The Simpsons

Season 8 Episode 16

Brother from Another Series

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Feb 23, 1997 on FOX
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Brother from Another Series
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

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  • Sideshow Bob is innocent for once

    In this episode, Bart is terrified to learn that Sideshow Bob is released from prison on a work-release program, in which he works with his brother Cecil. Bob claims he's changed, but Bart doesn't believe him, and investigates. He and Lisa then find evidence of embezzelment, but Bob claims he didn't know about it. Cecil then admits it was him who ebezzled it, and using Bob as a scapegoat. Bob then helps them escape. This episode was interesting in that Bob was innocent. Cecil was also a good character addition, and the flashback to the audition was believable and funny. I kinda would have liked another episode like this, but him trying to kill Bart is great too. Overall, an awesome episode, second favorite bob plot. 10/10 A+moreless
  • this was a good ep

    in this ep of the simpsons show barts nemissis sideshow bob returns this time he has brought his brother . but his brother was jelious of bob for gettting the part on the krusty show. and so he tries to frame bob due to the history of bob that he has in the town. they think its bob but bart and lisa figure it out and work with bob and find out it was his brother that was going to blow the dam and make off with millions of dollars. and they stop him and the police come and arrest them both. this was a good epmoreless
  • Brother From Another Series

    In this episode, Bob's brother Cecil gets him out of prison and Bob starts working for Cecil. But Bart thinks Bob is still evil and tries to prove it. He finds a plot to destroy the Springfield Dam, and thinks it is Bob's idea. But later they learn it was Cecil. They try to thwart his plan, and in the end, Cecil is arrested, and so is Bob, even though he didn't do anything.

    A great episode, as I have stated, Bob episodes are generally great. One of my favorites from season 8, my overall grade is easily an A+moreless
  • Sideshow Bob has a brother, Cecil

    Sideshow Bob is released from prison. His brother Cecil puts him up and hires him to supervise the construction of Springfield Dam. Bart suspects Bob is up to another diabolical scheme. He and Lisa sneak into his office and find a suitcase filled with money. Bob catches them and tries to explain his innocence, but the children refuse to believe him. Cecil enters and holds them all at gunpoint. His plan to blow up the dam, with Bob, Bart, and Lisa in it is revealed. He runs away with the $15 million embezzlement from the project, assuming Bob will be blamed, allowing him to get revenge on Bob for stealing his role as Krusty's sidekick. Bob helps the children escape, and although innocent, Bob and his brother are sent to prison. This is another one of my favorite episodes in the whole series based solely on the references to Frasier. I loved Frasier and with the actors and atmosphere of Frasier it was impossible for this episode to be anything less than perfect!moreless
  • Another hillarious episode.

    This episode is really funny and some hillarious parts are when Sideshow Bob and his brother where fighting over the top bunk in prison and when Chief Wiggum arrests Sideshow Bob even though he didn't do anything for once and said that he resited arrest and Lou says no he didn't chief. Also it was hillarious when Bart and Milhouse are spying on Sideshow Bob and his brother Cecil and then Sideshow Bob says hellow Bart and then Bart hides and Sideshow Bob says to his brother oh hes a little shy since I've tried to kill him so many times. Overall an instant classic.moreless
Julie Kavner

Julie Kavner

Marge Simpson, Patty Bouvier, and Selma Bouvier

Harry Shearer

Harry Shearer

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

Dan Castellaneta

Dan Castellaneta

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

Nancy Cartwright

Nancy Cartwright

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

Yeardley Smith

Yeardley Smith

Lisa Simpson

Hank Azaria

Hank Azaria

Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, Moe Szyslak, Chief Wiggum, Comic Book Guy, Lou, and others

David Hyde Pierce

David Hyde Pierce

Cecil Terwilliger

Guest Star

Kelsey Grammer

Kelsey Grammer

Sideshow Bob Terwilliger

Recurring Role

Pamela Hayden

Pamela Hayden

Milhouse Van Houten, Rod Flanders, Jimbo Jones, and others

Recurring Role

Marcia Wallace

Marcia Wallace

Mrs. Krabappel

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • 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.

