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Cultural References Edit
Opening Sequence Edit
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. 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 Edit
: Punned in the title and parodied throughout the segment.
A.I. Artificial Intelligence 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 , featuring a possessed The Exorcist 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 Edit
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 Edit
The segment's title is a reference to the song, from the musical, I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face . It is also an allusion to a song that My Fair Lady Bart and Sideshow Bob sing in Bart's room in the Season 14 episode, The Great Louse Detective.
Television series references:
: In the episode "Halloween," most of the residents of Sunnydale don cursed costumes that transform them into what they are dressed as.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer The classic : In the episode "The Masks," four greedy heirs are turned into monsters by the hideous masks each wears at their benefactor's behest.
Twilight Zone : In the episode " The Fairly OddParents 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 , in a scene very similar to the TV series' title animation.
"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" Edit
Deaths in "Survival of the Fattest" Edit
These are the people whom
Mr. Burns massacres in the segment "Survival of the Fattest." The deaths are in chronological order.
Comic Book Guy: 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" Edit
End Credits Edit
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.