Episode - 1F02\\
First Aired - 10/14/1993

After Homer fails a competency test at the plant, Mr. Burns is forced to put Homer in college so he can keep his job. Too bad Homer thinks that college life is similar to what most viewers have seen in ''Film/AnimalHouse'' and its many imitations.

Of note, this is the last script that Creator/ConanOBrien was credited with writing, as he became the new host of ''Series/LateNight'' around this time.
!!This episode contains examples of:

* AsYouKnow: In "School of Hard Knockers", [[DeanBitterman the Dean's]] guest informs the viewers about his position as the President of the United States by reminding the Dean of it.
* BatterUp: Spoofing the scene from ''Film/TheUntouchables'', Mr. Burns tries to whack a Springfield University board member with a baseball bat, but he's so weak the board member hardly feels anything, and it utterly exhausts him.
* BerserkButton: Sir Oinks-a-lot apparently hates it when someone plays with his tail.
** UsefulNotes/RichardNixon is apparently very protective of the pig, too.
* BigEater: When a meltdown caused Homer to glow and say he needed to destroy mankind, his wrist watch beeped to remind him it was lunch time. He quickly shook off the radiation and went for lunch.
* BlackAndNerdy: Gary.
* CannotTellFictionFromReality: Homer thinks that real college life is similar to what's on ''The School of Hard Knockers'' (the raunchy college film he watches).
* CaptainObvious: "Wait a minute, that's not the wallet inspector..."
* CasualDangerDialogue: After Homer accidentally turns the college classroom into a nuclear disaster, he calmly walks out (glowing bright green) and informs the rescue crew, "In there, guys." The crew responds, "Thanks, Homer."
* CollegeIsHighSchoolPart2: Pointedly subverted, though Homer believes this.
* DeanBitterman: TropeNamer, from ''[[ShowWithinAShow School of Hard Knockers]]''.
** Averted with the laid back Dean Peterson, but WrongGenreSavvy Homer is convinced that he ''has'' to be a "crusty old dean" despite all evidence to the contrary.
* DerangedAnimation: [[http://deadhomersociety.com/2010/08/02/animation-showcase-homer-goes-to%C2%A0college/ This pictorial blog post]] breaks down many of the moments quite well.
* EpicFail: Homer starts a nuclear meltdown in a simulator ''that didn't have any nuclear materials''.
** Homer does this a second time with a particle accelerator in his nuclear physics class.
* EvenEvilHasStandards / PetTheDog: UsefulNotes/RichardNixon takes the mistreatment of Sir Oinks-a-lot very seriously.
-->'''Nixon:''' Oh, you'll pay! Don't think you won't pay!
* FandomRivalry: InUniverse, the nerds use the Simpsons' land line to argue online over whether [[Franchise/StarTrek Captain Kirk or Captain Picard is better]]. They support Kirk.
* HardWorkMontage: The nerds help Homer study hard for his test. Unfortunately, he still gets an F.
* HumorDissonance: In-universe. In Homer's nuclear physics class, when the professor greets his new class by saying "Out with the old, in with the nucleus...", everyone except Homer laughs. But when the professor accidentally drops his notecards, Homer is the only one who laughs, prompting everyone to stare at him as he does so.
* KarmaHoudini: {{Defied}} by Homer, who feels guilty that his hijinks got the nerds expelled from college, and steps forward to accept blame, but Bart, who originally brainstormed the prank, has nothing happen to him (unless, of course, you count missing a once-in-a-lifetime "Itchy and Scratchy" cartoon where Scratchy gets Itchy).
* LetsSeeYouDoBetter: During one class, the professor teaches the class how a proton accelerator works when Homer interrupts, saying that because he worked in a nuclear power plant for 10 years, he already knows how it works. So the professor asks him to demonstrate for the class, which Homer agrees to. [[SmashCut The scene immediately cuts]] to the students running out of the now green-glowing radiated class hall.
* MissingTheGoodStuff: Thanks to one of the nerds unplugging the television, Bart and Lisa miss the end of the Itchy and Scratchy episode where Scratchy finally wins. Even worse, Krusty says they'll never be allowed to show that episode again.
