Episode Fact File: Frink Gets Testy

The Simpsons’ Season 29 continues, as this Sunday, January 14th, 2018, Fox aired “Frink Gets Testy”, the 11th episode of Season 29 and the 629th episode to date. This Episode Fact File will recap the episodes with pictures, video clips and more. Get the scoop right after the jump!

Frink Gets Testy

Episode Description:

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.

Episode Details: ‘Frink Gets Testy’ is the 11th episode of Season 29 as well as the 629th episode of The Simpsons. The episode aired on FOX on January 14th, 2018. It was written by Dan Vebber and directed by Chris Clements.

TITLE SCREEN!: Agnes Skinner as a pterodactyl flies across the screen

BILLBOARD TEXT!: Moe’s Tavern now with ladies room

BLACKBOARD TEXT!: Homer writes “Strangling is not an effective parenting tool”


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.


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, excepet 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 Maggie 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[7], however “The Old Blue Mayor She Ain’t What She Used to Be” aired as the 6th instead.






  • Lisa‘s sandals are missing in the second scene.
  • The juxtaposition in the semi-circular shadow on the wall between the two scenes changes.




Previous Episode: Haw-Haw Land

Next Episode: Homer Is Where the Art Isn’t

That is all from this week’s Episode Fact File and I would like to thank WikiSimpsons for the information for this post and Nathan for the base design of it.

WikiSimpsons: Season 29 Page, Frink Gets Testy

TSTOTopix: Episode Fact File: Season 29 and 30: What We Know So Far!
(Part 1: 2015) (Part 2: 2016 #1) (Part 3: 2016 #2) (Part 4: 2016 #3) (Part 5: 2016 #4-2017 #1) (Part 6: 2017 #2) (Part 7: 2017 #3) (Part 8: 2017 #4 and 2018 #1) (Part 9: 2018 #2

Till next time, Happy Tapping everyone!

fox_broadcasting_companyThis pictures and videos are from the “Frink Gets Testy” episode of FOX show The Simpsons. Their use is believed to qualify as fair use under United States copyright law.


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