Homer the Whopper
Bart Gets a "Z"
The Great Wife Hope

Cultural References

  • The movie that Bart and Mrs. Krabappel watch together is a parody of the 1986 film Back to School, starring Rodney Dangerfield. It apparently stars Larry Burns, who was voiced by Dangerfield in the eighth season episode Burns, Baby Burns.
  • The "Z" in the episode's title refers to Zachary Vaughn.
  • The title is a reference to previous episodes, Bart Gets an "F", Bart's Dog Gets an F and Lisa Gets an "A".
  • The Answer book is a reference to The Secret which is a self-help book also turned into a movie.
  • "Blue Bronco" is an obvious parody of the real life drink "Red Bull".
  • The song that plays at the beginning of the episode is "Another Day" by Paul McCartney and Wings.


  • This is the first time Marge and Lisa appear, but have no dialogue.
  • The blackboard in the background during the Parent/Teacher Night scene between Zachary Vaughn and Homer reads "". This website, that did not exist when the episode was first aired, could be a parody of
  • This is one of the few times the end credits differ from the normal ones. In this case the credits are in fancy writing.
  • This is the first episode in Season 21 to have the normal music for the end credits.
  • In real life, Tufts University does not have an M.Ed. program.
  • In the opening, we see Richard is apparently a bad student in Math, having gotten an F.
  • Martin and Nelson were both given a "B" in the same exam by a very sleepy Mrs. Krabappel - Martin had only one incorrect answer, while Nelson's were all wrong.
  • This is the second episode where Bart accidentally gets a Springfield Elementary faculty member fired and helps them to get back on their feet out of guilt only for the replacement to be fired eventually. The first was Sweet Seymour Skinner's Baadasssss Song.
  • This is the first episode where the Simpsons' new HDTV is seen. It can be seen around the 8 1/2 minute point when Lisa says.
  • First episode to use a sky gag in the opening showing Shary Bobbins with her umbrella.
  • This episodes name is a self reference to Bart Gets an "F".


  • When the kids are playing with their cellphones, Sherri and Terri are sitting in the first line. In the last line, there are two hands, similar to the twins' ones, holding a cellphone, but the rest of the kid's body isn't seen.
  • Krabappel takes the kids' cellphones and keeps them in a box. However, just a second later, when the kids groan, the cellphones are on their tables. Then, they disappear again.
  • In 742 Evergreen Terrace, the kids including Janey Powell and Dr. Hibbert's Second Son are complaining because Edna Krabappel takes their cellphones. However, the two aren't her students.
  • In one scene, Wendell's hair is purple.
  • During the meeting in the Simpsons' backyard, Bart's treehouse is missing.
  • In one scene, Martin's hair and skin change color.

Season 20 Season 21 References/Trivia Season 22
Homer the WhopperBart Gets a "Z"The Great Wife HopeTreehouse of Horror XXThe Devil Wears NadaPranks and GreensRednecks and BroomsticksO Brother, Where Bart Thou?Thursdays with AbieOnce Upon a Time in SpringfieldMillion Dollar MaybeBoy Meets CurlThe Color YellowPostcards From the WedgeStealing First BaseThe Greatest Story Ever D'ohedAmerican History X-cellentChief of HeartsThe Squirt and the WhaleTo Surveil With LoveMoe Letter BluesThe Bob Next DoorJudge Me Tender
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