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Episode Number 375
Production Code HABF12
Original Airdate April 30, 2006
Chalkboard Gag none
Couch Gag The living room is dark, with many eyes present. The lights go up, and many secondary characters appear behind a banner that reads, “Surprise!” The Simpsons come in and the characters yell, “SURPRISE!” Homer is so overwhelmed with shock, he has a heart attack and collapses.
Special Guest Voices Frances McDormand as Melanie Upfoot
Written By Matt Selman
Directed By Nancy Kruse

Girls Just Want to Have Sums is the nineteenth episode of The Simpsons' seventeenth season. It aired April 30, 2006.

SynopsisEdit

After women of Springfield criticize Principal Skinner because he thinks girls are bad at math, the school is divided into boys and girls, but the math class for girls doesn't teach real math, so Lisa disguises as a boy to infiltrate into the boy math class.

Full Story Edit

The Simpsons and many other prominent Springfieldians go to see a performance of Stab-A-Lot: The Itchy and Scratchy Musical. The show pretty much comprises the homicidal cat and mouse doing what they do best, but all in song. The audience is enthralled by the performance and give it a standing ovation. Julianna, the director comes out on stage, accompanied by Principal Skinner, to acknowledge the cheers. Skinner reveals that she used to be a student of Springfield Elementary and, while acknowledging all her accomplishments, says that she wasn't very good in math, because she is a girl. Expectedly, everyone in the audience - women, in particular - are shocked.

The next day, the teachers of Springfield Elementary and other ladies stage a protest outside the school against Skinner's remark, much to the displeasure of Superintendent Chalmers. Skinner assures him that he will take care of it and holds a conference in the school's auditorium, inviting all the protesting ladies to attend. There, he tries to pacify them - by wearing a skirt (revealing his hairy legs), much to the amusement of his students, but not the ladies. He tries saying that men and women are equals, but unique. Nothing he says has a good effect on the ladies, so finally he starts hyperventilating and collapses on stage. Chalmers comes out and introduces them to their new principal - lady principal, that is. As her first act as principal, Melanie Upfoot separates the boys and girls into separate schools. The move is met with mixed reactions. Ms Upfoot seems to be even more gender biased herself like Principal Skinner, having done up the girls' half of the school to be beautiful, clean and have paintings in the hall while letting the boys' side end up looking like a war zone.

The next day, Otto drops off the girls at their school, and then drives a few feet ahead and releases the boys from their cage in the bus, so they can attend their school. Lisa seems to feel right at home in the girl-friendly school, with the fountains, paintings, pink paint and all. She attends math class, which will be taught by the new principal herself. However, instead of usual number-crunching or the like, she starts speaking about the philosophy and magic in math. While the other girls go for it, Lisa asks whether they will get down to doing problems, to which the principal replies that is how boys look at math. Disillusioned by this pro-female bias toward one of her favorite subjects, Lisa walks out and gets into the boys' school compound, which looks like a battleground. She peeps into one of the classrooms and sees a math class in session, where actual, accurate math is being taught (exactly how she likes it). She is caught by Skinner, now an assistant to Groundskeeper Willie and told to leave.

After a chat with Marge, she decides to disguise herself as a boy, named "Jake Boyman" and attend the boys' school (Everyone calls her "Toilet", due to first appearing with toilet paper on her shoe). During the math class, she gets a problem wrong, but she feels happy to have learned something. Unfortunately, being with the boys means having to act like one. She gets into a fight with Nelson and, as much as she tries to use her intelligence to escape her situation, she gets beaten up.

When Bart returns home that day, happy to have seen a fight, he is shocked to see Lisa, still dressed as Jake, sitting on her bed, crying quietly. He feels sorry for her and he tells her that he will teach her to act like a boy.

Thanks to Bart's help, she starts acting more like a boy, including beating up poor Ralph Wiggum. However, she does well in math class. Finally, at an award ceremony, "Jake" wins an award for outstanding performance in math. Lisa then reveals her identity to the whole school, and explains why she had to disguise herself. Bart gets up and tells everyone that she did well only because she was acting like a boy. Angry at hearing this, she throws her award at Bart, but ends up hitting Ralph.  Shocked at how "boy-like" she has become, she apologizes to Ralph. However the boys embark in a chair fight as Lisa claims she did well in math and then beats up Martin with a chair. In the end, it is assumed that Skinner is reinstated as principal.

Songs Edit

"Two Days, Two Circles" Edit

  • Itchy, Scratchy, Itchy, Itchy, Scratchy
    Itchy, Scratchy, Itchy, Itchy, Scratchy
    From the day you are born in the alley
    To the day you are hit by a car
    There's cream to drink
    And mice to eat
    And great big balls of yarn
    It's the circle...
    The circle of...knife.

"It's Symbiotic" Edit

  • [Sung by Itchy and Scratchy]
    Scratchy:
    I don't know why I trust him
    I guess some cats just never learn
    Itchy:
    I feel so good when I have crushed him
    Or left him mangled, maimed, and burned
    Both:
    I supposed it's symbiotic
    And perhaps a bit erotic
    Scratchy:
    'Cause pain is my narcotic
    Itchy:
    You really liked it?
    Scratchy:
    Yes, I loved it
    Both:
    And that's why we're always...
    Itchy:
    Fighting

    Scratchy:
    and Biting
    Itchy:
    And dynamite igniting

"Knives Finale" Edit

  • It's the circle
    The circle of knife
    Yes, the circle
    The circle of knife

Broadcasting Information Edit

US/Canada

  • 1st Airdate: Sunday, April 30, 2006
  • 2nd Airdate: Sunday, July 9, 2006

UK

  • 1st Airdate: Sunday, September 17, 2006

Australia

  • 1st airdate: Tuesday, 15 August 2006

Citations Edit

Season 16 Season 17 Episodes Season 18
The Bonfire of the ManateesThe Girl Who Slept Too LittleMilhouse of Sand and FogTreehouse of Horror XVIMarge's Son PoisoningSee Homer RunThe Last of the Red Hat MamasThe Italian BobSimpson Christmas StoriesHomer's Paternity CootWe're on the Road to D'oh-whereMy Fair LaddyThe Seemingly Never-Ending StoryBart Has Two MommiesHomer Simpson, This Is Your WifeMillion-Dollar AbieKiss Kiss Bang BangaloreThe Wettest Stories Ever ToldGirls Just Want to Have SumsRegarding MargieThe Monkey SuitMarge and Homer Turn a Couple Play

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