The first footage of The Simpsons: Season 31 debuted at Comic-Con today. The Simpsons panel offered attendees an exclusive first look at this year’s “Treehouse of Horror XXX” special, which also happens to be the series’ 666th episode.
The first clip comprised the entire cold opening of this year’s Halloween special, delivering a rapid-fire parody mash-up of The Omen and The Exorcist. It begins with Marge giving birth to her third child, with Homer alarmed to discover he’s about to have a second son. Dr. Hibbert comes to the rescue by offering to swap out their new son for a girl named Maggie, though he warns Homer “She tested positive for evil.”
Homer and Marge bring Maggie home, and right away Maggie begins showing Satanic powers and tormenting her family members and other Springfielders. Flanders vows to rid the town of her evil, attempting to sacrifice her inside the church. When Homer and Marge arrive to stop him, Flanders show them the Mark of the Beast on Maggie’s head, which turns out to be a Mickey Mouse logo. Clearly, the Simpsons crew are having fun lampooning their new corporate overlords.
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