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Recap: The Simpsons S 11 E 4 Treehouse Of Horror X
In this year's Halloween special, Marge accidentally kills Ned Flanders, Bart and Lisa become superheroes, and Homer causes a technological apocalypse when his work computer is the only one that isn't Y2K-compliant. Airing on Halloween Night itself, it was notably the last annual Treehouse of Horror special to consecutively air in October, something which would not happen again for another full decade.

"Tropehouse Of Horror X":

  • Adam Westing: Tom Arnold, who admits he's a lousy celebrity.
  • Continuity Nod: During the opening sequence, all the Simpsons are dressed as various creatures they've been turned into during several past Treehouse episodes.
  • Killed Offscreen: Unusually, it's Homer who was killed offscreen by a werewolf Flanders eating him
  • I Am Not Spock: Lucy Lawless grabs Bart and Lisa and flies them back home. On the way, Lisa notes that Xena can't fly. Lucy reminds them she's not Xena. Apparently Lucy Lawless can fly normally.
  • Oh, Crap: Oh no, Rosie O'Donnell!
  • Ominous Fog
  • Sadistic Choice: When the world ended, there was a rocket sending the smartest people to Mars. Lisa got to go but wouldn't be allowed to take both of her parents. She quickly chose her mother as soon as the soldier mentioned the restriction.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: In "Life's a Glitch", Bart informs Homer that, even though they might be on a rocket with Rosie O'Donnell and Pauly Shore, amongst others, they will be dead in 5 minutes (as they will crash into the sun). Homer is quick to react to this news.
    (Presses button and ejects himself and Bart into space)
  • Superhero Episode: Stretch Dude and Clobber Girl protect Lucy Lawless from The Collector.
  • Take That: The rocket sent on a collision course to the sun with the apparent purpose of getting rid of the worst/most useless people on Earth. Which include Ross Perot, Dan Quayle, Tonya Harding, Al Sharpton, Courtney Love, Spike Lee, Tom Arnold, Pauly Shore, Rosie O'Donnell and Dr. Laura.
  • Totally Not a Werewolf: Ned Flanders!
  • A Wizard Did It: This episode is the Trope Namer, which comes from a line from Lucy Lawless (The actor who plays the titular character of Xena: Warrior Princess) as a quick way to answer fans complicated questions.
  • Your Head Asplode: In "Life's a Glitch, Then You Die", Homer and Bart realize they're on a rocket that's heading into the sun with various washed-up and overall terrible celebrities. Rather than spend another five minutes with Rosie O'Donnell and Tom Arnold, they eject themselves into space, where their heads swell up as they give a blissful sigh of relief and then pop offscreen.
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