"[23], In a December 2006 interview, Shearer added, "Now, [the writers] refuse to talk about it. He tells his story, in a parody of the life of Martin Guerre, and admits that his real name is Armin Tamzarian. Skinner then quickly excuses himself to Lisa and walks away. "[20] Jon Hein, who coined the term "jumping the shark" to refer to negative changes in television series, writes in Jump the Shark: TV Edition, "We finally spotted a fin at the start of the ninth season when Principal Skinner's true identity was revealed as Armin Tamzarian. ", Keeler, Ken. It never seems to have occurred to anyone that this episode is about the people who hate it. Principal Skinner admits that his real name is Armin Tamzarian, and that he had thought the true Seymour Skinner, a friend from the Army, had died in the Vietnam War. They add that "Martin Sheen steals the show ... in a brief but important slice of Simpsons history. [4][5] According to animation director Steve Moore, one of the working titles for the episode was "Skinnersby". [32], Later episodes of The Simpsons contain references to "The Principal and the Pauper". pseudorandom posted: I've been to countless pizza places in my lifetime, and I still haven't been able to find that yet. It's so arbitrary and gratuitous, and it's disrespectful to the audience. He takes the job, but finds himself isolated by the townspeople, who realize they prefer Armin to him. On the eve of his twentieth anniversary as school principal, Seymour Skinner is lured by his mother to Springfield Elementary School for a surprise party. [3], Producers Bill Oakley and Josh Weinstein were excited about the episode because Principal Skinner was one of their favorite characters. Oakley said he and Weinstein "spent a month immersed in the mind of Seymour Skinner" to prepare that episode, and from that point forward, took every opportunity to "tinker with [Skinner's] personality and his backstory and his homelife". A blue-haired suspect being hunted by police for an alleged assault has commented on his own wanted post - to defend his hairstyle and poke fun at his critics. Skinner. He calls the episode "[one of] the weakest episodes in Simpsons history", and adds, "A blatant, continuity-scrambling plot twist of this sort might've been forgivable if the result had been as funny or sharply satirical as the classics of the Golden Age, but alas it's emphatically not." Just doing image searches for "terrible pizza", it's a true testament to flexibility of pizza (or my low standards), that it's surprisingly hard to find pizzas that I wouldn't be willing to try. The celebration goes well until a strange man arrives, claiming to be the real Seymour Skinner. (2006). 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These inspections usually turn awry due to Bart Simpson's elaborate pranks—which play-off Skinner's desperation for order. [30] Oakley and Weinstein explain that they wanted to push the boundaries of the series while working as show-runners, and advise viewers to treat "The Principal and the Pauper" as an "experiment". (2001). When Bart Simpson plays numerous pranks on teachers of the school, Skinner reveals to Bart that there was a student who was an even better prankster than him. His constant, desperate, and usually ineffective attempts at maintaining discipline are an effort to receive good reviews in the frequent inspections of his very strict boss, Superintendent Chalmers—who makes no effort to hide his disapproval of Skinner. Skinner is a highly skilled combatant, particularly hand-to-hand, and demonstrates his abilities in several episodes. Armin then tells the story of the events that led him to steal Seymour Skinner's identity. [26], In contrast, Warren Martyn and Adrian Wood, the authors of I Can't Believe It's a Bigger and Better Updated Unofficial Simpsons Guide, praised the episode, calling it "one of the series' all-time best episodes, mainly because it shows us a human side, not just of Principal Skinner, but of his hectorish [sic] Mom as well." The episode is one of the most controversial of The Simpsons. [12], "The Principal and the Pauper" finished 41st in the United States in the ratings for the week of September 22–28, 1997, with a Nielsen rating of 9.2. They "spent a month immersed in the mind of Seymour Skinner" to prepare that episode, and from that point forward, took every opportunity to "tinker with [Skinner's] personality and his backstory and his homelife. TV. Principal Skinner admits that his real name is Armin Tamzarian, and that he had thought the true Seymour Skinner, a friend from the army, had died in the Vietnam War. He is also quite bitter about the treatment he and other Vietnam veterans have received upon returning from the war. Meanwhile, the real Seymour Skinner spent five years in a POW camp, then worked in a Chinese sweatshop for two decades until it was shut down by the United Nations. Armin-Tamzarian- 13 points 14 points 15 points 2 years ago There are so many problems with your response that I have to list them: That is the very definition of cherry picking. The celebration goes well until a strange man arrives, claiming to be the real Seymour Skinner. A strict disciplinarian, Skinner has an uptight, militaristic attitude that stems from his years in the United States Army as a Green Beret, which included service in the Vietnam War, where he was captured and held as a prisoner of war. When the episode aired, lo and behold, a community of people who like things just the way they are got mad. Principal Skinner admits that his real name is Armin Tamzarian, and that he had thought the true Seymour Skinner, a friend from the Army, had died in the Vietnam War. Subject Views Posted Re: Help Cancelling BT Sport APP. Seymour Skinner , Milhouse Van Houten, Snowball I is mentioned for the first time and Waylon Smithers can be heard over the speaker at the power plant, but he is not seen. [18], In a February 2006 article in The Star-Ledger, Alan Sepinwall and Matt Zoller Seitz cite the episode when asserting that the quality of The Simpsons "gets much spottier" in season nine. The Simpson family heads to Capital City with Edna and Agnes to find Armin at his apartment. Armin resigns as principal and Skinner replaces him, but both the townspeople and Skinner's mother Agnes decide they prefer Armin… However, the real Tamzarian (now a California Superior Court Judge[11]) was unaware his name was being used until after the episode aired. Commentary for ", Keeler, Ken. Pre-Simpsons Series. After Skinner is reinstated, he and Edna date for several more years and become engaged,[10] but later cancel the wedding. 