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The Simpson family agrees to go to a rib restaurant, and after arriving, they discover Sideshow Bob attempts to murder the entire family. When Bob is captured by the police, he is put on trial, where Bart throws away his vial of medicine, inadvertently killing him. Bob's brother Cecil invites Bart to pay his last respects to Sideshow Bob, which turns out to be an elaborate plot by Bob's family to have Bart killed once and for all.
(Krusty plays the piano and sings in mourning at Sideshow Bob's funeral.)
Krusty: Farewell, Sideshow Bob
Your shoes are empty and the stage is dark.
Bart stole your nitroglycerin
And then your heart, it barked.
And it seems to me your loyal fans
Oughta but this DVD
(Holds up a Best of Sideshow Bob DVD.)
Of all your best-loved sketches
On The Krusty Show.
It's full of extra features
And deleted scenes.
Like when you fell and split you pants
And we saw your "Frank and Beans."
Sideshow Bob: Before you die, perhaps you'd like to know how I engineered my ultimate revenge.
Homer: I'd like to know if Wes Doobner is aware of what you're doing in his restaurant!
Sideshow Bob: I'm Wes Doobner!
Homer: Mr. Doobner, I have a complaint: I work hard and when I go out with my family I expect a certain level of basic--
Sideshow Bob: Shut up!
(Lisa explains how she figured out Sideshow Bob's scheme on the way to save Bart at the funeral home.)
Lisa: Bob planned this from the beginning.
Lisa: He wanted to be captured at the restaurant.
Lisa: He would never get a Shakespeare quote wrong.
Lisa: His mother was a Shakespearian actress.
Homer: Oh, yeeh!
Lisa: His father was a doctor.
Homer: A doctor, huh?
Lisa: So when Bob collaspsed in the courtroom...
Homer: I remember.
Lisa: ...his father could take that opportunity to inject Bob with a powerful drug that simulated death.
Lisa: It was a diabolical scheme and every member of his family played a part!
Homer: Are you done? 'Cause I've been circling the funeral home for 10 minutes.
Lisa: (Begrudgingly) Yes.
(The family watches a commercial for a new restaurant.)
Wes Doobner: Howdy, folks! Are tired of family arguments over where to go for dinner?
Homer: Sometimes I think about gettin' on a bus and never comin' back.
Wes Doobner: Why not try Wes Doobner's World Famous Family Style Rib Huts? The rib joint with somethin' for everyone!
Homer: Good luck with my finicky appetite!
Wes Doobner: We've got ribs--
Wes Doobner: Plain noodles.
Wes Doobner: With butter.
Wes Doobner: Texas tofu!
Lisa: Yummy, yumma!
Wes Doobner: And the easiest place mat puzzle in the state.
Bart: Let me at it!
Guest stars: Kelsey Grammer, David Hyde Pierce, John Mahoney
The three in this episode all play part of Sideshow Bob's family and they all were part of Frasier Crane's family in the sitcom Frasier that lasted 11 seasons.
This episode's title is adapted from 'Funeral for a Friend', a 1973 song by Elton John from his double album Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding