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.
- 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 a film that was made back when black and white movies were common.
- 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." (in what can only be described as the one time Mr. Burns knows Smithers is gay, even if the episode isn't canon with main continuity).
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 is in the style of Alfred Hitchcock Presents.
- Bart dresses as Alex DeLarge.
- "My name is Krusty, and I love you very much." and "I'm Krusty the Klown and I don't like you.". The murderous living doll is also a reference to 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!
- Shirley Temple is devoured by King Homer.
- Cheesy music plays and a heart-shaped iris frames the Krusty doll with Malibu Stacy. This also closes out "King Homer".
- 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.
- 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 (Kolchek, Mannix, Banacheck, Danno), and the spell to return zombies to their graves are the brand names of condoms (Trojan, Ramses, Magnum, Shiek)
- 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!"
- 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.