The Simpsons

Season 17 Episode 8

The Italian Bob

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Dec 11, 2005 on FOX
8.4
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The Italian Bob
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The Simpsons become lost in Italy, finding their way to a small town that Sideshow Bob has become the mayor of.

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  • Bizzz

    9.5
    Best episode
  • An Italian job well done, I would say.

    8.5
    My attention was grabbed by the prospect of Sideshow Bob becoming "a family man". I do have to say, it was a plan that seemed to work out quite nicely. My favourite line of the whole episode was made immediately after Homer said that he never went to college; it was Bob's sarcastic reply of: "Stop the presses." The parodies and/or cultural references towards Italy, including the cars, landmarks and criminals, are good and fortunately, they don't go over-the-top. The classic 'rake' gag made a return with Bob and his son - it still makes me laugh, that does - but tomfoolery of Krusty attempting to insert terrible jokes into an opera to no reply is starting to grate a little bit. As you are stunned to discover that the whole Terwilliger family have bad intentions, you begin to laugh in an evil manner alongside them. Although they predictably lose against The Simpsons, you're left with an unresolved situation with Sideshow Bob's family that makes you wonder just what will happen next. The sinfully happy way in this couple's eyes meet and Gino's violent attitude towards something as minute as a butterfly gives out a sense that this saga has not come to an end yet.moreless
  • Eurorrific

    8.5
    doneA show of supreme quality, very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very (apologies, the former review has been moved to a new home, soon you will all be given the key) very very very veryvery very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very enjoyable. A must-see.moreless
  • Not funny.

    3.0
    How come every time the Simpsons go to another country, it sucks hard balls? They do polite, unhateful, annoying humor. They don't want to offend foreigners, but the show offends me because they think I'm retarded enough to find these sub-Leno gags funny. This season has had some good episodes, but this one was awful.
  • Weak, weak, weak.

    4.6
    You have a grat character in Bob and basically reduce him to a loser.



    And yet again The Simpsons travel to some other part of the world as America has become boring for them, and they have become boring to watch.



    I wish they would get with the times and bring us real comedy.
Dan Castellaneta

Dan Castellaneta

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

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

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

Maria Grazia Cucinotta

Maria Grazia Cucinotta

Francesca

Guest Star

Kelsey Grammer

Kelsey Grammer

Sideshow Bob Terwilliger

Recurring Role

Marcia Wallace

Marcia Wallace

Edna Krabappel

Recurring Role

Karl Wiedergott

Karl Wiedergott

Additional Voices

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (4)

  • QUOTES (15)

    • (The family discovers Sideshow Bob is the mayor of Italy.)
      Bart and Lisa: Sideshow Bob!!!
      Sideshow Bob: The Simpsons!!!
      All: AAAAH!

    • Homer: Can I be the phantom of the opera?
      Lisa: Dad, the phantom isn't in this.
      Homer: Oh, but I do a great impression of him! (Imitates the phantom) Ooh, I am the gayest super villain ever! Beware my scented candles!

    • Lisa: Mozzarella, Parmiggiano, Provolone, Pecorino, Gorgonzola, Fontina, Taleggio, Bocconcini! (Splattering) Mortadella!

    • Francesca: Roberto, is this true? You tried to make the murder?
      Bob: But darling, the boy, drove me to it by exonerating a Harlequin who I had framed for robbery at the Kwik-E-Mart; (depressed) oh, it all sounds so stupid!

    • Bob: (to Francesca regarding their son Gino) I don't wish to brag, but he's evil at an eighth grade level!

    • Marge: Boy that Sideshow Bob goes from zero to murder awfully fast.
      Bart: At least this time it was Lisa who ruined Bob's life.

    • Marge: Oh, Homie, isn't Venice romantic? This gondola ride was a wonderful idea!
      Gondolier: (singing) When-a, wife looks like that and her husbands so fat, that's immoral. When she kisses that jerk while I do all the work, that's immo...
      Homer: Hey, knock it off!
      Gondolier: Excusi, no speak-a English. (singing) When that big tub of lard…

    • Homer: Americano? What the hell could that mean? Why can't you people learn to speak my language? I learned to eat your food!

    • Homer: You're sending me to Italy?
      Burns: Yes.
      Homer: Can I take my family?
      Burns: Sure.
      Homer: Do I have to hang out with them?
      Burns: It would be nice.
      (Homer groans loudly)

    • Bob: I needed a fresh start, but where? (Spins globe, covers his eyes and uses a knife to decide where to go. First, he stabs Orlando, Florida) Not in this lifetime! (Spins the globe again, then stabs North Korea) Dammit! (Tries again, Shelbyville) Never! (Tries again, Bartovia) Now cut that out! (Touches globe and rotates it slowly, then stabs Tuscany) Ah, Tuscany!

    • Brandine: (to Cletus) You are the most wonderful husband - and son - I ever had.

    • Homer: Holy moly! I always though you were, you know, out loud and proud.
      Sideshow Bob: Well, I experimented in college, as one does.
      Homer: Yeah, I never went to college.
      Sideshow Bob (sardonically) Stop the presses.

    • (At the leaning tower of Pisa).
      Homer: I've seen this in pictures, but you have to actually be there to really experience it. (Camera pans out showing that they are at McDonalds.) A McDonald's that actually serves booze!

    • Krusty: (Singing at the opera) No more Rice Krispies, We are out of Rice Krispies! (Krusty laughs, then his laugh turns into a cry).

    • Bart: Krusty you've gotta help us!
      Krusty: I don't do gotta.
      Lisa: Sideshow Bob has sworn a vendetta against us!
      Krusty: A vendetta? What's that, an Italian vending machine? (Simpsons stare blankly at him) Aww, that's my opening joke! And my closer. And my saver! And my topper!

  • NOTES (3)

    • Kelsey Grammer won an Emmy for his performance as Sideshow Bob in this episode.
      This episode won the 2007 WGA Award (TV) for Animation.

    • This episode marks the first cameo appearance of Stan Smith.

    • Blackboard Joke: None.
      Couch Gag: The family enters the living room in the form a playing cards being dealt. Bart is the Jack, Marge the Queen, Homer the King, Lisa an Ace and Maggie is the Joker.

  • ALLUSIONS (6)

    • When Bob is spinning the globe looking for a fresh start, it stops on an island called Bartovia and Bob says, "Now, cut that out!" This is a reference to comedian Jack Benny as it was his catchphrase and was even used as the title to his Biography episode.

    • Song:

      When Sideshow Bob sings "These feet are made for stomping, and that's just what they'll do..." it is a parody of the song "These Boots Are Made for Walking."

    • "Les Misérables" by Victor Hugo

      Lisa suggests that Bob deserves a second chance like Jean Valjean, the protagonist in "Les Misérables" who became the Mayor of the small town Montreuil-sur-mer. This is not the first allusion to "Les Misérables"; when Bob was in prison, his ID number was 24601, the prisoner number of Jean Valjean.

    • Sideshow Bob: Revenge is a dish best served...family-style.

      An obvious spoof to the old saying, "Revenge is a dish best served cold."

    • The criminal book shows pictures of Family Guy's Peter Griffin and American Dad's Stan Smith.

      This is a reference to how some feel that Family Guy copies ideas, and American Dad copies another copier (as shown in the book).

    • Title: The Italian Bob
      The title is a take on the 1969 and 2003 film, The Italian Job.

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