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 ...
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The animators were short on time, so for the design of Benjamin they took an earlier drawing of director Rich Moore
and made it African-American. 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
The watchdog of public safety. Is there any lower form of life?
In the episode "Homer Goes to College", Marge sees that Homer has made a bookcase out of cinderblocks and wood. She tells him "Homer, we have a perfectly good bookcase", to which he explains "Yeah, but this is what they're doing on campus. Besides, it isn't costing us: I swiped the cinderblocks from a construction site". Cut to the construction site where a worker informs the foreman that four cinderblocks are missing and the foreman says "There'll be no hospital, then. I'll tell the children." In the syndicated reruns, the scene at the construction site is deleted and the joke is left without a punchline. See more
by Richard Berry
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