Recap: The Simpsons S 24 E 10 A Test Before Trying

Thanks to rising energy costs by Mr. Burns, Homer uses a discarded parking meter to make some extra money by planting it at various parking spots around town, while Bart is pressured by everyone at Springfield Elementary School to do well on the latest standardized test, because, if he doesn't, Springfield Elementary will shut down for having a low average.


  • Biting-the-Hand Humor: A multiple choice question at the end of the episode suggests that Fox started with someone using a parking meter scam similar to Homer's.
  • Jury Duty: When Chief Wiggum catches Homer, he asks if Homer knows what happens to people who pull parking meter scams. Wiggum says that, once released from prison, they're no longer called ofr jury duty and considers it a good consequence.
  • Never Found the Body: Lunch Lady Doris got a job at Springfield Elementary School because no other school would hire a woman accused of murdering her husband. She commented she wasn't convicted because of this trope, even though she named her latest dish "Chicken Pete Pie." It may have been a Freudian Slip, but given the show’s dark humor in recent episodes, it probably wasn't.
  • Protagonist-Centered Morality: We’re supposed to be happy that a school other than Springfield Elementary was torn down.
  • Shout-Out:
    • When Bart imagined what Springfield would be like if the school closed, he imagined the school would become a spinach farm with farm hands dressed and looking like Popeye.
    • After Bart passes the test, the bug that "answered" the last question flies around a globe and the viewers are treated to a classic Superman theme tune.