Recap: The Simpsons S 25 E 2 Treehouse Of Horror XXIV
In this year's triptych of terror, Homer is the cheery, yet homicidal "Fat in the Hat" in the Dr. Seuss
parody, ''Oh, The Places You'll D'oh!", Bart and Lisa are forced to share a body after Bart (literally) loses his head in "Dead and Shoulders," and in "Freaks No Geeks," Homer is a circus strongman who convinces his trapeze artist fiancee Marguerite (Marge) to seduce a sideshow freak (Moe) and steal his prized emerald ring.
Treehouse of Horror XXIV Contains Examples of: (YMMV Tropes here)
- Alice Allusion/Down the Rabbit Hole: Lisa in the opening; she falls down the rabbit hole and finds herself in Alice's pretty blue dress. It segues into a reference to Pan's Labyrinth shortly afterward though.
- And I Must Scream/Body Horror: Bart's situation while he's attached to Lisa's (and later Selma's) shoulder. Played for Laughs when Bart ends up on Selma's body and the two of them end up in "Freaks No Geeks" as part of the sideshow.
- Ax-Crazy: The Fat in the Hat
- Bloodless Carnage: Bart being decapitated, then Lisa, in "Dead and Shoulders."
- This installment of "Treehouse of Horror" isn't as bloody as most of the recent Halloween episodes as the violence is either implied, bloodless, or is too cartoonish to be considered "gruesome" or "worthy of a TV-14 rating in America"note .
- Call Back: Bart's head on Selma's body is reused in "Freaks No Geeks" as a member of Burnsum and Bailey's Freak Show. Even Burnsum refers to him/her as the "Terrifying Callback".
- The Cameo: The Hypnotoad appears in place of the toad from Pan's Labyrinth in the opening sequence.
- Kang and Kodos make their usual cameos as two of Burnsum's freaks.
- Eaten Alive: Milhouse, Lard Lad, and Smithers in the intro
- Enfant Terrible: During the opening, Maggie drives a black car and forces Milhouse off a bridge to his death below. She also runs over Homer when she makes it back to the house.
- Even Evil Has Standards: The Fat in the Hat is a murderous lunatic, but the idea of having Mike Myers play him in a movie adaptation is, to him, worse than going to Hell.
- Eyes Do Not Belong There: Mr. Burns as The Pale Man
- Fate Worse Than Death: The Fat in the Hat spares Apu after holding him at gunpoint, deciding that forcing him to spend time with Manjula and the Octuplets is a much worse fate.
- Funny Background Event: In "Dead and Shoulders," while Bart is flying his kite, Milhouse becomes allergic to a flower and is carted off by paramedics.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Maggie stops The Fat in the Hat from hurting her and her siblings by impaling him with the very umbrella he used to mug/murder people.
- Karmic Death: During The Fat in the Hat's mayhem, he kills and skins Moe's character. Using his own umbrella against him, he's skinned by the Simpson kids and shown as a new rug on their floor.
- Jimbo, Dolph, and Kearney try to sneak into Burnsum's tent without paying. A lion emerges and spits out some of their clothing.
- Kick the Dog: Throughout the special with The Fat in the Hat's rampage, Strongman and Burnsum's bad treatments of the freaks, and Maggie and Mr. Burns as the Pale Man in the intro (although that last case is a Foregone Conclusion if you've seen the movie)
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: Lard Lad comes to life and starts destroying everything around him (like he did in Treehouse of Horror VI) in the intro. However, his rampage is cut short when Chief Wiggum, here as a Cyclops, devours him alive.
- Maggie stabbing The Fat in the Hat when he has them cornered in the house.
- Murder the Hypotenuse: Homer the Strongman intends to kill Moe after he's married Marge/Marguerite so he can claim Moe's emerald wedding ring and pawn it for a supposed better life. Played with, as it's shown that he doesn't really care about Marguerite but treats her a lot like a trophy wife.
- Noodle Incident and Riddle for the Ages: How did Dr. Nick get his head sewn onto Dr. Hibbert's body?
- Off with His Head!: Bart is decapitated and has to have his head sewn onto Lisa's body to survive. By the end, they both get their heads cut off by a sawmill and are attached to Selma and Krusty.
