The Simpsons

Season 21 Episode 22

The Bob Next Door

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



  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • 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

    • 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.

  • Allusions

    • 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.