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The Bob Next Door 

Bart is convinced that the Simpsons' new friendly, unassuming neighbor is actually Sideshow Bob in disguise.


Matt Groening (created by), James L. Brooks (developed by) | 3 more credits »




Episode cast overview:
Dan Castellaneta ... Homer Simpson / Krusty the Clown / Mayor Quimby / Ted Flanders (voice)
Julie Kavner ... Marge Simpson (voice)
Nancy Cartwright ... Bart Simpson (voice)
Yeardley Smith ... Lisa Simpson (voice)
Hank Azaria ... Superintendent Chalmers / Snake / Apu / Chief Wiggum / Lou / Comic Book Guy / Walt Warren / Taco Vendor (voice)
Harry Shearer ... Principal Skinner / Lenny / Ned Flanders (voice)
Kelsey Grammer ... Sideshow Bob (voice)
Pamela Hayden ... Milhouse Van Houten (voice)
Tress MacNeille ... Cookie Kwan / Joyce (voice)
Karl Wiedergott Karl Wiedergott ... Additional Voices (voice)


Bart becomes convinced that his new neighbor, Walt, is his archenemy, Sideshow Bob, disguised and back for revenge. But when Marge tries to convince Bart otherwise by taking him to visit the state penitentiary, a disturbing truth is revealed. Written by Fox Publicity

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Animation | Comedy


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Release Date:

16 May 2010 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Marge mentions that "Frasier" (1993) from Cheers sounds like Sideshow Bob. The actor Kelsey Grammer voices both Frasier and Sideshow Bob so Marge is correct. See more »


Incorrectly regarded as goofs: The showdown with Bob takes place at "Five Corners", a reference to the real-life "Four Corners" of the U.S. where New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, and Colorado meet at a specific spot. Obviously the "Five Corners" here aren't based on that, otherwise Bob wouldn't be arrested by cops who are clearly from New Jersey. But this bit is having fun with the fact that the show takes place in a permanently undefined part of America, so if Springfield somehow does border odd states at any point, it's not an error at all. See more »


Sideshow Bob: Sorry gentlemen, I'm not a fan of that particular style of music. My radio dial never strays from 89.4, "The Spur".
Milhouse Van Houten: That *is* a good station Bart, what, with the Morning Cattle Drive and Armadillo Mike in the afternoon, and nothing keeps me informed like Rodeo Rick's New Roundup every hour on the...
Bart Simpson: Shut up!
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References The Witches of Eastwick (1987) See more »


Behold the Lord High Executioner
Music by Arthur Sullivan
Lyrics by W.S. Gilbert
Performed by Kelsey Grammer
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Best Sideshow Bob episode in Years,
18 August 2010 | by lesleyharris30See all my reviews

The Bob Next Door is a brilliant Simpsons episode with a very well written storyline and tons of very funny scenes. It's a very enjoyable outing for Sideshow Bob, easily one of his best episodes in years, as we follow one of the most complicated stories we've ever seen for the character, which serves as a parody to Face/Off, it has twists and turns throughout that was plenty of fun. Once we get to find out what Bob is really up to, the story that explains what happens between him and Walt Warren is far too brief, it should been more developed and detailed in order to give us a proper analysis of what is certainly the most important part of the episode. I thought Walt Warren was a terrific new character, he was funny and dim witted, almost all of his lines had me laughing, though it is unlikely, I would really like to see him return some time, Hank Azaria's voice work as Warren is superb. With a very unique plot and some hilarious scenes, the Bob Next Door is a terrific Simpsons episode and one of the highlights of the twenty first seasons.

A new neighbour moves next door to the Simpsons that everyone becomes very fond of, except for Bart, who is convinced he is Sideshow Bob in disguise.

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