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The Principal and the Pauper 

At his 20th anniversary celebration as school principal, Principal Skinner is discovered to be an imposter of the real Seymour Skinner.

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(as Steve Moore)

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Marge Simpson (voice)
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Lisa Simpson (voice)
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Edna Krabappel (voice)
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Agnes Skinner (voice)
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Miss Hoover (voice)
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At his 20th anniversary celebration as school principal, Principal Skinner is discovered to be an imposter of the real Seymour Skinner.

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Animation | Comedy

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28 September 1997 (USA)  »

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Despite the backlash to the episode, writer Ken Keeler commented that he feels that it is the best TV episode he's ever written. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning, Skinner plays a tuning fork, but he should have place the handle onto a resonating surface to hear a sound. See more »

Quotes

Homer Simpson: [Homer is driving the family car] Okay, once more. Where are we going?
Mrs. Krabappel: To Capitol City.
Homer Simpson: And why are you and the old lady in the car?
[Camera pulls back to reveal Mrs. Krabappel and Mrs. Skinner sitting next to him]
Agnes Skinner: We're going to talk Armin Tamzarian into coming back.
Homer Simpson: And why is Marge here?
[Camera pulls back again to reveal Marge riding shotgun]
Marge Simpson: I came up with the idea.
Homer Simpson: And why am I here?
Marge Simpson: Because the streets of Capitol City are no place for three unescorted ladies.
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References Rebel Without a Cause (1955) See more »

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Flipper Theme
(uncredited)
Music by Henry Vars
[Sung as "They Call Him Skinner"]
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What Happened?
23 March 2009 | by 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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