October 27, 2011 at 05:59 PM EDT

The Simpsons

TV Show
Current Status
In Season
run date
Hank Azaria, Nancy Cartwright, Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Yeardley Smith
guest performer
Pierce Brosnan, Richard Gere, Stephen Jay Gould, Lisa Kudrow, Edward Norton, R.E.M., Ben Stiller, Reese Witherspoon
Cartoons/Animation, Comedy

What if we were to tell you that on the night before Halloween, you will witness an unprecedented act of flatulence from Homer Simpson? What if we also were to point out that this was all part of a send-up of the acclaimed 2007 French film The Diving Bell and the Butterfly? Would that excite/intrigue/slightly disturb you? We thought so. That is why we have scored a first look at one of the three segments from this Sunday’s “Treehouse of Horror XXII.” In “The Diving Bell and the Butterball,” Homer becomes paralyzed after being bitten by a spider, and Lisa soon discovers that the only way he can communicate is via his derriere. This year’s trilogy also includes winks to 127 HoursAvatar, and Dexter, but we think you might agree that it’s the following scene which breaks terrifying new ground wind.

(Twitter: @dansnierson)

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