Get ready for the Christmas special, as the final episode of the year of The Simpsons is here for this Sunday, December 11th, 2016, Fox aired “The Nightmare After Krustmas”, the 10th episode of Season 28 and the 606th episode to date. This Episode Fact File will recap the episode with pictures, video clips and more. Get the scoop right after the jump!
The Nightmare After Krustmas
Krusty tries to impress his daughter as they spend Christmas with the Simpsons. Meanwhile, Reverend Lovejoy seeks converts after church attendance plummets, and Maggie is haunted by a spooky Christmas toy.
Episode Details: ‘The Nightmare After Krustmas’ is the 10th episode of Season 28 as well as the 606th episode of The Simpsons. The episode aired on FOX on December 11th, 2016 and was written by Jeff Westbrook and was directed by Rob Oliver.
Homer arrives home on a ski sled, Bart hits it with his skateboard, Lisa avoids him on her bike and Marge hits him through the door with a sled led by 4 Santa’s Little Helpers. They sit on the couch, dressed as A Christmas Carol characters, with Homer holding a chalice, but Ebenezer Burns arrives and asks Smithers to release the Christmas Hounds, that attacks the family that flees, with Lisa flying.
At the First Church of Springfield, very few people are present at Reverend Lovejoy‘s service at the fourth Sunday of Advent. Helen calls him afterwards to meet a “fanclub”, comprised of Ned, Agnes, Sideshow Mel and The Parson, Lovejoy‘s boss, that introduces him to The Patriarch, and they tell him he needs to bring more people to the church. He assures them he’s going to bring more people since Springfield people are a good Christian community.
However the Strandbeest goes wild due to the stronger winds and tramples Krusty who was skating with Sophie. At the hospital, Krusty tries to bond with his daughter but finds out she’s Christian and she wants to celebrate Christmas. Seeing the disconfort, Marge invites the pair to spend Christmas with them.
Back at home, Marge brings Maggie a Gnome in Your Home, a gnome toy that is supposed to watch over her all the time and tell Santa Claus whether she’s been naughty or nice. It doesn’t sleep and never shuts its eyes, and Homer tells her that if she isn’t good, it’ll nibble on her fingers. Krusty arrives at the home but brings in a tv troupe to record it, upsetting Sophie to the point of sending him away.
Meanwhile, Reverend Lovejoy tries to convince Dewey Largo and Apu to convert, but fails, so he goes to Moe’s Tavern and manages to convert Krusty, who does so after seeing a tased Snake that looked like Jesus through the windows.
That night, the Gnome attacks Maggie, after Homer moves her crib closer to it. It talks to her and spits out finger tips, scaring her so much she finds herself at the North Pole, where she meets Santa Claus with Jack Frost, The Abominable Snowman and Wayne Gretzky, who tells her they’ll defeat the Gnome, but it has a gun and they all run off. Maggie enters a cave which turns into the Gnome‘s head and eats her.
It was all a nightmare, as Maggie gets woken up by Marge to find out it was Christmas. Marge says the Gnome told her she has been good, to her surprise, and, to her horror, she says they’ll leave it in her room all year around.
In their bedroom that night, Marge surprises Homer with a sexy Santa costume and as they get ready to get on the bed, they discover that under the covers it’s full of parts from Mr. and Mrs. Gnome in Your Home. Maggie finally goes to sleep happy.
Next, Sideshow Mel introduces the Krusty the Clown Sober Contemplation Hour, where Krusty shows how much the conversion changed him, and his show, including Itchy and Scratchy to the surprise of the other kids.
Krusty gets ready for his baptismal, and while approaching Lovejoy, he cracks the ice and fells under it. In the hallucination due to his suffocating brain underwater, he meets his dad in an ice castle, and talks with him about his conversion and his role of being a good dad, and, according to the rabbi, changing your religion doesn’t make you a good father. He’s brought out of the water by Lovejoy, who is praised as a savior, and many people return back to church for his service.
Everyone is happy, except Sideshow Mel, whose girlfriend left, and Maggie destroys more Gnomes. At the end, in Heaven, God, Ahura Mazda and the Tetragrammaton argue over if Krusty, by going underwater, received the baptismal, while Krusty and Sophie sing a carol while being carried by the Strandbeest on the snow.
- The title of the episode is a reference to the 1993 movie Nightmare Before Christmas.
- The couch gag is a reference to A Christmas Carol.
- Gnome in Your Home is a parody of the children’s book The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition.
- Apu tells Reverend Lovejoy that Ganesh can be a Pixar hero.
- Jack Frost‘s ice garden is present, and he’s seen in Maggie’s nightmare.
- An ice statue of Stevie Nicks is in the ice garden.
- Krusty references J. J. Abrams.
- Krusty‘s dream while in the frozen lake is a parody of Frozen.
- Krusty reads the book The Night Before Christmas by Clement Clarke Moore.
- Homer puts N&N’s (a parody of M&M’s), Kat Kit (a parody of Kit Kat), Ah Fudge! and Fruit Loops (a parody of Froot Loops) into his juicer.
- The Itchy & Scratchy Show episode “The Bashin’ of the Christ” is a reference to The Passion of the Christ.
- Milhouse mentions Zoroastrianism and its god, Ahura Mazda. Mazda later appears with God and the Tetragrammaton.
- The song playing in the couch gag is “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” by Charles Wesley.
- “Carol of the Bells” by Mykola Leontovych plays during the advent calendar and first church scene, with parody lyrics by Jeff Westbrook.
- Grampa plays “O Christmas Tree” on the piano.
- During A Very Krusty Christmas Special, “Sleigh Ride” by Leroy Anderson plays. Krusty and Sophie then sing a parody at the end of the episode.
- Lisa plays “The Murder” by Bernard Herrmann, made famous by the film Psycho.
- Krusty sings “Amazing Grace” by John Newton in the church.
- The church singers sing “Shall We Gather at the River?” by Robert Lowry.
- Sophie plays Mozart‘s Horn Concerto No. 4.
- Sophie returns. (“Insane Clown Poppy“)
- Homer is drinking from a cup with Grumple on it. (“Kill Gil, Volumes I & II“)
- Poochie appears with an halo above his head, a reference to his death. (“The Itchy & Scratchy & Poochie Show“)
- Sideshow Bob makes a very brief non-speaking cameo holding up a sign saying: “Die Clown” when Krusty is trapped in the frozen lake. (“Day of the Jackanapes“)
- Jackie Mason as Hyman Krustofsky
- Natasha Lyonne as Sophie
- Wayne Gretzky as Himself
- Theo Jansen as Himself
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That is all from this year of Episode Fact Files, see you all next year! I would like to thank WikiSimpsons for the information for this post and Nathan for the base design of it.
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