The Simpsons

Season 12 Episode 8

Skinner's Sense of Snow

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Dec 17, 2000 on FOX
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Skinner's Sense of Snow
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The Simpson family goes to a French circus. While watching the show a freak snowstorm hits the circus tent. It's a relentless snowstorm; everything closes, except for Springfield Elementary; Principal Skinner doesn't want to ruin his "Cal Ripken-like streak of school openage." With the teachers at an "emergency caucus," Skinner has the kids sit through a terrible film. When they go to leave at the end of the day, they find that the school is snowed in. The kids start to revolt against Skinner, so he gets tough with them. Meanwhile, Homer and Flanders go to save the kids, but get stranded in a snow bank. Skinner loses control of the school to the kids, led by Bart and he ends up trapped in a bag. The kids go through the schools records. Skinner sends a hamster out in the snow in an attempt to save himself. Homer and Flanders pass out due to carbon monoxide poisoning and Homer has bizarre fantasies about ranch dressing. The hamster saves them, leaving them free to save the kids. Skinner and Bart agree never to discuss the day again.moreless

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  • superb

    9.0
    What I liked: Springfield Elementary having school, Bart and the kids taking over the school, the kids being trapped in the school, Homer's snow angel, Homer's "I hope it was Flanders!" when he finds out Ned hit something while driving, amongst other things.



    Good episode. Not the best Christmas episode (Marge Be Not Proud has that honor), but it does have some good gags and a good plot, for season 12 standards. It never really got too wacky and the characterizations were not bad. Good episode, and as such my final grade is somewhere in the "B" Range, I think is fair.moreless
  • Best Christmas episode!

    10
    The Simpson family goes to a French circus. While watching the show a freak snowstorm hits the circus tent. It's a relentless snowstorm; everything closes, except for Springfield Elementary; Principal Skinner doesn't want to ruin his "Cal Ripken-like streak of school openage."



    With the teachers at an "emergency caucus," Skinner has the kids sit through a terrible film. When they go to leave at the end of the day, they find that the school is snowed in. The kids start to revolt against Skinner, so he gets tough with them. Meanwhile, Homer and Flanders go to save the kids, but get stranded in a snow bank. Skinner loses control of the school to the kids, led by Bart and he ends up trapped in a bag. The kids go through the schools records. Skinner sends a hamster out in the snow in an attempt to save himself. Homer and Flanders pass out due to carbon monoxide poisoning and Homer has bizarre fantasies about ranch dressing. The hamster saves them, leaving them free to save the kids. Skinner and Bart agree never to discuss the day again.



    My favorite part of the episode was when Homer and Flanders hit the hydrant and Flanders says "I think we hit something." Homer said " I hope it's Flanders." I also liked the part when they started to trash the school. I think that this was one of the funniest episodes of the Simpsons. I would recommend checking it out.moreless
  • my favourite christmas episode

    10
    this episode was hilarious especially homer claiming that he never used to be a snow plower (Mr Plow) even though he was wearing the jacket and humming the tune and homer running over something, ned saying "i think we hit something" and homer replying "i hope it's flanders".

    the main story of the kids in the school was hilarious too especially the fact that skinner actually stopped them from escaping when bart dug a great sturdy hole and the permanent records room when the kids work out that skinner's a millionaire since he was 40 and made 25 grand a year ("i wasn't a principal when i was one!") and that if he painted houses in the summer he must be a billionaire (if i was a billionaire, why wouldi be living with my mother?)

    skinner actually seems evil in this episode and the humour in this episode definitely makes this episode a 10.

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  • Hilarious episode, my favorite Christmas one. But... Sense of Snow??

    9.9
    Skinner's sense of snow is one of the funnniest episodes of the Simpsons I've ever witnessed. It's my favorite of the season, and my favorite Simpsons Christmas special. And you just gotta love Skinner. He's easily one of the funniest secondary characters on the show, along with Mr. Burns, Flanders(who also plays a substantial role in this episode), and Moe. The funniest part in the whole episode is when Skinner forces them to watch a stupid, corny B-flick, 'The Christmas that almost wasn't but then was'. It was brilliant! And I was laughing on the floor when the salt melts the snow and Martin goes 'With a little help from our good friend Sodium Cloride!' or something and Nelson just automatically jumps onh im and starts beating the crap out of him. Anyway, check this episode out.moreless
  • Best Christmas Episode of The Simpsons

