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One of the most infamous episodes of The Simpsons which has caused outrage and debate among fans for years, “The Principal and the Pauper” caused some serious issues with the series’ canon and chronology. That is until now, a fan fix has repaired the cracks it has caused in previous seasons.
Originally aired in 1996, “Raging Abe Simpson and His Grumbling Grandson in ‘The Curse of the Flying Hellfish'” features a direct relative of “Seymour Skinner” who bears much more resemblance to Armin Tanzarian than the “real” Skinner he was with. we meet. in that iffy episode of “Principal and the Pauper.”
Posted to /r/FanTheories by /u/Lenzar86, this continuity (but ultimately a writing inconsistency) may have been resolved.
The theory is that during Grandpa Simpson’s flashback sequence, as he explains the Hellfish story to Bart, what we’re seeing is how Bart describes the events: not exactly how they happened. So the “inconsistency” between the reality of Armin Tanzarian and the real Seymour Skinner doesn’t really matter.
It’s a clever solution to turning one of the most hated episodes of the classic the Simpson into a much more acceptable one. It certainly doesn’t make it one of the best ever, and it’s a long way behind classics like “Cape Feare” or “Marge vs. the Monorail,” but it will have to work.
The long-term offshoots of “Principal and the Pauper” have been parodied on the show ever since that fateful episode aired in 1997. In classic series fashion, though, canon doesn’t really matter. There have been some concrete long-term changes in The Simpsons: The death of Maude Flanders, Lisa being a vegetarian and Homer’s mother on the run.
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