The Simpsons: Season 8, Episode 16

Brother from Another Series (23 Feb. 1997)

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Grudge against his cousin Side Show Bob, Cecil tries to kill Springfield with hydro-electric dam explosion which was fonded hollowed structure by him. Side Show Bob also has a good Side.



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Episode cast overview:
Marge Simpson (voice)
Lisa Simpson (voice)
Chief Wiggum / Cletus / Lou / Inmate / Man in Crowd (voice)
Rev. Lovejoy / TV Announcer / Cousin Merle (voice)
Sideshow Bob (voice)
Mrs. Krabappel (voice)


Sideshow Bob is released from prison into the custody of his younger brother Cecil (voiced by David Hyde Pierce), Springfield's Chief Hydrological Engineer. He works as the foreman on a new hydroelectric dam. Bart is convinced that Bob is up to something shady again, and follows him everywhere. Written by crouchbk

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Krusty playing for the prisoners is a reference to Johnny Cash who is known for doing the same thing. See more »


Sideshow Bob: You do know I... used to have a...
[clears throat]
Sideshow Bob: problem... with trying to kill people?
Cecil Terwilliger: Goodness, I had no idea! For you see, I have been on Mars for the last decade, in a cave, with my eyes shut and my fingers in my ears.
Sideshow Bob: Touche, Cecil.
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References The Brother from Another Planet (1984) See more »


Amazing Grace
Music by William Walker
Lyrics by John Newton
Performed by Kelsey Grammer
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29 July 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This is easily my favourite Sideshow Bob episode and is the best one made. It features Kelsey Grammar as Sideshow Bob and has David Hyde Pierce playing Cecil, Bob's brother.

The plot of the episode is Bob became a model prisoner and is recommended for early release. His brother Cecil offers him a job to supervise the construction of the new Springfield dam. However, Bart does not true Bob's intentions and tries to investigation.

A lot of the humour is based on Frasier, and this episode combines the best of the Simpsons and Frasier. Grammar and Pierce pretty much play the same characters on that show in this show. As well as the sibling bickering, there are moments of comedy genius ranging from great lines like 'You'll live to regret this', and psychical gags like when Bart and Bob are falling down the dam. Frasier is obviously referenced a lot in this episode. The episode also ways as a good thriller. This episode is a great example of the Simpsons at their best. This is the last good Sideshow Bob episode. Italian Bob was okay, but still not as good the previous Sideshow Bob episodes.

This episode is easily a classic.

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