[2], The episode was originally too short to air, so Al Jean and Mike Reiss wrote a filler piece which was a parody of cartoon shorts from the 1940s called "Nazis on Tap. The episode features the return of guest star Kelsey Grammer as Sideshow Bob, who tries to kill Bart Simpson after getting out of jail, spoofing the 1962 film Cape Fear and its 1991 remake. After getting struck by lightning, Bartreceives visits from ghosts, who want closure only he can provide. Tej confronts Svetlana for giving the video footage to the media. This episode first introduces us to Bob’s hatred of Krusty, as he tries to kill the clown’s career by faking a robbery before Bart involves himself and begins Bob’s newfound hatred. Skinner goes missing the next day and is assumed murdered. Meyers also praised Swartzwelder's script. The scene, which also features added more graphic animation of Homer hitting the jagged rocks at the bottom of gorge, is followed by his recovery from the fall where he becomes addicted to painkillers. The Simpsons attend a monster truck rally featuring Truckasaurus, a giant robotic dinosaur that crushes their car when they accidentally drive into the arena. In common with all the previous Simpsons Halloween episodes, the program is made up of three self-contained stories; "The Homega Man", "Fly vs. [20], Since airing, the episode has received positive reviews from critics. The writers conceived the idea of the episode before the 1990 film Goodfellas, which has a similar plot, was released. The music video for the "Do the Bartman" single premiered after this episode. This fall on The Simpsons’ annualHalloween episode, Kelsey Grammer will return to voice the … [10], In the season thirteen episode "The Blunder Years", when the family is trying to find out why Homer cannot stop screaming after he is hypnotized, Homer flashes back to his greatest moment: jumping the Springfield Gorge, only to be interrupted by Lisa saying "Everyone's sick of that memory," referring to the fact that the scene has been referenced so many times. Fly" and "Easy-Bake Coven". Bart is cleared of all charges, despite the prosecution's unsuccessful attempt to have Skinner's speech stricken from the record. He thought the script was smart and clever, and he enjoyed recording it. With Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith. People start looking for him, including Sideshow Bob and the other detainees. [5][6] Simpsons character designer Phil Ortiz adapted the short as a four-page comic book and handed out copies at Wizard World Philadelphia on June 2, 2016.[7]. [11] The scene is also referenced in the season fourteen episode "Treehouse of Horror XIII", in which a large number of Homer's clones created in the episode fall down the gorge. The writers originally wanted to use the song "Be My Baby" by The Ronettes for the scene, but they could not clear the copyrights for it. I relate to so much of it emotionally and I'm proud of the cliff ending", The Simpsons One Step Beyond Forever! Treehouse of Horror III Treehouse of Horror III For the continuing series of Halloween specials, see Treehouse of Horror series. It acquired a Nielsen rating of 13.4 and was the highest-rated show on Fox the week it aired. [13][14] It is also referenced in the Family Guy season thirteen episode "The Simpsons Guy", where Homer and Peter Griffin fell down to Earth in Kang and Kodos' ship and jump the gorge during their fight. Mantegna has since appeared many times on the show as Fat Tony, who became a recurring character; it is Mantegna's longest-running role in his acting career. In the same episode, 'Flanders' Ladder,' she does exactly that when Bart suffers a coma after falling from the ladder. None of Homer's punishments or arguments dissuade Bart, who goes to the gorge that Saturday. 1 Cape Feare (9.2) Known to be one of the best episodes of The Simpsons ever, let alone the best Sideshow Bob episode, is ‘Cape Feare’. At first it appears Homer will make it safely across, but he loses momentum, and plunges onto several jagged rocks during his fall until he hits the bottom of the gorge. Not wanting to see his father die on his account, Bart abandons the stunt and promises to stop being a daredevil; as Homer hugs Bart, the skateboard accidentally rolls down a hill and flies over the gorge. [18], The Simpsons: A Complete Guide to Our Favorite Family, "The Simpsons: The Complete Third Season", "The Simpsons: The Complete Third Season (1991)", "The Simpsons : The Complete Third Season", "The 50 Greatest Simpsons Movie References", The Simpsons and Philosophy: The D'oh! She was brought in by Mr. Priestat age 13. It also feels like the first episode of this season that really moves the series ahead; it seems like something a little more incisive than most of what came before it. Robert Terwilliger (aka Sideshow Bob) began his career as \"Sideshow Bob\", a non-speaking sidekick on Krusty the Clown's television show. I'm feeling a mite peckish. He also appears briefly in "Moonshine River" (season 24, 2012), where he tries to sneak up from behind to kill Bart, only to be quickly hit by a train in the process. Bart injures himself trying to jump the family car on his skateboard. After Fat Tony hires him as the club's bartender and errand boy, Bart starts wearing Rat Pack suits, tries to bribe Principal Skinner to avoid punishment, and allows the Mob to store a truckload of stolen cigarettes in his bedroom until they can be fenced. Even though he thinks Mafia parodies have been overused, Jacobson thought this one brought "a fresh approach and remains consistently amusing. Bob is hooked up to a electric shock device which allows the 8. Lisa sees her opportunity to strike here and she starts giving her brother nightmares. [11], In its original American broadcast, "Bart the Murderer" finished 31st in the ratings for the week of October 7–13, 1991, with a Nielsen rating of 13.4, equivalent to approximately 12.5 million viewing households. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia " Bart the Daredevil " is the eighth episode of The Simpsons ' second season. He raises the subject of breakups, c… [24] Writing for the book I Can't Believe It's a Bigger and Better Updated Unofficial Simpsons Guide, Simpsons writers Jay Kogen and Wallace Wolodarsky noted that "Bart the Daredevil"'s sequence in which Homer falls down the gorge is the one that "everyone remembers", noting that "he's getting much stupider by this point. The episode was written by Jay Kogen and Wallace Wolodarsky and directed by Wes Archer. Undeterred, Bart keeps performing daredevil stunts, and during a class trip to Springfield Gorge, announces he will jump the gorge on his skateboard the next Saturday. “Hey Simpson! When the clip is shown in that episode, additional footage is seen of Homer bouncing down the cliff the second time, and after he lands at the bottom, the gurney lands on his head. I remember the episode where homer was injured and decided to start a nursery. The sequence of Bart crashing down the stairwell to the Mafia bar is similar to a scene in the film Goodfellas and "A Bronx Tale" , in which a young boy is employed by a Mafia as their messenger. The episode was written by Jay Kogen and Wallace Wolodarsky and directed by Wes Archer. Bart's attempt to jump over Springfield Gorge is a reference to Knievel's 1974 attempt to jump Snake River Canyon at Twin Falls, Idaho, with a Skycycle X-2. [3] In an interview with The A.V. "[25] Kogen also considers the episode to be his favorite of the ones he has written. He tells the others that although he loves Christmas, the holiday marks the anniversary of his breakup with Lenore seven years ago. 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