Recap: The Simpsons S 4 E 5 Treehouse Of Horror III
Episode - 9F04
First Aired - 10/29/1992
The Simpsons family hold a Halloween party and tell scary stories.Clown Without Pity
: Homer buys a talking Krusty doll for Bart on his birthday, but the doll ends up trying to kill Homer. King Homer
: The classic horror film King Kong
gets a Simpsonized parody. Dial Z for Zombie
: Bart is sentenced to redo his book report (after trying to use a pop-up book for preschoolers), and finds a book in the Occult Section of the school library that can raise the dead — and ends up causing a zombie apocalypse when he and Lisa intone a spell to revive their dead cat, Snowball I.
- Amusing Injuries: Bart and his friends use the front door to play `Pin the Tail on the Donkey'. During Milhouse's turn Homer bursts in, crushing the poor kid into the wall.
- Berserk Board Barricade: The family board up the windows in this manner, but when Marge asks Homer if he's boarded up the front door, he absent-mindedly mentions that he hasn't.
- Brain Food: Zombies!
- Bring My Brown Pants: Bart says he has "a story so scary you'll wet your pants". Grampa tells him he already did.
- Deliberately Monochrome: "King Homer". Justified in that the parody is based on the 1933 black-and-white film.
- Demoted to Extra: Kang and Kodos, who had major roles in the previous Halloween specials, get only a Mandatory Line in this one and the next few. They wouldn't get another major appearance until Treehouse Of Horror VII.
- The Doll Episode: Homer gets Bart a cursed Krusty doll from a Chinese man's curio shop filled with cursed and weird objects from around the world.
- Early-Installment Weirdness: Flanders scaring the kids by dressing up as a zombie and actually having fun on Halloween is wildly out of character with the straw religious guy he'd become later.
- Evil Laugh: In Kang and Kodos' obligatory cameo appearance, they laugh at the thought of humanity being overrun by zombies. Bart also gets one for raising the dead.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar:
- Bart intones brand name condoms for a magic spell ("Trojan, Ramses, Magnum, Shiek!") to get the town's zombies back to their graves.
- Smithers' line in "King Homer": "I think women and seamen don't mix." Mr Burns' response: "We all know what you think."
- Halloween Special
- "How Did You Know?" "I Didn't.": See Not a Zombie below.
- Interspecies Romance: Between Marge and King Homer, ending with a wedding!
- "King Kong" Climb: King Homer attempts to climb the Empire State Building, but only makes it up a few feet. By the time he collapses from exhaustion, the pilots circling around the top of the building head off to refuel.
- Michael Jackson's Thriller Parody: Bart and Lisa resurrect the dead, while Bart wears the album cover of Thriller on his head, a shout-out to the iconic music video.
- Naked People Are Funny: Homer is dressed in a sheet, resembling Julius Caesar, but the sheet catches on to a nail and he stands butt naked in front of everybody.
- Later, the Krusty doll scares him out of the bathtub and he runs past Marge, Patty and Selma.
- Not a Zombie
Bart: Homer, you shot the zombie Flanders!
Homer: He was a zombie?
- Number of the Beast: All of the numbers in the library.
- The Operators Must Be Crazy: Marge tries to let the toy company know the Krusty doll is attempting to drown her husband as she speaks. She gets "Everybody Loves a Clown" as the hold music.
- Perverse Puppet: The killer Krusty doll. Subverted in that he's only evil because of a switch on his back, despite that the Chinese man that sold the doll to Homer said it was cursed.
- Political Correctness Gone Mad: Lisa says to Bart that the zombies have risen, but Bart corrects her: "Please Lis, they preferred to be called the `Living Impaired'."
- Pretend We're Dead: Homer spots Barney eating an arm and exclaims "Barney, not you too!" to which Barney replies: "I'm not a zombie, but hey, when in Rome..."
- Properly Paranoid: Grampa in the first segment, in which he calls the Krusty doll evil.
- See You in Hell: "See you in Hell." "Still pushing that boulder?" "Uh-huh."
