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Gone Boy 

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When Bart goes missing, the town puts together a search party to find him.


Matt Groening (created by), James L. Brooks (developed by) | 3 more credits »





Episode cast overview:
Dan Castellaneta ... Homer Simpson / Grampa Simpson / Santa's Little Helper / Groundskeeper Willie / Squeaky Voiced Teen (voice)
Julie Kavner ... Marge Simpson (voice)
Nancy Cartwright ... Bart Simpson / Nelson Muntz (voice)
Yeardley Smith ... Lisa Simpson (voice)
Hank Azaria ... Raphael / Chief Wiggum / Cletus Spuckler / Moe Szyslak / Carl Carlson / Calvin / Dave / Gunter (voice)
Harry Shearer ... Kent Brockman / Ned Flanders / Prison psychiatrist (voice)
Kelsey Grammer ... Sideshow Bob (voice)
Valerie Harper ... General Hospital nurse (voice)
Shaquille O'Neal ... Shaquille O'Neal (voice)
Pamela Hayden ... Milhouse Van Houten (voice)
Tress MacNeille ... (voice)
Chris Edgerly ... (voice)
Kevin Michael Richardson ... Michael Clarke Duncan-type (voice)


When Bart goes missing, the town puts together a search party to find him.

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Animation | Comedy


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Release Date:

10 December 2017 (USA) See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


Tenth time Sideshow Bob is seen out of jail. See more »


References Frozen (2013) See more »


I Have a Song to Sing, O!
Music by Arthur Sullivan
Lyrics by W.S. Gilbert
Performed by Kelsey Grammer
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Sideshow Bob come back!
11 December 2017 | by leolinsimpSee all my reviews

Another very solid episode after a little drought of mediocrity. Its a good mixture of a seasoned version of "Radio Bart" with Sideshow Bob playing a role as well. There are only a few slight complaints I have but overall it did a lot of things well: the jokes, characters, pacing and the plot. The couch gag had a nice Christmas theme to it.

I like how they introduced Sideshow Bob where Homer is the one responsible for accidentally knocking over the garbage back on the ground. And while not much of a fan of the episode where the religious inmate came from, he was pretty fun when talking with Bob. Also liked how Homer wanted to take full advantage of the rental car before returning. They brought back Bart's lucky hat, that deserves a mention. Surprised to see Marge's rage towards Quimby which is actually unusual for her, but at least its more of a realistic reaction. They actually made her sad enough to make a whole shrine out of Bart's bedroom which isn't something they often portray with their emotions. It was fun to see Bart using the old phone to first make a prank call before actually calling for help. The poll on Bart's fate was also pretty funny.

Good to see Millhouse being used who eventually pairs up with Bob, something that should've been done quite some time ago. I found it a rather poor attempt from him to keep Bart's whereabouts a secret from Lisa, I think he could've also impressed Lisa if he had just told her. Funny joke with Homer being pulled over the snow by Abe. Also liked how Bob tricked Millhouse into the hole, and that Santa's Little Helper brought Homer and Abe all the way back to Bart's sock drawers and eventually encountering O'Neill. Third act was also fun but I didn't fully believe that Bob would let Bart go that easily, but it had some good moments with Bob imagining a better life without killing for him. Fun way to end the episode with the missed posing as an artwork that eventually blows up, and Bob living as a hermit in a lighthouse.

Its nice to have 2 solid episodes in a row. My only complaints are that I felt there wasn't enough convincing for Bob to call off Bart's death, also a little complaint with the overuse of the Wilhelm Scream. But for the rest its been very solid and one of the better episodes of the season. I think the one thing they did best were the jokes, which were a lot of them that were actually pretty funny. Also the plot was mostly coherent without using extra sub plots, with a single and fun story going. They did the portrayal of Bart really well, also with the rest of the characters like Homers antics and Marge being so concerned for her son. And as always a great performance by Kelsey Grammar.

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