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Bart Gets an F 

Mrs. Krabappel, fed up with Bart's lackadaisical approach to his studies, gives him an ultimatum: shape up or repeat the fourth grade.


David Silverman


Matt Groening (created by), James L. Brooks (developed by) | 3 more credits »




Episode cast overview:
Dan Castellaneta ... Homer Simpson / Bill / Mayor Quimby / Krusty the Clown / George Washington / Delegate #2 / Benjamin Franklin (voice)
Julie Kavner ... Marge Simpson (voice)
Nancy Cartwright ... Bart Simpson (voice)
Yeardley Smith ... Lisa Simpson (voice)
Harry Shearer ... Otto Mann / J. Loren Pryor / Marty / Principal Skinner / Montgomery Burns / Waylon Smithers / Reverend Lovejoy / Delegate #1 / Alexander Hamilton (voice)
Marcia Wallace ... Edna Krabappel (voice)
Jo Ann Harris ... Nurse (voice)
Pamela Hayden ... Escape from Grandma's House Announcer / Milhouse Van Houten (voice)
Russi Taylor ... Martin Prince / Sherri / Terri / Mother (voice)


Bart disappoints Marge yet again by his appalling history grades and the school psychiatrist reckons that unless he shapes up, he must sit the fourth grade again next year. But if he can successfully pass the history paper one last time he will be clear. Since Martin refuses to help, Bart prays for a miracle - which comes in the form of a snow storm which closes the school and gives him extra revision time. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Animation | Comedy


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Martin Prince's design was changed several times during the episode. There was a different model that had larger eyes and wilder hair designed for the scene where Martin betrays Bart and runs off. See more »


The textbook Bart is reading says the First Continental Congress was debating over the Declaration of Independence when, in fact, it was actually the Second Continental Congress. See more »


[Martin asks why he should help Bart improve his study habits]
Bart: 'cause I can make it so the other kids don't laugh at you so much.
Martin Prince: They... laugh at me? I'd always considered myself rather popular.
Bart: You're not. Watch.
[He shoves Martin to the ground. Milhouse, Louis and Richard, standing nearby, burst out laughing]
Martin Prince: [gets up] Then my... my speed with numbers... my years of service as a hall monitor... my prize-winning dioramas... These things mean nothing to them?
Bart: Perhaps another demonstration?
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Crazy Credits

During the opening credits, in the scene where Bart is writing on the blackboard, this week's "lesson" he has to repeat is "I will not encourage others to fly." See more »


Winter Wonderland
Music by Felix Bernard
Lyrics by Richard B. Smith
Performed by Dan Castellaneta
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A strong start to S2
4 March 2020 | by studioATSee all my reviews

If the 1st series was the show finding its feet then the 2nd is more about it taken confident steps forward.

From the opening credits onwards this feels a little bit more like 'The Simpsons' that we would come to expect, and this is a good episode.

I wasn't keen on the jokes about Bart faking blindness, but other than that this is a strong episode to start the 2nd year.

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11 October 1990 (USA) See more »

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