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The Simpsons: Bart the Genius

Bart cheats on an intelligence test and is mistaken for a child genius. In order to offer him more stimulation, Marge and Homer enroll him in a school for gifted students where he is immediately made to feel like the mediocre student he is.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x2
Production Number: 7G02
Airdate: Sunday January 14th, 1990

Alternate Airdates:

DE (Pro7) Sep 20, 1991

Guest Stars
Jo Ann HarrisJo Ann Harris
voiced Various
Marcia WallaceMarcia Wallace
voiced Edna Krabappel, Miss Mellon
Pamela HaydenPamela Hayden
voiced Milhouse, Rod Flanders, various
Russi TaylorRussi Taylor
voiced Martin Prince, Sheri and Terri, various
Main Cast
Dan CastellanetaDan Castellaneta
voiced Homer Simpson, Abraham Simpson, Krusty the Klown, Barney, Willy, Sideshow Mel, Mayor Quimby, Hans Moleman, Gil, Itchy, Various
Julie KavnerJulie Kavner
voiced Marjorie "Marge" Bouvier Simpson, Patty Bouvier, Selma Bouvier, Jacqueline Ingrid Bouvier, Various
Nancy CartwrightNancy Cartwright
voiced Bart Simpson, Nelson Muntz, Ralph Wiggum, Todd Flanders, Kearney, Various
Yeardley SmithYeardley Smith
voiced Lisa Simpson, Various
Harry ShearerHarry Shearer
voiced Mr. Burns, Smithers, Dr. Marvin Monroe, Ned Flanders, Seymour Skinner, Otto, Kent Brockman, Dr. Hibbert, Lenny, Rev. Lovejoy, Various
Episode Notes
Chalkboard Gag:
I will not waste chalk.

Couch Gag:
The family rushes in and crams onto the couch. Bart pops out and comes crashing down seconds later in front of the TV as the opening credits end.

With the first real intro, we see Maggie worth $847.63.

This episode introduces the character

Martin Prince.

This episode introduces the character

Edna Krabappel

At Bart's new classroom, there's a book called "Homer's Odyssey" which is the title of the next episode.

Maggie spells out EMCSQU, or E=MC², with her building blocks.

This is the first official episode, FOX says that Simpsons Roasting On An Open Fire was considered a special.

In the Season 1 DVD commentary for this episode, we learn that Dr. J. Loren Pryor was the original drawing for Principal Skinner. Skinner's current look is based around a few teachers and a principal Groening knew, as well as the principal from the "Life In Hell" comics.

In this episode we learn that Martin has an IQ of 216.

Episode Quotes
Mrs. Krabappel: What are you looking at, Bart? Are those naughty dogs back again?

Homer: What do we need a psychologist for? We know our kid is nuts.

Principal Skinner: Whoever did this is in very deep trouble.
Martin Prince: And a sloppy speller, too. The preferred spelling of wiener is W-I-E-N-E-R, although E-I is an acceptable ethnic variant.

Martin Prince: Bart, I hope you won't bear some sort of simple-minded grudge against me. I was merely trying to fend off the desecration of the school building.
Bart: Eat my shorts.
Martin: Pardon?

Mrs. Krabappel: Now I don't want you to worry, class. These tests will have no effect on your grades. They merely determine your future social status and financial success. If any.

Homer: Don't be discouraged, son. I bet Einstein turned himself all sorts of colors before he invented the lightbulb.

Homer: Phe-yew, when is this over?
Bart: It aint over till the fat lady sings!
Homer: Is that one fat enough for you, son?

Bart: My turn. Kwyjibo. K-W-Y-J-I-B-O. Twenty-two points, plus triple word score, plus fifty points for using all my letters. Game's over. I'm outta here.
Homer: Wait a minute, you little cheater. You're not going anywhere until you tell me what a Kwyjibo is.
Bart: Kwyjibo. Ah, a big dumb balding North American ape... with no chin.
Marge: And a short temper.

(Bart reads a math problem aloud from his aptitude test)
Bart: At 7:30 a.m., an express train traveling 60 miles an hour leaves Santa Fe bound for Phoenix, 520 miles away.
Mrs. Krabappel: Shh! Visualize it, Bart.
(Bart reads silently and pictures the story problem in his head)
Bart: At the same time, a local train traveling 30 miles an hour and carrying 40 passengers leaves Phoenix bound for Santa Fe. It's eight cars long and always carries the same number of passengers in each car. An hour later a number of passengers equal to half the number of minutes past the hour get off, but three times as many plus six get on. At the second stop, half the passengers plus two get off, but twice as many get on as got on at the first stop.
(Bart visualizes himself on the train as the passengers bump him around)
Bart: Oof!
Conductor: Ticket, please.
Bart: I don't have a ticket.
Conductor: Come with me, boy.
(The conductor drags Bart to the front of the train)
Conductor: We've got a stowaway, sir.
Bart: I'll pay. How much?
Martin the Engineer: Twice the fare from Tucson to Flagstaff, minus two-thirds of the fare from Albuquerque to El Paso. (Emits an evil laugh)

Episode Goofs
As Principal Skinner is talking to the students as they enter school, one of the children's hair changes colors momentarily.

As Mrs. Krabappel is handing out the IQ Tests, there is a girl w/ white hair sitting to Bart's right, but when Bart is forced to turn his desk to the window, the white haired girl is replaced by a girl with red pigtails. This girl was sitting to the right of the girl w/ white hair.

The back of the box has nothing on it when Homer is looking at the ingredients but it suddenly has writing & photos when it's on the table.
This isn't the front of the box since that is seen facing away from Bart & Lisa when Lisa says she doesn't care what the test says.

Ms. Melon writes the equation y=r3/3 but it's gone when she asks if Bart gets it so she writes it again along with the rest of the joke.

Milhouse's hair is black for a scene when it was (& normally is) blue earlier in the episode.

After Bart's confession to Homer & he chases him back to his room, the photo of Maggie has a blue background, but when Homer has pretended to calm down, the photo has an orange background.

Cultural References
Gabor Csupo

An advertisement at the opera identifies the conductor as Boris Csupovski. This is a reference to Gabor Csupo, the Supervising Animation Director in 1990.

The Adding Machine

The dream Bart has while attempting to do the math problem is based on the play The Adding Machine.

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