The Simpsons

Season 5 Episode 2

Cape Feare

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Oct 07, 1993 on FOX
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Cape Feare
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.

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  • Best episode!

    Humor 10/10

    Story 10/10

    Laugh frequency 10/10
  • The best Sideshow Bob episode!!!!!!

    I love this episode. It has so many funny parts. I love how Sideshow Bob has such bad luck in this one. He makes this episode funny. i love the scene where he keeps getting hit by the rakes. I also like the part where he got run over by the parade. After getting many death threats from Bob, The Simpsons have to move to a new town. And change their name to the Thompsons. The ending is great when Sideshow Bob is singing HMS Pinafore. He is just so funny. As Snake says "Use a pen, Sideshow Bob". LOLmoreless
  • 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.

    the best simsons episode ever made it could not be any better.

    some funny moments and 1 is in the youll never stop the simpsons song sideshow bob steps on rakes.

    close to being worse than the ned zone but just manages to be a bit better.

    usually i like treehouses of horers better but this is the best.

    my favrot character (ned flanders) is not a majour character in this but its still the best.

    sidshow bob episodes are always good i wish he was in them all.

    cape fear is the name of a film made in 1962 then another film with the same name made in 1991 with 3 stars.moreless
  • The best episode of the Simpsons

    This episode is really good, and is my favorite episode of the whole series. There's a ton of times where the characters act stupid here, whether it's Homer and his Mr.Thompson scene, or Chief Wiggium not thinking it's illegal to send threatening letters, and of course Sideshow Bob continually getting hit by a rake and writing letters in blood and then fainting from blood loss, and it all works somewhat perfectly, and adds to the humor. My favorite scene was probablly when Homer scared Bart by coming in with a butcher knife, scaring Bart, then coming in dressed as Jason from Friday the 13th. Overall, a perfect episode from an excellent series. 10/10 A+moreless
  • Hardly a moment goes by without a good pun, but the whole is no greater than the sum of it's parts.

    This episode has been called the best of season five by various sources, including the ratings on this site. Frankly, I find it to be entirely overrated. It lacks the emotional depth which drives great episodes like "Homer and Apu", the absurdity of Burns' actions in "Rosebud", the epic proportions and visual fantastication of "Deep Space Homer" and the history described by "Homer's Barbershop Quartet". Unlike the truly great episodes, it fails to describe a plot from multiple points of view or to narrate the lives of multiple characters; it all revolves around Bart. Disappointingly, unlike the other season-five episode about Bart, "Bart Gets Famous", "Cape Feare" fails even as a vessel for Bart-style humor, since most of the gags are about Sideshow Bob hurting himself in typically cartoonish ways.

    In the end, that is the real failing of "Cape Feare": unlike the many great episodes of Simpsons history, this episode lacks the initiative to be anything more than a great cartoon.moreless
Hank Azaria

Hank Azaria

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

Dan Castellaneta

Dan Castellaneta

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

Harry Shearer

Harry Shearer

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

Julie Kavner

Julie Kavner

Marge Simpson, Patty Bouvier, and Selma Bouvier

Nancy Cartwright

Nancy Cartwright

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

Yeardley Smith

Yeardley Smith

Lisa Simpson

Kelsey Grammer

Kelsey Grammer

Sideshow Bob Terwilliger

Recurring Role

Pamela Hayden

Pamela Hayden

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

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

  • 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!

    • Marge: Bart... I'm going to get you..... some ice cream at the store since I'm saving so much money on Diet Cola!
      Ned: Say your prayers, Simpson... Because the schools can't force you like they should!... Maude, these new finger razors make hedge trimming as much fun as sitting through church!
      Edna: You're going to be my murder victim... BART! In our school production of Lizzy Borden, starring Martin Prince as Lizzy!
      Martin: Forty whacks with a wet noodle, Bart!

    • Milhouse: I checked around... the girls are calling you Fatty Fat Fat Fat and Nelson's planning to pull down your pants. But, nobody's trying to kill ya.
      Bart: Aaah... that's good.
      Nelson: pulls down pants
      Group Of Girls: Fatty fat fat fat, fatty fatty fat fat!

    • Homer: Hey kids, wanna drive through that cactus patch?
      Bart: Yeah!
      Lisa: Yeah!
      Sideshow Bob: (from under the car) No!
      Homer: Well, two against one.

    • McBain: Hey, that's some outfit. It makes you look like a homosexual. (Audience boos) Maybe you all are homosexuals too!

