Was it just me, or did this episode of The Simpsons feel a little empty? Maybe it was just that “A Test Before Trying” started with the long version of the opening sequence, followed by an EXTRA-long couch gag, which was amusing enough, but really just served to raise my suspicions. Was there really nobetter way to spend my time?
The plot of the episode, focusing on standardized testing serving to close down the weakest school in Springfield’s mystery state. Of course, that ends up being Springfield Elementary, and some of the funnier gags in this A-plot are around sending the kids to other school districts. The Arkham Asylum bit was good, but I especially liked the visual gag of the twin girls melting as they walked away from each other.