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    4/5
    I always used to be on the fence with this one, but grew to enjoy it more. Nowhere near favorite of Season 2 or anything like that, but they started to add more depth to the characters and things were coming together better following Season 1, so it was a solid season premiere with an emotional plot. Although I wouldn't recommend this one as a "haha" "Laugh out loud" kind of episode.

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    Well, got nothing better to do so... season 2 episode 1! Seems like a good subject for a practice review!
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    Like quite a few of the older episodes, this is one of those that are a little funny pacing wise. Funny in a good way but not “ha-ha” funny... what I mean is they feel like they have an awful lot going on in the episode but it doesn't feel rushed still. Maybe since the plot is more basic they could afford to cram more meat into it compared to the newer seasons.

    It's not a particularly jokey episode but I don't really think it needed to be especially when a lot of the interactions were allowed to feel more genuine and even heart-warming in return. I'm fine with sacrificing some jokes for storytelling, it builds a bit more character and makes them easier to empathise with as a result since they seem more human than comedy devices and therefore when they do get into certain situations in other episodes, it just makes it better.

    Moments:

    + My goodness, Martin. My god I miss his theatrics. Also it's always nice when Krabappel actually had nice things to say about the better students.
    + Bart's book report is as wonderfully awkward as expected from someone who never even bothered to read the book and something I'll get to later because it's a nice point on Bart's character.
    + Another nice Mrs K touch, she doesn't like Bart but is still quite concerned about his performance in school.
    + “I just want to have a beer while I'm caring!” and Bart's “paper”
    + Big gorilla night! It's not exactly something Bart's into but it's still a lovely moment of Homer trying to be a good dad. Honestly I forgot he used to be quite lovable.
    + More on this later but Sherri & Terri turning Bart's attempted trick around on him. Find a few fellow watchers' reactions to be a BIT strong, seeing as Bart was, again, trying to trick and cheat off them. And Martin being a condescending douche bag.
    + The TV and Homer's grumbling, one of the few funny moments in the episode.
    () So did Milhouse lie about the test too? Or was Bart just not listening.
    + Another nice genuine bit of interaction between Bart and Otto.
    +More Martin! Honestly this guy just steals the show.
    + Martin's bus equation. Again another funny moment. The following montage between him and Bart counts too! Even as a “cool” kid he's still very Martin, still using words like “fellows”
    () Not sure how to feel about the snow-day scene. It goes on for a while but it is brilliantly exaggerated and didn't go on for so long that it became grating. Hi Bob!
    + Bart's little daydream, his studying attempts being completely derailed by his poor attention span.
    + Damnit Martin, like I said he kinda steals the show.
    + Another thing to get back to in a bit, Bart's little break down.
    - Well I guess it couldn't be helped with so much going on in the episode but the end did feel a bit of an asspull, Bart somehow knowing an apparently difficult and obscure bit of history yet not enough to actually pass the test otherwise? Still, is kinda saved by a rather heart-warming conclusion and again, one of Mrs Krabappel's nicer moments.

    Okay I'll admit the minuses were nitpicking. I didn't really have a whole lot NOT to like about this one.
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    Bart's behaviour:
    Didn't really find anything wrong with this. Yeah maybe it's a bit odd to see him so concerned over studying but I could buy it, his motivation was clear enough: being afraid of the crippling humiliation of being held back a grade. It also plays into something I prefer to think about Bart: He's not DUMB so much as academically lazy. He's shown a fair bit of creativity and craftiness in the series but sitting still going through textbooks? Not his style. Maybe the crying at the end might have been overdone otherwise but honestly, I think it works since we at least saw his struggles starting from trying to get an easy answer out of the smart kids and then a desperate, sincere attempt to actually study against his own nature.

    Like I said, it's a lot of little things like in this episode that make characters more believable as people and coupled with his efforts, it is actually really upsetting when he still fails. I like this angle far better than how “The kids are all fight” tried to frame it in that he's just “Evil and dumb” that scene still bugs the hell outta me. Trying to measure Bart's intellect in school should probably be more comparable to trying to assess how smart an elephant is by its ability to climb a tree.

    Again, don't like the “bad for the sake of it/for the evulz” thing they like pushing either, Bart was a troublemaker before because it wasn't only a good way to cure school boredom but also cause it let him show off to the other kids for some easy attention and admiration. Yet when it comes to a lot of stuff in the modern episodes, he causes that much harm to the kids who oughta be his “audience” that there's no logical reason why everybody should completely hate his guts.

