"Degrassi's gonna have some changes. BIG changes. Starting with...wait for it...BALLS."
Archibald "Archie" Rupert Simpson is an alumnus of Degrassi Junior High School and Degrassi High School in the late 1980s and the early 1990s. Archie was known as "Snake" in his younger years, being rebellious and into anything fun. He was also known for being "the tall guy", since he was already 6 feet tall by Grade 8. Snake was good at avoiding anything he didn't need or want to do, which made him somewhat irresponsible as a teen. Despite his lazy attitude, he was good in school, running for president. He also had a passion for music, starting a band named Zit Remedy. He is also shown to be exceptionally skilled in swimming, basketball, and guitar. He went through a lot in high school that helped him mature, like discovering Claude Tanner's body after his suicide, and his friend Derek Wheeler killing a two-year-old and blinding his friend Lucy Fernandez in a drunk driving accident. He also has an older brother, Glen Simpson, who came out to Archie as gay, which initially made Archie uncomfortable. It is only assumed that Archie reached out to him one day, as he is now accepting of the LGBT community. He is the principal of his Alma mater, Degrassi Community School, in Toronto, Canada.
Archie is married to his best friend Christine Nelson and has a stepdaughter, Emma Nelson, and a son, Jack Simpson. He is also the stepfather-in-law of Spinner Mason, and the godfather of Connor DeLaurier. His best friends are Joey Jeremiah and Derek Wheeler. In high school, he had failed romances with close friends Melanie Brodie and Michelle Accette, while being friends with Lucy Fernandez, Caitlin Ryan, Simon Dexter, B.L.T. Thomas, Stephanie Kaye, L.D. Delacorte, Erica Farrell, Heather Farrell, Liz O'Rourke and, eventually, Dwayne Myers. He is also friends with co-workers Daphne Hatzilakos, Darryl Armstrong, Dom Perino, and Winnie Oh. As an authority figure, he has watched out for and befriended Emma, J.T. Yorke, Manny Santos, Toby Isaacs, Paige Michalchuk, Sean Cameron, Darcy Edwards, Liberty Van Zandt, Alli Bhandari, Eli Goldsworthy, Clare Edwards, Holly J. Sinclair, Sav Bhandari, Adam Torres, Bianca DeSousa and Dave Turner. He is also the only character in the entire series to be in every season, and was portrayed by Stefan Brogren.
- 1 Character History
- 1.1 Degrassi Classic: Seasons 1–5
- 1.2 Parents
- 1.3 Interim (1993–2001)
- 1.4 Degrassi: The Next Generation
- 1.5 Degrassi
- 1.6 Degrassi: Next Class
- 2 Quotes
- 3 Trivia
- 4 Relationships
Degrassi Classic: Seasons 1–5
Archie Simpson starts as an 8th grader.
Snake is best friends with Joey Jeremiah and Derek "Wheels" Wheeler (portrayed by Pat Mastroianni & Neil Hope ) with whom he forms a band, The Zit Remedy (later, simply, the Zits); their only song is "Everybody Wants Something". Responsible and observant of rules, Snake is usually the one to oppose the others' shenanigans. Nevertheless, the first time that Snake's parents leave him home alone for a weekend, Joey and Wheels badger him long enough to convince him to let them sleep over.
When the boys oversleep the next morning and realize that Wheels will be late for an appointment, Joey drives him there in Snake's parents' rusty 1976 Oldsmobile despite lacking a license to drive; the resulting minor accident leads Snake's parents to discover what had happened and lose confidence in Snake. He receives his license a year later ("Little White Lies ", DH ep. 110). It is with these two friends that Snake makes his first (failed) trip to a strip joint ("Little White Lies", DH ep. 108), hires older student Clutch (portrayed by Steve Bedernjak ) to buy them beer and before being caught by the police ("Pa-arty!!", DJH ep. 315), and sneaks into the closed school to try to see favorite rock band, The Savages film a music video ("Extracurricular Activities ", DH ep. 209).
The boys' interest and availability to rehearse their music wanes, but Joey keeps bringing them back ("Sealed With a Kiss", DJH ep. 208; "Pass Tense ", DJH ep. 213; "He Ain't Heavy ", DJH ep. 306, "The Whole Truth ", DJH ep. 307; "A New Start Part 1 ", DH ep. 101; "Breaking Up is Hard to Do", DH ep. 103). The Zits convince their budding filmmaker classmate Lucy Fernandez (portrayed by Anais Granofsky ) to shoot a music video for their only song, "Everybody Wants Something" ("Breaking Up is Hard to Do", DH ep. 103; "Everybody Wants Something", DH ep. 105) and Clutch to let them use his car as a prop (Id). In return, they appear in Lucy's feminist horror film, It Creeps ("It Creeps", DH ep. 114).
Snake is at a loss as to how to talk with Wheels after the death of Wheels' adoptive parents (portrayed by Timm Zemanek & Nancy Sinclair) ("Can't Live With 'Em Part 2", DJH ep. 302). Wheels is hurt by what he perceives as Snake's abandonment of him, but Joey mediates a reconciliation between the two ("A Big Girl Now", DJH ep. 303). Like Joey, Snake exhausts his sympathy for Wheels's loss of his parents to a drunk driver, when Wheels incessantly lies, steals, and refuses to accept responsibility for anything ("Home Sweet Home", DH ep. 208). While Snake is saving a life, Wheels, in contrast, drives while drunk to get more beer for the party and collides with another car (Degrassi: School's Out).
Snake refuses to visit or write to Wheels in jail and is disgusted by Wheels' refusal to accept responsibility for killing a child in the other car and for temporarily blinding and severely injuring Lucy who was riding with Wheels, particularly in light of Wheels having lost his own parents to a drunk driver years earlier. Although Wheels eventually pleads guilty, Snake refuses to forgive him for twelve years (Id.; "Mother and Child Reunion (2)", DNG ep. 102; "Should I Stay or Should I Go?" DNG ep. 307).
Snake is an excellent swimmer, but inept at soccer ("The Great Race" DJH ep. 105). A tall boy, he enjoys basketball but does not have his older brother Glen's (Montgomery Randal) legendary prowess on the court; he is uncomfortable with the revelation of Glen's homosexuality, but does not share their father's hostility ("He Ain't Heavy", DJH ep. 306). Either there has been an upward change in the family's financial circumstances or Glen has an independent income as he arrives and leaves driving a new black Jeep YJ just a year after his parents are seen to have a rusty old Delta 88.
Upon entering a Degrassi High School lavatory one day, he discovers the corpse of classmate Claude Tanner (David Armin-Parcells) who had recently shot himself. Part of Claude's face is off and shows only skull, so it was indicated Claude had shot himself in the head. Snake dashes to the administration office and guides Assistant Principal Raditch (Dan Woods) to the scene ("Showtime (1)", DH ep. 210). The incident leaves Snake noticeably shaken and he withdraws to his parents' home, away from school for a couple of weeks ("Showtime (2)", DH ep. 211; "Three's a Crowd", DH ep. 212).
Though liked by nearly everyone as a friend or pleasant acquaintance, Snake is generally unsuccessful with women, owing largely to his lack of self-confidence and desire to be the "good guy". Nevertheless, he periodically gets dates with various girls, though none develops into a relationship. Among his failed adolescent pairings are Melanie Brodie (portrayed by Sara Ballingall), Michelle Accette (portrayed by Maureen McKay), and Christine "Spike" Nelson (portrayed by Amanda Stepto) ("Making Whoopee", DJH ep. 313; "Loyalties", DH ep. 203; "Three's a Crowd", DH ep. 212).
