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Treehouse of Horror XII

Director: Jim Reardon

Guest voices:
Pierce Brosnan as Ultrahouse 3000
Matthew Perry as Ultrahouse 3000

Synopsis: In Hex and the City, Homer is cursed by a gypsy and needs a leprechaun to set things right. The Simpsons upgrade to a new house in House of Whacks, but the house tries to kill Homer because it has fallen in love with Marge. Lisa and Bart attend wizards’ school in Wiz Kids.

Discussion: As far as Halloween episodes go, this one isn’t bad. Homer’s gypsy curse is resolved with a leprechaun (of course), which actually makes sense… well, as much sense as a Halloween ep makes! It’s a good segment which explores different ground to previous ones and also shows the characters as something different to their normal selves, or selves as other characters (such as yesterday’s ep where Lisa was Connie Appleseed).

House of Whacks is definitely the highlight of the episode. Pierce Brosnan is charming as Ultrahouse 3000, a very fancy modern house which caters to your every whim. The house has fallen in love with Marge and plots to kill Homer… but who can deny that suave English accent?

Wiz Kids is a parody of the Harry Potter films and does it very well. I like this segment because I’m a big Harry Potter fan and when it first aired, I cracked up laughing, I found it so frickin’ funny! It’s still funny, but kinda loses something in the time since the original airing; Harry Potter isn’t a big thing anymore.

One of the best Halloween episodes to date.

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