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The Town
Treehouse of Horror XXVII
Trust But Clarify

Cultural References

General

Intro

  • In the intro, Homer's costume resembles Bender from Futurama, Marge is an ice cream cone (probably a reference to Phineas Q. Butterfat's 5600 Flavors Ice Cream Parlor), Bart is a dinosaur (probably a reference to Bartzilla), Lisa is a recycling bin and Maggie resembles Charlie Chaplin.
  • When Maggie kills the Simpson family's enemies, she has an eye painting similar to Alex from the movie A Clockwork Orange.
  • Frank Grimes references to the 600th episode mark saying "In hell they make you watch them all in a row". This is possibly a reference to a 13 day marathon that happened on FXX to celebrate the milestone, where all 600 episodes of The Simpsons were aired in a row.
  • The "Planet of the Couches" couch gag is an obvious parody of Planet of the Apes.

Dry Hard

  • The name of the segment is a reference to the movie series Die Hard.
  • The fight between the kids in Springfield is a parody of The Hunger Games.
  • This segment is a parody of Mad Max: Fury Road.
  • Mr. Burns reenacts one of the dance scenes from the movie Flashdance.
  • Lisa says that after the river dried a drought of Chicago Cubs sized proportions hit Springfield, referencing the drought of World series wins for the Cubs, although they did win the World Series in 2016.

BFF R.I.P.

  • "BFF R.I P." is two acronyms for "Best Friends Forever" and "Rest In Peace".
  • The segment itself is probably a parody of the movie Lights Out.

Moefinger

  • The name of this segment is a parody of Goldfinger, a movie from the James Bond series.
  • The segment itself parodies action movies such as Kingsman and the James Bond series itself. With the final fight referencing the infamous church fight in Kingsman.
  • Homer held a Steely Dan concert at the Duff Stadium. He asks them to play Babylon Sister from the album Gaucho during the fight scene.

Trivia

Intro

  • The promotional material for this episode shows Russ Cargill among the villains trying to kill the Simpson family, but in the final episode, he is not there.
  • This is the second Treehouse of Horror episode in a row where Sideshow Bob is decapitated.
  • The episode's script reveal that Kang was the one who appeared in the intro.
    • Also, this episode broke the tradition of Kang and Kodos appearing in every Treehouse of Horror episode, as only Kang appears.

Dry Hard

  • Bart and Maggie do not appear during this segment.

BFF R.I.P.

  • So far, this is one of the shortest title for a Treehouse of Horror segment, with six letters, The same as Homer³ from Treehouse of Horror VI.

Moefinger

  • In Moe's lair, when Moe is kissing a picture of Homer, a picture of Dr. Marvin Monroe can be seen.
  • Marge, Lisa and Maggie do not appear during this segment.

Halloween names

  • Dan Castellaneta's Halloween nickname (for both his consulting producer and starring credits) is "Heeeere's DANNY!", a reference to The Shining.
  • Dan Vebber's nickname is "H.P Lovebbercraft", a reference to H.P Lovecraft.
  • Drew Carey's Halloween nickname is "Boo Scary from The Fright is Right!" which refers to his status as the host for The Price is Right.

Goofs

Dry Hard

  • The order of cars going to Mr. Burns' reservoir changes between scenes.
    • Also, the kid on top of Apu's vehicle (either Sashi or Pria) is yellow with blonde hair in one of the shots.
  • Wendell was not near Nelson when he helps surround Lisa, but his body is shown on Nelson's sword.

BFF R.I.P.

  • There was no reason why Lisa was blamed for the murder of Sherri and Terri. It happened right besides Janey's funeral and people probably saw that Lisa did not push the tombstone as she was talking with them.
  • When Lisa mounts on the motorbike, her right arm goes in the front of the bike's headlights.

Moefinger

  • The shelf at Moe's tavern was full of bottles, but on the next scene, it is full of empty beer mugs.
  • Kearney stated that all the bullies were all thirteen.
    • It was previously established he is in his twenties while Jimbo was eighteen and Dolph was thirteen.

References


Season 27 Season 28 References/Trivia Season 29
Monty Burns' Fleeing CircusFriends and FamilyThe TownTreehouse of Horror XXVIITrust But ClarifyThere Will Be BudsHavana Wild WeekendDad BehaviorThe Last Traction HeroThe Nightmare After KrustmasPork and BurnsThe Great PhatsbyFatzcarraldoThe Cad and the HatKamp Krustier22 For 30A Father's WatchThe Caper ChaseLooking for Mr. GoodbartMoho HouseDogtown