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Brush with Greatness 

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.


Matt Groening (created by), James L. Brooks (developed by) | 3 more credits »

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Episode cast overview:
Dan Castellaneta ... Homer Simpson / Krusty the Clown / Spotter / Scott Christian / Art Student / Painter / Weatherby (voice)
Julie Kavner ... Marge Simpson (voice)
Nancy Cartwright ... Bart Simpson (voice)
Yeardley Smith ... Lisa Simpson / Woman in Queue (voice)
Harry Shearer ... Krusty Show Announcer / H2WHOA Announcer / Technician #2 / Kent Brockman / Mr. Schindler / Montgomery Burns / Waylon Smithers / Lenny / Dr. Hibbert (voice)
Hank Azaria ... Technician #1 / Apu Nahasapeemapetilon / Clerk / Judge (voice)
Maggie Roswell ... Newsreader / Miss Hoover (voice)
Jon Lovitz ... Professor Lombardo / Donut Delivery Man (voice)
Ringo Starr ... 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) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Ringo Starr was the first of The Beatles to appear in the series. George Harrison would appear in The Simpsons: Homer's Barbershop Quartet (1993) and Paul McCartney would appear in The Simpsons: Lisa the Vegetarian (1995). 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 »


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 The Ed Sullivan Show: Episode #17.19 (1964) See more »


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 richspencSee 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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