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"Halloween Special XI"
The Simpsons episode
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The Simpsons as The Munsters.
Episode no. 249
Prod. code BABF21
Orig. airdate November 1, 2000
Show runner(s) Mike Scully
Written by Rob LaZebnik Story: Mike Scully[1](part 1)
John Frink and Don Payne (Part 2)
Carolyn Omine (Part 3)
Directed by Matthew Nastuk
DVD
commentary
Matt Groening
Mike Scully
John Frink
Don Payne
Rob LaZebnik
Matt Selman
Carolyn Omine

"Treehouse of Horror XI" is the first episode of The Simpsons' twelfth season. In the eleventh Halloween episode, Homer dies after eating broccoli and must do one good deed in order to get into heaven, In a mixed parody of many Grimm's Fairy Tales, peasant children Bart and Lisa are sent to live in the woods, where they inadvertently set up Goldilocks to be killed by the Three Bears and meet a witch with a gingerbread house, and Dolphins take over the world after Lisa frees their leader from an aquatic animal park. It was written by Rob LaZebnik (story by Mike Scully), John Frink and Don Payne and Carolyn Omine and directed by Matthew Nastuk.

The episode first aired on November 1, 2000, beginning a practice of the Halloween episodes debuting after the holiday itself due to the Fox network's World Series coverage (a practice that would end in 2009 when, for the first time since "Treehouse of Horror X," season 21's "Treehouse of Horror XX" aired in October and before Halloween). This was also the first Simpsons episode to have mixed-case closed captioning.

Contents

Plot

The opening sequence is done as a spoof of The Munsters, with Homer as Herman Munster, Marge as Lily Munster, Lisa as Marilyn Munster with a book on copyright law, Bart as Eddie Munster, and Abe as Grandpa Munster. At the front of their mansion, an angry mob of townspeople attack the Munster Simpsons, leaving Lisa (the only human) unharmed.

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At breakfast, Homer reads his horoscope. Under Taurus, it states that he will die that day, and someone will compliment him. Homer dismisses it and leaves for work. On his way there, he narrowly escapes death several times. When he gets to the power plant Lenny compliments him...about the rattlesnake on his arm. Since he is still alive at the end of the day (despite multiple injuries and close calls) he scoffs at the horoscope, but is finally killed after eating some broccoli. When Homer reaches Heaven, St. Peter informs him that he hasn't done a good deed in his life, and must do one within 24 hours before he can officially be let into Heaven. Over the next 24 hours, Homer tries to do good deeds, such as saving Bart from being bullied by Nelson (which only succeeds in Homer getting a noogie from Nelson) and helping Principal Skinner's mother, Agnes, across the street, leading to the old lady being dropped to her death (with Homer defending his actions by stating that Agnes was "going to be the next Hitler"). With only one minute left, Homer, still unsure of what he can do to get into Heaven, saves an unknown woman's baby from a runaway stroller when it reaches the street. Confident, he returns to St. Peter with news of his good deed. However, St. Peter (despite supposedly being omniscient) didn't see Homer perform his good deed as he was reading a newspaper. Homer is then sent to Hell, where Satan puts Homer in a headlock and gives him a noogie for all eternity.

Scary Tales Can Come True

The Simpsons are peasants living in a pumpkin cottage. When Homer comes home with news that he has been fired as the village oaf, he abandons Bart and Lisa in the woods to solve the family's food shortage. With the help of Lisa's copy of Grimm's Fairy Tales, Bart and Lisa journey through the woods' many dangerous creatures, including a troll-like Moe and the Three Bears (who viciously maul Goldilocks after Bart and Lisa leave the Three Bears' cottage). Meanwhile, Marge admonishes Homer for throwing out the kids, and orders him to get them back. While Homer is looking for his children he finds Rapunzel's tower. Rapunzel asks Homer to rescue her and lowers her hair so that he can climb up to her window, but Homer only succeeds in ripping Rapunzel's hair and scalp clear off her head. Meanwhile, Bart and Lisa find shelter in a gingerbread house owned by a witch. Lisa is wary, as she knows that the scenario Bart and Lisa are in is exactly like that from the story "Hansel and Gretel," but Bart is too busy eating treats to care. Lisa tries to stall the witch by claiming she's lonely and has no mate. The witch denies this, stating that there is a man named George Cauldron coming to pick her up for a date, which Lisa doesn't believe. Before the witch can attack Lisa and Bart, Homer comes to the rescue, eating his way through the gingerbread house's walls. The witch turns Homer into a half-chicken, half-fish creature and tries to roast him in the oven, but Homer overpowers her and shoves the witch inside instead. As the witch screams for help, a man named George Cauldron comes by, asking Homer, Bart, and Lisa if they have seen a woman named Suzanne.

