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** This moment ultimately serves to be the final straw for Marge, who decides they have to get the kids back to school ASAP.

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** Bart has at least two dangerous traps prepared for his substitutes (the chair tack and the log) but he would rather be labeled a teacher's pet and mama's boy than have [[EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas Marge fall victim to those pranks.]]

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* EpicFail: Marge finds her attempts to teach Bart's class exhausting because the kids took 40 minutes to find Canada on the map despite it being the U.S.A's neighboring country and one of the largest in the world.

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** The cannon scene from the Civil War historical park is reference to the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-K4BvF_sb3Y opening credits]] of ''Series/FTroop''. The soldier in the lookout tower even bears a striking resemblance to Private Vanderbilt. However, unlike F Troop, this cannon doesn't go off and knock down the tower because it's not loaded ("common sense").

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**Why ''did'' Mr. Largo ban his class from playing "Pop Goes the Weasel"?


After a disastrous field trip, Edna and the teachers agree to a strike as they have had it with Skinner cutting the school's budget to the point that he's selling the kids' futures short[[note]]even though the only students who actually have a future are Lisa, Martin Prince, and the members of The Superfriends science club from the episode "Bart's Comet". Students like Bart, Nelson, and the three bullies -- Dolph, Jimbo, and Kearney -- don't (unless Bart actually goes through with being a Chief Justice of the Supreme Court as seen on "Itchy and Scratchy: The Movie") and everyone else is average at best[[/note]]. While Bart revels in the strike by making mischief, Lisa is suffering from not being in a classroom setting, Milhouse gets tutored and becomes smarter than he thought possible, and the PTA decides to hire neighborhood people (one of which is Marge) as scab teachers.

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After a disastrous field trip, Edna and the teachers agree to a strike as they have had it with Skinner cutting the school's budget to the point that he's selling the kids' futures short[[note]]even though the only students who actually have a future are Lisa, Martin Prince, and the members of The Superfriends science club from the episode "Bart's Comet". Students like Bart, Nelson, Ralph Wiggum, Nelson Muntz, and the three bullies -- Dolph, Jimbo, and Kearney -- don't (unless Bart actually goes through with being a Chief Justice of the Supreme Court as seen on "Itchy and Scratchy: The Movie") and everyone else is average at best[[/note]]. While Bart revels in the strike by making mischief, Lisa is suffering from not being in a classroom setting, Milhouse gets tutored and becomes smarter than he thought possible, and the PTA decides to hire neighborhood people (one of which is Marge) as scab teachers.


After a disastrous field trip, Edna and the teachers agree to a strike as they have had it with Skinner cutting the school's budget to the point that he's selling the kids' futures short. While Bart revels in the strike by making mischief, Lisa is suffering from not being in a classroom setting, Milhouse gets tutored, and the PTA decides to hire neighborhood people as scab teachers.

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After a disastrous field trip, Edna and the teachers agree to a strike as they have had it with Skinner cutting the school's budget to the point that he's selling the kids' futures short. short[[note]]even though the only students who actually have a future are Lisa, Martin Prince, and the members of The Superfriends science club from the episode "Bart's Comet". Students like Bart, Nelson, and the three bullies -- Dolph, Jimbo, and Kearney -- don't (unless Bart actually goes through with being a Chief Justice of the Supreme Court as seen on "Itchy and Scratchy: The Movie") and everyone else is average at best[[/note]]. While Bart revels in the strike by making mischief, Lisa is suffering from not being in a classroom setting, Milhouse gets tutored, tutored and becomes smarter than he thought possible, and the PTA decides to hire neighborhood people (one of which is Marge) as scab teachers.


--->'''Actor:''' Hey, they're trying to learn for free!

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--->'''Actor:''' --->'''Actor 1:''' Hey, they're trying to learn for free!


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--->'''Actor 2:''' Use your phony guns as clubs!


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* TheLastStraw: While riding in the dilapidated school bus, Bart comments itís still safer than the old bus. Cut to said bus which was missing its tires and several other key components. A single leaf falls from a tree on top of the roof of the bus, causing it to ''explode''.


** Bart, in a slightly different sense. Not being in school makes him wreak havock elsewhere and he starts flying kite at night to add to the CreepyChild vibe.

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** Bart, in a slightly different sense. Not being in school makes him wreak havock havoc elsewhere and he starts flying his kite at night night, to add to the CreepyChild vibe.

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* EveryoneHasStandards: The teachers of Springfield Elementary are not what you would call dedicated at their work, and even Edna Krabappel has shown a lack of care for her students' physical welfare from time to time (especially Bart), but they all eventually go on strike when Skinner becomes so extremely, and quite shamelessly, cheap, that they are unable to do their jobs with any degree of comfort.


