Sideshow Bob’s Last Gleaming
Wedgies are unhealthy for children and other living things
Couch gag: The family are sea monkeys who sit on clams and watch an open treasure chest
Director: Dominic Polcino
Kelsey Grammer as Sideshow Bob
R. Lee Erney as Colonel Hapablap
Synopsis: Sideshow Bob threatens to detonate a nuclear warhead on Springfield if they do not turn off their TV signals.
Discussion: Cue the obligatory Bob episode for the season. Here we see Sideshow Bob planning to destroy Springfield because he’s sick of television and wants it gone forever. Krusty has taken over the Emergency Broadcast System to stay on the air. The nuke was a dud so Bob’s new plan is to kill Krusty, Bart and himself in a kamikazee mission.
This ep parodies many films about the Cold War so younger viewers (as well as those not familiar with Cold War flicks) will miss most of the references (Thank God for Wikipedia, eh?) The ep was written by a freelancer but extensively re-written; perhaps this is the reason it feels disjointed. Bob is far too wordy this time, his plan is even more stupid than his other ventures, but there is enough jokes to keep the ep moving. There are a couple of highlights such as Milhouse pretending to fire a plane’s weapons at his parents and Lisa’s sneaky plan to let the police know Bob was hiding in the Duff Blimp.
Overall, this isn’t the best Bob episode. It feels forced, especially when Bob and Bart are in the Wright brothers’ plane which can be caught at walking pace. It feels very much like a last minute rush to get an episode- any episode- on the air (despite the several months of production it actually takes).