The Simpsons

Season 22 Episode 1

Elementary School Musical

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Sep 26, 2010 on FOX
6.5
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Marge sends Lisa to a performing arts camp where she gets hooked on her new, hip lifestyle. Once back in Springfield, all Lisa can think about is returning. Meanwhile, Krusty believes he's won the Nobel Peace Prize only to discover is was a ruse to get him to Holland to be tried in court for crimes he's committed in Europe. As a result, Homer and Bart must find a way to prove he's made a significant cultural contribution.moreless

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  • Great season 22 start

    8.0
    Marge sends Lisa to a performing arts camp where she gets hooked on her new, hip lifestyle. Once back in Springfield, all Lisa can think about is returning. Meanwhile, Krusty believes he's won the Nobel Peace Prize only to discover is was a ruse to get him to Holland to be tried in court for crimes he's committed in Europe. As a result, Homer and Bart must find a way to prove he's made a significant cultural contribution. I thought this was a great season 22 start...just like season 21's. It's seems very underrated and I got some humor in this episode. Of course, there were still boring parts (mainly on Lisa's plot) and that was my only reason my score is low. Funny moments were the kids watching something at 4 in the morning, most of the subplot, such as the video, and maybe a couple parts in the main plot. As I said, the rest of the episode was boring, but it was still good to watch. Overall, great season 22 premiere of the Simpsons. 8/10moreless
  • the simpsons resort to stunt casting in another terrible episode

    2.5
    Apparently, the simpsons cannot come up with any more decent storylines so have to pull in viewers in the laziest way possible: stunt casting. This week, we have three kids from Glee (despite the Cleveland Show snapping them up first) and the flight of the choncords guys, in an uninteresting storyline for Lisa. The Krusty the Klown subplot was not bad actually, I enjoy Krusty and his selfish ways and making this story the A plot would have made it drawn out and too long. So, in conclusion, A brilliant B plot and a terrible A plot make for another episode of Americas favourite show on life supportmoreless
  • not a good omen of things to come in this season.

    5.0
    This episode was a big disappointment to me. Basically, the plot involves Lisa as the main character who is jealous that Bart got to go to Europe. Marge makes it up to her by sending her to an arts camp, where the cast of Glee guest stars. Lisa comes home and is discouraged by how un-artistic the rest of the world seems. Meanwhile, Bart and Homer go with Krusty the Klown to receive his Nobel Prize. However, when they get there, they are shocked to find it was all a sham, and the world courts are convicting Krusty for various crimes he committed in Europe. Bart and Homer must find one good thing Krusty did for the rest of the world to clear his name. Okay, first of all, about ten minutes of the episode are taken to show Lisa at camp. This made the writers have to slip the rest of the plot in in about the same time. Therefore, the episode seems rushed and without real purpose. Of course Lisa isn't going to live with two british camp directors in the city. I also didn't like the scenes where Lisa was at camp, and I felt the way the two directors lived was depressing and sends a bad message. That part also was kind of boring. However, a lot of scenes were quite funny, and the Krusty plot was not bad. If it weren't for these things i would be giving this a much lower rating. 5/10



    Also, I just heard they've signed a contract for a 23rd season. That is a bad decision in my opinion. I think they should have stopped with the 20th.moreless
  • Decent season opener

    6.5
    When Krusty wins the nobel peace prize, Homer and Bart get to go to Europe to see him accept his prize, but when they get there, they find out it's just a set up to arrest Krusty for all the crimes he's commited in Europe. Homer and Bart try to find evidence of one good thing Krusty did.



    Lisa's jealous that Bart got to go to Europe, so Marge takes here to arts camp, where Lisa meets great consuelors and kids, and learns alot about art. But when she gets back, she becomes depressed and runs away to her counselor's town, Sprooklyn.



    This was a decent episode. I liked alot of Homer's lines and the songs, and the electric company video, but the rest of it was pretty boring.