- The opening shows Homer in the outline shape of Hitchcock at the start of every Alfred Hitchcock Presents episode. He even says Hitchcock's famous line: "Good eeeevening."
- One of the graves in the graveyard belongs to inventor and architect R. Buckminster Fuller. His grave is even shaped like his most famous invention, a geodesic dome.
- Bart dresses as Alex DeLarge.
- The Asian shop keeper selling cursed stuff is a reference to Gremlins.
- The "murderous doll" plot is specifically based on the The Twilight Zone episode "Living Doll", hence the lines "My name is Krusty, and I love you very much" and "I'm Krusty the Klown and I don't like you." It also contains elements of Trilogy of Terror and Child's Play.
- Psycho Strings play when the Krusty doll raises a knife.
- The Krusty doll belts himself to the bottom of the car.
- King Kong: Well, duh!
- Homer throws the doll in a bottomless pit, followed by a maffiosi dumping a corpse and a man throwing in a box of nude photos of Whoopi Goldberg, which are immediately thrown back again.
- The natives on Kong Island shout "Mosi Tatupu", which is a wink to an American football player from Samoa.
- Shirley Temple is devoured by King Homer.
- Mr. Burns claims that King Homer's career is over, because Al Jolson's was too when he ran amok at the Winter Garden and climbed the Chrysler Building.
- Cheesy music plays and a heart-shaped iris frames the Krusty doll with Malibu Stacy. This also closes out "King Homer".
- Bart tries to read a Where's Waldo? book for his book review.
- Raising the dead apparently requires wearing a copy of Michael Jackson's Thriller album on your head. This is a reference to the famous music video in which Jackson dances with zombies.
- Bart and Lisa trying to raise their dead cat is similar to the plot of Pet Sematary.
- Some of the graves in the pet sematary are names of early 1990s animated TV series that were cancelled after only a few episodes: Fish Police, Capitol Critters and Family Dog.
- The zombie apocalypse was mostly a shout-out to Night of the Living Dead.
- The spell to bring zombies to life are the last names of game show hosts (Cullen, Rayburn, Narz, Trebek) and the names of department stores (Zabar, Kresgenote , Caldor, Walmart note ).
- The spell to turn Lisa into a snail are names of 1970s detectives (Kolchak, Mannix, Banaceck, Danno), and the spell to return zombies to their graves are the brand names of condoms (Trojan, Ramses, Magnum, Shiek)
- Homer shockingly shoots the walking corpses of George Washington, Albert Einstein and William Shakespeare down.
- When the zombies return to their graves one of the corpses says: "You still pushin' that rock?", a nod to the ancient Greek mythological character Sisyphus.
- Skewed Priorities
Lisa: Dad, we did something very bad!
Homer: Did you wreck the car?
Homer: Did you raise the dead?
Homer: But the car's okay?
Homer: All right then.
- Smelly Feet:
Krusty Doll: You think your dirty socks can stop me? Well...they are making me dizzy...
- Spelling Song: "My baloney has a first name, it's H-O-M-E-R. My baloney has a second name, it's H-O-M-E-R..."
- Suspiciously Specific Denial:
Tribe Leader (in tribal language): The blue-haired woman will make a good sacrifice.
Marge: What's he saying?
Mr. Burns: Aaaaaaaaah... he's saying... ummmmm... "We wouldn't dream of sacrificing the blue-haired woman!"
- Too Dumb to Live: The zombies ignore Homer because he apparently hasn't got (enough) brains to eat.
- We Are Experiencing Technical Difficulties: When zombie Sideshow Mel attacks Krusty the Klown on the air, a technical difficulties title card (featuring a drawing of a drunk cameraman) pops up for a few moments.
- Your Brain Won't Be Much of a Meal: A zombie horde clamoring for "Braaaains" inspects Homer's head, then abandon him in disgust. Most ridiculously, the zombie taps Homer on the head and a very hollow sound is heard before it moves along.
- Zombie Apocalypse: Spoofed.