The Simpsons

Season 14 Episode 6

The Great Louse Detective

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Dec 15, 2002 on FOX
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Episode Summary

The family receives an invitation to go to a health spa. While there Homer is alone in the steam room, when some unknown person locks him inside and turns the heat up to the "MURDER" setting. Homer and Marge go to see Chief Wiggum for help in finding Homer's attempted murderer. Chief Wiggum decides to call in an expert on the twisted mind of a murderer. He takes the Simpson family to Campbell's Chunky Soup Maximum Security Prison to consult with Sideshow Bob. Chief Wiggum strikes a deal Sideshow Bob that will allow him to stay with the Simpson family, which makes Bart nervous. A device is hooked to Sideshow Bob that will allow the family to shock him if he gets out of control. Sideshow Bob follows Homer through a "normal" day. Sideshow Bob sets up a Homer dummy as a trap for Homer's potential killer. Everyone, including Homer beats the dummy up. At Moe's someone takes a shot at Homer. Sideshow Bob recommends that Homer stay out of sight, which isn't going to happen when Homer is elected King of Mardi Gras. At the parade Homer's float becomes a runaway when its brake line is cut. Sideshow Bob launches himself out of cannon and saves Homer from certain death. Then Homer and Sideshow Bob go after and corner the potential killer, Frank Grimes Jr. Later that evening in Bart's bedroom, Sideshow Bob appears and he tries to kill Bart quickly, but finds he can't do it, as he's "grown accustomed to Bart's face."moreless

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  • Homer becomes the target of an assasin. The Springfield PD is forced to turn to a heated enemy to save Homer's life.

    The episodes featuring Sideshow Bob continue their winning streak. The episode benefits not just from Sideshow Bob's appearance but from some solid sight gags and some very clever dialogue. Surprisingly one of the funniest moments was the results of Bob's plan to lure in the assassin with the dummy of Homer. When that scene first began I did not think it would work. It actually produced some good laughs. The scene where Homer lists all of the people who would want to hurt him, with Marge's happy assistance of course, is another highlight. Like every mystery, this episode contains a clear indication of who the assassin is. Marge provided that in the aforementioned scene which is all well and good. The final scene of the birds shocking Bob ended this episode on a positive note. As I have stated here there is a lot to like about "The Great Louse Detective". Just all the more reason why you should check it out.moreless
  • Ah! Bob

    what i liked- the Frank Grimes' references from s8's Homer's Enemy, Homer and Marge listing off people who would like to "do Homer ill", "These are Homer's friends and family. They don't want him to die, they just want him to suffer", the end of the episode, Bob singing to Bart, the end to act one (hence it's the 'title' of this review), all the times Bob was shocked, and probably a lot more i can't remember. Easily the best Post-classic Bob episode, and arguably his last episode I can even say is 'good'. A+moreless
  • Frank Grimes JR. tries to kill Homer

    The family is invited to a free weekend at a health spa. Homer is locked in a steam room by somebody trying to kill him. The police hire Sideshow Bob, someone with experience, to find out who is trying to kill Homer. They invite him to stay with the Simpsons. Bob follows Homer through the course of a normal day in order to find clues. Whilst at Moe's Tavern, a bullet just misses Homer in a second attempt to take his life. Homer is elected King of Mardi Gras and rides around on a float. When the brakes on the float are cut, Homer is saved by Bob. The killer is found and revealled to be Frank Grimes Jr, wanting revenge for his father's death. Bob and Homer chase him into a corner and the Police arrest him. Later that night, Bob confronts Bart and attempts to finally kill him. He realizes he can't do it as he's grown accustomed to his face. He sings a song before exiting out the window. A good parody of the Silence of the Lambs. (One killer used to try to catch another) Maybe not the best sideshow bon episode, but it was pretty funny. Watch it.moreless
  • Good episode, but not as good as other Bob episodes.

    During a trip to the spa, Homer gets locked into a sauna put on MURDER level. Cheif Wiggum lets Sideshow Bob free, to help Homer. Bob gets to live in their house, but only with a shock bracelet. Soon, Homer is voted king of Mardi Gras. He is fully exposed to teh town, so the killer get kill him. The killer is soon revealed to be Frank Grimes Junior, Frank Grimes(who Homer drove insane)son. Junior wants to get revenge on Homer, who caused Grime's death. However, he is caught. In the end of the episode, Sideshow Bob tries to kill Bart, but he realizes he's grown accoustumed to his face.

    This was a pretty good episode. I loved when the spa worker was drowning in Homer's flab. I also loved the song Bob sang, and when Homer went parasailing to impress Bob. However, this episode wasnt as great as other sideshow bob episodes, but its still good.

    Overall Grade: 80%/Bmoreless
  • Sideshow Bob helping save Homer?