Snake is paired with Spike Nelson for what is to be one of their final class assignments of grade 11; studying in the Nelsons' kitchen, Spike watches Snake playfully carry Spike's young daughter Emma (portrayed by toddler Ashlee Henricks) ("Three's a Crowd", DH ep. 212). Unbeknownst to Snake, this triggers romantic feelings in Spike toward him, and she daydreams of him initiating a passionate kiss. Snake accepts Spike's invitation to attend the prom together, believing that Spike wants to go simply as friends. Upon learning that Snake really likes Michelle Accette and would rather go with her, Spike backs out and keeps her disappointment secret from Snake. During the summer following his graduation from Degrassi High School, he takes a job as a lifeguard in the hope of impressing a bikini-clad woman to take his virginity; unfortunately, he only succeeds in impressing children. (Degrassi: School's Out). Having finally taken enough of Joey's teasing over his virginity throughout the summer, Snake angrily denounces Joey for his infidelity toward Joey's girlfriend Caitlin Ryan. Ironically, in this exchange, the traditionally "good boy" Snake becomes the first character on Canadian prime-time television to utter the word "fucking". Moments later, traditionally "good girl" Caitlin becomes the second character (and first female) to do so when she overhears Snake and confronts Joey with: "Tessa Campanelli? You were fucking Tessa Campanelli?!".
Immediately after unintentionally breaking up Joey and Caitlin, Snake realizes that former classmate Alison Hunter (Sarah Holmes) is drowning, and rushes in to the lake to rescue her. Everyone congratulates him as a hero, but he breaks down in a flood of emotion and anxiety. Two months later, at the wedding reception of classmates Alexa and Simon Dexter (Irene Courakos & Michael Carry), Snake is accompanied by his girlfriend Pam whom he met at university, and appears considerably more self-assured. Like Caitlin, Snake is receptive to Joey's apologies for the way he had behaved toward both of them, and they look forward to going out to shoot pool while Snake is in town.
Snake's mother was played by Vivian Palin (in "Trust Me"; she also played a teacher in "Star-Crossed") and by Maggie Thomas in "He Ain't Heavy", "Home Sweet Home" and "School's Out". Snake's father was played in the third season by Clarke Mackey, the director of three episodes, and by Ingvar Brogren in the second season of Degrassi High. Also, Glen Simpson, Snake's brother, was played by Montgomery Randal.
Snake's relationship with Pam does not last. ("Mother and Child Reunion (2)", DNG ep. 102).
In the mid-90's, he graduated from Banting University with a Bachelor's Degree in a media or computer science related field (mostly likely computer science because of what Banting's real life equivalent, Queen's University, offers). He either completed his Bachelor of Education degree concurrently or consecutively with his main degree.
Snake attends the wedding of Joey to Julia Manning, a divorcé approximately six years their senior. Among the other attendees are Spike, her young daughter Emma, and Julia's young son Craig Manning ("White Wedding (1)", DNG ep. 212; "When Doves Cry (1), DNG ep. 201). The wedding likely occurs sometime on the order of three years after School's Out (based upon the age of their daughter, Angela Jeremiah).
He remains acquainted with Spike over the years (judging by the interaction and familiarity between the two in "Mother and Child Reunion", DNG eps. 101-102). He does not, however, see Emma for several years, such that neither will know each other days before she enters grade 7. He prepares displays of photographs and personal memorabilia solicited from the alumni. ("Mother and Child Reunion (1)", DNG ep. 101).
Snake receives a teaching appointment at his Alma mater which, at some point, is reconfigured to educate students in grades 7-12 and redesignated Degrassi Community School. Among the subjects he teaches is Media Immersion. ("Mother and Child Reunion (1)", DNG ep. 101). Snake becomes the administrator of the Degrassi alumni database. ("Father Figure (1)", DNG ep. 301).
Degrassi: The Next Generation
In Mother and Child Reunion (1), Snake first reappears when he finds Emma, J.T., and Manny with the reunion memorabilia. He is amazed at the old things Spike found and tells them to enjoy their last days of summer before they start school. Snake continues looking through old pictures and reminiscing when Caitlin arrives at the school. The two hug and Caitlin mentions that Snake is now a teacher at Degrassi. The two talk about memories of Joey, as he pulls into the school with Lucy. The four discuss the reunion and talk about going out for drinks that night. When Snake meets Keith, he tells him that he plans on directing a movie about teachers and how it's a noble profession. When Wheels is mentioned, Snake still expresses his disdain towards him and mentioned how he killed a kid and got out 10 years later scot-free. When Joey leaves to sit alone at the bar, Snake follows him and reminds him that sulking and cutting off his friends will not bring Julia back. When Joey tries to justify his attitude, Snake reminds him he is just feeling sorry for himself.
In Mother and Child Reunion (2), Snake welcomes Caitlin and Keith to the reunion. He tells them to go on the tour and that he would see them later. He sits with Spike during the dinner and watches as Joey and Keith begin to argue during Caitlin's speech. At the reunion, he dances with Spike and when J.T., Manny, and Toby tell them what is going on, they run off to drive to the hotel. When they arrive at the room, they bang on the door and after Emma runs out, Jordan tries to tell him it is a misunderstanding. Snake pulls him out of the room and pins him against the wall, threatening to break his neck if he moved.
With the show's reintroduction of Joey as a regular character, and additional guest appearances by Caitlin, Lucy, Yick Yu (Siluck Saysanasy), et al., Snake is seen spending time with his peers.
Teaching Spike's daughter renews Spike's interest in Snake, and the two begin dating. Among their outings is an Elvis Costello concert, as the two share a love of his music. ("Girls Just Wanna Have Fun", DNG ep. 203).
After a few months, Spike proposes marriage and Snake accepts; Spike also picks out her ring herself. He and Emma deal with the typical conflict between prospective stepparents and stepchildren, complicated by his role as "Mr. Simpson", her teacher and that of her friends. ("Girls Just Wanna Have Fun", DNG ep. 203; "Weird Science", DNG ep. 205).
Unaware that Spike is pregnant with their son Jack, Snake makes an off-hand remark about becoming Emma's stepfather being hard enough and that he does not want to start a family of their own yet; this prompts Spike to consider keeping the pregnancy a secret from him and aborting the fetus. Emma, knowing that she herself began as a prime candidate for being aborted, is vehemently pro-life and races to Snake's bachelor party to warn him. Snake argues with Spike about not being consulted and having to learn about the situation from Emma. Angry with each other, two initially stay away from the church the following morning, reluctant to marry. They reconcile in time to dash to the ceremony in casual clothes, and change into their wedding attire before the reception. ("White Wedding Parts 1-2", DNG eps. 212-213).
In the season premiere, Father Figure (1&2), Emma discovers that her father, Shane McKay, is brain damaged and confined to a sanitarium, rather than a physician as she had believed. She lashes out at Spike for hiding the truth and for "allowing" Shane's parents to commit him, but Snake consoles Emma and acknowledges her sense of betrayal, while also providing her exposition as to what had happened:
Shane wanted to be part of Emma's life but was largely prevented by his parents. ("Eggbert", DJH ep. 201; "Dinner and a Show", DJH ep. 204). When going to a concert, Shane tried the hallucinogen LSD and either fell or jumped from a bridge - whether it was intentional was and remains unknown - suffering severe head trauma. ("Taking Off (2)", DJH ep. 312; "It Creeps", DH 114). Spike took Emma to visit Shane when she was three years old, but Shane became agitated and began a tantrum, thus frightening Spike who worried that Shane might inadvertently hurt Emma; she therefore prevented their further contact. ("Father Figure (2)", DNG ep. 302).
For a change, Emma finds herself relating better to her stepfather Snake than with her mother Spike. (Id). At the end of the same episode, Snake's and Spike's son, Jack, is born, and Emma addresses Snake as "Dad" for the first time. (Id). Going forward, she alternates between "Snake" and "Dad", depending upon her mood and the situation; continuing to address him as "Mr. Simpson" in class.
Also in Season 3, Snake learns he has leukemia and battles with it throughout the entire season, with the help of Spike, Emma, friends, and family. ("Pride" Part Two, DNG ep. 305; "Gangsta Gangsta", DNG ep. 306; "Should I stay or Should I Go?", DNG ep. 307).
Spike compels Snake to get out of the house and go bowling with Joey one evening, whereupon Joey reunites Wheels with Snake who initially wants nothing to do with him. The two talk, however, while Joey fetches refreshments, and Snake confides wanting to die. Wheels assures him that had the same desire after learning that he had killed a child. Snake seeks Wheels advice in dealing with his feelings. Joey returns and remarks that their heads are all now as bald as the bowling balls surrounding them; Snake lost his already thinning hair as a result of the chemotherapy; the other two presumably lost theirs more gradually in their twenties. The three old (and now bald) friends loudly sing Everybody Wants Something as they drive Snake home. ("Should I Stay or Should I Go?", DNG ep. 307).
