Cape Feare

Trivia, Quotes, Notes and Allusions

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.

  • Homer: If you don't mind we're trying to watch the mov... Guy on Movie: Hey Merv, help me get my head outta this toilet! Homer: (erruption of laughter)

  • Selma: Sideshow Bob tried to kill me on our Honeymoon! Lawyer: How many people in this court are thinking of killing her right now! Be honest.... (Patty's hand goes up) Patty: Aaah, she's always leaving the toilet seat up.

  • Chief Wiggum: Sideshow Bob has no decency, he called me, Chief Piggum! (everybody laughs) Oh ah, now I get it! Haha, that's good!

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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.

  • Cape Fear The title of this episode is based off 1962 version of the film Cape Fear. The "Thompson" scene is a reference to the director of Cape Fear, J. Lee Thompson.

  • Night of the Hunter Bob's "LUV" and "HAT" tattoos are a reference to the classic suspense film Night of the Hunter, in which Robert Mitchum plays a murderous minister with similar tattoos on his fingers. Several plot elements are similar as well.

  • The Mikado The entire family sings "Three Little Maids From School Are We" from Gilbert & Sullivan's "The Mikado" (presented by the FBI Light Opera Society).

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