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When You Dish Upon a Star 

Homer becomes a Hollywood insider when he befriends Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger.

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Homer Simpson / Grey-haired man / Sideshow Mel / Barney (voice)
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Marge Simpson (voice)
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Bart Simpson (voice)
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Lisa Simpson (voice)
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Smithers / Ned / Lenny / Boat rental clerk (voice)
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Alec Baldwin (voice)
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Kim Basinger (voice)
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Brian Grazer (voice)
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Ron Howard (voice)
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Rod Flanders (voice)
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Ruth Powers (voice)
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Following a hang-gliding accident Homer literally drops in on married film stars Kim Basinger and Alec Baldwin,in their secluded hide-away where they go to escape the media. Homer starts to work for them but gives them away to press and fans,who besiege the house. The angry couple,along with visiting friend Ron Howard,are then involved in a chase after Homer who has stolen their property for a mobile movie museum. It all ends in a court order restraining Homer from going near any celebrities - though Ron Howard decides that the whole story can supply the plot for his next film. Written by don @ minifie-1

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8 November 1998 (USA)  »

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Trivia

This episode's title is a reference to the song "Wish upon a Star" from Pinocchio (1940). See more »

Goofs

In the scene at the dinner table halfway through the episode, the doorway behind Homer's shoulder leads to the front foyer, and you can see the front door of the house. This is out of sync with the rest of the episodes of the series, where it leads to the kitchen. Later in the scene, the kitchen is seen through the doorway as usual. See more »

Quotes

Bart Simpson: I think Dad might be a little heavy for parasailing.
Homer Simpson: Faster, Marge! Faster! The snapping turtles are massing!
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References Happy Days (1974) See more »

Soundtracks

Happy Days Theme Song
(uncredited)
Written by Norman Gimbel and Charles Fox
Performed by Pratt and McClain
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This is where it starts to go downhill.
23 March 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I have thoroughly and precisely looked at the simpsons as a series in order. I did so to see where the series started to go downhill. I have found that this is the episode where things start to get really bad. This is the first awful episode in my opinion, and also the plot of this episode is often repeated in future episodes.

Basically Homer accidentally stumbles upon a hidden house belonging to Kim Basinger and Alec Baldwin. He agrees to keep their hide out a secret and also does some errands for them. However soon he can not help but brag to his friends about them.

Basically too much of the episode is a completely un real plot. Before this episode the simpsons would do things that seemed somewhat realistic. But in this one Homer is hanging out with celebrities that nobody can relate to. I do not have a problem with celebrities appearing in the simpsons but in this one they are too important and also do not make the episode better. So I guess my main complaint is that there are too many celebrities in this film for too much and that it is a unreal plot that most people can not relate too. Also it is not funny. And the ending is lame, that also gets repeated in future episodes.

This is where the series gradually gets worse. A bad episode I do not recommend.


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