Snake advises Dan Raditch, not to take the unimportant things so seriously, noting it was a lesson he learned in dealing with the leukemia. ("Take On Me", DNG ep. 316).
Snake loses his new laptop to theft by Sean Cameron. Sean eventually confesses his misdeeds and offers to make amends; the incident ironically leads to the two having genuine fondness and respect for each other.
In Islands In The Stream, Mr. Simpson partners Rick with Toby in Media Immersion class, resulting in a new friendship. They compete to see who can get more kisses from the girls at school.
After Emma is threatened by a gun-wielding Rick Murray and witnesses the boy's death by gunshot, Snake is frustrated by Emma being forced to wait in a classroom to be interviewed by the police, and snaps at Mr. Raditch for ignoring the signs of Rick being bullied. He is often reminded of Claude Tanner, his classmate who committed suicide. He remembers Mr. Raditch helping with that, but not with Rick. This aggravates him. He is aware that Sean's actions likely saved Emma's life.
Emma likes the idea of sneaking around with Jay at the Ravine. If she does what he says, then she earns a bracelet. That'll prove that she can be naughty too, right? But when Emma discovers that her new sore throat problem is actually something worse than she ever imagined, she realizes that Jay has left her with a social disease, gonorrhea. Due to this crisis, Emma comes home crying and upset because she thinks she has gonorrhea (she does) and Snake and Spike comfort her, they think she is terrified because of the shooting but she lies to them.
He is shocked to realize that Emma, whom he viewed as being a virgin, has contracted gonorrhea by performing oral sex on Jay Hogart; He also really can't believe that she lied to him and Spike, he didn't like it..he thought of Emma in a different light. But, nevertheless, he remains stoic and supportive.
Paige and Matt are trying to keep their relationship a secret but it seems that it is impossible with Mr. Simpson spotting them at a park. Afterwards, Snake becomes very suspicious. He calls a meeting and pays close attention to their behaviors in class. He confronts them and gets Paige's parents and other faculty members involved later on..he tries to make Paige admit to what she's doing but she really doesn't admit.. things pretty much stream out from this situation.
In season 5, Emma's best friend, Manuela "Manny" Santos, is thrown out of her family's house by her father. Despite disapproving of her promiscuous behavior, Snake takes pity on Manny and invites her to stay in the Nelson-Simpson home until she can reconcile with her father.
Snake is discovered in an empty movie theater by Emma while he was passionately kissing Principal Daphne Hatzilakos|, a woman approximately ten years his senior and his superior on the Degrassi faculty. Ms. Hatzilakos is the mother of Peter Stone, Emma's secret boyfriend at the time.
When Snake comes home the next day, he announces that he has sold his motorcycle for airfare to Mexico for Spike and him. Spike then remarks that she does not “deserve such a perfect husband.” Emma angrily tells them to stop it and it leads to Snake having to confess, for which Spike expels him out of the house.
In the meantime of all this drama Emma isn't happy that Snake and Spike are fighting so she invites Snake over for dinner, but things only get worse.
Spike found out about the kiss Snake and Ms. Hatzilakos shared now she kicked him out of the house and her life. Snake tries to win her back by giving her a necklace with her birthstone inside. Spike then threw it away. Snake doesn't know what to do know, so he goes to his friends house-- Joey Jeremiah's. While he is there he asks him about what he should do. But before he could answer, Diane ( his girlfriend ) told Snake to make her fall in love with him again. Joey and Snake exchange wary glances as if they didn't know what she was talking about. So Diane asked him "what made her fall in love with you." A light bulb clicked on in Snake's head and he raced home.
Snake later gets Spike to take him back under the condition that he never cheat again. He does this by going to the hair salon where she works and in a tuxedo he brought her flowers, and sang their wedding song. She starts crying and they reunite happily. Being so happy to be back with his wife, he says he's going take the family (including Manny, who is still living in the Simpson home) to New York. It seems the trip was canceled because of Emma's battle with anorexia nervosa.
After being released from jail, Sean finds himself sleeping on Spike and Snake's couch. Sean is focusing on putting the last few months behind him, getting a great job and being a fantastic boyfriend to Emma. But what will happen when he discovers she's not as perfect as he thought?
Derek and Danny run into problems when their history teacher, Mr. Perino, doesn't appreciate them goofing off. But when things get heated, they have to figure out whether he's just being strict - or is really out of line. They turn to Snake for help with their dilemma.
Manny's intent on getting over Craig, and uses Liberty's upcoming birthday as an excuse to throw a party at Emma's house while Spike and Snake are out of town. She's even got a great guy to introduce Liberty to - but doesn't anticipate how he'll feel. And of course, no party can be kept a secret for long, as soon the party gets out of control - even students from Lakehurst in unexpectedly.
When J.T. Yorke is murdered by Lakehurst student Drake Lempkey, the school holds a memorial for him, where Mr. Simpson officiates and tells everyone that he is among the many affected. Still taught Media Immersions all year round, he faced some challenging things like watching J.T. die and winning back Spike and other things. Towards the end of the year he thought the year was what it was worth.
Meanwhile, Emma and Sean decide they're ready for it. Just thinking about what "it" is drives Snake totally bats who discovers that not only does Spike know, but she is okay with it. He doesn't like it, but has to roll with the punches.
Darcy is disruptive in Mr. Simpson's class, and when Ms. Suave walks by he goes against her wishes and Darcy's sessions are increased once again. Darcy gets angry, yelling and kicking. Ms. Suave forces Darcy to apologize and Mr. Simpson asks why she hates counseling. Darcy blurts out her secret to him; that she was raped. Mr. Simpson says she should tell Ms. Suave, but she declines.
Later, Darcy begins flirting and shows a romantic interest in Mr. Simpson (Snake). Darcy asks Peter to have sex on the roof with her, but he breaks up with her instead calling her 'hopeless'. When Mr. Simpson tells Darcy to stop acting inappropriately with romantic feelings toward him, she picks up a pair of scissors, threatens to cut her neck with them before cutting off a chunk of her own hair and running off.
In a meeting with Ms. Hatzilakos, Mrs. Edwards (whom Darcy has been fighting with), and Mr Simpson, Darcy lies that Mr. Simpson has been sexually harassing her. When Manny learns that this claim is false, she goes looking for her only to find Darcy on the school roof making out with Johnny, having used Peter's keys. Peter and Manny go up to the roof and dismiss Johnny. Darcy is then ready to jump off the roof, but Manny stops her and convinces her to withdraw her accusation. Darcy does and later goes to Mr. Simpson's house. Emma is mad, but Snake listens and says that though he accepts her apology, but also it is too late.
Since being suspended due to the sexual misconduct allegations, Snake has been staying home feeling depressed. Emma is unhappy too, as she cannot invite any of her school friends to their house. When Snake is finally allowed back to work he finds some students do not welcome his return, especially the Lakehurst students who do not know him well. After staying home the following day and getting drunk, Spike tells him they need time apart and leaves with their son Jack, while Emma decides to stay and help support Snake.
Spike later comes back around the time that Sean comes home on leave from the Army before shipping out to Afghanistan, and Snake and Spike invite Sean to stay a their home during his brief leave. Snake is going back to teach at Degrassi the next week, but having lounged around most of the time he was away, Snake remarks that he has put on some weight that he would like to lose; an appreciative Sean offers to coach Snake in the gymnasium and develop a training regimen for him. While being trained by Sean, Snake begins to feel like he's being pushed farther than his body will allow. After complaining to Sean about this, Sean yells at Snake, unintentionally expressing his frustration with the Army's aggressive training and his fear of going to Afghanistan, after which Snake comforts him.
In Uptown Girl (1), Mr. Simpson walks his godson Connor DeLaurier into Degrassi. When he comes to recover his class, Media Immersions, Snake tells Alli, and Clare before walking in the building that Connor is his godson and they should become friends with him as well, since he's a part of the gifted program. Alli is upset that Mr. Simpson revealed that she is in the gifted program. Also, in the premiere he is seen dropping Emma, Manny, and Liberty off at Smithdale University with his wife Spike Nelson. Snake says goodbye to the girls and he listens to his wife's worries on how their baby has grown up and is going to college.
