The Simpsons: Season 9, Episode 2

The Principal and the Pauper (28 Sep. 1997)

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After holding a surprise tribute to Principal Skinner, the town of Springfield is shocked to find out that Seymour Skinner is actually an impostor.

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Marge Simpson (voice)
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Lisa Simpson (voice)
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Mrs. Krabappel (voice)
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Agnes Skinner (voice)
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After holding a surprise tribute to Principal Skinner, the town of Springfield is shocked to find out that Seymour Skinner is actually an impostor.

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During his introduction on the season 9 DVD, creator Matt Groening admitted that this is one of his least favorite Simpsons episodes. See more »

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At the station, the railroad has no ballast. See more »

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Superintendant Chalmers: Now let's clear this up. Who exactly are you?
Sgt. Seymour Skinner: Sergeant Seymour Skinner, U.S. Army.
Principal Skinner: It's true. I was in his platoon. But, they said you were killed on that scouting mission.
Sgt. Seymour Skinner: No, just captured. It's kind of a funny story, really. After five years in a secret P.O.W. camp, I was sold to China for slave labor. And since '77 I've been making sneakers at gunpoint in a sweatshop in Boo-Haun.
Marge Simpson: That's not a funny story.
Sgt. Seymour Skinner: Well, I guess you had to be there.
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References The Prince and the Pauper (1937) See more »

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The Stars and Stripes Forever
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Composed by John Philip Sousa
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23 March 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode is the first truly awful simpson episode in terms of the plot.

At an activity honoring principal skinner, another man claiming to be Principal Skinner appears. Soon it is discovered that the Principal Skinner that Springfield had known really is a man named Armen Tamzarian. So the old skinner leaves town and the new one takes over.

My main complaints with this episode is how bad the plot is. Skinner is an important supporting character in the series. And now they have totally ruined his character. So he really is not his mothers son and stole another mans name AND job! Why they did this I do not know. To make matters worse in future episodes they ignore what happened in this episode completely and often it is stuff that can not be ignored. An example of this is in an episode where skinner tells Mrs. Krabbapple that he was inside of his mother for ten months, but this of course could not have happened since he is not really his mothers son.

So they destroyed an important character in this episode. Awful plot and idea and whoever came up with it deserves to be fired.


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