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A Test Before Trying
A Test Before Trying
Episode Number 518
Production Code RABF03
Original Airdate January 13, 2013
Blackboard Text "I will obey Oscar Campaign Rules from now on"
Billboard Krusty: Live from rehab! 8PM
Couch Gag The couch sequence is a trailer for an action movie called The Couch.
Special Guest Voices Valerie Harper as Proctor Perkins[1]
Written By Joel H. Cohen
Directed By Chris Clements

"A Test Before Trying" is the 10th episode of Season 24, premiering on January 13, 2013. This episode is dedicated to Huell Howser, who first appeared in "O Brother, Where Bart Thou?". The episode was watched by 5.1 million viewers, earning a 2.4 rating.[2]


After Mr. Burns raises the rate for purchasing electricity from his power plant, most households and businesses can no longer afford to use any electrical appliances. Homer resorts to lugging a parking meter he found to different places in Springfield as a means of raising money.

The financial crisis prompts the school district to hold a test to determine which school should be shut down. As the Springfield Elementary students prepare to be shipped to new schools, Lisa learns that Bart is the only one who hadn't taken the test. Can his one grade raise the school's score high enough for it to be saved?

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Moonshine RiverTreehouse of Horror XXIIIAdventures in Baby-GettingGone Abie GonePenny-WiseguysA Tree Grows in SpringfieldThe Day the Earth Stood CoolTo Cur, with LoveHomer Goes to Prep SchoolA Test Before TryingChanging of the GuardianLove is a Many Splintered ThingHardly Kirk-ingGorgeous GrampaBlack-eyed PleaseDark Knight CourtWhat Animated Women WantPulpit FrictionWhiskey BusinessThe Fabulous Faker BoyThe Saga of CarlDangers on a Train

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