9 Easter Eggs Hidden In TV Shows That Went Over Your Head

4. The Simpsons= Les Miserables?

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Although we learned in season nine's "The Principal and the Pauper" that Seymour Skinner isn't the Springfield Principal'sreal name, we then promptly forgot everything we learned in that episode because it was objectively terrible and gimmicky andhow wouldthis Seymour Skinnerimposter not be found out sooner you stupid, stupid Season 9 writer's room?

Anyhow, although the entire plot of the episode was retconned and pretty much burned from Simpsons' history like it was a modern day Hulk Hogan, there's actually a little something from this episode that still works: a hidden, thirdidentity for Principal Not-Skinner.

Four years before this controversial episode, in a season five flashback to his time in Vietnam, Not-Skinner reveals that his POW number was 24601, which is, coincidentally, the same number given to the Les Miserables' character Jean Valjean.

That, in and of itself, is no big thing. But "The Principal and the Pauper" ups the ante by revealing that Not-Skinner was A) a former criminal, B) an identity thief, and C) now using his new name to become a respectable member of society. All ofthis closely follows Valjean's story.No one directly calls attention to this on the show, which makes it either a coincidence or one of the most subtle jokes that iteration of the show's writers ever pulled off.

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