    Homer comes in with the mail. He uses the George Foreman mail sorter to find out what's good and what's bad. The bad pile is then grilled into a patty, which Homer eats on a bun. In the good pile is an invitation for the family to spend a free weekend at Stagnant Springs Spa.

    Marge enjoys a mud bath and neck massage from turtles. Homer ducks in for a steam. A mystery man sneaks by and turns the steam room thermostat from "Invigorating" to "Murder," and bars the door shut with a wrench. Homer begins to sweat profusely, then passes out. Later, Krusty opens the door. A prune-like Homer falls out.Marge and Homer tell Wiggum about the attempted murder. He says they need someone who can understand the twisted mind of a murderer to solve this case, so Sideshow Bob is freed from prison. Bob starts on the case by following Homer around during a normal day. Homer smashes his car and yells at a tow truck driver. Bob tells him not to make any more enemies. Later, at Moe's, it doesn't seem like Bob is over his Bart-killing lust. A hand sticks a pistol inside the door and shoots at Homer, hitting the pickled egg jar. We see a tow truck outside, then hear it start - sounding just like the tow truck from before - and drive off.At home, Bob makes a dummy Homer and ties it to a line, which makes it look like Homer is walking around the yard. They'll sit and wait to see who the killer is. That night, Moe attacks "Homer" with a baseball bat. Then Patty hits him with a cinder block. Then Willie jams a hoe in his neck. Then Reverend Lovejoy repeatedly kicks him in the crotch. Then the real Homer tackles the dummy and begins punching it, saying, "Once I kill you, everyone will think I'm the real Homer." Bob thinks Homer should lay low to avoid the killer. At that moment, people come to his house and inform him that he's been named the King of Mardi Gras. Marge says that means he has to ride around on a float all day. He'll be a sitting duck.Bob says the only reason he won is because he was set up. Somebody stuffed the ballot box. He ignores them both and hits the parade route.

    Bob wonders how Homer's float is moving if he never heard the engine start. Wiggum says it's running so quiet because some mechanic tuned it up before the parade. Bob begins to piece everything together. The wrench. The truck starting outside Moe's. The greasy smudge on the spa invite envelope. Homer's run in with a tow truck driver. It turns out that the brakes have been cut on Homer's float. The float races downhill, straight for the Museum of Swordfish. Bob tries to save Homer by shooting himself out of a cannon on the pirate float. In midair, he grabs Homer by his feet and lifts him up right before Homer's throne is impaled on a swordfish. They fly away on the Duff hot air balloon. Another gunshot rings out. It hits Duffman. They look for the shooter. It's a man on stilts. Homer and Bob drop from the balloon and steal stilts from Jimbo and Kearney. They begin chasing the shooter. They corner him in an alley. It's Junior, Homer's mechanic. He removes his mask to reveal that he's Frank Grimes, Jr. The police show up in time to arrest Junior Grimey. Before heading back to prison, Bob tries to kill Bart, but can't. Instead, he breaks into a song about how he's become accustomed to Bart.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

Sally Stevens

Sally Stevens

Additonal Voices

Guest Star

Kelsey Grammer

Kelsey Grammer

Sideshow Bob Terwilliger

Recurring Role

Karl Wiedergott

Karl Wiedergott

Additional Voices

Recurring Role

Tress MacNeille

Tress MacNeille

Agnes Skinner, Brandine Del Roy, Dolph and others

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (10)

    • You won't likely die after you get a gun shot wound to the arm in real life; it happened to Larry Sid (Duffman) in this episode.

    • Homer: (covering face with curtains) Don't look at me!

      This is the exact same response Marge's father gave in 6x11, "Fear of Flying," when she discovered he was a steward. Marge's father even tried to cover his face with his apron.

    • In the scene where Homer and Bob are chasing Frank Grimes Jr. you can see his cape fall off. Then you see Homer and Bob again. But when you see FG Jr. again, he is still wearing his cape. Then, when he turns into the alley his cape is gone again.

    • After Moe's pickle jar gets shot, there is a shot that goes to the wall and slowly looks at each picture. When we first see it, there are 6 pictures shown. 2 larger ones on the right side, and 4 smaller pictures vertically down the left side. The picture in question is the large one in the bottom right corner. Originally, it is Moe in Egypt with the jar, and then when they do all the close up pictures, it suddenly changes to a picture of Moe & his jar laying on the beach. -laffy4k

    • When Bob and Homer are behind Frank Grimes Jr on the pier FGjr had his cape on but then when he was running it was missing then when Bob and Homer Cornerd him it was back on him again.

    • Frank Grimes gravestone appears to look different from "Homer's Enemy" and "Alone Again, Natura Diddly."

