A bunch of Universal monsters walk the streets on Halloween, but Jimbo and the other bullies mock their “cheesy costumes”. These classic characters dress up like Spongebob and Iron Man the like before hitting a Halloween party at the Simpsons house. I guess this opening wasn’t bad, but it’s a real weird choice. I feel unnerved when segments focus on characters that don’t “belong” to the show.
Dial “M” for Murder or Press “#” to Return to Main Menu
I’ve never seen Strangers on a Train, and coming from my point of view, this segment is weird to the point of near-incomprehensibility. Some jokes work and some are really annoying (Bart saying “criss-cross” over and over was particularly grating), but overall I just kept asking myself what the hell was going on, especially during the climax.
Memorable Gag: “My horoscope told me I’d see something interesting today, but I thought that meant the horoscope itself!” – Skinner
Don’t Have a Cow, Mankind
Tainted meat at Krusty Burger spreads a zombie (or “muncher”) virus throughout the world. Since this is a 28 Days Later parody, Bart turns out to be immune and must be taken to a safe zone in hopes of creating a cure.
Want to see the Simpsons fight the undead? Dial “Z” for Zombies is over there. Want to see Homer turn on his family? The Shinning is also over there. So why would you want Don’t Have a Cow, Mankind?
Memorable Gag: I A background theater marquee — “Madea Goes to Hell”.
There’s No Business Like Moe Business
In this segment (presented as an on-stage musical complete with audience, visible hoisting harnesses and actor flubs), Homer ends up bloodily attached to a machine full of beer during an accident at Moe’s. The sleazy bartender uses this opportunity–and a tasty brew made with Homer’s blood–to woo a heartbroken Marge until Homer returns for revenge.
This one is stunning, and not entirely for good reasons. The concept of a play-with-the-show is pretty out there even by Treehouse standards, and combining that with a ton of original music and unique visuals makes this segment very memorable. On the other hand, it’s overlong and not very funny (some portions, like Homer’s extended musical number about being gay, are just awful). Still, I have to recommend checking this one just to see how baffling it is.
Memorable Gag: No real memorable jokes, but definitely a memorable segment all the same.
Guys, this Treehouse is weird. I didn’t enjoy anything here as much as Heck House or It’s the Grand Pumpkin, Milhouse, but if you’re looking far enough into the Treehouse well to end up in the twenties, you may as well give this one a look for how off-the-wall the first and last segments came out.