    Sherri & Terri:
    Yeah it's only a little scene but like in Homer's Odyssey, it's also a rather odd example of the problems that persisted in the classic era... but not for the scenes themselves. Rather an example showing that with a few characters, “Flanderisation” as tvtropes calls it, set in early. Since season 5 they'd been typecast as “those people that show up and make fun of other people” and since Sleeping With the Enemy they've more gone into just being plain mean and nasty which... you COULD say might've been their humiliation at the end of that episode just making them more outright hateful of others but since Nelson's dad is still missing in later episodes... negative continuity.

    It's odd since their first two or three appearances set them up as something more interesting: two girls who seem to work hard, are smart, sit all neatly with their hands on their laps and behave perfectly... except they're actually a pair of tricky troublemaking little shits whose favourite brand of mischief is tricking people into doing really dumb things or otherwise getting them into trouble while coming off smelling like roses, kinda like having it both ways. Like Nelson, they could have been potentially interesting rivals for Bart in a wildly different way but also like Nelson, that angle just kinda fell apart early on. Rivals with actual differing skills and specialities are much better than the edgy clone types and it's a shame neither Nelson nor the twins got all that much to work with from there. Hell, with the exception of “The Daughter Also Rises” they don't even try pulling any tricks on anyone anymore.
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    Not a funny episode... and I think it didn't need to be. It had plenty of charm, a lot of genuine-feeling interactions and well... Martin was just perfect. It's got a good sense of character building for a lot of them... even if as mentioned above, they didn't actually go through with a lot of it. Really I can't think of anything that could feasibly be improved all that much either, usually I'd have a section for that but I got nothing this time. Can still see how people might not be entertained by it but I feel going heavy on jokes would have just killed the storytelling.

    (okay, I admit I got pretty bad for rambling about TL;DR stuff but technically, I was rewatching this as I typed, lots of rather raw thoughts swirling around. Plus as a character driven episode I naturally had a lot to say. Also TL;DR is how I roll I guess.:P)

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    I love this episode, it has a good story, and it's good to see Bart studying and doing the right thing, even though he didn't have to do it. Plus, the 59-60 thing I think was pretty clever. 5/5.


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    This episode has always hit really close to home to me. Not to get too personal, but I have always had a really hard time getting good grades in certain subjects, and I already tear up a little at the end when bart begins to cry about his test results. Something about barts reaction always seemed eerily real to me, and I feel like the animators, writers, and Bart's voice actor, Nancy Cartwright, perfectly captured the way that kids feel in situations like these. Although I mostly remember this episode for its emotional value, there are still some great comedic moments. Overall, one of the most memorable episodes in the series. 4/5

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    5/5 Very good

    "I kissed the teacher"

    XDDDDDDD

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    Let me just jump right in with praise: This is a great episode! It's better than any episode the first season produced, and it's one of my favourite episodes of season 2. I felt like I was finally at home upon reaching this episode, as this was the Simpsons I knew. Although not the first episode produced, I can see why this one was chosen as the premiere, as it kicks off season 2 on an incredibly strong note. Everything just feels like it has more effort and polish put into it, from the writing and characterization, to the animation and music score. Dan Castellaneta finally sounds like Homer Simpson. It just stands out as a particularly well structure episode in every sense. As always, Bart is the best Simpson. It amazes me how skilled they used to be able to create emotional episodes around the lil' bastard, and I'm sure his struggle throughout the episode was relatable to many, not just through the fact that he's failing class, but how often he falls into procrastination while attempting to study.

    The whole town celebrating in the snow was definately the highlight of the episode, along with the climactic scene of course. Bart finally breaking down in tears upon receiving another F really drove home how misunderstood he is by his parents and teachers. It makes him so much more sympathetic than the generic rebel without a cause he's become now. Bart kissing Edna was great and his reaction afterward was a great touch of characterization. They could've done an entire episode about Bart having to befriend Martin to pass the test, and they did an entire episode the following season on the relationship between Bart and Edna. The one downside is that laugh-until-your-sides-hurt Simpsons comedy gold isn't quite there yet, and wouldn't be officially until season 3.