He is seen throughout the season giving advice and teaching his students
In With or Without You, Snake takes his students on a camping trip to experience the wild life of nature, and it's pleasures. Snake has his own tent, and lets his students do whatever, as long as they're not getting themselves into trouble. But, the night they are sleeping, and it's drizzling, Snake jumps out of his tent when he hears Alli screaming snake, and seeing Sav shirtless, and everything awkward. On the bus back to Degrassi, he lectures the kids on how they should stay in their own tent.
In Heat of the Moment, Snake is outraged at Alli and tells her that she has to apologize to Holly J. He then mentions that the police have been called because the Sinclair's were concerned and asks Mr. Bhandari to come to the school. Mr. Simpson is in the room confronting Alli as well as Mr. Bhandari. Snake is embarrassed at what Alli did to Holly J.
In Causing a Commotion, Mr. Simpson is outraged when he hears and sees on video, Shep being nasty and mean to Clare. Also, calling Connor a freak when he actually has real mental problems. Mr. Simpson tells Clare to see him in class, and he tells her that Connor wants her to know for now that he has Asperger's Syndrome, and he is really nervous and he needs a friend to get him through it. Clare is pressured and nervous when she learns this. In the end of the episode Snake gets the board of ed to send The Shep to workshops, because he needs to work on his ways as principal.
In Jane Says Part 1, Mr. Simpson is sort of upset, and glad that The Shep is back to recover his role as principal at Degrassi. The Shep comes into Simpson's class and lets everyone know he's back and better than ever. Mr. Simpson witnesses his godson, Connor and Clare nervous about the Shep, but Snake is very much convinced that he's changed, because they wouldn't let him back if he wasn't.
He is seen at the end of the season as well; still teaching media immersions, and giving students advice they need to get through the day on top of the game, and proud to be a high schooler.
In Just Can’t Get Enough (1), Snake is seen introducing Jenna Middleton to Alli and Clare. He tells them that she is the new girl and she would love to make new friends.
In Shoot To Thrill, he sees Alli's naked picture when he looks at Bruce's phone. He tells Alli and Bruce that they should go to the Principal's office. He was shown to be shocked to see a nude picture of one of his students.
Throughout the season he is seen in almost every episode teaching Media Immersion and giving advice to his students.
In Waiting For A Girl Like You, he teaches the students about finding a profile about each other by putting them in a line and stating random facts to find one's profile.
In Holiday Road, he is seen talking with Emma and Spike about Emma's Smithdale problems. He tells her to follow her dreams and that if she wants to go back to college she can in the future. Also, he asks her if she is sure about it and just doesn't want to drop out because she is bored because it is school and she has to learn. He sponsors the bike race.
In Heart Like Mine (2), Snake and Ms. H notice that K.C. isn't so happy so they confront him. They see that he is afraid, and then see that he pulls out a gun which K.C. said was from Coach Carson's car. Snake along with Ms. H panics and they carefully takes the gun. Snake goes to call the police, and the police come and arrest Coach Carson. Before noticing the gun Snake is surprised to see that K.C. wasn't playing in the championship game.Coach Carson was Degrassi's basketball coach. It's unknown if he has been replaced.
In Start Me Up, Mr. Simpson was teaching the class about two different computer generators. Microsoft versus Linux. When, Peter interrupts about the band performing at Above The Dot, Snake sarcastically asks if he can go back to his lesson.
In Degrassi Takes Manhattan, In the beginning, Snake is walking by because school is over, and he is excited because he is going camping with his wife. Spike and Snake just got back from a camping trip together. They are happy to see Emma and Manny at home waiting for them. But, moments after they arrive home, Spinner walks in with flowers and tells Spike and Snake that him and Emma love each other, and that they're going to have a beach wedding tomorrow. Snake is shocked so is Spike, but they want the best for Emma. Snake is also shocked that Emma is marrying Spinner Mason. Emma also asks them to walk her down the aisle. Spike and Snake don't back down, and they say, "yes". At the wedding they walk their daughter, Emma, down the aisle, and have a good time celebrating with everyone.
In What a Girl Wants (1), Snake is back and is principal of Degrassi. He introduces the class to Ms. Oh their new Media Immersions Lab Teacher, and tells them to treat her with respect. He tells them that they got rid of all the chair and they got exercise balls, to help posture, and balance. They'll be the new chairs in the MI Lab. He is very excited to be principal.
In Breakaway (1), Snake is excited for the elections, and he tell everyone to pay attention to Holly J. and Sav's speech, at the end of the episode he is seen with Holly J. and Sav reading the winner of the election. He is surprised that Sav won because of his facial expression, but he is happy for him.
In 99 Problems (2), Archie has to take care of the dilemma of Drew getting tied to the flagpole. He tries to reason with the team, but is interrupted several time by Drew's uptight and impatient mother. He is a little frightened by her, but gets it aware that who ever comes clean about this will be in serious trouble. Later on, we don't see Archie, but it is made aware that after Drew's mother went to him and the school board after Riley confessed, they're making Riley sit out of football for 5 games.
In Better Off Alone (1), Snake claims to Sav that he is very enthusiastic about him being School President and that he's doing a good job. He feels Sav can handle a lot and sits down to have a phone conference. Sav is happy that Mr. Simpson gave him a good compliment.
In Better Off Alone (2), Archie is furious with K.C., when he learns that K.C. keyed Coach Armstrong's car. He calls K.C.'s mom, and group home director to come to the school. When K.C. comes in he's surprised. He tries to act innocent, but Archie doesn't tolerate it and sort of snips at him. K.C.'s mom gets defensive, and asks them for a few moments to just talk. Snake is happy to give them a few moments to talk, but is still furious at K.C. for his horrible decision. After his mother left, it is revealed he punished K.C. with after school detention.
In You Don't Know My Name (1), Archie feels upset he has to do this, but he cancels the "Band Slam" because he had something he had to do, and feels really terrible. This makes Sav upset, and also Dave because it was a chance to make the Three Tenners famous throughout Degrassi.
In My Body Is A Cage (2), Archie is being challenged by Audra Torres again, as he tries to casually handle Adam's transgender situation. When Audra is belittling Snake, he insists that he shouldn't transfer to another high school and that he should have an opear, or a teacher guiding him throughout each day at school. He also gives Adam a pass for a special washroom for him. Archie tells him that he has to use the handicap bathroom. He tells them that the deal is done for now and they can go back to school. He also tells Drew that he shouldn't pick a fight, with Fitz and Owen, it'll only make the matter worse. Adam thanks Snake, but the principal can't help but feel sorry for the transgender boy. He then says goodbye to Drew and has a bitter farewell with Audra once again.
In Tears Dry On Their Own (1), Connor is playing ROD, and Archie walks in to tell him to leave and go home to do chores, but Connor tells him he has everything handled, and he has even separated the recycling and made compost. Snake accepts this and tells him to not get home too late. Later, Wesley and Dave don't know where Connor is, they decide to go before things happen, they email Archie explaining everything. Wesley and Dave get there a few moments later to see Connor and LoveQueen16 walking out, to stop Connor and make her leave. They talk to him and make him promise not to do that again, even if they're going to trust and understand him. They decide to leave until Archie comes by - the scene reveals his current car is a dark green Mini Cooper-, he takes Connor and brings him home, telling Connor that he should be lucky to have friends like Dave and Wesley.
In Tears Dry On Their Own (2), Archie is still furious with Connor about LoveQueen16, so he bans Connor from all computers for a while. Connor tells him he can't live without his computer, but Snake is head strong, and doesn't give in. The adult then gives him a spiral notepad to write and share ideas in, as he tells Connor that in his time, they didn't have all the high - tech computers, so they used notebooks. After, Connor notices Snake's laptop is unattended, he goes online to chat with LoveQueen16. While chatting,Connor asks her if she could pick him up. LoveQueen16 says she'll be late but Connor says he can wait. When she arrives,she starts to touch Connor inappropriately, making him uncomfortable and he gets out of the car. Connor tells Archie and Ms. Oh what happened, and they're happy he told them. Simpson asks if he got any other information on her, and Connor tells him that he did: using his photogenic memory, he memorized her license plate, which he then gives to Simpson. Archie then tells him that the only video games he'll be playing from now on is Frogger with him, and Connor laughs. After school, Connor rekindles his friendship with Dave and Wesley, and they all play Frogger with Snake.
