Marge Simpson, Patty Bouvier, and Selma Bouvier
Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders, Principal Skinner, Waylon Smithers, Kent Brockman, and others
Homer Simpson, Grampa Simpson, Barney Gumble, Krusty the Clown, Groundskeeper Willie, and others
Bart Simpson, Nelson Muntz, Ralph Wiggum, Todd Flanders, and others
Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, Moe Szyslak, Chief Wiggum, Comic Book Guy, Lou, and others
Special Guest Star
Milhouse Van Houten
In Bart's daydream, Pikachu from Pokémon and Bender from Futurama can be seen.
When Bart and Lisa tumble into the creek, you can tell its pretty deep from the underwater shot of them choking each other. But when they resurface they're able to stand and the water's only waist deep.
On the field trip memorial wall when Willie has to enter Bart and Lisa's names, you'll notice 2 particular names. El Jefe (Hefe) and Fat Mike - horns/guitar/backup vocals and bass/lead vocals/founding member (respectively) of the punk band NOFX.
Bart's fanny pack says "Lisa's Brother" and Lisa's says "Bart's Sister."
After Lisa is given her paper, you can clearly see that there is a B+ on top of the stack of the papers the teacher is holding. But a moment later, she gives Bart an A!
For some reason, the Capitol City Goofball is orange in this episode, when in others, he is yellow.
Bart and Lisa's fanny packs disappear as soon as they get on the bus.
(Bart watches the Clock Channel, it shows a big clock ticking on the screen.)
Announcer: Coming up on the clock channel: Six o'clock!
Bart: Wait, I already saw this one.
Mrs. McConnell: Saying your buddy's name out loud is a security risk!
Lisa: Bart, the test is in two hours, and you haven't slept in a fortnight!
Bart: What's a fortnight?
Lisa: You should know, it's on the test!
Bart: I'm sorry I sabotaged your flag.
Lisa: Well, I'm sorry for getting us lost out here.
Bart: I'm sorry about the time I sawed the heads off your Malibu Stacies. You go.
Lisa: I don't think I have any more.
Bart: That's okay, I'll go again. Remember the time your bike was mangled by Gypsies?
Lisa: Yes . . .
Bart: Funny story. I was bored one day, and Dad had left his steamroller idling in the driveway . . .
Homer: Oh, it's red wire to red wire. What idiot dreamed that up?
Edna Krabappel: No pressure, children, but these test results will follow you for the rest of your life and beyond the grave.
Tom Brokaw: We'll be right back with a report on soccer moms who hate soccer.
(opening Lisa's flag, which Bart has rigged to say "Learn To Fart")
Governor Bailey: I'll just unfurl this…(starts crying) That was my worst unfurling ever!
Bart: Lisa how could you? The governor is crying!
Nelson: Ha ha!
Mrs. McConnell: You weren't on this field trip! How did you get here?
Nelson: Ha ha!
Mrs. McConnell: Young man, you're not in this class. What are you doing here?
Nelson: Laughing at jerks.
Bart: I don't have to study on the weekend.
Lisa: It's Wednesday night!
Homer: Kids, kids. You're both right.
Salesman: Okay, now all we have to do is install your satellite dish. Can you be home from 8am Monday morning through June?
(on the "Touch the Stove" show)
Host: So Kevin, I hear you collect amusing postcards.
Man: Yeah, it all started when…
Host: (slams the man's hand onto a big oven stove's top) Touch the stove!
Homer: Hey, you can't fool us. We're from the "Learn to Fart" state.
Capital City Goofball: The time has come to change our state flag. This Confederate symbol is an embarrassment, particularly as we are a northern state.
Marge: Hello, Principal Skinner!
Principal Skinner:(speaking fast) Parent who waves their right to sue says what?
Principal Skinner:(Holds up an audio recorder and shuts record off) Got it.
Bart: Ha, ha! They left without you!
Lisa: They left without you, too, you idiot!
Bart: If I'm such an idiot, how come I'm the smartest kid in the third grade?
Lisa: Because you've already done it once!
Lisa: Bart cheated!
Mrs. McConnell: Young lady, in the third grade we don't care for tattletales.
Mrs. McConnell: And we don't care for moaners, either.
(Lisa starts crying)
Mrs. McConnell: Crying only pushes Bart's grade higher!
Lisa: Hey ... how do we get home?
Bart: No problem. We'll just circle around like those kids in the Blair Witch Project.
Bart: Quiet nerds burp only near school.
Lisa: Bart, I'm doing my geography homework.
