Recap: The Simpsons S 19 E 5 Treehouse Of Horror XVIII

Kodos is a murderous E.T., Homer and Marge are dueling husband and wife assassins, and Flanders uses the seven deadly sins to scare some Halloween hoodlums straight.


  • Bond One-Liner: Parodied in "Mr. And Mrs. Simpson" as Homer plans to kill Kent Brockman:
    Homer (thinking): Now to think of a cool thing to say before I kill him.
    Homer (thinking): Ooh! That's a good one! But I don't have to say it aloud because no one's with me!
  • Downer Ending: One of the few Halloween episodes to avert this. (Although it's ambiguous as to if the deaths in Heck House really happened)
  • No Fourth Wall/ Biting-the-Hand Humor: The introductory/ credit segments basically involves Marge murdering every Fox advertisement involving the NFL, American Idol, and FOX's popular dramas and feeding them to the family.
    • At the end, Ned tells us that we're going to Hell for watching FOX. "And that includes, FX, FOX Sports, and our newest Devil's portal The Wall Street Journal."
  • Insistent Terminology: Since Kodos was alive at the end, it was a vivisection and not a dissection.
  • Riddle for the Ages: Whatever Homer thought about saying when he was about to kill Kent Brockman, he never said.
  • Seven Deadly Sins: "Heck House"
  • Shout-Out: To ET and Mr. & Mrs. Smith.
    • And to a lesser extent, Fantasia, in "E.T. Go Home'' as the hordes of Kang's troops emerge from the space portal via resurrecting broomsticks of "The Sorcerer's Apprentice."