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 Simpsons go to a market sale and receive a severed monkey's paw which can grant five wishes. Bart has magic powers so he can turn people into anything he wants if they be naughty to him and he turns Homer into a Jack-in-the-box. Mr Burns' puts Homer's brain into a robot.

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Animation | Comedy


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31 October 1991 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Al Jean pitched the idea of having "scary names" in the opening credits. See more »


When the Moroccan salesman tries to warn Homer Simpson, saying "You'll be sorry", his lips don't move. See more »


[Krusty does a Halloween show, reading off cue cards]
Krusty the Clown: Tonight I'm going to suck...
[waits for second cue card]
Krusty the Clown: ...your blood.
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Referenced in The Simpsons: Wrestling (2001) See more »


If I Only Had A Brain
by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg
Performed by Harry Shearer
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Musical Score
27 April 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I am STILL looking for the name of the music score that was featured in other Simpsons episodes, but primarily in the "Treehouse of Horror II" episode during "The Bart Zone"... in which Bart and Homer (now changed into a Jack-in-the-Box) heeded the advice of Dr. Marvin Monroe, and proceeded to just have fun and enjoy each other's company. During this time, a musical score was playing in the background. I have heard this music in other places... especially in some REALLY OLD TV commercials from the late 60's and early 70's. The music features a vibraphone as the lead instrument, and it would seem to be in what is called "5/4 TIME", which is the same time signature of the original song "Take Five" by Dave Brubeck. Does ANYONE know the name and/or location of this score, possibly by Alf Clausen, and how of where I can obtain it?

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