The Simpsons

Season 8 Episode 19

Grade School Confidential

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Apr 06, 1997 on FOX
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Episode Summary

While at school, Martin invites the class to his birthday party. Edna Krabappel and Seymour Skinner show up and so do Bart, Lisa and many others. As one of the dishes Mrs. Prince serves oysters. When Seymour spots his mother trying to enter the party he and Edna go and flirt in Martin's teahouse. Everyone but Bart, Edna and Seymour leave the party sick because of the oysters. Bart stays a while and sees Edna and Seymour kissing. At school they overhear Bart about to tell Milhouse, Lewis and gang about what he saw, so Krabappel and Skinner take Bart into the principal's office. They make an excuse which fails, and bribe Bart by saying they will clear his permanent record if he keeps quiet. Then they start using him as their messenger, by pulling/sending him out of class to send messages to each other. It works for a while until they go a little too far. Bart tells everyone and proves it by opening the janitor's closet to reveal Krabappel and Skinner kissing. Rumors go from parent to parent about them having sexual relations. Superintendent Chalmers fires Krabappel and Skinner, but Bart tells them that they should demand to stay employed. Krabappel and Skinner lock the school and a mob watches as they demand their love be respected. Maude Flanders tells why they are upset, and Seymour reveals himself to be a virgin, satisfying everyone. Their relationship is legal, and Bart is out of the picture.moreless

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  • Amazing episode to start off one of the best cartoon couples ever

    This episode was the best episode of Season 8. Even better, Edna and Skinner was the best cartoon couple I've ever seen (Way better than Edna and Ned Flanders)
  • this was a good ep

    in this ep of the simpsons show in school bart gets introuble in class but he secretly comes across a relationship between ms crobobble and skinner . and they want to him to dilver things for them like bring things back and forth to one another and he gets tired of it so he brings them to the souce the kids see them in the janters closet and they go home and tell one another and its diffrent storeis that are funny and then charlmers has to step in and bart helps them out and they get to keep there jobs. at the end this was a good epmoreless
  • Grade School Confidential

    While at Martin's birthday party, Skinner and Mrs. K begin to flirt with each other, and it leads to them making out: unknowing to them, Bart is watching. Next day, he plans on telling everyone, but Skinner and Mrs. K want him to keep it private, which he agrees to. But soon, they push him too far, and he spills the beans, getting Mrs. K and Skinner fired. Bart has a plan, and Skinner does too: admit he is a virgin. So now they have their jobs back, and agree "Not" to see each other anymore, but will they?

    B- or somoreless
  • Skinner and Mrs. K have a secret affair.

    Edna Krabappel and Principal Skinner take a romantic interest in each other whilst enjoying a conversation in Martin's playhouse at his Birthday party. Bart sees them kiss and prepares to tell his classmates. Skinner and Krabappel stop him in time. In exchange for his silence, they arrange for Milhouse and Bart's permanent records to be switched. Bart becomes their messenger to exchange love notes. Tired of being used he leads his classmates to the janitor's closet, exposing Skinner and Krabappel making out. The news gets to the parents, and soon after, Superintendent Chalmers finds out, telling Skinner to end the relationship of be fired. Skinner refuses, Chalmers fires both of them. Bart, Seymour, and Edna lock themselves on the roof of the school and alert media. Skinner tells townspeople that the two never had sex, and that he is still a virgin. The matter is cleared up and their jobs are reinstated.moreless
  • A beautiful episode that set up a great story arc for two under used characters!

    This is the first episode of the Principal Skinner/Mrs. Krabappel romance, and it sets it beautifully on its feet. These two lonely characters get a real shot at happiness and love, mostly at the expense of their common enemy turned friend, Bart.

    Bart turns ally to two of the most unlikely people as accidentally discovers Seymour and Edna's relationship and is bribed into helping them keep it a secret. Ultimately, however, his love for mischief (and screwing with everyone) takes him far beyond the call of duty as he locks them in the school and helps Skinner and Krabappel fight to keep their jobs.

    The ending of the episode is initially surprising and disturbing, but not unexpected. Seymour's revelation is completely in character (watch to find out!).

    Overall, it's a beautifully done episode, brilliantly directed and wonderfully written. My only complaint is that future seasons didn't service these two characters as well--I wish they would have stayed together for good rather than yoyo-ed. But that has no bearing on this particular episode. It's still wonderfully done!moreless
Julie Kavner

Julie Kavner

Marge Simpson, Patty Bouvier, and Selma Bouvier

Harry Shearer

Harry Shearer

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

Dan Castellaneta

Dan Castellaneta

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

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

Russi Taylor

Russi Taylor

Martin Prince, Sherri, Terri and others

Recurring Role

Maggie Roswell

Maggie Roswell

Maude Flanders, Helen Lovejoy, Miss Hoover, and others

Recurring Role

Pamela Hayden

Pamela Hayden

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

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (16)

    • Martin: Mrs. Krabappel, I also have an announcement to make!
      Mrs. Krabappel: Can't it wait until I retire?

