J is for Genius is the 69th episode of 6teen and the 15th episode of the third season. It aired in Canada on February 3, 2008, and in the United States on December 4, 2008.
When Jonesy discovers Nikki's thoughts about his intelligence, he makes a great effort to cheat on an IQ test.
The gang (minus Jonesy and Nikki) are gathered by the Big Squeeze when Jen realizes that she and her friends are just a year away from applying for college. While they're looking forward to their futures and reminiscing about all the good times they've had in the past, Jonesy and Nikki come up and Jen asks Nikki (who the gang considers to be the "go-to person" in her and Jonesy's relationship) if she and Jonesy are planning on going to the same college once they all get done with high school. Nikki's unsure, explaining that she's always wanted to go to Banting University, but admits that she doesn't think that Jonesy's smart enough to get accepted into the school (by way of looking at him while slyly saying, "It is pretty a tough school to get into though"). Jonesy's offended by this and suggests a challenge: taking the free IQ-tests being offered at the mall today--Nikki readily agrees to it ("This'll be like taking candy from a baby," she says).
Jonesy's then seen chugging coffee in Grind Me, with Jude and Wyatt cheering him on. Nikki comes in and sees what the guys are doing, and mocks Jonesy. Jonesy's about to reply, but all that comes out is a loud belch. As soon as Nikki moves on, Wyatt questions if Jonesy's the least bit worried, especially taking into consideration that Nikki is considerably more intelligent than he is. Jonesy brags that while Nikki may have book smarts, he's got street smarts and "guy smarts" (meaning confidence). Wyatt, unconvinced, says he can't wait to see their scores.
Meanwhile, at the Penalty Box, Coach Halder is announcing that he's going on vacation, and his employees cheer at this news. He ignores the cheers and tells them that his friend Jane will be taking over and gestures to a woman on his left. Jen sees her and is amazed by Jane for some reason.
Wyatt and Jude are in Underground Video. Wyatt is looking through movies and complaining that there are no more good movies being made. Jude says it's true and then pulls two DVDs out of his backpack. Wyatt notices that they're entitled Booty and the Borough and asks why he has them. Jude tells him that his mother watches them and then proceeds to read the back of one. When he finishes, he realizes that there's sex inside. Wayne then walks by. Seeing the movies, he insults Jude, calling him a girl. Wyatt tells him to just return the discs so they can leave. When Wyatt's back is turned, Jude slips the DVDs back into his backpack stealthily.
Jen is working at the Penalty Box. She tries to upsell a customer and fails. Jen then walks over to the box. When Jane asks why Jen tells her that Coach makes them take a penalty after losing a sale. Jane tells her that she doesn't work that way; besides, Jen is doing a great job already.
Caitlin and Jen check Jonesy over for any signs of cheating when he arrives at the tent. They find he's clean, and Jonesy tells Nikki he's insulted that she'd think he would cheat. The woman behind the desk then hands them the tests and tells them they have two hours to complete it--Jonesy's shocked by the length. They then head to their respective desks. Jen, watching with her friends, asks Caitlin if she still has a lipstick. Caitlin takes it out and hands it to Jen. She then asks Jen why she wants it. Jen tells her that Jane wears it. The gang inquires into whom Jane is and Jen states that Jane is the best manager ever.
Jonesy sneaks into the darkened restroom and meets Wayne. Wayne hands Jonesy a fake test. Jonesy is about to leave when Wyatt enters and asks why it is so dark before he flips on the light. He sees Wayne and Jonesy and Jonesy's paper and catches on instantly. Wyatt asks Jonesy why, and Jonesy explains his plan. They then walk through the mall, with Wyatt still trying to talk Jonesy out of it. Jonesy then tells him that maybe he sucks at school, but he can run the bait-and-switch like nobody else. He then proves it by walking into the tent. He smiles at a blonde girl who is handing in her test, and she tosses her hair for him. Her hair flies into the face of the woman in charge of testing, and the woman's glasses fly off. In reaction, she drops the tests. Jonesy leans over and picks them up, cavalierly switching his test with the fake. He then hands them over politely and leaves. Both the teenager and the testing woman watch him leave, noting that he's a very polite young man.
Jude sneaks into Taj Mahome Video and puts his DVD in a player. He starts to watch. Things are getting interesting when an employee comes over and ejects the disc, citing that the players are for paying customers only. Jude grabs his DVD back and leaves.
Nikki and Caitlin walk into the Penalty Box to get Caitlin's lipstick back and see Jen and Jane, done up to look almost identical. Jen introduces Jane to them, and the identical duo of sports equipment workers says that they have to go and work in the stockroom. They then walk off, and Nikki and Caitlin note that their relationship is really kind of creepy. Jen and Jane enter the back room and find Jude watching his show. When they ask what he's doing, he tells them that he's seeing his stories. Jen then orders him to leave.
