The Simpsons: Season 2, Episode 18

Brush with Greatness (11 Apr. 1991)

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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)
Himself (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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Did You Know?


The network didn't want the word 'genitalia', spoken by Mr. Burns at the end of the show talking about his portrait. Co-creator Sam Simon fought back with the network about it, and they finally agreed to have Simon write a letter of apology to every person who felt offended by the use of the word and complained to Fox. See more »


Marge sent Ringo Starr the painting of him long before she started living with Homer. If this is the case, how did Ringo know where to send his reply? See more »


Bart Simpson: [sees the line] Ay carumba! Okay, Lis, turn on the waterworks, babe.
Lisa Simpson: [starts crying] Mommy! I want my mommy!
[using Lisa, Bart shoulders his way through the line]
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References The Ed Sullivan Show: Episode #17.19 (1964) 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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