Episode - 2F02\\
First Aired - 10/9/1994

With help from the Rush Limbaugh-esque Birch Barlow (a right-wing radio personality), Sideshow Bob gets released from prison again and runs for mayor against "Diamond" Joe Quimby -- and Bart and Lisa investigate how one criminal running for public office got so many votes while another criminal got so few.
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!!This episode contains examples of:
* 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".
* AsHimself: Creator/DrDemento; Larry King
* BitingTheHandHumor:
-->'''Larry King:''' Now, a word to our audience: even though we're being broadcast on...Creator/{{Fox}}, there's no need for obnoxious hooting and hollering. ''(The audience does just that; King groans.)''
* BrickJoke: The bats in the public library.
** Homer gets thrown out of Riverdale for reasons unknown. When he drives Bart and Lisa to meet the unknown informant in the parking garage, Homer stays in the car, reading ''ArchieComics'', muttering, "Lousy Riverdale punks! Think they're so great."
* TheCameo: Archie and his pals Jughead, Reggie, and Moose from the Archie comics make a cameo, throwing Homer from their vehicle and telling him to "Stay outta' Riverdale!"
* CassandraTruth: Bart telling Marge that he was told to bring in fireworks.
* 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.
* EditedForSyndication: The scene where Sideshow Bob is at the Retirement Castle, promising not only to build the Matlock Expressway, but also to spend the rest of the afternoon listening to the old folks rambling.
** The couch gag has also been altered after its first appearance. See TitleOnlyOpening below.
* EvilLaugh: Sideshow Bob, of course, delivers a long, utterly hammy one after he wins the election.
* {{Expy}}: As noted, Birch Barlow is one of real-life conservative radio personality RushLimbaugh.
* [[ActorAllusion Expy Allusion]]: Renier Wolfcastle is revealed to be a Republican just like his [[{{Expy}} real-life counterpart]] Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger.
* {{Homage}}: The entire second act, including the bird eye shot of Lisa studying in the library, is a homage to AllThePresidentsMen.
* HornedHairdo: Quimby inadvertently sports one during the mayoral debates after he runs his fingers through his sweat-soaked hair, leading the news team to electronically demonize him in their broadcast.
* HypocriticalHumor
-->'''Announcer:''' Mayor Quimby supports revolving door prisons. Mayor Quimby even released Sideshow Bob, a man twice convicted of attempted murder. Can ''you'' trust a man like Mayor Quimby? Vote Sideshow Bob for mayor!
** Also, Homer had earlier in the episode stated a low opinion about people who vote but he's later seen voting for Sideshow Bob. (He approved Bob's "Selma-killing policy")
* ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne
-->'''Birch Barlow:''' There are three things we are never going to get rid of in this town. One, the bats in the public library; two, Mrs. [=McFuly=]'s compost heap; and three, our six-term mayor - the illiterate, tax-cheating, wife-swapping, pot-smoking spendocrat, Diamond Joe Quimby.
-->'''Mayor Quimby:''' ''(as he's watering a marijuana plant in his office)'' Hey, I am no longer illiterate!
* ItsPersonal: Lisa states this after finding out one of the dead people and pets that "voted" for Bob was her long-deceased cat, Snowball I. Bart, understandably takes offence at this:
-->'''Bart:''' Um...he ''did'' try to kill me!
* TheManBehindTheMan: Played with when Bart and Lisa shift the accusation of the rigged election to Birch Barlow in order to get Sideshow Bob to confess.
* MadeOfIron: Homer somehow was able to cushion a wrecking ball from hitting its house (similar to what happened on ''The Simpsons Movie'', only Homer actually felt pain when he hit [[VisualPun the rock and a bar called "A Hard Place"]]. On this episode, Homer doesn't even flinch).
* NoodleIncident: What did Homer to do to [[PersonaNonGrata get thrown out of]] [[ArchieComics Riverdale]]? Better yet, how'd he get there in the first place? And what did Bart do to gain the enmity of Doctor Demento?
* PasteEater: When Quimby and Bob come to Springfield Elementary:
-->'''Skinner:''' Now, students, I want you to be on your best behavior for this carefully-choreographed media event. Now this means there is to be no wising-off, no face-making, and no grass-eating. This means you, Ralph.\\
'''Ralph:''' ''(mouth full of grass)'' Yes, sir.
* SingleTargetSexuality: Subverted. Smithers alludes to being gay when in previous episodes, it was heavily implied that he was either sexually confused or straight, but had a crush on his boss.
* ShoutOut:
** Politicians using the votes of people who passed away happened earlier in American history.
** Quimby and Sideshow Bob's TV debate is a reference to Kennedy and Nixon's 1960 TV debate.
** Sideshow Bob posing in front of his election poster references ''Film/CitizenKane''.
** The entire second act is a parody of the Watergate scandal, specifically spoofing ''Film/AllThePresidentsMen''.
** The commercial described in HypocriticalHumor is a parody of the infamous "Willie Horton" advertisement by the GeorgeHWBush campaign during the 1988 presidential race.
** The episode's title is a reference to the satirical political mockumentary ''Film/BobRoberts''.
* SpecialGuest: Henry Corden as Fred Flintstone[[note]]The voice on the Flintstone phone.[[/note]]; KelseyGrammer as Sideshow Bob; Creator/PhilHartman as Lionel Hutz
* TakeThat: This is the first time the show really takes stabs at the Republican Party, which garnered a lot of complaints from viewers ([[http://snpp.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).
* TitleOnlyOpening: The second FOX airing and the DVD version goes from the ''Simpsons'' cloud title straight to the executive credits on the TV, while the original airing and the syndicated version had couch gags that were used other episodes (the original airing had the couch gag from "Boy Scoutz 'n The Hood"[[note]]the one where the Simpsons' eyes are floating in the dark[[/note]] while the syndicated version had the oft-used one from "Rosebud"[[note]]the one where The Simpsons run in and find an identical version of themselves on the couch[[/note]]). This is one of the few times they did this after season one and before the high-def episodes from season 20 on (barring the special episodes, like the ''Treehouse of Horror'' episodes and the two Troy [=McClure=]-hosted episodes: "The Simpsons 138th Episode Spectacular" and "The Simpsons Spinoff Showcase.")
* YouCantHandleTheParody: "...No truth handler, you! Bah, I deride your truth-handling abilities!"