The Simpsons Review: "Bart Stops to Smell the Roosevelts"

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It's amazing that after 23 seasons, The Simpsons still has characters it can still explore, thanks to the ridiculously fleshed out populace of Springfield. This week? We got to spend more screen time with Superintendent Chalmers than ever before.

Bart and Chalmers Camping

Chalmers is usually relegated to his signature "Skinnnnnnnerr! scream and occasionally brought in for Seymour's adventures, but he rarely gets his own. During this season's sophomore effort, we got to see the super-duper intendent take his shot as disciplining Bart. And who knew Chalmers was such a manly man?

The episode almost turned into a little history lesson, as Chalmers attempted to win Bart and his "rough riders" over with the manliest, cowboy-of-a-President, Theodore Roosevelt, but not before a hilarious montage of one-liners thrown as some of our other Presidents, including calling Bush "Will Ferrell".

Luckily, much like even like the bullies, Roosevelt was able to win us over. No, "Bart Stops to Smell the Roosevelts" wasn't the strongest Simpsons episode. But it was refreshing and different enough that it kept me entertained for a half hour. And about this close to heading to the Wikipedia to learn more.

Now, for what you all came here for: my collection of Simpsons quotes from the episode. What did you all think of that President-infused episode? Was it so first grade like Lisa felt, or clever enough?


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BULLY! Bart Simpson finally learns a little about one of THE GREATEST presidents and Americans... Theodore Roosevelt! What a life well lived! Youngest US president, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize for negotiating the end of the war between Russia and Japan, and recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor for personal bravery in the Spanish American War in Cuba. First president to go up in a plane, down in a submarine, and out of the country, to Panama, where he was building the Panama Canal. He single-handedly outmaneuvered the lumber, mining, and other interests, which wanted to plunder the areas we now know as Yellowstone, Yosemite, The Grand Canyon, and many others. An expert marksman, bird scientist, naval war historian, and author, he was a real cowboy in the badlands of the west, and the genteel political arenas of New York and Washington. After leaving the presidency, he went on safari in Africa and explored unknown rivers and areas in the Amazon valley. When he refused on a hunt to shoot a small bear, a cartoonist invented the "Teddy Bear," still the favorite toy today. When drinking coffee, he blurted out "This is good to the last drop!" which is still the advertising slogan for Chase and Sanborn coffee. He established the international force and honor of the US, speking softly but carrying a big stick! His famous quotes include how is it good to be "the man in the arena," striving for success, even if not always winning.
One of the "big four" on Mt. Rushmore, he is worth Bart's study...


ups, never mind, just saw the John K (John Kricfalusi) on the TV, so they hired him (the creator of Ren & Stimpy) for this opening, genius!! :)


and how great was that opening??!! I think they had Ren & Stimpy there as pattern, no?


Funny and good to learn more about Chalmers.


I liked the credits: Special guest voice: Theodore Roosevelt

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