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Encyclopedia > Treehouse of Horror VII
The Simpsons episode
"Treehouse of Horror VII"
Hugo prepares to reattach himself to Bart.
Episode no. 154
Prod. code 4F02
Orig. airdate October 27, 1996[1]
Show runner(s) Bill Oakley &
Josh Weinstein
Written by Ken Keeler
Dan Greaney
David S. Cohen[2]
Directed by Mike B. Anderson[2]
Couch gag The Grim Reaper sits on the couch and kills everyone in the Simpson family as they run in. The Reaper then puts his feet up on pile of corpses.[2]
Guest star(s) Phil Hartman as Bill Clinton[2]
DVD
commentary
Matt Groening
Josh Weinstein
David S. Cohen
Dan Greaney
Ken Keeler
Dan Castellaneta
Mike B. Anderson
Season 8
October 27, 1996May 18, 1997
  1. Treehouse of Horror VII
  2. You Only Move Twice
  3. The Homer They Fall
  4. Burns, Baby Burns
  5. Bart After Dark
  6. A Milhouse Divided
  7. Lisa's Date with Density
  8. Hurricane Neddy
  9. El Viaje Misterioso de Nuestro Jomer (The Mysterious Voyage of Homer)
  10. The Springfield Files
  11. The Twisted World of Marge Simpson
  12. Mountain of Madness
  13. Simpsoncalifragilisticexpiala(Annoyed Grunt)cious
  14. The Itchy & Scratchy & Poochie Show
  15. Homer's Phobia
  16. Brother from Another Series
  17. My Sister, My Sitter
  18. Homer vs. The Eighteenth Amendment
  19. Grade School Confidential
  20. The Canine Mutiny
  21. The Old Man and the Lisa
  22. In Marge We Trust
  23. Homer's Enemy
  24. The Simpsons Spin-Off Showcase
  25. The Secret War of Lisa Simpson
List of all The Simpsons episodes

