The Simpsons is nothing if not wild and silly, but it does adhere to a level of reality, which limits it from getting away with a few more outlandish jokes and spoofs. Once year, however, all hell breaks loose, and The Simpsons disregards any restrictions in one of its many celebrated "Treehouse of Horror" Halloween episodes. This season will feature the twenty-second "Treehouse of Horror," and, in keeping with tradition, will pay homage to some well-known adages of science fiction, horror, and just plain unpleasantness. Films parodied include Avatar and 127 Hours.
The Simpsons "Treehouse of Horror XXII" will air Sunday, Oct. 30 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
As always, the episode will start with a brief opener that frames three separate stories to come. "Treehouse of Horror XXII" will be threaded by a parody of last year's 127 Hours. While recklessly exploring Candy Peak, Homer will find himself trapped in a cravasse with his arm stuck under a boulder. In an attempt to free himself, Homer (as Fox's Facebook page puts it) "channels Aron Ralston (guest-voicing as himself)." Somehow, this will link to the following three stories:
"The Diving Bell and Butterball"
In a parody of the 1997 memoir -- turned 2007 film by Julian Schnabel -- The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Homer will become paralyzed after being bitten by a poisonous spider. He is unable to communicate until Lisa figures out a way for him to express himself through "natural gases."
"Dial D for Diddly"
Borrowing its title from the 1954 movie Dial M for Murder, the Simpsons' pious neighbor Ned Flanders will play a "devout preacher by day" and a "cold-blooded vigilante by night."
"In the Na'Vi"
In a long overdue Avatar parody, Bart and Milhouse will travel to a distant planet with the mission of extracting a precious mineral, but they'll need to take the form of the native beings in order to earn their trust. Like his Worthingtonian counterpart, Bart will fall unexpectedly in love with a native of the planet, and could end up defending new friends against old. These natives might be a little more...grotesque than the Pandora citizens. Simpsons fans: think Kang and Kodos.