Naptime at the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant is rudely interrupted by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, which is conducting a surprise inspection and employee audit. Homer's skills are tested and not only is he found to be incompetent, he causes a nuclear meltdown! The NRC inspectors demand that Homer (who is found to lack proper certification) either take college courses to obtain the necessary credentials or else Mr. Burns will face criminal charges. Burns gets Homer enrolled at Springfield University, where he acts like an immature adolescent (both in class and around campus) rather than someone needing to study for a college degree. When he continues to act like a know-it-all in physics class, the professor has enough and asks him to demonstrate a proton accelerator; Homer winds up causing another meltdown. Homer is asked to hire a tutor, and does: nerds Benjamin, Gary and Doug. Instead of applying himself, Homer sees the three nerds have no social life and decides to teach ... Written by
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Did You Know?
Both this episode, and the one that followed it, (The Simpsons: Rosebud
), feature a scene with Mr. Burns weakly attempting, and failing, to administer a beating to someone. See more
When Mr. Burns gets Homer into college, Homer says "I won't be needing my high school diploma anymore!" But Homer has a GED, not a high school diploma (and the document he sets fire to even clearly has GED written on it.) See more
Well, Pop, what are you gonna do?
Something I should have done a long time ago!
You don't know, do you?
Referenced in The Simpsons: Hit & Run
by Richard Berry
Performed by The Kingsmen See more