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?


Near the end of the episode it shows the logo of 20th Century Fox, indicating it was "A Division of Walt Disney Co". In 2017 it was announced that Disney was purchasing a significant portion of 21st Century Fox, including rights to The Simpsons. See more »


In the courtroom after the road chase there is a shot where Bart's head is missing/transparent for a few frames. See more »


Homer Simpson: Well, I'll always have my prank calls.
[dials his cell phone]
Homer Simpson: Hello? Old lady from "Titanic"? You stink!
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Alternate Versions

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


Referenced in The Simpsons: Hit & Run (2003) See more »


Hooray for Hollywood
Music by Richard A. Whiting
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This is where it starts to go downhill.
23 March 2009 | by jerekraSee 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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