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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11 April 1991 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Homer weighs 239 pounds by the end of this episode (after losing some weight, from his original weigh-in of 260); he was the same weight in The Simpsons: Homer's Night Out (1990) and The Simpsons: King Size Homer (1995). By the end of the episode he is down to 225 pounds, though in other episodes his weight was established as 239 pounds. 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 »


Bart SimpsonLisa Simpson: Will you take us to Mount Splashmore?
Homer Simpson: No.
Bart SimpsonLisa Simpson: Will you take us to Mount Splashmore?
Homer Simpson: No.
Bart SimpsonLisa Simpson: Will you take us to Mount Splashmore?
Homer Simpson: No!
[series of dissolves, showing this continuing, ad infinitum, until Homer and Marge are in bed]
Bart SimpsonLisa Simpson: Will you take us to Mount Splashmore?
Homer Simpson: NO! NO! NO!
Bart SimpsonLisa Simpson: Will you take us-?
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It Don't Come Easy
Written by Ringo Starr and George Harrison
Performed by Ringo Starr
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Very good funny episode, right around the time the glory days of the Simpsons started really kickin in
9 June 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Seasons 2 - 8 were when The Simpsons were on their long role. After the sorta crudely sketched, not quite set up and established first season and before their permanent nose dive around Season 9 and the awful "Principal and the pauper", the show had 7 fabulous years.

"Brush with Greatness", where do I start with why it was great? The great and funny parts that made me laugh were:

The Krusty the klown show advertising Mount Splashmore and the song with Krusty singing in a yelling voice, "I wanna go to Mount Splashmore, take me take me take me now!, Now! Now! Now! Now! Now!, Mt Splashmore take me there right now".

Bart and Lisa asking Homer repeatedly "can we go to Mt Splashmore?can we go to Mt Splashmore? can we go to Mt Splashmore?" with Homer saying "no" after each time asked with the tone of his "nos" getting angrier each time until he's yelling "NO!!!", "NOOO!!!", "NOO!!!", NOOOO!!!!".

Homer looking fatter than usually and him not quite fitting in the car while still having the seat pushed all the way back scrunching Lisa.

Homer getting stuck in the waterslide pipe, along with people booing and Kent Brockman's news report on it.

Fat Homer watching the commercial for the "goodmorning burger" topped with a fried egg, rich creamery butter, and Lisa then expressing her concern for him and him responding "oh Lisa, thats a load of rich, creamery butter".

Homer ordering the "subliminally slim" cassette tape, them being out, and the people at the company, one guy saying "eh, just sendem a vocabulary builder", then saying to the vocab tape and box its in hes about to send to Homer "here ya go fatso".

Every time Homer talks after getting the vocabulary builder tape, one example is "my triumpherate of twinkies overwhelms my resolve".

The Sinclare character of the painting art teacher and critic that Marge sees when she starts painting a lot. Sinclare is played by Jon Lovitz (who also played the theater director in "a streetcare named Marge". I liked how Sinclare is wowed by everything saying "marvelous!" or "splendid!" to Marge's paintings, and even to a janitor scrubbing the floor. He praises everyone and everything, but then as soon as Marge even starts to thank Sinclare for his helping her, he suddenly angrily says "please Marge, I don't TAKE PRAISE VERY WELL!!!!" Hilarious!!

The entire section of Mr. Burns at the Simpson house with Marge painting him. Those scenes had some very funny lines and very funny jokes. I won't reveal any more. There ARE a good number of other funny things in this episode that I have still not written in my review here. I have written enough of them and feel it would be a mistake to name them all here, in case someone reading this hasn't seen the episode or hasn't seen it in a long time.

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