* SuckySchool: Springfield Elementary has gotten so bad that even the most disinterested teachers can't ignore it.

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* SuckySchool: Springfield Elementary has gotten so bad that even the most disinterested teachers can't ignore it. It's telling that Lunch Lady Doris, who is well known for using low-quality or questionable ingredients for the school meals, is complaining about using ''shredded gym mats'' as a substitute ingredient.


** Bart, in a slightly different sense. Not being in school makes him wreck havock elsewhere and starts flying kite at night to add to the CreepyChild vibe.

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** Bart, in a slightly different sense. Not being in school makes him wreck wreak havock elsewhere and he starts flying kite at night to add to the CreepyChild vibe.

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* EmbarrassingRelativeTeacher: Marge briefly becomes Bart's substitute teacher after Bart drives the other subs away. She embarrasses Bart by calling him "sweetie" in class.


* TheAllegedCar: The Springfield Elementary school bus is in extremely poor repair, with a rusted out hole in the floor that keeps getting bigger and brakes so worn that students need to use their jackets as drag chutes to help slow the vehicle down.

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* TheAllegedCar: The Springfield Elementary school bus is in extremely poor repair, with a rusted out hole in the floor that keeps getting bigger and brakes so worn that students need to use their jackets as drag chutes to help slow the vehicle down. This is nothing next to the other bus the school owns, which is in such a bad shape that a CutawayGag shows, just as Skinner says this, the bus sitting on the school's parking lot on top of some bricks and '''[[MadeOfExplodium exploding]]''' when [[TheLastStraw a little leaf falls on its roof]].


* AgreeToDisagree: Defied. When Flanders points out that Skinner and Krabappel have their respective good points on their discussion and says this, they refuse to agree even on ''that'' before storming off.

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* AgreeToDisagree: Defied. When Flanders points out that Skinner and Krabappel have their respective good points on their discussion and says this, they refuse to agree even on ''that'' before storming off. (Also provides the QuoteSource.)



* BlackComedy: The episode begins with a group of actors trying to kill a bunch of school kids for... trying to watch a re-enactment for free (with them actually appearing to ''kill'' poor Uter). Not to mention the re-enactment being soldiers murdering other soldiers trying to surrender being portrayed as brave and heroic.

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* BlackComedy: The episode begins with a group of actors trying to kill a bunch of school kids schoolchildren for... trying to watch a re-enactment for free (with them actually appearing to ''kill'' poor Uter).Üter). Not to mention the re-enactment being soldiers murdering other soldiers trying to surrender being portrayed as brave and heroic.



* BothSidesHaveAPoint: When a PTA meeting is held regarding the teachers strike, Mrs. Krabappel argues that Skinner's budget cuts are harming the education the parents' children are receiving, and that they need the resources to do their job. The parents are inclined to agree with her until Skinner explains that the school's on a very tight budget as it is, and that for the administration to meet the teacher's demands, they'd have to raise the parents' taxes. That gets the parents complaining about taxes being high enough as it is, and the debate between Skinner's and Krabappel's positions ends up going back and forth.

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* BothSidesHaveAPoint: When a PTA meeting is held regarding the teachers strike, Mrs. Krabappel argues that Skinner's budget cuts are harming the education the parents' children are receiving, and that they need the resources to do their job. The parents are inclined to agree with her until Skinner explains that the school's on a very tight budget as it is, and that for the administration to meet the teacher's demands, they'd have to raise the parents' taxes. That gets the parents complaining about taxes being high enough as it is, and the debate between Skinner's and Krabappel's positions ends up going back and forth.



* CuttingCorners: Ms. Krabappel resents Skinner's refusal to fix things all supposedly because their budget can't allow it.

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* CuttingCorners: Ms. Krabappel resents Skinner's refusal to fix things all supposedly because their budget can't allow it.



* DivingSave: when Marge becomes 4th grade teacher, Bart does this to save her from a booby trap. Namely ''A SWINGING LOG.''

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* DivingSave: when Marge becomes 4th grade teacher, Bart does this to save her from a booby trap. Namely ''A SWINGING LOG.''LOG''.



* GossipEvolution: Bart's plan to extend the strike involves starting a rumor at the back of a crowd of teachers that "Skinner said the teachers will crack any minute." By the time the rumor reaches the front of the group it's become "Skinner said the teachers will crack any minute, purple monkey dishwasher." Needless to say Edna takes [[ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne special exception]] to the "purple monkey dishwaser" comment.

