The Simpsons

Black Widower

Season 3, Ep 21, Aired 4/9/92
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  • Episode Description
  • Selma decides to marry her prison pen-pal, Sideshow Bob. When he gets out of prison, he convinces the Simpson family that he has changed for the better, but Bart remains skeptical and is determined to find out what Sideshow Bob is really up to.

  • Cast & Crew
  • David Silverman

  • Sam Simon

  • Thomas Chastain

  • Jay Kogen

  • Wallace Wolodarsky

  • Fan Reviews (9)
  • Due to her fear of never finding the right man and dying alone, Marge's sister Selma tells the family she found a new boyfriend through a prison pen pal program. That boyfriend is none other than Sideshow Bob.

    By meathead704, Jan 02, 2011

  • Sideshow Bob returns... to kill Selma!

    By Southparkfa, Jul 20, 2010

  • this was a good ep

    By cube2k8, May 15, 2010

  • Second Bob Episode

    By futuramarama, Jan 10, 2010

  • The return of Bob is even better then the origin of Bob... Most defiantely a great episode!!!

    By Iverson82094, Jan 29, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (15)

    • Sideshow Bob: Bart, I must know. How did you untangle my web? Chief Wiggum: Yeah, Bart, pull us in! Bart: Well, I'd hate to tell the number one cop in town how to do his job. Chief Wiggum: No, no, please. It's the only way I'll learn.

    • Homer: Gee, if some snot-nosed little kid sent me to prison, the first thing out, I'd find out where he lives, and tear him a new belly button!

    • Sideshow Bob: Ah, Mr. Simpson, you're forgetting the first two noble truths of the Buddha. Homer: I am not!

    • Bart: Her only hopes were a clucky young boy and his slow-witted father.

    • Bart: Aunt Selma has one hour to live! Homer: Hey, down in front!

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    Notes (2)

    • Snake is given a name in this episode. Previously, he was only mentioned by name in the script and referred to by the writers as "Jailbird".

    • Blackboard Joke: Funny noises are not funny. Couch Gag: Two thieves are carting the couch away when the family gets in, but they sit down anyway, only for the thieves to dump them onto the floor.

    Trivia (7)

    • The sound of grumbling shudder that Sideshow Bob makes when he has to consummate his marriage with Selma was reused later in the fifth season episode Cape Feare when Bob steps on the rakes.

    • This is the first episode in which Patty and Selma mention MacGyver.

    • License plates Sideshow Bob makes in Prison: "DIE BART", "RIP BART", "I H8 BART", and "BART DOA."

    • At prison, Sideshow Bob's number is 24601. This is also Principal Skinner's prisoner number seen on the helmet, in a later episode, at the Springfield Elementary Carnival (The Happiest Place on Earth).

    • In the scene where the family drives off to save Selma, there is a sign opposite their house that reads: "Shelbyville 34 miles"

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    Allusions (14)

    • Jerry Lewis The caricature of Krusty on the telethon is based on the Al Hirshfeld caricature of Jerry Lewis that has become the symbol of his MDA telethon.

    • Scooby-Doo The ending where Bart and Selma explain how they figured out Sideshow Bob's plan to kill Selma and Chief Wiggum explaining how he accidentally blew up the hotel room, followed by a lame joke ("Now let's get out of this gas-filled hallway before we all suffocate!") and everybody laughing as it fades out is a parody of the ending of countless Scooby-Doo episodes where the gang explains how they figured out the mystery and what the villain's plan was.

    • Sideshow Bob: Bye, bye Snake. I'll miss you most of all. This is a take on one of the last lines in the 1939 film “The Wizard of Oz,” when Dorothy is leaving Oz she says “Bye, bye Scarecrow! I'll miss you most of all.”

    • Bart: Oh fiddle dee dee! Tomorrow is another day! Scarlett O'Hara constantly says this when the going gets rough in the book and film Gone With the Wind.

    • Sinatra: Krustila, there's an old friend backstage who wants to say hello.
      The meeting between Krusty and Bob is a parody of when Frank Sinatra brought out Dean Martin on the Jerry Lewis telethon for them to both make up in 1976.

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