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Cultural References

Wanted: Dead, Then Alive

  • The title is a reference to Wanted Dead or Alive, which has a lot of meanings through popular culture.
  • Sideshow Bob mentions the Game of Thrones series when evaluating the university tests.
  • Sideshow Bob reads The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock at his class.
  • The text on the book that appears when Bob turns into a frog saying "I feel like a bad New Yorker cartoon!" are just random letters.
  • The song Accidents Will Happen by Elvis Costello plays during the montage showing Sideshow Bob killing Bart in different ways and reanimating him.
  • "I Killed Bart Dead" is based on Largo al factotum from The Barber of Seville. During the song, Bob mentions Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd.
  • When Sideshow Bob is posting he killed Bart on "Fiendbook" (an obvious parody of Facebook), Russ Cargill posted that he is hosting a 10-year Dome Reunion in 2017, a reference to The Simpsons Movie, which was published in 2007.
  • The Reanimation machine is a homage to the movie Re-Animator.


  • Mr. Sparkle reference on bill board when grandpa was talking to the kids walking back.
  • The title and the segment itself are parodies of the movie franchise Godzilla.
    • Their allusion to a failed reboot that resulted in all merchandise being dumped into the ocean (and causing the actual Homerzilla to awaken) was a reference to the infamous 1998 reboot movie.
    • The name of the failed Homerzilla movie was zilla and was potentially a reference to a godzilla kaiju of the same name who's design was be based of the 1998 Godzilla which was like the 2nd Homerzilla movie was a failure.
    • Professor Frink's commentary about how Homerzilla won't attack because his immense mass would have him "collapse under his own weight" (and promptly being squished) resembled complaints by initial Japanese reviewers of the initial 1954 Godzilla film regarding his size.
  • The Japanese monster Gamera also appeared in this episode.
  • Disco Stu was singing the song "Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree" (the lyrics changed "ole" to "old") by Tony Orlando and Dawn before Homerzilla destroyed the power lines.
  • Comic Book Guy is in the theater to get a good seat for the next Star Wars movie, which he criticizes beforehand. This references Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Telepaths of Glory

  • The title is a reference to the movie Paths of Glory.
  • When Bart and Lisa fell into the hole to rescue Milhouse, It's possible to see a skeleton with Fred Flintstone's clothes in a "car", similar to the one in The Flintstones series, a reference to the series taking place at Stone Age.
  • This segment parodies the movie Chronicle.
  • When Milhouse summons the stone faces out of the ground, It may be a reference to the Manga and Anime Fairy Tail (Tartaros Arc).


  • This is the only Treehouse of Horror episode in the history of the Simpsons where the logo for a Treehouse of Horror episode is not seen.
  • The plot line of "Wanted: Dead, Then Alive" happens to be similar to that from the The Itchy & Scratchy Show's episode The Tears of a Clone, where following Scratchy's funeral, Itchy plans to regain his satisfaction by reanimating multiple versions of Scratchy and murdering them over and over again. Similarly in the former, Bob consistently brings Bart back to life only to keep on killing him.
  • The mask that Bart wore also in the opening theme seemed much like/was Huckleberry Hound reference.
  • In the opening theme the gravestone of the "monster" was written Frank Grimes.
  • In Wanted Dead, Then Alive, Homer shouts at Sideshow Bob "That's for trying to frame Krusty!" A callback when Bart got Bob arrested for framing Krusty for robbery in "Krusty Gets Busted", which is the very reason Bob has been trying to kill Bart in the first place.
  • "Wanted: Dead then Alive" is one the few Treehouse of Horror stories that, story-wise, isn't a parody or based on something in pop culture as it is centered around the idea of Bob successfully forfeiting his goal in murdering Bart.
  • This is the second episode where Bart and Lisa get superpowers from radiation. The first was "Treehouse of Horror X".
  • This is the second Treehouse of Horror where Bart and Lisa have special powers, but Lisa is much more powerful than Bart because of her intelligence. The first time was in "Treehouse of Horror XII".
  • This is the third episode someone in the Simpson Family lost their memory. The first was Marge in "Regarding Margie", and the second was Homer Simpson in "Eternal Moonshine of the Simpson Mind".
  • The Gracie Films logo didn't have the scream, instead it was replaced by Homerzilla roaring.
  • This is the second episode to be rated TV-14 for Season 27.
  • This episode also marks exactly 25 years since the first "Treehouse of Horror" which aired on October 25, 1990.
  • One of the prerelease images for Telepaths of Glory has Lisa playing various instruments with her powers while Homer and Bart watch her. But in the final version, Bart is not present and Homer interrupts her, saying that "The musicians union does not allow this!", which makes her drop all the instruments.
  • Sideshow Bob and Kang break the fourth wall in this episode.
  • This is the only Sideshow Bob episode to be non-canon and a Treehouse of Horror episode.
  • Bart is killed and revived eight times in the "Wanted: Dead, Then Alive" segment.
  • This was the first episode where Sam Simon (1955-2015) was unlike every other crew member credited by his real name.
  • This is technically the second time that Maggie uses a carbon rod as a pacifier, as she did so in the final level for The Simpsons: Bart vs. the Space Mutants.


Wanted: Dead, Then Alive

  • After Bob tried the reanimator machine for the first time, there's a skull with two wires connected to it's eye holes on the background. After the second test, however, the skull and the wires disappear.
  • Sideshow Bob stated that he has tried to kill Bart for 24 years when it should really be 22, since Cape Feare, the first episode where he tried to kill Bart, aired 22 years earlier.
  • During the montage, the word "Reanimate" on the machine only appears when Bob pulls the lever, but it is shown with the lever on the normal position when the family rescues Bart.


  • It is unlikely that the fish were getting fat and ugly because of the donuts, as Homerzilla was eating all of them.

Telepaths of Glory

Bart has superpowers.

Now he doesn't.

  • The title is inaccurate as Bart, Lisa and Milhouse gain telekinesis rather than telepathy.
  • Milhouse killed Dolph by throwing him in a volcano, but he reappears at the "whack-a-mole" game with the bullies.
    • Milhouse likely escaped the volcano.
  • The Comcast description says radiation exposure gives Lisa, Bart and Milhouse superpowers despite Bart briefly getting superpowers for a short time only before losing his superpowers a few seconds later (due to his brain not being powerful enough).


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