Tennis the Menace
Day of the Jackanapes
New Kids on the Blecch

Cultural References

  • The title parodies the title of the book The Day of the Jackal.
  • The plot parodies the movie The Manchurian Candidate.
  • The game show Me Wantee! is a parody of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.
  • This moment was also seen in the 1999 Andy Kayfman biopic Man on the Moon, with Jim Carrey as Andy Kaufman, Norm MacDonald (formerly from Fridays' rival show, Saturday Night Live) as Michael Richards, and Caroline Rhea (from the sitcom Sabrina, The Teenaged Witch) as Melanie Chartoff.
  • Krusty's line "Our Chimpendale's dancer's gonna give you the full monkey!" references the 1997 film The Full Monty.
  • A picture of Krusty and Bob that was unveiled while Krusty was lamenting his cruel treatment of Bob closely resembles the cover of Simon and Garfunkel's Bookends.
  • Krusty sings a song similar to Barry Manilow's Mandy, marking the second time the song was parodied on the show (Homer had previously sung his own version in "The Last Temptation of Homer").
  • The scene where the two executives of Krusty's show reform into a silvery mass after being blown up references a similar ability the villain from Terminator 2 possesses.
  • In his cosmonaut gag from 1957, Krusty identifies himself as "Kaputnik." Roger Kaputnik is the perennial hypochondriac created by MAD Magazine writer Dave Berg for his "Lighter Side..." series.
  • Chief Wiggum references George W. Bush when witnessing Bart using a Bat to vandalize a Krusty statue on Sideshow Bob's orders. He say's "It's so great seeing a kid use a wooden bat. These days, it's all aluminum this, and George W. that."
    • It should be noted that this is the first time the Simpsons made a Bush joke since his inauguration into office.
    • Also of note is the fact that this scene has been edited in syndication.


  • Bart mentioned that he had defeated Sideshow Bob 6-0 in this episode. In reality, it should have been 5-0. Brother from Another Series wouldn't count, since Sideshow Bob wasn't the one who instigated a crime in the episode (it was his brother Cecil), and Bart wasn't even the one responsible for sending him back to jail.
  • Day of the Jackanapes was released four years after Brother from Another Series, the previous Sideshow Bob episode, making the time in-between the two episodes the longest cooling-off period Bob ever had.
  • This is the only Sideshow Bob episode to have an alternate Gracie Films logo (excluding the episodes with Bob's secondary appearances).
  • In Krusty Gets Busted, it is revealed that Sideshow Bob hated working for Krusty. Why would he care if his shows were taped over?
  • Krusty reveals to been on air for 61 years, but in I Love Lisa, Krusty celebrates 29 years on air.
    • It could be possible that this episode takes place 32 years after the aforementioned episode.
  • When Marge states that cartoons should end before becoming old and stale, Mr. Smithers states that "Maggie shot Mr. Burns again", referencing Who Shot Mr. Burns?
  • Things that are revealed this episode:
    • Moe was born in Indiana.
    • Wiseguy's real name is Raphael.

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