The President Wore Pearls
"The President Wore Pearls" is the third episode of the The Simpsons' fifteenth season, first broadcast on November 16, 2003. The episode was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Music (by Alf Clausen) And Lyrics (by Dana Gould).
Springfield Elementary spends the night at the casino as a fundraiser, the brainchild of the president of the student body of Martin Prince. Homer wins big, but when Martin says his winnings can be redeemed only for cafeteria script and not real money casino patrons angry rebellion. After the chaos clears, Principal Skinner says Martin, he should resign as president. Election of a new president will be announced and signed Lisa. However, initially popular Nelson favored to win. During the debate in the classroom, she sings about how she will fight for the rights of students, winning them.
Lisa easily wins the election. Worried about its definition and popularity, faculty discusses how to control it. At the suggestion of Ms. Krabappel that the weakness of women vanity, school faculty tells Lisa that as president, it deserves a more glamorous look. Another song is sung as teachers give Lisa makeup fashionable lady. It was initially stable, but gives so she says she will still be able to fight for the children. Students like the new Lisa more than ever, but the faculty to use it as a scapegoat for the fall of the music, gym, and art from the curriculum, to save on the budget. Faced with outraged student body, Lisa realizes that she has been used faculty and was seduced by the glamor and power. After resigning as president, Lisa goes back to his old red dress and spiky hair, and leads students in a strike
Students leave the school in protest. The police come to the school to handle students with children sized clubs, but soon Lisa convinces the police to take their side, too. Several other unions, including goat milkers, cardholders and news cue zombie theme park to join the strike. Even Groundskeeper Willie Skinner refuses an order to turn a hose on his students. Realizing there is no other way out of contrition, except utilization Lisa Skinner, she was transferred to a school for "Academically Gifted and troublesome." She waves goodbye to his classmates and the rest of Springfield sing another song
Just as Lisa arrives at his new school, Omer pulls and refuses to allow her to attend or refuse to fight for the best Springfield, complaining that he will not ride for 45 minutes every day to take her to school. He suggests that she take activities like ice skating, as well, but when she would ask to do so, he refuses again, complaining that he did not want to get up early each morning.
At the end of the episode, subtitles state that Springfield Elementary was eventually able to restore music, art and gym by cancelling flu shots and selling loose cigarettes. The subtitle then states that the producers of the show, "based on the advice of their lawyers, swear they have never heard of a musical based on the life of Eva Perón".
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 (Seasons 3 through 8)."
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