The Simpsons: Season 5, Episode 2

Cape Feare (7 Oct. 1993)

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After being released from prison on parole, Sideshow Bob plots to murder Bart.



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Episode cast overview:
Lisa Simpson (voice)
Ned Flanders / Scratchy / McBain / Jasper Beardly / Radio DJ / Parole Judge / Persuasive Man / FBI Man #1 / Football Announcer (voice)
Sideshow Bob (voice)
Milhouse Van Houten / Anya / Girls (voice)


An anonymous letter writer makes ominous threats to Bart. The Simpsons discover they were sent by Sideshow Bob who, when released from prison, harasses the Simpsons and then attempts to kill Bart with a machete. But Bob's vanity foils him yet again. Written by Tiff Banks

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The classic rake scene was only added as the show was to short. See more »


In singing the Bos'un's song from H.M.S. Pinafore, Sideshow Bob changes the line from "He is an Englishman" from "it's greatly to his credit" to "it's clearly to his credit". See more »


Lisa: Hey, a letter from my pen-pal, Anya.
Anya: [reading, Anya narrates] Dear Lisa, as I write this, I am very sad. Our President has been overthrown and...
[Voice changes]
General Krull: ...replaced, by the benevolent General Krull. All hail Krull, and his glorious regime. Sincerly... little girl.
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References Matlock (1986) See more »


We Sail the Ocean Blue
Lyrics by William S. Gilbert
Music by Arthur Sullivan
Performed by Kelsey Grammer
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Not only my favourite Sideshow Bob episode, but quite possibly my favourite Simpsons episode
17 June 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I will say I love the Simpsons, but like a vast majority of people I do prefer the early episodes to the newer episodes. Cape Feare as I have said, and I have to say I completely agree with the other reviewers here, is not only my favourite Sideshow Bob episode but I think it is my favourite Simpsons episode.

For one thing I love the character of Sideshow Bob, he is sinister and funny at the same time, and is just a recurring character I enjoy watching. Kelsey Grammar is perfect as the character, bringing the right touch of the dark comedy and the sinister. The other voice acting is top notch as well, especially Nancy Cartwright as Bart. The animation is superb, very colourful and lively, and the music is wonderful-the jaunty theme tune, Sideshow Bob's theme and of course HMS Pinafore which is my favourite part of the episode.

The story is well-written and interesting, the sight gags are clever and inventive, especially the one with the rake and the dialogue is just hilarious constantly, there are times when Bob actually upstages Homer in the humour department and for me this is one of the most quotable Simpsons episodes. The part I laugh most hysterically at is:

Homer: Hey, kids! Want to drive through that Cactus patch?

Bart: Yeah!

Lisa: Yeah!

Sideshow Bob(who happens to be underneath the car): No!

Homer: Well two against one. (and he drives through the cactus field anyway)

Sideshow Bob: Ow, ow, ow, ow!

Overall, I love this episode, there is so much to recommend it, and it reminds me strongly of the days when The Simpsons was brilliant in alternative to good. 10/10 Bethany Cox

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