"Treehouse of Horror VII" is the first episode of The Simpsons' eighth season and originally aired October 27, 1996.[1] In the seventh annual Treehouse of Horror episode, Bart discovers his long-lost twin, Lisa grows a colony of small beings and Kang & Kodos take over the bodies of Bill Clinton and Bob Dole in order to win the 1996 election. It was written by Ken Keeler, Dan Greaney & David S. Cohen and directed by Mike B. Anderson.[2] Simpsons redirects here. ... Image File history File links Hugo_Simpson. ... is the 300th day of the year (301st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... Bill Oakley (born in 1966) is an American televison writer, best known for his work on The Simpsons. ... This article is about The Simpsons writer Josh Weinstein. ... The Simpsons writing staff in season 13, including current show runner Al Jean (fourth from left in middle row) and previous show runners Mike Scully (first from left in back row), David Mirkin (sixth from left in back row), and Mike Reiss (fourth from left in back row). ... Keeler at the 2003 Writers Guild Awards, after winning in the animation category. ... Dan Greaney is a writer for The Simpsons. ... David X. Cohen (born 1966), born David Samuel Cohen, is an American television writer. ... The three people are caricatures of (left to right) Rich Moore, Wes Archer and David Silverman[1] The following is a list of directors who have worked on the Fox animated television series The Simpsons. ... Mike B. Anderson is a TV director who works on The Simpsons and has directed numerous episodes to this show. ... The couch gag is a running visual joke in the opening credits of the animated television series The Simpsons. ... Death, personified is an anthropomorphic figure or a fictional character who has existed in mythology and popular culture since the earliest days of storytelling. ... The Simpson Family The Simpson family is the family featured in the United States animated sitcom The Simpsons. ... (left to right) Elvis Costello, Tom Petty, Keith Richards, Homer, Mick Jagger, Lenny Kravitz and Brian Setzer guest starred in the heavily promoted season 14 episode How I Spent My Strummer Vacation. This is a list of guest stars who appeared on The Simpsons. ... Phil Hartman (born as Philip Edward Hartmann) (September 24, 1948 – May 28, 1998) was a Canadian/American actor, voice artist, comedian, graphic artist and writer. ... William Jefferson Bill Clinton (born William Jefferson Blythe III[1] on August 19, 1946) was the 42nd President of the United States, serving from 1993 to 2001. ... The Simpsons DVD season boxsets have been released since 2001 in different regions all over the world. ... Matthew Abram Groening (born February 15, 1954[2] in Portland, Oregon;[3] his family name is pronounced ) is an Emmy Award-winning American cartoonist and the creator of The Simpsons,[4] Futurama and the weekly comic strip Life in Hell. ... This article is about The Simpsons writer Josh Weinstein. ... David X. Cohen (born 1966), born David Samuel Cohen, is an American television writer. ... Dan Greaney is a writer for The Simpsons. ... Keeler at the 2003 Writers Guild Awards, after winning in the animation category. ... Daniel Louis Castellaneta (born September 10, 1958) is an Emmy award winning American voice actor, actor and comedian best known for providing the voice of Homer Simpson and other characters on the animated series The Simpsons. ... Mike B. Anderson is a TV director who works on The Simpsons and has directed numerous episodes to this show. ... The Simpsons Season 8 DVD Digipak. ... is the 300th day of the year (301st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... May 18 is the 138th day of the year (139th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1997 Gregorian calendar). ... You Only Move Twice is the second episode from the eighth season of The Simpsons. ... The Homer They Fall is the third episode of The Simpsons eighth season and originally aired November 10, 1996. ... Burns, Baby Burns is the fourth episode of The Simpsons eighth season, first aired by the Fox network on November 17, 1996. ... Bart After Dark is the fifth episode of The Simpsons eighth season, first aired by the Fox network on November 24, 1996. ... A Milhouse Divided is an episode of The Simpsons television series. ... Lisas Date with Density is the 7th episode from the eighth season of The Simpsons. ... Hurricane Neddy is the eighth episode of The Simpsons eighth season which originally aired December 29, 1996. ... El Viaje Misterioso de Nuestro Jomer (The Mysterious Voyage of Homer), also known as The Mysterious Voyage of Our Homer,[2] is the ninth episode of the eighth season of The Simpsons, which originally aired January 5, 1997. ... The Springfield Files is the tenth episode of The Simpsons eighth season, which originally aired January 12, 1997. ... Introduction The Twisted World of Marge Simpson is an episode from the eighth season of The Simpsons. ... Mountain of Madness is the twelfth episode in the eighth season of The Simpsons. ... Simpsoncalifragilisticexpiala(Annoyed Grunt)cious, also known as Simpsoncalifragilisticexpiala(doh)cious[2] is the thirteenth episode of The Simpsons eighth season and originally aired February 7, 1997. ... The Itchy & Scratchy & Poochie Show is the fourteenth episode of the eighth season of The Simpsons, which originally aired February 9, 1997. ... Homers Phobia is the fifteenth episode of The Simpsons eighth season, which originally aired on the Fox network on February 16, 1997. ... Brother from Another Series is the sixteenth episode of The Simpsons eighth season and originally aired February 23, 1997. ... My Sister, My Sitter is the seventeenth episode from the eighth season of The Simpsons. ... Homer vs. ... Grade School Confidential is an episode from the eighth season of The Simpsons. ... The Canine Mutiny is an episode from the eighth season of The Simpsons. ... The Old Man and the Lisa is the twenty-first episode in the eighth season of The Simpsons. ... In Marge We Trust is the twenty-second episode of The Simpsons eighth season, which originally aired April 27, 1997. ... Homers Enemy is the twenty-third episode of The Simpsons’ eighth season, first aired by Fox on May 4, 1997. ... The Simpsons Spin-Off Showcase is an episode in the eighth season of The Simpsons, featuring clips from non-existent television series derived from The Simpsons. ... The Secret War of Lisa Simpson is the last episode in the eighth season of The Simpsons. ... The following is an episode list for the Fox animated television series The Simpsons. ... Simpsons redirects here. ... The Simpsons Season 8 DVD Digipak. ... is the 300th day of the year (301st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... Bart introducing a segment of Treehouse of Horror IV in the manner of Rod Serlings Night Gallery. ... Kang and Kodos are fictional characters from the animated television series The Simpsons. ... William Jefferson Bill Clinton (born William Jefferson Blythe III[1] on August 19, 1946) was the 42nd President of the United States, serving from 1993 to 2001. ... § Robert Joseph Dole (born July 22, 1923) was a United States Senator from Kansas from 1969-1996, serving part of that time as United States Senate Majority Leader. ... Presidential electoral votes by state. ... Keeler at the 2003 Writers Guild Awards, after winning in the animation category. ... Dan Greaney is a writer for The Simpsons. ... David X. Cohen (born 1966), born David Samuel Cohen, is an American television writer. ... Mike B. Anderson is a TV director who works on The Simpsons and has directed numerous episodes to this show. ...

