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Cape Feare

Cape Feare

Rating: 4.3 (186 votes)

Plot

Somebody is sending Bart threating letters, written in blood. It is actually Sideshow Bob, who is soon released from prison. Upon discovering that it was Sideshow Bob who sent him the letters, Bart and his family join the Witness Relocation Program. The family move to Terror Lake under the new name "The Thompsons", living in a houseboat. However, Sideshow Bob straps himself to the underside of the car and follows them to their new home. In the middle of the night, Bob cuts the boat loose from the dock, ties up the Simpson family and chases after Bart, cornering him. Stalling for time, Bart asks Sideshow Bob to sing the entire score from the HMS Pinafore as a last request. Just as Bob finishes, the boat enters Springfield and crashes into some rocks. Bob is arrested and sent back to prison.


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Notes

  • Sideshow Bob steps on a total of ten rakes in this episode.
  • Bob doesn't mention Rod and Todd Flanders on his list of people he won't kill.
  • Bob spells LOVE and HATE on his knuckles, but having only three fingers, it's written as LUV and HAT (the A has a line above it).
  • When on the houseboat, Bart goes to bed at 7pm.
  • The sign outside Springfield Penitentary reads: ''America's Fastest Growing Prison.''
  • Sideshow Bob's tattoos include ''Die Bart, Die'' and a picture of Bart's head on a skateboard, with a speech bubble reading ''Ouch, Man!''.
  • Homer's huge cigar in the cinema says "Knocksville Worlds Fair" on it.

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References

  • The title of this episode, the plot and several other elements parody the film ''Cape Fear''.
  • The Itchy & Scratchy cartoon parodies the James Bond film, ''Goldfinger.''
  • Sideshow Bob stays at the Bates Motel and there are stuffed birds in the background a la ''Psycho.''

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