The peasant Simpsons are reunited, and are now living happily ever after, now that Homer is part-chicken and able to provide the family with eggs.

Night of the Dolphin

While at Springfield's Marine World, Lisa takes pity on the star attraction -- a dolphin named Snorky, whose trainers let him be humiliated and forced to do demeaning stunts for the crowd's amusement. After Snorky's latest show, Lisa sets the dolphin free to swim in the ocean. Unbeknownst to Lisa, Snorky is actually the leader of the world's dolphins bent on leading his army to destroy humanity. The dolphins begin their war by attacking Springfield, first killing Lenny during a night swim in the ocean and the Sea Captain (who claims he can stop them) before marching towards the town on their tails. Snorky then interrupts a town meeting, takes the stage and tells Springfield that dolphins used to live on land, but were banished to the ocean by humans, and, now that Snorky has reclaimed his throne as king, he banishes all mankind to live underwater. The humans decide not to submit to the dolphins' will without a fight...only to leave town hall to find the dolphins greatly outnumber them. As the humans walk out of the hall, Lisa sees a small dolphin with a set of bottle rings around its face, she takes it off, and is bitten. Furious, Homer retaliates by punching the dolphin, and then encourages the townspeople to fight back. A battle ensues between the dolphins and the humans, with heavy casualties on both sides. Homer leads the survivors in a final charge to drive the dolphins back to the sea. In a twist ending, it is revealed that humanity has lost and the residents of Springfield are now adjusting to their new life as marine animals.

Epilogue - Kang and Kodos

Kang and Kodos complain about being left out of this year's Halloween special, until they get an offer to do commercials for Old Navy.

Production

The first segment was written by Rob LaZebnik, but the idea came from then current show runner, Mike Scully making it his first writing credit with his second being the fifth episode of the season "Homer vs. Dignity".[1] The second segment is the second written by John Frink and Don Payne with Insane Clown Poppy, but it wasn't excepted untill this season after the segment was produced. The episode wasn't their idea and was another writer's idea.[2] The third episode was written by Carolyn Omine based on an idea from the writers for an episode in a tribute to an animal and was settled on dolphins, because they're "the friendliest animal in the world".[3] The walk for the dolphin walk was pitched by Caroline to Matthew Nastuk[3] The episode was later added to The Simpsons Game. The King Dolphin's real voice is Harry Shearer's normal voice.[4] There are two deleted scenes that are now available on the DVD: One with Dr. Julius Hibbert fighting with hyperdomucts and one where Moe Szyslak puts a gas tube down a dolphin's blow hole during the humans vs. dolphin war.[2] During production, the writers forgot to include a scene with Kang and Kodos, which was mentioned in the scene at the end.[4]

Cultural References

In an episode the dolphin jumps out of the water park and into the ocean is a parody of Free Willy.[4]

References

  1. ^ a b LaZebnik, Rob. (2009). The Simpsons The Complete Twelfth Season DVD commentary for the episode "Treehouse of Horror IX". [DVD]. 20th Century Fox. 
  2. ^ a b Payne, Don. (2009). The Simpsons The Complete Twelfth Season DVD commentary for the episode "Treehouse of Horror XI". [DVD]. 20th Century Fox. 
  3. ^ a b Omine, Caroline. (2009). The Simpsons The Complete Twelfth Season DVD commentary for the episode "Treehouse of Horror IX". [DVD]. 20th Century Fox. 
  4. ^ a b c Scully, Mike. (2009). The Simpsons The Complete Twelfth Season DVD commentary for the episode "Treehouse of Horror IX". [DVD]. 20th Century Fox. 

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