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Skinner's Sense of Snow 

A snowstorm traps the kids and Principal Skinner in the school for Christmas vacation.



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Episode cast overview:
Homer Simpson / Abe / Clown / Sideshow Mel / Radio Weatherman / Santa / Hobgoblin / Soldier #2 (voice)
Marge Simpson (voice)
Lisa Simpson (voice)
Al / Third Man / Usher / Man / Ringmaster / Apu / Chief Wiggum / Lou / Elf / Chalmers / Sea Captain / Disco Stu (voice)
Mr. Burns / Smithers / Jerry / Lenny / Announcer / Skinner / Kent Brockman / Ned / Soldier #1 / Factory Guard (voice)
Edna Krabappel (voice)
Bo Peep (voice)
Sherri / Terri (voice)
Karl Wiedergott ...
Wardrobe Manager (voice)

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Following a fierce blizzard Skinner,Willie and the children are trapped in the school by a huge snow drift. Homer and Ned set out to rescue them but hit a hydrant that explodes,the water turning to ice in the freezing temperature. Finally everybody is freed,however,thanks to Nibbles,the school's hamster,whom Seymour sends out with a message for help. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Animation | Comedy


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17 December 2000 (USA)  »

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This episode features an inordinate amount of jokes involving male genitalia, ie, the circus performer thrusting his crotch in Homer's face, Wiggum ostensibly urinating in the snow, Willie saying "that's the last time you'll slap your willie around", the ranch dressing hose, Skinner saying "chew through my ball sack", and a particular shot of the salt silo sliding down the hill (where the arrowhead like peak inexplicably becomes round and bulbous). See more »


The hole the hamster makes in the windscreen changes position, in some shots it is against the bottom edge of the windscreen, but in others it in the center of the glass not touching any edges. See more »


Bart: [Looking at his permanent record] "Under achiever and proud of it"?
Bart: How old is this thing?
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References The Deer Hunter (1978) See more »


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"Skinner's Sense of Snow" is one of the best of this season. Definitely a memorable episode.
3 July 2011 | by (Planet Namek) – See all my reviews

This is one of the best episodes of the twelfth season. Most of this season was rather poor so having an actually good episode was rather surprising. Basically, there's a snowstorm of a strong caliber and the kids get trapped inside the school with Principal Skinner. They want to escape from the school, but Skinner doesn't allow them... explaining that it's too dangerous, with the excuse that the snow would cover and kill the kids in their attempt to escape. Skinner tries to guard the kids by creating a lucrative military schedule for them (and putting on his uniform)... In the process of his attempt to keep the kids in line, Bart takes over the situation by sealing Skinner in a bag with his head sticking out. This results in the kids running wild and Skinner being assaulted by their furious anger of being trapped in the school. Skinner becomes the central point of all the children's havoc and holds a cold stare the entire time. Eventually, Skinner sends a rodent through a ball with a message to save his life, and the ball successfully frees a trapped Homer and Flanders from their frozen vehicle outside... which in turn results in their coming across the avalanche that has sealed the school in... and saving Skinner from the hell that has been created around him. Very well-written and a surprisingly good episode in this season.

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