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

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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.
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  • Good Angel, Bad Angel: This happens when Skinner is pondering whether or not to pull the fire alarm to buy Bart more time to study. The good angel resembles Skinner, of course, but the "devil" resembles Agnes Skinner, whom calls the real Skinner a wimp and pulls the alarm.
  • In a World...: Exaggerated in the trailer-style Couch Gag:
  • Hope Spot: Skinner and Chalmers get their hopes up when Lisa tells them that one student didn't take the test, hoping its Martin or some other honor student....only for those hope to take a nosedive when they hear its Bart.
  • 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 for jury duty and considers it a good consequence.
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  • Never Found the Body: Lunchlady 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.
  • Nice Guy: Marge to her usual dull degree. When she finds that her roll of paper towels has a single extra sheet more than it should, she decides to mail it back to the company.
  • Protagonist-Centered Morality: We’re supposed to be happy that a school other than Springfield Elementary was torn down.
  • Real Trailer, Fake Movie: The Couch Gag for this episode is a trailer for "The Couch" (Tagline: "Don't Get Comfortable").
  • 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.
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    • 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.
  • Telepathic Sprinklers: This happens when the fire alarm is pulled, with the sprinklers activating throughout the hallways.


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