After becoming trapped in a water slide, Homer decides to go on a diet, while Marge enrolls in an art class and is soon commissioned to paint a portrait of Mr. Burns.


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Episode cast overview:
Homer Simpson / Krusty the Clown / Spotter / Scott Christian / Art Student / Painter / Weatherby (voice)
Marge Simpson (voice)
Bart Simpson (voice)
Lisa Simpson / Woman in Queue (voice)
Krusty Show Announcer / H2WHOA Announcer / Technician #2 / Kent Brockman / Mr. Schindler / Montgomery Burns / Waylon Smithers / Lenny / Dr. Hibbert (voice)
Technician #1 / Apu Nahasapeemapetilon / Clerk / Judge (voice)
Newsreader / Miss Hoover (voice)
Professor Lombardo / Donut Delivery Man (voice)
Ringo Starr (voice)


Marge revives her interest in art - she once did a painting of Ringo Starr - and Mr. Burns commissions her to do a portrait of him, depicting him as a beautiful man. However, after he has insulted Homer's weight the painting shows him nude, though Marge explains that she intended to show his vulnerability as a frail old man and Burns is highly impressed. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Animation | Comedy


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11 April 1991 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Couch gag: The couch tips over with the family sitting on it and Maggie sits in its place. See more »


The white sheet Smithers puts on the chair for Mr. Burns to sit on turns orange when he stands up again. See more »


Montgomery Burns: Somebody up there likes me, Smithers.
Waylon Smithers: Somebody down here likes you, too, sir.
Montgomery Burns: Shut up!
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References Gone with the Wind (1939) See more »


For He's a Jolly Good Fellow
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Really Good Episode!
29 April 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is the eighteenth episode of the second season of the Simpsons and it's a really good one. Not being a big fan of art, I wasn't sure if I was going to enjoy this. But it turns out I did. It's funny and I love how Mr. Burns was artistically portrayed by Marge. I also liked the guest stars in Jon Lovitz and Ringo Starr. Ringo possibly has been the best guest voice to date.

In this episode, "Brush with Greatness," Marge decides to take up her art career again and she decides to enroll in art classes. Meanwhile, after being stuck in a water slide at an amusement park, Homer decides to go on a diet.

Overall, a very funny episode. As the season progresses, I'm liking more of the Simpsons and the satire they bring. This time, obesity was the victim and boy is it ever a relevant subject. A great episode this is. I rate this episode 9/10.

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