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Black Widower
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"The wedding was very tough on you. And the honeymoon is going to be... murder!"
Sideshow Bob

"Black Widower" is the twenty-first episode of Season 3, and the show's 56th episode overall.


The Simpsons are getting ready to have dinner with Patty, Selma and Selma's new boyfriend. Of course, one can imagine their surprise when he turns out to be none other than Sideshow Bob, fresh from his stay in prison after the events in "Krusty Gets Busted". While everyone is impressed at how much Bob has changed, Bart still fears that Bob is planning something sinister.

Full Story[]

The Simpsons are having dinner with Selma and her new boyfriend, but it turns out it is Bart's adversary, Sideshow Bob. During dinner, he tells the story of his terrible time at the prison. He wins an Emmy that gets taken away and tells that he wanted to kill Bart, but also that he changed. Then he tells the story of how he and Selma met, which was during a prison pen-pal program. He supposedly turns a new leaf after he met Selma. He is then released from the prison, and the story ends. Bart refuses to believe that Bob has gone good. Then Bob asks Selma to marry him, and she eagerly accepts his proposal.

Sideshow Bob makes an appearance in the Krusty telethon, and he tells Krusty that there are no hard feelings. Bart is terrified of his soon-to-be new uncle, since Bob swore he would get revenge on Bart for having him sent to prison for framing Krusty for armed robbery, and he would never trust him. The wedding is almost canceled when Bob admits that he hates Selma's favorite show, MacGyver, but is saved by Homer when he mentions that when Marge watches her shows, he goes for a walk or drinks some beers and comes back still in love.

Sideshow Bob and cops

During the wedding, everyone is happy except Bart. During the honeymoon, while MacGyver is on, Sideshow Bob tries to kill Selma, but his plan is ruined by Bart, who makes a "stinkin'" discovery, as Bob referred to it. Bob is taken away by the police, vowing to return once the Democrats return to power. After that, everyone thanks Bart for not losing his mistrust of Sideshow Bob.

Behind the Laughter[]

How Bart uncovered the trap[]

  • In Selma's video, Bob was eager to have a fireplace in their room. Bart noticed the gas tap. Selma didn't smell the gas as she had lost her senses of smell and taste due to a bottle rocket accident as a child.
  • Selma mentions to Sideshow Bob that she made a good fortune on the stock market, which gave Sideshow Bob the idea to kill her in hopes of inheriting her money.
  • Selma promised at the wedding to give up smoking except for after meals and after MacGyver. The spark from a match was enough to make the room explode.
  • Bart was able to save Selma before she could light up her match. The explosion that Bob heard was Chief Wiggum absentmindedly tossing a match he lit up for celebratory cigars into the hotel room.


Sideshow Bob Episodes
Krusty Gets BustedBlack WidowerCape FeareSideshow Bob RobertsSideshow Bob's Last GleamingBrother from Another SeriesDay of the JackanapesThe Great Louse DetectiveThe Italian BobFuneral for a FiendThe Bob Next DoorThe Man Who Grew Too MuchTreehouse of Horror XXVIGone BoyBobby, It's Cold OutsideTreehouse of Horror XXXIV
Season 2 Season 3 Episodes Season 4
Stark Raving DadMr. Lisa Goes to WashingtonWhen Flanders FailedBart the MurdererHomer DefinedLike Father, Like ClownTreehouse of Horror IILisa's PonySaturdays of ThunderFlaming Moe'sBurns Verkaufen der KraftwerkI Married MargeRadio BartLisa the GreekHomer AloneBart the LoverHomer at the BatSeparate VocationsDog of DeathColonel HomerBlack WidowerThe Otto ShowBart's Friend Falls in LoveBrother, Can You Spare Two Dimes?