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* GossipEvolution: Bart's plan to extend the strike involves starting a rumor at the back of a crowd of teachers that "Skinner said the teachers will crack any minute." By the time the rumor reaches the front of the group it's become "Skinner said the teachers will crack any minute, purple monkey dishwasher." Needless to say Edna takes [[ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne special exception]] to the "purple monkey dishwaser" dishwasher" comment.



* IdiotBall: Bart, during the strike. There's a whole runner of him being unable to even say "what."

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* IdiotBall: Bart, during the strike. There's a whole runner of him being unable to even say "what.""what".



** Seymour Skinner has always done (and will always do) idiotic decisions that hurt children for the sake of CuttingCorners and do changes that (only he) believes are beneficial to his school, but he's at his worst in this episode. He considers the fact a kid (Uter) has been left behind and implied to be ''lynched'' on a school trip inconsequential because he's got the parental agreement forms to cover his ass[[note]][[Recap/TheSimpsonsS7E23MuchApuAboutNothing a later episode]] implies Skinner ''hates'' Uter for being German, giving the impression that xenophobia is another reason why Skinner dismisses this as collateral damage[[/note]].

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** Seymour Skinner has always done (and will always do) idiotic decisions that hurt children for the sake of CuttingCorners and do changes that (only he) believes are beneficial to his school, but he's at his worst in this episode. He considers the fact a kid (Uter) (Üter) has been left behind and implied to be ''lynched'' on a school trip inconsequential because he's got the parental agreement forms to cover his ass[[note]][[Recap/TheSimpsonsS7E23MuchApuAboutNothing a later episode]] implies Skinner ''hates'' Uter Üter for being German, giving the impression that xenophobia is another reason why Skinner dismisses this as collateral damage[[/note]].damage.[[/note]]



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''(crowd murmurs in approval)''\\
''(Skinner rubs his finger and thumb together)''\\
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* NoodleIncident: Before Moe, the other substitute teachers humiliated by Bart included Chief Wiggum, Barney, Lionel Hutz, and [[Series/WelcomeBackKotter Gabe Kaplan]].

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* NoodleIncident: Before Moe, the other substitute teachers humiliated by Bart included Chief Wiggum, Barney, Lionel Hutz, Hutz and [[Series/WelcomeBackKotter Gabe Kaplan]].



* SanitySlippage: Lisa steadily becomes unstable since she's unable to go to school. She begs Marge to grade her, runs out of the house screaming her head off when she can only list two synonyms for "Relax," and Marge mentions she found Lisa dissecting her raincoat.

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* SanitySlippage: Lisa steadily becomes unstable since she's unable to go to school. She begs Marge to grade her, runs out of the house screaming her head off when she can only list two synonyms for "Relax," "Relax", and Marge mentions she found Lisa dissecting her raincoat.



* SoapWithinAShow: During the teachers' strike, Jimbo watches a soap with his mom:

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* SoapWithinAShow: During the teachers' strike, Jimbo watches a soap with his mom:mother:



* StopHavingFunGuys: InUniverse, Professor Frink does not allow the kids to play with a toy because "You won't enjoy it on as many levels as I do."

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* StopHavingFunGuys: InUniverse, Professor Frink does not allow the kids kindergarteners to play with a toy because "You won't enjoy it on as many levels as I do."



* ViolenceDiscretionShot: The last we see of Uter, he's fallen behind and a group of soldier have surrounded him with clubs raised. Then it cuts away.

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* ViolenceDiscretionShot: The last we see of Uter, Üter, he's fallen behind and a group of soldier have surrounded him with clubs raised. Then it cuts away.



** When Üter is attacked, the bus just leaves him and he isnít talked about. [[UnexplainedRecovery He inexplicably returns unharmed]] the following season in "22 Short Films About Springfield", although in a season 11 episode, Bart says that he hasn't seen him "Since our last field trip." Then again, the show does have NegativeContinuity.

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** When Üter is attacked, the bus just leaves him and he isnít talked about.mentioned. [[UnexplainedRecovery He inexplicably returns unharmed]] the following season in "22 Short Films About Springfield", although in a season 11 episode, Bart says that he hasn't seen him "Since our last field trip." Then again, the show does have NegativeContinuity.



* WouldHurtAChild: The staff at the Diz-Nee historical park are willing to club children. As the commentary track points out, Uter is most likely ''killed'' (don't worry, he was revived with the Dragon Balls) by the actors.

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* WouldHurtAChild: The staff at the Diz-Nee [[Creator/{{Disney}} Diz]]-[[BlandNameProduct Nee]] historical park are willing to club children. As the commentary track points out, Uter Üter is most likely ''killed'' (don't worry, he was revived with the Dragon Balls) by the actors.

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