Milhouse of Sand and Fog
Treehouse of Horror XVI
Marge's Son Poisoning

Cultural References

Opening Sequence

  • Kang and Kodos wonder if speeding up time will allow the Chicago Cubs to win the World Series, a reference to the team's long-standing championship drought. In 2016, they won the World Series for the first time in 108 years. Coincidentally this episode aired less than two weeks after the Chicago White Sox, the Cubs' crosstown rivals, ended their World Series title drought of 88 years.

B.I. Bartificial Intelligence

  • A.I. Artificial Intelligence: Punned in the title and parodied throughout the segment.
  • The song featured during Bart's "jealousy" montage is "New Kid in Town" by the Eagles.
  • The scene where Bart meets the group of robots in the woods is a spoof of the music video for the song, Rockit by Herbie Hancock. The walking pair of robot legs were featured in the video.
  • The segment concludes with a short parody of The Exorcist, featuring a possessed Homer, he just faked it so he won't have to go to work.
  • The Robo-Tots ad that features a dog pulling a boy's swimming trunks down is a parody of the Coppertone ads.
  • Bart said "D'oh" after the robot eat his shorts.
  • As Bart is telling Lisa he's going to jump, Lisa is reading Master of the Senate, the third book in biographer Robert A. Caro's series The Years of Lyndon Johnson.

Survival of the Fattest

  • The second segment is a parody of the 1932 film, The Most Dangerous Game.
  • The segment title is a pun on the Darwin-inspired catchphrase, Survival of the Fittest.
  • It seems the Yes Guy, Principal Skinner, Groundskeeper Willie, Otto, and Sideshow Mel were the only Survivors who Survived to Escape from Mr. Burns. However, they could've been shot by Mr. Burns but it was not shown.

I've Grown a Costume on Your Face

  • The segment's title is a reference to the song, I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face from the musical, My Fair Lady. It is also an allusion to a song that Bart and Sideshow Bob sing in Bart's room in the Season 14 episode, The Great Louse Detective.
  • Television series references:
    • Buffy the Vampire Slayer: In the episode "Halloween," most of the residents of Sunnydale don cursed costumes that transform them into what they are dressed as.
    • The classic Twilight Zone: In the episode "The Masks," four greedy heirs are turned into monsters by the hideous masks each wears at their benefactor's behest.
    • The Fairly OddParents: In the episode "Scary GodParents", Timmy wishes that everyone's Halloween costumes were real.
  • After all of Springfield's citizens are turned into real-life versions of their costumes, Mayor Quimby as Mayor McCheese says, "I am not a happy meal right now" as dogs lick at him, a reference to McDonald's Happy Meals.
  • At the end of the segment, Maggie the witch flies up to the moon, accompanied by the theme music of Bewitched, in a scene very similar to the TV series' title animation.
  • Tress MacNeille voices the witch in this segment. She also voiced the Wicked Witch of the West in the animated Wizard of Oz Show from the 90s.


  • "I've Grown a Costume on Your Face" is similar to an issue of the Simpson Comic Bartman, in which an Itchy and Scratchy brought to life through alien technology create a nuclear explosion which turns the Simpsons into costumed superheroes.
  • Bart says "Cowabanga" from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
  • This is the first Treehouse of Horror episode to not be the premiere of its season since "Treehouse of Horror X".
  • This is the only Simpson episode where God's face is completely shown (in the opening).

Costumes in "I've Grown a Costume on Your Face"

Deaths in "Survival of the Fattest"

These are the people whom Mr. Burns massacres in the segment "Survival of the Fattest." The deaths are in chronological order.

  • Jeffery Albertson: Shot after refusing to run.
  • Blue-haired Lawyer: Killed after defending Burns.
  • Apu: Shot after being discovered hiding in a bush, but is reincarnated as a rabbit. After reincarnation, he gets caught in a bear trap.
  • Krusty the Clown: Shot once by Burns, only to begin to tell a joke. He is then shot multiple more times through the chest to keep him from finishing.
  • Dr. Julius Hibbert: Flung from a tree by Homer, and then became the first to be shot out of the air by Burns.
  • Dr. Nick Riviera: Flung from a tree and shot immediately after Hibbert.
  • Lou the Cop: Flung from a tree and shot after Dr. Nick.
  • Kirk Van Houten: Flung from a tree, shot and killed after Lou.
  • Reverend Lovejoy: Flung from a tree, and then shot after Kirk.
  • Kent Brockman: Flung from a tree, and was the last person to be shot out of the air.
  • Moe Szyslak: He was flung from the tree along with the others, but Burns missed him. After taunting Burns, he ironically lands on on a weather vane, impaling himself. He still survives, wins the lottery, and is about to leave to cash it in, but Chief Wiggum lands on him, crushing and finally killing him.
  • Clancy Wiggum: Falls on a weathervane and dies instantly, crushing Moe.
  • Professor Frink: Eaten by Homer, who passes up bananas, saying that they look green.
  • Sideshow Mel: Shot by Burns, using machine guns on a plane during a strafing run.
  • Dewey Largo: Also shot during the strafing run.
  • Groundskeeper Willie: Shot and killed during the strafing run, dying at exactly the same time as Mel and Dewey.
  • Carl: Shot during the strafing run, but survives until just before Lenny dies.
  • Lenny: Shot during the strafing run, but survives long enough to see his idea of heaven.
  • Barney: Shot three times through the chest while being used as a diversion by Homer.


"Survival of the Fattest"

End Credits

  • Al Jean was credited as Al "Family Guy" Jean.
  • Yeardley Smith is credited as "The Lizard Queen" which is a reference to Lisa's drunken/drug-adled line from Selma's Choice.
  • Hank Azaria is credited as "No Seriously, The Republican Party", which is somewhat odd as his real name or a variant of it does not appear in the "name" at all.

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