Bart: I know. That's how you remember the 4 original provinces of Canada. Quebec, New Brunswick, Ontario, Nova Scotia; quiet nerds burp only near school. And here's how you remember the principle exports; dogs eat barf only on Wednesday, Mable.
Lisa: Stop! I want to learn on my own.
(Bart walks out of the room)
Bart (hanging from a vent): Canada's govener's general; clowns love haircuts, so should Lee Marvin's valle.
Lisa: Get out! (attempts to hit Bart with her book)
Bart: She's not so great! She got diarrhea when we went to Carlsbad Caverns!
Mrs. McConnell: A rooster sits on a roof facing north. It lays an egg. Which way does it roll?
Lisa: Ok, the sun rises in the east, so the rooster will probably want to lay it on the cool side…
Bart: Roosters don't lay eggs. They're boys.
Lisa: Bart, I think we're lost.
Bart: I used to be lost, until a friend turned me onto a book. It's called "Lisa is Stupid."
Lisa: You die now!
Clown: It's finally happened, Bart. You've lost your mind!
Bart: Punch buggy red! (punches Lisa)
Lisa: Ow! You are such an immature…punch buggy white! (punches Bart)
Mrs. McConnell: Stop fighting.
Lisa: He started it! He did punch buggy first.
Girl: What's punch buggy?
Bart: When you see a Volkswagen bug, you punch somebody and yell the color.
(The class sees Volkswagen world.)
Kid: Punch buggy blue! (punches kid)
Kid: Punch buggy green! (punches kid)
Kid: Punch buggy taupe! (punches kid)
Bart: And the Lord said, "Let there be crap!"
Bart: What?! I gotta be in the same class as her?
Lisa: What?! I gotta be in the same class as him?
Homer: (seeing Bart and Lisa on TV) They're gonna be in the same class as each other?!
Homer: Come on, kids. Daddy knows a way to get the money. With no risk.
(cut to Homer and the kids at the horse track)
Announcer: And the winner by a nose is No Risk!
Groundskeeper Willie: (chiseling Bart and Lisa's names on the Field Trip memorial) Oh, why is it always the kids with the long names?
Tom Brokaw: Oh, Lord, I'm so fat!
Japanese Chandler: Do you like my new shirt? It says "Reggae Hair Style Rock n' Roll." Could I be more Japanese?
Japanese Phoebe: You are the Emperor of Last Year.
Japanese Chandler: Your comeback shames me.
Mrs. McConnell: Lisa comes to us from Ms. Hoover… (makes drinking sounds) …while Bart was taught by Mrs. Krabappel. (fake cough) Slut!
Skinner: If this episode has taught us anything, it's that nothing works better than the status quo. Bart, you're promoted back to the fourth grade.
Skinner: And Lisa, you have a choice. You may continue to be challenged in third grade, or return to second grade and be merely a big fish in a little pond.
Lisa: Big fish! Big fish!
Homer: The status quo.
Milhouse: The status quo? Ay karumba!
Skinner: That's just sad.
This episode marks Marcia Wallace's 100th appearance!
Whatever state Springfield is in, the state bird is the pot-bellied sparrow and the state pasta is bowtie.
The family shops for a satellite dish at a store called The Boob Tubery.
Bart says that when he gets through with Lisa's flag, "it's gonna be a Bart-mangled banner." "Bart-Mangled Banner" will eventually be the title of episode 334.
The DVS narrator is different in this episode only.
A common misconseption about this future episode is that Bart fails the third grade. Something impossible for 4th grade students like Bart.
Blackboard Joke: Fish do not like coffee.
Couch Gag: In an homage to the 1960's spy-comedy Get Smart (complete with music), Homer goes through a series of secure doorways, goes inside a telephone booth, dials a number and falls through the floor onto the couch in his proper position, joining the rest of the family.
Star Spangled Banner
Bart says he will make Lisa's flag a "Bart Mangled Banner," a play on the US National Anthem, the "Star-Spangled Banner". That name would become the title of a later episode.
Bart watches a show titled Japanese Friends; a parody of the popular sitcom Friends.
On the bus to Capitol City, Lisa is reading a book called Love In The Time Of Coloring Books. This is a parody of the Gabriel Garcia Marquez novel Love In The Time Of Cholera.
Marge: Get back, honky cat.
This is a line from the Elton John song "Honky Cat."
Principal Skinner: Let's give it up for MC Safety and the Caution Crew!
MC Safety was likely named after MC Hammer.
The Field Trip Memorial is modeled after the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C.
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