History Recap / TheSimpsonsS6E5SideshowBobRoberts

20th May '18 5:52:10 AM AmuckCricetine
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* ParodyAssistance: Bart plays with a [[WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones Flintstones]] toy phone, which features Henry Corden as the voice of Fred Flintstone.
20th May '18 5:49:45 AM AmuckCricetine
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** What makes the Quimby characterization here interesting is that in "Krusty Gets Kancelled" he really ''is'' as evil as Bob, paying off mobsters to assassinate his enemies. So either the people of Springfield conveniently forgot about that, or Diamond Joe's "excuse" of "I'm a bad widdle boy" [[ItMakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext really]] ''[[ItMakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext did]]'' [[ItMakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext work]].

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** What makes the Quimby characterization here interesting is that in "Krusty "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS4E22KrustyGetsKancelled Krusty Gets Kancelled" Kancelled]]" he really ''is'' as evil as Bob, paying off mobsters to assassinate his enemies. So either the people of Springfield conveniently forgot about that, or Diamond Joe's "excuse" of "I'm a bad widdle boy" [[ItMakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext really]] ''[[ItMakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext did]]'' [[ItMakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext work]].work]].
* BreadEggsMilkSquick: Mayor Quimby's campaign jingle includes a list of Quimby's achievements:
-->''Without a Mayor Quimby, our town would really stink.\\
We wouldn't have a tire yard, or a mid-sized roller rink.\\
We wouldn't have our gallows, or our shiny Bigfoot trap.\\
[[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial It's not the mayor's fault that the stadium collapsed!]]''
** In "The Last Temptation of Krust", one line for the [[HummerDinger Canyonero]] jingle



* {{Expy}}: As noted, Birch Barlow is one of real-life conservative radio personality Radio/RushLimbaugh.



* HypocriticalHumor

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* LighterAndSofter: Compared to the previous Sideshow Bob episodes. "Sideshow Bob Roberts" is more of a humorous political satire where Bob doesn't try to murder anyone. (Though he ''does'' boast that people who meddle in the affairs of the Republican party tend to meet unfortunate fates.)

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* LawyerFriendlyCameo: Homer is thrown out of Riverdale by the Franchise/ArchieComics gang.
* LighterAndSofter: Compared to the previous Sideshow Bob episodes. "Sideshow Bob Roberts" episodes, this is more of a humorous political satire where Bob doesn't try to murder anyone. (Though he ''does'' boast that people who meddle in the affairs of the Republican party tend to meet unfortunate fates.)


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* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: As noted, Birch Barlow is one of real-life conservative radio personality Radio/RushLimbaugh.


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* UngratefulBastard: After being pardoned by Mayor Quimby, Bob not only runs against him for the opposing party, but runs a rather nasty (as in slanderous) attack ad claiming Quimby was soft on crime, seeing as he had pardoned a convict who was twice convicted of attempted murder - Bob himself. Bob won the election after rigging the votes, even though he would have won legally since he got 100% of the vote.
20th May '18 3:53:51 AM AmuckCricetine
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* AuthorAppeal: Writers Bill Oakley and Josh Weinstein were very interested in the Watergate scandal and based a lot of the second act on that.[

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* AuthorAppeal: Writers Bill Oakley and Josh Weinstein were very interested in the Watergate scandal and based a lot of the second act on that.[
20th May '18 3:53:31 AM AmuckCricetine
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* AsHimself: Creator/DrDemento; Larry King

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* AsHimself: Creator/DrDemento; Larry KingCreator/LarryKing.
* AuthorAppeal: Writers Bill Oakley and Josh Weinstein were very interested in the Watergate scandal and based a lot of the second act on that.[
17th May '18 9:02:53 PM schoi30
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* AccidentalPublicConfession[=/=]AccuseTheWitness: Bart and Lisa get Bob to confess by accusing him of being Barlow's front man. He immediately produces several binders and floppy disks detailing his "masterpiece of electoral fraud".

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* AccidentalPublicConfession[=/=]AccuseTheWitness: AccidentalPublicConfession: Bart and Lisa get Bob to confess by [[AccuseTheWitness accusing him him]] of being Barlow's front man. He immediately produces several binders and floppy disks detailing his "masterpiece of electoral fraud".



* BlackAndGreyMorality: The race between Quimby and Bob is basically this, parallelling common appraisals of Democrats and Republicans. Quimby is incompetent, stupid, and controlled by his vices, but he's not out to hurt anyone; he just wants to keep Springfield running. Bob, on the other hand, is a psychotic megalomaniac who wants to rule like a king and kill anyone he has a grudge on.

