Recap / The Simpsons S 2 E 14 Principal Charming

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Episode - 7F15
First Aired - 2/14/1991

Worried that Selma is depressed over being single and childless, Marge orders Homer to find Selma a man — but ends up pairing Principal Skinner with Patty by mistake. Meanwhile, Bart is sentenced to reseed the school's field with Groundskeeper Willienote  after spelling his name out on it with a herbicide he created in science class.


Tropes used in this episode:

  • Awesomeness by Analysis: When Homer sets out to find a man to introduce to Selma, he starts doing The Terminator -like scans to everyone around him to analyze their pros and cons. He rejects Smithers ("Cons: Jerk") and one of his coworkers ("Cons: Not a man"), but later realizes that Principal Skinner is a good candidate ("Pros: Uses big words, dislikes the boy, well groomed." "Cons: Possible Homer Sexual.").
  • Brick Joke: Bart being let off the hook for his reseeding punishment after Principal Skinner falls for Patty. When Skinner and Patty break up, Bart is back to his punishment.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: Bart is able to make a rather effective herbicide during his fourth-grade science class. But he prefers to goof off and use it to write his name on the school lawn rather than apply himself to the class.
  • Call-Back and Funny Background Event: While Principal Skinner is talking about how much in love he is with Patty, we see the school plunging into chaos. If you look closely, there's a grafitti on the wall of Principal Skinner saying, "I Am Still a Weiner," a reference to the "I Am A Weiner" graffiti seen in season one's "Bart the Genius."
  • Didn't Think This Through: Bart's vandalism plan. Skinner even calls him on it.
    Skinner: Bart, I'm flabbergasted. Surely you knew, as you were writing your name in 40ft high letters, that you would be caught?!
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Principal Skinner threatens to suspend Bart, Milhouse, Wendell and Lewis for dropping their pencils at 2:15PM.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: Patty's sexuality. In this episode, she is established as being willingly celibate note  due to her hatred of mennote , but has a crush on MacGyver just like her sister and warms up to Skinner (until she realizes how miserable Selma is). In later episodes (starting with "There's Something About Marrying"), it's established that Patty is a lesbian and has known about her sexual orientation since she was a child (while Marge was either too naive or in denial about it).
  • Hates Being Touched: Patty is this. Homer mistakenly thinks that it's Selma, at least until Marge corrects him.
  • I Told You So: Doubles as a Brick Joke. After Skinner dates Patty the first time, he lets Bart off his punishment. Bart promptly throws the bag of seeds to Willie and runs off but Willie doesn't seem deterred.
    Wilile: You'll be back! You haven't seen the last of Willie!
    At the end of the episode, Skinner is dumped by Patty and retakes the school from Bart's control. Making him reseed the field. Guess whose helping Skinner oversee this?
    Willie: I told ya ye be back!
  • Jerkass: Homer. Even after goofing up with introducing Patty to Skinner instead of Selma, not only does he show no regret/remorse for it, but he continues to badmouth her and telling Marge, who's genuinely concerned about her, that she's a "heifer" amongst other things and introduces her to one of the worst choices for a boyfriend, his drunken best friend Barneynote  Also, even if Selma was/is a jerk to Homer, back then, she was the more sympathetic of the two sisters and certainly was in this episode and actually more friendlier towards Homer than Patty ever was.
  • Oh, Crap!: Moe, when he discovers it's Principal Skinner calling himnote .
    "Oh no."
  • One Steve Limit: It's revealed that there are no other Barts at Springfield Elementary.
  • The One That Got Away: The twins go to a wedding of two coworkers that fell in love by chance (he initially was going to sit next to Selma in the cafeteria, but Patty scared him away, only to sit next to the woman he would eventually marry. Even worse, he says in their wedding vows that had he not sat next to her, "who knows what kind of woman would I have married?", implying that the memory with Selma meant nothing to him/does not even register anymore. Ouch.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Spanner in the Works: Patty and Skinner meet after Marge gets Homer to try and find a man for Selma. Homer cons Principal Skinner into coming over to the Simpson house for dinner, as way to introduce him to Selma. Unfortunately, when Skinner is sitting with Homer in the living room, Selma is too nervous to go out to join them. Patty goes in her place, and Skiner is instantly smitten.
  • Suddenly SHOUTING!: "THERE ARE NO OTHER BARTS!"
  • Would Hurt a Child: Skinner wishes he could still do this after Bart's latest.

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