Bart the Genius

From Season 1


[edit] Episode Summary

Bart the Genius
Bart's experiment gone wrong.
Original airdateJanuary 14, 1990
Chalkboard gag"I will not waste chalk"
Couch gagThe family sit on the couch and Bart is squeezed out of the couch and lands in front of the televsion set.
WriterJon Vitti
DirectorDavid Silverman
Created ByMatt Groening
Developed byJames L Brooks; Matt Groening; Sam Simon

Bart partakes in a intelligence test at school where he knows he will fail. Martin Prince finishes before him and is released into the playground. Whilst there Bart secretly switches over his and Martins papers causing the Exam board to believe Bart of being some kind of genius. Bart is offered to move to a free, ungoverned school, Bart relishes the idea. After one day at the school it is slowly released that Bart isn't the smart person he claimed to be and he finally confesses to a shocked Principal Skinner.

[edit] Quotes

  • Principal Skinner: Whoever did this is in very deep trouble!
  • Martin: And a sloppy speller too, because the correct spelling of wiener is W-I-E-N-E-R, although EI is an acceptable ethnic variant.
  • Homer: What do we need a psychiatrist for? We know our kid is nuts!
  • 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.
  • Bart Well... you're damned if you do and you're damned if you don't.
  • Homer: I bet Einstein turned him self all sorts of colors before he invented the lightbulb.
  • Barts first ever 'eat my shorts line':
    • Martin: I hope you won't bear some sort of grudge against me. I was merely trying to fend off the desecration of the school building.
    • Bart: Eat my shorts.
    • Martin:' Pardon?
    • Teacher at gifted school: Discover your desks people.
  • The secret of Bart's genius:
    • Homer: Doc, this all too much. I mean, my son a genius - how does it happen?
    • Dr. Pryor: Well, genius-level intelligence is usually the result of heredity and environment...
    • (Homer stares blankly back at the Doctor.)
    • Dr. Pryor: Uhh.. although in some cases it's a total mystery.
  • On the morning of Bart's first day at school:
    • Marge: Bart, this is a big day for you; why don't you eat something a little more nutritious?
    • Homer: Nonsense, Marge! Frosted Krusty Flakes are what got him where he is today. It could be one of those chemicals that makes him so smart. Lisa, maybe you should try some of this.
    • Marge: Homer!
    • Homer: I'm just saying, why not have two geniuses in the family? Sort of a spare in case Bart's brain blows up.
  • Homer: There's nothing wrong with a father kissing his son... I think. Now go on Boy, and pay attention, because if you do, one day you may achieve something that we Simpsons have dreamed about for generations. You may outsmart someone.

[edit] Notes

  • This is considered the first "official" episode.
  • This episode (and the rest of the episodes in the fist season) have a much longer opening credits than the ones in the seasons afterwards. You will notice that when Homer leaves work there is a man behind him eating a sandwich instead of Mr. Burns and Smithers.

[edit] Trivia and Goofs

  • Homer is drinking a beer and then it vanishes when Barney tells him about his job as a store Santa.
  • The character Lewis changes from black to white.
  • Barney is blonde in this episode and the rest of the first season.
  • Maggie spells out EMCSQU or E=MC^2 on her building blocks.
  • Principle Skinner devotes an entire file drawer to Bart Simpson.
  • Marcia Wallace's name is misspelled 'Marsha' in the closing credits.
  • Books on the shelves in Bart's new advanced classroom include 'Crime and Punishment', 'Babylonian Myths', 'Paradise Lost', 'Moby Dick', 'Plato', 'Dante's Inferno', and 'The Illiad.'
  • The Simpson's family attends the opera "Carmen," advertised as "Tonight only in Russian."
  • On the opera poster, the conductor is identified as Boris Csuposki, a play on the name of producer and supervising animation director Gabor Csupo.
  • After he is dubbed a genius, Bart's Principle Skinner graffiti likeness and word balloon is framed and labeled as a work of art entitled 'The Principal' by Bart Simpson.
  • There is a picture of Bart on the wall opposite one of Albert Einstein in Dr. Pryor's office.
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