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* BlackAndGreyMorality: BlackAndGreyMorality:
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The race between Quimby and Bob is basically this, parallelling common appraisals of Democrats and Republicans. Quimby is incompetent, stupid, and controlled by his vices, but he's not out to hurt anyone; he just wants to keep Springfield running. Bob, on the other hand, is a psychotic megalomaniac who wants to rule like a king and kill anyone he has a grudge on.



* DevilInPlainSight: The reaction to Bob's below-mentioned evil laugh? "And just look how happy he is!"
** If you hear well, it sounds like everyone is laughing with him.

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* DevilInPlainSight: The reaction to Bob's below-mentioned evil laugh? "And just look how happy he is!"
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is!" If you hear well, it sounds like everyone is laughing with him.



* LaughingMad: Bob, after being elected mayor.

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* LaughingMad: LaughingMad:
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Bob, after being elected mayor.



* NoodleIncident / RiddleForTheAges:

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* NoodleIncident / RiddleForTheAges: NoodleIncident:



* TakeThat: This is the first time the show really takes stabs at the Republican Party, which garnered a lot of complaints from viewers ([[http://simpsonsarchive.com/episodes/2F02.html particularly the ones on snpp.com]] who were used to seeing the show skewer both political parties (or only focus on local politics and not national stuff). Of course, considering that Mayor Quimby is the episode's representative of the Democratic Party, it does even out somewhat.

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* TakeThat: TakeThat:
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This is the first time the show really takes stabs at the Republican Party, which garnered a lot of complaints from viewers ([[http://simpsonsarchive.com/episodes/2F02.html particularly the ones on snpp.com]] who were used to seeing the show skewer both political parties (or only focus on local politics and not national stuff). Of course, considering that Mayor Quimby is the episode's representative of the Democratic Party, it does even out somewhat.
6th May '18 10:01:43 PM marcoasalazarm
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'''Birch Barlow:''' My question's about the budget, sir.\\

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'''Birch Barlow:''' My question's about the budget, sir.\\
6th May '18 10:01:07 PM marcoasalazarm
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* PompousPoliticalPundit: Birch Barlow is a caricature of Rush Limbaugh that labels Quimby as one of the biggest obstacles in the improvement of Springfield as a city (he's right, of course, but his delivery is as ham-fisted an AttackOfThePolitcalAd as it gets) to the point he endorses and helps a convicted criminal, and when it comes to asking on debate night, well:

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* PompousPoliticalPundit: Birch Barlow is a caricature of Rush Limbaugh that labels Quimby as one of the biggest obstacles in the improvement of Springfield as a city (he's right, of course, but his delivery is as ham-fisted an AttackOfThePolitcalAd AttackOfThePoliticalAd as it gets) to the point he endorses and helps a convicted criminal, and when it comes to asking on debate night, well:
6th May '18 10:00:36 PM marcoasalazarm
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* PompousPoliticalPundit: Birch Barlow is a caricature of Rush Limbaugh that labels Quimby as one of the biggest obstacles in the improvement of Springfield as a city (he's right, of course, but his delivery is as ham-fisted an AttackOfThePolitcalAd as it gets) to the point he endorses and helps a convicted criminal, and when it comes to asking on debate night, well:
--->'''Birch Barlow:''' Mayor Quimby, you are well known sir, for your ''lenient'' stance on crime, but suppose for a second that ''your'' house was ransacked by thugs, ''your'' family tied up in the basement, with ''socks'' in their mouths, you try to open the door but there's ''too much blood on the knob''--\\
'''Mayor Quimby:''' What is your ah, question?\\
'''Birch Barlow:''' My question's about the budget, sir.\\
24th Feb '18 1:51:06 PM nombretomado
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* {{Expy}}: As noted, Birch Barlow is one of real-life conservative radio personality RushLimbaugh.

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* {{Expy}}: As noted, Birch Barlow is one of real-life conservative radio personality RushLimbaugh.Radio/RushLimbaugh.
11th Feb '18 10:03:03 PM i4wpuw6sh8
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** What makes the Quimby characterization here interesting is that in "Krusty Gets Kancelled" he really ''is'' as evil as Bob, paying off mobsters to assassinate his enemies. So either the people of Springfield conveniently forgot about that, or Diamond Joe's "excuse" of "I'm a bad widdle boy" [[ItMakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext really]] ''[[ItMakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext did]]'' [[ItMakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext work]].
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