History Recap / TheSimpsonsS5E2CapeFeare

22nd Apr '18 1:45:14 AM Argon2
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* MisplacedWildlife: Bart gets menaced by electric eels when he attempts to jump off the houseboat. Electric eels are indigenous to South America.

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* MisplacedWildlife: Bart gets menaced by electric eels when he attempts to jump off the houseboat. Electric eels are indigenous to South America.America (which Springfield is probably not in).



* SavageWolves: After the rest of the family packs up and leaves, Grandpa Simpson gets left behind at the Simpson house, knocking at the door and saying "Hello-o! Hello-o! You have my pills! Hello-o? I'm cold and there are wolves after me" (cue howling).

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* SavageWolves: After the rest of the family packs up and leaves, Grandpa Simpson gets left behind at the Simpson house, knocking at the door and saying "Hello-o! Hello-o! You have my pills! Hello-o? I'm cold and there are wolves after me" (cue howling).''(cue howling'').
25th Mar '18 4:13:34 PM MadAnthony94
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** It's highly likely that Bob wasn't genuinely laughing, but merely doing it to annoy/bait the Simpsons. See also his cigar smoking.

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** It's highly likely that Bob wasn't genuinely laughing, but merely doing it to annoy/bait the Simpsons. See also his cigar smoking. Of course, the whole scene is a direct parody of the one in the movie ''Cape Fear'', so RuleOfFunny probably overrides established characterizations.
22nd Mar '18 12:47:04 PM AmuckCricetine
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* NoodleIncident and RiddleForTheAges:
** Just how, when, and why ''did'' Bart put the "Wide Load" tattoo on Homer's butt?
** And what did Linda Lavin do to deserve getting prank-called by Bart?

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* NoodleIncident and RiddleForTheAges:
** Just how, when, and why ''did''
NoodleIncident: While trying to figure out who's sending Bart put the "Wide Load" tattoo on Homer's butt?
** And what did
threatening notes, it turns out Bart's been making crank calls to Moe and actress Linda Lavin do to deserve getting prank-called by Bart?for years. In the latter's case, she did something so bad even Lisa felt she deserved Bart's pranks.



* RuleOfFunny: The episodeinvokes this trope to a significant extent. It was the last hurrah for a number of the show's original writers who were leaving. They threw every wacky or random gag into the episode with the mentality of "What are they going to do? Fire us?" This resulted in one of the most highly regarded episodes of the show ever. Among other things, the episode features an elephant stepping on Bob's face and Bob putting on a full Music/GilbertAndSullivan opera (complete with costumes and a playbill) after being asked to do so on the spot.

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* RiddleForTheAges:
** Just how, when, and why ''did'' Bart put the "Wide Load" tattoo on Homer's butt?
** And what did Linda Lavin do to deserve getting prank-called by Bart?
* RuleOfFunny: The episodeinvokes episode invokes this trope to a significant extent. It was the last hurrah for a number of the show's original writers who were leaving. They threw every wacky or random gag into the episode with the mentality of "What are they going to do? Fire us?" This resulted in one of the most highly regarded episodes of the show ever. Among other things, the episode features an elephant stepping on Bob's face and Bob putting on a full Music/GilbertAndSullivan opera (complete with costumes and a playbill) after being asked to do so on the spot.
1st Mar '18 8:46:16 AM AmuckCricetine
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* AdaptationExpansion: ''Theatre/MrBurnsAPostElectricPlay'' is inspired by this episode.
19th Feb '18 8:23:00 AM AmuckCricetine
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!!This episode contains examples of (YMMV items can be found [[YMMV/TheSimpsonsS5E2CapeFeare here]]):



* BaitAndSwitch / RuleOfThree: Three times in the first act, before it's known that Sideshow Bob wrote Bart the death threats, Bart worries that three people around him are the culprit based on the first half of the sentence they say:

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* BaitAndSwitch / RuleOfThree: BaitAndSwitch[=/=]RuleOfThree: Three times in the first act, before it's known that Sideshow Bob wrote Bart the death threats, Bart worries that three people around him are the culprit based on the first half of the sentence they say:



* BoringYetPractical: When Bob faints from blood loss, Snake suggests that he use a pen instead

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* BoringYetPractical: When Bob faints from blood loss, Snake suggests that he use a pen insteadinstead.
* {{Bowdlerise}}: The episode was banned in Germany not only due to the large amount of violence (mostly aimed at a child [i.e., Bart]), but also because of the opening joke where Bart and Lisa watch a talk show called "Up Late with [=McBain=]", featuring a show announcer known as Obergruppenfuehrer (the SS equivalent rank of lieutenant-general) Wolfcastle, dressed in full SS uniform, complete with swastika armband. In Germany ([[OldShame for obvious reasons]]), depicting Nazism and swastikas outside of historical context is considered highly illegal (which is why the video games ''VideoGame/CastleWolfenstein'' and ''VideoGame/DoomII'' are banned in Germany).



