The Simpsons (1989– )
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Cape Feare 

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


Rich Moore


Matt Groening (created by), James L. Brooks (developed by) | 3 more credits »

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Episode cast overview:
Dan Castellaneta ... Homer Simpson / Grampa Simpson / Blue-Haired Lawyer / Laughing Cop / Ernest P. Worrell / Wolves / Santa's Little Helper (voice)
Julie Kavner ... Marge Simpson / Patty Bouvier / Selma Bouvier (voice)
Nancy Cartwright ... Bart Simpson / Nelson Muntz / Exercise Video Girl / Girls (voice)
Yeardley Smith ... Lisa Simpson (voice)
Hank Azaria ... Chief Wiggum / Lou / Moe Szyslak / Snake Jailbird / Obengruppenfuhrer Wolfcastle / General Krull / Parole Board Officer / FBI Man #2 (voice)
Harry Shearer ... Ned Flanders / Scratchy / McBain / Jasper Beardly / Radio DJ / Parole Judge / Persuasive Man / First FBI Man / Football Announcer (voice)
Kelsey Grammer ... Sideshow Bob (voice)
Pamela Hayden ... Milhouse Van Houten / Anya / Girls (voice)


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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Animation | Comedy


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Release Date:

7 October 1993 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby SR (seasons 3-19)



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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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 the final scene, when the Simpsons arrive back at their house they drive straight past it and Grampa Simpson is not in the garden. In the next shot they are stopping outside their house and Grampa Simpson is standing in the garden. See more »


Announcer: [Opening scene, Bart and Lisa are watching TV] Ladies and gentlemen, it's Up Late With McBain. I'm your announcer, Obergruppenfuehrer Wolfcastle. And here's McBain!
Rainer Wolfcastle: Ja. Thank you. Ja. That's nice. Let's say hello to my music guy, Scoey.
[studio audience cheering and applauding]
Rainer Wolfcastle: That is some outfit, Scoey. It makes you look like a homosexual.
Rainer Wolfcastle: [studio audience booing] Oh. Maybe you all are homosexuals too.
Bart: This is horrible. The Fox network has sunk to a new low.
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References A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) See more »


He Is An Englishman
Lyrics by W.S. Gilbert
Music by Arthur Sullivan
Performed by Kelsey Grammer
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Best Sideshow Bob Episode Ever!
14 August 2018 | by deracktakadeSee all my reviews

This episode is not the best Sideshow Bob episode, but it's also the best episode of Season 5. It's an original from the Golden Age (1-10). And oh, rakes....

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