Garlic gum is not funny.
Couch Gag: The family rushes in and crowds onto the couch. Homer pops out and lands on the floor.
By the end of this episode, Bart becomes fluent in French.
This episode introduces the characters
Skinner's mother, Agnes Skinner
Introduced earlier but Richard is finally named in this episode
In this episode, Agnes Skinner is actually kind and respectful toward her son.
(Bart tries to seek help from a French policeman after he is sent into town by Cesar and Ugolin, and he walks away dejected, because he couldn’t communicate in French with the policeman)
Bart: I’m so stupid. Anybody could have learned this dumb language by now. Here I’ve listened to nothing but French for the past (Speaking French) two months and I haven’t learned a word. Wait! I’m talking French now. Incredible!
(Bart runs back up to the French policeman)
Bart: (Speaking French) You gotta help me! These two guys work me night and day. They don't feed me. They make me sleep on the floor. They put anti-freeze in the wine, and they gave my red hat to the donkey.
Policeman: (Speaking French) Anti-freeze in the wine? That is a very serious crime!
(Adil clears the dishes after dinner)
Homer: Did you see that? You know, Marge, this the way I’ve always wanted it to be. We’ve become a fully functioning family unit. We’ve always blamed ourselves, but I guess it’s pretty clear which cylinder wasn’t firing.
Lisa: Your paper-thin commitment to your children sends shivers down my spine! May I be excused?
(Lisa gets up and leaves)
Homer: Oh, she’s just jealous. She’ll get over it. And if she doesn’t, we can always exchange her. (Laughs)
Homer: Just kidding!
(Milhouse, Lewis, Richard, and Bart hang out in the schoolyard, when Principal Skinner and his mother approach)
Boys: (In unison) Good morning, Principal Skinner.
Principal Skinner: (Skeptically) Morning, boys.
Agnes Skinner: Why haven’t you introduced me to any of your students, Spanky?
(The boys all quietly chuckle)
Agnes Skinner: Well?
Principal Skinner: Mother, I would like you to meet Milhouse, Lewis, Richard, and Bart Simpson.
Agnes Skinner: (In awe) This is the Bart Simpson you're always talking about?
Principal Skinner: (Sternly) Mm-hmm.
Agnes Skinner: But, he looks so sweet!
Bart: I am, Ma'am.
Principal Skinner: Simpson! Let’s move on now, Mother, shall we?
(Principal Skinner and his mother walk away)
Bart: (Quietly) Bye, Spanky.
(All the boys chuckle some more)
(Principal Skinner explains more about the student exchanger program to Marge and Homer)
Principal Skinner: And, uh, the whole thing won’t cost you a dime, as long as you’re willing to take in a student of your own.
Homer: Wait a minute, Skinner. How do we know some principal over in France isn’t pulling the same scam you are?
Principal Skinner: (Chuckles) Well, for one thing, you wouldn’t be getting a French boy. You'd be getting an Albanian.
Homer: You mean, all white with pink eyes?
The Grapes Of Wrath
The title is a play on the classic movie, The Grapes Of Wrath.
The gift Bart gives Lisa when he returns from France, is The Guillotine. The object was invented in France, and played a deadly role in the French Revolution as it was used to execute King Louis XVI.
On the way to the chateau, Ugolin drives Bart through four famous paintings.
The first is Bridge Over a Pond of Water Lillies
by Claude Monet
The second is Wheat Field with Crows
by Vincent Van Gogh
The third is The Dream
by Henri Rousseau
The last one is The Luncheon on the Grass
by Edouard Manet