The Simpsons

Season 14 Episode 7

Special Edna

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Jan 05, 2003 on FOX
8.2
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Edna looks forward to the apple picking trip she is going to take Seymour, only he has to cancel because he needs to take care of his mother. Meanwhile, Bart looks for ways to keep from working on his research paper for WWI, including photocopying his butt and joyriding in a Blackhawk helicopter. The day before it's due, he uses Grampa as a resource. Bart receives F for his effort he works on a revised version of the paper after school. When Bart sees how sad Principal Skinner has made Ms. Krabappel when he cancels a date with her in favor of his mother, Bart goes out with her for the evening. At Lisa's suggestion, Bart decides to do more for his teacher, he nominates for the "Teacher of the Year" award. Knowing who she has to put with, the award committee selects Ms. Krabappel as their nominee. The award finals are held in Orlando, Florida at "Efcot Center." As the nominator, Bart (and his family) gets to go to award ceremony as well. Who isn't going, Seymour Skinner of course, that is until he changes mind. Of course, he has to bring mother along. At the award ceremony, Seymour is worried that he will lose Edna forever. He gets Bart to sabotage her chances at winning, but when it comes down to it he can't let Bart go through with it. Edna doesn't win the award, but she does get a marriage proposal from Seymour, with an engagement ring from Little Richard.moreless

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  • Nice Episode

    8.5
    This was a better episode than I was expecting, I like Grandpa's memory of him in WWI as a five-year-old, I like the ending when Homer breaks into Disney World. I liked "The Future Sphere" and "Eron's Ride of Broken Dreams" And Skinner and Edna's relationship (Why Did Groening break them up? They were way way better then the Ned and Edna)
  • funny stuff

    10
    what i liked- grampa's memory of him in the war as a kid, "He's gone now, but you gotta admire his spirit", the ending with homer in disneyworld, "It's educational and good for a thrill, just like Edna," homer thinking Little Richard is Michael Jackson, the 'gay future car', skinner proposing to edna, "pro boner" and a few other things. really good episode. it had a lot of good humor and good character development. 5/5moreless
  • Edna and Skinner get engaged.

    9.0
    While writing an after-school report, Bart notices Edna and Skinner's relationship is being interrupted by Seymour's mother. Bart takes her out on a pity date and the two got closer. He nominates her for teacher of the year to lift her spirits. When she makes the finals, she and the Simpsons make their way to the award ceremony in Orlando at the Efcot Center. Skinner worries that this will pull their relationship further apart so he drives himself, and his mother there. Edna is annoyed when the two show up together and she breaks up with him. To make sure he doesn't lose her forever, he makes Bart pretend he cannot read so that Edna will not become teacher of the year. On stage, the plan does not go as Skinner planned. He tells Edna he set it up because he didn't want to lose her, and then he proposes. Edna accepts. I loved the idea of nominating Edna for teacher of the year because of Bart. It was hilarious. A pretty good episode. This season is turning out very nicely.moreless
  • Siknner proposes to Edna?? Great episode, very funny. You should really give some time to watch this episode...

    9.3
    While writing an after-school report, Bart notices Edna and Skinner's relationship is being interrupted by Seymour's mother. Bart takes her out on a pity date and the two got closer. He nominates her for teacher of the year to lift her spirits. When she makes the finals, she and the Simpsons make their way to the award ceremony in Orlando at the Efcot Center. Skinner worries that this will pull their relationship further apart so he drives himself, and his mother there. Edna is annoyed when the two show up together and she breaks up with him. To make sure he doesn't lose her forever, he makes Bart pretend he cannot read so that Edna will not become teacher of the year. On stage, the plan does not go as Skinner planned. He tells Edna he set it up because he didn't want to lose her, and then he proposes. Edna accepts.moreless
  • Decent episode

    8.8
    This episode had some great scenes such as the substitute teacher of the year nominations being held in a shabby, and somewhat vacant, shack and the judges thinking that bart or "the devil in blue pants" was just an urban legend. the thoughts that Bart had as possible candidates to be partners with Krabapple was entertaining aswell. However, the main focus of this episode is the relationship between principal skinner and edna krabapple which turns out great with great and somewhat disturbing gags made by agnus skinner such as "oh, great, three in a bed" after skinner proposes. Homer breaking into Disneyworld was a great way to end the episode, leaving the episode on a funny note.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

Little Richard

Little Richard

Himself

Special Guest Star

Marcia Wallace

Marcia Wallace

Edna Krabappel

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 (3)

    • When Milhouse arrives in the helicopter, Bart's room is in the wrong place. The window he looks out of actually belongs to Homer and Marge's room.

    • Homer was sitting on a stool in a restaurant, then when you see him again, he is sitting on a chair.

    • Seymour says that his mother carried him for 9 and a half moths when he and Edna are arguing. But Seymour isn't really the son of his mother. He was Armain Tanzarina in "The Principal and the Pauper" so his so called mother never gave birth to him. [ Editor's Note: You've forgotten that Judge Snyder ruled the whole incident with "Armain Tanzarina" never happened. ]

  • QUOTES (23)

  • NOTES (10)

    • The "Ride of Broken Dreams" scene from this episode was shown in the documentry "Enron."

    • The show is animated 100% with computers starting with this episode, although pencil drawings are still used before being sent to the computer to be inked.

    • Homer yells "Whoo! Purple Rain!" at Little Richard, then says "Michael Jackson told me to shut up" after LR tells him to shut up. He's confusing LR with both Prince and Michael Jackson.

