Episode - 7G13\\
First Aired - 4/15/1990

After Bart gets in trouble for paralyzing Homer by leaving his skateboard out near the stairs and flushing a cherry bomb down the boys' bathroom toilets (and drenching Principal Skinner's visiting mother, Agnes), Principal Skinner visits the Simpson home and tells them that a troublemaker like Bart can benefit from the school's foreign exchange program, so Bart goes off to France, where a pair of low-rent winemakers keep Bart as a slave. Meanwhile, the Simpons host an Albanian boy named Adil, and Homer begins taking a shine to him, but does Adil like Homer or is he using him to get information on the nuclear plant for his country?

This is also the first Simpsons episode in which a voyage to a foreign country takes place. However, the first actual Simpsons travel episode as we recognize them today would be Recap/TheSimpsonsS6E16BartVsAustralia. This because Bart visited France alone, rather than with the entire family, and because "Crepes Of Wrath" is not as full with numerous specific references to things the country travelled to is famous for. "Bart vs. Australia" does feature these traditions and thus paved the way for The Simpsons' later visits to Japan, Brazil, Africa, China, Italy, The United Kingdom, Israel and Iceland.
* BilingualBonus: The French used in this episode is sometimes subtitled and more or less accurate.
* ColdWar: Adil and his spying activities.
* DeepCoverAgent: Adil.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Principal Skinner's mother in this episode is actually a nice, old lady who embarrasses her son by calling him "Spanky," which is a far cry from the abuse and ''Film/{{Psycho}}''-esque jokes about Principal Skinner and his mom years later (and the infamous "Principal and the Pauper" episode where it's revealed that Principal Skinner is really a street punk named Armin Tamzarian and that he became Agnes' son because the real Skinner went missing during the Vietnam War, though that has since been dismissed as NegativeContinuity). The DVD commentary justifies this change by stating that Bart's cherry-bomb prank is what turned Agnes Skinner cruel and bitter (though the episode where The Simpsons go to Canada for the Winter Olympics revealed that Agnes hated Principal Skinner because his kicking when he was in her womb cost her the chance to be an Olympic high-jumper).
** This is the first foreign voyage episode of the series, yet Bart travels alone, rather than with his entire family. Also, there aren't that many national references to France in this episode, while later travel episodes are full with numerous specific references to things the country they travel to is famous for.
* EiffelTowerEffect: Bart lands in Paris and thus we see the Eiffel Tower in the background.
* UsefulNotes/{{France}}: Specific NationalStereotypes references to things the country is famous for are made: The Eiffel Tower, barets, impressionism, Le Provence and wine. The Rue Voltaire references philosopher Voltaire. Bart gives Marge some "haute couture" fashion and Maggie a red balloon, in reference to the film ''Film/TheRedBalloon''. For completion's sake we can also add that César and Ugolin are references to the French films ''Film/JeanDeFlorette'' and ''Film/ManonDesSources''.
* FunnyForeigner: Frenchmen and Albanians.
* MauriceChevalierAccent: All Frenchmen speak in this manner.
* SecretPolice: Adil is actually an Albanian spy.
* ShoutOut: While driving to the French farm Bart and his chauffeur pass through landscapes which are all references to famous paintings made in France, including works by Claude Monet, Creator/VincentVanGogh, Henri Rousseau and Édouard Manet.
** The French wine brewers are based on the protagonists of the films ''Film/JeanDeFlorette'' and ''Film/ManonDesSources''.
** Bart brought a red balloon for Maggie from France, a reference to the critically acclaimed French children's movie ''[[Film/TheRedBalloon "La Ballon Rouge"]]''.
* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: The Albanian spy subplot had more relevance during the Cold War, which was already almost over when this episode aired.