The Simpsons

Season 2 Episode 14

Principal Charming

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Feb 14, 1991 on FOX



  • Trivia

    • There is an entire drawer of a file cabinet set aside just for Bart. By the time "Wandering Juvie" airs in season 15, 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."

    • The Moe's Tavern happy hour is 5-5:30 pm.

    • From the Springfield Revolving Restaurant, you can see a prison riot, a man threatening to jump while standing on an apartment ledge, and a garish neon sign that reads "House of Tires".

    • Marge uses the cosmetic cream "Gee, Your Lip Looks Hairless" on sister Patty.

    • Phone numbers that appear in Homer's card:
      636-5556832: Homer's office
      636-5556754: the Simpsons' house
      636-5551239: Moe's tavern

    • The ZIP code next to Springfield USA reads "90701", which is actually the zip code for Artesia, CA.

    • Moleman's driver's licence reads Ralf Melish.

  • Quotes

    • 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.

    • (Marge orders Homer to find Selma a man fit to be her husband.)
      Marge: Homer, you will find her a man!
      Homer: All right.
      Marge: And not just any man.
      Homer: Okay.
      Marge: He should be honest and, and caring and well off and handsome!
      Homer: Hey, why should she have a better husband than you do?

    • (Patty conducts a vision test at the DMV.)
      Hans Moleman: "F," "L,"--Oh no, I'm sorry. That's a "C," isn't it?
      (Patty stamps his driver's license "Void".)
      Patty: If that was an oncoming vehicle you'd be dead now. Next!
      Hans Moleman: But, uh--But driving is my livelihood!
      Patty: Oh, take it like a man!

    • Homer: "But" nothing, Marge. She's a heifer, plain and simple, and--(Selma walks into the room.)--Ooh! There's the little prom queen now.

    • (Bart prank calls Moe's from Principal Skinner's office.)
      Bart: Hello? Is Homer there?
      Moe: Homer who?
      Bart: Homer… (Lowers his voice) …Sexual.
      Moe: Wait one second. Let me check. Uh, Homer Sexual? Uh, come on. Come on. One of you guys has gotta be Homer Sexual.
      (The entire bar laughs at Moe.)
      Homer: Don't look at me! (Laughs)
      Moe: Oh no... you rotten little punk, if I ever get a hold of you, I'll sink my teeth into your cheek and rip your face off!
      (Principal Skinner takes the phone from Bart.)
      Principal Skinner: You'll do what, young man?
      Moe: What--what? Wait. Who--who is this?
      Principal Skinner: I think the real question is who is this and where is Homer Simpson?!
      Moe: Whoa, whoa. Sorry. Principal Skinner, sorry. It's--it's a bad connection, I think. (Hands phone to Homer.) Gah, it's for you. I think Bart is in trouble again.
      Homer: D'oh!

    • Skinner: Bart, I'm flabbergasted. Surely you knew as you were writing your own name in 40-foot-high letters on the field that you would be caught.
      Bart: Maybe it was one of the other Barts. Sir.
      Skinner: (Yelling) There are no other Barts!

  • Notes

    • 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."

  • Allusions

    • 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.

    • Principal Skinner: You love me! Callooh! Callay!
      Lewis Carroll coined the phrase "Callooh! Callay!" in the poem "Jabberwocky" from his 1871 book Through the Looking Glass.

    • Patty: Goodnight, sweet principal.
      The line is a parody of the line "Goodnight sweet prince!" from the William Shakespeare play (and multipal made film) Hamlet.

    • Principal Skinner: Springfield Elementary, I shall have you back again. After all, tomorrow is another school day!
      After Rhett leaves Scarlett in Margaret Mitchell's 1936 book Gone With The Wind, she pronounces "I'll think of some way to get him back. After all, tomorrow is another day!" Principal Skinner is even standing against a red background, which is characteristic of the 1939 movie version of the book.

    • Stanley Peterson: Martha, my dear...
      Stanley uses this line to propose to a co-worker at the DMV. The line comes from a song off of The Beatles' The White Album, called "Martha My Dear." The song was actually about Paul McCartney's sheep dog.