Treehouse of Horror XVI
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|"Treehouse of Horror XVI"|
|The Simpsons episode|
|Promotional image for the episode.|
|Directed by||David Silverman|
|Written by||Marc Wilmore|
|Original air date||November 6, 2005|
|Guest appearance(s)||Terry Bradshaw as himself
Dennis Rodman as himself
"Treehouse of Horror XVI" is the fourth episode of the seventeenth season of The Simpsons. It first aired on the Fox network in the United States on November 6, 2005. In the sixteenth annual Treehouse of Horror, the Simpsons replace Bart with a robot son after Bart falls into a coma ("B.I. Bartificial Intelligence"), Homer and various other male characters find themselves on a reality show where Mr. Burns hunts humans for sport ("Survival of the Fattest"), and costumed Springfieldians become whatever they are wearing, thanks to a witch who was disqualified from a Halloween costume contest ("I've Grown a Costume On Your Face"). It was written by Marc Wilmore and directed by David Silverman. Terry Bradshaw and Dennis Rodman guest star as themselves. Around 11.63 million Americans tuned in to watch the episode during its original broadcast.
In the opening, using an accelerator-beam (despite Kodos fearing that "the fabric of the Universe itself may shatter!"), Kang hopes to speed up an exceedingly slow and boring World Series baseball game to air Treehouse of Horror XVI (which Kang thought wouldn't air until "Administrative Professionals Day" if the slow game kept up, Kodos of course telling him that they "must remember to get Dorothy something"), but ends up turning the baseball players into a giant black hole that destroys the universe. Kodos gets angry at Kang for doing so ("Smooth move, space-lax! You've destroyed the totality of existence!"), but Kang states that it will be fine, leaving a note on the screen showing the Treehouse's title ("It'll be fine. I'll just leave a note.").
B.I. Bartificial Intelligence
In a parody of A.I. Artificial Intelligence, Bart winds up in a coma after attempting to jump out of a window into the swimming pool at Spinster Arms Apartments. In an effort to cope with the loss of their son, the family takes in a robotic boy, named David, who quickly proves to be a better son. David can make ice cream with his nose, make stuffed toys out of pants, and even recalibrate the lights of the town to spell words. Later, Bart wakes up from his coma. He escapes from the hospital and competes against David for the affection of their family. However, Bart is dumped on a road by Homer (who considers David to be a better son than Bart and even lies to the rest of the family that Bart went to culinary school). When Bart finds a group of old robots, he steals their parts and becomes a cyborg. In the end, he returns home, where the rest of the family realized that Homer lied about Bart going to culinary school. Bart then cuts David in half down the middle with a chainsaw, and does the same to Homer through the waist as revenge for abandoning him. Although the family is now together again, Homer is now angry that he has to be fused with David's lower half. David's legs then break off due to Homer's weight, much to Homer's dismay, but before the situation can get any crazier, it is revealed that the entire robot scenario is a dream conjured by Homer's demonically possessed mind as he is being exorcised. Marge reluctantly says she'll call work and tell them Homer can't make it in, much to Homer's delight.
Survival of the Fattest
In a parody of The Most Dangerous Game, men from Springfield come to Mr. Burns's mansion to go hunting. Unbeknownst to them, they are the prey to be hunted. The hunt appears on TV, and Marge, watching from home, claims she should have known something was up when seeing the new TV Guide, which featured a picture of Burns and Smithers chasing Homer with the caption "Must Flee TV!" (as a take-off of "Must See TV!"). Homer manages to survive the night while his friends and the others are killed left and right, but Burns closes in on him in the morning. Just as he is about to be shot, Burns and Smithers are both knocked out with frying pans by Marge, who then hits Homer on the head for being away from home for eighteen hours and not calling home once, before they end up having make-up sex.
I've Grown a Costume on Your Face
In a parody of classic Twilight Zone episode "The Masks", Goosebumps story "The Haunted Mask", "Halloween III: Season of the Witch" and "Halloweentown II: Kalabar's Revenge" the citizens of Springfield dress in their Halloween costumes for a costume contest. Dr. Hibbert is declared second placed victor, with first place awarded to a strange old witch. When given the award and asked who she is, she is forced to admit that she is a real witch. As a result, her reward is rescinded because she is not in actual costume. In anger, she turns everyone into their costumed characters and glides away on her broom. The only person who can reverse the spell is Maggie, who was costumed as a witch, and has become one as a result.
Half of the townspeople want to be turned back into their normal selves, including the Bumblebee Man, who was transformed into a giant bee, and Ned Flanders, chased by the bee as a result of turning into a flower. Unhappy members of the Simpson family include Lisa, who was turned into Albert Einstein, Marge, who became a skeleton, and Homer, who was no longer able to drink beer without spilling it because his head was severed from his body.
The remaining townspeople do not wish to be transformed back to their original selves due to their costumes improving their lives. Examples include Bart, who has become a werewolf, Milhouse, who now has become a bulldozer, Moe who now has women thanks to dressing up as Hugh Hefner, and Sideshow Mel, who is now Spider-Man. Maggie turns them all, including last-minute guest star Dennis Rodman, Kang, and Kodos, into pacifiers with their normal heads for no apparent reason other than her obsession for pacifiers, and flies off on a broom to the theme tune of Bewitched.
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