    Still, I consider this to be the first classic of the show. 9/10

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    Bart Gets an 'F' was in charge of starting the second season of the series. The election of this one occurred because Bart enjoyed its moment of greater popularity (being the representative of the merchandising) and the producers believed that it would be appropriate to give the initial kick with its protagonism. Go that they guessed right. In its first broadcast, it broke the record of spectators for this show. A record that will be always in force.

    We all love Bart for scenes and situations like this.

    The key to this episode lies in the characterization of Bart. As it was said, his character was the great sensation of the early 90s. And, on this occasion, they chose to create a story centered on him, which allows him to demonstrate several facets of himself. He is not only shown as the prankster and popular kid who made American society adore him. They also show his sentimental side, enhanced by his urgent need to pass the exam and pass the year. During these 23 minutes, they managed to develop two different Bart Simpsons. One of them, the usual, who is able to lie, who plays video games and watches cartoons, who enjoys his life with jokes and daring. The other, the one that explores his most human and adorable side, which leads him to miss the happiest day in Springfield to study, to ask God for a miracle taking advantage of it to study, and the one who starts crying for failure in school.

    This is the good side of Bart that has rarely been explored.

    The habitual personality of Bart is seen in contrast in an amazing way with the underrated Martin Prince. It was a fantastic idea that he tried to teach Bart to study and that he teaches Martin to become popular. In fact, this exchange of roles left us some of the best moments of the episode. The montage in which they are reciprocally educated is fantastic. The scenes in which Martin shows his nudity are fun, and I also like to see him in the wave and being accepted by Bart's friends. Another advantage of this plot is that the viewer can feel identified with one of the two opposites, or by staying in a balance between them, as in my case, that for some moments I am cool and for others I am a nerd. In addition, we have good developments of characters like Homer, who is no longer the grumpy one as before, Lisa, who convinces Bart to make the right decision, and Otto, who despite all his problems is chosen by Bart as an authority figure.

    The character animation of Martin is fantastic in this scene.

    I really like the simplicity of the episodes of the Groening, Simon, and Brooks era. Of course, telling simpler stories was much easier when the tour was nil or scarce. But it has to be said that it's nice to see these kinds of stories, which probably many of us have experienced, such as an exam defining our future in a subject or, even, in a year, as Bart does. The story, which shows us how a problematic and scattered child has to concentrate and sit down to study to save the year, is very simple but also very effective. I find it interesting to see Homer encouraging Bart to watch a movie instead of studying. I guess that speaks enough of the situation of the child, who not only struggles to make their own will but because their environment leads to other activities. I insist that it is very easy to reflect the childhood of one -or someone close to one- in this, which is an important plus.

    We have all resorted to this resource when there are no answers, although few have worked.

    In terms of humor, I think that a good job was done, although it is not the main focus. I've already mentioned my favorite scene (the montage of Bart teaching Martin, and Martin teaching Bart). But there is much more. The other montage, in which we see everyone in Springfield enjoying the snow, has some catching visual jokes. And Bart's face when he looks at it all is really hilarious. I also enjoy watching Bart trying to cheat Edna and the school nurse. As for the emotions the episode offers, they are genuine. Both the promise that Bart makes when threatened with repeating the course, and the crying that arises when he finds out that he failed in his goal are very realistic. As well as his suffering to have to lock himself to study, and his enormous joy to pass the exam, which even takes him to kiss the teacher. Of course, I found it an unnecessary resource to involve God in this, and that Bart affirms that part of that six of Him.

    The day was so nice, that the whole town listens to the melody of Lisa and Murphy, even Sideshow Bob, who should be in jail.

    Bart Gets an 'F' is a great opening for the second season of the series, achieving the goal of making a quality product around Bart, the star of the program. If on the Szyslak100 scale, ten was the highest, zero the lowest and five the average, I would give this episode an eight. But as it is not the case...

    4/5
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    @Szyslak100 Great review, I really enjoyed reading that (not just a review, but also a bit of an analysis of Bart too).

    I'd love to do a proper review of this one myself someday.
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    I have to give this one a 5. There are so many elements about it that I love rewatching. Bart's dream about the future and how he was stuck in the same class forever. Him visualising his problem so he isn't thinking about snow, only for everyone in the dream to start playing in the snow.

    Oh yeah - I kissed a teacher! blech!

