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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

  • Currently 6.3/10
6.3/10 (4 Votes cast)
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 couch falls through the floor

This episode marks the first appearance of Mayor Joe Quimby.

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

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
While Bart is praying for a miracle to get school cancelled, his shadow doesn't always move like his body does.

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.

Warning: The Simpsons season 2 episode 1 guide may contain spoilers
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