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

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Lisa Simpson (voice)
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Ned Flanders / Scratchy / McBain / Jasper Beardly / Radio DJ / Parole Judge / Persuasive Man / First FBI Man / Football Announcer (voice)
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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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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", 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 »

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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 »

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Marge: [looking at Bart's collection of death threats] Hmm, this one's done in different handwriting.
Homer Simpson: Oh, uh, I wrote that one, after Bart somehow put this tattoo on my butt.
[Homer drops his pants, revealing a "wide load" tattoo on his rear end. Everyone laughs]
Nelson: [outside the window] Ha ha!
Bart: But who'd want to hurt me? I'm this century's Dennis The Menace.
Homer Simpson: It's probably the person you least suspect.
Lisa: That's good, Dad.
Grampa: I say we call Matlock. He'll find the culprit! It's probably that evil Gavin MacLeod or ...
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Referenced in The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror XXVI (2015) See more »

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Three Little Maids From School Are We
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Lyrics by W.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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