    10
    In this episode, the family is at a circus when a freak snow storm hits. The next day, all the schools are closed... except for Springfield Elementary. With the teachers away at an emergency cacus, Skinner has to watch the kids through a terrible movie. Then, they learned that they're snowed in. Homer and Ned then decide to save them, while the kids eventually take control. This was a truly hilarious episode, with gags like Homer wearing the Mr.Plow gear, but dening he ever ran it. Also, they designed Skinner more like a villian in this one, and it worked well. Overall, a hilarious episode, worthy of a 10. 10/10 A+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

Marcia Wallace

Marcia Wallace

Edna Krabappel

Recurring Role

Pamela Hayden

Pamela Hayden

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

Recurring Role

Karl Wiedergott

Karl Wiedergott

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  • TRIVIA (7)

    • Goof: When Lisa is first seen in this episode, she's wearing winter boots and pants under her coat. But after the family arrives at the circus, she's in her regular dress and sandals after she takes off her coat. Then, when the storm hits and everyone else evacuates, the next shot of the family shows Lisa with the pants and boots again.

    • Bart burns the library book Johnny Tremain, but in "Whacking Day," he read that book and loved it.

    • Goofs: When Skinner sends the hamster in the ball for help, he puts a note in as well. However, when the hamster ball crashes into Ned's car, the note was gone. Also, when the car is about to crash into the salt silo, the windshield is intact even though it was broken a couple of minutes before.

    • When Skinner says 'lights out' he walks out of the room where the children sleep. Next thing you see him in in the room where the children sleep

    • Syndicated versions alter the scene where Smithers helps Mr. Burns write in the snow with what turns out to be coffee. In the syndicated version, Lou and Chief Wiggum appear instead.

    • Willy's beard turns yellow and Homer turns a light blue. (You have to be quick to catch this.)

    • When Skinner was in uniform, his ribbon bars changed color, they were red and yellow, then they became blue and turquoise.

  • QUOTES (22)

    • (Superintendent Chalmers has just arrived at the school, which is in disarray thanks to the 'survivors'; Skinner is trying to come up with an explanation)
      Chalmers: (angrily) There better be a good explanation for this!
      Bart: (walking by) There is.
      Chalmers: Ah. Then, I'm happy (exits)

    • Nelson: There you are! (Over walkie-talkie) Falcon to Eagle, have located Bag of Crap.
      Principal Skinner: Nelson, if you get me out of this there's a hall monitor position opening in the Spring.
      Nelson: I spit on your monitors.
      Principal Skinner: I know. That's why the position's available.

    • Principal Skinner: Yeech. It's getting ugly out there. Think, Skinner, think. What would Superintendent Chalmers do?
      (Superintendent Chalmers appears in his mind)
      Superintendent Chalmers: Skinner!
      Principal Skinner: Eh, that's no help.

    • Nelson: Hey, look how much Skinner makes--$25,000 a year!
      (the kids sound impressed)
      Bart: (typing into a calculator) Let's see, he's 40 years old, times twenty-five grand...whoa, he's a millionaire!
      Children: Wow!
      Principal Skinner: I wasn't a principal when I was one!
      Milhouse: Plus, in the summer he paints houses.
      Milhouse: He's a billionaire!
      Children: Wow!
      Principal Skinner: If I were a billionaire, why would I be living with my mother?
      (the kids laugh)
      Principal Skinner: They don't seem to listen to logic anymore.

    • Flanders: Hey, whatever happened to the Plow from your old snow plow business?
      Homer: I never had a snow plow business!
      Flanders: Sure you did, Mr. Plow. You're wearing the jacket right now!
      Homer: I think I know my own life, Ned. (starts singing) Call Mr. Plow, that's my name, that name again is Mr. Plow.

    • Ralph: Mr. Army Man? I can't sleep without my Reggie Rabbit!
      Principal Skinner: Is that some sort of plush novelty?
      Ralph: Yes ma'am.
      Principal Skinner: Uh, well here's a scouring pad, it's just as good.
      (Ralph holds a scouring pad against his cheek.)
      Ralph: It's cold, and hurty!

    • Homer: Aww, i wanted to see 'em fire a gorilla out of a cannon!

    • (Bart and Lisa listen to the radio.)
      Radio Announcer: The following schools are closed today; Shelbyville, Ogdenville, Ogdenville Tech, and Springfield Elementary...
      (Bart and Lisa gasp in surprise.)
      Radio Announcer: ...My Dear Watson Detective school.
      (Bart groans.)
      Radio Announcer: And lastly, Springfield Elementary School...
      Bart and Lisa: YAAAAAAAAY!
      Radio Announcer: ...is OPEN!
      Bart and Lisa: Awwwwwww!!!
      Radio Announcer: And it's open season on savings at Springfield Menswear... which is closed.

