- "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.
Selma decides to marry her prison pen-pal, Sideshow Bob. When he gets out of prison, he convinces the Simpson family that he has changed for the better, but Bart remains skeptical and is determined to find out what Bob is really up to.
The Simpsons are having dinner with Selma and her new boyfriend, but it turns out it is Bart's enemy Sideshow Bob. During dinner he tells the story of his terrible time at the prison. He wins an Emmy that gets taken away. He 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. Everyone enjoyed it except for Bart. Then Sideshow Bob asks Selma to marry him, and she eagerly accepts.
Sideshow Bob makes an appearance in the Krusty telethon, and he tells Krusty that there are no hard feelings. Bart and is terrified of his soon-to-be new uncle, since Bob swore he'd get revenge on Bart for having him sent to prison for framing Krusty the Clown for robbery, and he would never trust him. The wedding is almost cancelled when Sideshow Bob admits that he hates Selma's favorite show, MacGyver, but is saved by Homer when he says that when Marge watches her shows he goes for a walk or drinks some beers and comes back still in love.
During the wedding everyone is happy, that is except for 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 Sideshow Bob referred to it. Sideshow Bob is taken away by the police, vowing to return the next time the Democrats are in power. After that, everyone thanks Bart for not losing his mistrust of Sideshow Bob.
 How Bart uncovered the trap
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- 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 promised at the wedding that she'll give up smoking except for after meals and after MacGyver. The spark from a match was enough to make the room explode.
- The explosion that Bob later heard was Chief Wiggum tossing his cigar behind him.
"Black Widower" was written by Jon Vitti and directed by David Silverman. For a long time, the show's writers had wanted to craft an episode revolving around a "mystery", and so executive producer Sam Simon consulted Thomas Chastain, from the New-York based Mystery Writers of America group, to help. With the assistance of Chastain, the writers were able to include a number of small clues and details into the episode so that the viewers would be able to solve the mystery before it's conclusion.
The character of Sideshow Bob returns in this episode, after last being seen in season 1's "Krusty Gets Busted", in which he was arrested and imprisoned. Bob's animation model was revamped and updated for this episode in order to reflect the style of Brad Bird. Kelsey Grammer guest starred and returned to voice Bob. Grammer initially expected Bob to be a one-time role, but it eventually became one the most popular roles he ever played, as well as one of the show's most iconic characters, and thus became a recurring role.
- ↑ Reiss, Mike. (2003). The Simpsons season 3 DVD commentary for the episode "Black Widower" [DVD]. 20th Century Fox.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Jean, Al. (2003). The Simpsons season 3 DVD commentary for the episode "Black Widower" [DVD]. 20th Century Fox.
- ↑ Silverman, David. (2003). The Simpsons season 3 DVD commentary for the episode "Black Widower" [DVD]. 20th Century Fox.
- ↑ Grammer, Kelsey. (2003). The Simpsons season 3 DVD commentary for the episode "Black Widower" [DVD]. 20th Century Fox.