    • Sideshow Bob: Homer, think carefully. Of all the people you have known, who might have reason to do you ill?
      Homer: Hmm, well there's Mr. Burns, Fat Tony, the emperor of Japan, ex-president Bush...
      Marge: ...the late Frank Grimes...
      Homer: ...PBS, Stephen Hawking, the fat little Dixie Chick...
      Marge: ...and the state of Florida.

      This quote refers to previous episodes in which Homer offended others: Frank Grimes-"Homer's Enemy"; Ex-president Bush-"Two Bad Neighbors"; the emperor of Japan-"Thirty Minutes over Tokyo"; PBS-"Missionary Impossible"; Stephen Hawking-"They saved Lisa's Brain"; the state of Florida-"Kill the Alligator and Run." However, the Dixie Chicks did not appear on the Simpsons until "Papa Don't Leech".

    • When Bart is stuck to the wall in the final scene, his belly is suddenly covered instead of bare. One of those clearly visible animation goofs.

    • When Homer is listing his enemies, he says ex-president Bush, but CC says 'that poison blowfish.'

    • The sound mysteriously paused when Homer talked to that Chinese girl who was massaging him.

  • QUOTES (20)

    • Chief Wiggum: If I can tranq out just one freak on stilts, I know I've done my job.
      Lou: You're living the dream, Chief.

    • Duffman: (Upon being shot) Everything... going dark. Like Duff Stout, the beer that made Ireland famous!

    • Kent Brockman: This year's Mardi Gras king is none other than local hothead Homer Simpson. Long live the king! In a related story, Homer Simpson may not have long to live.

    • Bart: Bob can't stay with us! This man has tried to kill me so much, it's not funny anymore.

    • Homer: (reading the warning in the sauna) 'Warning: do not use the steam room if you are overweight or have a skin condition.' D'ohohoh!

    • Sideshow Bob: (singing)
      I've . . . grown accustomed to his faaaace,
      and dreams of gouging out his eyeeees.
      I've grown accustomed to my hate,
      my plans to lacerate,
      to disembowel,
      to hear him howl.
      The very reason that I liiiiiiiive
      is plotting how to watch him diiiiiiiie

      Homer: (shouting through the wall) Bart, turn down that original cast recording and go to sleep!

      Sideshow Bob: (singing)
      I know this chubby scalawag has made my life a living hell.
      And surely if I drank his blood I'd be at peace, but well . . .

      Bart: (singing)
      You've grown accustomed to my faaaaaace.

      Sideshow Bob: (not singing) This isn't a duet.
      Bart: (not singing) Sorry.

      Sideshow Bob: (singing)
      I've grown accustomed to your fear
      accustomed to revenge
      accustomed to your faaaaaace.

    • Homer: Hey! Frank Grimes never married, how did he get a son?
      Frank Grimes Jr.: He just happened to like hookers, okay?

    • Lisa: Dad! I figured it out! The murderer is--
      Homer: I know! Frank Grimes Jr.
      Lisa: Huh? (She holds a paper reading "Bumblebee Man") Precisely.

    • Chief Wiggum: Where on my badge does it say anything about protecting people?
      Lou: Uhh... second word, Chief.

    • Sideshow Bob: How can one ordinary man have so many enemies?
      Homer: I'm a people person... who drinks.
      Sideshow Bob: Ahh.

    • Homer: Attention, drunken idiots, this is your king. Sacrifice yourselves to slow me down!
      (Three men jump into the road)
      First man: Ooh, that's heavy!
      Second man: Ahhhhhhhh!
      Third man: Uh! Hey, how 'bout some beads?
      Homer: They're not for dudes!
      Third man: That's cool.

    • (Sideshow Bob sets a trap with a dummy of Homer to catch the killer.)
      Homer: Ooh, someone's coming!
      (The family and Bob ducks down.)
      Moe: (Beating the dummy with a baseball bat) Now who's the sociopath!? Huh!?
      Homer: Moe! He's got a dark side I've never dreamed of.
      Bob: Well, mystery solved. Wait a moment.
      (Patty and Selma drive up and Patty throws a cinder block at the dummy's head, tearing it off)
      Patty: He's hurt! Go, go, go!
      Marge: These are Homer's friends and family. They don't want him dead. They just want him to suffer.
      Groundskeeper Willie: (Driving a hoe into the dummy's back) Hi-ya!
      Reverend Lovejoy: (Kicking the dummy's groin) Ugh! Ugh! Ugh! Thank you, Lord. Ugh!
      Homer: (Killing the dummy) Once I kill you, everyone will think I'm the real Homer! (Chuckles)
      Sideshow Bob: None of this seems odd to you?
      Marge: Meh.

    • Marge: I don't think this was a great place to bring the children.
      Lisa: It still beats Disney's California Adventure.
      Bart: Mmm-hmm.
      Marge: Oh, yeah. That's right.
      Homer: Oh, yeah. Boy, that was dumb.

