This episode is a favourite of mine in the early series. It is thus because it is a seemingly simple plot but in the episode we also get to see Bart’s reasons for being such a inattentive student, and as a result regard him sympathetically. As a result we are on his side and want him to succeed.
At this point, the series only needed to tell a story without needing to barrage its audience with pop culture references. It is also a problem we all face from time to time during our school careers. We may not be in the 4th grade, but we always have to take tests throughout our educational careers. We all feel the same emotions as Bart!
MY RATING: ***.5 / *****