The gang's gathered around the table when Nikki and Jonesy receive their test results. Nikki opens hers and finds she's in the top 5 percentile. Jonesy opens his and notes that he didn't do as well as he thought--he follows this up by saying he did even better. He shows her his test, and she faints. The (fake) test says that Jonesy scored in the top 1 percentile, apparently making him a certified genius.
Nikki is hanging clothes on a rack, still amazed, dazed and confused by Jonesy's score. Jonesy appears, dressed in fake glasses and a tweed coat. He explains that he got a job as IT Advisor at Things That Beep after Darth saw his test score. He then hands the Clones a business card stating he's in the top one percent tile. Nikki points out that he spelled "percentile" wrong, but Jonesy ignores her.
Jude sees Ron go by, and decides to use the Mall Security office to watch his stories. He slips the disc in and begins to watch. Suddenly, he hears Ron coming back. Jude eyes a duct and decides to climb into it. He finds his way in just before Ron enters. Meanwhile, Jen is giving Caitlin specific instructions about Jane's drink. Caitlin complains and asks why she's copying Jane, stating that she has a girl crush. Jen denies it, and at that moment, Jude falls out of a vent above them. Jude defines what a girl crush is for Jen, but Jen still denies having one. She leaves, and Caitlin then sees Jane walk by, complimenting another employee. Caitlin then notes that Jane is cheating on Jen. Jude speaks up, saying that Jane's cheating on Jen, Mr. Handsome's cheating on Carla, Jonesy's cheating on his IQ test...where does it all end? Nikki suddenly arrives, having heard the last part, and asks Jude to repeat it. When Jude does under duress, Nikki storms off angrily after Jonesy.
Jonesy is at work when a girl comes in with a computer problem. Jonesy pretends he knows what to do, and tells her that the only thing to do about the problem is to ignore it until it goes away. The girl leaves and Darth tells Jonesy that he had doubts, but Jonesy has assuaged them. He then flings Jonesy an envelope. Jonesy thanks him for the paycheck, but Darth says it's something different.
Ron inspects his desk and finds popcorn. He notes that his security monitor has been used for immoral purposes. He turns on the monitor, and the DVD starts playing. Ron becomes interested in the show.
A meeting of geniuses is taking place in a back room. Among the group is Chrissy. Jonesy asks what they do at the meetings. By way of answer, Julie stands up and tells Jonesy to prove himself. A whiteboard is wheeled out with an incredibly complex formula on it. Jonesy begins to sweat and suggests that they have somebody else solve it; he singles out the janitor, saying that he looks smart. The janitor tells Jonesy that he watches too many movies and continues sweeping.
Ron is engrossed in the show. Jude peeks out and sees him watching. Jude initially taunts him, but when Ron shows he's actually interested in it, Jude pulls up a chair and joins him. They watch Booty and the Borough together.
Jonesy is at the board, prepared to guess. He remembers something his grandmother told him and writes it in. Darth snatches the marker away and yells at Jonesy, telling him that the answer was x to the 10th power. He then yells that Nikki was right, and Jonesy is a fraud. Nikki then appears, and Jonesy is surprised. Nikki explains that the club was a scam: there's no such thing as a poetic genius. Nikki tells him that she got him. Jonesy points out he got her first, and Nikki says she got him better before they decide to call it even.
Jen enters the Penalty Box bearing coffee. She stops dead in her tracks when she sees Coach Halder. Halder explains that Jane left, but had a note for Jen. He then takes a coffee and gives Jen the note. The notes tell Jen to stock up on sports socks, as they're running out. Jen takes the note and clutches it to her chest, convincing herself that Jane does care.
Ron and Jude are still bonding. They both believe that they are watching the best TV series ever. Suddenly, they realize that they are hugging, and back away from each other, afraid that someone might see them.
Later, the gang (minus Jude) is gathered around the Big Squeeze, while Nikki's staring blankly ahead, dazed and confused. Caitlin tries to make things better by pointing out that everyone's a genius in their own way--herself with fashion and beauty, Jen with sports and Wyatt with music. Wyatt then asks what's wrong with Nikki, and Jonesy tells them that Kristen scored two points higher than Nikki did on the IQ-test, and Nikki's convinced that she must have cheated. At this point, Jonesy asks where Jude is, and they look to the left, where Jude and Ron are shaking hands. When he comes to the table, the gang ask what it was about, and Jude tells them that when two men bond they try to hide it out of fear of being perceived as weak. At this, the gang (minus Nikki, who's still dazed and confused) tell Jude to quit watching Booty and the Borough, as it's making him act weird.
Jude: "Babies have it made! Boobs and candy!"
Nikki:(after Jonesy burps) "Ah, the sound of hot air escaping an empty brain cavity."
Jude: "Dude! There's sex in H-E-R-E!" (realizes what he said and laughs) "I spelled the wrong word."
