Recap / The Simpsons S 8 E 16 Brother From Another Series
Episode - 4F14
First Aired - 2/23/1997

Sideshow Bob is released from prison again for good behavior and put into the custody of his brother, Cecil, but Bart and Lisa still think Bob is out to kill them — until they learn that Cecil is just as evil as Bob.

This episode contains examples of:

  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Krabappel has dinner with Bob for the excitement of dating a killer, and is visibly disappointed when he admits he's never successfully killed anyone.
    "I did once try to kill the world's greatest lover - but then I realized there are laws against suicide."
  • Bittersweet Ending: Cecil's plot is exposed and he's carted off to prison for it. But Bob's Heel–Face Turn is rejected and he's sent back as well, despite being innocent and saving Lisa and Bart, and is doomed to revert to his evil ways. Oh, and the dam breaks, flooding Springfield.
  • Briefcase Full of Money: Cecil has one. Or had one.
    Cecil: ''"Ahhh...shhhoot!
  • Construction Cat Calls: Discussed when Bob asks if his job will be leading the hooting. "Oh yeah, shake it, madam! Capital knockers."
  • Continuity Nod: Bob really doesn't like Princeton.
  • Description Cut: "Sideshow Bob is an unstoppable killing machine!" Cut to Bob singing Amazing Grace at the prison chapel.
  • Enemy Mine: The first time Sideshow Bob had to team up with the Simpsons to foil a common enemy.
  • Especially Lisa: "But especially Bart."
  • Foreshadowing: Some people may find it odd how Cecil later teams up with Bob to kill Bart in Funeral for a Fiend, but the finishing line here is Cecil calmly asking when they will bring the menus after the Wimp Fight they just had. Given that that episode came out eleven years later, it's quite likely that all that time in jail has given them time to sort out their differences. After all, since they're essentially an evil Frasier and Niles Crane, it's a pretty safe bet that they will have much to talk about together.
  • Heroic B.S.O.D.: Lisa is left defeated the moment Cecil turns on them. Bob, who she has defiantly outsmarted each and every time, goes into an offended rant over this.
  • Irony: Cecil needed a ride to Krustylu Studios for the Sideshow auditions and that was Bob's only motive to be there. Bob got the job coveted by Cecil because Krusty decided to use him to show that the Pie in the Face gag is "only funny when the saps got dignity."
  • Long-Lost Uncle Aesop: Sideshow Bob and Cecil never spoke to each other for ten years.
  • Groin Attack: A fall from the top of a dam long enough to require you to take another breath to continue screaming, and landing crotch first onto a water outlet pipe. Bob doesn't say anything, but he's shocked so rigid that his legs don't let go of the pipe when he slips below it.
  • Military Moonshiner: After prison, Bob will be happy with any wine that doesn't taste like orange drink fermented under a radiator. "That would be the Latour, then..."
  • No Longer with Us: "Madam, your children are no more - than a pair of ill-bred troublemakers."
    Homer: Lisa too?
    Bob: Especially Lisa! But especially Bart.
  • Non-Ironic Clown: "Sideshow Cecil", who bombs his audition.
  • No-Nonsense Nemesis: Throwing someone off a dam is a little crude for a genius like Cecil...Eh. If anyone asks, he'll lie.
  • Not Me This Time: Sideshow Bob isn't the villain this time, Cecil is and he's trying to frame Bob.
  • Off on a Technicality: The reason Krusty is only playing at Springfield Prison.
  • Pie in the Face: According to Krusty, it's "only funny when the sap's got dignity."
  • Prayer of Malice: Bart asks God to kill Sideshow Bob. "It's him or me, O Lord!"
    Marge: You can't ask God to kill someone!
    Homer: Yeah, you do your own dirty work!
  • Red Herring: After getting annoyed at the stupidity of the dam's construction workers, Sideshow Bob mutters angrily, "Sometimes I wish this dam would burst, and bury this cursed town." Of course, as we later discover, this is just Bob blowing off some steam; unlike in previous episodes, he doesn't actually have an evil plan in mind.
  • Reformed, but Rejected: Big time. Bob has truly reformed and the Simpsons kids totally believe him after all they've been through...but he's still taken to jail. Ouchies!
  • Sarcasm Mode: "Goodness, I had no idea. For, you see, I have been on Mars for the last decade, in a cave, with my eyes shut and my fingers in my ears."
  • Sibling Rivalry: An even more intense one between Bob and Cecil than between Bart and Lisa, if that's possible.
  • Status Quo Is God: Wiggum seems driven to send Bob back to jail just to enforce this.
  • Take That: To Bordeaux and Château Rauzan-Ségla wines:
    Cecil: Perhaps a glass of Bordeaux? I have the '82 Chateau Latour and a rather indifferent Rauzan-Ségla.
    Bob: I've been in prison, Cecil. I'll be happy just as long as it doesn't taste like orange drink fermented under a radiator.
    Cecil: That would be the Latour then.
  • Villain-by-Proxy Fallacy: Wiggum throws Bob in prison on general principle (despite two kids he's repeatedly tried to kill vouching for his innocence).
  • Villains Out Shopping: Bob's first thought on being released: "I hope they still make that shampoo I like."
  • Wicked Cultured: Bob and Cecil both qualify.
  • Wimp Fight: Over who gets the top bunk in prison.
  • Wire Dilemma: Bob cuts the wires on a bundle of dynamite. Lisa questions if he knows what he's doing, leading to Kelsey Grammer's favourite line.
    ''Well, Lisa, you don't spend ten years as a homicidal maniac without learning a thing or two about dynamite.