  • 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.

    • Lovejoy: Oh, that was lovely, Robert. You other cons could benefit from his example. (Inmates mutter angrily.)
      Bob: Really, Reverend, your praise is going to get me beaten up.

    • Marge: Oh, you have nothing to worry about, honey.
      Homer: Your mother's right, Bart. Sure, you're the one who ruined all of Sideshow Bob's criminal schemes…
      Marge: We're very proud of you, by the way.
      Homer: …and sure, he's probably so insane with rage that he'd butcher you horribly if he could.
      Marge: But, he's safely locked away.
      Homer: In a medium-security prison.
      Marge: For life!
      Homer: Unless he gets out somehow.
      Marge: Which is impossible.
      Homer: Or so you'd think! Except he's done it so many times before.

    • Sideshow Bob: Whenever I could find a spare moment I've tried to murder Bart Simpson.
      (Bart shrieks in terror and runs away.)
      Homer: He said "tried!"
      Marge: Hmm, somebody should really go up there and talk to him!
      (Lisa sighs and gets up)
      Homer: Phew!

    • Bart: Don't you see what you've done? Sideshow Bob hasn't reformed, he's pure evil. Oh, if only you knew what he was thinking!
      Sideshow Bob's Brain: I hope they still make that shampoo I like ...

    • Krusty: (singing) I slugged some jerk in Tahoe,
      they gave me one to three,
      my high-priced lawyer sprung me,
      on a technicality,
      I'm just visiting Springfield Prison.
      I get to sleep at home tonight.
      (The prisoners are unimpressed)
      Hey I kid! … I kid cause I love!

    • Cecil: At last, I get to do what Bob never could - kill Bart Simpson!
      Bart: By throwing me off a cliff? Isn't that a little crude for a genius like you?
      Cecil: Oh, I suppose it is. Heh. If anyone asks, I'll lie.

    • Sideshow Bob: You, saved my life, Bart.
      Bart: Yeah, I guess this means you can't ever try to kill me again, huh?
      Sideshow Bob: Oh, I don't know about that. Joking! Joking!

    • Sideshow Bob: I'm telling you Cecil, I can't take much more of this! Rustic workmen who've turned the saniJohn into a smokehouse! Coveralls that don't quite cover all! And a psychotic little boy who won't stop hounding me!

    • Bart: He's planning something evil, I know it. It must have something to do with the town's water supply.
      Milhouse: Maybe he's gonna pee in the river!
      Bart: Mmm, nah, that's not his style.

    • Sideshow Bob: You'll never get away with this!
      Cecil: Who will the police believe did it? Me or the murderous, criminal mastermind?
      Sideshow Bob: Now, I know Cousin Merle has a few problems, but he is not a--Oh. You were talking about me.

    • Lisa: Um, do you know what you're doing?
      Sideshow Bob: Lisa, you don't spend ten years as a homicidal maniac without learning a few things about dynamite.

    • Sideshow Bob: Oh, come now! You wanted to be Krusty's sidekick since you were five! What about the buffoon lessons? The four years at Clown College?
      Cecil: I'll thank you not to refer to Princeton that way.

    • Bart: And God bless Mom and Dad and Lisa and Maggie. And please, God, kill Sideshow Bob.
      Marge: Bart, no!
      Bart: It's him or me, O Lord.
      Marge: You can't ask God to kill someone!
      Homer: Yeah! You do your own dirty work!

    • Sideshow Bob: You do know I used to have a..."problem" with trying to kill people?
      Cecil: (Sarcastically) Goodness, I had no idea. For, you see, I have been on Mars for the last decade. In a cave. With my eyes shut and my fingers in my ears.
      Sideshow Bob: (Rolling eyes) Touchë.

    • Bart: Man, those cons love Krusty. Inside every hardened criminal beats the heart of a ten-year-old boy.
      Lisa: And vice versa.

  • 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.


    • 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.