Recap / The Simpsons S 12 E 1 Treehouse Of Horror XI
Homer needs to do a good deed before he can go into Heaven in G-G-G-Ghost D-D-D-Dad, the Simpson kids get lost in a warped fairy tale world in Scary Tales Can Come True, and dolphins rise from the waters to take over Springfield in Night of The Dolphins.


  • Abusive Parents: Homer and Marge in the second story. Homer throws the kids away and Marge berates him for doing that instead of selling them.
  • Always Chaotic Evil: The dolphins are this in the third story, especially after their king is freed, who then declares war on humans. Though calling them evil might be debatable considering it was humans that caused them suffer for thousands of centuries.
  • Artistic License Biology: In the third act, dolphins have no trouble moving on land (by Tailfin Walking) and are not worried about dehydration or sunburn. Plus there's the whole "dolphins used to live on land until humans banished them into the ocean where they suffered for millions of years" thingnote .
  • Baleful Polymorph: Homer in the second story gets transformed by the wicked witch into a fish-headed chicken with broom for wings. Apparently he can lay eggs.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: The dolphins win the war, and banish all of Springfield (and, presumably, the entire human race) to the sea. Although this may be subverted if you consider humans as the real villains for banishing the dolphins into the ocean in the first place.
  • Brick Joke: A deleted scene showed that Abe would have exploded out of a dolphin after being swallowed by one earlier.
  • Conveniently Timed Distraction: In "Scary Tales Can Come True" segment, when the witch tries to stuff Homer into her stove, she gets distracted when she hears a knock at her door allowing Homer to overpower her and shove her into the stove and lock her inside.
  • Defiant to the End: Even when being eaten alive by a dolphin, Abe vows that "I'm gonna give your liver such a punching!"
  • Devious Dolphins: In "Day of the Dolphin", an aquarium dolphin named Snorky leads the rest of dolphinkind to rebel against the humans, take back the land for themselves, and force humanity into the sea to die.
  • Exact Words: In the second story, Homer told his children no child would starve in his home. Cut to the next scene with him ditching them at the forest.
  • Helping Granny Cross the Street: Homer (as a ghost) tries to do this to get into Heaven, but ends up dropping Principal Skinner's mom in the street.
    "Um, I'm pretty sure she was going to be the next Hitler."
  • Humans Are Bastards: The reason why dolphins declare war against humans is because humans banished them into the ocean "where they suffered for millions of years".
  • Killed Offscreen: Goldilocks' death in the Three Bear's home.