The Simpsons Forever
The Simpsons Forever
Episode 2 Season 1 7G02 January 14, 1990
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Bart the Genius
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Episode Summary
Faced with the prospect of flunking an intelligence I.Q. test, Bart switches exams with brainy Martin Prince. When school psychologist Dr. Pryor studies the results, he identifies Bart as a genius, to the delight of Homer and Marge, who enroll Bart in a new school.

On his first day at the Enriched Learning Center for Gifted Children, Bart feels out of place among other students with advanced academic skills. At home, however, he enjoys newfound attention Homer shows him. Hoping to stimulate her son with a little culture, Marge buys the family opera tickets.

Ostracized by his genius classmates, Bart visits his old school, where he is rejected by his friends and labeled a "poindexter." When Bart's science project explodes and nearly destroys his new school, he confesses to Dr. Pryor that Martin Prince is the real genius. Bart returns home and tells Homer that he switched tests, and although it was a stupid thing to do, he is glad that they are now closer together. An irate Homer chases Bart through the house.
Chalkboard Gag
Couch Gag
Couch Gag
  • Maggie spells out EMCSQU on her building blocks (E=MC2)
  • Homer fails to see that his scrabble pieces' spell Oxidize
  • Bart spells Kwyjibo with his scrabble pieces and claims it is a "Big dumb balding North American ape with no chin". Marge adds "and a short temper".
  • Bart spray paints a caricature of Principal Skinner on school property with the misspelled caption I am a weiner which is later titled "The Principal" by Bart Simpson I.Q. 216
  • Bart has an entire drawer dedicated to him in Principal Skinner's file cabinet
  • Bart eats Frosty Krusty Flakes for breakfast
  • Bart attends the Enriched Learning Center for Gifted Children (Grade IV) with advanced classes such as Children's Fine Art
  • Books on the shelf in Bart's advanced classroom include Advanced Mechanics, Plato, Puskin, Life of Leonardo, Crime & Punishment, Nana by Emile Zola, Shakespeare I-XV, Dante's Inferno, Babylonian Myths, Design of Computers, Moby Dick, Paradise Lost, Iliad by Homer, Oddessy by Homer, Candide, Astrophysics, Balzac and a copy of Radioactive Man Comics
  • The palindrome said to Bart in his advanced school is O MEMSAHIB BART, RABBI HAS MEMO
  • Kids in the advanced school have lunchboxes of Brideshead Revisited and Anatoly Karpov while Bart has Krusty the Clown
  • The Simpsons attend the opera Carmen, Tonight Only in Russian, Conductor Boris Csuposki
Notable Characters in This Episode
Homer Simpson
Marge Simpson
Bart Simpson
Lisa Simpson
Maggie Simpson
Dr. J. Loren Pryor
Edna Krabappel
Principal Skinner
Martin Prince
Milhouse Van Houten
Cecile Shapiro
Ethan Foley
Ms. Melon
Sydney Swift
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In this Episode
SongThe Toreador Song
DreamThe Martin Train
Jon Vitti
David Silverman
James L. Brooks
Matt Groening
Sam Simon
Executive Producer(s)
James L. Brooks
Matt Groening created by
Sam Simon
Starring Cast
Dan Castellaneta
Julie Kavner
Nancy Cartwright
Yeardley Smith
Harry Shearer
Marcia Wallace
Jo Ann Harris
Pamela Hayden
Russi Taylor
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