In Purple Pills (1), Simpson makes Holly J. and Fiona come to the PTA meeting to discuss the topic of the dance. At the PTA meeting Archie notices that Fiona is a little strange, but he lets her continue with what she's saying. When she takes off her coat to see a revealing dress, Snake is embarrassed for the parents, especially since he's the principal and it'll have an impact on him. Later on, he walks in and thanks Holly J. for the idea, and tells her that they are going to use it.
In All Falls Down (1), Holly J. and Sav are standing together outside the front desk of the school, and Mr. Simpson comes up to them. He tells them that the PTA is strongly against the dance now, due to the stink bomb. Mrs. Torres even threatens him and tells him that he has one more strike before his job may become jeopardized, referencing to her son being taped to the flagpole, and this situation. Holly J. and Sav asks if there's anything they can do, and Sav says they can't cancel because it'll really screw things up since they already ordered and received everything for the dance. Mr. Simpson tells them they're going to ignore the PTA as long as Holly J. and Sav do a great job running the dance, without any problems, they agree to do it. After, Mr. Simpson is walking past the library and he is confronted by Eli and Clare. They tell him that they know who did threw the stink-bomb. Eli tells him that it's Fitz who did it. Mr. Simpson asks Clare if it's true, and she tells him that she thinks so. He thanks them and leaves; apparently he gets Fitz in trouble.
In All Falls Down (2), Adam reports to Mr. Simpson that Fitz brought a knife to the Night In Vegas dance. He gets on the microphone and shuts the music off, and tells the school it is in lockdown. He calls the police and everyone evacuated, especially when Fitz was found and the knife was in the wall. Mr. Simpson had Fitz arrested, and they took him in the police car. He confronts Clare and Eli outside, and tells them that he doesn't know what happened, Clare and Eli told him the truth and about blaming Fitz and the stink bomb and everything. Mr. Simpson is upset that they lied to him and is extremely mad at them. He then goes to Holly J. and Sav who broke their promises, and he tells them that they broke their promise. He isn't tolerating their explanation, and he tells everyone that after break they won't even recognize the school anymore. Holly J. and Sav were caught by a police officer during Holly J.'s striptease.
In Don't Let Me Get Me, after the intro, a frustrated looking Mr. Simspon reminds students of their photo ID's and no backpack policy when he stumbles upon Sav and Holly J. They apologize to him, but he is still angry with them, and suggests they set a better example by reading the new school rules. Sav and Holly J. continue with their morning announcements. After, Mr. Simpson tells Alli to go to the Principal's Office. Drew and Alli discuss the self-esteem seminar when Bianca interrupts to comment about the seminar being girls only. In the Principal's Office, Mr. Simpson advises Alli to take self-esteem seminar created solely for boosting self-esteem for the victims of rape, and humiliation.
In part two, Connor receives a text message contains steamy photos of Bianca which Alli sent. Bianca sees it and gets angry, leading to a fight with Alli in the classroom, while Wesley and Connor take pictures of them fighting. Mr. Simpson shows up and stop them from boiling over. Both are being informed by their parents. Alli's parents show up in Mr. Simpsons Office and he discusses what happened between Alli and Bianca. Mr. Simpson hands them a file contains, Alli's previous doctor note, and other school offenses recorded inside. Mrs Bhandari wondering who approved of the doctor's appointment slip, while Mr. Bhandari wonders what sexting is. Later, Mr. Simpson tells Alli that detention will be starting now.
In Love Lockdown (1), Chantay is seen arguing with Mr. Simpson about them canceling the Power Squad due to the new rules. Mr. Simpson tells her that they can't do it anymore since the rules are fair and square and that the Power Squad doesn't really have a true chaperon. Later in the episode at the theater awards, he introduces the announcer and he introduces the awards, and what they are. Also, Chantay is talking to him again, and she pretty much does the same thing and the answer is still no. She is upset.
In Love Lockdown (2), Chantay, Anya and some other Power Squad members meet up and try to discuss how to get the clubs back together. Chantay then decides that with the help of some other people, they'll try to get the message out to Simpson. And how will they do that? By sticking sticky notes all over Simpson's car. Simpson sees this, and is outraged. Chantay walks up to him, and asks, "Need any help?" Simpson asks if she knows anything about this, and Chantay says "Beats me." Later in Mr. Simpson's office, he discovers Chantay started the act of posting sticky notes on his car. Chantay then defends herself and says that she didn't do it by herself. Mr. Simpson says that they have to mend the school together first before they start thinking about clubs. Chantay says that there's a lack of communication and not everyone brought a knife to Vegas Night. Mr. Simpson comes up with the idea to make a forum, where Degrassi students can voice their opinions and suggest solutions. Chantay asks does this mean that our clubs are back, and Simpson says maybe. Chantay then says she needs a promise, and Mr. Simpson says that Chantay must promise that nothing like this will ever happen again (Referring to the sticky notes on his car). They reach a consensus, and Chantay walks out, content.
In Cry Me A River (2), Archie and Mrs. Dawes put Eli and Fiona in charge of the school play.
In Extraordinary Machine (2), Eli talks to Imogen before the play's dress rehearsal, and she thinks they are together. Eli says "The only thing keeping me from Clare is Jake," and Imogen looks upset, realizing that they aren't together. Later, Eli comes up with an idea to plant his pills into Jake's bag. Imogen blurts out "But what about us?!" and Eli responds with "You can't be with someone with someone between you." Imogen twists his words and thinks that if she gets rid of Clare, she will be able to have Eli, and Imogen volunteers to do plant the drugs, actually putting them in Clare's bag, not Jake's. Eli becomes enraged, and yells at Imogen, saying she's nothing to him. Eli devises a plan to get Clare off the hook, and tells Mr. Simpson that the pills were his, and that Clare was just holding them for him. Mr. Simpson asks Clare if it's true, and she agrees, even though she was still mad. Mr. Simpson then tells Eli that he has to tell his parents about the incident since he made a deal with Bullfrog to keep an eye on him so this can't go unnoticed, and Eli agrees. Before the play, he admits to Fiona that he's a mess and can't do it, but she makes him act anyway, since Imogen didn't show up. In the middle of the play, he looks out to Clare, who is staring at him, and he forgets his lines. Eli decides to tell the audience that although he changed the ending many times, it still won't be a happy ending. He goes on about how your mind will trick you, and that he was the one who was wrong and he was the one who hurt people, implying he was talking about his relationship with Clare and jerking around Imogen. He starts to burn his script on stage while he cries, and everyone gives him a standing ovation, including Clare, who is also crying. Archie and Bullfrog are seen in the audience looking shocked but still manage to stand and clap. After the play, Bullfrog and Eli have a talk about why he isn't taking his pills and that Bullfrog is afraid that he might lose Eli if he doesn't stop what he's doing. Eli comes to the conclusion that he wants to get better for himself, not Clare. Bullfrog pulls Eli out of Degrassi after talking to Archie for a couple days for some "family therapy." Eli leaves Degrassi smiling while Clare watches him go.
In Take a Bow (2) He attends the Class of 2011 graduation ceremony. He introduces the valedictorian, Holly J., and she gives her speech. Then he gives out diplomas to Sav Bhandari, Holly J. Sinclair, Anya MacPherson, Chantay Black, Riley Stavros, and Zane Park.
