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The Simpsons: Cape Feare

Bart begins receiving threatening letters from Sideshow Bob, prompting the entire family to go under Witness Protection.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 5x2
Production Number: 9F22
Airdate: Thursday October 07th, 1993

Director: Rich Moore
Writer: Jon Vitti

Guest Stars
Kelsey GrammerKelsey Grammer
voiced Sideshow Bob
Pamela HaydenPamela Hayden
voiced Milhouse
Main Cast
Dan CastellanetaDan Castellaneta
voiced Homer Simpson, Abraham Simpson, Krusty the Klown, Barney, Willy, Sideshow Mel, Mayor Quimby, Hans Moleman, Gil, Itchy, Various
Julie KavnerJulie Kavner
voiced Marjorie "Marge" Bouvier Simpson, Patty Bouvier, Selma Bouvier, Jacqueline Ingrid Bouvier, Various
Nancy CartwrightNancy Cartwright
voiced Bart Simpson, Nelson Muntz, Ralph Wiggum, Todd Flanders, Kearney, Various
Yeardley SmithYeardley Smith
voiced Lisa Simpson, Various
Hank AzariaHank Azaria
voiced Apu, Moe, Chief Wiggum, Carl, Comic Book Guy, Dr. Nick Riviera, Prof. Frink, Cletus, Sea Captain, Kirk Van Houten, Various
Harry ShearerHarry Shearer
voiced Mr. Burns, Smithers, Dr. Marvin Monroe, Ned Flanders, Seymour Skinner, Otto, Kent Brockman, Dr. Hibbert, Lenny, Rev. Lovejoy, Various
Episode Notes
Chalkboard Gag:

The cafeteria deep fryer is not a toy

Couch Gag:

Repeat of Season Four's Lisa's First Word, I Love Lisa & The Front
The Simpsons enter the living but instead of sitting, take part in a kick-line. After jugglers on unicycles pass, the background splits revealing a large set with trapeze artists, magicians and elephants.

Episode Quotes
Marge: Bart... I'm going to get you..... some ice cream at the store since I'm saving so much money on Diet Cola!
Ned: Say your prayers, Simpson... Because the schools can't force you like they should!... Maude, these new finger razors make hedge trimming as much fun as sitting through church!
Edna: You're going to be my murder victim... BART! In our school production of Lizzy Borden, starring Martin Prince as Lizzy!
Martin: Forty whacks with a wet noodle, Bart!

Agent: Tell you what, sir. From now on, you'll be, uh, Homer Thompson at Terror Lake. Let's just practice a bit, hmm? When I say,"Hello, Mr. Thompson," you'll say, "Hi."
Homer: Check.
Agent: Hello, Mr. Thompson.
Homer: (stares blankly)
Agent: Remember now, your name is Homer Thompson.
Homer: I gotcha.
Agent: Hello, Mr. Thompson.
(Homer stares blankly)
(A long time later)
Agent: (sighs in frustration) Now, when I say, "Hello, Mr. Thompson," and press down on your foot, you smile and nod.
Homer: No problem.
Agent: Hello, Mr. Thompson! (stomps on Homer's foot a few times)
Homer: (stares blankly) (to other agent) I think he's talking to YOU.

Bart/Lisa: Aah! Sideshow Bob!
Bart: You wrote me those letters!
Marge: You awful man! Stay away from my son.
Bob: Oh, I'll stay away from your son, all right. (evilly) Stay away...forever!
Homer: (quaking) No!
Bob: Wait a minute, that's no good. (Starts to walk away, then runs back) Wait! I've got a good one now. Marge, say, "Stay away from my son," again.
Marge: (angrily) No!
Bob: (groaning) Oh...

Chief Wiggum: I'd like to help you ma'am, but, heh heh, I'm afraid there's no law against mailing threatening letters.
Marge: (indignantly) I'm pretty sure there is.
Chief Wiggum: Hah! The day I take cop lessons from Ma Kettle --
Lou: Hey, she's right, Chief. (shows him "Springfield Law")
Chief Wiggum: Well, shut my mouth. It's ALSO illegal to put squirrels down your pants for the purposes of gambling.
(Shot of Eddie the cop with squirrels running around in his pants, and a bunch of cops watching and laughing) Boys, knock it off!

Episode Goofs
While on the stand Bob is seen wearing a t-shirt under is prison garb but it has vanished when he shows his 'Die Bart, Die' tattoo.

Cultural References
James Bond

Scratchy fastened to the metal table being threatened by the laser is a reference to the 1964 James Bond movie, Goldfinger

Bart wakes to the 1962 Surfaris song, Wipe Out

Lizzie Borden

Martin plays the part in the school play of Lizzie Borden (1860-1927). Lizzie is infamous for being the prime suspect in the murder of her father & step-mother in 1892.

Cape Fear

Several scenes in this episode are direct allusion to the 1962 film Cape Fear starring Robert Mitchum & Gregory Peck & its Remake in 1991 starring Robert De Niro & Nick Nolte.


Sideshow Bob stays at the Bates Motel.
The Bates Motel is known from the famous 1960 horror/thriller Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho starring Anthony Perkins and Janet Leigh

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