Chapter 6: Us and them at war
In an early episode of The Simpsons, Bart is sitting on the family couch lamenting the fact that Principal Skinner is no longer around to inspire his mischief-making. Having been fired from his job as Principal of Springfield Elementary, thanks in large part to Bart’s antics, Skinner has re-enlisted in the United States Army, the only institution besides school to have ever given his life any “meaning.” Sighing deeply, Bart turns to his younger sister, Lisa, “It’s weird, Lis: I miss him as a friend, but I miss him even more as an enemy.” Wise beyond her years, Lisa tells her bratty brother, “I think you need Skinner, Bart. Everybody needs a nemesis. Sherlock Holmes had his Dr. Moriarty, Mountain Dew has its Mellow Yellow, even Maggie has that baby with the one eyebrow.” At which point, baby sister Maggie Simpson scowls out of the window as her bucktoothed nemesis, Baby Gerald, just happens to be passing by in his stroller, his mono-brow deeply furrowed as he glares menacingly back at her.
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