google approached the producers about creating a virtual reality couch gag. The producers then decided to use the Planet of the Couches gag.
Facts: Cultural References
- The couch gag and title are a parody of Planet of the Apes.
- A poster for Modern Family, starring Sofa Vergara (a parody of Sofia Vergara) is seen.
- The Couch of Latter-Day Saints is a parody the Temple of the Latter Day Saints.
- A poster for Battle of the War Beneath the Planet of the Apes is seen, referencing Rise of the Planet of the Apes and its sequels, a reboot to Planet of the Apes.
- A parody of The Creation of Adam painting is seen on the ceiling of the jail.
- Hedonismbot from Futurama appears in the jail.
- Hedonismbot says “Top this Bob’s Burgers“.
- Part of a sign for Stop the Planet of the Apes, I Want to Get Off! starring Troy McClure is seen on the beach. (“A Fish Called Selma“)
- This couch gag is a sequel to the couch gag from Marge’s Son Poisoning and Marge and Homer Turn a Couple Play, where the couches come to life, and attack the people of Springfield.
The family are going to buy a christmas tree on Halloween, but at the christmas tree lot, they are ambushed by Sideshow Bob, Kang or Kodos, and the ghost of Frank Grimes seeking revenge. One of the four of the team is missing however, the Leprechaun, but Bob pulls on a tree branch to show him, and he convinces the bad guys to dance. Maggie grabs a knife and cuts the four baddies heads off. Grimes, being a ghost, places his head back and asks the viewer “will nobody stop this people?”, and after all 600 episodes are shown in a mosaic he says that “In hell they make you watch them all in a row”. The Planet of the Couches couch gag is then shown.
Springfield is in a post-apocalyptic state. The city is completely dry, and the water is scarce and expensive. Mr. Burns is controlling the water’s reservoir. Burns decides to make the kids of Springfield battle to the death, and the winner will win a day at the reservoir. Lisa is the child for Nevergreen Terrace and meets her coach, Homish. Ralph dies first, stepping on a mine before the event started.
The battle begins, and two boys seduce Lisa but are killed by Homish, who falls in a trap and the other contestant still alive circles him, but Lisa convinces the people there’s no need to kill each other and they’ve got to turn against Burns. The kids are freed from the Battle Dome and the people destroy the reservoir, but the water is wasted and it causes a rain, which turned into a flood, then created an ice age.
Lisa is playing outside with Janey when the lawnmower is activated and kills her. At the funeral, Sherri and Terri become her new best friends, only to get immediately killed by a falling tombstone. To help with her mourn, she goes to a psychiatrist, and she says she can be her best friend, after which she’s killed by a falling painting.
The police start investigating her room and find nail polish. The police said the nail polish was found at all the crime scenes, and Lisa reveals she wore that when her imaginary friend, Rachel, was around, before she outgrew her.
The murders continue when Milhouse is suffocated by Rachel on the bus, and Chief Wiggum arrests Lisa. In jail, Lisa mentions Marge being right about her, and when Rachel disappears, Lisa realises she’s going to kill Marge next. To stop her, she’s helped by Bart to escape.
At home, Lisa manages to save Marge from death, and Rachel reveals her plan to kill everyone she loves, and she’ll be blamed because nobody else can see her except Lisa. Homer distracts Lisa with his imaginary friend, Sergeant Sausage, to save himself and Lisa realizes she only exists in her imagination. She then makes Rachel miserable and disappear. Homer then proceeds to eat Sergeant Sausage in the microwave where he was placed by Rachel.
Bart is chased by Dolph, Jimbo and Kearney, and ends up in Moe’s Tavern through a backdoor. Moe appears, killing the bullies and showing a secret area underneath the tavern, where all of the barflies are secret agents. He reveals wanting to hire Bart in place of Homer, who died on a mission.
They receive a target next by High Ball, their leader. He tells them to go to Remoh Industries, the new owner of Duff Stadium. They break into the chief office and find out it’s none other than Homer (coincidentally, Remoh written backwards is Homer). The traitor has created a lava machine to make the whole world surrender to him and he wanted to steal all the Duff Beer to celebrate. A hord of people was sent by Homer to try to stop them, but Bart manages to kill them all, including Homer. In the aftermath, Bart enjoys some time with Sherri. The episode concludes with a song to celebrate the 600th episode.
The title of the second episode, BFF R.I.P. was originally just BFF.
JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE
Jimmy Kimmel Live! is an American late night talk show, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel. There was a special The Simpsons segment on the episode that aired on October 13, 2016 to celebrate the show’s 600th episode.
Jimmy Kimmel is on his show when the studio starts shaking. It turns out it’s Homer, banging on the TV because he wants the show to be funnier. Kimmel tells Homer to stop it before Kimmel falls into the Simpson house. He tells Homer that he’s always wanted to visit him and Homer gives him a tour of town, showing him the Nuclear Power Plant (which explodes), Moe’s Tavern, where Barney faints, and the Springfield Elementary School, where Kimmel writes on the chalkboard. Homer then takes Kimmel back home where he shows Maggie to Kimmel. He asks Homer how old Maggie is and if he’s ever cleaned her pacifier. Homer then tells Kimmel he loves his family very much, except Grampa. Homer then shoves Kimmel back into the TV and he re-enters his studio.
EPISODE FACTS: CULTURAL REFERENCES
- Homer is dressed as a trash bin version of Bender from Futurama.
- Maggie is dressed as Charlie Chaplin, but afterwards she changes to her look as Alex of A Clockwork Orange and turns to violence towards the bad guys.
- Homer has a election pin with “Ivanka 2028” written on it. This is a reference to Donald Trump daughter, Ivanka Trump.
