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The Italian Bob

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Season 17 Episode
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"The Italian Bob"
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Episode Information
Episode Number: 364
Production Code: HABF02
Original Airdate: December 11, 2005
Couch Gag: A pair of cartoon hands deal out a wild royal flush, consisting of the jack of diamonds (Bart), the queen of diamonds (Marge), the king of diamonds (Homer), the ace of diamonds (Lisa), and the joker (Maggie)
Special Guest Voices: Maria Grazia Cucinotta as Francesca
Kelsey Grammer as Sideshow Bob
Marcia Wallace as Edna Krabappel
Written By: John Frink
Directed By: Mark Kirkland


The Italian Bob is the eighth episode of season 17. The episode aired on December 11, 2005, and was written by John Frink and directed by Mark Kirkland. Maria Grazia Cucinotta guest starred and Kelsey Grammer reprised his role as Sideshow Bob.

Synopsis[edit]

"Mr. Burns's Stutz Bearcat finally breaks down, so he decides to buy a new Italian sports car, and asks Homer to pick it up for him. The Simpsons go to Italy but end up in a small town where the residents aren't aware of the criminal past of their new mayor - Sideshow Bob, who is now married and has a son. Marge quickly finds out what "vendetta" means in English."


Plot[edit]

When Mr. Burns' 1910s-model car is beyond repair, he purchases a LamborBugatti Ferrari Fasterossa car and assigns Homer Simpson to travel to Italy, where the car will be acquired. The rest of the family comes along with him, and after they pick up the car, they have a great time touring the country. However, after a huge wheel of Mortadella lands on their car, they push it into a small Tuscan village nearby called Salsiccia. When they get there, they ask an elderly woman for help, and she tells them that the mayor speaks English. However, they find out the mayor is none other than Sideshow Bob. He explains to them that after he attempted to kill Bart, he came to Italy to begin a new life. After a rough start, the natives warmed up to him after he helped them crush grapes into wine (using his enormous feet). After that, they elected him mayor of their village. Bob no longer has any intention of killing Bart, and it is revealed that he has a wife and son, Francesca and Gino, and they don't know anything about his past life in the United States. Now that he is a citizen of Italy with no criminal record, Bob begs the Simpsons not to tell anyone, and they agree in order to have the car fixed.

The Simpsons enjoy spending time in the village, and they continue to keep Bob's past a secret. However, after Lisa drinks some wine at a party, she starts to spout off about him being an attempted-murderer. He leads her away from the table, but as she stumbles backwards, she rips off his suit and everyone can see that underneath is his outfit from Springfield Prison (which Bob somehow never bothered to dispose after his release from prison). The villagers of Salsiccia find out that Bob was a citizen of the United States with a criminal record, and strip Bob of his mayorlty. The Simpsons take off in the fixed car, and Bob swears vendetta on them.

Sideshow Bob performing the climax of the opera.

After the family flees, Bob begins to follow them on a motorcycle. Homer drives into a ditch and ends up driving on ancient Roman ruins, and after they go off the end, the car ends up on top of Trajan's Column in the Roman Forum. Bob's wife meets up with him, and she tells him that they will kill the Simpsons together as a family (Gino, too).

Meanwhile, the Simpsons are wondering what they should do next. Lisa spots a bus with a poster advertising Krusty the Clown's performance in Pagliacci. They meet up with him at the Colosseum, and he puts them in as extras. However, Bob, Francesca and Gino find them and corner them on the stage while Krusty who is getting booed by the audience, went into a trap door and flees the stage, allowing Bob to perform the climax of Vesti la Giubba, (which his performance gains a standing ovation). Before they can kill them, though, Krusty's limo picks them up. The Terwilligers walk away with evil smiles, no doubt plotting revenge.

Awards[edit]

  • Kelsey Grammer won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Voice-Over Performance for his voice portrayal of Sideshow Bob in this episode.

Broadcasting information[edit]

USA/Canada

  • 1st Airdate: Sunday, December 11, 2005
  • 2nd Airdate: Sunday, February 5, 2006

UK

  • 1st Airdate: Sunday, January 15, 2006
  • 2nd Airdate: Friday, January 20, 2006 (Encore Screening)
  • 3rd Airdate: Sunday, April 23, 2006
  • 4th Airdate: Thursday, June 22, 2006
  • 5th Airdate: Sunday, August 6, 2006
  • 6th Airdate: Saturday, August 26, 2006

Australia

  • 1st Airdate: Tuesday, April 25, 2006


Season 17 Episodes
The Bonfire of the Manatees The Girl Who Slept Too Little Milhouse of Sand and Fog Treehouse of Horror XVI Marge's Son Poisoning See Homer Run The Last of the Red Hat Mamas The Italian Bob Simpsons Christmas Stories Homer's Paternity Coot We're on the Road to D'ohwhere My Fair Laddy The Seemingly Never-Ending Story Bart Has Two Mommies Homer Simpson, This Is Your Wife Million-Dollar Abie Kiss Kiss Bang Bangalore The Wettest Stories Ever Told Girls Just Want to Have Sums Regarding Margie The Monkey Suit Marge and Homer Turn a Couple Play