Quote of the Day

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“Principal Skinner, remember how I didn’t sue when I found that scorpion in my apple sauce?  Well, I’m calling in a favor.” – Lisa Simpson
“I knew this day would come.” – Principal Skinner

23 Responses to “Quote of the Day”

  1. 1 ThisCannotBeTheFuture
    10 June 2013 at 10:07 am

    Great animation on Skinner…

  2. 2 Frank
    10 June 2013 at 11:35 am

    Gads, I miss those days where Skinner had an aura of toughness to him. There was a scene where he took out a bunch of Disney lawyers with his shoe or something. Sure, he seemed to be a pushover to the kids, but in reality, he was badass.

    I think his character jumped the shark in Skinner’s Sense of Snow, where he was completely overrun by the kids at the school. I remember watching that episode and cringing at his inability to cope.

    • 3 Stan
      10 June 2013 at 12:56 pm

      Actually, I’d rather call the original Skinner “protective” of his school and of the children in it. He always stood up for the kids, albeit in his own, awkward ways. But he WAS devoted to the cause, even when Krabappel pretty much cornered him about how the school is a practical joke in the PTA Disbands.

      And I’d say that the real shit started with the Principal and the Pauper. Set aside the fact of shoddy storrytelling in this one, all that Skinner (Tamzarian) does in it, once he’s discovered to be a fraud, is to leave the school once again. It’s as if he didn’t need Bart anymore to call him a sucker or a sissy (which was pretty much the joke in the original series), he ends up doing it himself. And as for past Season 20 Skinner… I don’t even want to talk about that guy.

      • 4 ThisCannotBeTheFuture
        10 June 2013 at 2:51 pm

        By the way, that seems to be a general theme (whether intentional of not) of ZS writing: neuter the characters.

        They’ve done this especially to Skinner…but *especially* to Moe, and Mr. Burns.

        • 5 Stan
          10 June 2013 at 10:06 pm

          Heck, they’ve done this to everyone nowadays: even captain McAllister acts like some closet-dwelling pisciphile or something.
          And I agree: weird = funny. But not when it’s pummeled to the ground like that.

    • 6 ThisCannotBeTheFuture
      10 June 2013 at 3:02 pm

      Yeah, it was great that he was both (apparently) former special forces, but also such a square that the only question he could ask a successful businessman (Burns) was “Which do you think is more important: hard work or stick-to-itivenness?”

    • 7 Rob K.
      10 June 2013 at 4:39 pm

      Frank, one of the greatest points/posts I ever read regarding Skinner.

    • 8 akumatafur
      11 June 2013 at 9:40 am

      I found Skinner´s line in the latinamerican dub even more awesome:
      “SKINNER. Registered Trade mark.”

  3. 10 Chris
    10 June 2013 at 12:53 pm

    It looks like the same animation from, I think, “Bart’s Friend Falls in Love” when he says, “just like they forgot about me in that tiger cage for 18 agonizing months.” Which is to say, awesome.

    • 11 Stan
      10 June 2013 at 12:58 pm

      Undisputable number one Skinner scene is when Bart starts giving pranky Valentine candy.
      – Johnny… Johnny… JOHNNNNNNYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!
      – Cool, I broke his mind.

      • 12 ThisCannotBeTheFuture
        10 June 2013 at 2:22 pm

        “So, we meet again, ‘Mad Magazine.'”

        • 13 Frank
          10 June 2013 at 2:41 pm

          “The year was 1968. We were on recon in a steaming Mekong delta. An overheated private removed his flack jacket, revealing a T-shirt with an ironed-on sporting the MAD slogan “Up with Mini-skirts!”. Well, we all had a good laugh, even though I didn’t quite understand it. But our momentary lapse of concentration allowed “Charlie” to get the drop on us. I spent the next three years in a POW camp, forced to subsist on a thin stew made of fish, vegetables, prawns, coconut milk, and four kinds of rice. I came close to madness trying to find it here in the States, but they just can’t get the spices right!”

          • 14 ThisCannotBeTheFuture
            10 June 2013 at 2:53 pm

            “…even though I didn’t quite understand it.”

            lol I love Skinner’s (former) mix of being a bit of hard ass as well as being naive in many ways. Reminds me of the visual gag of Skinner’s cook-out apron in Season 5: “Principals do it 9 moths a year” or something.

  4. 16 ThisCannotBeTheFuture
    10 June 2013 at 2:38 pm

    I just realized Skinner’s line from “Lisa’s Rival” (when he approaches Ralph’s diorama) is the most succinct summary of what it feels like to cross into the ZS seasons–especially that last few years:

    “Ooh, now we’re into the dregs.”

  5. 10 June 2013 at 7:38 pm

    Skinner used to have very cool quotes.

  6. 22 Chris
    11 June 2013 at 10:41 am

    I saw some awful things in ‘Nam, but you really have to wonder about the mentality that would desecrate a helpless puma.

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