In Underneath It All, He investigates the senior prank in the cafeteria, then talks to the student council about it. Katie and Marisol blame it Imogen, then he suspends her. Meanwhile, he also tells Maya and Tori to settle their differences after they get into a fight and are sent to his office. After guilt eats Fiona alive, she gets her new "friends" Katie and Marisol to come clean about the entire class participating. When they are all in the office, Fiona says the three of them were just as guilty, but Marisol cuts her off before she can say everyone was there. Marisol decides to lie as an effort to get Fiona in trouble since she's friends with Imogen and said she felt bad for how she treated her and Katie says that 20 seniors were all at Marisol's house and the pair get off scotch free feeling no remorse. Archie then gives Imogen and Fiona detention and community service at school instead of detention.
In In the Cold, Cold Night (1) Mr. Simpson approves of Fiona's proposal of a winter carnival.
In In the Cold, Cold Night (2) He realizes how much money Fiona will on the Frostival, and tells her to dial it down if she knows she can't pay it off. She says she thought she had money, then goes on about Laura being put under house arrest for fraud, but Archie stops her and after he calms her down they agree to lower the expectations and make it a great carnival.
In Gives You Hell (1), Eli goes to Archie to ask to produce another play for his NYU portfolio, but Snake tells him that Becky already asked, and that they should work together. He later attends the Ice Hounds Pep Rally. After the offensive video, he sends a representative to stop it. He also talks to Marisol about the punishment of the person who did this, when Katie tells him she did it, so he impeaches Katie as President and which leads Marisol and Katie in charge of student council. Becky mentions Archie later when she tells Eli that she already got an okay from Mr. Simpson to do "Romeo and Juliet: The Musical." He is upset, and says he doesn't know anything about musicals, but when he confronts Archie all he tells him is to improvise.
In Gives You Hell (2), Archie approves Eli's proposal for Romeo and Jules with a homosexual theme.
In Say It Ain't So (1), He nearly shuts down Alli's science experiment, but changes his mind when he believes? it could do things. He then tells Alli he has sent her proposal to a former Degrassi student at MIT. Alli believes it could help their studies on cancer, and is given a scholarship to MIT next year, allowing her to graduate a year early.
In Sabotage (1), he is seen talking to Clare and Dallas about the incident with the article and the beer and giving them 3 weeks of detention each.
In Scream (1), Clare comes to Eli and asks if he thought about ways to get back at Asher, but Eli is too busy. He said he would work on it. Later, Eli is going to help Clare, but Fiona tells him Simpson made them stop selling tickets and needs him in his office. In his office, Archie says that a group of students and parents have complained against the play and wants Eli to walk through the subject matter to the concerned parties, still having hope in the play. Eli, Fiona, and Simpson then walk over to the crew and Eli talks to them about the rumors but tells them the play will go on.
Dave meets with Eli and gives him some advice on how to win them over. When presenting his case, Eli is dressed as a religious figure while quoting scripture about love and acceptance. Archie is seen smiling and believing the crowd is starting to warm up. But as it turns out, homosexuality is not the only issue. Dallas proposes that it's irresponsible to glorify suicide at a time when so many teenagers are taking their own lives. Eli offers to show them the last scene, but the group are still not impressed and Archie tells him they will tell him the outcome after talking.
In Scream (2), Archie tells Eli that the play is still on and he believes in him. He is later seen attending Romeo & Jules' opening night.
In Ray of Light (2) , Eli starts to streak through the Degrassi halls while high on ecstasy. Clare and Alli follow him until he bumps into Archie, who was stunned at what he was seeing. Simpson calmly says, "Eli...", and Eli smiles and says, "Mr. Simpson" then gives Snake a hug. Snake looks uncomfortable and then dismisses the girls, taking Eli to his office and calling Bullfrog. While Eli is in Simpson's office with Bullfrog , they make a call to his therapist and say that he has an appointment set for tomorrow. Snake says that his actions could've gotten his suspended or even expelled but he says that he needs to finish his last year in order to get accepted into NYU. Simpson then says that they have a lot in common. He brings up the fact that he also found another student who committed suicide during his senior year and that all those emotions just don't go away overnight, but get better over time. Eli says that people keeps pressuring him to talk when talking isn't what he wants to do right now. He says that it could've been him who was in the greenhouse last year and that he could've died. He starts to cry and him and Bullfrog embrace while Archie watches with an understanding expression.
In Summertime, he is talking to Drew about him being the new Student Body President. He tells Drew not to fail him.
In Honey, he is briefly mentioned by Drew as one of the people calling to ask about Adam.
In This Is How We Do It, Archie greets Zoë Rivas in Degrassi and says that he hopes she's not like Gatsby Garcia in real life. Zoë asks halfheartedly if he watches West Drive but Simpson says his son does. He then leaves Zoë saying that he needs to set her up and he'll be right back.
The next day, Mr. Simpson is in his office with Zoë and her mother. He confronts Zoë for assaulting a teacher, Dom Perino, and says expulsion may be the case there. Mrs. Rivas tries to change the subject and tells Mr. Simpson that Zoë has dyslexia. Archie then asks Zoë if she'll require extra help with tests. Zoë says that she will not, when Mrs. Rivas asks if she can have a minute with her daughter. Mr. Simpson consents and leaves his office.
In You Got Me, Snake bumps into Drew and asks how is going the planning for Beach Bash dance. Drew answers that the dance is almost ready. Mr. Simpson then asks if he took care of two police officers, the food, and the sound system. Drew is reluctant to answer, so Snake says that maybe Clare is taking care of this stuff. Drew responds that Mr. Simpson doesn't need to worry, because he has all under control. Archie tells Drew that he trusts him.
In Barely Breathing, Archie meets with Maya and Margaret Matlin in his office. He says that Degrassi takes bullying very seriously and he already talked to the boys from Maya's class. Margaret then asks what about the Facerange page. Mr. Simpson responds that in school social media sites are banned from the computers. Maya says that people can still post mean comments on their phones, but Simpson responds that they can't control that. Mrs. Matlin then asks Snake to help them find a person responsible for the page and he responds that they're trying but he can't make any promises. He also says that he's sorry, but he can't control the Internet. Maya says that saying sorry isn't going to make things better and accidentally throws a hair tie at Simpson's face. Then she leaves the office.
Later on, Simpson is seen listening to Maya and Zoë screaming at each other after their fight in a classroom. He breaks up the quarrel and says they both get two weeks detention. Maya is furious and thinks that Zoë's punishment should be worse as she started the Facerange page about her. Mr. Simpson asks Zoë if it's true, and she says that she made a big mistake and she never meant to hurt anyone. Snake continues that school computers weren't used for it, so the next step is up for Maya and her mother and it's legal action. Zoë fraudulently apologizes to Maya and Mrs. Matlin, and Mrs. Rivas says that getting the police involved is unnecessary. Mr. Simpson listens to the conversation between the Rivases and the Matlins and after everything he thanks them and says that now they can put all this behind. After Maya made a 'death threat' to Zoë it is revealed that he suspended her.
In Black or White, Snake is seen in the cafeteria while a group of students is boycotting Drew's presidency. He asks Drew if the student council has a solution to this situation. Drew answers with a question, asking Mr. Simpson if it's not his job. Simpson responds that it was Drew who fired Winston from Degrassi TV, but Drew says that it was because he was spreading lies about him. Mr. Simpson tells Drew to break up the protest by the end of the day because otherwise he will have to resign from his position.
In The World I Know, Snake is seen with Maya, who's begging him not to send her to the Rubber Room. She tells him that she'll do anything, but Simpson responds that he's only trying to give her extra support post-suspension. Maya asks Mr. Simpson to show some leniency, but he tells her that she used a death threat and this really is leniency. He also tells her that if she'll show that she can handle school without flying off the handle, she'll be out of there in no time.
In Dig Me Out, Mr. Simpson is in his office with Imogen and Madame Jean-Aux. He asks Imogen if she's upset because the teacher told her to leave the class and Imogen says that it was mortifying since the reason was that she forgot to wear a bra. Madame Jean-Aux tells her that it was distracting, but Imogen doesn't agree and says that it was the boys who were making all the fuss. Mr. Simpson says that students can't violate the dress code, however Imogen responds that the dress code doesn't state the students have to wear a bra. Snake says there also are community standards. Imogen understands it as a punishment for the boys reaction. She also asks Mr. Simpson what underwear is he wearing if he's so concerned about undergarments. Archie tells Imogen to stop and from now on to wear appropriate undergarments to class. Imogen responds that from now on no one will ever question if she's wearing a bra.
