“What can I say? I got a weakness for the classics!” – Bart
Written by: George Meyer, Sam Simon, John Swartzwelder & Jon Vitti.
As do I, Bart. And I say this is one of those, packed with tons and tons of great jokes, right down to the (freeze frame gag) “French Birth Control Device” as part of the souvenirs Bart brings back from France.
Bart’s in France, of course, because he flushed a cherry bomb down the toilet, and Skinner proposes that he participate in a Foreign Exchange program that sends Bart to France and brings to Springfield a sweet-tempered Albanian boy, Adil.
Who is also a nuclear spy, no doubt an inspiration for the character of Ahnyong (Ahnyong!) many years later in Arrested Development.
Meanwhile, Bart is fostered by a pair of ill-tempered winemakers who mistreat him and (even worse!) are putting anti-freeze into their wine. The climax, where Bart suddenly discovers he’s learned French and rats them out, is one of the more satisfying plot resolutions in Simpsons history, and pretty damn funny, to boot.