Recap / The Simpsons S 7 E 6 Treehouse Of Horror VI
Episode - 3F04
First Aired - 10/29/1995

In this year's tales of terror, Springfield is overrun by oversized advertising after Homer takes the Lard Lad statue's giant doughnut, Groundskeeper Willie becomes a Freddy Krueger-esque dream killer, and Homer hides from his sisters-in-law... and finds himself in the third dimension.

Treehouse of Horror VI contains examples of (YMMV tropes can be found here):

  • Abandoned Playground: Bart battles Willy at night in a foreboding, nightmare playground which is empty until the battle.
  • Adults Are Useless: Not only are the parents responsible for Willy going on his road to vengeance (choosing to talk about school lunch menus rather than save his life), but they do nothing to help their children and downplay the threat he poses to them.
  • Alternate Universe: The infamous third act of this episode shows Homer entering another dimension, which collapses and leaves him stuck in another universe, namely ours.
  • Ambiguous Syntax and Accidental Innuendo: "'Do not touch Willie.' Good advice."
  • Art Shift: "Homer³" contains probably the most notable example in Simpsons history, with Homer (and later, Bart) being depicted in CG animation for the first time. Homer lampshades how expensive it was.
    • Bart's first dream in "Nightmare on Evergreen Terrace" is depicted in the style of an old Looney Tunes and/or Tex Avery short.
  • Artistic License Physics: When Homer tries to flee from Patty and Selma he lifts the carpet, only to see Santa's Little Helper and Snowball hiding underneath the nevertheless totally flat surface.
  • Attack of the Killer Whatever: Giant advertising mascots in "Attack of the 50-Foot Eyesores".
  • Attention Whore: The giant advertising mascots, and indeed, advertisements in general, only have power when people pay attention to them, which is true enough. When the townsfolk stop paying attention to them, they lose their power and die.
  • Bittersweet Ending: "Homer³" has the dimension collapse and Homer fall into the hole and wind up in our world. But hey, he found an erotic cake store seconds after arriving...
  • Buffy Speak: "It's like something out of the twilighty show about that zone."
  • Caffeine Failure: In the episode spoofing Nightmare on Elm Street Bart & Lisa drink coffee to stay awake so Groundskeeper Willie won't kill them in their sleep. Eventually they fall asleep anyway.
  • Cartridges in Flight: In "Homer³", Chief Wiggum fires his pistol into the third dimension. The bullets appear in 3D, casing and all, before being sucked into the black hole.
  • Comically Missing the Point: During the flashback in "Nightmare on Evergreen Terrace" Homer reads "Do not touch. Willie" written above the thermostat. He thinks it's "good advice" and cranks the thermostat up, burning Willie alive.
  • Continuity Nod: The first act ends with Homer saying "we'll be right back" during a Kent Brockman report.
  • Deadline News: In "Attack of the 50-Foot Eyesores" Kent Brockman gets attacked by a giant advertising-icon-turned-moving-rampaging-monster version of himself before it cuts to a We Are Experiencing Technical Difficulties card featuring a puppy unplugging an electric cord. However, he appears to be fine by the end.
  • Dimensional Traveler: Homer in the third act of this episode.
  • Do Not Taunt Cthulhu: After Willie is burned to death, Chief Wiggum makes a big mistake in mocking him.
    Willie: You'll pay for this, all of you, with your children's blood!
    Wiggum: Oh, how are you gonna get them, skeleton power?
    Willie: I'll strike where ye cannae protect 'em: In. Their. Dreams!
  • Dream Sequence: The second act is full of them, with Bart fighting Groundskeeper Willie in his dreams.
  • The End... Or Is It?: Lisa thinks that Willie will come back... And he does. Subverted in that he left his gun on the bus he arrived at the Simpsons house on, and he has to run back and get it.
  • Epic Fail: Homer trying to jump to Bart near the end of "Homer³". If you can call it that, anyway...