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    Good episode.
    Classic "golden age" of The Simpsons.
    Everything in this episode is:
    • the child's tragicomedy of possibly not passing to the next grade (besides Bart's line "God is my witness: I can pass the 4th grade!" is quite ironic, I think, as during the series he is always in 4th grade);
    • God/human relationship;
    • classic The Simpsons jokes ("I... kissed the teacher! blech!" is one of my favourite moments overall);
    • lagging/excellent children cooperation (Bart & Martin);
    • some impossibility (like suddenly snow) e.t.c.



    TOTAL 83.2/100. GOOD!
    IMHO the best and the worst episodes of each season (in bold — the best and worst of overall series, upd. 03/08/20):
    1. Moaning Lisa/Some Enchanted Evening 2. Bart vs. Thanksgiving/Itchy & Scratchy & Marge 3. Mr. Lisa Goes to Washington/The Otto Show 4. Homer’s Triple Bypass/Selma’s Choice 5. Secrets of a Successful Marriage/Homer the Vigilante 6. Two Dozen and One Greyhounds/Lisa’s Rival 7. Home Sweet Homediddly-Dum-Doodily/Homerpalooza 8. My Sister, My Sitter/The Homer They Fall 9. Miracle on Evergreen Terrace/Bart Star 10. Wild Barts Can’t Be Broken/Monty Can’t Buy Me Love 11. Days of Wine and D’oh’ses/Pygmoelian 12. Homer vs. Dignity/New Kids on the Blecch 13. Poppa’s Got a Brand New Badge/Weekend at Burnsie’s 14. Moe Baby Blues/Helter Shelter 15. Fraudcast News/Co-Dependent’s Day 16. Goo Goo Gai Pan/A Star Is Torn 17. Bonfire of the Manatees/Kiss Kiss, Bang Bangalore 18. 24 Minutes/Stop, Or My Dog Will Shoot! 19. Eternal Moonshine of the Simpson Mind/Husbands and Knives 20. Coming to Homerica/Four Great Women and a Manicure 21. The Squirt and the Whale/Treehouse of Horror XX 22. The Blue and the Gray/Elementary School Musical 23. A Totally Fun Thing That Bart Will Never Do Again/Moe Goes from Rags to Riches 24. Hardly Kirk-ing/Gorgeous Grampa 25. Brick Like Me/What to Expect When Bart’s Expecting 26. Sky Police/Treehouse of Horror XXV 27. Halloween of Horror/Treehouse of Horror XXVI 28. 22 for 30/Havana Wild Weekend 29. Flanders’ Ladder/Springfield Splendor 30. Baby You Can’t Drive My Car/The Clown Stays in the Picture 31. TBA/TBA
    The Simpsons season ratings:
    1 > 2 > 4 > 7 > 3 > 6 > 8 > 5 > 27 > 21 > 9 > 20 > 25 > 17 > 29 > 10 > 12 > 15 > 26 > 24 > 13 > 18 > 14 > 19 > 28 > 16 > 30 > 23 > 11 > 22

    I think that thoughts may differ, because so many people, so many opinions.

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    I think the third act is the strongest part of this episode. Seeing Bart genuinely trying to study makes him very sympathetic and makes the ending really emotional. And I have to mention how great Nancy Cartwright's performance is. She really shines in the last scene, capturing both the extreme sadness and happiness perfectly. Yeah, Bart randomly remembering such obscure trivia is kinda a contrived way of getting a happy ending, but I don't think it's too ridiculous as he did study really hard the night before.

    The rest of the episode is solid, but not really exceptional. Some jokes work, but this isn't that funny of an episode and Bart's deal with Martin doesn't end up going anywhere. 8/10

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    I think I can confidently say that "Bart Gets An F'" is one of the most beloved and classic episodes of The Simpsons, as many fans believe it was the actual start of the Golden Age of the series.

