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.
Did You Know?
There were difficulties getting this episode up to the minimum length of an episode and many scenes were added in post-production. The episode starts with a repeat of a couch gag that was first used in The Simpsons: Lisa's First Word
(1992), which is considerably longer than the typical couch gag. The crew added an Itchy & Scratchy cartoon and a few misleads as to who was trying to kill Bart. Even with all of these additions, the episode still ran short of time. This led to the creation of the rake sequence, which became a memorable moment of the episode, and the entire series. See more
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
What do you want?
Surely there's no harm in laying in the middle of a public street.
[Bob is subsequently trampled by an oncoming parade, which includes several elephants
Not the elephants!
Spoofs I Love Lucy
Now Give Three Cheers
Lyrics by W.S. Gilbert
Music by Arthur Sullivan
Performed by Kelsey Grammer
and Nancy Cartwright See more