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Bart Gets an "F"
Simpson and Delilah


  • The episode's title was punned in Bart's Dog Gets an "F", Lisa Gets an "A", and Bart Gets a "Z".
  • In Bart's fantasy about the snowy July 4, Benjamin Franklin's sled says "Don't Sled on Me," a play on the famous serpent flag "Don't Tread on Me."
  • Despite passing the fourth grade, Bart, of course, remains in Mrs. Krabappel's class in all subsequent episodes, since virtually no time ever really passes on the show.
  • During the episode Bart writes "I will not fake my way through life" on the chalkboard.
  • The idea behind the grade on the refrigerator would reappear in Bart's Nightmare where a letter grade would appear and the mood of the Simpson family would differ, with a scene similar to the ultimate scene in this episode.
  • Milhouse's voice seems to be deeper in this episode.
  • This is the third episode with Bart's name somewhere in the title.
  • This is the first episode with the show opening used between Season two to mid-twenty.
  • First time the sailboat painting above the Simpson couch makes its appearance.
  • Some people consider this to be a sequel to Bart the Genius.
  • While the citizens stand in a circle and hold hands singing, Sideshow Bob is seen in handcuffs referencing "Krusty Gets Busted" which was two episodes earlier.
  • This is by far the most watched episode of the series to date at 33.6 million.
  • Bart's shirt appears to be a salmon pink color in this episode rather than the normal orange.


  • Treasure Island: Bart tries to fake his way through an oral report about the book, but struggles when asked the name of the pirate.
  • McGraw-Hill: Treasure Island is published by them, mentioned by Bart while peppering his poorly-prepared oral report.
  • The Old Man and the Sea: Martin reads it and recounts to the class in a first person narrative in an oral report. However, Martin wears an Ernest Hemingway costume. The protagonist of The Old Man and the Sea was an elderly man named Santiago.
  • The Declaration of Independence: Bart has to do homework on it, and imagines that the Founding Fathers ignored the declaration, and instead played out in the snow.
  • King Kong: The 'gorilla film' is a spoof, although the gorilla film shows the gorilla's final fate imprisoned in a cage and set adrift on the high seas, whereas King Kong fell to his death from the Empire State Building after being shot by fighter planes.
  • Gone with the Wind: Bart says 'With God as my witness..."
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas: The people of Springfield stand and sing in a circle.
  • Lisa observing Bart's prayer and saying to herself "Prayer; the last refuge of a scoundrel" is a variation of the saying "Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel."
  • Peter Pan: Captain Hook is mentioned by Bart.


  • In one scene, Marge's eyelashes disappear.

Season 1 Season 2 References/Trivia Season 3
Bart Gets an "F"Simpson and DelilahTreehouse of Horror (aka "The Simpsons Halloween Special") • Two Cars in Every Garage and Three Eyes on Every FishDancin' HomerDead Putting SocietyBart vs. ThanksgivingBart the DaredevilItchy & Scratchy & MargeBart Gets Hit by a CarOne Fish, Two Fish, Blowfish, Blue FishThe Way We WasHomer vs. Lisa and the 8th CommandmentPrincipal CharmingOh Brother, Where Art Thou?Bart's Dog Gets an FOld MoneyBrush with GreatnessLisa's SubstituteThe War of the SimpsonsThree Men and a Comic BookBlood Feud

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