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    Decent episode but like every episodes of the season 1, a little dull.
    At the end, when Bart starts to speak french, I've always found that surrealistic.
    Nice story though. 3/5

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    This episode is definitely underrated.

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    Very funny first act, with Bart's pranks and Skinner and Homer's talk, which was hilarious, with both of them wanting to "deport" Bart. Then, Bart's story in France is dramatic rather than funny, while the subplot of the Albanian boy in Springfield was wacky and more funny (don't miss Skinner's welcome speech). Good characterization and a decent story. Grade: A-

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    Terrible. 1/5

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    It was okay, not a masterpiece though. I did find the side plot with Adele and Homer to be somewhat amusing though.

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    I think I've seen this episode once in my life. It was on TV, but other than that one time, it seems like it's never actually been on TV.

    I remember not really liking it though. I thought the scenes with Bart in France weren't good. I'm not gonna give a rating. I need to watch it again.
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    I just noticed that Bart gets his wish of living as a frog. This is my second favourite season 1 episode. I like the darker stories (if they are pulled off, which this one was), and this is just an entertaining episode. With the exception of the scenes with Agnes, this episode probably feels the least like it is from season 1 to me. 7/10

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    This is a pretty good episode. The beginning, Homers and Skinners reaction to Bart getting expelled, Barts prank, Bart trying to talk to the frenchmen about the sitaution, Bart when he gets introduced to france, and Bart when talks french are all things i really enjoyed. I have read comments about this episode being very out-there. And well its true, i guess that the story gets a little unrealisic at points, like when Adil use the spy-bird. But i dont really mind it that much. And remember wacky does not always equal bad. I suppose my major grip, would be again that its not very memorable. Grade:B
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    Pretty good one

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    One of the first episodes I ever watched and loved it. I wish Cesar and Ugolin would make another appearance. 5/5

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    Great "vacation" episode.

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    Can this technically be called a travel episode? :PPPPP

    3/5 average.

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    One of the darkest Simpsons episodes ever.

    Bart is kept as a slave, Homer prefers his "adopted" son, the exchange student is a spy.

    Yet... this episode cracks my Top 50. It's probably my favourite of Season 1 but I'd have to rewatch Roasting Fire and Bart the General to make that call. It's not very funny if I'm honest but the plot is brilliant and everything just clicks.

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    7/10. This was a pretty good episode. Quite forgettable but it had its moments. I thought it was pretty funny Homer's ignorance to Adel's interest and reason, in the power plant. Barts sequence in this episode wasnt as amusing though.

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    This might be the best of season one for me and the only season one episode I would really want to spend the time re-watching any time soon ("Bart the Genius" might be there for me as well). The French humor is fantastic, and Adil is a compelling one-off character. Bart wearing a beret is priceless.
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    This is my least favorite episode from season 1, but that doesn't mean it's bad by any means.
    I highly enjoy the main plot with Bart in France, but the satire in the sub-plot is a little hit-and-miss. I don't like how the boy just turned out to be evil all of a sudden.
    There are some classic jokes, like Bart flushing down a cherry bomb in the toilet while Agnes Skinner is there (this is by the way her first appearance, and she's much nicer here than in later appearances), Homer tripping on Bart's toys and lying there for HOURS and we also have the hilarious one-time characters Cesar and Ugolin.
    A minor classic which still holds up in re-watches. 7.8/10
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    From Season 1 episodes, I have seen this episode the least, I don't know why.

    "I'll send you those civil defense plans you wanted".

    Classic Homer.

    A good episode overall.


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    I don't think it's bad by any means...i just don't like it so much when comparing it to other Season 1 episodes. Still good though, i agree with the animation being alot neater on this particular episode as well.

  21. #50

    Very underrated, I think it has a great plot, Cesar and Ugolin being one of the best one-time characters in the show. Totally my favorite of the season.


  22. #51

    This one was rather emotional and good, but Bart suddenly speaking French after eating a candy was random and felt like a cop-out. Also, Adil turning out to be a spy was also pretty random as well.

