The Simpsons’ Season 29 continues, as this Sunday, October 22nd, 2017, Fox aired “Treehouse of Horror XXVIII”, the 4th episode of Season 29 and the 622nd episode to date. This Episode Fact File will recap the episodes with pictures, video clips and more. Get the scoop right after the jump!
Treehouse of Horror XXVIII
- The Exor-Sis: Maggie becomes possessed by an ancient demon.
- Coralisa: Lisa discovers a creepy/perfect version of her family in an alternate universe.
- MMM… Homer: Homer cannibalizes himself.
Homer cannibalizes himself after he runs out of food while Marge and the kids are away from home.
Episode Details: ‘Treehouse of Horror XXVIII’ is the 4th episode of Season 29, the 28th annual Treehouse of Horror, as well as the 622nd episode of The Simpsons. The episode aired on FOX on October 22nd, 2017. It was written by John Frink and directed by Timothy Bailey with Al Jean as show runner.
Opening Sequence: The Sweets Hereafter
The Simpson family is on a plate as part of candies distributed on Halloween at a house. Bart, as a Butterfinger bar, is afraid of being taken and Marge comforts him by saying he’s always the last to be taken, and Homer says even a box of stale raisins gets taken before him. Nelson’s Crunch and Kirkish Taffy get taken, and Apple Lisa complains about no one ever wants the apples, being afraid of razor blades being inside it. Marge comforts her by saying that she may be dipped in caramel, to Lisa’s disgust. Shauna takes Grampa Senior Mints, after Homer moved aside, and eats its contents.
The next day, the family are the only ones left in the plate and they get placed on a shelf when the Halloween decorations are removed, where they find a chocolate Easter bunny who tells them they’ll be left there, forgotten. Seeing his discomfort as no one took him, Homer starts eating him. Marge tries to stop him, but he tells her that chocolate doesn’t feel anything, and resumes eating it, with the rest of the family joining in when he eats the bunny’s mouth to shut it up. The camera pans to the wall, where The Simpsons Easter Special is written, but the chocolate from the bunny splatters all over it, covering the words, and dark chocolate then spells out Treehouse of Horror XXVIII.
On a Pre-Christan temple site in northern Iraq, a Pazuzu statue is dug up and sent through Amazon to the Simpsons Home. Homer is temporarily possessed by the figurine and sings Maggie a creepy song, before putting it in her bed. At a cocktail party downstars everyone is enjoying the party, while Maggie floats down the stairs like a demon.
After Ned is killed, an Irish priest arrives, and performs the exorcism. However, after leaving Maggie, he possesses Bart, unknowingly of how evil he is. Bart gets Pazuzu to grow him some horns, but Homer mocks them. Angrily, Bart extends his horns to reindeer size, and one is them goes up Homer’s nose. Homer is made to do jury duty with a large antler inside his head.
Maggie is still recovering from Pazuzu, and starts throwing up all over the dinner table. In Lisa’s room, Snowball takes her through a secret tunnel and reveals that he can talk. The tunnel leads her to another version of her family who have buttons instead of eyes
This version of the family eats vegetables and likes to play jazz, meaning Lisa wishes to join them. Their version of Homer tells her that she can join them if they sew buttons over her eyes. Terrified, she runs back to her normal home. Back there, Homer kills a snake with Lisa’s saxophone, which changes her idea and she agrees to have buttons on her eyes.
At home, several days later, the family talks about how Lisa has disappeared. Homer accepts it and says they’ll not make favoritisms, while saying Maggie gets Lisa’s room and clothes and Bart gets her homework. Bart escapes through the tunnel and gets accepted in the alternate reality.
Marge goes through to find Bart and Lisa. She finds that the alternate Homer doesn’t pass gas, and stays.
Snowball II convinces Homer to go to the alternate reality, where Homer strangles the alternate Bart causing his head to come off. Whilst trying to get revenge the alternate Homer trips over and impales himself on a sewing needle. Angry at the death of her husband, the alternate Marge suddenly grows extra limbs. Back in the normal universe, Homer uses the alternate Homer to go to parent-teacher conferences instead of going himself, and Marge uses the alternate Marge to do chores for her.
Lisa warns the viewers of the incoming segment, that starts with the family, except Homer, going to Patty and Selma‘s, leaving him alone. Homer gets comfy, but ends up eating all of his food supplies, leaving no food in the house except vegetables.
He then finds a single frozen hotdog and while cooking it, he cuts his finger off on the grill. He discovers how tasty it is, and starts cooking his other hand’s finger. He’s invited to Ned’s but dislikes the food, so he starts cooking parts of his body, but the family comes back.
