The Simpsons: Season 5, Episode 2

Cape Feare (7 Oct. 1993)

TV Episode  |  TV-PG  |   |  Animation, Comedy
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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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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 the final scene, when the Simpsons arrive back at their house they drive straight past it and Grampa Simpson is not in the garden. In the next shot they are stopping outside their house and Grampa Simpson is standing in the garden. See more »


[last lines]
Marge: [as the car pulls up in front of the house] It's so good to be home again.
Grampa Simpson: [who has somehow become a woman complete with long hair and lipstick, rushes towards the car] Look what happened without my pills!
Marge: [gasps] Bart! Run upstairs get Grampa's mecedine!
Jasper Beardly: [appears, dressed in his finest] Not so fast.
[Jasper takes his hat off and takes out a bunch of flowers and hands them to Abe]
Jasper Beardly: I wanna court this fair young maiden.
[the screen fades out in a heart shape and the credits roll]
Grampa Simpson: [to Jasper]
Jasper Beardly:
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References Friday the 13th Part III (1982) See more »


I'm Called Little Buttercup
Lyrics by William S. Gilbert
Music by Arthur Sullivan
Performed by Kelsey Grammer
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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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