Jeff suffers an identity crisis when a standardized test lands him in the lesser of the classes' academic groupings.
PlotThe episode begins with Jeff doing his morning routines, narrating his life as punctual and precise.
Later, Jeff looks into the quill class and is upset because he isn't a part of it. In the crayon class, Ms. Shoop reads a book called "Tonya the Tapir" to the kids. Clarence and Sumo are amazed by the story, but Jeff gets mad and leaves the room. Jeff goes into his locker to get an envelope, and he hands it to Ms. Baker to open. Inside is $2.00, a pack of gum, and a moist towelette, which Jeff uses as a bribe to get Ms. Baker to let him redo the test, but it doesn't work, so Jeff decides he's not leaving the desk until she puts him in the quill group, this leaves Ms. Baker with no choice but to drag him out of the room, and Jeff hangs on to the desk while crying. Back in the crayon class, the boys play vikings, and Clarence tries to get Jeff to join in, but Jeff doesn't want to. Sumo suggests playing an astronaut because they have "Eraser Bombs", then he throws an eraser at Jeff, hitting him in the eye. Jeff rushes to the restroom to wash his face. Frustrated with not being in the quill group, Jeff washes his hands really fast, which causes soap suds to get in his eye, Jeff screams, then he talks to himself in the mirror about going inside the quill classroom again.
Clarence tries to fill him in on what he missed during the viking game, then the boys continue running around and making noise while Jeff lies on the floor. Later that evening, Jeff finally gets up from the floor and he notices the book for the placement test. Jeff opens the book and finds that he's the highest rank crayon member, which makes him happy. The next morning, Jeff is shown doing his morning routines again and talking about how he's a special crayon; perfectly average. While he's narrating, Jeff is shown walking into the crayon classroom, only to find out there's nobody in there, so Jeff goes into the regular classroom and the whole class is there, including Clarence and Sumo. Jeff wonders what's going on, and Ms. Baker explains that the crayon/quill experiment failed because it was gender bias, so Ms. Baker allows Jeff to go back in his old seat. Jeff thanks her, but when he's about to take his seat, a girl is already in it, reading a newspaper. The girl removes the paper from her face, revealing she has a tapir head, and she tells Jeff to find another seat. Jeff screams really loud and the episode ends.
The episode initially had a huge amount of acclaim from fans and was at one point considered one of the best episodes of the show. However by the time the season ended, the episode now has an extremely negative reception from fans and is considered by some as one of the worst episodes of Clarence.
Many have criticized the out of character depiction of Jeff, the out of place hallucinations and the harsh punishment he gets in the middle of the episode. The episode has also been blamed for making Jeff more antagonistic than what his character was suppose to be, hence made it effective in later episodes.
The transcript for Average Jeff can be found here.