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New Teacher
New Teacher
Season 2, Episode 29b
Air date: September 21, 1997
Don Del Grande's

New Teacher is an episode in the Hey Arnold! TV Series.


Miss Slovak is leaves her job because she wants to become a professional golfer, and Mr. Simmons becomes the new teacher. The kids aren't too crazy about his "be your own unique self" teaching method and find a way to get rid of him, then realize things were better with Mr. Simmons than with their new teacher, Lieutenant Major Goose.


  • The 4th grade class in this episode is made up of Arnold, Gerald, Helga, Harold, Phoebe, Rhonda, Sheena, Nadine, Brainy, Stinky, Iggy, and Curly. However, Eugene and Park do not appear. Sid on the other hand only appears when playing the bongos.
  • Mr. Simmons is voiced by Dan Butler. He also appears as "Bulldog" on Frasier.
  • Mr. Simmons likes gardening.
  • The poem that Mr. Simmons reads in class is a parody of William Carlos Williams' poem, This is Just to Say.
  • Gerald's poem is similar to Alan Ginsberg's Howl.
  • Harold's last name (Berman) is revealed, as is Curly's first name (Thaddeus).
  • When Lieutenant Major Goose was confused, all the students were laughing, except for Arnold but later he is shown laughing with a big giant facial expression.
  • Lieutenant Major Goose also appears in the episode "Veterans Day".
  • Walter Charles Walter was a parody of a poet William Carlos Williams
  • When the students question Lieutenant Major Goose why are certain things so, Curly says, "Why do fools fall in love?" This is a reference to "Why Do Fools Fall in Love" by Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers.
  • Arnold is noticeably out of character for the first part of the episode. It is not until after Mr. Simmons quits that he realizes the error of his ways.
  • When Helga has on the truth crown and insults Arnold, the entire class laughs, even Arnold.


  • When Helga and the other kids have made their plan to get rid of Mr. Simmons, Helga asks "Everyone know the drill?" and they all put their hands together to make a pact and each say they do. Arnold's hand suddenly pops into frame and you can hear him say "Alright", but Arnold wasn't in the scene with them and it's not like Arnold to go along with this as he does in the next scene.
  • There is no such rank as "Lieutenant Major" anywhere in the U.S. Military.
  • Lieutenant Major Goose says "oh-ten-hundred-hours". There's no such time. "Ten hundred hours" without the "oh" means 10:00 in the morning; "oh-nine-hundred-hours" means 9:00.                                                                                                                                                            

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