The Simpsons: Season 21, Episode 22

The Bob Next Door (16 May 2010)

TV Episode  |  TV-PG  |   |  Animation, Comedy
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Bart is convinced that the Simpsons' new friendly, unassuming neighbor is actually Sideshow Bob in disguise, but will anyone believe him before it's too late?



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Episode cast overview:
Homer Simpson / Krusty the Clown / Mayor Quimby / Ted Flanders (voice)
Marge Simpson (voice)
Bart Simpson (voice)
Lisa Simpson (voice)
Superintendent Chalmers / Snake / Apu / Chief Wiggum / Lou / Comic Book Guy / Walt Warren / Taco Vendor (voice)
Sideshow Bob (voice)
Cookie Kwan / Joyce (voice)
Karl Wiedergott ...
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Bart becomes convinced that his new neighbor, Walt, is his archenemy, Sideshow Bob, disguised and back for revenge. But when Marge tries to convince Bart otherwise by taking him to visit the state penitentiary, a disturbing truth is revealed. Written by Fox Publicity

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Animation | Comedy


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16 May 2010 (USA)  »

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


There is no point in the Unites States where five states meet. This is a parody of the Four Corners Monument, which marks the point at which the states of Colorado, Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico meet. See more »


Bob tells Bart that the term epitaph refers to your last words when in actuality it refers to the writing on your gravestone. See more »


Homer Simpson: Aw, nothing is ever boobs or ice cream!
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References Down Periscope (1996) See more »


Behold the Lord High Executioner
Music by Arthur Sullivan
Lyrics by W.S. Gilbert
Performed by Kelsey Grammer
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Best Sideshow Bob episode in Years,
18 August 2010 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

The Bob Next Door is a brilliant Simpsons episode with a very well written storyline and tons of very funny scenes. It's a very enjoyable outing for Sideshow Bob, easily one of his best episodes in years, as we follow one of the most complicated stories we've ever seen for the character, which serves as a parody to Face/Off, it has twists and turns throughout that was plenty of fun. Once we get to find out what Bob is really up to, the story that explains what happens between him and Walt Warren is far too brief, it should been more developed and detailed in order to give us a proper analysis of what is certainly the most important part of the episode. I thought Walt Warren was a terrific new character, he was funny and dim witted, almost all of his lines had me laughing, though it is unlikely, I would really like to see him return some time, Hank Azaria's voice work as Warren is superb. With a very unique plot and some hilarious scenes, the Bob Next Door is a terrific Simpsons episode and one of the highlights of the twenty first seasons.

A new neighbour moves next door to the Simpsons that everyone becomes very fond of, except for Bart, who is convinced he is Sideshow Bob in disguise.

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