  • Erotic Eating: Inverted into Fan Disservice in "Homer³" when Patty and Selma find out that they can suck the many-days-dead conches and hermit crabs out of their shells to clean their seashell collection.
  • Evil Laugh: Willie gives one.
  • The Fourth Wall Will Not Protect You: "Attack of the 50-Foot Eyesores" ends with Kent Brockman warning viewers that "the next advertisement you see could destroy your house and eat your family!" And then...
    Homer: (leans into frame) We'll be right back. (shiteating grin)
  • Giant Spider: Willie's final form: a giant bag-pipe version.
  • Go Into the Light: In "Homer³", when Lovejoy tries to help Homer.
    Lovejoy: Do you see a light, Homer?
    Homer: Yes.
    Lovejoy: Move towards the light.
    (buzzing sound with Homer screaming in pain.)
  • Good Angel, Bad Angel: Inverted in "Attack of the 50-Foot Eyesores", with Bart (a human) on the giant devil mascot's shoulder telling it to destroy the school rather than urging him to destroy the school and convincing him not to do it.
  • Headless Horseman: Appears in the opening, holding Krusty's head.
  • I Never Said It Was Poison: When Bart and Lisa bring up Martin dying in school, Marge says that she doesn't see how it involves Groundskeeper Willie. Note that I never said they brought him up.
  • Jerkass: Nelson's reaction to Martin being killed in his dreams by Willie? Ha-ha!
  • Just Ignore It: How Paul Anka and Lisa fight back against the giant ads in "Attack of the 50-Foot Eyesores".
  • Lighter and Softer: Compared to the rather grisly fifth THOH special, THOH VI is pretty light.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero:
    • Homer throwing the cone away, tip first, causes the dimension to collapse.
    • In a way, so does him running away from the side of the dimension where he entered when the collapsing speeds up. He was too far away from Bart when he went in to get him. And his attempt to jump to Bart failed.
    • Homer giving Lard Lad his doughnut back at Marge's behest. Rather than put an end to the monsters as they thought, it just gives Lard Lad a weapon that he can cause more destruction with.
  • No Sympathy: What kickstarts Willie's desire for revenge is the fact that he was literally on fire and the PTA refused to help him out of little more than cold indifference.
  • Offer Void In Nebraska: Mentioned during Paul Anka's song, currently the page quote.
    "To stop those monsters, one-two-three
    Here's a fresh new way that's trouble-free.
    It's got Paul Anka's guarantee...
    Guarantee void in Tennessee."
  • Oh Crap!: A flipping cone hits Homer's butt. He tells it to "[w]atch it" and throws it away, landing point first, causing the dimension's collapse.
    Homer: Oops.
  • Passed in Their Sleep: Discussed here, which is where the page quote comes from.
    Lisa: Bart, do you realise what this means? The next time we fall asleep we could die!
    Grandpa: Ehhh, welcome to my world.
  • Roger Rabbit Effect: The ending of "Homer³"
  • Real World Episode: Homer is sucked out the Simpsons universe and disappears. According to Reverend Lovejoy he has gone "to a better place", which turns out to be our universe.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: The advertising mascots in "Attack of the 50-Foot Eyesores" attack Springfield because Homer stole the Lard Lad donut. Marge figures that giving the donut back will make them stop, so they do. For a second. And the rampaging continues regardless.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: When Willy returns in his One-Winged Angel form, Krusty decides to get away as fast as he can.
    Krusty: Don't dream about me no more, kid!
  • Shoot the Money: "Homer³", with CG animation.
    Homer: Gee, this place looks expensive. I feel like I'm wasting a fortune just standing here! ... Better make the most of it. Beat (scratches himself) *BURRRRRRRP*
  • Shout-Out:
    • When the first advertising mascot comes to life he lets out a Mighty Roar, which is actually Godzilla 's Signature Roar.
