The Simpsons

Brother from Another Series

Season 8, Ep 16, Aired 2/23/97
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  • Episode Description
  • Bart watches television and sees his psychotic nemesis, Sideshow Bob. We follow Bob, who has turned into an upstanding person while behind bars. He qualifies for a work release program, so his brother, Cecil, becomes his new boss. They are building a dam. Bart follows Bob, trying to catch him in another diabolical scheme. He cannot find any evidence, so he gets Lisa to help him. Then Bart and Lisa find some incriminating evidence and confront Bob. Cecil traps all three, revealing that he, not Bob, is going to destroy Springfield with the new dam. Bob, Bart, and Lisa form an alliance and try to stop Cecil. They succeed, and the police show up. Bob and Cecil both go to prison, even though Bob had nothing to do with it.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Julie Kavner

    Marge Simpson, Patty Bouvier, and Selma Bouvier

  • Harry Shearer

    Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders, Principal Skinner, Waylon Smithers, Kent Brockman, and others

  • Dan Castellaneta

    Homer Simpson, Grampa Simpson, Barney Gumble, Krusty the Clown, Groundskeeper Willie, and others

  • Nancy Cartwright

    Bart Simpson, Nelson Muntz, Ralph Wiggum, Todd Flanders, and others

  • Yeardley Smith

    Lisa Simpson

  • Fan Reviews (11)
  • Sideshow Bob is innocent for once

    By Southparkfa, Jun 21, 2010

  • this was a good ep

    By cube2k8, May 23, 2010

  • Brother From Another Series

    By futuramarama, Jan 21, 2010

  • Sideshow Bob has a brother, Cecil

    By Hornets3, Aug 30, 2009

  • Another hillarious episode.

    By ctm723, May 29, 2009

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (20)

    • Bob: You again! Well, that's it. I'm going to do what I should have done a long time ago. (at the Simpson home, there is a knock at the door. Marge opens it and its Bob) Madam, your children are no more… (pause) … than a pair of ill-bred troublemakers. Homer: Lisa too? Bob: Especially Lisa. But, especially Bart.

    • Cecil: Hello, brother. All's well, I trust? Bob: It most certainly is not. The workmen you've given me don't know their asses from the hole in the ground they blew up yesterday. Cecil: Come now, you speak as if they were nothing but a gaggle of slack-jawed yokels. Cletus: Mister Terwillidjer, come quick. There's trouble down to the See-Ment mixer, sir!

    • Bob: That was Edna Krabappel. You only get one chance with Edna Krabappel, I hope you're happy. Bart: I won't be happy until I find out what you're up to. Wherever you go and whatever you do, I'll be there watching and waiting. Wiggum: He says that, but I bet he gives up pretty quickly.

    • Cecil: There it is, the future site of the Springfield hydroelectric dam. Sideshow Bob: Just the thought of all that raw power makes me wonder why the hell I should care. Cecil: Because you'll be supervising the construction crew. Sideshow Bob: Oh, great. I suppose that when a woman passes by, it will be my job to lead in the hooting. "Oh, yeah! Shake it, madam. Capital knockers!"

    • Krusty: (about Sideshow Bob) That guy's a genius! He's gonna change the way we think about getting hit by pies.

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    Notes (4)

    • This episode was nominated for the 1997 Emmy Award for Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy Series or a Special.

    • Both Pierce and Grammer play brothers Niles and Frasier Crane on the NBC series Frasier. The unseen character of Maris (Niles' wife) from that series is mentioned during this episode.

    • In addition to both characters appearing on Frasier and the refrence to Maris, the home of Cecil is almost identical to Frasier's on the show. There is a Frasier-style title card, and the banter between the two characters is exactly like the brothers on Frasier.

    • Blackboard Joke: None. Couch Gag: The room is upside-down. The family runs in on the ceiling and sit down on the couch, until they fall to the "real" ground.

    Trivia (2)

    • During Sideshow Bob's and Edna Krabappel's date in the restaurant, one can see several portraits behind the booth where they are sitting; one of those portraits is of Birch Barlow, the radio talk show host who helps get Bob released from prison and later elected mayor, in episode 6x05 (#108) "Sideshow Bob Roberts."

    • A few scenes later, Bob & Cecil's wine glasses changed shape.

    Allusions (3)

    • Another riff on John Sayles "The Brother from Another Planet" similar to "The Brother from the Same Planet," four seasons prior.

    • :
      In the Krusty Prison Special Krusty's sings and dresses exactly like country music singer Johnny Cash, who is also known for performing in prison benefits.

      The black title card with white text and jazzy music is a feature of the television series Frasier.

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