Simpsons Did It!: “Treehouse Of Horror XXX”

Well, here we are again with another Halloween anthology.  And it’s the 666th episode, so that’s theoretically scary.

Theoretically.

Now, here’s the part where I say again I never know what to write for these anthology episodes.  And I’ve said it, so now I can move on.

Let’s give the show some credit here for not going for a super-awkward opening.  Instead, there’s something here as a parody of The Omen.  Marge is having the third Simpson child, and it’s a boy.  Homer thinks Bart is enough and trades the baby for an orphaned girl, namely Maggie, who is obviously the devil’s child.  Ned Flanders finds the Mark of the Beast on it, and it’s not the Mickey Mouse face that appears first.  No, it’s the number 666, and that’s when baby Maggie spears her parents and Ned to make the roman numeral for 30.

Homer still thinks she’s better than a boy.

That leads to our main event:  three parodies!  First up…Stranger Things.

Yes, it’s some unknown year in the 80s.  Chief Wiggum isn’t sure.  Some monster kidnaps Milhouse as he rides his bike home, and the only way to get him back from the Over-Under is for Lisa to psychically project herself there to find him.  There are lots of monsters there, but they’re fine so long as you don’t move.  Or talk, as Milhouse learns when one swipes his leg off.

You know, there are a lot of Spingfield residents down there.

Oh, it turns out Mr. Burns is responsible for all that.  He was involved in a program with the government to find monsters.  Homer rescues the kids with a flamethrower.  Then it turns out the monsters are kinda friendly and they have Amazon down there.  The Simpsons move in, and Homer only stops to barbecue the Flanders monster.

After that was a Heaven Can Wait parody involving Google buying out Heaven from God. That was kinda clever.  Anyway, Homer dies too soon while choking on a hot dog, and then gets to go back to Earth in various bodies.  He’s a football pro, Superintendent Chalmers, Mr. Teeny, and finally Moe.  Moe settles into Maggie and demands Marge feed him.  Um, ew.

And, finally, there’s a Shape of Water  parody where Selma, fired from the DMV for being too surly, goes to work for Mr. Burns and discovers Kang (the Conqueror) in a tank and the two fall in love.  They eat the fish man from the movie and everything.  Selma decides to help Kang escape, and Homer is happy to help her get lightyears away from him.  Patty disapproves, but then she and Kodos fall in love because we have to have both of them.

How do they get away?  Kang uses an Infinity Gauntlet to dust most of Burns’ security forces, then knocks Burns out with a well-aimed rock.  The two pair leave, and the honeymoon planet is way too hot to be comfortable for humans.  Besides, Kang is already pregnant.

That’s a lot of parody.  And Heaven Can Wait?  Really?  That’s a deep cut there.  That’s almost impressive.

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