The Simpsons (1989– )
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When You Dish Upon a Star 

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


Pete Michels


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

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Episode cast overview:
Dan Castellaneta ... Homer Simpson / Grey-haired man / Sideshow Mel / Barney (voice)
Julie Kavner ... Marge Simpson (voice)
Nancy Cartwright ... Bart Simpson (voice)
Yeardley Smith ... Lisa Simpson (voice)
Hank Azaria ... Moe Szyslak / Apu / Carl / Chief Wiggum / Comic Book Guy / Kirk Van Houten / Captain McCallister (voice)
Harry Shearer ... Smithers / Ned / Lenny / Boat rental clerk (voice)
Alec Baldwin ... Alec Baldwin (voice)
Kim Basinger ... Kim Basinger (voice)
Brian Grazer ... Brian Grazer (voice)
Ron Howard ... Ron Howard (voice)
Pamela Hayden ... Rod Flanders (voice)
Maggie Roswell ... 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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Animation | Comedy


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Release Date:

8 November 1998 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby SR (seasons 3-19)



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Couch: Marge carries a laundry basket and hangs wet sheet versions of Homer, Bart, Lisa, and Maggie on a clothesline in the living room. 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 »


Homer: When was the last time Barbara Streisand cleaned out your garage? And when it's time to do your laundry, where's Ray Bolger? I'll tell ya. Ray Bolger is looking out for Ray Bolger.
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Alternate Versions

In the Spanish language version, Homer's "Ray Bolger" line is changed to "Antonio Banderas". See more »


References L.A. Confidential (1997) 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 studioATSee 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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