    Personally, I believe that this might be one of the best Bart-centric episodes in that it is not the most glamorous or funniest appearance of Bart, but it certainly has a lot of emotion and life lessons to give. I love the episode from start to finish for various reasons that other people probably covered up before me. What stands out for me is the emotional growth the characters undergo, especially Bart and this episodes establishes a new era of character development and heartwarming episodes, like season 1's "Moaning Lisa" or "Life On The Fast Lane", which are pretty good attempts that remind of episodes like "Bart Gets An F'", "One Fish, Two Fish, Blowfish, Bluefish", "The Way We Was" and "Lisa's Substitute", all classic, tear-dropping episodes, with relatable plot lines that could bring people to empathise with the characters and the things they are going through, whether it is past, present or future events in the characters' lives. The story this episode tackles is one of the most common stories that everyone has experienced at least once in their lifetime and the episode manages to make Bart's situation so real, to the point where even us as viewers would pray for Bart to succeed and while Bart did not succeed in the way we were waiting for, the fact that he manages to pass the class with D- in his hands makes us smile and be proud for him, as if he was our best friend and we are rooting for him.

    The plot is not complex and feels more like a simple, every day story, narrated by a very old man that retells his grandchildren a story from his childhood years as a student. This is not at all bad and sets the plot straight, in a very simple and entertaining way, because we know Bart's book report on Treasure Island would end pretty badly for Bart, yet we still laugh at the goofy and silly excuses he makes in order to defend himself, like in the scene with Mrs Krabappel, a moment that is really important in the Bart/Edna relationship, as the show already tries to persuade the audience that despite Bart being a troublemaker, Edna will never stop believing in him and try to help him. I really love their interaction, the character movements, the dialogue etc., a very funny scene that highlights Edna as having trouble teaching him, thus resulting in her trying to scare him a little as well as Bart's apathy towards everything that has to do with studies. Unfortunately, for Bart, this doesn't end very well and things are getting worse (I mean, who goes to Otto for advice?). The Otto Mann-stuff are really spot on, fun and expected by a character that interacts with small children and along with Harry Shearer's performance, the lines feel like something a real person would say. The thing with these scenes that intrigues me is that no one really helps Bart in a meaningful way, not even his parents for that matter, so he resorts to the last person he would ever consider asking for help: Martin Prince. This is probably one of Martin's most prominent roles on the series and the episode benefits from using him, because it expands his character and establishes a somewhat friendship with Bart, which I absolutely adore.

    The ending is one of the best endings The Simpsons ever gave to us. It is funny, clever, relatable and most notably, grounded in reality. It shows that Bart actually WANTED to try and succeed, as well as, Mrs Krabappel really caring and understanding Bart, even though he is not the easiest student to teach. It highlights the secret bond between them. It showcases that teachers are not always so cruel and apathetic towards their students or that bad students DO want to succeed and they just haven't found the way to make it, which humanises Mrs Krabappel and Bart even more, like a normal school teacher and a students who struggles to keep up with the demands of the class. It may seem like Mrs Krabappel shouldn't have given that grade to Bart (because if we have to be fair, the paragraph Bart was talking about was not included in the test). However, it doesn't matter or harm someone and I have to admit, it made the scene feel even cuter.

    ACT 1

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    As I stated before, the first act doesn't open in a glamorous, wacky or original way, rather than a normal day, in a sitcom series, in a specific moment where the teacher asks the students about a project she gave them to do. Nothing seems wrong about it or abnormal, which is a good thing that immediately gives away where this episode intents to go, in regards to the humour and episode structure. I absolutely love Marcia Wallace's performance in this episode, everything about it is just perfect, the tone, the delivery of the lines. It almost makes you think that Edna is a real person. Many people believe that Wallace's best performance of the character is in season 3's episode "Bart The Lover" and while I do not disagree with this statement, I think this is a pretty underrated performance that we should give her credit for more often. Anyway, I really love the following scenes where Edna is completely aware of Bart's unfinished homework and yet he still continues trying to persuade her otherwise. It is just so fun seeing Bart pretending to know something, when in reality he has no clue of what he is talking about or what he should be talking about.

    Speaking of which, I would like to shift the focus on Edna's portrayal in these first few scenes, since I really, really enjoyed her character in this episode. The fact that she is cares so much about Bart's well-being and education is really sweet and I get emotional thinking about this great character and its contribution to the series' success. I cannot possibly get mad at her for caring for her student, even if she threatened him right in his face about the degradation of his grades, because, while it may seem cruel to a few people out there the way Edna treated Bart in this episode, if we wrap our minds around it a little, we can actually understand her and where she is coming from. She is a public school teacher that has to deal with all the kinds of students from the overachiever, to the mediocre to the underachiever, without much help from the school stuff, so it is only logical that when someone has given up on trying to educate himself and actively wastes his potential, the teacher has to step in and explain the situation straight to him/her. It was totally bound for Krabappel to snap one day and give him a little lecture, which might do some good to him. I mean, if she didn't care about Bart or his grades, then why did she even bother to arrange the meeting with Dr. J Loren Pryor? She could have easily just sat back, smoke her cigarette and say: "What do I care, it's your problem!", but she didn't.

