After a long road trip, the family makes it to Mr. Burns' winter lodge as his caretakers. Mr. Burns gives them a tour, showing them many gruesome artifacts and blood. Afterwards, Mr. Burns cuts off cable and takes away all the beer, he believes they will be working all winter. While Willie is working in the hedges, Bart finds a shortcut through his hedge maze, getting Willie so upset, but he suppresses that anger in his brain. Bart immediately reads his mind, and Willie tells him he has "The Shinning". Meanwhile, Homer discovers there is no beer or cable television, he suddenly loses his mind for a second, and threatens to kill the family. While waiting in the bar inside the house, he meets the ghost of Moe, who says he'll give him beer if Homer kills his family. Homer grabs an ax, and breaks through various doors in the house until he finds the one with the family, and tries to kill them. Unfortunately, he fails, and Marge has him locked up in a room. After going on another murderous rampage, the other members of the family try to get help, and Bart uses his "shinning" to call Willie. After Willie makes his way in to save them, he gets killed by Homer with an ax. As Homer approaches his family as they try to outrun him in the snow, Lisa finds Willie's portable TV, which she shows Homer, eventually ridding him of his urge to kill (That is, until the Tony Awards.)
Time and Punishment:
Homer is peacefully eating breakfast with his family, when he realizes his hand is jammed in the toaster. After taking it off, he goes to the basement to fix it. After doing so, he take the toaster for a test toast, resulting in him traveling back in time. He goes back to the land of the dinosaurs, where he tries to remember his father's wedding advice (If you travel back in time, don't touch anything, because even the tiniest move can change the future in ways he can't imagine.) After killing a mosquito, he goes back in time and finds out that the world is now owned by Ned Flanders. After resisting a total frontal lobotomy, he goes back in time again. This repeats itself, with Homer coming back to find giant Bart and Lisa, fabulous house and family, Willie once again getting killed by an ax, this time by Maggie, etc., until he decides he has found his real time again. He discovers that the family now has lizard tongues, but he's cool with it.
The detention level in Springfield Elementary has been skyrocketing, and the school meals are rapidly declining. Principal Skinner tries to find out a common solution to his problem and Lunch Lady Doris' problem. He figures it out when Jimbo trips her, spilling food all over him. Principal Skinner takes a lick of him, and decides to cook him. Bart tries to find out what happened to him, and the next person to disappear mysteriously was Uter. Bart and Lisa find out that they're cooking kids at the school cafeteria, and try to get out of the situation. While Bart, Lisa, and Milhouse try to make a break for it, the faculty starts going after them. Willie tries to save them, but once again, he is killed by an ax by Principal Skinner. After the trio is cornered, they try to find a way out, but Milhouse gets killed. Bart tries to find a way to save Lisa and himself, but they are killed also. Bart then wakes up, realizing it was only a dream. Marge tells him that there's nothing to fear, except for that fog that turns people inside-out. The fogs seeps in through the window, turning the family inside out, and they begin a musical number, with Bart getting eaten by Santa's Little Helper at the end...Read the full recap
The third time Willy gets killed with an axe he says, "Boy, I'm horrible with this rescuing stuff," indicating that he knows that he has been killed two other times.
Homer thinks he found the right universe until he finds out that donuts don't exist. Right as he leaves, donuts begin to fall from the sky, but in that universe it is considered rain. Homer just missed living in his idea of Heaven.
Maggie actually talks in this episode right after she kills Willy (who has now been killed by an axe twice in this episode).
Couch: The Simpson family members are built à la Frankenstein’s monster with each other’s body parts. They try to retrieve their own parts, but it’s not an improvement.
Marge sees "No beer and cable make Homer go crazy" written all over the walls; Homer bursts into the room
Homer: What do you think Marge? I'm thinking of the title "No beer and cable make Homer something something".
Marge: Go crazy?
Homer: Don't mind if I do. (Homer proceeds to go crazy)
Everyone: Many dancing people,
Covered with blood, gore and glop
Just one sniff of that fog
And you're inside out,
It's worse than that flesh-eating virus
You've read about.
Vital organs, they are what we're dressed in.
The family dog is eyeing Bart's intestine.
Homer: Hmm, cable's out. I think I'll have a beer. Hmm, not a drop in the house. What do you know.
Marge: Homer, I'm impressed! You're taking this quite well.
Homer: I'll kill you! I'll kill all of you!
Homer: Sorry, sorry. Don't worry, there's plenty I can do to keep myself occupied. Maybe I'll check out that axe collection. See you later.
Lisa: Mom, is dad going to kill us?
Marge: We're going to just have to wait and see.