    • "That's's like something out of the twilighty show about that zone...". Incidentially, this line is from "Homer³", and its plot is a Shout-Out of The Twilight Zone episode "Little Girl Lost", where a little girl ends up in the fifth dimension.
    • "Nightmare on Evergreen Terrace" is one long reference to the A Nightmare on Elm Street films.
    • The library from Myst is in the third dimension. A rendition of the closing theme and the music over the Gracie Films logo are also done in the style of Myst.
    • The title of "Homer³" is a homage to Alien³.
    • The title of "Attack of the 50-Foot Eyesores" is a reference to the B-Movie Attack of the 50-Foot Woman.
    • Going the other way around, Homer's "Holy macaroni!" from "Homer³" got sampled at the end of the Bloodhound Gang song "Mope".
    • The third dimension itself partly resembles a colored version of the computer system from TRON. This is even brought up by Homer himself when he asks everyone if they saw the film; no one did.
    • Groundskeeper Willie taking on different forms before he sinks into the abyss references the end of Terminator 2: Judgment Day, where the Terminator does the same while melting away.
    • As Groundskeeper Willie runs after the bus, the music is the Simpsons theme done in the style of "Yakety Sax", The Benny Hill Show closing theme.
    • Three of the monsters in "Attack of the 50-Foot Eyesores" are the Zip Boys, three bobbleheads based off the Pep Boys automobile repair shop line. They don't actually do any damage, though, as their bobbleheads stop them from moving. They are last seen being hauled out of town in shopping carts.
    • The Headless Horseman throws Krusty's head at the camera in a way similar to how the Horseman threw the pumpkin at Ichabod in The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: Skinner exhibits this with the rest of his staff after Martin's death:
    Skinner: Wheel him out quietly. It's best the children don't see. [Lunch Lady/Nurse Doris starts wheeling out the trolley; unfortunately, the sheet, stuck under Skinner's foot, comes off and the 4th grade children, seeing Martin's twisted features start screaming] Oh, just get it out of here. [Doris exits] Not into the kindergarten! [more screams from outside. Skinner groans and Face Palm]
  • Sweeping Ashes: After Willie turns to ash in "Nightmare on Evergreen Terrace", he handily sweeps himself into a dustpan and throws himself away.
  • Talking with Signs: Seen in "Nightmare on Evergreen Terrace": After seeing Groundskeeper Willie (playing the role of Freddy Krueger) for the first time, Bart holds up a sign that reads: "Yipes!"
  • Take That: When Homer asks if anyone saw TRON, everyone says no. (Chief Wiggum even says it twice, then says "yes" before correcting himself.)
  • Tempting Fate: "Hey, Lard Lad! I got your giant donut, and there's nothing you can do about it!" Except come to life and wreck the town.
  • Thirteen Is Unlucky: The story of "Nightmare on Evergreen Terrace" starts "on the thirteenth hour of the thirteenth day of the thirteenth month" with a meeting to discuss the misprinted calendars bought by the town.
    Homer: "Oh, lousy Smarch weather."
  • Trapped in Another World: Homer stumbles into another dimension and is unable to get out.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: Homer doesn't freak out at all when the Lard Lad statue comes to his door.
    Homer: He came to life. Good for him.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: If Homer hadn't messed with the thermostat, Willie wouldn't have died and sworn vengeance against everyone.
    • Also, while Homer taking the Lard Lad statue's donut didn't technically bring it to life, it was the reason it and all the other mascots went on the rampage.
  • Up the Real Rabbit Hole: "Homer³" ends with Homer landing in our world, which he calls "the worst place yet."
  • Villain Decay: Willie has come back to life (somehow) and attempts to threaten the Simpson children again but is now much less competent than he was while he was a spirit, losing both his gun and one of his shoes.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Groundskeeper Willie in his segment, if you think about it—he dies a horrible, painful death whilst begging the other adults for help and they all just stand there and do nothing to help him. Can one really blame him for wanting revenge?