The Simpsons

Season 21 Episode 22

The Bob Next Door

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM May 16, 2010 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Bart becomes convinced that his new neighbor, Walt, is his archenemy, Sideshow Bob, disguised and back for revenge. But when Marge tries to convince Bart otherwise by taking him to the state penitentiary, a disturbing truth is revealed, leading to danger for the spiky-haired boy.

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  • Best season 21 episode

    Bart becomes convinced that his new neighbor, Walt, is his archenemy, Sideshow Bob, disguised and back for revenge. But when Marge tries to convince Bart otherwise by taking him to the state penitentiary, a disturbing truth is revealed, leading to danger for the spiky-haired boy. I thought this episode was excellent. It is definitely the best season 21 episode I've seen. There were no problems at all. I just enjoyed the storyline and the humor here. There were some funny (and good) moments like Bart thinking that Walt is Sideshow Bob, then Marge and Homer pointed out that some people sounded like him, five corners ,Bart doing the yap yap yap thing to Bob as he was talking , The lady saying he's either gay or there face is falling off.,The scenes of Homer in Mexico, Wiggum's drawing, The jail scene, The ending. I had a few more humor. Also, I wonder why the people are complaining about the face gag. It didn't bothered me at all. Overall, an excellent episode. 10/10moreless
  • The Simpsons are not just another "Sideshow".

    This is another Sideshow Bob episode - personally, I seem to always really enjoy the episodes that Bob appears in. There have been some absolute classics over the years:

    * When Bob tried to abolish television / * When he made the family change their last name and relocate to a houseboat / * When he tried to kill Krusty during his (supposedly) last show /

    * When he tried to rig an election /

    * When he faked his own death /

    * When his brother Cecil tried to blow up the Springfield Dam /

    * When he tried to assist Homer by tracking down someone who wanted Homer dead... so many great episodes.

    Now this is yet another episode to add to that ever-expanding list.

    In this episode a new neighbour moves in who Bart suspects is really Sideshow Bob. However, after a visit to the local jail, Bart realises that the real Bob is still safely locked inside the Springfield jail. Or is he???

    So many people have been complaining about "The Simpsons". Many saying that the quality in writing has been rapidly declining. I totally disagree with that statement. I love the Simpsons - and after viewing this episode - I think that anyone who still has a bone to pick is really not a "true fan".

    After 20 years on the air - and still being able to make you laugh - it shows just how immortal this show is.moreless

    this is the 21st season and they gave this episode a 9.1!!! i was so surprised when i saw this, and yes this show with sideshow bob was absolutely one of the best episodes so far! 21 seasons and the writers for this show are still doing incredible scripts. I love the sideshow bob plots and how the story of it goes. Sideshow Bob does a face transplant on a cell mate of his and switches his head with his so Bart wont know about it. It was pretty disgusting at some parts but overall i still loved the jokes they made. keep it up simpsons!!moreless
  • A New Face for Sideshow Bob

    So it's a return to the Simpsons for our favourite murderer Sideshow Bob and considering how poor the Bob episodes have been before, he makes a good return to our screens.

    When the Simpsons had a new neighbour arrive next door, everyone is smitten for him immediately, except for Bart. Why? Because he is convinced this man is Sideshow Bob. However, he has short blondy brown hair, where's completely different clothes and has no interest in musicals at all. The only thing similar to Sideshow Bob is his voice but surely this isn't possible?

    This plot was a lot more imaginitive than other recent Bob episodes, with Bob having a face transplant with a cell-mate. However, I thought the fact that Bob would rip his own face off and stitch on someone elses was just too ludicrous to be taken seriously and for me, ruined the episode somewhat.

    Of course, Bob was planning to kill Bart and do it in an ingenious manner, taking Bart to the Five Corners so each part of his death would happen in a different state. The same can't be said for Bart's rescue plan: 'calling the police'. How uninspired.

    Overall, a good Sideshow Bob episode in a season that has impressed almost throughout although some moments let it down.

  • A decent return to form for Bob

    In this episode, Bart is suspicious of their new next door neighbor, Walt Warren, who sounds alot like Bart's nemesis, Sideshow Bob. Bart begins to investigate Walt's house, until Marge grows sick of it, and taakes him to the penitentariy where they find Bob. Later that night, Bob breaks out of the penitentariy. Walt, the next day, asks Bart if he wants to go to a baseball game with him, to make up for earlier. However, later Bob breaks into the house, but he claims that he's actually Walt Warren. Overall, this is miles better than "Funeral for a Fiend" and even if it's not a home-run (mostly due to a scene involving Bob's plan) it's still deecent enough and worth watching at least once. 8.5/10 B+moreless
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

Hank Azaria

Hank Azaria

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

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

Kelsey Grammer

Kelsey Grammer

Sideshow Bob Terwilliger

Recurring Role

Pamela Hayden

Pamela Hayden

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

Recurring Role

Tress MacNeille

Tress MacNeille

Agnes Skinner, Brandine Del Roy, Dolph and others

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Marge: Why on Earth do you think that harmless-looking man is Sideshow Bob?
      Bart: I know he doesn't look like him, but I'll never forget that voice.
      Marge: A lot of people sound like Sideshow Bob. Like Frasier on Cheers.
      Homer: Or Frasier on Frasier.
      Marge: Or Lieutenant Commander Tom Dodge in Down Periscope.
      Bart: Look, I'm telling you no matter who he says he is, he's really Sideshow Bob.

    • Sideshow Bob: The sum total is the greatest murder since Snape killed Dumbledore!
      Bart: Ooooh! I haven't gotten to that part yet!
      Sideshow Bob: It's a four year old book.
      Bart: I'm a slow reader.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Show Title: Krusty the Clown and Sideshow Mel performing a trapeze act.
      Billboard Gag: Springfield Retirement Castle--New vacancies every flu season (with Grampa and a couple of other old men pictured).
      Blackboard Gag: Batman is not "nothing" without his utility belt.
      Barney: "Hello!"
      Sideshow Bob: "Haaah!" (as he swings a machete at Bart when he skateboards on the block)
      Couch Gag: A little boy clad in blue pajamas enters into a white background and personally draws the entire living room in outline form with a purple crayon. No other colors are filled in as the family (in their regular colors) sits on the couch with Homer asking the boy to draw him a can of beer. He obliges, Homer begins to drink and pats him on the head.


    • B.A.R.T.
      In the montage of clips where Sideshow Bob is saying "Hi, Bart" one of the clips is of a train instead of Bart Simpson. This references the California transit B.A.R.T. Trains (Bay Area Rapid Transit)

    • Harold and the Purple Crayon
      The popular book about a young boy who is able to draw and live in his own world is referenced in the opening sequence as a boy who looks a lot like the Harold from the book, draws the living room of the Simpsons' house in with his purple crayon.

    • Face Off
      Sideshow Bob trading faces with his cellmate Walt is akin to the major plot device from the 1997 movie Face Off where a tough FBI agent (played by John Travolta) becomes a criminal (played by Nicholas Cage) by switching faces with each other via plastic surgery.