  23. #52

    Really enjoyed it, and it does seem like a season 2 (or even maybe 3) episode. Nice to see jerk characters getting what they deserve, since I don't see that a lot in TV nowadays. 5/5.

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    Despite having more cartoony animation, ironically season 1 is rather grounded in reality storywise. They show wouldn't delve into surrealism until season 4 (my personal favourite season). That makes the darker tone of these episodes stand out so much more. We've already seen Homer try to kill himself, Lisa become depressed, and now Bart is forced into slavery by two abusive Frenchmen and made to drink anti-freeze. That being said, I enjoyed this more than the other more depressing episodes, probably because I'm more emotionally invested in the season 1 iteration of Bart than I am Lisa or Homer. The latter aren't themselves yet, but Bart is. He's the strongest character at the moment, and he carries this episode through its dark plot. I was genuinely emotional when Bart was reading the letter from his mom about how every was fine at home as he lay on the floor. The subplot created an interesting dynamic where you became indignant on Bart's behalf due to Homer focusing all his son-ly love on Emil (that was his name right?) even though there's no way for him to know what was happening to his real son. Not to mention it was really funny how oblivious he was to Emil's real intentions.

    Overall, decent episode. 7/10

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    Adil was his name. Adil Hoxha.

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    A shocking adventure, without the seal of The Simpsons.

    The Crepes of Wrath is, without a doubt, the most thorough and most shocking episode that The Simpsons have ever had in its history. Oblivious to those inoffensive and pleasant plots with which we had already become accustomed, here is a completely different style, one of those that are usually awarded at the Oscars ceremony. Of those who give a very low blow to the fans, and that makes them think about the reality that surrounds us.

    Realism is such that one can feel Bart's suffering and gloom.

    If you think about it, the main plot shows Bart, a 10-year-old boy, being a slave of two criminals. Explicitly and without even a filter. We see how they exploit him in a job, how he is stripped of his property, how he is beaten for eating a grape, where he is made to sleep; and that he is given wine that contains anti-freeze. It is very shocking and much more if you think you are watching The Simpsons. It's strange, because it does not have the essence of the show, but it has a dignified quality by itself. On the other hand, the secondary plot is also based on crimes and betrayals. In this case, an Albanian exchange boy steals the nuclear secrets of the United States by abusing his unbelieving 'father'. Again, this is not The Simpsons we know, but it's a good thing to see if you forget about it. And it is not traumatizing, as is Bart's.

    He is Adil, the 10-year-old boy who steals nuclear secrets from the United States.

    The characters of special appearances are three, and all three are criminals who end up in jail after the culmination of the episode. On the one hand, we have Cesar & Ugolin. Two spectacular characters, but too evil to be part of this show. His tyranny and malice are allusive. I have already detailed the ordeal that makes Bart live. His list of crimes is very extensive to appear about 7 minutes on the screen. On the other hand, Adil appears. A little strange even though he is also an antagonist. I adored this character. His appearance is lovely and tender until we know his true goal. He is smart and is pleased with The Simpsons, even after being arrested. He manages to demonstrate several facets in a very short time and leaves the question of whether they are acted or are true. And it must be said, his 'excellent' sounded as perverse as those of Mr. Burns. All three are great characters.

    And they are Cesar & Ugolin. They do not belong to 12 Years a Slave. They are from The Simpsons.

    Although humor is not the most important thing, in this case, there are also moments for this. The particular thing is that it is always starring Homer. For his anger, for his disbelief, for his sadness, and even when he shows intelligence. Almost everything Homer does here is cause for laughter. I think this is the first outstanding performance of a member of the cast. Dan Castellaneta showed off. But, as I said, humor is not the most important thing. The objective, in this case, is to make the spectator feel uncomfortable, and force them to think and reflect on their reality. And boy they got it with me. During my childhood, I was afraid that something similar to me could happen to what happens to Bart. And now, reaching adulthood, I am moved every time I see the treatment the child receives and it makes me think about how bad the world is for these atrocities to take place on a daily basis.

    Almost everything Homer does here is cause for laughter for me. Including this greeting.

