The Simpsons

A Star Is Burns

Season 6, Ep 18, Aired 3/5/95
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  • Episode Description
  • Springfield is the least popular town in America. They have a town meeting on how to attract tourists and Marge pitches the idea for a film festival. After they accept her idea, she searches for a film critic to be the judge and Jay Sherman is her choice. He comes to Springfield and stays with the Simpson family. Mr. Burns decides to enter the festival to boost his reputation, and makes a horribly self-indulgent film. Jay Sherman fits right in with the Simpson family, but he and Homer quickly form a rivalry. After the screenings, Homer has already made up his mind he is going to vote for the dumbest video, the one by Hans Moleman. This is an injustice to Barney's film about alcoholism, which is the best of the bunch. The jury includes Jay, Homer, Krusty, Marge, and Mayor Quimby. Mr. Burns bribes Krusty and Quimby to vote for him. Homer decides to change his vote to Barney's film, so Mr. Burns loses. What does Barney win? Why beer, of course! Mr. Burns later tries (unsuccessfully) to bribe the Academy Awards.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Susie Dietter

  • Ken Keeler

  • Dan Castellaneta

    Homer Simpson, Grampa Simpson, Barney Gumble, Krusty the Clown, Groundskeeper Willie, and others

  • Hank Azaria

    Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, Moe Szyslak, Chief Wiggum, Comic Book Guy, Lou, and others

  • Harry Shearer

    Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders, Principal Skinner, Waylon Smithers, Kent Brockman, and others

  • Fan Reviews (12)
  • Film Festival!

    By futuramarama, Jul 02, 2010

  • When a need to boast of popularly is needed, host an event.

    By Lauper_Wash_86, Jun 14, 2010

  • This is definally one of the better crossover specials of any show.

    By gothkid200, May 27, 2010

  • this was a good ep

    By cube2k8, May 20, 2010

  • Money can't buy respect, Mr. Burns learns this lesson.

    By Sara_Marie_41, Jan 02, 2010

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (24)

    • (Barney's acceptance speech.) Barney: I've learned that I have a gift to share with the world. From now on, I'll be a new Barnard Gumbel! Clean, sober, and hardworking. Mayor Quimby: Congratulations, Barney, and enjoy your prize--A lifetime supply of Duff beer! (The curtains pull back to reveal a Duff Beer tanker truck.) Barney: Just hook it to my veins!

    • Jay: Hi, Marge. I saw your hair from the plane. (to Homer) And you must be the man who couldn't tell if he had a pimple or a boil. Homer: It was a Gummi bear!

    • Krusty: Let's just say it moved me. To a bigger house! Oh crap, I said the quiet part loud and the loud part quiet.

    • (Singing "Moe Better Booze") Moe: Money gets you one more round, drink it down, you stupid clown, money gets you one more round, then you're out on your ass.

    • McBain: Have you ever noticed how men always leave the toilet seat up? (no laughter is forthcoming) That's the joke. Audience Member: You suck, McBain! McBain: (draws machine gun and fires several rounds into the audience) And now for my Woody Allen impression. (same voice) I'm a neurotic nerd who likes to sleep with little girls. Audience Member: Hey, that really stunk. (McBain throws a live grenade into audience; cut back to studio) Rainier: (to Jay) The film is just me in front of a brick wall for three hours. It cost eighty million dollars.

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    Notes (1)

    • Blackboard Joke: none Couch Gag: The family runs onto the couch, but their sizes are reversed. Maggie is now the biggest and Homer is the smallest. A special TV credit screen appears that only includes the names James L. Brooks and Sam Simon (because Matt Groening disagreed to the Critic crossover since he hated the show, so he removed his name from this credit and the end credits).

    Trivia (2)

    • Auditions for Mr Burns: Hannibal Lecter from Silence of the Lambs Captain Kirk from Star Trek Homer Bumblebee Man

    • The film festival movies: "Bright Lights, Beef Jerkey", (Apu, Snake, Chief Wiggum) "Moe Better Booze" (Moe) "Man Getting Hit By Football" (Hans Moleman) "Pukahontas" (Barney Gumble) "A Burns For All Seasons" (Burns, Bumblebee Man, Tommy Tune)

    Allusions (11)

    • Midnight Cowboy

      When Jay's plane is arriving at the Springfield Airport, it cuts off another plane on the runway. We here the pilot shout "Hey, I'm landing here!" This is a reference to the famous scene where Dustin Hoffman's character Ratso is nearly hit by a car crossing the street. Ratso proceeds to bang on the hood of the car while shouting: "Hey, I'm walking here!"

    • Homer: This contest is over, give that man the $10,000. Homer is confused about his role as a judge for the film festival, and is referring to America's Funniest Home Videos, a TV show where they give cash prizes for the funniest videos.

    • Four Weddings and a Funeral The title of the Itchy and Scratchy cartoon, "Four Funerals and a Wedding" is a play on the title of the 1994 film Four Weddings and a Funeral.

    • Star Wars In the overhead shot of Mr. Burns in his office, the Darth Vader theme from Star Wars can be heard playing.

    • Mr. Burns Film: "A Burns for All Seasons" Mr. Burns film has references to three films; 1952's ┬íViva Zapata!, 1982's E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial, and 1959's Ben-Hur.

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