The Simpsons: Season 3, Episode 7

Treehouse of Horror II (31 Oct. 1991)

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The Simpson family receives a severed monkey's paw which can grant wishes, Bart gains magical powers which he uses to turn Homer into a Jack-in-the-box, and Mr. Burns uses Homer's brain to create a robot.


(as Jim Rondo Reardon)


(created by) (as Malevolent Matt Groening) , (developed by) (as James Hell Brooks) , 8 more credits »
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Episode cast overview:
Homer Simpson / Barney Gumble / Krusty the Klown / Groundskeeper Willie / Mayor Quimby / Kodos / Others (voice) (as Diabolical Dan Castellaneta)
Marge Simpson (voice) (as Ghoulie Julie Kavner)
Bart Simpson / Kearney / Others (voice) (as Nefarious Nancy Cartwright)
Lisa Simpson (voice) (as Yowling Yeardley Smith)
Moe Szyslak / Apu / Lou / Others (voice) (as Hellacious Hank Azaria)
Helen Lovejoy / Others (voice) (as Mummified Maggie Roswell)
Mrs. Krabappel / Others (voice) (as Macabre Marcia Wallace)


The Simpson family receives a severed monkey's paw which can grant wishes, Bart gains magical powers which he uses to turn Homer into a Jack-in-the-box, and Mr. Burns uses Homer's brain to create a robot.

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31 October 1991 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


In production order, this was the first The Simpsons (1989) episode to be animated by Anivision, which was the first non-AKOM overseas studio to work on the show. See more »


The price tag at the back of Homer's fez suddenly appears, lengthens, then disappears. After this, it appears and disappears repeatedly again, often in the same shot. See more »


[Homer yelps as Smithers and Mr. Burns drag him through a cemetary in a bag]
Smithers: Listen, sir! Did you hear that?
Mr. Burns: [mockingly] No I didn't! What was it? Frankenstein? The booger man?
Smithers: It's the man in the bag, sir! I think he's alive.
Mr. Burns: Oh.
[beats Homer with shovel]
Mr. Burns: Bad corpse! Bad corpse! Stop... scaring... Smithers! Satisfied?
Smithers: Thank you, sir.
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Spoofs Midnight Express (1978) See more »


If I Only Had A Brain
by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg
Performed by Harry Shearer
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A Real Treat,
27 October 2015 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

Treehouse of Horror II is a terrific Simpsons episode with a very well written storyline and loads of very funny scenes. It's where the annual Treehouse of Horror episode kicks off, sure it began in season two, but this is when the correct tone and rhythm of these shows are set up properly, and thankfully it hasn't changed much since, it starts off with a fun story about the Simpsons being given a monkey's paw, it even pokes fun at how big the series was becoming, which has me in stitches every time. Sadly the episode ends on the weakest story, it had a lot more potential, it could have worked as a sort of Frankenstein's Monster parody, but the story simply felt rushed, although the interaction between Smithers and Burns is hilarious in it and it's even more pleasing to know they're voiced by the same person. My favourite story is certainly in the middle, I loved seeing the world bow down to Bart, it's quite creepy at times and I've certainly never been more afraid of Bart, it's no surprise it's based on a Twilight Zone episode, the dynamics between Bart and Homer are vastly entertaining as we see them struggling to improve their relationship. A fun, imaginative three stories, Treehouse of Horror II still stands as one of the greatest Halloween specials.

After eating too much Halloween candy, Homer, Bart and Lisa all have nightmares, such as finding a monkey's paw, Bart gaining magical powers and Homer gets transformed in to a robot.

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