The Simpsons

Principal Charming

Season 2, Ep 14, Aired 2/14/91
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  • Episode Description
  • Marge's sister Selma seeks a husband, so Marge orders Homer to help in finding one. Things go wrong though, when Homer invites Principal Skinner over for dinner and Skinner instead falls for Selma's twin sister Patty.

  • Cast & Crew
  • David M. Stern

  • Al Jean

  • Mike Reiss

  • Jay Kogen

  • Wallace Wolodarsky

  • Fan Reviews (9)
  • A decent episode.

    By jmbsonic555, Oct 17, 2011

  • a averge ep

    By cube2k8, May 05, 2010

  • patty and skinner

    By futuramarama, Apr 05, 2010

  • I felt really bad for Selma in this episode

    By Iverson82094, Jan 28, 2008

  • Marge's sister, Selma, wanted to have a husband. Homer thinks that Skinner would be suitable.

    By Fantastic01, Nov 03, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (10)

    • Homer: Hmm. But enough about Bart. Tell me, Principal Skinner, are you married? Principal Skinner: Well, only to my job. Homer: But if you weren’t married to your job, you’d tend to go for a girl, right? Principal Skinner: (chuckles) Well, of course.

    • Homer: Marge, honey, I’ve got five words to say to you: (Counts on fingers) Greasy Joe’s Bottomless Bar-B-Q Pit! Marge: Oh, Homer, remember you promised you'd try to limit pork to six servings a week? Homer: Marge, I’m only human!

    • (At Moe's, Patty interrupts Selma and Barney's date.) Selma: Patty, are you throwing away your last chance at happiness just for me? Patty: Yes. Selma: Oh. Thanks. Patty: Now, let's go get some pancakes. Selma: Uh, listen, Barney, uh... Aah. (Patty and Selma get up and leave.) Barney: She broke my heart, Moe. (Sobs) Moe: Don't worry, Barney. Time heals all wounds. Barney: (Sees a full pitcher of beer.) Well, what do you know? You're right! And, look, a whole pitcher to myself!

    • Selma: Bart, come cheer up your Aunt Selma Bart: Okay. Selma: What did you learn in school today? Bart: Principal Skinner's gonna ask Aunt Patty to marry him. (Moment of silence.) Selma: Hmm. Thanks, kid. You made my day.

    • (Patty and Selma stop at the Kwik-E-Mart and order cigarettes.) Apu: Oh! All right. Here you go. Smoke them in good health. And will you be needing any lottery tickets with that? Selma: No! All right. Five.

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    Notes (3)

    • According to the Season 2 DVD commentary, Moleman's appearance is the result of bad animation. When the show was viewed by the staff, they realized he was way, way too small and wrinkly. Groening told them not to bring back the character, but they kept putting him in the scripts just because he was funny. He didn't have a name, but the writers just called him Mole Man.

    • First Appearance: Groundskeeper Willie, Hans Moleman

    • Blackboard Joke: I will not belch the national anthem. Couch Gag: The couch opens up to reveal it is actually a "hide-a-bed."

    Trivia (11)

    • There is an entire drawer of a file cabinet set aside just for Bart. By the time "The Wandering Juvie" airs in season 16, Bart's file had grown to fill entire storage lockers.

    • In the end credits, Marcia Wallace is credited as doing a voice for this episode, but doesn't. Meanwhile, Russi Taylor, who voices Martin, does appear, but does not get credited.

    • The sign in front of the church reads "Peterson Wedding" at 2:00 and "Hayride to Heaven" at 8:00.

    • Bart's disciplinary file includes write-ups for vandalism, tardiness, absenteeism, making faces and rude behavior.

    • A jewelry store in Springfield: "Family Jewels." Another store is called "Discount Meat Hut."

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    Allusions (9)

    • Cinderella The title of this episode is a play on words of the famous character, Prince Charming, from the 1950 Disney film, Cinderella.

    • Space Needle The Springfield Revolving Restaurant is modeled after the Space Needle in Seattle, built for the 1962 World's Fair. After the fair, a restaurant was built in the revolving section of the tower.

    • Heaven Help Us The paddle on the wall has the word "Patience" written across it. This is taken straight from the 1985 film Heaven Help Us.

    • The Terminator/RoboCop The look from inside Homer's eye as he searches and scans men for Selma to date is taken from the 1984 film The Terminator. The sound effects and some of the look is also taken from the 1987 film RoboCop.

    • Vertigo Principal Skinner running up the bell tower at Springfield elementary is similar to the closing scenes in Alfred Hitchcock's 1958 film Vertigo.

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