Wow, the first five minutes of this show were PAINFUL! That alleged musical number nearly turned me off of this episode, but I'm glad I stuck with it.
It's official, Principal Lewis is the breakout star of the season for me. It's almost as if they knew that Roger was getting overexposed, so they wanted to give the spotlight to someone else. The letter to the math teacher had me in stitches.
Principal Lewis: Ok, then! Y'all gonna get cut! AAH! My Hip-Hop Hooray arm! Barry: Hahaha, they only fired 87! I knew there was one left! Principal Lewis: Why, Rain Kid? Barry: Never touch a fat kid's candy!
Anything with Stan and the boys this season has been great. Principal Lewis is just incredible. I am a little bored with Stan and Francine's breaking up all the time, but following Homer/Marge and Peter/Lois will have that affect on a show, I guess.
Do you really believe that the nature of the show hasn't changed? I think the earlier seasons were much more reality-based and much less likely to go for drawn-out "gross" gags like the one in this episode.