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Donut Homer.jpg This episode is considered non-canon, and the events featured are not part of the timeline of the series' continuity.

For the continuing series of Halloween specials, see Treehouse of Horror series.

Maude Flanders[src]

"Treehouse of Horror XIII" is the first episode of Season 14, as well as the thirteenth Halloween episode. This is also the first digitally animated Halloween special (originally going to be an episode for Season 13).


In Send in the Clones, Homer ends up cloning himself and begins wreaking havoc in Springfield. In The Fright to Creep and Scare Harms, Lisa rallies the removal of all the guns in Springfield. These leave the town defenseless against a menacing force. And finally, the Simpsons find themselves at the bay of an evil Dr. Hibbert in The Island of Dr. Hibbert.

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Opening Sequence

The logo for this episode

The Simpsons and Ned hold a séance in order to contact Ned's deceased wife, Maude. While praying, Bart comes in pretending to be Maude, but does not realize that Maude’s real ghost is right behind him. Ned is happy to see his late wife again as she still looks pretty the same since he buried her the day she died, when Marge asks her what lies beyond the grave she tells her she woke up had tea with half a grape fruit and did the jumble they called it a day ahead but then Maude turns into a fiery demon, which scares everyone. She cackles evilly and she opens up a green book with the white writing "THE SIMPSONS TREEHOUSE OF HORROR" and the number "13" drools on the book in blood as Homer screams repeatedly as the episode goes into the first story.

Send in the Clones

Send in the Clones title card

In a parody of Multiplicity, Homer walks into the backyard to lie in his hammock. Marge sets upon him with a list of chores to do for the day. Homer is reluctant, but his concern changes to getting a new hammock because his old one broke. A man selling hammocks sells Homer one with a fancy design, but he warns Homer that the hammock can cause trouble. Disregarding this, Homer lies down and discovers that the new hammock can produce clones of himself. He begins making and using clones to do all of his chores.

One day, when Ned asks if he can have his chainsaw given back to him, one of the Homer clones picks up the chainsaw and looks at Homer, who nods. However, the clone misunderstands and brings Ned's severed head back. Horrified, Homer immediately chooses to get rid of the clones and the hammock. He bundles the duplicates in a truck and takes them to an isolated cornfield.

In the cornfield, the clones soon use the abandoned hammock to make an army of Homer clones. Among the hundreds of clones, a few 'mutations' (including Homer as he was drawn on The Tracey Ullman Show, King-Size Homer, smart Homer (HOMЯ), a faceless Homer, and Family Guy’s own Peter Griffin) are seen. The clones attack Springfield and destroy all of its buildings, except for Moe's Tavern, which reports record business.

Send in the Clones promo card

US Army officials gather in the Mayor's war room, where after they learn that the clones will encompass the entire United States if they are not stopped, Lisa thinks of a solution to solve the problem, after getting the idea from Homer, who became upset when he found an empty doughnut box. She suggests that several helicopters hook gigantic donuts on cables and have the clones chase them into Springfield Gorge. The plan is put into action, and upon seeing the large donuts, all of the Homers begin chasing the helicopters. The helicopters fly over the gorge, luring the Homer clones to their doom (and each one saying "D'oh!" as their last word).

Later that night, Marge enters the bedroom and soon discovers that the Homer next to her is a clone (he has no belly button). The clone tells her that the real Homer was the first one to fall into the gorge. Marge is initially upset, but relaxes when the clone offers her a back rub as Stephen Still's "Love the One You're With" plays in the background.

The Fright to Creep and Scare Harms

The Fright to Creep and Scare Harms title card

In a parody of The Terminator, Lisa and Bart are at the Springfield Cemetery, mourning the loss of their pet goldfish, Goldie. Lisa inadvertently discovers the grave of William Bonney, a man who was killed at a young age by gun violence. According to his epitaph, he dreamed of a world without guns. In his memory, Lisa starts a gun control crusade, which makes Springfield 100% gun free, and all of the guns are sold. The town is now defenseless, causing the corpses of William "Billy the Kid" Bonney and his cohorts, 'The Hole in the Ground' gang, to rise from the dead.

William (Billy The Kid) Bonney

The gang starts wreaking havoc on the town, until Professor Frink invents a time machine, which Homer uses to go back in time to stop the gun ban and destroy the zombies. Homer tells the citizens of Springfield to shoot at the zombies' graves, causing them to rise up and flee. Lisa feels guilty about banning guns, because sometimes they are the answer. Suddenly, a more futuristic Homer comes in to warn them about guns that have destroyed Earth in the future. He is then shot by Moe, who has had too much of all of this nonsense and plans to use Frink's time machine to find some "caveman hookers".

The Island of Dr. Hibbert

The Island of Dr. Hibbert title card

In a parody of The Island of Dr. Moreau by H. G. Wells, the Simpsons are going on a trip to "The Island of Lost Souls". On the island, they find Dr. Hibbert running the island's resort. While the family is there, Marge starts to think that something creepy is going on, although Homer largely dismisses her concerns. She investigates and, consequently, she is captured by Dr. Hibbert, who transforms her into a panther hybrid. After having violent sex with the new Marge, Homer realizes that she has been transformed.

