Talking Simpsons – Cape Feare

Smack us with a rake in the face — it’s Sideshow Bob’s greatest plot to kill Bart ever! It’s also an end of an era for the show, and we’re here to dissect it all, including explaining all the references to Cape Fear AND the HMS Pinafore! Try your best not to grumble…


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18 thoughts on “Talking Simpsons – Cape Feare

  1. Henry “49ers haven’t been in the Super Bowl is such a long time”

    Way back in 2013. ^_^ Lasertime Sports

    Also, anyone else think of Vanilla Ice explaining he did not rip off Under Pressure when Mackey was trying to explain the themes to Chris.

    Great episode of the Simpsons and TS


    1. I came here to make the same point about the 49ers in the Super Bowl. They may be the world’s hottest trash right now, but they’ve gotten lucky a few times in recent years.

  2. I’d like to give a shout out to this awesome episode! Also, if you’re interested in the idea of Simpson’s references as a language in a post apocalyptic future see “Mr. Burns A Post Electric Play.” or at least read the script. It’s based upon this episode specifically and how the memory of it get warped and altered hundreds of years in the future after an apocalyptic event.

  3. Sideshow Bob is my favorite character and I got to tell him this at Universal Studios. I met him and I said that and he hugged me and then stepped back and held up his finger as if to say “Watch this.” Then he stepped forward and with his hand mimed getting hit by a rake. Then he did it like five more times while I cracked up. Then he pointed to my shirt and I was like “Oh, it’s from a video game.” He nodded and kept pointing and I was like “Wait, do you like Persona 4?” And he nodded vigorously and then made a heart with his hands. So I guess Bob Terwilliger is playing 90 hour JRPGs in Springfield State Prison. He is far and away the best theme park character I’ve ever met.

    Also, I don’t care what anyone says, Universal’s character actors on the whole are better than Disney’s. It’s the only thing they beat them at, but it’s so much more fun to talk to those guys because they can pretty much say WHATEVER THEY WANT and still stay in character. I talked to Shaggy about how he got his weed card.

  4. As someone who hasn’t seen either version of Cape Fear, thank you for finally clarifying the movie theater scene from this episode. I always thought it was so bizarre that someone as erudite and sophisticated as Bob would enjoy an Ernest movie.

  5. There’s an animation goof during the chainsaw scene; Homer is holding the chainsaw on the right side of Bart, but swings the chainsaw to the otherside of Bart, but if Homer were to move the chainsaw like that, the chainsaw SHOULD cut right through Bart. If you watch it slowly, it looks like frame was skipped over entirely because either the storyboard artist or the animators just didn’t think that part through carefully.

    Rest of the scene looks great, though.

  6. This episode has it all, a James Bond parody via Itchy and Scratchy, THE BART THE, “Mr. Thompson”, the epic RAKE joke, and Homer’s room break-ins.

  7. “No one was rooting for the Chevy Chase Show to fail”
    Chris you recently mentioned how you hadn’t heard of Howard Stern before his movie, well, Stern HATED Chevy Chase and was very vocally dismissive of his show from the moment it was announced, frequently aired clips of it, made fun of it, and laughed about its cancellation for years. And as a teenager who listened to Stern, I was right there with him.
    Was that mean? Yes. Did we all come to accept, years later, that Chevy is a jerk who got way too many chances? Yes.

  8. So I love the HMS Pinafore and have seen it live, and know a few songs by heart, and it is worth noting that this numbers:

    Is conceptually similar to the rake gag. It goes on for at least one verse too long and on the last refrain the actors are supposed to look visibly annoyed at having to go through it again. It is a it different in that it is slightly 4th-wall breaking, but it’s definitely a “why is this not over, this should be over” moment.

  9. I watched Goodfellas for the first time a couple of days ago, I didnt think it was that great, dont understand the hype like I do with Godfather.
    Prefer Wolf of Wall Street.

  10. The “Hold it right there Bob” scene is classic. As a kid, you watch that scene and think “The officers are in their house coats because they rushed there from being a sleep in their beds”.

    But then as an adult you watch and realize, “wait a minute, they were in the brothel”

  11. I’ve never seen cape fear and I’ve always loved this episode and all the gags that y’all say people couldn’t enjoy without a frame of reference. Because it’s still a solidly insane episode. and that’s fun.

  12. Bob is wrong. The first issue of Simpsons Comics is a parody of the first issue of Fantastic Four. The issue he’s thinking of is #10, I believe the one where Homer is sent on vacation so he can smuggle a statue filled with a nuclear waste nullifying substance for Mister Burns.

  13. I have a professional musician’s insight to share about the similarities between the Bernard Hermann and Alf Clausen themes. Both 4-note themes are in a minor key and have alternating patterns: one involving scale degrees 5 and #4, and one involving 6 and 5. Clausen does not put scale degree 1 in the theme as Hermann does. Clausen instead puts that in the background orchestration and uses scale degrees 2 and 3 as a substitute (and inverts the final interval, which is the technical terminology for what you guys were trying to demonstrate by singing…the last note goes up instead of down). Clausen uses trombones; Hermann french horns. Hermann is in E minor and Clausen in A minor (though there’s a little intro in E minor as a further nod to the original). I think it’s quite a good echo of the original theme and I’m glad you spent a little time on it!

  14. Funny thing that always bothered me about the Die Bart Die scene, it’s a great joke, but Bob’s explanation relies on Anglophones not speaking any German. You can never say ‘die Bart’, because Bart is masculine and ‘die’ is the feminine (nominative & accusative) article. So, in order to say ‘the Bart, the’ you would have to say ‘der Bart der’. And actually in some parts of Germany, like Cologne where I live, you would often use the article before a name, der Hans, die Hanna as a sign of affection. Anyway, I hope somebody got fired for that blunder.

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