    • Bender (from "Futurama") and Pikachu make appearances in Bart's hallucination.

    • Finally The Simpsons directly satire 9/11: The wrestling scene with "Uncle Slam" stabbing an American flag on "Osama bin Rotten", while "The Secretary of Hate: Colin Kapow-ell" drops anvils on "Rotten"., is based on the main characters in the fight against terrorism.

    • 'Tis yet another breakthrough episode: Ms. Krabappel is now engaged to her boss and lover, Seymour Skinner.

    • People Bart thinks of as men being eligible to date to Ms. Krabappel include the drunken version of Barney, Captain McAllister, Mr. Burns, Smithers, Snake, Gill, Grampa, Kirk Van Houten, Milhouse, the pimple faced teenager, Kodos (or Kang?), the guy in the Duff bottle suit, Moe, Hans Moleman, Comic Book Guy, Kearney, Matt Groening, Otto and finally Mr. Teeny.

    • The episode was delayed 20 minutes in the Eastern and Central time zones due to the wildcard game between the New York Giants and San Francisco 49ers running too long.

    • A treasure trove of jabs at Epcot and everything else:
      1.) Epcot slogan: "When every other place is booked".
      2.) Great moments with Mr. Eisner (based on the rumor that Disney went through all that trouble in the past couple of years, like Disney losing in the stocks, Disney World's/Disneyland's/California Adventure's bad attendance and the failure of "Treasure Planet" because of Eisner's crass marketing of Disney items and bad strategies, execution of things, and ideas).
      3.) Eastern Airlines' "World of the Future" ride, a ride made in 1965 telling the riders of what they think of the world in 1987, which doesn't even seem a damn thing like the real 1987 (robots invading the Earth and electric cars that make people gay? That is just not 1987), and for those who don't know, Eastern Airlines is an airplane company that was a famous airplane that went bankrupt in 1990. One year later, another big airplane company, Pan-Am, went bankrupt. It also makes fun of those old "...of the Future" attractions at Disney World from the 1950's-1960's where people look at what people think about life in the 1980's-1990's that when those decades came, it didn't even look like what the rides said. Those are inspired by the Futurama exhibit at the 1939 New Yor World's Fair that talked about life in the not-so-disant future, and the name inspired the title of the cartoon show "Futurama".
      4.) Enron's "Ride of Broken Dreams" roller coaster that only goes down. It is supposed to be about being a rich man to poor. The roller coaster outline resembles Enron's stock graph. That resembles the Enron bankruptcy scandal in 2002 that began with the company losing money and an official committing suicide to the company finally being shut down.
      5.) Disney's Teacher of the Year ceremony is sort of like Grad Nite for high school graduates every year.
      6.) When Homer breaks through Magic Kingdom, he approaches a churro vendor. When he asks for one, the vendor asks for 14 dollars. That makes fun of how Disney tends to be expensive with even the most worthless of things.

    • Blackboard Joke: None.
      Couch Gag: In a fry basket the family members (who appear frozen) are dropped into hot oil. The basket is removed from the hot oil and its contents (the deep fried family members) are dropped out of the inverted basket onto the couch. Next a giant hand reaches into the living room and shakes salt over them.

  • ALLUSIONS (8)

    • After seeing the beginning of a teacher's video, one of the judges says 'Dead Poets Society has ruined a generation of educators;' the video then proceeds to show a teacher who looks and acts like Robin Williams. "Dead Poets Society" is a 1989 film in which Robin Williams plays a non-traditional English teacher at a 1950s boys' school who inspires his students and stirs up their interests in poetry and literature.
      Dan Castellaneta provides the voice of the instructor, doing a spot-on impression; Castellaneta had previously replaced Williams as the voice of Genie in the sequel to "Aladdin" and the animated series that followed.

    • Willie's car could be a parody of two things. James Bond: With the whole thing of him giving keys to Skinner and telling him to take care of it. Or the old Batman series, with it's appearance and campy onboard controls.

    • When Homer is riding the car during the ride of the future at the Epcot Center , the car is speaking and saying that if you drive it, people will think you are gay and then you see three gay men on the side of the street chanting "One of us, one of us" which is a line from the 1932 film "Freaks," which shows the plight of those exploited in circuses.

    • Judge: "an inner city math teacher who taught teenage gang members that differential equations are more powerful than bullets.
      Julio Estudiante is based on Jaime Escalante, played by Edward James Olmos in "Stand and Deliver", a 1988 film in which a computer teacher whose inner city school has no computers decides to teach his class calculus for the Advanced Placement test.

    • Bart: Blackhawk up.
      Bart says this as he enters the Blackhawk helicopter. It's a reference to the 2001 Ridley Scott film Black Hawk Down.

    • :
      The "Ride of Broken Dreams" is based off of a the large company called Enron who, in 2001, because of their accounting practices went bankrupt. The net result of the scandal was that numerous people lost their jobs and/or investments.

    • "Honey, I Squirted Goo On The Audience" is a spoof on "Honey, I Shrunk The Audience," a ride at Epcot Center at Walt Disney World. The ride in turn is inspired by the movie Honey, I Shrunk The Kids.

    • Lisa: What happened to the Bart Simpson who put the mothballs in the beef stew?
      This quote includes a lyric to the "Do the Bartman" video that was accompanied by an edited "Bart the Daredevil" episode in its original airing.

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