Contents

Plot

The Thing and I

Bart and Lisa begin to hear strange noises and think that there is something in the attic. Homer claims not to know what they are talking about (but he calls Bart, Lisa, and Maggie as 4 children), although he is later seen grabbing a bucket of fish heads and heading into the attic. Bart and Lisa investigate and find out that there really is a monster. Homer and Marge go into the attic and discover that "it" escaped. Marge immediately calls Dr. Hibbert and he explains that Bart had a conjoined twin brother named Hugo. The two were separated at birth, but it was discovered that Hugo was too evil to live in society, so he was locked up in the attic. The rest of the family leaves to find Hugo, leaving Bart behind, but he soon discovers that Hugo never left the house. Hugo takes Bart up to the attic so that he can reattach himself (he proves that it was possible because he made a pigeon-rat). However, Dr. Hibbert finds them, pretends to be in a frame to calm Hugo and knocks him out, commenting that the evil twin is always on the left side. However, Hibbert realizes that Hugo's scar is on the wrong side and that Bart was the evil twin all along. In the end, the Simpson family sits down to a turkey dinner with Hugo, leaving Bart locked up in the attic. Bart and his sister Lisa as news anchors. ... Lisa Marie Simpson is a character in the animated television series The Simpsons, voiced by Yeardley Smith; Lisa is the only character Smith voices on a regular basis. ... A typical attic. ... This article contains a list of recurring characters from The Simpsons with descriptions. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... The Simpson Family The Simpson family is the family featured in the United States animated sitcom The Simpsons. ...


The Genesis Tub

Lisa in the tub universe.
Lisa in the tub universe.

Lisa performs a science experiment to see if cola will dissolve a tooth and Bart shocks Lisa as part of his project to prove that nerds conduct electricity. The tooth was also shocked and it undergoes an unusual reaction and creates a race of miniature beings. Lisa discovers this the next day and marvels at how the people in her universe evolve at a rapid rate, going through the various ages humans have gone through into modern times and eventually, the future. Bart destroys some of the ecosystem in Lisa's tub universe and the people respond, sending an army of space ships to attack Bart. Bart vows revenge on the small universe and Lisa wonders what to do. Suddenly, she is shrunk down (using the "de-bigulator") into the tub where the citizens explain that they regard her as god and they want her to do something about Bart. However, Bart grabs the tub and submits it in the science fair and Lisa is forced to watch from within as Bart wins first prize. She asks to be returned to her normal size, which the citizens explain is impossible (it would require a "re-bigulator", a preposterous notion), and she realizes that she's stuck in the tub for the rest of her life. She succumbs to her fate, takes her rightful place on the throne and demands nice shoes. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ...


Citizen Kang

Kang and Kodos take on the form of Bill Clinton and Bob Dole.
Kang and Kodos take on the form of Bill Clinton and Bob Dole.