At night, Marge discovers what he’s been doing and takes him to a counselor, but he finds Mario Batali, who helps him change the house to a restaurant called Chef Homer that serves parts of his body as cooked food and opens up several restaurants in town too, in fact killing himself in the process. In Heaven, Homer comments to Jesus how he now shares people eating parts of his body with him.
PRODUCTION!: The table read for the episode took place on October 13, 2016.
RECEPTION: The episode reiceved mixed and negative reviews, with the segment MMM… Homer outraging fans, saying it was disturbing and uncalled for.
- The sequence is a parody of Sausage Party.
- The title, The Sweets Hereafter, is a reference to the movie of the same name.
- The characters in the sequence are parodies of various candies:
- Barterfinger: Butterfinger.
- Oh Homer!: Nestlé‘s Oh Henry!.
- Maggie: Ring Pop.
- Marge Bar: Mars.
- Mint Peppermint Patty and Selma: York Peppermint Pattie.
- Senior Mints: Junior Mints.
- Kirkish Taffy: Turkish Taffy.
- Chalmers‘s Chalmond Joy: Almond Joy.
- Nelson‘s Crunch: Nestlé Crunch.
- Bazooka Moe: Bazooka chewing gum and Bazooka Joe.
- Milhouse and Martin‘s Nerds Box: Nerds.
- Skinners: Snickers.
- Kit-Kang and Kit-Kodos: Kit Kat.
- Lisa‘s tale is a reference to the ’60s and ’70s’ story of trick-or-treaters that receiving a candy apple with poison, pins, or razor blades, and the preference for pre-wrapped candies that come after the fact.
- The title of this segment is a reference to The Exorcist.
- The music at the beginning is Mike Oldfield‘s Tubular Bells.
- Homer’s song parodies When Irish Eyes Are Smiling by Chauncey Olcott and George Graff, Jr.
- A Pazuzu statue is delivered through Amazon.
- The part where demonically possessed Maggie breathes out fire is a reference to the 2003 film Exorcism.
- Reverend Lovejoy says he got his degree at Pepperdine University.
- Pazuzu says “the chicken goes [demonic screech and fireball]”, a reference to the See ‘n Say toy, and “if you can’t trust a Catholic priest with a child, who can you trust”, referencing the Catholic Church’s cover-up for the priests’ child abuse.
- Fisher-Price-like toys escape into a barn.
- An Etch A Sketch toy escapes Maggie’s room.
- An aged version of Sheriff Woody from Toy Story shoots himself in the mouth.
- Bart references David Schwimmer and the fact that Friends‘ co-workers had a difficult time working with him.
- The title and plot of the segment are a parody of Coraline.
- *According to Homer, there’s no smoke alarm in the house, cause smoke is its own alarm, a reference to the saying “Where there’s smoke, there’s fire”.
- This segment is a parody of Survivor Type, a short story of Stephen King.
- Lisa references Game of Thrones in the warning to the viewers.
- Ned calls Homer “Homer Aloner”, a reference to Home Alone.
- Homer references Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
- Homer’s Left Alone Again is a parody of On the Road Again by Willie Nelson.
- Homer sings a demonic version of Hallelujah.
- Homer King is a reference to Burger King.
- El Pollo Homo is a reference to El Pollo Loco.
- Kentucky Fried Simpson is a reference to KFC.
- Der Homerschnitzel is a reference to Wienerschnitzel.
- Fatso Bell is a reference to Taco Bell.
- Lenny and Carl reference 2013’s one-third horse meat about several suppliers in Europe using one-third horse meat.
- Bart’s character is a parody of a Butterfinger. (“Sweets and Sour Marge“)
- Pazuzu claims Bart has a darker soul than anyone it ever possessed, a reference to his actions during the Treehouse of Horror series.
- The Leprechaun appears. (“This Little Wiggy“)
- The pre-sequence warning message returns. (“Treehouse of Horror“)
- Mario Batali appears. (“The Food Wife“)
- The logo of the series is preceded by The Simpsons Easter Special. The Simpsons haven’t had a Easter special yet.
- Homer says that “No one leaves alive” are Maggie’s first words, despite them being “Daddy” (“Lisa’s First Word“). Due to this episode being non-canon it could be considered as demonically possessed Maggie’s first words. Another explanation is that Maggie was alone when she said “Daddy”, meaning Homer did not know about the previous one.
- Marge refers to Maggie still recovering from Pazuzu, a reference to the previous segment, “The Exor-Sis”.
- Lisa breaks the fourth wall referencing her segment as the middle segment of a Halloween show.
- Homer’s index fingers are suddenly back on his hands, after being eaten by him in previous scenes, when he is pulling out his tooth to top a cupcake with.
- Ben Daniels as an Irish priest
- William Friedkin as Dr. Kenneth Humphries
- Neil Gaiman as Snowball V
- Mario Batali as Himself
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Next Episode: Grampy Can Ya Hear Me
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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