The Island of Dr. Hibbert poster

Action figures from The Island of Dr. Hibbert

He goes to find a cure for Marge's new state, but encounters Ned, who has became a cow-centaur who needs to be milked. After Homer reluctantly milks him, Flanders takes Homer to meet other Springfield inhabitants who have also been turned into 'manimals', including Bart (now a spider), Lisa (now a bird) and Maggie (now an anteater). Homer, initially appalled at what everyone has become (and that they actually prefer it to being human), eventually embraces the concept of being an animal who does nothing but eat, sleep, mate and roll around in its own filth after realizing how well it suits his lifestyle. He enjoys spending the rest of his life as a walrus and living with his transformed family on the island, intending to spend the rest of their days at Dr. Hibbert's resort. After Homer (as a walrus) was giving Marge (as a panther) a back scratch, she coughs up a hair ball and Dr. Hibbert plans on changing the animal hybrids back into humans.

Closing Sequence

Meanwhile, the two aliens Kang and Kodos comment on how the skull-shaped island looks like their alien number four.

Characters and their animal transformations in The Island of Dr. Hibbert:
Character Animal
Abraham Simpson II Rooster
Agnes Skinner and Seymour Skinner Kangaroo and Joey
Allison Taylor Dingo
Apu Nahasapeemapetilon and the Nahasapeemapetilon Octuplets Possums
Arnie Pye Eagle
Barney Gumble Warthog
Bart Simpson Spider
Blue-Haired Lawyer Moose
Bumblebee Man Bumblebee
Carl Carlson Armadillo
Charles Montgomery Burns Fox
Clancy and Sarah Wiggum Pigs
Cletus Spuckler Sloth
Comic Book Guy Ram
Cookie Kwan Deer
Cosine Tangent Paddlefish
Database Vampire Bat
Dewey Largo Bat
Disco Stu Shrew
Dolph Starbeam Tiger
Doris Freedman Tang
Dubya Spuckler Xenops
Duffman Koala
Eddie Dog
Edna Krabappel Hyena
Eleanor Abernathy Zebra
Elizabeth Hoover Ostrich
Erik Dodo
Fat Tony Beaver
Gary Chalmers Grizzly Bear
Gil Gunderson Giraffe
Groundskeeper Willie Orangutan
Hans Moleman Tortoise
Helen Lovejoy Horse
Herman Hermann Lizard
Homer Simpson Walrus
Horatio McCallister Crocodile
Jacqueline Bouvier Stork
Janey Powell Yak
Jasper Beardly Goat
Jeremy Freedman Donkey
Jessica Lovejoy Abyssinian
Jimbo Jones Parrot
Joe Quimby Panda
Jonathan Frink Turkey
Kearney Zzyzwicz Mandrill
Kent Brockman Rhino
Kirk Van Houten Aardvark
Krusty the Clown Lion
Lenny Leonard Pelican
Lewis Clark Tamaskan
Lindsey Naegle Meerkat
Lisa Simpson Owl
Lou Cheetah
Luann Van Houten Toucan
Luigi Risotto Guinea Pig
Maggie Simpson Anteater
Manjula Nahasapeemapetilon Antelope
Marge Simpson Panther
Martin Prince Sheep
Mary Spuckler Vervet Monkey
Melvin Van Horne Lemur
Michael D'Amico Baboon
Milhouse Van Houten Snail
Miss Springfield Raccoon
Moe Szyslak Toad
Ned Flanders Cow
Nelson Muntz Wolf
Nick Riviera Squirrel
Nikki McKenna Oarfish
Old Jewish Man Vulture
Otto Foreman Camel
Patty Bouvier Mountain Lion
Rainier Wolfcastle Jack Rabbit
Ralph Wiggum Peacock
Raphael Chameleon
Report Card Vicuña
Robert Terwilliger Woodpecker
Rod Flanders and Todd Flanders Penguins
Roy Snyder Hippo
Samantha Stankey Zebu
Selma Bouvier Elephant
Sherri and Terri Pigeons
Snake Jailbird Skunk
The Rich Texan Bison
Timothy Lovejoy, Jr. Coyote
Üter Zörker Goose
Waylon Smithers, Jr. Flamingo
Wendell Borton Earwig
Whitney Spuckler Dolphin
Santa's Little Helper Ant
Snowball V Bat

Broadcast History

United States

Broadcast date(s) Channel aired
  • November 3, 2002
  • December 8, 2002
  • October 26, 2003
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  • December 28, 2020
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Behind the Laughter


Marc Wilmore, Brian Kelley, and Kevin Curran wrote the episode. This is the first Halloween episode to use digital ink and paint as a proof of concept, which led to the decision to have the show's animation converted from traditional cel to digital ink and paint, starting permanently with "The Great Louse Detective".


The episode received positive reviews from TV critics and fans.



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