    • Anya: (in a girls voice) "Dear Lisa, as write this, I am very sad. Our president has been overthrown...(man's voice) and replaced by the benevolent General Krull! All hail Krull, and his glorious new regime! Sincerely, little girl."
      Lisa: (groans)

    • Agent: Tell you what, sir. From now on, you'll be, uh, Homer Thompson at Terror Lake. Let's just practice a bit, hmm? When I say,"Hello, Mr. Thompson," you'll say, "Hi."
      Homer: Check.
      Agent: Hello, Mr. Thompson.
      Homer: (stares blankly)
      Agent: Remember now, your name is Homer Thompson.
      Homer: I gotcha.
      Agent: Hello, Mr. Thompson.
      Homer: (stares blankly)
      (A long time later)
      Agent: (sighs in frustration) Now, when I say, "Hello, Mr. Thompson," and press down on your foot, you smile and nod.
      Homer: No problem.
      Agent: Hello, Mr. Thompson! (stomps on Homer's foot a few times)
      Homer: (stares blankly) (to other agent) I think he's talking to YOU.

    • Man: Now don't you fret. When I'm through, he won't set foot in this town again. I can be very, VERY persuasive. (reloads his gun)
      (Scene change to a bar)
      Man: (whining) C'mon, leave town!
      Bob: No.
      Man: I'll be your friend?
      Bob: No.
      Man: Aw, you're mean!

    • Chief Wiggum: I'd like to help you ma'am, but, heh heh, I'm afraid there's no law against mailing threatening letters.
      Marge: (indignantly) I'm pretty sure there is.
      Chief Wiggum: Hah! The day I take cop lessons from Ma Kettle --
      Lou: Hey, she's right, Chief. (shows him "Springfield Law".)
      Chief Wiggum: Well, shut my mouth. It's ALSO illegal to put squirrels down your pants for the purposes of gambling.
      (Shot of Eddie the cop with squirrels running around in his pants, and a bunch of cops watching and laughing) Boys, knock it off!

    • Bart/Lisa: Aah! Sideshow Bob!
      Bart: You wrote me those letters!
      Marge: You awful man! Stay away from my son.
      Bob: Oh, I'll stay away from your son, all right. (evilly) Stay away...forever!
      Homer: (quaking) No!
      Bob: Wait a minute, that's no good. (Starts to walk away, then runs back) Wait! I've got a good one now. Marge, say, "Stay away from my son," again.
      Marge: (angrily) No!
      Bob: (groaning) Oh...

    • Lisa: Bart, I figured it out! Who's someone you've been making irritating phone calls to for years?
      Bart: Linda Lavin?
      Lisa: No, someone who didn't deserve it.

    • Snake: Use a pen, Sideshow Bob!

    • Bob: Bart Simpson, that mischeivous little scamp that twice sent me to that dank urine soaked hellhole.
      Parole Officer: Uh...We object to the term "urine soaked hellhole," when you could of used "peepee soaked heckhole."
      Bob: Cheerfully withdrawn.

    • Lawyer: What about that tattoo on your chest? Doesn't it say "Die, Bart, Die"?
      Sideshow Bob: No, that's German for "The Bart, The".

    • Grampa: I'm cold and there are wolves after me.

    • Voice of Ernest: Hey Vern, help me get my head out of this toilet! (flushing sound)

    • Woman: No one who speaks German could be evil.

    • (Bart and Lisa are watching "Up Late with McBain")
      Bart: This is horrible.
      Lisa: The FOX network has sunk to a new low.

  • 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).

  • 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).

    • Goldfinger
      When Scratchy is strapped to to the table with a laser bearing down on him, it is a parody of a memorable scene in the 1964 James Bond film Goldfinger, with one difference: James Bond lived.

    • I Love Lucy
      The wide view from the front of the Simpson's car, showing the "Thompsons" singing merrily as they begin their drive to Terror Lake, is reminiscent of the closing scene of the classic I Love Lucy episode, "California, Here We Come", where the Ricardos and Mertzes sing as they drive along the freeway, a camera shot showing the wide view of Ricky's 1955 Pontiac Star Chief convertible to show everyone.

    • Halloween
      The butcher knife Homer uses is similar in design to Michael Myers' from the Halloween movies.

    • Psycho
      The motel Sideshow Bob was staying at is called "Bates' Motel;" referencing to Alfred Hitchcock's 1960 film Psycho.