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Bart the Genius

Bart the Genius

Rating: 3.3 (276 votes)


Bart is caught graffiting by Principal Skinner after a tip-off from Martin Prince, the class brain. During an intelligence test later the same day, Bart swaps his paper with Martin's. After school, Principal Skinner speaks with Homer and Marge in his office. He is interrupted by Dr. Pryor, the school psychologist, who says that Bart is gifted. He believes Bart's boredom in school is the reason for his bad behaviour. Bart is promtly moved to a school for intelligent children, but does not fit in. After a chemistry experiment goes horribly wrong, he confesses to Dr. Pryor that he is not really a genius. Back at home, he tells Homer the truth, but points out that it has brought them closer together. However, Homer is still mad and chases Bart through the house.

Memorable quotes

Marge: We could look this "id" thing up in the dictionary.
Homer: We got one?
Marge: I think it's under the short leg of the couch.

Homer: You're not going anywhere until you tell me what a "kwyjibo" is.
Bart: Uh, Kwyjibo - a big, dumb, balding North-American ape. With no chin.
Marge: And a short temper.
Homer: I'll show you a big dumb balding ape!
Bart: Uh-oh, Kwyjibo on the loose!

Skinner: Whoever did this is in big trouble.
Martin: And a sloppy speller. The preferred spelling of wiener is W-I-E-N-E-R. Although, E-I is an accepted ethnic variant.

Mrs. Krabappel: These tests will have no effect on your grades. They merely determine your future social status and financial success... (looks at Bart) If any.

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're you gonna do?

Homer: What do we need a psychiatrist for? We know our kid is nuts.

Homer: Frosty Krusty Flakes are what got him where he is today. It could be one of these chemicals here that makes him so smart. Lisa, maybe you should try some of these.
Marge: Homer!
Homer: I'm just saying, why not have two geniuses in the family? Sort of a spare in case Bart's brain blow up.

Homer: Here, let me show you how to put on a tie. The hook goes over the top, and these things go in here...

Ms. Mellon: Bart, what other paradoxes affect our lives?
Bart: Well... you're damned if you do, and you're damned if you don't.

Ms. Mellon: Okay, keep going, but you do know what happens when you mix acids and bases, right Bart?
Bart: Of course I do! (explosion follows)

Homer: I bet Einstein turned himself all sorts of colors before he invented the light bulb.


  • Maggie spells EMCSQU on her blocks, Einstein's formula for energy-mass relationship (E=MC²).
  • The Scrabble board consists of very simple words, such as ''do'', ''he'', ''be'' and ''the''.
  • The Scrabble board also keeps changing.
  • Bart couldn't have got a triple word score, as his tiles were in the wrong place.
  • Bart's permanent record takes up a whole drawer.
  • Bart's graffiti of Skinner is shown later in the episode, framed and labelled "'The Principal' by Bart Simpson".
  • Martin and his parents are at the opera.
  • Dr. Pryor has framed pictures of Einstein and Bart on his wall.
  • Bart fishes the Radioactiveman Comic back out of the bin.


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