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Recap: The Simpsons S 3 E 7 Treehouse Of Horror II
Episode - 8F02
First Aired - 10/31/1991

This year's Halloween special comes from candy-induced nightmares: In "Lisa's Dream," Homer's monkey paw souvenir from Morocco makes wishes come true for his family and misfortune to befall everyone else, in "Bart's Dream," Bart's omnipotence forces everyone in town to be a Stepford Smiler or incur his wrath, and in "Homer's Dream," Mr. Burns builds the perfect plant worker and uses Homer's brain to make the robot come to life.

Tropes included in this episode:

  • Actor Allusion: "Bart's Dream" is a redo of The Twilight Zone episode "It's A Good Life." When the 1983 movie adapted the story, Nancy Cartwright had a small role as a tormented family member.
  • Bazaar of the Bizarre: Homer buys a monkey's paw in a Moroccan bazaar, that seems to vanish afterwards, but it turns out he just looked in the wrong direction.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: "Lisa's Dream". Everything the family wishes for gets twisted around by the Monkey's Paw. Subverted when Ned gets it and everything goes right for him.
    • Maggie's wish - A limo arrives, but only brings her a new pacifier, then drives away.
    • Bart's wish - He wants the Simpsons to be rich and famous, which eventually results in a Hype Backlash.
    • Lisa's wish - She asks for world peace, but the universal pacifism and lack of weapons makes it easy for extraterrestrial aliens to conquer Earth.
    • Homer's wish - He asks for a turkey sandwich, but then it turns out the turkey is a little dry.
  • Biting-the-Hand Humor: After wishing The Simpsons to become rich and famous a large merchandising campaign starts up, causing the general public to grow tired of them. Otto complains: "Man, this this thing is really getting out of hand. Helen adds: "Is there anything they won't do?"
    • Hilarious in Hindsight or Harsher in Hindsight: Given that The Simpsons is still on the air and that the show quality hasn't been the same since the 1990s (and that merchandising for the show is bigger than it was back in the '90s), the jokes about The Simpsons family being rich and famous and everyone hating them because of it is either a funny or sobering reminder that most American television shows can be Screwed by the Network by being run into the ground until everyone hates it.
  • Catapult Nightmare: The end of "Bart's Dream."
  • Creating Life Is Bad: Apparently, because it will only eat donuts and sleep on the job.
    Mr. Burns: Oh, Smithers, I was wrong to play God! Life is precious, not something to be toyed with. Now take out that brain and flush it down the toilet!
  • Easily Thwarted Alien Invasion: Parodied in "Lisa's Dream," Ned wishes that the aliens were gone. Cue Moe (and only Moe) chasing them away.
    Kodos: He's got a board with a nail in it!
  • Gone Horribly Wrong
    Mr Burns: It wasn't supposed to be this way! It was supposed to be a thing of beauty, not this abomination!
    *cut to the Homer robot loudly snoring while asleep at its post*
  • Grave Robbing: In "Homer's Dream," Mr. Burns and Smithers do this to find a brain for their robot. They find Homer sleeping in an open grave.
    Mr. Burns: I feel like a kid in a candy store!
  • Insufficiently Advanced Alien: In "Lisa's Dream," after humanity has gotten rid of their weapons, Kang and Kodos conquer Earth with slings and clubs.
    Kang: Your superior intellect is no match for our puny weapons!
  • Jackass Genie: As usual, the Monkey Paw.
  • Morality Pet: In "Homer's Dream," after the experiment is a proven failure, Smithers gets Burns to reverse the procedure on Homer.
  • Multiple Head Case: Mr. Burns's head is stitched to Homer's body.
  • Not so Above It All: Burns using the brain as a coonskin cap and yelling, "Look at me! I'm Davy Crockett!"
  • On the Next: Parodied at the end of "Homer's Dream." Homer wants to go to a spaghetti restaurant, while Burns insists on attending a reception for the Queen of Holland.
    Homer: Oh, I hate having two heads!
  • Or Was It a Dream?: The end of "Homer's Dream," where Homer finds Mr. Burns' head grafted to his shoulder.
    Homer: I didn't wake up! It's all a dream! It's just a dream!
    Mr. Burns: Oh, that's right. It's all a dream... or is it?! (laughs)
  • Police Are Useless: Justified in both Lisa's and Bart's dreams. In the former, they could not stop the aliens due to Lisa's wish on world peace. In the latter, since Bart has powers that he uses whenever he is not pleased, all the cops could do is wave "Hi Bart!" when the bus passes them at 88 miles per hour.
  • Reality Warper: Bart in "Bart's Dream." Justified as it's a parody of the famous Twilight Zone episode about a boy who had similar powers.
  • Sharing a Body: Mr. Burns's head is stitched to Homer's body.
  • Shout-Out:
    • The gravestones at the start show the tombstones of "Bambi's Mum", Jim Morrison and Walt Disney.
    • The children in Halloween costumes running past Homer's door are a reference to It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.
    • Lisa's dream is a reference to The Monkey's Paw.
      • Homer being searched by the Moroccan police at the airport is a reference to the arrestation of the drug smuggler in Midnight Express.
      • Lisa wishes for world peace, which shows scenes of Argentina and the United Kingdom making up over the Falklands and people dancing in a large peace symbol to the tune of the hippie anthem "Get Together" by The Youngbloods.
      • Flanders' castle is a reference to the Disneyland castle.
    • Bart's dream is a plot parody of the The Twilight Zone episode "It's A Good Life". Even the narrator's voice spoofs Rod Serling's narration style.
    • Homer's dream references Frankenstein.
      • Bart and Lisa watch The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson on tv.
      • Mr. Burns scolds the robot he created with the insult: "Clinking, clattering cacophany of calligenous cogs and camshafts", similar to The Wizard of Oz 's line to the Tin Man: "You clinking, clanking, clattering collection of calligenous junk!"
      • Homer and Mr. Burns's heads sharing the same body reference The Thing With Two Heads.
  • Tempting Fate: Marge warns everyone not eat too much candies or they'll get nightmares.
  • This Ain't Rocket Surgery:
    Mr. Burns: Dammit, Smithers! This isn't rocket science, it's brain surgery!
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