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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7 October 1993 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This episode was the inspiration for the 2012 play "Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play" by Anne Washburn. The play concerns a band of survivors in a post-apocalyptic world who recreate classic episodes of The Simpsons (1989), changing the stories as they pass along from one generation to another. By the play's final act, the episode has been transformed into an epic Gilbert and Sullivan-style opera in which Bart must defeat Mr. Burns (who has replaced Sideshow Bob as the story's villain) and Itchy and Scratchy, who are now his minions. See more »


Bart tells Homer and Marge, "I saw Sideshow Bob, and he threatened to kill me!" But Bob didn't threaten to kill Bart during the encounter in question. See more »


[the Simpsons are being placed in the Federal Witness Protection Program]
FBI Man #1: Tell you what, sir, from now on, you'll be Homer Thompson at Terror Lake. Let's just practice a bit, hmm? When I say "hello, Mr. Thompson", you'll say "hi".
Homer: Check!
FBI Man #1: Hello, Mr. Thompson.
[Homer stares blankly]
FBI Man #1: Remember now, your name is Homer Thompson.
Homer: I gotcha.
FBI Man #1: Hello, Mr. Thompson.
[again Homer stares blankly]
FBI Man #1: [FBI men stare at each other]
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Three Little Maids From School Are We
Lyrics by W.S. Gilbert
Music by Arthur Sullivan
Performed by Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, and Yeardley Smith
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Best Simpsons Episode
9 August 2010 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I love Side Show Bob and I believe that Cape Feare would have to be his best episode by far. The Plots sets out as Sideshow Bob sends Bart Deaths threats and is then released from Prison making another fearful, bloody revenge on Bart. Knowing what Side Show Bob will do next, the FBI decide to change the Simpson's family name and place them into a new location.

I love this episode in many ways and I also think this is Sideshow Bob's creepiest appearance. I think this is a good Simpson's episode because it's not only thriller-like but it also adds up excellent comedy and quality as we see the Bates Motel and Parodies of Halloween, Texas Chainsaw Massacre & Friday the 13th.

This is a chilling, comedic episode and this is an episode that I watch over and over again. 9.6/10

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