    • Principal Skinner: (Writing "I ain't not a dorkus" on blackboard) I can't write this; it's a grammatical nightmare! And I got a cramp in my wrist! Bart: Oh, boohoo. After all the times I've done it, my hand sounds like a cement mixer! (Cracks wrist)

    • (Homer goes to do a snow angel)
      Homer: One snow angel coming up!
      (Homer makes a snow angel, gets up, and finds out it looks like a devil)
      Homer: Awwww, why does that always happen?

    • (After hitting something in the car they are both in)
      Flanders: I think we hit something.
      Homer: I hope it's Flanders. (laughs)
      (Flanders gives Homer a look)

      Homer: I'm just kidding. Hey, you're all right.

    • French Clown: I can't get the lid off my jar of rainbows! Who will help me? You, sir!
      French Man: But I cannot help you, I'm just a local merchant from... er, this town!
      Homer: (Shouting from the crowd) Just smash it open!

    • Lisa: (as a camel) Merry Christmas from the Simpsons! Hawwww! Hawwww!

    • Bart:We're snowed in!
      (Kids scream)
      Milhouse: We're gonna miss Christmas!
      (Kids scream even louder)
      Skinner: I fixed the DVD!
      (Kids scream louder than ever)

    • (Skinner hangs the disobedient Nelson on a coat hook.)
      Nelson: Come on, you guys, fight back! There aren't enough coat hooks for us all!
      Skinner: Actually, there are. Five, ten, fifteen, twenty -- can you two share a hook?
      Sherri/Terri: Yes, sir.
      Skinner: We're fine, then.

    • (During a fierce blizzard)
      Marge: This is terrible! How will the kids get home?
      Homer: I dunno. Internet?

    • Bart: Hey look, the snow is melting!
      Martin: Thanks to our friend, Sodium Chloride!
      (Nelson jumps on Martin and beats him up)

    • (At Cirque du Soleil, the performers pick a "random" audience member.)
      Marge: They always pick the guy with the wires.

    • (During the windstorm at the circus)
      Homer: Oh, no you don't! I paid full-price for this freak show. Now nourish the child within me! Nourish!

    • Nelson: Ha-ha! Next time get a DVD!
      Skinner (pounding on the projectioner): This IS a DVD!
      (DVD catches on fire and falls to the floor)

    • Kent Brockman: (about the blizzard) Roads closed, pipes frozen, Albinos...virtually invisible.

    • Homer: Enough! I have grown weary of your sexually suggestive dancing! Bring me my ranch dressing hose!

  • NOTES (1)

    • Blackboard Joke: Science class should not end in tragedy.
      Couch Gag: After a loose football bounces around in the living room, the Simpson family, decked out in football uniforms, all jump on the ball. Maggie emerges from the pile with the ball, spikes it and performs a victory dance.

  • ALLUSIONS (6)

    • Cal Ripken Jr.


      Skinner mentions that he's excited he can keep Springfield Elementary open, and thus his 'Cal Ripken-like streak of openage'.
      Cal Ripken Jr. was a baseball player for the Baltimore Orioles in the 1980s and 1990s.  He played in 2,632 consecutive games, breaking Lou Gehrig's previous streak of 2,131 consecutive games in September of 1995.
      Considering there are only 162 games played by a team each season, this was truly an impressive feat spanning years.

    • The Deer Hunter
      Bart shouting "Di di mao" to Principal Skinner while forcing him to play Russian roulette is a parody of Christoper Walken's character being forced to do the same thing in the 1978 film The Deer Hunter.

    • The Christmas That Almost WAsn't But Then Was:
      Part of the title to this poorly-produced Christmas flick is borrowed from an actual yuletide film called The Christmas That Almost Wasn't. The 1966 film had a much different plot: the landowner of the North Pole having to raise enough money to stave off a mizer's threat to foreclosure on Santa Claus' home.

    • Skinner: We're going to watch my favorite movie about a grinchy little character who tries to steal Christmas.
      The plot description given by Skinner makes the class believe they'll be screening the classic Dr. Seuss yuletide tale How the Grinch Stole Christmas. The actual film everyone sees is the black-and-white flick The Christmas That Almost Wasn't But Then Was (prominently displaying the 1938 copyright date!).

    • The Cirque du Pureé
      The eighty dollar circus is an allusion to Cirque du Soleil, a circus with very intricate acrobatics.

    • Title: Skinner's Sense of Snow
      The title is a play on the book/movie Smilla's Sense of Snow, although the story has no relation.

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