Treehouse of Horror XXX

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"Treehouse of Horror XXX"
The Simpsons episode
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Episode no.Season 31
Episode 4
Directed byTimothy Bailey
Written byJ. Stewart Burns
Production codeYABF18
Original air dateOctober 20, 2019 (2019-10-20)
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"Treehouse of Horror XXX" is the 4th episode of the thirty-first season of the American animated sitcom The Simpsons, and the 666th episode overall as well as the thirtieth Treehouse of Horror episode.[1][2][3] It aired in the United States on Fox on October 20, 2019. The episode was written by J. Stewart Burns,[4] and was directed by Timothy Bailey.[5] [6]

Plot[edit]

Opening sequence[edit]

In a parody of The Omen, Homer and Marge bring Maggie home after trading her due to originally having a boy, and she shows satanic powers and torments the family and the other people of Springfield. Ned vows to get rid of the evil, sacrificing her inside the First Church of Springfield, but Homer and Marge stop him. Ned however shows them the Mark of the Beast on her head, Mickey Mouse's logo, and then reveals 666, the number of the Beast, parodying that this is the 666th episode. Maggie then kills all three of them.

Danger Things[edit]

The plot is a parody of Stranger Things season 1, featuring Milhouse as Will, Bart as Mike, Nelson as Dustin and Lisa as Eleven.

The Story takes place in the 80's, where after a night of playing the Atari 2600 game E.T. the Extra Terrestrial , Milhouse gets kidnapped by a Demogorgon. A concerned Kirk starts going crazy by destroying the wall and creating a christmas light alphabet communication thing (like what Joyce Byers used to communicate with Will in Stranger Things) to look for his son. Milhouse in the Over Under (parody of the Upside Down) calls the Simpsons house with Lisa picking up, after Milhouse realises Lisa doesn't love him back he hangs up. Lisa goes to Starcourt Mall (infested by rats that change the sign into Rats court Mall) to find Bart and Nelson at the arcade. She tells them that Milhouse is still alive and in another dimension. They decide to get help from Professor Frink to travel to the Over Under. Lisa (bald now) finds Milhouse in the other dimension and try to escape till they find an alternate version of Springfield full of Demogorgons (with Comic Book Guy and Moe). Lisa and Milhouse are surrounded by Demogorgons so Lisa uses her psychic powers to get rid of the creatures. They are finally saved by Homer, who's working for Mr. Burn's secret government program to find monsters. Sadly they are actually trapped in the dimension so The Simpsons decide to live in the Over Under.

Homer is glad there isn't any Ned Flanders in the Over Under until a Demogorgon version of Flanders appears causing Homer to burn the Demogorgon.

Heaven Swipes Right[edit]

In a parody of Heaven Can Wait, Homer is killed by accident before his designated death date, and is sent back to Earth occupying the bodies of different Springfielders.

When Hairy Met Slimy[edit]

A parody of The Shape of Water, featuring Selma as Elisa and Kang as The Amphibian Man.

Reception[edit]

The episode was moderately well-received by critics. AV Club gave it an overall grade of B-, and said "The XXXth/666th "Treehouse Of Horror" is just The Simpsons' wheezy annual horror exercise."[7] Frightday was even less impressed, saying "It’s hard to criticize a late series Simpsons episode without sounding like an old man yelling at a cloud, but this installment was a big letdown."[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ EDT, Samuel Spencer On 10/20/19 at 6:00 AM (2019-10-20). ""The Simpsons" boss Al Jean teases 30th "Treehouse of Horror"—which is also Episode 666". Newsweek. United States: Newsweek. Retrieved 2019-10-21.
  2. ^ "The Simpsons to spoof Stranger Things in Treehouse Of Horror XXX this Halloween". Metro. U.K.: Metro (British newspaper). 2019-07-15. Retrieved 2019-10-21.
  3. ^ "The Simpsons' Skewers Stranger Things on Treehouse of Horror XXX Poster". CBR. Comic Book Resources. 2019-07-15. Retrieved 2019-10-21.
  4. ^ Jean, Al (2018-10-04). "J Stewart Boo-urns". @AlJean. Retrieved 2019-10-20.
  5. ^ Jean, Al (2019-02-27). "Tim Bailey". @AlJean. Retrieved 2019-10-20.
  6. ^ The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror XXX Spoofs The Omen & Stranger Things - Comic-Con 2019 - IGN, retrieved 2019-10-20
  7. ^ Perkins, Dennis. "The XXXth/666th "Treehouse Of Horror" is just The Simpsons' wheezy annual horror exercise". AVClub. Retrieved 29 October 2019.
  8. ^ "A 666-character review of 'The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror XXX'". Frightday. Retrieved 29 October 2019.

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