Wyatt: "Isn't it much better to win fair and square?" (Jonesy and Wayne burst out laughing after a pause)
Jen: "Love to stay and chat, but Jane's gonna show me how to stack golf balls into a pyramid." Nikki:(sarcastic) "Gasp! Circles into triangular form? Oh, fun!" Jen: "That's what I said!" (Jane laughs, Jen eventually laughs as well.)
Jonesy: "I'M THE SMARTEST! I'M THE SMARTEST! I'M THE SMARTEST! I'M THE SMARTEST!"
Kirsten: "She's doing it wrong! It goes extra extra small, extra small, small...what comes after small?" Chrissy: "Is there a size after small?" Nikki:(to herself) "It's...it's just not possible." Kirsten: "I didn't think so."
Jonesy:(hands Chrissy a card) "Here you go, ladies." Chrissy: " 'Jonesy Garcia: Top one per cent tile.' " Nikki:(snatches card) "Uh, Mr. Genius, you spelled 'percentile' wrong." Chrissy: " 'Per cent tile.' Looks okay to me."
Jude: "Everyone's cheating! First, Jonesy on his IQ test, then Mr. Handsome on Carla, now Jane!" Nikki: "What did you just say?!" Jude: "Mr. Handsome is cheating on Carla?" Nikki: "No no no, before that!" Jude:(nervous) "Umm...the part where I accidentally let it slip after Wyatt swore me to secrecy that Jonesy cheated on his IQ test?" Nikki: "That's the part! Ugh! Jonesy has gone too far this time!"
Jonesy: "Nana always said forty-seven was the answer to all of life's mysteries..." (writes "47" in the answer box, but is immediately disarmed by Darth) Darth: "WRONG! The answer is x to the power of ten! Nikki was right; you are a rebel impostor!" Jonesy: "Nikki? You did this?" Nikki: "I set you up, Poindexter! You're not a genius, and I just proved it!" Jonesy: "But why?" Nikki: "Because you cheated!" Jonesy: "I'm gonna kill Wyatt!" Nikki: "Did you really think there was such a thing as the Poetic Geniuses, and that Chrissy's smart enough to be one of them?"
Nikki: "Just admit that I got you!" Jonesy: "Yeah, but I got you first!" Nikki: "Yeah, but I got you better!" (pauses) "Fine, let's call it even." (They hug.)
Jen: "I love you step-bro, but a genius, you are not." Jonesy:(laughs) "Was smart enough to fool all of you."
Caitlin: "Nikki, are you okay?" Jonesy:(laughs) "She's just mad because Kristen beat her by two points on the IQ test." Nikki: "She must have cheated!"
Jonesy's job: IT adviser at Things That Beep Reason for firing: revealed by Nikki that he's not a genius
Jonesy pointing to a janitor during the geniuses' meeting saying that he might be able to solve the equation is a reference to the movie, "Good Will Hunting."
At some point in the episode, Jude says (about the DVDs) "There's sex in h-e-r-e," and realizes he spelled the wrong thing. Strangely, this episode wasn't edited or skipped by Cartoon Network.
Banting University, the college Nikki mentions at the beginning of the episode, is a fictional college in the world of the Canadian-TV series, Degrassi.
Nikki may want to major in political science when she's in college, because when she was talking about Banting University, she mentions that "they have an amazing poly-sci program" ("poly-sci" being a shortened way of saying "political science").
"Booty and the Borough" is a parody of Sex and the City, an American TV-series that ran from 1998 to 2004.
Jude's mother is apparently a fan of Booty and the Borough.
The customer that Jane calls "Harold" was named Paulo in Prank'd.
It is never shown how or why Wyatt told Jude about Jonesy's cheating.
In this episode, it is revealed that Kristen is actually smarter than Nikki, who is in the 95th percentile of people.
Being in the top five percentile equates to having an IQ of 124 or higher.
Having a genius IQ equates to having an IQ of 140 to 145 or higher, which is in the top .25 to .13 percentile. An IQ in the top 1 percentile is actually only around 135. So even if Jonesy hadn't cheated but had honestly scored in the top 1 percentile, it would certainly make him very intelligent, but, IQ-wise, he wouldn't technically be a "genius."
Goof: Darth refers to Jonesy as a "Rebel impostor". However, earlier in the episode, he marked that Jonesy had the "Jedi gift". As the Rebels are often Jedi knights, and Darth Vader's forces are known as Siths, it seems that Darth is confusing his Star Wars mythology.
Jen with Jane.
Jonesy and Nikki prepare to take their tests...
...but Jonesy cheats to deceive Nikki.
Nikki and Caitlin get a shock at the Penalty Box...
...Jen begins acting like Jane.
Jude watching Booty and the Borough.
Jude unwittingly blows Jonesy's cover.
Julie and Darth holding a meeting with Jonesy in attendance.