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Recap / The Simpsons S 12 E 1 Treehouse Of Horror XI

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Homer needs to do a good deed before he can go into Heaven in G-G-G-Ghost D-D-D-Dad, the Simpson kids get lost in a warped fairy tale world in Scary Tales Can Come True, and dolphins rise from the waters to take over Springfield in Night of The Dolphin.


  • Abusive Parents: Homer and Marge in the second story. Homer throws the kids away and Marge berates him for doing that instead of selling them.
  • Always Chaotic Evil: The dolphins are this in the third story, especially after their king is freed, who then declares war on humans. Though calling them evil might be debatable considering it was humans that caused them suffer for thousands of centuries.
  • Artistic License – Biology: In the third act, dolphins have no trouble moving on land (by Tailfin Walking) and are not worried about dehydration or sunburn.
  • Artistic License – Paleontology: Just the whole "dolphins used to live on land until humans banished them into the ocean where they suffered for millions of years" thing. While ancestors of dolphins and other cetaceans did live on land, they were still hoofed quadrupeds then and gradually evolved for sealife. By the time the first humans appeared, cetaceans have already become sea creatures.
  • Asshole Victim:
    • Homer dropping a person to their death would be horrifying, were the victim not the abusive and insufferable Agnes Skinner. He even tries to justify the act with the trope, in-verse.
    • To be fair, Goldilocks did break into someone else's house. Therefore, the Bears had to defend themselves. However, she was trying to escape and wasn't making an effort to attack them.
  • Baleful Polymorph: Homer in the second story gets transformed by the wicked witch into a fish-headed chicken with broom for wings. Apparently, he can lay eggs.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: The dolphins win the war, and banish all of Springfield (and, presumably, the entire human race) to the sea. Although this may be subverted if you consider humans as the real villains for banishing the dolphins into the ocean in the first place.
  • Brick Joke: A deleted scene showed that Abe would have exploded out of a dolphin after being swallowed by one earlier.
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  • Conveniently Timed Distraction: In "Scary Tales Can Come True" segment, when the witch tries to stuff Homer into her stove, she gets distracted when she hears a knock at her door allowing Homer to overpower her and shove her into the stove and lock her inside.
  • Defiant to the End: Even when being eaten alive by a dolphin, Abe vows that "I'm gonna give your liver such a punching!"
  • Devious Dolphins: In "Day of the Dolphin", an aquarium dolphin named Snorky leads the rest of dolphinkind to rebel against the humans, take back the land for themselves, and force humanity into the sea to die.
  • Exact Words: In the second story, Homer told his children no child would starve in his home. Cut to the next scene with him ditching them at the forest.
  • Helping Granny Cross the Street: Homer (as a ghost) tries to carry an old woman across the street to get into Heaven, but ends up dropping Principal Skinner's mom in the street.
    Homer: Um, I'm pretty sure she was going to be the next Hitler.
  • Horrorscope: In the story "G-G-Ghost D-D-Dad", Homer reads a horoscope saying he will die that day. Not only that, Marge's horoscope says her husband will die that day. Homer doesn't believe it; instead, he's focused that he may get a compliment from an attractive coworker. Marge is scared though.
  • Humans Are Bastards: The reason why dolphins declare war against humans is that humans banished them into the ocean "where they suffered for millions of years".
  • Killed Offscreen: Goldilocks' death in the Three Bear's home.
  • Mandatory Line: Kang and Kodos appear at the end to complain about the fact that they weren't included in this episode.
  • Offing the Offspring: Homer deliberately attempts to sacrifice Lisa to the dolphins having possibly aware on her daughter's role in causing this mess.
  • Papa Wolf: The first dolphin punched by Homer when the war between Springfield and the dolphins began was the baby dolphin that bit Lisa in the arm only seconds earlier.
  • Race Against the Clock: Homer will go to Hell if he misses the deadline.
  • Real After All: The witch's boyfriend George Cauldron wasn't made up after all.
  • Shout-Out: The intro has the Simpsons as a parody of The Munsters.
  • Shown Their Work: When King Snorky speaks, his mouth doesn't sync to his words. This is because dolphins "speak" through their blowholes which is their only means of respiration (hence why cetaceans can eat underwater without drowning).
  • Stock "Yuck!": Homer is killed by broccoli, which is supposedly toxic in this story, and Doctor Hibbert says "It tries to warn you with its terrible taste!"
  • Throw 'Em to the Wolves: Bart unknowingly did this to Goldilocks. He didn't know she was inside the bears' house when he locked it with a chair.
  • Too Dumb to Live:
    • Lenny. Alcohol and night swimming in the ocean is a bad idea, even without vengeful dolphins.
    • Lisa removes a six-pack plastic ring from a baby dolphin, who then bites her in the arm. This was the last straw for Homer, and he punches it almost right away.
    • Homer takes this a step further by choking to death while he's already dead, because he just had to try eating the exact same piece of broccoli that killed him in the first place. When his ghost's ghost arrives at the Pearly Gates, he sheepishly admits his stupidity to St. Peter and gets sent back to Earth.
  • Torches and Pitchforks: The intro features people using those to lynch the Simpsons featured as the Munsters (except for Lisa, who's portrayed as an expy of Marilyn Munster and thus looked normal).
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Lisa frees an abused dolphin, who turns out to be the King of the dolphins — and thus King Snorky begins the dolphin invasion of Springfield. In "Scary Tales Can Come True" Bart uses a chair to lock the door to the house, in case the bears saw them. However, he and Lisa weren't aware of Goldilock's presence inside the house and unknowingly left her to die by trapping her inside the house.
  • Waiting Skeleton: In the "Scary Tales Can Come True" segment, Homer abandons Bart and Lisa in the woods and tells them to "Say hi to your other brother and sister". Bart and Lisa then notice a pair of skeletons resembling themselves.
    Lisa: Let's face it. They're not great parents.
  • What an Idiot!: Lisa continues to help a dolphin despite the last one she aided started a revolution to drive humanity into the sea out of spite. Granted, it was a child but still.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: Homer manages to do one good deed, only to go to Hell for missing the deadline, since St. Peter wasn't paying attention and didn't see it.
  • Zipping Up the Bodybag: When Homer first dies.
    Medical Attendant: Sure is easy when they're stiff like this... (sees Bart and Lisa are upset) and very sad.


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