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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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Episode cast overview:
Homer Simpson / Grey-haired man / Sideshow Mel / Barney (voice)
Marge Simpson (voice)
Bart Simpson (voice)
Lisa Simpson (voice)
Smithers / Ned / Lenny / Boat rental clerk (voice)
Alec Baldwin (voice)
Kim Basinger (voice)
Brian Grazer (voice)
Ron Howard (voice)
Rod Flanders (voice)
Ruth Powers (voice)


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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Release Date:

8 November 1998 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


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


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 »


Kim Basinger: Wow, Homer. You got everything. Even the Oscar polish!
Alec Baldwin: Honey, don't you think you've polished that enough? You're taking the finish off.
Kim Basinger: When you win one, you can take care of it how you want.
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References The Terminator (1984) See more »


The Magilla Gorilla Show Theme
Written by Hoyt Curtin
Performed by Dan Castellaneta
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Downhill from here
31 January 2017 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Everyone disputes when the golden age of 'The Simpsons' ended, and i'm sure will for the rest of time, but for me, this is where the end began.

There was always some sort of reality within the show before this point. Yes, the characters did silly things, but there was always a heart. This episode features highly stupid things, with no real logic attached.

The change in Homer is noticeable. So much time has gone by since that we accept him as he is now, but before this point, yes he was dumb, but not to this OTT extent.

I'm a fan of the show, I still find newer episodes funny, but for me the standard of seasons 3-9 have never been matched.

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