While 'fishing', Homer is abducted by the aliens Kang and Kodos. When they demand that Homer point them towards Earth's leader, Homer tells them about the then-upcoming election and that the winner could be either Bill Clinton or Bob Dole. Kang and Kodos kidnap both Dole and Clinton, placing them in suspended animation tubes. Kang and Kodos take on their forms to ensure that one of them will become the next leader. The aliens soak Homer in rum and return him to Earth and nobody believes him. Later on, Homer stumbles upon the badly hidden spaceship and tries to save the real Dole and Clinton, however he accidentally ejects them into space. On the day before the election, Homer successfully reveals the candidates' real identities. Realizing it is too late to get new candidates, the crowd decides to vote for a third party candidate (Ross Perot). However, Kang and Kodos convince the crowd that voting for a third would be a waste of a vote. Kang is elected President, crowns himself King, and forces the citizens of America to build a giant ray gun to aim at another planet.[1][3][4][5] Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Kang and Kodos are fictional characters from the animated television series The Simpsons, voiced by Harry Shearer and Dan Castellaneta respectively. ... Presidential electoral votes by state. ... William Jefferson Bill Clinton (born William Jefferson Blythe III[1] on August 19, 1946) was the 42nd President of the United States, serving from 1993 to 2001. ... § Robert Joseph Dole (born July 22, 1923) was a United States Senator from Kansas from 1969-1996, serving part of that time as United States Senate Majority Leader. ... Suspended animation is the slowing of life processes by external means without termination. ... This article is about the beverage. ... Look up space#Verb in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Henry Ross The Boss Perot (born June 27, 1930) is a American businessman from Texas, who is best known for seeking the office of President of the United States in 1992 and 1996. ... The presidential seal is a well-known symbol of the presidency. ... Crown names several entities associated with monarchy: A crown (headgear), the headgear worn by a monarch, other high dignitaries, divinities etcetera. ... Look up king in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... The concept of a death ray is generally portrayed as some form of directed energy weapon that projects energy at a person or object in order to destroy them. ...


Production

Normally, the writers would come up with some sort of wrap around for Treehouse of Horror episodes, but because they had been cut the previous year, the writers didn't bother this year.[6] "The Thing and I" was written by Ken Keeler,[7] "The Genesis Tub" was written by Dan Greaney[8] and "Citizen Kang" was written by David X. Cohen.[9] Despite the similarities, "The Thing and I" was not based on the plot of Basket Case.[7] The Genesis Tub was originally pitched by David Cohen[9] and it was later referenced in the South Park episode Simpsons Already Did It, when they pointed out that The Simpsons had earlier gotten the idea from the 1962 Twilight Zone episode called "The Little People."[10] Treehouse of Horror VI is the sixth episode of The Simpsons seventh season, as well as the sixth Halloween episode. ... Keeler at the 2003 Writers Guild Awards, after winning in the animation category. ... Dan Greaney is a writer for The Simpsons. ... David X. Cohen (born 1966), born David Samuel Cohen, is an American television writer. ... Basket Case is a 1982 horror comedy directed and written by Frank Henenlotter. ... For other uses, see South Park (disambiguation). ... Simpsons Already Did It is the seventh episode in the sixth season of the Comedy Central series South Park. ... Note, this page is about the television series and its two revivals. ... “The Little People” is an episode of the American television anthology series The Twilight Zone. ...


The 1996 Presidential election occurred a few days after the airing of this episode.[9] According to Cohen, the Citizen Kang short violated every rule of The Simpsons as it locked the episode in one time and named specific candidates.[6] Although, according to Josh Weinstein, "the message is timeless."[6] There is a rock band named I Voted for Kodos, which Weinstein says is based on this episode.[6]


The sequence where tiny spaceships attack Bart marks one of the first uses of computers in Simpsons animation. The computer was used to build models for reference and the animators later retraced it.[10]


Cultural references

Homer sings Fish Heads, a song by Barnes & Barnes.[11] The title "Citizen Kang" is a reference to Orson Welles' Citizen Kane. Homer crashing the flying saucer into capital dome is a nod to Earth vs. the Flying Saucers.[9] Dr. Demento (born April 2, 1941) is the stage name of Barret (Barry) Hansen, who has made a successful career as a radio disc jockey specializing in novelty songs and pop music parodies. ... Barnes & Barnes, fictional twin brothers Art & Artie Barnes, are a novelty rock duo based in Lumania, a fictional mythological civilization (similar to Lemuria or Atlantis). ... This article includes a list of works cited or a list of external links, but its sources remain unclear because it lacks in-text citations. ... Citizen Kane is a 1941 mystery/drama film released by RKO Pictures and directed by Orson Welles, his first feature film. ... DVD Earth vs. ...


