“As God is my witness, I can pass the 4th grade!” – Bart.
Written by: David M. Stern.
A few changes in the first episode of the second season of The Simpsons: the bus stop gag in the opening has been banished forever to a vague memory, replaced by Bart skateboarding through various secondary & tertiary characters, the animation is less shaky and Homer finally sounds like Homer.
The plot, however, centers around a familiar theme: everybody – including the boy himself – thinks that Bart is an idiot, until he demonstrates that that he isn’t, and raises his grade from an F to a D-.
In between, we get funny stuff as Bart and Martin teach each other how to be each other, with – of course – Martin enjoying being bad more than Bart enjoying being good.
But, Bart does get good enough to actually – eventually – study a snow day that he prayed for despite being the greatest snow day in the history of the world.
In October 1990, it made sense for The Simpsons to start the second season with a small story in the and concentrate on their breakout character – the ratings were surprisingly good in the first season, and I’m sure that FOX was nervous about the deep satire that was waiting in the wings.