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    Rate/Review: The President Wore Pearls (EABF20)

    "Don't cry for me, kids of Springfield!"; Michael Moore guest voices as himself when newly-elected school president Lisa leads a student revolt which turns into something very similar to the musical Evita (and that bit in quotes is supposed to be from a song from the episode, at least according to Entertainment Weekly magazine)
    A highly musical episode parodying "Evita". After Martin stages a school charity casino that turns ugly, Lisa replaces him as school president by narrowly defeating Kearney. The teachers decide she has too much power and distract her from making real changes by filling her days with meaningless duties. When Lisa uncovers the Skinner-Chalmers plot to budget cut art, gym and shop classes, she calls for a student strike that is so successful she is banished to a school for the gifted (and troublesome).
    Guest starring Michael Moore
    Tonight's episode was written by Dana Gould, who gave us the well-acclaimed Poppa's Got a Brand New Badge.

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    I thought this episode was great.
    "we deserve a french teacher that actually speaks
    french"-hilarious!

    singing kind of came out of nowhere,
    but I liked the Nibbles cameo (as I always do)
    Didn't think Skinner could be so manipulative
    (as he usually is manipulated himself)

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    I really didn't think much of this episode. Just all around meh, 3/5.

    Homer's little excersion from reality, shall we say, was painful.


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    This episode had good jokes and a strong plot. But it was totally ruined by all the stupid unnessesary musical numbers. They were totally uncalled for and left me angry whenever they broke into song, even if it was parodying a movie (Evita). Thats why I have to give it a 2/5. The music totally ruined it!

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    I really enjoyed this episode despite my low expatiations. 5/5

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    I loved it. Gay Homer had me rolling. These episodes have been solid so far, giving me lots of hope for the rest of the season
    5/5
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    hmmm...this episode was different.

    I didnt like homer at all in it, but it was a good lisa episode as always.

    I've never been too much into the musical episodes "all singing all dancing" ruined that for me.

    It okay episode, 3/5, I loved the milhouse in this episode (is it just me or has al jean started to use him more in season 14-15?)

    I wonder is smartgirl63@yahoo.com will be like chunkylover53@aol.com and be inhabited by a producer.

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    I missed the show because I was watching the Buffalo Bills attempting to play football. They suck, I shoulda taped the episode.
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    i loved this episode

    highlights

    -homer acting gay
    -willie making fun of millhouse
    -"are you a Bart or Millhouse" quiz
    -Matin watching saved by the bell
    -"my chess set has mini hamburglers"
    -Ralph and his triangle
    -Millhoiuse climbing the rope
    -"lisa whats a sellout?"
    -Homer playing with his stamps
    -"why didn't i cancel sign making and creative chanting"
    -L'il headbuster Battons

    the ending was also very good, i liked how it didn't leave you hanging

    plus i loved the use of willie, and the toned down homer

    best episode of the season

    5/5

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    Heh I loved it 5/5. I probably would have given it 3/5 if it wasn't a musical though, I'm a real sucker for musicals. The Song that started with Skinner going "I'm so happy with my evil plan!" was just ^_^.

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    I thought it was below average for current episodes. The songs felt out of place, the jokes weren't very funny, and Michael Moore's guest voice was extremely unnecessary.

    2/5

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    Very good. Much better than 'Carjacker'.

    4/5

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    terrible, just terrible. No better or worse than any other recent episode. 1/5. I didnt laught once.

    (with the exception of the micheal moore thing)

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    BRAVO!

    I saw this about an hour and a half ago on Newfoundland Televisision and wrote my review in advance. On first watching, it was the probably the best episode since Mike Scully first showed up as executive producer.

    It carried perfectly, the pacing was proper for once. The storyline made sense. It developed outwards from the charity casino, and managed to make it through without resorting to any B plot whatsoever. We saw the transition of Lisa into the popular beautiful girl while her prinicipals suffered. The songs were great (slight exception - the last one with Lisa on the schoolbus seemed a little off with the e-mail address) and didn't sound forced or off for once. The first time Lisa let her voice go through was especially perfect. The moment just seemed right.

