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The Simpsons: Bart Gets an F

After failing one too many tests, Mrs. Krabappel and Dr. J. Loren Pryor (from "Bart the Genius") conclude that Bart may have to repeat the fourth grade if his grades don't improve. Bart desperately enlists the help of school brainiac Martin Prince, but when that backfires, Bart wishes for a snow day so he can have more time to study.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 2x1
Production Number: 7F03
Airdate: Thursday October 11th, 1990

Guest Stars
Jo Ann HarrisJo Ann Harris
voiced Various
Marcia WallaceMarcia Wallace
voiced Edna Krabappel
Pamela HaydenPamela Hayden
voiced Milhouse, Rod Flanders, Jimbo Jones, 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 encourage others to fly

Couch Gag
The family runs in, sits, only to have the couch fall through the floor.

As of 2009, this episode is still the most viewed upon it's original airing, with 33.6 million viewers watching.

This episode introduces the character

Mayor Diamond Joe Quimby

Several characters make appearances in the snow montage but have no lines... Nelson, Principal Skinner, Rev Lovejoy, Helen Lovejoy, Bleeding Gums Murphy, Barney Gumble, Princess Cashmere, Abe Simpson, Moe Szyslak, Chief Wiggum, Jacques, Sideshow Bob, Jasper, Cowboy Bob (from The Call of the Simpsons), Apu, Patty & Selma.

Krusty the Clown, Monty Burns & Smithers are seen as well in the snow with very brief lines.

Episode Quotes
Mrs. Krabappel: Bart, did you read the book?
Bart: Mrs. Krabappel, I am insulted. Is this a book report or a witch hunt?
Mrs. Krabappel: Then perhaps you'd like to tell us the name of the pirate.
Bart: (thinking) Blackbeard...Captain Nemo...Captain Hook...Long John Silver...Peg Leg Pete... (speaking) Bluebeard!?

Bart: A part of this D-minus belongs to God.

Mayor Quimby: I hereby declare this day to be 'Snow Day'- the funnest day in the history of Springfield.

Bart: Only geeks sit in the front seat. From now on you sit in the back row. And that's not just on the bus. It goes for school and church, too.
Martin Prince: Why?
Bart: So no one can see what you're doing.
Martin Prince: Oooh. I think I understand. The potential for mischief varies inversely to one's proximity to the authority figure. (he shows a note where he has written: MOC 1/PA)

Martin: Oh please, call me Papa.
Bart: Little ketchup for your buns, Papa?
(Bart puts ketchup packets on Martin's seat before he sits down)

(On the bus ride to school, Bart seeks some answers for his upcoming test)
Bart: Okay, no reason to panic. Find an egghead, pump him for some answers and, boom, I’m back on easy street.
(Bart looks around the bus and spots an open seat near Sherri and Terri)
Bart: Aha.
Terri: Look at him. I bet he didn’t study again.
Sherri: And now he’s gonna try to kiss up and get answers from us.
Terri: He’s pathetic.
(Bart sits down in the vacant seat near Sherri and Terri)
Bart: Good morning, girls.
Sherri and Terri: (Cheerfully and in unison) Good morning, Bart!
Bart: Say, who's up for a little cram session? I'll go first. What was the name of the pilgrims’ boat?
Sherri: The Spirit of St. Louis.
Bart: And where’d they land?
Terri: Sunny Acapulco.
Bart: And why'd they leave England?
Sherri: Giant rats!
(Bart writes down Sherri and Terri’s answers)
Bart: Cool! History's comin’ alive.
(Sherri and Terri giggle to themselves)

Episode Goofs
During Bart's prayer, when he says "a teacher's strike, a power failure", his shadow doesn't move as it does during the rest of his prayer.

Lisa is eating when Homer asks Marge for another beer ...

... but when Lisa says he doesn't care, her plate is completely empty.

Her food reappears after Lisa's tells about her grade.

When Bart is approaching the front of the class he's holding Treasure Island upside down as seen by the spine but the black pirate hat is still facing the top of the book as it is in the close up.

As Bart approaches the Infirmary door, Infirmary is misspelled with I-N-E instead of I-N-F

When Bart gets off the bus with the wrong answers for the test, the spine of his history book is facing the right but a second later when Martin tells him he was given the wrong information, the pages are to the right.

During Martin's book report Lewis is seated with Milhouse on his right but when the shot switches to the back of the class, the boy sitting to Lewis' right appears to be Richard, not Milhouse.

The time on Bart's clock changes from when Marge enters the room to tell him about the snow and Bart opens his eyes.

Bart's desk changes places during the final test and when Krabappel grades it.
First only one desk separates him & the wall, then two, then three & then back to one desk when he breaks down.

Cultural References
How The Grinch Stole Christmas

During the snow scene, a group of Springfield citizens commune in a circle and hold hands singing. This scene parodies a similar scene from How The Grinch Stole Christmas, in which the Hoos do the same thing.

"Don't Tread On Me"

The phrase written on Ben Franklin's sled, "Don't sled on me," is a reference to the American patriotic quote.

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