    • (Bob watches "That 30's Show")
      Sideshow Bob: Tom Shales gave this show a good review. And I'm the one in prison!?

    • Dr. Masseuss Massager: Bad posture has sloogled and snozzled your neck. I'll stop talking like this if you write me a check.

    • Chief Wiggum: Now if he even looks at you funny this shock guarder will set him straight. And don't try taking it off 'cause it's taped to your leg hair, and that really hurts!

    • Lisa and Bart: Ahhhh! Sideshow Bob!
      Sideshow Bob: Oh, we've been through so much together, just call me Bob.
      Lisa and Bart: Ahhhh! Bob!

    • (Krusty opens steam room door, Homer collapses on the floor, very wrinkled.)
      Krusty: Who ordered the steamed gentile?
      Homer: Mmm... steamed gentile.

    • Sideshow Bob: Homer, think carefully. Of all the people you have known, who might have reason to do you ill?
      Homer: Hmm, well there's Mr. Burns, Fat Tony, the emperor of Japan, ex-president Bush--
      Marge: The late Frank Grimes--
      Homer: PBS, Stephen Hawking, the fat little Dixie Chick--
      Marge: And the state of Florida.

    • Bart: I'm really glad you're still alive, Dad.
      Homer: I know, Bart. It's every parent's dream to outlive their children.

  • NOTES (9)

    • Actually, the Dixie Chicks had a cameo appearance in "Grift of the Magi". But since they were guest stars on Krusty's show, Homer didn't do anything to them.

    • Sideshow Bob: "Homer, think carefully. Of all the people you have known, who might have reason to do you ill?"
      Homer: "Hmm, well there's Mr. Burns, Fat Tony, the emperor of Japan, ex-president Bush..."
      Marge: "...the late Frank Grimes..."
      Homer: "...PBS, Stephen Hawking, the fat little Dixie Chick..."
      Marge: "...and the state of Florida."

      This quote refers to previous episodes in which Homer offended others: Frank Grimes-"Homer's Enemy"; Ex-president Bush-"Two Bad Neighbors"; the emperor of Japan-"Thirty MInutes over Tokyo"; PBS-"Missionary Impossible"; Stephen Hawking-"They saved Lisa's Brain"; the state of Florida-"Kill the Alligator and Run." However, the Dixie Chicks have not appeared on the Simpsons.

    • This makes references from several past episodes such as "Krusty Gets Busted."

    • A promo scene where Homer screams and hides behind the curtain is somehow replaced by a scene where he says 'he's not there' and goes behing the curtain.

    • SIMPSONS SECRETS-REVEALED! Lenny is from Chicago

    • A parody of 'My Fair Lady' is performed when Bob sings 'I've Grown Accustomed to Your Face.'

    • With this episode the series is colored digitally instead of using traditional hand-painted cels.

    • Blackboard Joke: None.
      Couch Gag: The family enters the living and sits on the couch, but when Homer uses the TV's remote control the family remains sitting but travels back in time. First they go to prehistoric era and then to the time of the Roman Empire before returning to the present.

    • Sally Stevens sings "The Way We Were" in this episode, originally recorded by Barbra Streisand. She last sung in "The Homer They Fall", singing "People", another Streisand song.


    • In the first scene we see Sideshow Bob, he is locked up in a high-secured prison-cell. The way he is chained looks very similar to the way that Doctor Octopus is chained in Spiderman: The Animated Series-episode: The Insidious Six (Neogenic Nightmare Part I). In Doctor Octopus' case, they chained his hydraulic metal arms to every corner of the cell. Sideshow Bob's hair is chained the same way.

    • Rainier Wolfcastle: I wore nothing!

      Rainier's nudist Nazi movie line is a parody of the catch phrase of Sgt. Schultz from the show Hogan's Heroes, "I know nothing! I saw nothing!"

    • At the spa, Bart says he's going to go float a candy bar in the salt spring. This is a reference to a scene from the 1980 film "Caddyshack," where we see a chocolate candy bar floating in a pool and the people swimming confuse it with "something else," and the whole crowd runs out of the pool.

    • Johnny Carson
      When the yoga teacher at the spa makes a joke he imitates the voice and mannerisms of Johnny Carson.

    • TV Announcer: We now return to "That 30's Show"
      The show that is mentioned by the TV Announcer when Sideshow Bob is watching TV, is a reference to the TV show "That 70's Show" which stars Ashton Kutcher. The skit is also in reference to how the creators of "That 70s Show" later created another series called "That 80s Show" but it was a flop. Which is why Bob says "Tom Shales gave this show a good review, and I'm the one, IN PRISON!"

    • The Great Mouse Detective
      The title of this episode is a play on the title of the 1986 Disney film The Great Mouse Detective.