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The Simpsons | Episode Guide | Season Nine
Treehouse of Horror VIII

Homer alone, insectoid body swaps and witchy goings-on.

Episode 5F02
Written by Mike Scully, David S. Cohen, Ned Goldreger
Directed by Mark Kirkland

Also starring: Pamela Hayden, Tress MacNeille, Maggie Roswell
Special guest voice: Marcia Wallace (as Ms Krabappel)

Premise: The Homega Man in which Homer thinks he's the last man left alive after a nuclear explosion, until he meets the Brotherhood. Fly Versus Fly sees Bart and a fly swap body parts. Easy Bake Coven is set during the Salem Witch Trials, and sees the Bouvier family terrorising the neighbourhood.

Features: Kang, Kodos, Mr Burns, Carl, Lenny, Moe, Patty, Selma, Kent Brockman, Chief Wiggum, Mrs Wiggum, Lou, Eddie, Agnes Skinner, Skinner, Miss Hoover, Groundskeeper Willie, Otto, Superintendent Chalmers, Ralph, Nelson, Rev. Lovejoy, Helen Lovejoy, Ned Flanders, Maude Flanders, Mr van Houten, Mrs van Houten, Dr Hibbert, Quimby, Captain McCallister, Dr Frink, Android's Dungeon Guy, Sideshow Mel, Herman.

Couch: The family are electrocuted á là Death Row.

Trivia:

  • After the nuclear war, Homer dances outside the church (he's put Homer Rocks on the sign) to Edwin Starr's 1970 hit, War.

Homage: The Omega Man (Boris Sagal, 1970) is the basis for the first story. The second is obviously The Fly (Kurt Neumann, 1958) and the third is Arthur Miller's play The Crucible and its various filmic incarnations and variations on that theme.

Look out for: Homer not getting any of Gary Larson's Far Side cartoons, his planning to pee in one transmat booth, having positioned the other by the loo and, best of all, the opening scene. In this, a Fox Network censor tries to explain why The Simpsons needs a 'G' rating but is then repeatedly stabbed until we get a '21' rating.

Notes: After a couple of iffy Treehouses, this season's offering is the best in a long while, with all three stories of top-drawer quality, and even a cameo by everyone's favourite Rigellians!



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