Later on, Simpson approaches Imogen who wears a bra on her shirt and tells her that she must be pleased with herself. Imogen responds that she'd be lying if she said she isn't. Mr. Simpson tells her that it's not a victory and she's off the airwaves. Imogen says that he must be joking, but Becky adds that she thinks he's serious. Simpson responds that as of this second, Degrassi TV is off the airwaves. Imogen tells him he can't do that, but he says that he can and he is.
In Power to the People, Archie overhears Becky saying that girls picketing against the dress code are a huge issue and he says that he agrees with her. He then asks Imogen to his office. A moment later, Imogen tells Mr. Simpson that she can't be in trouble since she didn't use Degrassi TV. He responds that she's not in trouble and sending her out of the French class was unfair. Instead, he gives Imogen a chance to change the dress code.
That same day, Simpson is in his office with Drew, Zoë, Mrs. Torres and Mrs. Rivas. Drew admits that he had sex with Zoë, but also asks Zoë to tell everyone that it was consensual. Mrs. Rivas says that it doesn't matter, because it's a statutory rape and Simpson has to call the police. He tells Mrs. Rivas that the law says there's a five year window in the statutory rape, so if it was consensual, it wasn't illegal. Zoë admits that it was consensual, and Drew asks if he can leave the office.
In Unbelievable, Simpson is seen in his office, while Becky shows him the evidence that she combined showing that Winston and Miles assaulted Zoë. She asks then if she can air the story in the Degrassi TV, but Simpson refuses and says that they need to get the police involved. A moment later, Simpson asks Winston and Miles for a word, telling them that the police has a few questions about the events that took place at Miles' party, regarding Zoë Rivas. Snake is also briefly seen during Becky's interrogation.
Later on, Simpson is seen breaking up the fight between Miles, Luke, Drew, Dallas and Tristan.
In You Are Not Alone, He is mentioned by Ms. Grell and Simpson is ordering the lockers to be searched.
In Out of My Head, Mr. Simpson asks Tristan if he and Mr. Yates are dating and Tristan asked who told you? And Tristan tries to cover for Mr. Yates.
In Thunderstruck, Simpson tells everyone to stay inside the school.
In Smells Like Teen Spirit, Simpson is shown announcing the Hollingsworth event. He is then shown with a beard.
In Wise Up, Simpson is heard on the loud speaker reminding everyone to remember their fire exit.
In I'll Be Missing You, Simpson is eating cupcakes at the Power Cheer cupcake booth telling Zoë that the cupcakes taste like heaven.
In Something's Got to Give, Simpson walks into the cafeteria and ask Imogen what was she doing. Imogen blurts out she is trying to uncover the Degrassi Nudes scandal and he tell to go his office.
In Hero vs. Villain, Simpson ask the girls of Power Cheer if they know about Degrassi Nudes. Zoë ask if she can speak out about the scandal and grants her wish. At the assembly Snake addresses the scandal and tells the consequences of it and allows to speak. Once the whole school gets a text revealing that the Power Cheer was behind it he tells Zoë to come to his office.
In Firestarter (1), He and Clare talk about her pregnancy, mentioning that Spike was also a teen mom and that she could finish school regardless of what people might think of her.
In Finally (2), Clare is surprised to see Mr. Simpson back at Degrassi and asked if he came back. He would reply that he wanted to see the graduation and asked if she wanted to talk about it (regarding her blank card). They would talk about her plans, embracing new ideas and would reveal that he would be heading to Haiti to open a school.
Degrassi: Next Class
In #BootyCall, Simpson has returned as the principal. He is telling the student council president to sign and goes over the rules. Simpson runs the student council debate and tries to get under control as Tristan and Miles let their feelings get in the way of the debate. On the loud speaker, he announces the president and vice president. Simpson later disqualifies Miles from being student council president.
In #NoFilter, Simpson holds a meeting with Miles and his mother Diana to discuss threatening comments he said during gym class. Simpson dismisses them as it seems to be a family matter.
In #SorryNotSorry, Simpson asks Hunter and Yael to come to his office. In his office Simpson, Maya, Hunter, Vijay, Baaz, and Yael discuss Maya's trolling and stats if they come forward they won't face any charges. While Yael, Baaz, and Vijay confess, Hunter does not.
In #BuyMePizza, he orders the suspension of Tiny Bell.
In #ThrowbackThursday, he assigns Lola to be head of the anti-zero tolerance committee. He also originally is against her protest but agrees once he hears Lola speak at the gala.
In #BreakTheInternet, Simpson welcomes Hunter and Yael as they walk to Degrassi asking about their summer. Miles runs to him asking why can't post to the Degrassi community page and Snake informs him that his post had gotten complaints and blocked him from posting to avoid triggering people.
In #IRegretNothing, Simpson is in a meeting with Maya, Margaret Matlin, and Ms. Grell about Maya's change of attitude. Simpson is later discussing the play which has the topic of suicide and informs Miles, Grace, and Jonah that he isn't dropping the play but suggests they tweaks and gives Miles notes to make the play more high school friendly.
- Snake has greeted four characters upon returning to Degrassi after a leave of absence.
- Season 4, Eye of the Tiger: (To Jimmy): "Jimmy Brooks is in the house."
- Season 5, High Fidelity (2): (To Ashley): "Miss Kerwin's back in town! Hey!"
- Season 6, Here Comes Your Man (1): (To Sean): "Well as I live and breathe, Sean Cameron."
- Season 10, Chasing Pavements (1): (To Alli): "Well I'm glad to have you back, Alli."
- Quotes from Degrassi Junior High / High:
- "My name is Snake! Make no mistake!" (first official line) - Kiss Me, Steph
- "Mom, I'm not going to catch any butterflies while I'm there."
- "Where do you think the little midget went?" (about Joey)
- "Joey Jeremiah spends his summer dating Caitlin, and fucking Tessa." - School's Out!
- Snake: "What are you living with one of those for?"
Glen: "I'm gay too."
Snake: "You're joking, right?" - He Ain't Heavy
- Wheels: "Maybe we can ask your parents if we can use their car."
Snake: "Yeah, maybe it'll snow in July."
- "Do I look like I wanna play volleyball?" Snake to Nancy.
- "Here she comes, come on get lost." Snake to Joey, referring to Melanie.
- Joey: "I've been working all summer, I've got savings."
Joey: "I've got about 75 bucks."
- "I must have order!!!" - When giving students their money back after a failed bet by Joey.
- "You couldn't have y without x, you can have x without y. Like d = ax + c, see? Snake to Wheels.
- Snake: "Joey Jeremiah, Mr. All-Time-Loser when it comes to girls."
Joey: "That's not true. You're such a liar."
Snake: "I can see it. Liz invites you over to her house. Her parents are out, the lights are dim, soft music is playing, she leans over and Joey screams 'No, no. I'm a virgin!"
- Snake: "It's so uplifting to see... true love!"
Wheels: "Yeah, it sort of gives me goosebumps."
B.L.T. throws something at them.
B.L.T.: "Guys, give me a break!"
- Snake: "Oh and you're so mature Wheels! Guy spends his whole summer drinking beer, "playing" with his car!"
Wheels: "You watch what you say about my car!"
Snake: "I don't know why you're so proud of it Wheels! I'd put a bag over my head if I was driving that piece of shit!"
- "Okay, well I'm here for the rest of the week, how about Friday?" (final line in the original series)
- Quotes from Degrassi: The Next Generation (Seasons 1 - present)
- "I am." (First Line in DTNG) - Mother and Child Reunion (1)
- "May I present your graduates!" (Final Line) - KThxBye
- "My car... Sweet merciful crap." - Love Lockdown (2)
- "When you all get back from break, you won't recognize this school at all." - All Falls Down (2)
- "I trusted you... ALL of you. But I've never been so disappointed in my life." - All Falls Down (2)
- "I was a Frogger expert back in the day!"
- "Degrassi's gonna have some changes. BIG changes. Starting with... wait for it... BALLS." - What a Girl Wants (1)
- "I don't know how you did it, but you raised our school by eleven points! High five...never mind."