    This is the first episode that I've ever reviewed that I truly consider to be near-worthy of a perfect score. No justification neccesary on the good parts, however there were some off sections. As I mentioned before, the last song was not up to the quality of the rest of the episode, while it still left a plot whole gaping. Lisa never got transferred back into Springfield elementary. The ending with Homer wasn't a Great Money Caper style "surfs up" cop-out, but it was still a bit of a cop-out. Lastly, the Homer characterisation was wayy out in left field. He's prancing around in a pink tutu? Speaking in a whiney voice throughout the episode? I'm thankful he was such a small part of this episode. The Michael Moore bit was way to small, but at least it poaked fun at him so it wasn't totally wasted.

    Even with that being said, the episode was good enough to overcome the negative points. I won't be as stupid as to say that the Classic Simpsons are back, especially with a celebrity filled death-match coming up next week, but this shows that Al Jean has it in him.

    4.5/5
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    pretty solid episode. I wouldn't call it an outstanding episode, but definitely a very enjoyable one. This season continues to impress. The Milhouse jokes were top notch. Im still not sure about Homer in this one though. He was funny, but went a little too far on the gay/ballet thing. But im glad to see the musical come back with a big impact. Really loved it. Overall a 4/5, but might be raised after next viewing. Keep up the hard work writers!
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    i missed about the first five or so minutes, and for all i know that could have been the worst part of the episode, but from what i saw this episode was great. One of the best episodes i've seen in a long while. Most everything was extremely hilarious and most of the musical numbers were pretty excellent. Seemed to end a little abruptly, but other than that pretty good, 9/10 (maybe 9.5 or 10, not sure yet, and have to see beginning)

    EDIT: forgot to mention Micheal Moore's appearance was pointless and stupid, another tally for having a guest star just to have a guest star.

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    Excellent - drunk, singing Willie on the tractor was especially great - 5/5
    "and I love youuuu, tooooo...

    I am you and you are youuuuu...

    Oh you and me, together you can seeee....."

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    3/5. I hated the musical numbers and I didn't like Homer at all in this episode.

    BTW, did Martin sound off to anyone else at the beginning?

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    just saw the ep. taped it and as soon as it was done, i emailed smartgirl_/@yahoo.com and smartgirl_backslash@yahoo.com . The first one did not work, but the second one did. i then went to yahoo.com to see if anyone had those addresses, and both were already taken. lol! do you think id get a reply from yahoo or something?

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    That was pretty good.

    Only part I laughed at was when Nelson was singing Iron Man.

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    Oh MAN! That was freakin' awesome! Possibly the best episode since...geez...since Lisa's Sax! The songs were great, the jokes were great, the plot was great...ah, lemme just post my thoughts on each act:

    ACT 1: I loved Homer's "Dohdohdohdohdohdohdohdoh d'oh d'oh d'ohhh, d'ohhhhh..." and pretty much all the jokes involving the casino. Martin was great all-around, and for once the story pretty much started from the get-go (unlike many rambling first acts). Nelson had some great lines as well, and Lisa song at the end of the act was brilliant, with superb direction. 5/5

    ACT 2: Story keeps going strong with some classic Milhouse lines and jabs, great Willie, great Skinner...in fact, I loved all the teachers' roles in that song when they dolled up Lisa. Really well-done production there. Even funnier was Skinner's nice new "evil" persona, and his and Willie's song ("I fell into the POOOOL!"). Plus more great Milhouse and Willie! Great design on Lisa as well. 5/5

    ACT 3: The episode finishes off with still more great lines from everyone involved in Springfield Elementary, fun strike, and great reprise song with Lisa's web address. Many secondary characters get some good lines, and it had a funny ending with Homer suddenly driving in front of Lisa and taking her home. Kind of a cop-out, yes, but no ending would've really worked then (the build-up was so great that I'll let it slide). Still very, very good. 4.5/5

    Overall, this episode was magnificently done, and could've easily fit into an earlier season AND still shine brightly. After seeing Homer the Moe (which I disliked) and C.E.D'oh (which I HATED), I didn't think Dana Gould was capable of this kind of greatness.

