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* JerkassBall: 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) 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]].


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



* JerkassBall: 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 racism is another reason why Skinner dismisses this as collateral damage[[/note]].

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* JerkassBall: 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 racism xenophobia is another reason why Skinner dismisses this as collateral damage[[/note]].damage[[/note]].
** Jasper holds this in Lisa's class by threatening her and the students with "a paddlin'".



* TookALevelInDumbass: Bart, during the strike. There's a whole runner of him being unable to even say "what."
* TookALevelInJerkAss: Jasper does this in Lisa's class by threatening her and the students with "a paddlin'".

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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.


* JerkAss: 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 in top form 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 racism is another reason why Skinner dismisses this as collateral damage[[/note]].

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* JerkAss: JerkassBall: 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 in top form 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 racism is another reason why Skinner dismisses this as collateral damage[[/note]].

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* 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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* TakeThat: Lisa: "I probably won't even get into Vassar." Called out as an unwarranted slam by Homer: "I've had ''just'' about enough of your Vassar bashing, young lady!"

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** The historical theme park is based on Disney's proposed "Disney's America" in Virginia. They eventually abandoned the project.


-->''''Seymour:''' Oh, come on, Edna. We both know that these children ''have'' no future!
-->''[everyone stops and stares at Seymour]''

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-->''''Seymour:''' -->'''Seymour:''' Oh, come on, Edna. [[DidIJustSayThatOutLoud We both know that these children ''have'' children]] ''[[DidIJustSayThatOutLoud have]]'' [[DidIJustSayThatOutLoud no future!
-->''[everyone
future!]]
-->(''everyone
stops and stares at Seymour]''Seymour'')

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* NoodleImplement: Exactly what Bart is ''doing'' flying his kite at night, and the motives behind it, are left to the imagination.


* JerkAss: 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 in top form 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.

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* JerkAss: 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 in top form 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.ass[[note]][[Recap/TheSimpsonsS7E23MuchApuAboutNothing a later episode]] implies Skinner ''hates'' Uter for being German, giving the impression that racism is another reason why Skinner dismisses this as collateral damage[[/note]].

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* VocalDissonance: Bart gets hold of a construction supervisor's bullhorn and starts giving out destructive orders. The supervisor grabs the horn away and complains that people should have been able to tell the difference between his voice and that of a 10-year-old boy -- the joke being that the supervisor sounds exactly like Bart (including using the CatchPhrase "¡Ay caramba!").


* JerkAss: 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 in top form in this episode. He considers the fact a kid (Utter) 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.

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* JerkAss: 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 in top form in this episode. He considers the fact a kid (Utter) (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.


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* PrivateProfitPrison: The episode ends with Springfield Elementary becoming one of these in order to provide money to raise the budget. Which meant psychotic killers and violent robbers sharing the classroom space with innocent kids (and Bart). And the teachers don't care one bit, thinking that this will teach the unruly students about consequences... of course, unknown to them, Bart plans to help Snake escape because he will be paid if he does.


%%* BlameGame

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%%* BlameGame* BlameGame: Edna blames Skinner for forcing teachers to half-ass their job because of not giving them resources, while Skinner keeps blaming it all on not enough budget and nobody willing to give more money ([[JerkassHasAPoint he ends up being right, though]]). Bart triggers a riot in a bank by hollering that it's out of money and people coming to blows when the cashier points out that someone's money went to pay someone else and ''that'' someone's money went to pay someone else (a la ''Film/ItsAWonderfulLife'').

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* NoConservationOfEnergy: As repeatedly mentioned above, Lisa eventually snaps and builds a perpetual motion machine in a failed attempt to cope, which prompts this quote:
-->'''Homer:''' "In this house we obey the Laws of Thermodynamics!"

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* TemptingFate: Skinner expresses a hope that renting out the cloakrooms to Springfield Penitentary as cells might scare straight some of the more troublesome students (i.e., Bart). Seconds later, Bart is helping Snake plan a jailbreak.

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