* ComicallyMissingThePoint: After almost 5 hours of being stomped on the foot, being referred to as Homer Thompson, the new name the witness protection agents have chosen for the Simpsons as they elude Sideshow Bob to no avail, all Homer can say to one of the agents is, "I think he's talking to you."



* GenderBender: At the end of the episode, it's shown that Grampa apparently needs to take a type of medication to prevent this from happening to him.



* GoshDangItToHeck

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* GoshDangItToHeckGoshDangItToHeck:



* OutsideRide: The family is moving to a new town to get away from Sideshow Bob. Unfortunately for them, Bob has used a harness to strap himself to the underside of their car. Unfortunately for ''Bob'', on the way his head smacks against speedbumps, Homer pours overly hot coffee over the side of the car, and the family decides to drive through a cactus patch for fun.



* PsychoElectricEel: Electric eels menace Bart when he tried to jump off a houseboat to escape Sideshow Bob. This despite the fact that they were nowhere near South America at the time. Also, the electric eels for some reason have snake-like tongues.



* RuleOfFunny: The episodeinvokes this trope to a significant extent. It was the last hurrah for a number of the show's original writers who were leaving. They threw every wacky or random gag into the episode with the mentality of "What are they going to do? Fire us?" This resulted in one of the most highly regarded episodes of the show ever. Among other things, the episode features an elephant stepping on Bob's face and Bob putting on a full Music/GilbertAndSullivan opera (complete with costumes and a playbill) after being asked to do so on the spot.



* SavageWolves: After the rest of the family packs up and leaves, Grandpa Simpson gets left behind at the Simpson house, knocking at the door and saying "Hello-o! Hello-o! You have my pills! Hello-o? I'm cold and there are wolves after me" (cue howling).



* UndersideRide: How Sideshow Bob follows the family.
** "Hey kids, do you want to drive through that cactus patch?"

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* UndersideRide: How Sideshow Bob follows tries this in a parody of the family.
** "Hey kids, do you want
1991 ''Film/CapeFear'' scene. While he does get to his destination, it doesn't quite work out as the family drive through a lot of cacti and over a fair few speed bumps on the way there, not to mention Homer spilling his hot coffee under the car.
* WholePlotReference: The episode is a loving homage to...uh, ''Film/CapeFear''óboth the original and the remake. It established the film's main theme as Sideshow Bob's {{leitmotif}}, and [[WeirdAlEffect it's fair to say
that cactus patch?"the music is now remembered more as Bob's theme than it is the film's]].
1st Jan '18 7:30:35 PM Nicoaln
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* OhCrap: Right when Bob hears the band marching towards him, his eyes widen and they start trampling him.
30th Dec '17 5:43:30 PM nombretomado
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* ChekhovsGun: Bart's strategy for distracting Bob is foreshadowed by the family listening to the entire works of GilbertAndSullivan on the way to Terror Lake.

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* ChekhovsGun: Bart's strategy for distracting Bob is foreshadowed by the family listening to the entire works of GilbertAndSullivan Creator/GilbertAndSullivan on the way to Terror Lake.
20th Nov '17 5:37:59 PM schoi30
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* ActuallyPrettyFunny: Chief Wiggum resented Bob for calling him "Chief Piggum", but when the others laughed at it, he rolled along with them.

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* ActuallyPrettyFunny: ActuallyPrettyFunny:
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Chief Wiggum resented Bob for calling him "Chief Piggum", but when the others laughed at it, he rolled along with them.



* FalselyReformedVillain: Sideshow Bob pretends to go straight so he can get paroled out of prison and kill Bart.



* FalselyReformedVillain: Sideshow Bob pretends to go straight so he can get paroled out of prison and kill Bart.
27th Oct '17 5:56:21 AM MatthewLMayfield
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* TakeThat: The family first meets Bob while watching a movie called ''Ernest Goes Someplace Cheap'', a clear Take That towards movies with Jim Varney's IdiotHero character Ernest P. Worrell (of course, most consider those movies AcceptableTargets).

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* TakeThat: TakeThat:
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The family first meets Bob while watching a movie called ''Ernest Goes Someplace Cheap'', a clear Take That towards movies with Jim Varney's IdiotHero character Ernest P. Worrell (of course, most consider those movies AcceptableTargets).AcceptableTargets).
** Homer dreaming of being John Elway scoring the touchdown after being blown out in the Super Bowl, a Take That to Elway, who back then had the reputation of being a great quarterback, but one who chocked in the Super Bowl, being on the losing end of three.
6th Oct '17 6:05:07 PM TheJayman49
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* BilingualBonus: Sideshow Bob tries to pass off the tattoo on his chest (DIE BART, DIE) as German for "The Bart, The". Die does, indeed, mean "the" in German, but it's said mostly by women rather than men.

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* BilingualBonus: Sideshow Bob tries to pass off the tattoo on his chest (DIE BART, DIE) as German for "The Bart, The". You'd assume Bob was lying in order to deceive his parole board, but Die does, indeed, mean "the" in German, but German (although it's said mostly by women more of a female term rather than men.a male term).
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