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* BosssUnfavoriteEmployee: Chalmers makes clear that he hates Skinner so much that he would rather allow Springfield Elementary to become a lawless hellhole a billion times worse than it was while Skinner ran it than hire him again. He decides to rehire Skinner anyway when he discovers that Ned [[FelonyMisdimeanor leads students in prayer]].

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* PuttingThePalInPrincipal: Deconstructed with Ned, who takes such a hands-off approach to running the Elementary School that it becomes a lawless hellhole.

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* EskimosArentReal: Principal Skinner used to dismiss Yom Kippur as a made-up holiday.

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* TwoDecadesBehind: Skinner listens to classical music on a 1960s-era reel-to-reel tape machine. (although, that's possibly for the same reason he washes his laundry in a public launderette - he lives with MyBelovedSmother who won't allow him to use modern technology)


* IncrediblyLamePun: The students find Ned Flanders' puns funnier than Chalmers', despite not being much different.

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* IncrediblyLamePun: ItsBeenDone: Skinner tells Bart about his idea to write a book about a dinosaur-filled amusement park. Apu is not pleased.
-->'''Skinner:''' I finally have time to do what I've always wanted: write the UsefulNotes/GreatAmericanNovel. Mine is about a futuristic amusement park where dinosaurs are brought to life through advanced cloning techniques. I call it "''Billy and the Cloneasaurus''".\\
'''Apu:''' Oh, you have ''got'' [[YouHaveGotToBeKiddingMe to be kidding, sir.]] First you [[LampshadeHanging think of an idea that has already been done.]] Then you give it a title that nobody could possibly like. [[DidntThinkThisThrough Didn't you think this through]]...?\\
''(time skip)'' ...[[Literature/JurassicPark was on the bestseller list for eighteen months!]] Every magazine cover had...\\
''(time skip)'' ...[[Film/JurassicPark most popular movies of all time, sir!]] {{What were you thinking}}?!... (''{{beat}}'') I mean, thank you, come again.
* KickMePrank: After Bart gets Principal Skinner his job back they embrace before returning to their old rivalry. Bart attaches a "Kick Me" sign to Skinner, however Skinner also managed to attach a "Teach Me" sign to Bart.
* LamePunReaction:
The students find Ned Flanders' puns funnier than Chalmers', despite not being much different.



* ItsBeenDone: Skinner tells Bart about his idea to write a book about a dinosaur-filled amusement park. Apu is not pleased.
-->'''Skinner:''' I finally have time to do what I've always wanted: write the UsefulNotes/GreatAmericanNovel. Mine is about a futuristic amusement park where dinosaurs are brought to life through advanced cloning techniques. I call it "''Billy and the Cloneasaurus''".\\
'''Apu:''' Oh, you have ''got'' [[YouHaveGotToBeKiddingMe to be kidding, sir.]] First you [[LampshadeHanging think of an idea that has already been done.]] Then you give it a title that nobody could possibly like. [[DidntThinkThisThrough Didn't you think this through]]...?\\
''(time skip)'' ...[[Literature/JurassicPark was on the bestseller list for eighteen months!]] Every magazine cover had...\\
''(time skip)'' ...[[Film/JurassicPark most popular movies of all time, sir!]] {{What were you thinking}}?!... (''{{beat}}'') I mean, thank you, come again.
* KickMePrank: After Bart gets Principal Skinner his job back they embrace before returning to their old rivalry. Bart attaches a "Kick Me" sign to Skinner, however Skinner also managed to attach a "Teach Me" sign to Bart.


* IncrediblyLamePun: The students find Ned Flanders' puns funnier than Chalmers', despite not being much different.
-->'''Ned:''' As chairman of the P.T.A., I am de-didilly-lighted to take over, and I think I can [[PuttingThePalInPrincipal put the "pal" back in principal]].\\
''(the kids laugh)''\\
'''Chalmers:''' Yeah, and I'll put the "super" back in superintendent!\\
''(no one laughs)''\\
'''Chalmers:''' It's the same exact joke. What gives, Leo?\\
''(later, when the kids laugh at Ned's similar "put the stew back in students" pun)''\\
'''Chalmers:''' It's just a damn popularity contest with you kids! ''(walks off annoyed)''\\
'''Leo:''' Now look what you've done, you little freaks! ''(walks off angrily)''



-->'''Skinner:''' I finally have time to do what I've always wanted: write the UsefulNotes/GreatAmericanNovel. Mine is about a futuristic amusement park where dinosaurs are brought to life through advanced cloning techniques. I call it "''Billy and the Cloneasaurus''".
-->'''Apu:''' Oh, you have ''got'' [[YouHaveGotToBeKiddingMe to be kidding, sir.]] First you [[LampshadeHanging think of an idea that has already been done.]] Then you give it a title that nobody could possibly like. [[DidntThinkThisThrough Didn't you think this through]]...?
-->''(time skip)'' ...[[Literature/JurassicPark was on the bestseller list for eighteen months!]] Every magazine cover had...
-->''(time skip)'' ...[[Film/JurassicPark most popular movies of all time, sir!]] {{What were you thinking}}?!... (''{{beat}}'') I mean, thank you, come again.

