Round 16: Bart’s Girlfriend vs. Treehouse of Horror V

Round 16: 2F04 vs. 2F03.

2F04: “Bart’s Girlfriend” (Season 6 / November 6, 1994)
Written by John Collier
Directed by Susie Dietter
Showrunner: David Mirkin

Bart Simpson, in his blue suit, getting ready to strut.

There’s only one thing to do at a moment like this: Strut.

So far in this tournament, showrunner David Mirkin is something like the most valuable player. The only times episodes from his seasons have lost is when they were up against other episodes from his seasons. And so it is again in this round, with two episodes that aired back-to-back in 1994.

“Bart’s Girlfriend” features one of the best guest stars “The Simpsons” ever had in Meryl Streep, who totally disappears into the role of Jessica Lovejoy. I can think of only one other guest actor whose performance comes close to this, but we’ll get there when we get there. Nancy Cartwright does a great job, as well, as do the animators. It’s always a treat to see the characters in their Sunday clothes, and I thought Bart’s wardrobe was especially inspired.

2F03: “Treehouse of Horror V” (Season 6 / October 30, 1994)
Written by Greg Daniels, Dan McGrath, David S. Cohen, Bob Kushell
Directed by Jim Reardon
Showrunner: David Mirkin

Homer Simpsons travelling through time via toaster.

We all know that no “Treehouse of Horror” will win this thing in the end. Even a great Halloween special like this one will sooner or later have to face a great non-Halloween episode and leave the tournament. Might as well be now.

The winner: 2F04: “Bart’s Girlfriend.”