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"Treehouse of Horror XIV"
The Simpsons episode
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Bart strangles Lisa in the opening
Episode no. 314
Prod. code EABF21
Orig. airdate November 2, 2003
Show runner(s) Al Jean
Written by John Swartzwelder
Directed by Steven Dean Moore
Guest star(s) Jerry Lewis
Dudley Herschbach
Jennifer Garner
Oscar de la Hoya

"Treehouse of Horror XIV" is the first episode of The Simpsons' fifteenth season and originally aired on November 2, 2003.[1] In the fourteenth annual Treehouse of Horror episode, Homer takes on the role of the Grim Reaper ("Reaper Madness"), Professor Frink creates a Frankenstein-version of his deceased father ("Frinkenstein") and Bart and Milhouse obtain a time-stopping watch ("Stop the World, I Want to Goof Off"). It was written by John Swartzwelder and directed by Steven Dean Moore.[1] It guest stars Jerry Lewis as Professor John Frink Sr., Jennifer Garner, Dudley Herschbach, and Oscar de la Hoya as themselves.[2] The episode was nominated for the 2004 Emmy Award for Outstanding Music Composition for a Series (Dramatic Underscore).[3]

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Plot

Bart and Lisa, dressed as Charlie Brown and Lucy van Pelt from the Peanuts series, discuss their Halloween treats, and Lisa claims that hers are better than Bart's. The two then fight violently until Homer intervenes and orders them to stop fighting. He throws a burning log at them, but misses and hits Grampa, though he complains "I'm still cold". Homer gets Bart and Lisa rolled up in the rug and starts to "beat the lumps". A gun-wielding Marge intervenes and says that she does not approve of Homer's parenting techniques, and shoots him. Homer's blood splatters on a nearby wall, and spells "Treehouse of Horror XIV". From their spaceship, Kang and Kodos criticize the Simpson family for airing a Halloween special in November, as they're already set for Christmas.[1]

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Reaper Madness

Death enters the Simpson house attempting to take Bart apparently for no reason as Bart has no injuries on his body, but the family goes on a Benny Hill-style chase to elude him. However, Death eventually manages to pin Bart's shirt to the wall with its scythe. As Death sentences Bart to an eternity of pain, Homer kills him with a bowling ball (in revenge for Snowball I and President John F. Kennedy), but when he does, he learns that no one can die since the Death is dead. The scene then cuts to two examples of a world where no one can die: Frankie the Squealer being repeatedly gunned down by the Springfield Mafia and Moe hanging himself from the ceiling. On trash day, Marge tells Homer to take the dead Death to the curb. Homer does, but puts on the robe, inadvertently turning himself into the new Grim Reaper. He kills many people on God's list (and some who are not) until he is asked to kill Marge. Homer doesn't want to kill his wife (or himself, an alternative he is given but quickly rejects), and he tries to plead to God that he wants to get out of the job after leading him to believe that he killed Marge. God agrees, but he finds that Homer tricked him by substituting Patty's body for Marge (which God initially mistakes for Selma before Homer corrects him). The annoyed deity tries to punish Homer with a (presumably lethal) sunbeam but Homer narrowly escapes on his motorcycle, prompting God to sigh "I'm too old and too rich for this." At the house Marge gives Homer an extra pork chop for not killing her. Homer then says he's "not gonna kill Marge every week."

Frinkenstein

Homer gets a call from the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences telling him that he is the winner of the Nobel Prize; however, Lisa learns that it’s actually for Professor Frink. Frink is depressed because his father, an adventurer, had a falling out with him and died before they could reconcile. Frink reanimates his father; unfortunately the man decides to steal body parts to improve himself. Frink Sr. stops when he realizes he is causing his son anguish.

At the awards ceremony in Stockholm, Frink Sr. tries to make amends with his son for his recent behavior, but he goes on another rampage through the audience. Frink Jr. manages to stop his father by kicking him in the crotch, killing him. He is able to hold on to his father's soul though (which talks to him from a box).

Stop the World, I Want to Goof Off

Bart and Milhouse (in a parody of the Twilight Zone episode “A Kind of a Stopwatch”) get a stopwatch through an ad in an old comic book magazine that actually allows them to stop time. They have a great blast pulling pranks on Springfieldans, such as pantsing Principal Skinner. They almost get away with it, but they are outsmarted by Mayor Quimby. An angry mob goes after Bart and Milhouse. While they are on the run, they stop time and the watch breaks, causing Bart and Milhouse to be the only two people moving in a world where time has stopped.

They have some time fun with the entire world (such as giving the Pope a wedgie) but soon become bored. They find a watch repair manual, but despite their best efforts, it takes fifteen years to restore the flow of time. Martin is set to take the blame from the mob and is presumably killed. Lisa notes that Bart is much older and wants to play with the watch. Lisa finds a secondary function that changes reality. After many alterations, (including turning the family into TV guides and the Fantastic Four) Homer has her stop on the one where everyone is playing with Hula Hoops. As a side effect, Bart reverts back to a ten year old.

Reception

The episode was nominated for the 2004 Emmy Award for Outstanding Music Composition for a Series (Dramatic Underscore).[3]

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