The episode begins with Marge addressing the audience acknowledging that it's past Halloween, but they're still celebrating anyways (Translation: If this show was still good, we'd have this BEFORE Halloween). After Marge kills some promos, she decides to cook them into a meatloaf and each slice gives us part of the title sequence.
E.T. Go Home
The segment begins with Marge having Bart go get some butane from the shed as Bart notices a glow from the shed out back (Personally I would be more surprised a shed that never existed is in my back yard, but I digress) Bart throws a baseball and ends up hitting Kodos in the nuts causing him to come out in pain. Kodos claims to be an alien who comes in peace, but after his gun falls out, he tries to hide it by saying it's a deodorant applicator and shoots himself while repressing the pain (After 18 encounters with these aliens, I'm surprised Bart didn't just grab the gun and shoot him on the spot). Inside, Bart shows Kodos his toys and Lisa comes in and is happy to see an alien in Bart's room. Bart and Lisa promise not to tell anyone about him, and Kodos tells them that he would like to phone his relatives as he gives them a handy list of things they need to get (Gee I wonder if the alien bent on world domination has plans of world domination?)
|I wonder how the female taste with tartar sauce|
|I'm going to give you to the count of three before we shoot you Mr. Simpson|
Mr. and Mrs. Simpson
|Wait a second, that's the building across from my window... Nice knowing you guys|
The segment begins with Bart, Milhouse, Lisa and Nelson going Trick-or-Treating as Agnes stiffs them on candy. Bart decides to get even by 'tricking' her as they all throw water balloons at her. Afterwards, they decide not to give people an option which leads into a montage of them all 'tricking' people while Lisa disapproves each time. Okay, I feel I need to explain my stance on this right now:
- This COULD have been a decent idea, of them ALL committing simple fun pranks like smashing pumpkin, egging houses, TP-ing trees, etc. Two problems, one they go too far in their 'tricking' to the point of criminal felonies such as B&E and manslaughter, it loses humor value instantly. Two, having Lisa always give that "I don't approve of this" look really removes her from the story and they might as well have not even included her if all she was going to do was be a buzz-kill. Would those changes have made this good? I don't know, but I feel like it could have been made decent. let's move on.
|Now this has humor because she stiffed them and this is a reasonable response|
|This is not because they're just flat out robbing him|
Afterwards, all the townspeople approach Homer as he tells them to relax, until Bart drops a pig on Homer's head and he can't see. Ned Flanders then approaches the townspeople saying he can fix them, of course though, the mood has to be ruined by the pig dragging Homer around (Even when the scene's not about Homer, the writers make Homer an assclown). After stealing from Lenny, the kids pass by the church with "Heck House" in Neon lights. The kids go in and are unimpressed by Ned's exhibit. After praying to God to help him scare the kids, Ned turns into the devil and sends the kids to hell (Lisa thinks her punishment being the same is wrong. I might have agreed, except you never stopped them, so you're just as guilty). After they all fall into chairs and are strapped in, Devil Ned shows them people committing the 7 deadly sins and how they will lead them back to Hell. The kids promise never to sin again and they're all transported away. The segment ends with normal Flanders wishing us a happy Halloween and saying we're all going to Hell for watching any FOX programming (Okay, small kudos for the jab at FOX)
Final Verdict: This was rather mediocre, but at the same time, not terrible. The jokes weren't really funny, the writing was bad as well and none of the segments stood out. I felt that the Mr. and Mrs. Simpson was the worst and Heck House is debatably the best, but not by much. Really, it's just not worth your time as the only thing horrifying about it is just how bored you'll be by the end.
Final Grade: 3.5/10 There are much better things to watch this Halloween.