The Simpsons: Season 23, Episode 2

Bart Stops to Smell the Roosevelts (2 Oct. 2011)

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Superintendant Chalmers gets fired after using unconventional methods to teach Bart and his friends about Teddy Roosevelt, so the boys take over Springfield Elementary until he gets his old job back.



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Episode cast overview:
Homer Simpson (voice)
Marge Simpson (voice)
Bart Simpson / Additional Voices (voice)
Lisa Simpson (voice)
Theodore Roosevelt (archive footage)
Edna Krabappel (voice)
Dolph / School Receptionist / Mrs.Muntz / Agnes Skinner / Various (voice)
Miss Hoover (voice)


Principal Skinner challenges superintendent Gary Chalmers to take over Bart's education after one of Bart's pranks leads to a school fundraiser debacle. Chalmers takes an unconventional approach to teaching American history which sparks a fascination in President Teddy Roosevelt. Encouraged by Bart's educational renaissance, Chalmers takes Bart and his band of "Rough Riders" on an overnight excursion to Springfield Forest, but after a minor accident, the school administration fires Chalmers for taking the boys on an unauthorized field trip. Determined to get Chalmers' job back, Bart and the boys hold the school hostage until the administration reinstates Chalmers, and they stand up for the teacher who made a meaningful impact. Written by Fox Publicity

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Superintendent Chalmers: Boys, the truth is, your school has failed you.
Jimbo Jones: School failed me? Does school have to go to summer Jimbo?
Superintendent Chalmers: Take a good look, boys. He's the canary in the coal mine of our failing education system.
Jimbo Jones: You hear that? You're in my coal mine, bitches!
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The Gold Diggers' Song (We're In the Money)
Music by Harry Warren
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The Simpsons are starting to become funny again
21 October 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This episode of The Simpsons in season 23 was, in a word, fine; nowhere near in quality of episodes of seasons 2-9, but to me, its better than all the episodes of season 1; this episode could've been made ten years ago,it's that good; the writers did something they have never done before: have Superintendent Chalmers as one of the lead roles for once, rather than being in a minor supporting role like they have done in all episodes before this one.

I liked this episode, even though it felt like a history lesson of a former American President; it was kind of quite unrealistic that the bad boy Bart Simpson would actually be interested in education, and even more unrealistic that the bullies Nelson, Jimbo, Kearney and Dolph would also take an interest; they don't even bully anyone in the episode! The first act shows Bart up to his pranks, like the troublemaker he is, making it classic; the second act is an adventure, which I found alright; but the third act felt like it has been done before though, but shows that Bart is the bad boy we all know and love. I always look for originality in new Simpsons episodes, and this screams it!

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