1940 - Seymour Skinner (Armin Tamzarian) is born and raised in an orphanage in Capital City . (2006). He instead allowed Agnes to call him Seymour, and took over Seymour's life. Subjektu izenordek ere hiru forma dituzte, TAM ezberdinetan erabiltzeko bereizten direnak. Armin … [27], Ken Keeler, Bill Oakley, and Josh Weinstein all defend the episode in its DVD commentary. The term "jump(ing/ed) the shark" has been thrown around so often that it's lost all meaning. When the sergeant is reported missing and presumed dead, Armin returns to Springfield to inform Skinner's mother, Agnes, but she deliberately mistakes him for Seymour, so he … Judge Snyder grants Tamzarian Skinner's "name, and his past, present, future, and mother", and decrees that no one will mention his true identity again "under penalty of torture" (although Lisa uses the real name in the episode "I, (Annoyed Grunt)-Bot"). Later, Groundskeeper Willie tells him the story: years ago, the school had a swimming pool and team, with Willie as their coach. Armin leaves Springfield, but is later persuaded to return as principal. Turner notes that the episode "still sports a couple of virtuoso gags", but says that such moments are limited. 1966 - After stealing from an old woman and running into a judge, Armin is given the option to either join the army, go to jail, or apologize to the judge. (2001). The pair had already written the season five episode "Sweet Seymour Skinner's Baadasssss Song", which was an in-depth study of the character. Commentary for "The Principal and the Pauper", in, Groening, Matt. "The Principal and the Pauper" was written by Ken Keeler and directed by Steven Dean Moore. Although Skinner likes to maintain the image of a strict disciplinarian, he is often weak-willed and nervous and has a very unhealthy dependence on his mother, who constantly torments him and nicknames him "Spanky". This is the dawning of the age of aquarius. Plusnet Community: About Armin_Tamzarian; Armin_Tamzarian. The two bonded during this time and Bart made an effort to get Skinner reinstated in the school. Upon meeting him, however, Agnes mistook him for her son, and Armin could not bear to deliver the message. Shes someone you can love with all your heart and never let go of her. Many fans and critics reacted extremely negatively to the revelation that Principal Skinner, a recurring character since the first season who had undergone much character development, was an impostor. You're taking something that an audience has built eight years or nine years of investment in and just tossed it in the trash can for no good reason, for a story we've done before with other characters. [13], The revelation that Principal Skinner was an impostor and the self-referential deus ex machina ending were negatively received by many fans and critics, with many seeing this episode responsible for the series as a whole jumping the shark. Principal Skinner admits that he is an impostor, and that his real name is Armin Tamzarian. Principal W. Seymour Skinner[1] (born Armin Tamzarian)[2] is a recurring fictional character in the animated sitcom The Simpsons, who is voiced by Harry Shearer. [10], Keeler borrowed the name Armin Tamzarian from a claims adjuster who had assisted him after a car accident when he moved to Los Angeles. In an April 2001 interview, Harry Shearer, the voice of Principal Skinner, recalled that after reading the script, he told the writers, "That's so wrong. Commentary for "The Principal and the Pauper", in, Weinstein, Josh. [11] Edna has shown she does want to continue dating Skinner, but first wants him to commit to her—namely by not letting his mother, with whom he still lives, control him anymore. Latest Posts by Armin_Tamzarian. He also refuses to take part in mother-son activities with Agnes, who realizes she misses having Armin as a son. [22], In April 2001, in an interview, Harry Shearer, the voice of Principal Skinner, recalled that after reading the script, he told the writers, "That's so wrong. [3], One of Skinner's defining traits is that he has served as a Green Beret sergeant during the Vietnam War, where he has been captured by the Viet Cong at the Battle of Khe Sanh and has spent three years as a prisoner of war. It's so arbitrary and gratuitous, and it's disrespectful to the audience."[25][26]. [2] In the episode, Seymour Skinner begins to celebrate his twentieth anniversary as principal of Springfield Elementary School, when a man arrives claiming that Skinner has assumed his identity. Once you love her, you can never stop loving her. Grafter. This is further declared in the Season 29 episode "Grampy Can Ya Hear Me" where a teenage Seymour is shown living with Agnes before going off to college. Commentary for "Bart the Genius", in, Groening, Matt. [6] Skinner often seems weak-willed and easily suppressed, but often will use his military command experience gained in the Vietnam War to get real respect and discipline. "Come again? Did you mean: About Armin_Tamzarian. 285 2 weeks ago Re: Plusnet Rewards a Scam! (2006). Principal Skinner soon admits that he is an impostor, and that his real name is Armin Tamzarian. The Simpsons, especially during its heyday or the "Golden Age," has a striking balance between cartoonish comedy and down-to-Earth character drama.While its gone on for several decades, there was a turning point when the show shifted away from being truly impressive and innovative, but when that turn happened is debatable, with there being arguments for Season 7, Season 8, Season 9 and Season 11. The real Seymour Skinner (voiced by Martin Sheen), is alive after all, and briefly returns to Springfield to take his rightful place as Springfield Elementary School Principal, but proves hopelessly unpopular and the Springfielders run him out of town on the railroad. 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