Recap: The Simpsons S 9 E 4 Treehouse Of Horror VIII
The annual Three Shorts Halloween Episode starts with Fox Censor, the FOX network censor, editing this year's Halloween special to a TV-G rating (removing all the NBC-style sexual innuendo and CBS-style action violence), but the TV rating bug fights back by stabbing Censor until it reaches TV-666.
The Homega ManA parody of The Omega Man (aka the second movie adaptation of I Am Legend). France threatens to destroy Springfield in response to a racist "frog legs" joke Mayor Quimby made, and Marge convinces Homer to look into getting a proper bomb shelter just in case. As it turns out, while he's inside one to examine it, the French see their threat through with a neutron bomb, and he emerges to discover he's apparently the last man in Springfield.He indulges in all the town's leftover pleasures (such as watching a David Spade/Chris Farley movie in an abandoned theater, sitting in his boss's office [Deleted Scene only], and dancing naked in church) until a mob of Springfieldians mutated by the bomb (including Moe, Dr. Hibbert, Principal Skinner, Chief Wiggum, Krusty, and Sideshow Mel) and plot to kill him to get rid of the mistakes of the past for a better future. A car chase through town ensues, and Homer winds up back at his own house to discover his family alive and well — the house's multiple coats of lead paint created "the perfect bomb shelter." The mutants are touched by the reunion and Marge suggests the two groups can be friends — but it's a ruse to ensure the mutants' guards are down, as she and the kids promptly kill the mutants with shotguns. "Now that's the Marge I married!" exclaims the impressed Homer and the family decides to steal some Ferraris.
Fly vs. FlyA parody of both The Fifties and The '80s versions of The Fly. The Simpson family attends Professor Frink's garage sale and Homer winds up buying a matter transporter. He promptly puts its two pods to good (to him, anyway) use and forbids Bart from trying it out for himself. In the middle of the night Bart tries to send Santa's Little Helper through it; instead both it and Snowball II go through at once. When Bart sees the result — two hybrids, one combining dog and cat front ends and one combining dog and cat rears ("Ewwww, you can be Lisa's!") he's intrigued by what would happen if he and an ordinary housefly buzzing past went through together...Expecting to come out as "Superfly", Bart is disappointed to find that he and the fly's heads have been proportionally swapped. Still, the undaunted Bart!Fly heads out to cause mischief while grotesque Fly!Bart is reluctantly accepted by the other Simpsons. When Bart!Fly realizes that Fly!Bart's usurped his place in the household, he reveals himself to Lisa and she agrees to help him reverse the process. Fly!Bart attacks them both, but Lisa manages to knock it into the transporter with Bart!Fly and both are restored to normal. Homer, seeing what the transporter has wrought, grabs an ax and vows to do what he "should have done a long time ago" — and chases Bart around the house for playing with the machine.
Easy-Bake CovenA parody of The Crucible. In 17th-century Springfield, Marge is accused of witchcraft. She pleads innocent, and it's decided to toss her off of a cliff to reveal the truth — if she's innocent, she'll fall to her death, if she's guilty, she'll be able to magically escape. As it turns out, she is a Wicked Witch, and flies off on her broomstick to her family and the townsfolk's horror. At their mountain hideaway, Marge reunites with her sisters/fellow witches Patty and Selma, and soon they head out to find some delicious kids to eat.The Flanders family finds themselves a target of the witches' intent, but before the threesome can haul off Rod and Todd, Ned and Maude offer them gingerbread kids instead. The witches find the cookies sufficiently tasty and spare the Flanders children, wishing they hadn't filled up on kids at their previous stops. According to Captain McAllister, placating witches with treats was the origin of trick-or-treating, and the following year kids all over town happily go door-to-door for goodies. Homer, on the other hand, decides to egg a house — which Lisa points out is his own. So he accuses her of being a witch and a mob promptly runs her out of town.
This episode contains examples of:
- Accidental Misnaming: When Marge tells her sisters about being exposed as a witch, one of them comments that this means she finally left "Durwood", and Marge corrects them about Homer's name. But they don't care.
- Angry Fist-Shake: In "Fly vs. Fly", Fly!Bart tricks a spider into thinking that he's caught in its web. When he's about to be eaten, he slaps the arachnid and flies away. The spider watches him in anger, shaking its four legs in synchronized movement, probably swearing revenge.
- Apocalypse Anarchy: Homer really enjoys being the last man alive. He goes dancing to the church, completely naked.
- Body Horror:
- The effects of Bart crossing into the matter transporter with the fly's head on his body.
- The mutants in "The Homega Man," who appear to be rotting. Wiggum at one point says that it "really brings a tear to your eyesocket" just before his eyeball falls out.
- Bowdlerization: The scene of Homer dancing naked in church was originally (as in, "as written in the script") going to be Homer dancing naked on the church's altar (though the church The Simpsons go to doesn't have an altar, as it's not a Catholic church), but the censors objected (they were already wary about Homer dancing naked in church, but they only allowed it if the altar scene was changed to Homer dancing naked in the front row).
- Burn the Witch!: What accused witches are sentenced to in old Springfield until they are deemed fit to return to society again.
- Drool Hello: Done by Bart!Fly in "Fly vs Fly".
- Gosh Dang It to Heck!: The FOX censor, appropriately enough, utters these each time he is stabbed.
- Halloween Episode
- MAD: The title "Fly vs Fly" is a parody of Mad Magazine's "Spy vs. Spy", written in the Spy logo font.
- Meaningful Name: The FOX Network censor named Fox Censor.
- Homer is watching a Chris Farley/David Spade movie at church, most likely Tommy Boy, as Homer gleefully says "Oh, Spade... why did you put Farley in charge of the bees?".
- Witch!Selma refers to Witch!Marge's husband as "Durwood" a la Bewitched's Endora referring to Darrin by that name (among others).
- The Unfavourite: Lisa in "Easy-Bake Coven"; Homer even goes so far as to accuse her of witchcraft just because she told him he was egging their own house.
- Three Shorts: As per usual.
- Wicked Witch: Marge, Patty, and Selma in "Easy-Bake Coven".
- Would Hurt a Child: In the second and third shorts, Homer attempts to kill one of his children: Bart for messing with his transporter in "Fly vs. Fly"; Lisa for witchcraft in "Easy-Bake Coven".
- Your Mom: One of the names listed in the end credits, which, in Halloween specials, are usually gag names.