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The President Wore Pearls

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Season 15 Episode
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"The President Wore Pearls"
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The President Wore Pearls
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Episode Information
Episode Number: 316
Production Code: EABF20
Original Airdate: November 16, 2003
Couch Gag: A camera click can be heard as an Polaroid photo lands to the couch. It develops to show the Simpsons family.
Special Guest Voices: Michael Moore as himself
Written By: Dana Gould
Directed By: Mike B. Anderson

The President Wore Pearls is the third episode of season 15. Michael Moore guest stars as himself.

Synopsis[edit]

"Lisa is elected student-body president at Springfield Elementary and immediately falls foul of Principal Skinner, who fools her into taking popular classes off the curriculum. Angry at his deception, she retaliates by calling her classmates out on strike."


Plot[edit]

Springfield Elementary holds a casino night as a fundraiser, the brainchild of student body president Martin Prince, Jr. Homer wins big, but when Martin points out his winnings can only be redeemed for prizes and not real money, the angry casino patrons riot. After the chaos cleared, Principal Skinner tells Martin he must resign as president. An election for a new president is announced, and Lisa signs up. However, initially, Nelson Muntz is favored to win solely on popularity despite Lisa's good ideas. During a debate in the school auditorium, she sings a song about how she will fight for student rights, winning them over.

Lisa easily wins the election. Worried by her determination and popularity, the faculty discuss how to control her. Following Mrs. Krabappel's a woman's weakness is vanity, the school faculty tell Lisa as president, she deserves a more glamorous look. Another song is sung as the teachers give Lisa a makeover so she looks like Eva Perón. She is initially resistant, but gives in since she reasons she'll still be able to fight for the kids. The students love her more than ever, but the faculty plan on using her to distract the kids from the fact they are cutting music, gym, and art (basically all of the fun classes) from the curriculum to save on the budget. Realizing she was seduced by glamor, Lisa goes back to her old spiky hair and plain red dress. After resigning as president, Lisa leads the students in a strike.

The students leave school in protest and Michael Moore shows up to take their side. The police arrive at the school to handle the students, but Lisa wins over the police too. Several other labor unions, including goat milkers, newsroom cue card holders, and theme park zombies join the strike. Groundskeeper Willie refuses Skinner's order to turn his hose on the students. Realizing there is no other way out of the crippling strike other than disposing of Lisa again, Skinner has her transferred to a school for the gifted. When she arrives there, Homer shows up to explain he is not driving 45 minutes just to take her to school each day, so everything ends up back to normal. A subtitle states the elementary school cancelled flu shots and sold loose cigarettes to pay for the restoration of music, art and gym. The subtitle also states the producers of the show, based on the advice of their lawyers, never heard of a musical based on the life of Eva Perón.

Production[edit]

The episode was written by Dana Gould and directed by Mike B. Anderson.

Reception[edit]

In 2007, Vanity Fair called "The President Wore Pearls" the tenth best episode of The Simpsons, the most recent episode on the list. John Orvted said, "It may seem ludicrous to include anything later than season 8 in this list, but this one is brilliant. The musical numbers are astoundingly good, and Lisa's comeuppance is so well constructed it harkens back to the golden years of the show."

The episode was also nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Music (by Alf Clausen) And Lyrics (by Dana Gould).

Promotional images[edit]

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