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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 / First FBI Man / 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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Animation | Comedy

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Release Date:

7 October 1993 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Traditionally from this point on in the series, Bob is represented by a dramatic spoof of Bernard Herrmann's music from Cape Fear (1962) and Cape Fear (1991). The episode, of course, references several plot points from the second version. 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 »


Announcer: Ladies and gentlemen, it's Up Late With McBain! I'm your host, Corporal Obengruppenfuhrer Wolfcastle. And now, here's McBain!
[McBain walks out on stage]
Rainer Wolfcastle: Ja, thank you, ja. Let's hear it for my music guy, Skoey. That's some outfit, Skoey. It makes you look like a homosexual.
[audience boos]
Rainer Wolfcastle: Well, maybe you all are homosexuals, too.
[audience boos]
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Referenced in Frasier: Leapin' Lizards (1995) See more »


Three Little Maids From School Are We
Lyrics by William S. Gilbert
Music by Arthur Sullivan
Performed by Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, and Yeardley Smith
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Classic Sideshow Bob Episode
8 July 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Up until 'Day of the Jackanapes' Sideshow Bob episode have been some of the best Simpsons episodes and Cape Feare is seen as one of best episodes overall by Simpsons fans.

Bart is receiving death threats in the post, causing him to live in fear and stress. It is soon revived that Sideshow Bob had been sending the letter and he had just been released from prison. The Simpson family are placed in the FBI witness protection program, and relocated to Lake Terror. But Sideshow Bob was able to follow the family and wants to exact his bloody revenge on Bart.

Cape Feare is the Simpsons' version of Martin Scorsese's Cape Fear, with many scenes lifted and parodied. It fun to see the Simpsons' twist on that psycho thriller (as well as some other film references). They are top notch jokes, good voice acting, excellent animation and even a good few musical numbers. All key parts of what made the Simpsons successful. A great moment for the Simpsons.

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