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Frink Gets Testy

Season 29 Episode
628 "Haw-Haw Land"
"Frink Gets Testy"
"Homer Is Where the Art Isn't" 630
"Frink Gets Testy"
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Episode Information
Episode number: 629
Season number: S29 E11
Production code: XABF04
Original airdate: January 14, 2018
Title screen: Agnes Skinner as a pterodactyl flies across the screen
Billboard gag: Moe's Tavern now with ladies room
Chalkboard gag: Homer writes "Strangling is not an effective parenting tool"
Couch gag: The couch gives birth to a baby couch, with Dr. Hibbert performing the operation, Homer tries to hold it in his hands but drops it on the carpet. Maggie then sits down on it.
Guest star(s): Maurice LaMarche as Orson Welles
Valerie Harper as Jennifer Clarkeson
Showrunner(s): Al Jean
Written by: Dan Vebber
Directed by: Chris Clements

"Frink Gets Testy" is the eleventh episode of season 29 of The Simpsons and the six-hundred and twenty-ninth episode overall. It originally aired on January 14, 2018. The episode was written by Dan Vebber and directed by Chris Clements. It guest stars Maurice LaMarche as Orson Welles and Valerie Harper as Jennifer Clarkeson.



"Fearing that the end of the world is near, Mr. Burns tasks Dr. Frink with testing all of Springfield to determine who is worth saving. The results shake the Simpson family to their core."


The Simpson family are watching The Learning Network, when Nostradamus: The Man Who Saw the Future, comes on and Orson Welles says that Nostradamus' predictions have all come true, except one for World War III, scaring Mr. Burns who asks Smithers to bring the comforting hounds. He rounds up Springfield's greatest minds, at the Mensa meeting, to create The Montgomery Burns Doomsday Ark, and fill it with smart people.

To select the people to get on the ark they suggest an IQ test, but Professor Frink proposes the Personal Value Quotient, or P.V.Q. They organize a mandatory citywide test at the Springfield Convention Center. 6 weeks later, the results are in, and Ralph gets one more point than Lisa, while Bart gets only 1 point.

When Orson appears in Burns' dream, he speeds up the process of the ark's production. While Lisa follows Ralph and studies him, Homer, Marge and Bart go to Professor Frink to confront him on Bart's test, finding out the test was Homer's, due to his hand-writing.

After he tweets about it, Homer tries to go to many places but his stupidity is shown in his face everywhere, including Moe's Tavern, so Marge tries to help him out, while Lisa follows Ralph to the construction site. Since Lisa finds flaws in the test, Frink makes her happier by giving her 10 more points.

At the end, Homer manages to do it, presenting Marge love letters written in a good hand-writing, while Burns flies out on his ark alone, getting strangled by a robot.


The episode was intended to air as the 6th episode of season 29,[1] however "The Old Blue Mayor She Ain't What She Used to Be" aired as the 6th instead.[2]

The episode was going through its fifth rewrite on April 3, 2017. A line was written for Rupert Murdoch to say, "If you're watching this show, I'm getting richer." The line was pitched by Mike Reiss. However, this never made it into the final episode. Jeff Westbrook pitched the line "You're as beautiful as your sisters are hideous." which Homer said in his love letter to Marge. Mike Reiss also pitched the joke "If the sprinkles are moving, don't eat them." for the episode.[3]

International airdatesEdit

Country Date Channel Note
Hispanic America.gif Latin America June 17, 2018 Fox Latin America
Ukraine flag.png Ukraine June 18, 2018 NLO TV



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