    I had many things to mention in the last paragraph of development. One of them is that Bart's trip to France would not be alien to stereotypes. In fact, the policeman who rescues him is more irritated by the damage Cesar & Ugolin do to the wine before the child. By the way, the scene in which Bart notes that he can speak French is really adorable and touching. The music and the performance of Nancy Cartwright give it a special touch. On the other hand, the scene in which Ugolin and Bart approach the winery has spectacular artistic landscapes. Back in Springfield, it must be said that Marge recovers the personality that characterizes her and acts like a fantastic mother, at least in the first act. I remembered my mother very much at that moment. Another mother that appears is Agnes Skinner, who is less grumpy but just as close to Seymour. By the way, speaking of Seymour, the scene in which he and Homer celebrate is my favorite of the episode.

    This show of relaxation knowing that they would not have to deal with Bart is fantastic. Even Homer overcomes his back pain.

    The Crepes of Wrath is the only episode of the show that I really like, despite having left on the road the essence of The Simpsons. So that's the way it is, that I would nominate this episode as the best-animated one in the Emmys of 1990, but not the best of the first season of The Simpsons. I guess that has sense, even if it seems incoherent.

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  27. #56

    Didn't like this episode. I don't get the appeal. One of my least favorite "around the world episode" 2/5

  28. #57
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    Good episode.
    I especially like Bart's part of the plot.

    TOTAL 86.2/100. GOOD!
    The first of many travel episodes and #9 in my personal top of travel episodes. (however, it could be better)
    Also, this episode is in 2nd plase of this season episodes.
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    I know Bart does some bad stuff in the first act, but he is just tortured in France. He's tortured in a way that isn't funny or satisfying. It's just sad. While he does come out on top, the journey there is way too hard on him, especially since there's no good reason for him to be tortured so much. Also Bart randomly learns French. Yeah it was kinda set up, but he starts speaking fluent French out of nowhere. I think it needed a bit more buildup.

    The subplot is better, but even that isn't that good. For one, why did the Simpsons get an exchange kid from Albania when they sent Bart to France? Secondly, it's not that funny. There are some some funny scenes and jokes, but it's mostly just fine. So a below average main plot mixed with an above average main plot make an average episode. 5/10

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    "The Crepes Of Wrath" is a great episode! It belongs with the best episodes of season 1 and in my top 10 list!

    The episode has an outstanding animation! I believe since "Life On The Fast Lane" the animation has really improved and "The Crepes Of Wrath" proved me right! The plot doesn't feel forced, but rather natural. Bart being a little troublemaker is shown from the Tracey Ullman Shorts and onwards, so I can't say I was expecting a 10-year-old, like Bart to act responsibly, but I sure didn't expect Homer and Marge to get rid of Bart for a few weeks by sending him to foreign exchange programme. I was surprised and glad they decided to make a Bart-centric episode with an adventure, because Bart's talents were really shining in France, as he had the ability to learn French perfectly well in only a few weeks, quite an accomplishment for a kid! I know a lot of people will be really frustrated with Homer, Marge and Principal Skinner's decision to send Bart in France, just because he was behaving immaturely, but we can't forgive Bart either for causing Homer to nearly die or the cherry bomb he placed in the toilet and could have died! I love the way these French men talk and just demand from a kid to do all the chores, so they can sell wine illegally. Hopefully, Bart managed to reach a great level in his French and talked to the nice policeman that took him and sent him back to America! The only strange thing is that Bart didn't mention his trip again or told them about his own Odyssey.

    I also want to say a few things about the family and the fact that they weren't really worried about Bart this whole time. I don't remember Homer, Lisa or even Marge calling Bart or writing him a letter and sometimes it makes me wonder if Bart matters to the. family. They are super excited with Adil, who I never liked and always thought he was hiding something, even before we learnt that he is a spy. He was always so helpful and good that they made me think they replaced Bart with an Albanian kid that they knew nothing about. It took me a lot time to like Skinner after deporting Bart, knowing the danger it would cause, but I kind of understand him. After all, his mother nearly died by a cherry bomb that was put in there for fun and could have put a student's life in danger! However, this still makes me have deep down a hatred for Skinner and an even bigger hatred for Adil that makes me glad they caught him.