    • Principal Skinner: (Over P.A. system) Stand by to resume learning in 5...4...3...2...
      Mrs. Krabappel:'s hard enough to keep the kids awake without you, Seymour.

    • Superintendent Chalmers: (through bullhorn) Skinner, get off of my school.
      Principal Skinner: No, you get off of my school.
      Marge: Homer, Bart's up there!
      Homer: (taking bullhorn from Chalmers) Gimmie that. (through bullhorn) Bart, this is your father. Do you know where the remote is? I looked all over the house.
      Bart: Did you check your pocket?
      (Homer checks and find that the remote was in his back pocket)
      Homer: (throws the bullhorn to Marge) It was... (lowers bullhorn) it was in my pocket.

    • Skinner: The fact is, I haven't ever had relations. I am a virgin.
      Nelson: Haw haw!
      Homer: Hey, does this mean Mrs. Krabappel is a virgin too?
      Edna: Ha!

    • Principal Skinner: (Over the PA) The bake sale to raise money for the car wash has been canceled due to confusion.

    • Edna: We're just a little concerned, that if people were to find out that a principal were dating a teacher, they might see it as a conflict of interest.
      Skinner: And there are those who might try to use it against us for their own advantage.
      Bart: Like me, for one.
      Skinner: Like you … for … Bart, if life has taught me one lesson repeatedly, it's to know when I'm beaten. Let's talk deal.

    • Skinner: Now, Bart, son. I don't know what you think you saw …but, uh … let me assure you…
      Edna: What Seymour's, oh, what Principal Skinner means to say, Bart, is that sometimes a little boy's imagination can run away with him.
      Bart: That's the best you can do? You could have at least said that you were giving her CPR or rehearsing a play.
      Skinner: Is it too late to say that?
      (Bart nods)

    • Lisa: Bart, how come you're not sick?
      Bart: Eh, I gave my oysters to the cat. (Points to the sick cat.) Hey, why'd you eat 'em? I thought you were a vegetarian.
      Lisa: I didn't. I just wanted to leave.

    • Agnes: Seymour! I told you not to play in the neighbor's yard.

      Skinner: It's a party, mother. I was invited.

      Agnes: Well, then I must have been invited too!

      Skinner: Help me, Edna...

    • Skinner: Edna!
      Edna: Seymour.
      Skinner: Mind if I sit down?
      Edna: It's a free country.
      Skinner: I, I don't follow you.
      Edna: Oh … just sit down, Seymour.

    • Sanjay's Daughter: Father! Uncle Apu! Principal Skinner was in the closet with a teacher and he had as many arms as Vishnu and they were all very busy!

    • Edna: Well, it's going to be hard to say goodbye to all of you. We've had a lot of fun together. Nelson, Nelson, Nelson. Oh, how many kids have you beaten up this year?
      Nelson: I 'unno. Fifty.
      Edna: Ah, fifty. Where does the time go?

    • Principal Skinner: We have barricaded ourselves in the school, and we're not coming out 'til our demands our met!
      Groundskeeper Willie: Willie hears ya. Willie don't care.

    • Skinner: Is this how you pictured your life turning out?
      Edna: Yes. But then, I was a very depressed child.

    • Principal Skinner: (to Edna) I've always admired your tart honesty and ability to be personally offended by broad social trends.

    • Maude: Just a minute, Edna. I don't think we're talking about love here. We are talking about S-E-X, in front of the C-H-I-L-D-R-E-N!
      Krusty: Sex Cauldron? I thought they closed that place down!

  • NOTES (4)


    • Bart says "Set your faces to stunned", which is similar to the quote "Set you phasers to stun" which was said on Star Trek.

    • This episode's title is similar to the movie High School Confidential.

    • :
      When Krabapple and Skinner are at Edna's apartment, Edna is burning a Charlie Brown candle.

    • Chief Wiggum/Super Intendant Chalmers: Wiggum:Wait a minute! Those are hotdogs... Armour hot dogs.
      Chalmers:What kind of man wears Armour hotdogs?
      This is a reference to the famous commercial for Armour Hotdogs when kids of various appearances would sing, "Hot dogs... Armour hot dogs. What kind of kids eat Armour hot dogs?"

    • Agnes Skinner looking over the picket fence to spy on her son, Seymour Skinner, and Mrs. Krapabbel parodies Home Improvement, where only the top of Wilson's head can be seen above the fence whenever Tim Taylor talks to him.

    • Chief Wiggum: (into phone) "Sarah, get me Superintendent Chalmers!"
      A nod to "The Andy Griffith Show"; in that series, whenever any character needed to make a phone call (usually Andy, the sheriff), they would ask the unseen operator, named Sarah, to patch them through.