Recap / The Simpsons S 8 E 1 Treehouse Of Horror VII

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Episode - 4F02
First Aired - 10/27/1996

Treehouse of Horror VII is a Treehouse of Horror Halloween episode of The Simpsons and the first episode of the eighth season.

This year's tales of terror include Bart meeting his long-lost Siamese twin who lives in the attic and has gone insane, Lisa becoming a goddess to a small civilization she created out of a tooth, some cola, and Bart zapping her with static electricity, and Homer trying to stop Kang and Kodos from posing as Bill Clinton and Bob Dole and running for U.S. President.

Tropes:

  • Abusive Parents: Homer and Marge's solution to Hugo being "evil" is to lock him up in the attic and feed him fish heads once a week. Once Bart turns out to be evil, they do the same to him.
  • Accidental Discovery: Lisa accidentally creates miniature life-forms by putting one of her teeth into a glass of cola.
  • Alien Invasion: Kang and Kodos' plan to invade Earth is done by acting as Bill Clinton and Bob Dole during the presidential elections.
  • Amazing Technicolour Population: The miniature people of the tub are a grey-ish blue.
  • Anal Probing: Homer assumes Kang and Kodos want to do this, and starts to take his pants off before they make it clear they really don't.
    STOP! We have reached the limits of what rectal probing can teach us!
  • Anticlimax: The ending of "The Genesis Tub".
  • The Bad Guy Wins: "Citizen Kang" ends with the Rigelian alien race enslaving the Earth.
  • Brick Joke: Kang and Kodos spray Homer with rum to make sure no one believes him. When Homer tries telling his family what happened, Bart dismisses his claims ("Sure ya were, rummy.").
  • Brutal Honesty: Kodos speaking at a rally as Bob Dole.
    Kodos: It makes no matter which one of us you vote for! Either way, your planet is doomed! DOOMED!
  • The Cassandra: Kang and Kodos sprayed Homer with booze to make sure nobody would believe him. Probably nobody would have believed him anyway given that he was ranting about an alien invasion.
  • Comically Missing the Point: Homer believed "Citizen Kang" would have a different ending had Kodos won: "Don't blame me; I voted for Kodos!".
  • Didn't Think This Through: The tub people shrink Lisa in order to speak with their "God"... and have no way to unshrink her again, rendering her powerless to protect them from Bart.
  • Downer Ending: All three stories.
    • Bart is thrown into the attic after discovering he's the evil twin.
    • Lisa is stuck in the micro-city with no way of being changed back to her normal size (what's more, Bart steals her project for his own and wins the science fair). And Bart also threatened that he would flush the tub into the toilet.
    • The U.S. (possibly the entire world) is enslaved by Kang and Kodos.
  • Evil Twin: "The Thing and I". With a twist! Bart's the evil twin.
    Bart: Oh, don't look so shocked.
  • Failed a Spot Check:
    • Bart apparently never noticed that large, easily noticed surgical scar on his side.
    • Homer kicks a bush in a rage. It's only after he hurts his foot that he realizes there's a giant spaceship parked right there.
  • Foreshadowing: Dr. Hibbert's flashback to when Bart and Hugo were born shows that the twin on the right was the evil one (as he kept biting the twin on the left). When Bart discovers his scar, it's on his left side.
  • Gender Reveal: Kodos is apparently female.
  • Hope Spot: In Citizen Kang, Homer discovers where the real Bill Clinton and Bob Dole are being held and manages to reawaken them. Once he does, they decide to put aside their differences and work together. Unfortunately, when he tries getting them out of their tubes, he instead winds up shooting them up into outer space to their deaths.
  • I Have a Family: Subverted.
    Homer: (to Kang and Kodos) Please don't eat me! I have a wife and kids! Eat them!
  • In One Ear, Out the Other: While the miniature spaceships from the "The Genesis Tub" are attacking Bart, one of them flies into his left ear and exits his right.
  • Insistent Terminology: Lisa tries to correct Dr. Hibbert's use of the term “Siamese twins", but Hibbert’s having none of it.
    Lisa: I believe they prefer to be called "Conjoined Twins".
    Dr. Hibbert: And hillbillies want to be called "sons of the soil", but it ain’t gonna happen.
  • Lady Looks Like a Dude: The male-sounding Kodos is female, according to this episode.
  • Lampshade Hanging:
    • During The Thing and I, Bart points out the story of Hugo doesn't make any sense.
    • The commentary for Citizen Kang notes how the tubes have bands covering Dole and Clinton's midsections, but don't conceal their butts.
  • Lightning Can Do Anything: Lisa inadvertently creates life when she discharges static electricity on her tooth.
  • Madwoman in the Attic: Parodied with Bart's Evil Twin, Hugo, locked up in the attic.
  • Man on Fire: During the opening segment, Homer lights a "Jack O' Lantern" pumpkin and accidentally lits himself on fire.
  • My Country Tis of Thee That I Sting: Homer crashes the spaceship into the Capitol and successfully reveals the candidates' real identities. However, despite being exposed, Kang and Kodos declare to the people that they have to choose between one of them because "it's a two-party system" since it's too late to get new candidates. One man in the crowd announces that he will vote for a third-party candidate, but Kang and Kodos tell him: "Go ahead, throw your vote away."
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: No one seems to realise the disguised Kang and Kodos aren't Dole or Clinton, despite their putting little to no effort into their disguises.
    Kodos: I am Clin-ton! As overlord, all will kneel trembling before me and obey my brutal commands! (cross arms over chest) End communication!
    Marge: Hrrm, that's Slick Willie for you. Always with the smooth talk.
  • Pun-Based Title: "The Thing and I" references The King and I, while "Citizen Kang" references Citizen Kane.
  • Scenery Censor: the bio-duplictation fields neatly cover Dole and Clinton's nethers.
  • Shout-Out:
    • While bringing fish heads to Hugo Homer sings "Fish Heads", the biggest hit of Barnes & Barnes.
    • The Genesis Tub segment is a reference to the The Twilight Zone episode "The Little People". This plot would be referenced too in the South Park episode "Simpsons Already Did It" where the characters point out that Cartman bringing a bunch of "sea men" alive in an aquarium is similar to the plot of this Simpsons Halloween episode.
    • Citizen Kang is yet another Simpsons reference to Citizen Kang.
    • When the little people Lisa created are nailing commandments to the wall of a church, Lisa says: "I created Lutherans". Martin Luther started the Lutheran/Protestant movement when he nailed commandments and statements to the wall of a church, criticizing the Roman Catholic Church.
    • Homer crashing the UFO into the US Capitol Dome references Earth vs. the Flying Saucers.
  • Stupidest Thing I've Ever Heard: The Frink look-alike laughs at Lisa's idea of unshrinking her.
  • Take a Third Option: The voters consider voting for a third candidate when Kang and Kodos are revealed, but get mocked for it.
    • Ross Perot, Reform Party candidate in the 1992 and 1996 presidential elections, is then seen punching his straw hat open.
  • Take Me to Your Leader: Kang and Kodos to Homer, who explains there's about to be an election.
  • Time Marches On: The 1996 presidential election provides the basis for "Citizen Kang".
  • Uranus Is Showing: Kang and Kodos tell Homer that they come from "A nearby ringed planet whose name we'd prefer not to mention".
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Hugo's "surgery" was for the sake of becoming one with his twin brother again. He even practiced on a "pigeon-rat".

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