    Overall Grade: 65%/c-D+moreless
  • How very disappointing...

    5.5
    So the start of Season 22, quite possible the last of the Simpsons, and this is a bad way to start.



    The episode basically revolves around Lisa wanting to become a musician after going to music camp with a subplot of Homer and Bart helping Krusty getting out of jail after he was tricked into being awarded a fake nobel prize.



    A lot of the episode was spent showing Lisa's time at music camp and having a magical time which was by far the most boring part of the episode. It goes along fairly humourlessly, in fact, I don't think I smiled once and entertainment value was at a low. We already know that Lisa loves music, you don't need to spend 5-10 minutes of the episode telling us that.



    After she comes back from music camp, she decides that she loves it so much that she wants to leave Springfield and become a musician. She meets up with the leaders of music camp who are very poor, work in a sandwich shop and she discovers that music camp was all a lie.



    And that's it, pretty uninspired. It was a dull plot, no jokes and a really mundane episode. A real shame.moreless
Dan Castellaneta

Dan Castellaneta

Homer Simpson, Grampa Simpson, Barney Gumble, Krusty the Clown, Groundskeeper Willie, and others

Julie Kavner

Julie Kavner

Marge Simpson, Patty Bouvier, and Selma Bouvier

Nancy Cartwright

Nancy Cartwright

Bart Simpson, Nelson Muntz, Ralph Wiggum, Todd Flanders, and others

Yeardley Smith

Yeardley Smith

Lisa Simpson

Hank Azaria

Hank Azaria

Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, Moe Szyslak, Chief Wiggum, Comic Book Guy, Lou, and others

Harry Shearer

Harry Shearer

Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders, Principal Skinner, Waylon Smithers, Kent Brockman, and others

Jemaine Clement

Jemaine Clement

Counselor Ethan

Guest Star

Bret McKenzie

Bret McKenzie

Counselor Kurt

Guest Star

Lea Michele

Lea Michele

Herself

Guest Star

Pamela Hayden

Pamela Hayden

Milhouse Van Houten, Rod Flanders, Jimbo Jones, and others

Recurring Role

Tress MacNeille

Tress MacNeille

Agnes Skinner, Brandine Del Roy, Dolph and others

Recurring Role

Russi Taylor

Russi Taylor

Martin Prince, Sherri, Terri and others

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Grampa: Because I could not stop for death, he kindly stopped for me.
      (said while swirling some brandy)
      Lisa: Emily Dickinson.
      Grampa: No, I was just describing my day. (said while swirling some brandy)

  • NOTES (1)

    • Show Title: Otto flying the school bus which a psychadelic tail banner to make it look to be decorated like The Magic School Bus
      Billboard Gag: Prof. Frink's Sex/Kill-Bot. Make sure switch is in correct position.
      Blackboard Gag: When I slept in class, it was not to help Leo DiCaprio.
      Couch Gag: The Simpsons' living room is decorated with a banner reading "22 Seasons. Congratulations from Fox". The family is presented with a cupcake and Maggie blows out the candle. The Fox Network man then walks off the set eating the cupcake leaving the family dejected as the banner partially drops to the floor.

  • ALLUSIONS (4)

    • Good Vibrations
      When Lisa hears a song to welcome her to Performing Arts Camp. This is a parody of the 1966 Beach Boys song Good Vibrations

    • Rocky and Bullwinkle and Friends
      When Kurt and Ethan fly from the roof of a building to the sandwich shop, this is actually a reference to Rocky and Bullwinkle and Friends; the way their arms are spread out like a flying squirrel's are, and the classic "jet" sounds usually used for Rocky flying are heard as well.

    • Subway
      The sandwich place that Kurt and Ethan work at is called Sprubway. This is an allusion to the sandwich chain called Subway.

    • High School Musical
      The title of this episode is a play on the title of the popular High School Musical movie series from the Disney Channel.

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