    ACT 1]

    Act 1 opens trying to find numerous ways to blame Bart, so that they can later introduce us to the point of the episode. Bart likes mess as we see his toys are all over the place! This makes Homer lose his balance and accidentally fall down the stairs. He is later found by Marge and Lisa and Marge demands from Bart to clean his room and while he is cleaning, he discovers an old cherry bomb and uses it to flush down the boys' toilet as prank at school with Milhouse, Lewis Clark and Richard. Little did he know that Principal Seymour Skinner's mother, Agnes Skinner, who makes her debut appearance in the episode, will use the girls' restroom and will have been thrown out of her seat by the toilets gushing.

    Shortly afterwards, Principal Skinner arrives at the Simpson house with Bart, living the school like that and explains the incident and suggests Bart's deportation, feeling that detention, suspension or expulsion aren't going to work. The idea shocks Marge, but Skinner has a plan that in order to get rid of him, Bart will have to participate in foreign exchange programme to which Bart replies positively and so Bart is sent in France, whereas the Simpsons host another student from Albania named Adil Hoxha with act 1 ending in an old, good, ala Simpsons fashion.

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    ACT 2

    In act 2, Bart is under the care of two winemakers, Cesar and Ugolin, who make him work to death, even worse than their own donkey. These chores require Bart collecting and crushing grapes, sleeping on the floor and testing wine adulterated with antifreeze. This is exactly the reason why I sometimes hate Homer, Skinner and even Marge! I wonder, if Skinner knew the horrors they would make him do and didn't say anything, just so he could make them agree into sending Bart in France.

    Meanwhile, in the U.S.A., Adil is having a great time living with the Simpsons, which is far from similar to the living conditions Bart is living in. Adil is how to be very polite, appreciative and helpful for the family, making Homer feel relieved from Bart and his antics. However, Adil is revealed to be a spy, who is only here to reveal the secrets of nuclear, but Homer is very glad he is taking an interest in his job and decides to show him around, which he really shouldn't have done. This is the end of act 2.

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    ACT 3

    Act 3 wraps up everything perfectly! The story continues back in France, with Bart being able to escape from these two by sending him for a case of antifreeze. He wanders the streets, until he finds a nice police officer, who unfortunately doesn't know English and only gives Bart a piece of candy's high makes Bart leave, feeling disappointed by himself for not having learnt French, despite the fact he was there for 2 months. Then, he suddenly starts speaking French, because he can't continue like this and tells the officer about the conditions he was living for the past 2 months, the child abuse and their illegal business. Cesar and Ugolin are later arrested and Bart becomes a national hero in France, as they shower him with gifts, love and support.

    Back in the United States, Adil is arrested by the FBI and is exchanged for a boy, who is an American spy. Just in time, Bart arrives and everyone is grateful to see him and we get to see a family celebration with them trying out their gifts from France.

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    I personally enjoyed every bit of the episode and I wouldn't change it for the world! It really deserves a 5/5!

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    Man does Skinner even look into host families during student exchange programs or the program itself? because in this day and age there would be so many hearing about the poor conditions and treatment Bart was in, but I guess the one thing that stood would was that scene where Bart eats candy and suddenly speaks French......if only that type of thing existed, except we could understand the language as well

    I guess this is the very first Bart the Hero episodes.....not to mention the first appearance of Skinner's mother, and she seemed like a nice lady, we don't even see her again until season what the hell happened? does she act like a jerk towards him just because he found out about her and Chalmers? or maybe it's because he dated Edna for several seasons, nah it may have happened somewhere in between considering after this episode we only hear about Agnes from word of mouth, mostly from Edna. Why would she suddenly go from zero to Sante Kimses

    and for some reason we see Ugolin and Caesar again many years later....oh wait I forgot about Lisa the Greek (but how did they get early parole) well they appeared in the comics and the series again eventually (except in the comics it was a sideshow bob team up

    I don't have much to say about Adil though.
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