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 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
[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!
Ja. Thank you. Ja. That's nice. Let's say hello to my music guy, Scoey.
[studio audience cheering and applauding
That is some outfit, Scoey. It makes you look like a homosexual.
[studio audience booing
Oh. Maybe you all are homosexuals too.
This is horrible. The Fox network has sunk to a new low.
References A Nightmare on Elm Street
He Is An Englishman
Lyrics by W.S. Gilbert
Music by Arthur Sullivan
Performed by Kelsey Grammer See more