Bart the Genius

Trivia, Quotes, Notes and Allusions

Quotes (19)

  • (Bart reads a math problem aloud from his aptitude test)

    Bart: "At 7:30 a.m., an express train traveling 60 miles an hour leaves Santa Fe bound for Phoenix, 520 miles away..." (chews his pencil)

    Mrs. Krabappel: Shh! (points to her forehead) Visualize it, Bart!

    Bart: (pauses, then continues reading in his head) "At the same time, a local train traveling 30 miles an hour and carrying 40 passengers leaves Phoenix bound for Santa Fe. It's eight cars long and always carries the same number of passengers in each car. An hour later a number of passengers equal to half the number of minutes past the hour get off, but three times as many plus six get on. At the second stop, half the passengers plus two get off, but twice as many get on as got on at the first stop."

    (As he reads, Bart visualizes, in black-and-white, himself on a train, surrounded by numbers and getting trampled by other passengers. Then a conductor taps him on the shoulder)

    Conductor: Ticket, please.

    Bart: I don't have a ticket!

    Conductor: Come with me, boy.

    (He drags Bart to the front of the train)

    Conductor: (to the engineer) We've got a stowaway, sir.

    Bart: I'll pay! How much?

    (The engineer turns out to be Martin Prince, shoveling numbers into the engine)

    Martin: Twice the fare from Tucson to Flagstaff, minus two-thirds of the fare from Albuquerque to El Paso. (laughs evilly)

    (Bart sees Principal Skinner spraying graffiti and laughing evilly at him, before the train he's on crashes into another, throwing him into the air... and back to reality, lying on his back on the classroom floor)

  • (In science lab, Bart is about to mix two substances.) Ms. Melon: (to Bart) Say, what's that? It looks dangerous. Bart: Well, it's really pretty top secret, ma'am. Ms. Melon: All right, keep going. But you do know what happens when you mix acids and bases, right? Bart: 'Course I do. (Bart pours one substance into another, it explodes and covers the whole room in the yellow mixture.) Bart: (Upset) Sorry.

  • (The Simpsons go to the opera.) Bart: Hey, Lis, keep an eye out for the guy with the peanuts. Marge: There's no guy with peanuts, dear. Homer: Geez. No beer. No opera dogs. Marge: Shh! (The orchestra plays, "March of the Toreadors.") Bart: (Singing) Toreador, oh, don't spit on the floor. Please use the cuspidor. That's what it's for. (Bart and Homer laugh.) Marge: Bart, stop fooling around. Homer, stop encouraging him. Homer: Don't stifle the boy, Marge. We're supposed to encourage him. Marge: Shush!

  • (Homer drops Bart off at his new school.) Homer: 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.

  • Dr. Pryor: The child is not supposed to know his own IQ, of course, but, uh, you can see it's beyond the range of any doubt. (Dr. Pryor hands Homer a slip of paper with Bart's IQ on it.) Homer: Nine hundred and twelve! Dr. Pryor: Uh, no. You have it upside-down. It's two hundred and sixteen. Homer: (Disappointed) Oh.

  • Principal Skinner: I caught your son defacing school property this morning. We estimate the damage at $75, and frankly we think it's terribly unfair that other taxpayers should foot the bill. Homer: Yeah, it's a crummy system, but what are you going to do? (Marge whispers in Homer's ear.) Homer: Oh no. He can't mean that. (To Skinner) My wife thinks you want me to pay for it. Principal Skinner: That was the idea. Homer: Oh.

  • (Homer encourages Bart, after he comes home from "gifted" school covered in green.) Homer: Don't be discouraged, son. I bet Einstein turned himself all sorts of colors before he invented the light bulb.

  • (A green covered Bart runs through the living room screaming.) Marge: What's going on out there? (A growling Homer runs through the living room chasing after Bart.) Lisa: I think Bart's stupid again, Mom. Marge: Oh, well.

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Notes (7)

  • Bart's line, "Well, you're damned if you do and you're damned if you don't" can be heard in several parts of the song, "Deep, Deep Trouble," on the album entitled The Simpsons Sing the Blues.

  • According to the DVD commentary, Dr. Pryor was given the name because he pries.

  • On the DVD commentary from this episode, Jon Vitti says that the writers were worried about how stupid Homer's poor hand writing skills might make him look.

  • Dr. J. Loren Pryor was the original drawing for Principal Skinner. The current look of Skinner is based around several teachers and a principal Groening knew, as well as the principal from the "Life In Hell" comics.

  • During the opening credits, when Maggie is scanned at the grocery store checkout, the display reads that she is worth $847.63.

  • First Appearance: Edna Krabappel, Martin Prince, Rainier Wolfcastle, Dr. J. Loren Pryor

  • Blackboard Joke: I will not waste chalk. Couch Gag: The family runs in and squeezes into the couch. Bart pops up and out of frame and he comes crashing down seconds later while the credits are shown on the TV set.

Trivia (8)

  • When Bart declares "kwyjibo" during the Scrabble game, he says it is worth 22 points. However, if it were an actual word, then it would be worth 26 points before any double and triple letter and word scores were considered (K=5, W=4, Y=4, J=8, I=1, B=3, O=1).

  • There is a picture of Bart on the wall adjacent to one of Albert Einstein in Dr. Pryor's office.

  • Marcia Wallace's name is misspelled "Marsha" in the closing credits.

  • The opera the Simpson family heads out to see is the famous Carmen.

  • In Bart's new advanced classroom, some of the books on the shelf include: Paradise Lost, Moby Dick, Dante's Inferno, Crime and Punishment, Plato, Babylonian Myths, Homer's Odyssey and Homer's The Iliad.

  • Bart's graffiti of Principal Skinner is shown later in the episode, after Bart has moved on to the "gifted children" school. The graffiti is now roped off, with a sign in front of it that reads, "'The Principal' by Bart Simpson I.Q. 216."

  • Bart's permanent record takes up a whole drawer. * Cr -- Dl * Em -- Kl * Ty -- Cz * Simpson, Bart * Zs -- Ds

  • All of the words on the Scrabble board (with the exception of Bart's "kwyjibo") are very simple, consisting of two or three letters. However, their positions change between turns, while additional words appear out of nowhere: for instance, when Homer declares "do" and Lisa declares "id", we see "me", "my" and "arm", none of which are present when Marge declares "he".

Allusions (3)

  • Gabor Csupo A poster advertisement at the opera identifies the conductor as Boris Csupovski. This is a reference to Gabor Csupo, the Supervising Animation Director at the time.

  • E=MC^2 While the family plays Scrabble, Maggie plays with lettered blocks. While playing with the blocks she spells out EMCSQU, which refers to Einstein's famous equation, E=MC^2

  • The Adding Machine The dream Bart has while trying to do his math problem is based around the designs in the play The Adding Machine.