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    Back to the plot, after Bart fails another test, Mrs Krabappel arranges a meeting with the school counsellor to discuss about Bart's academic degradation and they suggest that if he doesn't start taking this situation seriously, it would be better for him to repeat the 4th Grade. Alright, this is outright a cruel thing to say, especially to a 10-year-old child, but I do understand their point. Bart is a troublemaker, he tends to do things without consideration, most of the time, and is not really known for his academic achievements, so it is natural that somebody would come and bring him back to reality to help him escape a fate that no one would want to have. I do enjoy seeing Bart being genuinely terrified at the prospect of being held back for a year, instead of being apathetic and cool about it.

    End of act 1

    ACT 2

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    Act 2 is where we get some very good jokes, not as good as the ones in act 1, but they are still pretty entertaining. I love the way Otto talks to Bart, with such confidence about being held back twice in elementary school, like this is something he shouldn't be ashamed of, even if it does happen, which doesn't really help Bart in this case. My absolute favourite moment in the entire episode is the flash-forward scene, with an older Krabappel STILL teaching the 4th Grade and Bart still being there for a LONG time, as he has a wife and a child, Bart Jr. I remember watching this episode for the first time and rolling on the floor, when this scene came. It was so funny that I couldn't possibly leave it out of this review. It still surprises me to this day, in many ways, like for instance, the fact that Mrs Krabappel hasn't retired yet, when she must be at least in her mid-70's, while Bart is in his 40's or the fact that Bart literally named his hypothetical son after him.

    Anyway, after Bart has this very "nice" envision of himself, he is afraid about his future and wants to change and help himself, which leads to him going to Martin Prince for advice. Honestly, I find this more ironical than funny, because Martin and Bart were not portrayed as being good friends in these first few seasons that often, more like rivals of each other, which makes the montage of them trying to improve themselves in their own ways, even more ironical and entertaining. After this, we see that the improvement was made only on Martin, leaving Bart, once again, struggling to find ways to fix things, which leads to him making a wish for another day of studying, a heartwarming and relatable scene to any kid, not just in the 90's, but in general. I mean, who hasn't tried to wish for something they really want?

    End of Act 2.

    ACT 3

    The next day, Bart's wish magically becomes true, which gives him another chance to study hard and pass the test. However, Bart becomes really excited after seeing the results of his praying and wants to go out and play in the snow. However, he is stopped by Lisa, who reminds him the promise he made last night and Bart quickly returns to his studies, while trying to avoid any kind of distraction from the outside, where everyone is enjoying the day.

    Say whatever you want about Lisa, but I personally do not find her a buzzkill right here. She seems like she is genuinely trying to help her brother and wants him to succeed. If she hated Bart, why on earth would she ever consider reminding him his promise? I am talking to the haters out there who hate Lisa's guts so much to the point where they make videos, threads and posts that most of the time conclude to one specific thing about her character: She is horrible. I don't understand why she is considered horrible every time she appears on screen, even when she tries to act as nice as possible. It really frustrates me when people highlight all the bad things she has done, like they are the only character trait she has left, which is simply not true.

    Okay, I went a little overboard with this one and we continue:

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    Bart tries very hard and manages to learn a few things, but the next day, when he takes the test, he scores 59%, a step before the D- he needs to pass, thus resulting in him crying and begging for forgiveness and understanding, in one of the series' most heartfelt moments to this day. While crying, he makes a reference to a paragraph about George Washington and the famous defeat of the French, which leads to Mrs Krabappel rethinking and giving Bart and extra point for extra knowledge. Eventually, Bart passes the test, Jumps and screams about his success and kisses the teacher.....

    End of Act 3

    In conclusion, I want to state once again that "Bart Gets A F'" is a truly amazing piece of animation, with great jokes and a nice message about hard work and responsibility for our own actions. I give it a 5/5
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    First episode of the Golden age. Season 1 is classic but still not part of the Golden years.

