[53] Another trademark for Bob is a visual gag of stepping on a rake and being struck in the face with its handle; this joke first appeared in "Cape Feare". It originally aired on the Fox network in the United States on April 9, 1992. After being paroled from prison in "Cape Feare" (season five, 1993), Bob targets Bart directly, threatening him repeatedly and forcing the Simpsons into hiding as part of the Witness Relocation Program. And he can sing. [49] In a 2007 interview, Simpsons executive producer Al Jean listed Grammer as one of his favorite guest stars (second only to Phil Hartman), saying "his voice is so rich. [39] While most official and unofficial Simpsons guides spell the character's middle name as "Underdunk", writer Bill Oakley has stated that he intended for it to be spelled "Onderdonk",[40] the name being taken from American bishop and composer of hymns Henry Ustick Onderdonk. He allows a final request, however, and Bart asks to hear Bob sing the entire score of H.M.S. Bob briefly returns in "At Long Last Leave" (season 23, 2012), where he attends a town meeting to decide on if the Simpson family should be banished or not, and he expresses his desire for the former to happen.. (2006). [36][37][38] Yet another theory is that he was named after Sergeant Terwilliger and Mrs. Underdunk in the pilot episode of the TV show Hunter. [15] Bob briefly returns in the season 20 episode "Wedding for Disaster", when Bart and Lisa initially suspect Bob of kidnapping Homer to prevent him from attending his second wedding with Marge (due to a keychain they found had an 'S' and a 'B'), but Krusty provides him with an alibi, explaining to the kids that Bob was with him the whole day. Bob escapes from prison for the first time in "Sideshow Bob's Last Gleaming" (season seven, 1995), and threatens to blow up Springfield with a nuclear bomb unless the city stops broadcasting all television shows. In the majority of those episodes, Bob's sole purpose was to … Commentary for "Black Widower", in, Weinstein, Josh. However, Bob's reign is short-lived; Bart Simpson exposes him as the robber, Krusty is released, and Bob is fired and sent to jail. He noted that only "The Italian Bob" and the ninth ranked "Funeral for a Fiend" were "the only ones I'd consider clunkers. His first major appearance was in season one's penultimate episode "Krusty Gets Busted". However, Bob finds he is "accustomed to face" and cannot do it. (2005). Sideshow Bob appears in the 31st season in Bobby, It's Cold Outside in where he plays Santa Claus at a theme park. In "Krusty Gets Busted" (season one, 1990) Bob disguised himself as Krusty and framed him for armed robbery of the Kwik-E-Mart. Sideshow Bob first appeared in an episode of the first season of The Simpsons in 1990.Sideshow Bob serves as the sidekick to Krusty the Clown. [76] Frustrated by his early role as the target of "Krusty's cheap gags", Bob frames Krusty and takes over the show. [41], For season three's "Black Widower", the writers echoed the premise of Wile E. Coyote chasing the Road Runner from Looney Tunes cartoons by having Bob unexpectedly insert himself into Bart's life and attempt to kill him. As part of a scheme to inherit money she has invested in the stock market, Bob attempts to blow Selma up during their honeymoon. [75], In Planet Simpson, author Chris Turner writes that Bob is built into a highbrow snob and conservative Republican so that the writers can continually use him as a strawman and pincushion. Sideshow Bob's evil grin as he says "Hello Bart". Their comments were positive; they only expressed concern with a very brief scene in which Cecil talks to a visible character whom he refers to as "Maris". He considers himself a member of the social elite, and happily uses Machiavellian methods to acquire and maintain power. As part of a scheme to inherit money she has invested in the stock market, Bob attempts to blow Selma up during their honeymoon. Despite Lassen's offer to get him out, Bob rejects the idea that they team up as Lassen thought that they would take turns gutting Bart. [73] In December 2009, Robert Canning of IGN ranked the ten episodes to feature Bob that had aired at the time. Commentary for "Sideshow Bob's Last Gleaming", in, Keeler, Ken. After writer Ken Keeler was assigned to write an episode featuring Sideshow Bob, he drew inspiration from episodes of Frasier. It first aired on the Fox network in the United States on February 18, 2001. "[55] Several of Frasier's producers were asked to review the original script and provide feedback. Bob briefly returns in the season 20 episode "Wedding for Disaster", when Bart and Lisa initially suspect Bob of kidnapping Homer to prevent him from attending his second wedding with Marge (due to a keychain they found had an 'S' and a 'B'), but Krusty provides him with an alibi, explaining to the kids that Bob was with him the whole day. [77] Arnold believes that this is most apparent in "Sideshow Bob Roberts", wherein he rigs the election to become the mayor of Springfield. The plan was foiled by his arch-enemy, Bart Simpson, and Sideshow Bob was sent to prison. He and his family tour around England going to Buckingham Palace, Sherlock's museum, and rowing a boat (Gino is seen using a megaphone telling his parents to row). [7], In "Black Widower" (season three, 1992), Bob's first major appearance after framing Krusty, he is released from prison and marries Bart's aunt Selma Bouvier. 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