- Frank Grimes makes reference to the fact that this is the 600th episode saying “In hell they make you watch them all in a row”. This is a reference to the FXX 13 days marathon, showing all the episodes of the show in a row.
- The lion on the left has a Guy Fawkes mask, and the store is named “V. Appliances and Repairs”, referencing V for Vendetta.
- The lion on the right has a Darth Vader mask, referencing Star Wars.
- The theme of the first part of the episode is based on the Hunger Games.
- The title of this segment is a reference to Die Hard.
- Milhouse tries to slide on a dry “slosh ‘n splash” by Bam-O, a reference to Slip ‘N Slide by Wham-O.
- Homer holds a bottle of Amstel Blight, a reference to Amstel Light.
- Mr. Burns scene of pouring the water on himself is a reference to Flashdance.
- The scene with the cars heading toward the reservior is a reference to Mad Max: Fury Road, with Otto being Immortan Joe, Willie being Doof Warrior, and the heads on pole a reference to the people on the poles in the movie.
- The head coming out of Disco Stu‘s chest is a reference to Kuato from 1990’s Total Recall.
- Drederick Tatum‘s vehicle is similar to Axel’s from Twisted Metal.
- Dusty Springfield is a reference to the singer with the same name.
- Lisa says that after the river dried, “a drought of Chicago Cubs sized proportions hit Springfield”, referencing the longest drought of World Series wins, Cubs‘, which had not won a World Series since 1908, although they did win the 2016 one 2 weeks later.
- The book Lisa is reading, How to Lose Friends & Unimagine People, is a reference to the book How to Win Friends and Influence People.
- Homer is drinking Logan’s Rum, a reference to the movie Logan’s Run, with the label looking like the movie poster.
- BFF and R.I.P. are acronyms of Best Friend Forever and Rest In Peace.
- The name of this segment is a parody of Goldfinger, a movie from the James Bond series.
- Maker’s Moe is a reference to Maker’s Mark.
- Moe says High Ball makes a good impression of Michael Caine.
- Bart is dressed as James Bond.
- Homer‘s Project Vulcan after-party is a reference to Project Vulcan.
- Homer and the cat are a reference to Ernst Stavro Blofeld from James Bond.
- Homer held a Steely Dan concert at the Duff Stadium. He asks them to play Babylon Sister from the album Gaucho during the fight scene.
- Dan Castellaneta‘s nickname (for both his consulting producer and starring credits) is “Heeeere’s DANNY!”, a reference to The Shining.
- Dan Vebber‘s nickname is “H.P Lovebbercraft”, a reference to H. P. Lovecraft.
- Drew Carey‘s nickname is “Boo Scary from The Fright is Right!” which refers to his status as the host of The Price is Right.
EPISODE FACTS: CONTINUITY
- Images of all 600 episodes of the show appear on the wall Frank Grimes sees after Sideshow Bob, Kang or Kodos, and the Leprechaun gets killed by Maggie.
- Maggie dresses herself again as Alex from A Clockwork Orange. (“Treehouse of Horror XXI“)
EPISODE FACTS: TRIVIA
- Homer appeared at Jimmy Kimmel Live! to promote the episode.
- Hans Moleman‘s car plate is “VABF16”, the production code of the episode.
- Russ Cargill, holding the Multi-eyed squirrel in a cage (“The Simpsons Movie“), is seen in the trailers as one of the villains trying to kill the Simpsons but he doesn’t appear in the episode.
- This is the first time Kang or Kodos doesn’t speak Rigellian (which, by coincidence, is identical to English).
- Judith Owen is playing Mrs. Mancuso-Gluckman. She also sings the 600 song at the end and also happens to be married to Harry Shearer.
- Donald Fagen‘s “I.G.Y. (What a Beautiful World)” was previously heard in “Future-Drama“.
- Moe references the fact the segment is part of the Halloween special.
EPISODE FACTS: GOOFS
- The order of cars going to Mr. Burns‘ reservoir changes between scenes.
- The kid on top of Apu‘s vehicle (either Sashi or Pria Nahasapeemapetilon) is yellow with blonde hair in one of the shots.
- When Lisa mounts on the motorbike, her right arm goes in the front of the bike’s headlights.
- The shelf at Moe’s Tavern was full of bottles, but on the next scene, it is full of empty beer mugs.
Yes, that’s right!
We’ve churned out six hundred shows!
It goes and goes!
Two times three hundred
And thousands of promos for
shows that were bad!
Yes, they were bad!
So very bad!
We love gold!
Facts: Cultural References
- This song closely resembles the song “Goldfinger” from the 1964 James Bond movie of the same name. The Intro of the movie is also a strong James Bond reference.
- The shows listed as bad are a list of cancelled Fox shows:
- Drexell’s Class
- Herman’s Head
- Too Something
- House of Buggin’
- Sit Down, Shut Up
- Celebrity Boxing
- The Littlest Groom
- Man Vs. Beast
- Allen Gregory
- The Critic
- Untitled Seth MacFarlane Show 2017, a reference to the Untitled Seth MacFarlane Sci-Fi Show set to premiere during the 2017-2018 season.
- The visuals of the song are a reference to the James Bond title sequences and Maggie shooting a gun at the end is a reference of Bond shooting the gun and blood dripping down in them.
- The song and the number underwater where Bond Bart is seen is a reference to the number of the episode, the 600th.
- Donald Fagen as Himself
- Sarah Silverman as Lisa’s imaginary friend, Rachel
- Kelsey Grammer
- Drew Carey
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Next Episode: Trust But Clarify
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.
Till next time, Happy Tapping everyone!