The Simpsons: Season 19, Episode 5

Treehouse of Horror XVIII (4 Nov. 2007)

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The eighteenth Simpsons Halloween Special features parodies of the movies "E.T." and "Mr. and Mrs. Smith."

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Homer Simpson / Kodos / Government Man #2 / Government Man #3 / Homer's Brain / Grampa Simpson / Barney Gumble / Sideshow Mel / Groundskeeper Willie / Krusty the Clown (voice) (as Abbott & Costelloneta Meet Frankenstein)
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Marge Simpson (voice) (as Julie D Carver)
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Bart Simpson / Nelson Muntz / Kearney (voice) (as Nancy Bartfright)
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Lisa Simpson (voice) (as The Dentist)
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Government Man #1 / Chief Wiggum / Moe Szyslak / Apu (voice) (as Health Care in This Country)
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Screaming Cop (voice)
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Milhouse Van Houten / Jimbo Jones (voice) (as Pamela 'Hellfire' Hayden)
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Elevator Voice / Agnes Skinner / Plopper (voice) (as Terror MacNihil)
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Various (voice) (as Karl Aloysious Treaton)
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In "ET: Go Home," Bart finds Kodos in the back yard and they become friends. However, Kodos has plans of killing everyone. In "Mr. and Mrs. Simpson," Homer and Marge discover that they are both expert assassins and try to kill each other. In "Heck House," Bart, Milhouse, Nelson, and Lisa pull pranks on Springfield residents while trick-or-treating, and are subjected to the wrath of Ned Flanders and his 'Heck House.' Written by Anonymous

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Marge divides the meatloaf into five slices, Homer takes one of the slices, so four should be remaining. But in the next shot, only three slices appear in the dish. See more »

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[Bart about to zap Kodos]
Kodos: Bart... friend?
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References Fantasia (1940) See more »

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Theme From E.T.
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Music by John Williams
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Very funny Halloween episode. Major improvement over the last one.
4 November 2007 | by (Long Beach, California) – See all my reviews

I actually really enjoyed this Halloween special. It had some really funny jokes, and I enjoyed all of the segments, despite the fact that some had nothing to do with Halloween. However with that said, this was still a great episode and the best Halloween special over the last few years. One thing that actually makes it better, is all the stories focus on the Simpsons family with no special guest stars. Also, although the two of the segments were parodies, at least they weren't nonstop montages, like last years.

The opening segment was actually quite good. Marge kills various Fox logos and makes it into bread. This was a surprisingly good opening!

The first segment, "ET: Go Home", is an obvious parody of E.T. starring Bart and Kang. Bart finds Kang in the backyard, but Kang isn't as peaceful as everyone thinks. It was a pretty good segment, but it wasn't great. It has some funny lines, and some good ol' Treehouse of Horror violence.

Segment number 2 does not fit in as a Halloween story, but it is violent. Marge and Homer are, unbeknown-st to each other, a pair of hit-people who are going for the same kill. When Marge gets the kill before Homer, they try to kill each other. This was by far the funniest of the segments, even though it didn't belong as a Halloween segment. Funny lines and great sight gags make this a solid second act to the show.

The final story, "Heck House" is about Bart, Lisa, Nelson and Milhouse playing pranks on Springfield, and only Ned Flanders, along with the help of God, can stop them. I really enjoyed this story, except for the abrupt and plain ending. Even though I said earlier I don't generally enjoy montages, the one in this episode was really funny, the best part being Nelson punching smiling Hans Moleman in the face. I found the joke that Homer got his head stuck up Plopper the pig's butt odd, but it was funny too.

This was by no means prefect, but it was a funny Halloween special and the best one in the last few years.

My rating: *** out of ****. 30 mins. TVPGDLVS


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