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"Treehouse of Horror XIII"
The Simpsons episode
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Promotional artwork for the episode showing the family as animals in the third segment.
Episode no. 292
Prod. code DABF19
Orig. airdate November 3, 2002
Show runner(s) Al Jean
Written by Marc Wilmore (Part 1)
Brian Kelley (Part 2)
Kevin Curran (Part 3)
Directed by David Silverman
Guest star(s) Maggie Roswell (as Maude Flanders).

"Treehouse of Horror XIII" is the first episode of The Simpsons' fourteenth season, as well as the thirteenth Halloween episode. The episode aired on November 3, 2002, three days after Halloween. 17 million people watched. It is the second Treehouse of Horror to have a zombie-related segment, the first being Dial 'Z' For Zombies in "Treehouse of Horror III", ten years back. This is also the last Treehouse of Horror to have three separate writers credited for writing three stories (starting with "Treehouse of Horror XIV", only one writer is credited for writing the three stories).

This is also the first Halloween show to use the digital ink & paint process, as a proof of concept. This lead to the decision to switch the show to digital production. The remaining DABF shows (20-22) were the last to be painted traditionally.



The Simpson family and Ned Flanders hold a séance in the hope of communicating with the spirit of Maude Flanders. Bart tries to trick Ned by dressing up as Maude's ghost, but the real ghost of Maude, now a demonic spirit, appears instead. Maude's ghost asked them do they want her to read a story to them. Lisa says, "Well, duh". Maude's ghost then opens a book with the title, "The Simpsons Treehouse of Horror 13".

Send in the Clones

Homer walks into the backyard to lie in his hammock, which soon collapses. He purchases a new one from a passing vendor, who warns him that it carries a curse. Disregarding this, Homer lies down and discovers that the new hammock can produce clones of anyone who rests on it. He inspects the first clone and notices that it doesn't have a belly button. He begins making and using clones to do all of his chores, which include helping Marge choose an outfit, visiting Grandpa to listen to one of his war-related stories, and play a baseball game with Bart, Lisa and Maggie. Although things are going well with Homer and his clones, Homer realized that the clones are soon revealed to be much more stupid than him. It was proven when Ned Flanders asks if he can have his chainsaw back, one of the clones picks up the chainsaw and looks at Homer, who nods. The clone then brings Homer the severed head of Ned Flanders. Homer, shocked by Flanders' death (despite the fact that Homer dislikes Flanders), immediately decides to get rid of the clones and the hammock. He bundles them in a truck and takes them to an isolated cornfield. When they arrive, Homer asks if anyone knows the way home; three clones put up their hands. Homer shoots the three with his shotgun and then abandons the rest of them, along with the hammock, presuming that none of the clones are smart enough to get anywhere without him. He is wrong, as the clones soon use the abandoned hammock to make an army of Homer clones. Among the hundreds of clones, a few 'mutations' (including Homer as he was drawn on The Tracy Ullman Show version of the Simpsons, a nerdy version of Homer, Homer after gaining 300lbs to get on disability at work, and Peter Griffin) are seen. The clones attack Springfield and destroy all of its buildings, except for Moe’s Tavern, which reports record business. US army officials gather in the Mayor's War Room, determining that the clones will have eaten up America by tomorrow. Lisa then thinks of a solution to solve the problem, after getting the idea from Homer, who became upset when he found an empty donut box. She suggests that several helicopters hook gigantic, sprinkled donuts on cables and have the clones chase them into Springfield gorge. The plan is put into action in a parody of the 'Ride of the Valkyries' helicopter scene in Apocalypse Now. The helicopters fly over the gorge, luring the Homer clones to their doom. Later that night, Marge enters the bedroom and soon discovers that the Homer next to her is a clone (he has no belly button). The clone tells her that the true Homer was the first to fall into the gorge, due to his love of donuts. Marge begins to worry on how she'll survive without Homer, until the clone gives her a back rub.

The Fright to Creep and Scare Harms

Bart and Lisa are at the Springfield Cemetery, mourning the loss of their pet goldfish, Goldie, who had always been there for them between August and October. Lisa inadvertently discovers the grave of William Bonney, a man who was killed at a young age by gun violence. According to his epitaph, he dreamed of a world without guns. In his memory, Lisa starts a gun control crusade, which makes Springfield 100% gun free - even the police no longer possess guns. The town is now defenseless, causing the corpses of William "Billy the Kid" Bonney and his cohorts, 'The Hole in the Ground' gang (Frank James, Jesse James, the Sundance Kid- without Butch Cassidy, as they're 'not joined at the hip'- and Kaiser Wilhelm II) to rise from the dead. The gang starts wreaking havoc on the town, until Professor Frink invents a time machine, which Homer uses to go back in time to stop the gun ban and destroy the zombies. Homer tells the citizens of Springfield to shoot at the zombies' graves, causing them to rise up and flee. Lisa feels guilty about banning guns, because sometimes they are the answer. Suddenly, a more futuristic Homer comes in to warn them about guns that have destroyed Earth in the future. He is then shot by Moe, who has had enough of all this nonsense and plans to use Frink's time machine to find some "caveman hookers".

The Island of Dr. Hibbert

In an elaborate parody of The Island of Doctor Moreau by H.G. Wells, the Simpsons head out on a trip to "The Island of Lost Souls", where they find Dr. Hibbert running the island's resort. While the family is there, Marge has a feeling that things are not as they are supposed to be, consequently leading her on an investigation of the island, and resulting in her capture by Dr. Hibbert. She is then transformed into a humanized mountain lion. After returning to her room, she engages in a session of violent sex with Homer, mauling him in the process. He soon after realizes that she has been mutated, then asides that he should have known during sex with her.

Homer then embarks to find a cure for Marge's condition, encounters Ned Flanders, who has also been mutated into a cow-centaur, in need of a milking. After Homer milks him, Flanders takes him to meet other Springfield inhabitants who have also been turned into mutants, including Bart (now a spider), Lisa (now an eagle) and Maggie (now an anteater, who is nearly eaten by Lisa until Homer interjects). Homer, initially appalled at what everyone has become, eventually embraces the concept of being a mutant animal who does nothing but eat, sleep, mate and roll around in its own filth upon realizing how it fits well his personal lifestyle. The segment ends with a contently mutated Homer in the form of a walrus, and the rest of the Simpsons and Springfield mutants lounging aside the resort’s pool, intending to spend the rest of their days on Dr. Hibbert’s resort.


The entire Treehouse of Horror XIII episode concludes with an appearance by Kang and Kodos, observing that Dr. Hibbert’s skull-shaped island resembles their alien number 4.

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