Reception

In 2006, IGN.com voted "Citizen Kang" as the seventh best segment of the Treehouse of Horror episodes.[12] It currently holds a rating of "Great" with a score of 8.9/10 at TV.com[13] and a score of 7.5/10 at the Internet Movie Database[14] In a 2000 Entertainment Weekly article, Matt Groening ranked it as his seventh favorite in the history of the show.[15] IGN is a multimedia news and reviews website that focuses heavily on video games. ... TV.com is a website belonging to the CNET Games and Entertainment family of websites. ... The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) is an online database of information about movies, actors, television shows, production crew personnel, and video games. ... Entertainment Weekly (sometimes abbreviated EW) is a magazine published by Time Inc. ...


"We've reached the limits of what rectal probing can teach us" is one of Matt Groening's favorite lines.[16] Kang/Bob Dole's line "Abortions for some, miniature American flags for others!" was named one of the best lines in the history of the show by the A.V. Club.[17] Matthew Abram Groening (born February 15, 1954[2] in Portland, Oregon;[3] his family name is pronounced ) is an Emmy Award-winning American cartoonist and the creator of The Simpsons,[4] Futurama and the weekly comic strip Life in Hell. ...


References

  1. ^ a b c "Treehouse of Horror VII" The Simpsons.com. Retrieved on March 28, 2007
  2. ^ a b c d e Treehouse of Horror VII BBC.co.uk. Retrieved on March 28, 2007
  3. ^ Martyn, Warren; Adrian Wood (2000). I Can't Believe It's a Bigger and Better Updated Unofficial Simpsons Guide. Virgin Books. ISBN 0-7535-0495-2. 
  4. ^ Episode Capsule at The Simpsons Archive
  5. ^ Richmond, Ray; Antonia Coffman (1997). The Simpsons: A Complete Guide to our Favorite Family. Harper Collins Publishers, p. 173. ISBN 0-00063-8898-1. 
  6. ^ a b c d Weinstein, Josh. (2006). The Simpsons season 8 DVD commentary for the episode "Treehouse of Horror VII" [DVD]. 20th Century Fox.
  7. ^ a b Keeler, Ken. (2006). The Simpsons season 8 DVD commentary for the episode "Treehouse of Horror VII" [DVD]. 20th Century Fox.
  8. ^ Greaney, Dan. (2006). The Simpsons season 8 DVD commentary for the episode "Treehouse of Horror VII" [DVD]. 20th Century Fox.
  9. ^ a b c d Cohen, David X.. (2006). The Simpsons season 8 DVD commentary for the episode "Treehouse of Horror VII" [DVD]. 20th Century Fox.
  10. ^ a b Anderson, Mike B.. (2006). The Simpsons season 8 DVD commentary for the episode "Treehouse of Horror VII" [DVD]. 20th Century Fox.
  11. ^ Castellaneta, Dan. (2006). The Simpsons season 8 DVD commentary for the episode "Treehouse of Horror VII" [DVD]. 20th Century Fox.
  12. ^ Goldman, Eric; Iverson, Dan; Zoromski, Brian (2006-10-30). Top 10 Segments from The Simpsons' Treehouse of Horror. IGN. Retrieved on 2007-03-30.
  13. ^ Treehouse Of Horror VII. TV.com. Retrieved on 2007-03-30.
  14. ^ Treehouse of Horror VI. Internet Movie Database. Retrieved on 2007-03-30.
  15. ^ Springfield of Dreams. Entertainment Weekly (2000-01-14). Retrieved on 2007-03-30.
  16. ^ Groening, Matt. (2006). The Simpsons season 8 DVD commentary for the episode "Treehouse of Horror VII" [DVD]. 20th Century Fox.
  17. ^ Bahn, Christopher; Donna Bowman, Josh Modell, Noel Murray, Nathan Rabin, Tasha Robinson, Kyle Ryan, Scott Tobias (2006-04-26). Beyond "D'oh!": Simpsons Quotes For Everyday Use. The A.V. Club. Retrieved on 2006-07-03.

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