* MysteryBox: When it is clear to Mr. Burns that he is about to be sanctioned for gross violations at the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant, he tries (unsuccessfully) to play Monty Hall (of ''Series/LetsMakeADeal'') and offer a bribe to the inspectors into forgetting about Homer not being properly certified or qualified.
* NiceGuy: Dean "Bobby" Peterson, who's perfectly willing to hang out with students or play guitar with them.
* OffModel: A few moments fall into this, likely due to Creator/RoughDraftStudios still getting a handle on how to draw the characters. In one shot while Homer is buttering his toast, he has buggy FishEyes.
* RealityEnsues: Homer learns the hard way that college ''isn't'' WackyFratboyHijinks.
* RuleOfFunny: Homer somehow caused a meltdown in a simulator despite the simulator not having real radioactive materials.
* ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules: The nuclear plant inspectors refused to take Burns's money in order for him to escape penalties.
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections: Burns uses his position on the board of Springfield University to admit Homer into college.
** Apparently the dean didn't want to expel the nerds, but Sir Oinksalot had powerful friends (I.e. Nixon).
* ShoutOut: Features dozens to college comedies such as ''Film/AnimalHouse'' and ''Film/RevengeOfTheNerds''.
** After the meltdown, Mr. Burns tries to bribe the safety inspectors with either "a washer and dryer where the lovely Smithers is standing," or trading it all in "for what's in this box", spoofing ''Series/LetsMakeADeal''.
** Benjamin, Doug and Gary live in dorm ''Series/{{Room 222}}''. They also claim to know ''"the worst Creator/MontyPython joke"'' and quote the ''Knights who say "ni"'' sketch from ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail''.
** Benjamin, Doug and Gary greet Homer with the line: [[VideoGame/{{Berzerk}} "Intruder alert. Intruder alert. Get the humanoid! Get the humanoid"]]
** Bart gets everyone's attention by scratching his nails on a chalkboard, just like Quint in ''Film/{{Jaws}}''.
* SirVerbALot: Sir Oinks-a-lot, the pig mascot of Springfield A&M.
* StartXToStopX: According to Homer, "The only antidote to a ZanyScheme, is an even zanier scheme!"
-->'''Benjamin:''' [[LampshadeHanging Why does it have to be zany?]]
* TeamRocketWins: Scratchy defeated Itchy this time. [[RiddleForTheAges But we never see the specifics]], and never will.
* ThisIsUnforgivable: The dean kicks Homer and the nerds out of college because the pig they stole had some [[UsefulNotes/RichardNixon powerful friends]].
--> '''Nixon''': Oh, you'll pay. Don't think you won't pay!
* TooDumbToLive: Benjamin, Doug and Gary, who immediately hand over their wallets to Snake when he claims to be the "wallet inspector." Even Snake is surprised that actually worked.
* TrapDoorFail: When the safety inspectors turn down Burns' bribes, Mr. Burns tells them "I have the feeling you'll be... ''dropping'' the charges.", and he presses a button to open the trap door, except the trap door's on the other side of the room. Smithers reminds Mr. Burns that "The painters moved your desk".
* TurnTheOtherCheek: The Dean instantly forgives Homer for ''putting him in traction'', and for the other pranks he pulled.
* WackyFratboyHijinx: {{Deconstructed}}. The plan to steal Springfield A&M's mascot Sir Oinks-a-lot goes horribly wrong, and it gets Benjamin, Doug and Gary expelled immediately (at UsefulNotes/RichardNixon's behest).
* WrongGenreSavvy: Homer goes into college convinced it's nonstop WackyFratboyHijinx, and is amazed it's not.
-->'''Homer:''' (''yelling'') [[Film/RevengeOfTheNerds NEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEERD!]]
-->'''Marge:''' Homer, that isn't very nice.
-->'''Homer:''' Marge, try to understand. [[ThereAreTwoKindsOfPeopleInTheWorld There are two kinds of college students]]: [[JerkJock jocks]] and {{nerd}}s. As a jock, it's my job to give nerds a hard time. (''to nearby student athlete'') Hey, did you get a load of that nerd?
-->'''Student Athlete:''' (''confused'') Pardon me?
* ZanyScheme