The Simpsons

Cape Feare

Season 5, Ep 2, Aired 10/7/93
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  • Episode Description
  • After Bart starts receiving death threats from his nemesis Sideshow Bob, the Simpsons enter the Witness Relocation Program and move to Terror Lake, a "Cape Fear"-esque town several miles away from Springfield.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Jon Vitti

  • Rich Moore

  • Kelsey Grammer

    Sideshow Bob Terwilliger

  • Conan O'Brien

  • David Silverman

  • Fan Reviews (45)
  • Best episode!

    By TheSimpsons4, Apr 08, 2014

  • The best Sideshow Bob episode!!!!!!

    By fenway98, Feb 13, 2010

  • sidshowbob sends death threats to bart so the famaly move to a boathouse in a city named cape fear with sidshow bob on there tails.

    By jamieor, Apr 12, 2011

  • The best episode of the Simpsons

    By Southparkfa, May 29, 2010

  • Hardly a moment goes by without a good pun, but the whole is no greater than the sum of it's parts.

    By Hopfensperger, Jul 30, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (25)

    • Bart: Take him away, boys. Chief Wiggum: Hey, I'm the chief here! Bake him away, toys. Lou: What'd you say, chief? Chief Wiggum: Do what the kid said.

    • Bart: Mom, Dad, I saw Sideshow Bob and he threatened to kill me! Homer: Bart, don't interrupt! Marge: Homer, this is serious! Homer: Oh, it is not.

    • Bart: I'll be Gus, the lovable chimney-sweep. Clean as a whistle, sharp as a thistle, best in all Westminster.

    • Bart: Grampa, Matlock's not real. Grampa: Neither are my teeth, but I can still eat corn on the cob, if someone cuts it off and smushes it into a fine paste. Now that's good eatin'!

    • Homer: Oh my God! Someone's trying to kill me!! Oh, wait, it's for Bart.

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    Notes (5)

    • This episode was nominated for the 1994 Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Music Composition for a Series (Dramatic Underscore).

    • This was the last episode produced by the original team of writers.

    • Itchy and Scratchy: "Spay Anything" Scratchy enters a building called "Itchy's Cat Hospital." When Scratchy runs into a room, two bulldogs capture him and put him on a seat of a machine. Itchy starts up the lasers. As the lasers are rolling, Scratchy sees a plug. Just as the lasers are about to strike, his tounge manages to pull the plug. But Itchy comes back in, replugs the machine, and the lasers go in different directions, killing Scratchy.

    • Blackboard Joke: The cafeteria deep fryer is not a toy. Couch Gag: The family enters the living room and forms a kick line. They are joined by chorus girls, jugglers and then the living room wall rises into the air as the camera pulls back revealing a show biz spectacular that also features magicians, balancing elephants and trapeze artists.

    • Germany had this episode banned from broadcast because the episode was too violent and during the "Up Late With McBain" parody at the beginning, there was a shot of the announcer wearing an SA uniform and a swastika armband (showing Nazi symbolism without historic background is a crime in Germany).

    Trivia (4)

    • Sideshow Bob's shudder after he steps on the rakes was a reused clip from the previous Sideshow Bob episode, "Black Widower".

    • At the police station, there is a "wanted" picture of Fat Tony.

    • Sideshow Bob's tattoos include ''Die Bart, Die'' and a picture of Bart's head on a skateboard, with a speech bubble reading ''Ouch, Man!''.

    • The sign outside Springfield Penitentiary reads: "America's Fastest Growing Prison."

    Allusions (12)

    • Ernest Films The movie at the theater says Ernest Goes Somewhere Cheap which is a parody of various Ernest films starring Jim Varney. Vern is mentioned in all of his films but never seen.

    • When Police Chief Wiggum says "Ha, the day I take cop lessons from Ma Kettle". Police Chief Wiggum was talking about Ma Kettle (played by Marjorie Mann) who was a comic who starred as a farmer's wife on Ma and Pa Kettle in the late 1940s and movies in the 1950s.

    • Nightmare on Elm Street The knife glove that Flanders wears to trim his hedges is similar to the one worn by Freddy Kruger from the horror series, A Nightmare on Elm Street.

    • Friday the 13th The hockey mask Homer wears looks like Jason Voorhees' from the Friday the 13th movie series.

    • Bart: Linda Lavin? Lisa: No, someone who didn't deserve it. Linda Lavin is an American singer and Tony Award and Golden Globe Award-winning stage, film and television actress. She is perhaps best known for playing the title character in the US sitcom Alice.

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