- (To Paige): "Got a minute? Oh yeah you got 30! (chuckles)." - Death of a Disco Dancer
- "Manny and Damian, a match made in lateness." - Love is a Battlefield
- (To J.T. and Toby): "Guys, your dedication to grade 8 is impressive but, GO HOME ALREADY!" - When Doves Cry (1)
- "It's the Emma Nelson show, starring Emma Nelson." - Secret (1)
- "What has two thumbs and is officially not a pedophile...?" (points to himself) "This guy!" - Another Brick In The Wall
- (To Peter) "Ms. Hatzilakos, I mean your mummy would say no." - Death of a Disco Dancer
- (To Craig) "Computer in the corner, it's lonely go introduce yourself." - Voices Carry (1)
- Snake: "Degrassi... is officially uniform free." (awkward silence... everyone applauds). - Come As You Are (1)
- Snake: "Ah! Our high tech genius has arrived... and he's bleeding." - Time Stands Still (1)
- (To Eli): "Eli, will you just sit down?"
- (To Katie and Maya): "Campbell Saunders is dead." - Bitter Sweet Symphony (2)
- Archie: "I found the body of a fellow student when I was your age. It doesn't get better over night, Eli. But it will, over time."
Eli: "Everyone is, pressuring me to talk.. and I don't want to."
Bullfrog: "Sometimes it's good to talk, Eli."
Eli: Yes, to my therapist, and not all the time." - Ray of Light (2)
- Archie Simpson has the most appearances on Degrassi.
- He, along with Spinner, appeared in 16 episodes in Season 6, more than any other character in that season.
- Snake is the only character to be a regular throughout every season of the Degrassi Franchise from the first season of Degrassi Junior High to the present.
- He is also the only character to receive star billing in every season.
- He is one of many present and former Degrassi students who don't go by their full name. The others being:
- Spike (Christine)
- Wheels (Derek)
- Joey (Joseph
- L.D. (Lorraine Delacorte)
- B.L.T. (Bryant Lester Thomas)
- Bronco (Basil)
- Manny (Manuella)
- J.T. (James Tiberius)
- Toby (Tobias)
- Jimmy (James)
- Spinner (Gavin)
- Ellie (Eleanor)
- Jay (Jason)
- Alex (Alexandra)
- Rick (Richard)
- Danny (Daniel)
- Johnny (Jonathan)
- Holly J. (Holly Jeanette)
- Sav (Savtaj)
- K.C. (Kirk Cameron)
- Alli Bhandari (Allia)
- Blue (Bradley)
- Dave (David)
- Fitz (Mark)
- Drew (Andrew)
- Eli (Elijah)
- Jake (Jacob)
- Mo (Mohammed)
- Zig (Zigmund)
- Becky (Rebecca)
- Cam (Campbell)
- Dallas (Michael)
- Frankie (Francesca)
- Tiny (Deon)
- Jack (Jacqueline)
- He's the first person to sing to his love their special song in order to get back together with her. The second being Drew and the third being Miles.
- Snake shares similarities with future Degrassi students Craig Manning, Jimmy Brooks and Eli Goldsworthy.
- In Season 8 and 9, he appears in almost every single episode because he is teaching his Media Immersion class.
- After being the Media Immersion Teacher for over 10 years, he was finally promoted to Degrassi Principal in Season 10.
- Snake's portrayer, Stefan Brogren, both directed and acted in Season 10 and 11.
- Snake was one of the six characters to have been diagnosed with cancer; the other five were Spinner, Mrs. MacPherson, Clare, L.D. and Mr. Kwan.
- He is one of seven husbands that cheated on their wife, the others including Mr. Brooks, Mr. Stone, Mr. Edwards, Mr. Ryan, and Mr. Kerwin, and Miles Hollingsworth II.
- He was the one to find Claude shot in the washroom and quickly told Mr. Raditch.
- Snake was the first person to use the word "fucking" on Canadian broadcast television; Caitlin also said it moments later.
- Snake attended Banting University.
- Ironically, Snake has been a regular in the entire Degrassi franchise (Degrassi Junior High, Degrassi High, Degrassi: The Next Generation and Degrassi: Next Class) while his brother only appeared in one episode.
- Snake and Spike were the second pair of students of the Degrassi Franchise to get married. The first was Simon and Alexa and the third was Spinner and Emma.
- Snake was the third character who was formerly a teacher before being promoted to principal. The first two were Mr. Raditch and Ms. Hatzilakos.
- He's been seen driving five cars since the start of TNG: a maroon Jeep YJ, a red Honda Civic (EG) hatchback that had previously belonged to Spike, a maroon Volvo 240 sedan, a light blue Toyota Sienna and a dark green Mini Cooper. Both the Volvo and Sienna were only seen once and may have been Spike's.
- Mr. Simpson was the third of six teachers in DTNG who were rumoured to have sexually abused/harassed a student, although he was innocent. The first was Darryl Armstrong (innocent - rumoured by Emma), the second was Matt Oleander (guilty - had a relationship with Paige), the fourth Coach Carson (guilty - he made K.C. watch porn and tried to make him have sex with a hooker against his will), the fifth Winnie Oh (guilty - she had a relationship with Sav), and the sixth Grant Yates (guilty - he statutorily raped Tristan and attempted to grope Winston).
- Snake was one of the six teachers to be crushed on by a student. The other five were Mr. Colby, Ms. Hatzilakos, Mr. Oleander, Ms. Oh, and Grant Yates.
- Archie Simpson was the first person to purposely shave his head before having cancer. The second was Spinner Mason and the third was Clare Edwards.
- He was the first one to discover someone's dead body; the second was Eli.
- He is the only teacher that Darcy Edwards told about her rape.
- He, Margaret Matlin, Christine Nelson and Daphne Hatzilakos are the only Degrassi parents to appear in a Degrassi Mini.
- In The Great Race, he said that he loves soccer but is terrible at it. However, he was a very talented swimmer.
- Along with Emma Nelson, Manny Santos, Spinner Mason, Liberty Van Zandt, Christine Nelson, Darryl Armstrong and Laura Kwan, he is one of only eight characters to appear in all of the first nine seasons of Degrassi: The Next Generation.
- In Parents' Night, he suggested three names for the band which eventually became the Zit Remedy: Snake and the Charmers, Snake and the Sneeze, and Snake and the Snaps. Joey hated them all.
- In The Lexicon of Love (1), Snake told Kevin Smith that Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back was one of his favourite films.
- In Censored, it was revealed that Snake was a fan of the Detroit Tigers.
- He attended the funeral of Wheels' parents John and Helen Wheeler in Can't Live With 'Em.
- In A New Start, it was revealed that he was pro-choice.
- In Stressed Out, it was mentioned that Snake's worst subject at school was science.
- He passed his driving test on the third attempt in Stressed Out. He previously failed it in Sixteen (2) and Testing One, Two, Three....
- In 1990, his grandmother lived in Montreal.
- He was replaced by Deirdre Pill in Watch Out Now following the Oomfchat Fundraising Scandal.
- In School's Out!, he attended Alexa Pappadopolos and Simon Dexter's wedding on October 19, 1992.
- He and Darryl Armstrong are the only characters to appear in every season of Degrassi: The Next Generation / Degrassi / Degrassi: Next Class.
- In Finally (2), he said that he will open up a school in Haiti.
- Like Alexa Pappadopolos-Dexter, he had an aunt named Helen.
- He and Michelle Accette never had sex as he was still a virgin after they broke up in School's Out!.
- He was a big fan of Elvis Costello.
- In Don't Believe the Hype, it was revealed that Archie was of Swedish descent.
- In Stephanie Kaye's novel, his name is said to be "Michael Snakowski".
- Main article: Archie-Melanie Relationship
- Melanie Brodie
- On and Off during DJH
- Main article: Archie-Michelle Relationship
- Michelle Accette
- Main article: Archie-Christine Relationship
- Christine Nelson (Married)
- First Relationship:
- Second Relationship:
- Start Up: Our Lips Are Sealed (1) (515) The Next Generation.
- Main article: Archie-Daphne Relationship
- Daphne Hatzilakos (Affair)
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