- Lenny is unintentionally decapitated by Carl (as Blade) as he charges after mutated Homer in the opening. He proceeds to pour his coffee down his exposed esophagus.
- Ralph also has his head knocked off by the severed Jebediah Springfield statue head. He is still able to lick his ice cream.
- Reference Overdosed: MANY in the opening sequence. A full list of all the references can be read here.
- Many legends of the genre appear, such as Stephen King scrawling "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy" on the walls of Bart's classroom, Ray Bradbury tattooing a muscular man ("The Illustrated Man"), Richard Matheson (who wrote "I Am Legend") shaking his head in disapproval at Bradbury's tattoo work, and H. P. Lovecraft having tea with one of Cthulhu's tentacles.
- Of course, Del Toro fits in Shout Outs to his entire filmography up to and including Pacific Rim: Cronos (the device is on the cash register), Mimic (Marge as a Judas Breed), The Devil's Backbone (Home as Santi at the couch), Blade II (Homer as a Reaper up until the couch and Carl as Blade), Hellboy (Groundskeeper Willie as Hellboy fighting Kroenen), Pan's Labyrinth (Mr. Burns as the Pale Man, and Bart as the Faun and Lisa as Ofelia in the ending sequence) and Pacific Rim (Gipsy Danger fights Knifehead in the background of the town battle.)
- Selma with Bart's head attached sing the first four lines of James Taylor and Carly Simon's "Mockingbird".
- Four incarnations of the Phantom of the Opera appear at Lisa's rehearsal, and the teacher is dressed as the Phantom of the Paradise.
- "Freaks No Geeks" ends with an out-of-nowhere nod to How I Met Your Mother.
- Rhymes on a Dime: A given in the Seussian "Oh, The Places You'll D'oh!"
- Sir-Not-Appearing-On-This-Poster: Aside from one promotional shot of the Simpson children in typical Seussian fashions, "Oh, The Places You'll D'oh!" and its characters (such as The Fat in the Hat) are noticeably absent from promotional materials.
- Slasher Smile: The Fat in the Hat and Stephen King in the opening
- Stealth Pun: Smithers (a closeted gay man) as a fairynote to Pale Man Mr. Burns in the opening.
- Take That: The Fat in the Hat trashes The Borax for selling out, referencing the film adaptation's Misaimed Marketing (in particular, the infamous Lorax Mazda commercial). Also before dying, The Fat in the Hat states he'll tolerate hellfire, but not a movie adaptation with his character played by Mike Myers.
- Tar and Feathers: Strongman's fate in "Freaks No Geeks", which turns him into the "World's Strongest Duck"
- Tongue Trauma: Strongman is able to lift things with his tongue. It's stretched out in comedic fashion, with the hint that it is quite uncomfortable.
- Too Dumb to Live: Bart gets decapitated when he ties the string to his box kite around his throat. Even worse, he's flying this kite around an airport.
- Homer mistaking sleeping pills for yogurt mix-ins.
- Toon Physics: Bart survives being decapitated, yet Skinner and Homer got decapitated in Treehouse of Horror XX and it was realistically depicted. However, Bart should've died the same way, but are writers seriously going to bother? Besides, they were probably sick of their Halloween episodes being TV-14 for excessive, bloody violence (or didn't want to show it happening to a child), so it got toned down for once.
- Torches and Pitchforks: Seen in the opening, but with a twist; they are wielded by the classic Universal monsters as they pursue the mortals.
- What Do You Mean, It's Not Horrific?: Burnsum introduces one of the freaks as the most frightening creature ever seen. It turns out to be just plain old Moe, looking and acting no different than he usually does. And yet the audience gasps and screams in utter horror.
Moe: So, uh, anyone here from New Jersey? (Woman raises her hand) Ah, I'm going there next week. (Woman screams and faints)
- Whole Plot Reference: Dr. Seuss works (particularly The Cat in the Hat) and Freaks
- You Monster!: When Strongman outright states his intentions, Marguerite responds that while Moe may be ugly on the outside, Strongman is the real monster on the inside.
- Your Cheating Heart: After two fighter jet pilots eject to evade crashing into Bart's box kite, they land in each other's jet. One of them questions why his wife's photograph is present in the other's plane.