Buckeye Grove, the Oval, and a statue of Woody Hayes throwing a mean right hook all made an appearance in the episode.
Perhaps one of the most iconic cartoon series of all-time took a trip to the heart of Ohio into the depths of Ohio State’s campus in the latest episode of the 29 season of “The Simpsons.”
Apparently, Principal Skinner was a huge marching band fanatic growing up and his lone dream in life was to be the lead drummer for Ohio State’s The Best Damn Band In The Land. However, his mother had a different plan for Skinner. After Skinner meticulously applied to OSU and gained acceptance from the university, his mother lied to him and told him that OSU had rejected his enrollment application. Sad!
Skinner lived his entire life thinking he was rejected by the Buckeyes, but in the latest episode, Skinner finds the letter from OSU hidden in his mother’s room where he learns that he was not only accepted into OSU and TBDBITL, he was offered a full ride scholarship plus a position of band director after he graduates. The news jolts Skinner as he is infuriated with his mother, but before arguing with his mother, he takes a visit to the Ohio State campus.
While on campus, “The Simpsons,” showed iconic features on campus while also throwing in a few jabs for comedic effect. When Skinner first arrives on campus, he decides to walk laps around the Oval. After, he takes a trip to Buckeye Grove where he bumps into a student and knocks his books down. Instead of the student saying “Excuse me” to Skinner, he responds with “Michigan sucks!” and goes on to explain that at OSU “Michigan sucks!” is our way of saying “Excuse me.” Soon after Brutus and Skinner are hanging out on campus, but as Brutus walks to leave the area, he walks into the fist of a golden statue of Woody Hayes that consequently knocks Brutus unconscious on the ground; remnant of the punch Woody Hayes threw at the Clemson player in his last game as head coach with the Buckeyes.
Skinner also tries to gain admittance into the university, but “The Simpsons” version of the OSU president essentially called Skinner a loser and that his chance to enroll was too late. It’s times like this that make me wonder: what would President Drake do?
All-in-all, the OSU’s role in the episode was hilarious, but also subtle. Watching the episode you see iconic locations on campus, but with “The Simpsons” twist. It was surreal seeing Principal Skinner roam the Oval or standing next to Brutus near Buckeye Grove. The animators and writers of this episode did their homework, no pun intended. There were a few issues like the scene with Buckeye Grove being directly in front of the stadium when, in fact, its actually towards Cannon Drive near Morril Tower, but oh well! How many other schools can brag about being on an episode of “The Simpsons”?!
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