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-->'''Skinner:''' I finally have time to do what I've always wanted: write the UsefulNotes/GreatAmericanNovel. Mine is about a futuristic amusement park where dinosaurs are brought to life through advanced cloning techniques. I call it "''Billy and the Cloneasaurus''".
-->'''Apu:'''
Cloneasaurus''".\\
'''Apu:'''
Oh, you have ''got'' [[YouHaveGotToBeKiddingMe to be kidding, sir.]] First you [[LampshadeHanging think of an idea that has already been done.]] Then you give it a title that nobody could possibly like. [[DidntThinkThisThrough Didn't you think this through]]...?
-->''(time
?\\
''(time
skip)'' ...[[Literature/JurassicPark was on the bestseller list for eighteen months!]] Every magazine cover had...
-->''(time
had...\\
''(time
skip)'' ...[[Film/JurassicPark most popular movies of all time, sir!]] {{What were you thinking}}?!... (''{{beat}}'') I mean, thank you, come again.



-->'''Chalmers:''' Skinner, you're fired!
-->'''Skinner''' ''(offended)'': Excuse ''me'', did you just call me a liar?
-->'''Chalmers:''' No, I said you were fired.
-->'''Skinner:''' Oh... ''([[BeatPanel Beat]])'' That's much worse...

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-->'''Chalmers:''' Skinner, you're fired!
-->'''Skinner''' ''(offended)'':
fired!\\
'''Skinner''': ''(offended)''
Excuse ''me'', did you just call me a liar?
-->'''Chalmers:'''
liar?\\
'''Chalmers:'''
No, I said you were fired.
-->'''Skinner:'''
fired.\\
'''Skinner:'''
Oh... ''([[BeatPanel Beat]])'' ''({{Beat}})'' That's much worse...

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* LongList: Principal Skinner (on deciding which laundry detergent to use): "Let's see: Tide...Cheer...Bold...Biz...Fab...All...Gain...Wisk. I believe today I will try...Bold."


* EveryoneHasStandards: Bart, lazy underachiever that is, feels the school under Flanders has devolved too far.

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* EveryoneHasStandards: Bart, who's a lazy underachiever that is, underachiever, feels the school under Flanders has devolved too far.


* KickMePrank: Bart and Skinner depart after a nice hug. After they part, it is revealed that, when they hugged, Bart put a "Kick Me" sign on Skinner's back and Skinner put a "Teach Me" sign on Bart's back.

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* KickMePrank: After Bart and gets Principal Skinner depart after a nice hug. After his job back they part, it is revealed that, when they hugged, embrace before returning to their old rivalry. Bart put attaches a "Kick Me" sign on Skinner's back and to Skinner, however Skinner put also managed to attach a "Teach Me" sign on Bart's back.to Bart.



* TheNotSoHarmlessPunishment:

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* TheNotSoHarmlessPunishment:TheNotSoHarmlessPunishment: After Superintendent Chalmers is angry enough at Skinner before Santa's Little Helper causes a crisis, and Groundskeeper Willie falling on him seems to be the last straw:


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* TeachersOutOfSchool: ZigZagged. After Skinner loses his job, Bart gets to know him outside of work. Even though Skinner is as boring as ever, Bart ''still'' manages to befriend him.


* ArtisticLicensePetCare: Edna feeds Santa's Little Helper the raisin cookies Martin made. Grapes and, by extension raisins, are toxic to dogs, not unlike chocolate.

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* ArtisticLicensePetCare: ArtisticLicenseAnimalCare: Edna feeds Santa's Little Helper the raisin cookies Martin made. Grapes and, by extension raisins, are toxic to dogs, not unlike chocolate.

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* ArtisticLicensePetCare: Edna feeds Santa's Little Helper the raisin cookies Martin made. Grapes and, by extension raisins, are toxic to dogs, not unlike chocolate.


* FromBadToWorse: Skinner gets fired for his unusual incompetence, but his replacement does an unimaginably worse job.



* SelectiveEnforcement: Chalmers lets Flanders get away with ten times the mayhem and incompetence he fired Skinner over. He nonchalantly admits he just didn't like Skinner and the schools are going down the tubes anyway.

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* OutOfCharacter: Skinner's incompetence pretty much contrasts with the no-nonsense stance he had in the show's earlier seasons.
* SelectiveEnforcement: Chalmers lets Flanders get away with ten times the mayhem and incompetence he fired Skinner over. He nonchalantly admits he just didn't like Skinner and the public schools are going down the tubes anyway.


* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Bart wasn't trying to get Skinner fired, he just didn't think about bringing a dog into the school out.

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* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Bart wasn't trying to get Skinner fired, he just didn't think about bringing a dog into the school out.school.


* FelonyMisdemeanor: Flanders is fired as school principal not for letting the children run wild, but for leading the school in a moment of prayer, because, as Chalmers said, "God has no place [in a public school], just as facts have no place in an organized religion".



* FelonyMisdemeanor: Flanders is fired as school principal not for letting the children run wild, but for leading the school in a moment of prayer, because, as Chalmers said, "God has no place [in a public school], just as facts have no place in an organized religion".


* ComicallyMissingThePoint [=/=] EpicFail: When Skinner was at a laundromat, three bullies stole his underwear and told him he couldn't do anything about it. His response was stating he could buy new underwear. Then he opened his wallet and found out he ''couldn't''.


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* FiringDay: At the beginning of the episode, Skinner is fired from his job as principal of Springfield's elementary school after a series of shenanigans caused by Bart bringing his dog to school and losing track of him make Superintendent Chalmers snap and fire Skinner on the spot.

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