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
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
Hey, kids! Want to drive through that cactus patch?
Well, two against one!
[drives through cactus field
Ow, ow, ow, ow, ow!
He Is An Englishman
Lyrics by W.S. Gilbert
Music by Arthur Sullivan
Performed by Kelsey Grammer See more