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Recap / The Simpsons S19 E5 "Treehouse of Horror XVIII"

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Kodos is a murderous E.T., Homer and Marge are dueling husband and wife assassins, and Flanders uses the seven deadly sins to scare some Halloween hoodlums straight.

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  • Bond One-Liner: Parodied in "Mr. And Mrs. Simpson" as Homer plans to kill Kent Brockman:
    Homer (thinking): Now to think of a cool thing to say before I kill him.
    (beat)
    Homer (thinking): Ooh! That's a good one! But I don't have to say it aloud because no one's with me!
  • Cop Killer: Marge kills Chief Wiggum.
  • Deal with the Devil: Ned channels Satan in order to gain powers to punish the children.
  • Dirty Cop: Wiggum investigates Homer and Marge after they fight when they discover that they were both assassins. Marge shoots him with a crossbow to stop him, and his Famous Last Words are "I would have accepted a bribe".
  • Downer Ending: One of the few Halloween episodes to avert this. Kang's invasion and mass murder plot is foiled by the military. Homer and Marge reconcile their differences as assassins. And Ned really only scares the kids into behaving (although it's ambiguous if the deaths discussed under Seven Deadly Sins really happened, and Ned's fundamentalism is at full force).
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  • Exact Words: The plot of "Heck House" starts with kids deciding the choice between trick or treat should be theirs.
  • No Fourth Wall/ Biting-the-Hand Humor: The introductory/ credit segments basically involves Marge murdering every Fox advertisement involving the NFL, American Idol, and FOX's popular dramas and feeding them to the family.
    • At the end, Ned tells us that we're going to Hell for watching FOX. "And that includes FX, FOX Sports, and our newest Devil's portal The Wall Street Journal."
  • Groin Attack: Moe receives one for stealing a stripper's cash.
  • Guilt by Association Gag: In "Heck House", Bart, Milhouse, Nelson and Lisa are sent temporarily to hell, yet Lisa took no part in the chaos they wreaked. She points this out along the way to hell: "I warned you, and yet my punishment is no less severe. That's odd."
  • Insistent Terminology: Since Kodos was alive at the end, it was a vivisection and not a dissection.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: After their previous attempts to conquer human society (and their success in "Treehouse of Horror VII"), Kang getting his head blown apart and Homer smothering Kodos (while disturbing) are rather fitting.
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  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Homer doesn't like it when someone else kills his targets. Justified because he's not paid for those deaths.
  • Plagiarism in Fiction: Krusty's divine punishment is for stealing jokes.
  • Riddle for the Ages: Whatever Homer thought about saying when he was about to kill Kent Brockman, he never said.
  • Seven Deadly Sins: "Heck House" parodies the basic principle. Dr. Hibbert is rammed by a car for having Pride in his child's accomplishments. Willie is beheaded for his Wrath by his transformed tractor. Homer is transformed into spaghetti for his Gluttony and sliced through his hammock for his Sloth. And the remaining are covered by Moe's Lust for a stripper, his Greed for her money, and his Envy of those without groins after she subjects him to a Groin Attack.
  • Shout-Out:
    • "E.T. Go Home" is a parody of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.
    • "Mr. & Mrs. Simpson" is a parody of Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005).
    • In "E.T. Go Home'', the hordes of Kang's troops emerge from the space portal via resurrecting broomsticks of "The Sorcerer's Apprentice".
    • In "Mr. & Mrs. Simpson" when Mr. Burns tells Homer to kill Kent Brockman, the picture of Kent Brockman is his mugshot which parodies Nick Nolte's infamous mugshot.
  • Threat Backfire: Reminding the pranksters that she's the Principal's mother only makes things worse for Mrs. Skinner.
  • Unexplained Recovery: When Homer is sliced through his hammock, he wonders what happened to his spaghetti transformation.

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