    Final score: 5/5 A!
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    Man, three great episodes in a row! This season is ON, BABY! This one started out great, with some nice throwbacks to 1F08 "$pringfield" and 7F19 "Lisa's Substitute". Fortunately, the riot didn't drag on and become tedious. I note that the spoilers misinformed us about Lisa's opponent, but Nelson was funnier. Homer's "gay" impersonation had me rolling. The first song was very well done (I love hearing Yeardley Smith sing), and Nelson's bit at the end of Act I was hilarious. The second song was also done well, as were all the teachers' lounge scenes. The gag with the key and the contract was executed great. Seeing the aftermath of Skinner's plan (as well as Song #3) was great. And while the ending seened a bit quick, it was still hilarious. Whoever edited this one did a great job with the quick cuts between jokes. One more song, albeit a short one, but still great. Overall, another sensational episode. Al Jean wasn't lying - this season is shaping up to be one of the best.

    5/5

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    Originally posted by IdRathaHavaBeer
    I missed the show because I was watching the Buffalo Bills attempting to play football. They suck, I shoulda taped the episode.
    Dude, the bills played at 1:00 and the game was over by 4:10

    how did that interupt the simpsons?

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    I gave this a 2/5. It was not without charm--the Willie-Milhouse connection, Nelson's election song (I AM IRON MAN!). But as far as parodies go, this was very poor. The songs were almost unidentifiable with the originals, and frankly, Lisa didn't sound like a little girl when she sang. I found myself only weakly smiling, and didn't laugh out loud once.

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    Oh, boy... A "LISA" episode. <Shudder>

    "Jerkass Homer" was back in all his glory. I had to change the channel when he went into his stupid gay routine. Too predictable and so very Scully-era. Homer was a total waste in this episode.

    The musical numbers were forced and the lyrics were pretty much uninspired. Only Nelson and Willy had good moments with their songs and jokes (Willy imitating Milhouse and Nelson's Iron Man).

    I hope they've gotten the Lisa epsiodes behind us now. I rate this one 2/5.
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    3/5 Not too good, not too bad. Many jokes didnt really work for me, but there were some quality ones in there. Willie making fun of Milhouse was great. I'd say the 3rd act was the strongest, with the first being relatively weak. I'll have to watch this one a few more times, I think it has potential to grow on me.

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    I loved the opening. Heck, I liked everything up until... the singing. "Oh, boy," I thought, "we're in for it this time." However, I was plesently surprised that this wasn't terrible. Lots of great Ralph moments. I actually remember laughing out loud a bunch of times during this episode.

    There were definatly too many "SKINNER!" remarks from Super. Chalmers.

    Overall, a solid B+.

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    Originally posted by Dennis
    3/5. I hated the musical numbers and I didn't like Homer at all in this episode.

    BTW, did Martin sound off to anyone else at the beginning?
    I did notice this, anybody know who did his voice?

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    I haven't seen Evita, so the parody is lost on me, for the largest part. The musical parts were nice on their own, though. Everything seemed to move swiftly, and at times the plot became kind of vague, ala CED'oh. The ending seemed abrupt, to say the least. It wasn't wrapped up until the last 15-20 seconds of the episode with the text.

    The plot of Lisa becoming a manipulated figurehead was fun and had some nice points of commentary, such as the debate (though that's been done plenty). There were big laughs throughout the episode (the Nixon ref, Bart's sarcasm, Nelson's Ironman, various bits of Chalmer and even crazy Willy moments which normally flop) and the plot was interesting enough on its own merit, though, as I understand, Lisa's story runs parallel to the life of Eva Peron and it would help to be familiar with the source. This episode was a lot like C.E.D'oh, solid humor with some issues with pacing and focus.

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    Wow. The ending was stupid, the jokes that Bart made were lame, Michael Moore made a typical Simpson appearance as of late.

    I thought there were no more Mike Scully holdout eps left. 1/5





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