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    The second season (which also gets an updated intro sequence that would run for almost three decades, albeit changed a little for season 3) really started off with a bang with this one, a truly classic episode that still holds up excellently and has a great simple but strong plotline for Bart that shows how threedimensional he is and really can be (both tapping into his slacker and mischievous side as well as human and emotional side), some excellent down to earth feels and some quite good jokes. That they moved this one up to be the season premiere (to capitalize of Bart's growing popularity) was an excellent move and with this one spearheading the season, it really made it clear that this season would be an improvement over the first season. A great one overall and, if I shall be completely honest, one of my favorite of all time. I do think it really is that good.

    The plot, a very simple and human story about Bart facing having to repeat the 4th grade after falling test scores (including the most recent history test) after being his typical underachiever and lazily cheating self and doing his utmost to pass the final history exam which will allow him to pass, I don't think is one that would have failed in any sense, but the writing and direcing here is some pretty stellar stuff and made the utmost of the premise. There's a whole lot of great stuff here, ranging from great drama (with Bart and his dilemma, fear, praying & hard studying included; the meeting with him, his family, Edna Krabappel & Dr. Pryor is just one example of such a great scene), a lot of very nice jokes and gags that eclipse most of the first season (even at this point the humor is better than in the first season, some being a little more clever) to some solid character development, even for the likes of Krabappel and Martin Prince Jr. as well (both of whom get very nicely expanded upon here from 'Bart The Genius, kinda ironically titled with the advent of this one).

    From start to end the episode is full of some really good scenes and elements; Bart's development is great, at first trying to pretend he read Treasure Island, faking being ill to get out of taking the test & finally understanding he needs to prove to himself and his parents and teachers that he can make a passing grade, befriending Martin (of sorts) and utilizing him as his coach while teaching him to be cool (speaking of Martin, I really dug the use of him; also the subplot with Bart learning him to let loose was great). Then there's him trying to prepare and focus his utmost at home, locking himself up with study books etc. and studying the best he can, praying for time to study, which he gets in an great scene of snow having arrived overnight & Lisa reminding him that he got his wish and that he should utilize it, which he does and abstains from going out on the snow day (which gets an very well done montage scene with a panning shot). Homer & Marge being proud of their son doing his best was sweet (and they get some good stuff throughout). Edna Krabappel, her second big role of the series, gets a lot of development, being a pretty normal grade school teacher whom knows that Bart is troublesome and is bothered by that yet she really does care for him and tries to help and support the best she can (such as arranging the meeting with Dr. Pryor).

    The penultimate scene near the end, with Bart having studied all day and all night (even having daydreamed of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, which turns into an snow day fantasy in an amusing bit) and taking the test with her overseeing it and giving him an F yet again, was a wonderful scene, one of the best and saddest of the series; the crushing disappointment and sadness with Bart voicing his sadness (and Edna being on his side, essentially) & breaking down in tears was one of the strongest parts of the series, really showing a very humanly relatable side of Bart. It ending with him revealing that he learned and remembered something while studying (as he compares his failure to George Washington's surrender in 1754) and Edna (out of sympathy) bumping his grade up a bit, him being overjoyed (even kissing her) and running out to announce that he passed (before realizing he kissed the teacher and being disgusted about it) was such an triumpanth moment (wrapping up with Homer putting Bart's D+ on the fridge). Magic right there.

    So did I say this was a great episode? Well, there it is again anyway. The show hit is right out of the park here with this realistic and dramatic yet funny and very endearing tale about Bart and his struggles to pass the biggest test of his life (thus far). later episodes were of course funnier and more vibrant, but there's an realistic earnestness and charm here (not to mention having some real, honest relatability for everyone that struggled with subjects and grades in school) that the second season did so well this was one of its best examples, easily making it a favorite of mine. Maybe not Top 10 or anything but likely Top 20 and one of season 2's best offerings. I understand those giving it an 4/5 or lower but as for me, its an top notch offering with an richly realistic and emotional tale of one of Bart's most memorable struggles that really grabs me on each rewatch.

    5/5, plain and simple.

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    Bart Gets An F shows a deep portrayal of Bart and that he genuinely cares about his future. It blows me away that every time I see the scene when Bart still fails makes my heart wrench. There are many classic jokes in here Homer was pretty great in this episode too. I really enjoy this one and it is my siblings favorite episode too. Simple story great characterization and intriguing moments. A 5/5 would be a reasonable grade.
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