The Simpsons

Brush with Greatness

Season 2, Ep 18, Aired 4/11/91
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  • Episode Description
  • Lisa helps Marge rekindle her passion for painting, after the family discovers some of her old artwork up in the attic. Meanwhile, Homer is determined to lose weight after becoming stuck in a water slide at an amusement park.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Brian K. Roberts

  • Jim Reardon

  • Al Jean

  • Mike Reiss

  • Jay Kogen

  • Fan Reviews (10)
  • superb

    By jmbsonic555, Oct 17, 2011

  • this was a good ep

    By cube2k8, May 14, 2010

  • decent

    By futuramarama, Apr 06, 2010

  • Burn's evilness is revealed as Marge paints him naked. Go Marge Go Marge GO GO GO GO

    By Iverson82094, Jan 28, 2008

  • Average

    By Mywayhome, Jan 25, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (12)

    • Homer: I'm a big fat pig! Marge: Now Homer, you do have big bones. Homer: Marge, nobody gains 30 pounds of bone!

    • Ringo Starr: Dear Marge, thanks for the fab painting of yours truly! I hung it on me wall! You're quite an artist. In answer to your question, yes we do have Hamburgers and Fries in England, but we call French Fries "chips"! Love, Ringo. PS. Forgive the lateness of my reply.

    • Burns: You're the fattest thing I've ever seen, and I've been on safari! Homer: If you need me I'll be in the refrigerator! (starts crying)

    • Smithers: Actually, I value every second we're together, from the moment I squeeze his orange juice in the morning till I tuck him in at night. He's not just my boss, he's my best friend too.

    • Mr. Burns: Aaah! There's something on my leg, get it off, get it off! Marge: Mr. Burns, it's just a baby!

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    Notes (5)

    • There was a discussion with Fox over the use of the word "genitalia" at the end of the episode. It led to the entire staff signing a letter to the network heads and censors over their use of the word as a part of their First Amendment rights.

    • On the Season Two DVD commentary track, Groening made the comment to Ringo that they could animate him to look like The Beatles cartoon show. He shuttered and bluntly said "No."

    • Ringo Starr originally agreed to do the script when he only had 2 lines in the entire script. When he came to L.A, they expanded his part, and was almost ready to walk out. He changed his mind because he still thought it was funny.

    • First Appearance: Miss Hoover, Jeremy Peterson (aka: Squeaky-Voiced Teen)

    • Blackboard Joke: I will not hide behind the fifth amendment.
      Couch Gag: The family sits on the couch, which tips over. Maggie pops up into the air and lands on top of a fallen cushion.

    Trivia (10)

    • Music from This Episode
      "It Don't Come Easy" by Ringo Starr (Played during the scene where Marge paints a new portrait after reading Ringo's letter.)

    • Mr. Burns' closet is full of discarded paintings, bronze busts, bas-reliefs, and some weird modern art sculptures-all resembling himself.

    • A sign at Mount Splashmore has an image of Neptune on it and reads: "Caution. You Will Get Wet."

    • Among the stuff in the Simpsons' attic are a "Burns for Governor" placard. "Dr. Nick Riviera's Gym in a jar", a football jersey with the number seventeen on it, and a copy of "Gee, Your Pecs Look Terrific."

    • Goof: In Marge's painting of Homer, the top right hand corner of the picture that she used has a purple lamp. In her painting it turns into an orange lamp, and at the judging contest there's no lamp at all.

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    Allusions (6)

    • M.C. Escher The line for the H2WHOA! water slide is in the shape of M.C. Escher's famous 1960 abstract lithograph "Ascending and Descending".

    • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly The music playing when Homer comes to the scale is taken from the 1966 western The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

    • Burns: Beatles, eh? Ah, yes, I seem to remember their off-key caterwalling on the old Sullivan show.
      A funny reference to the band's first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show back in 1964.

    • Krusty: I want to go to Mt. Splashmore. Take me, take me, take me, take me now!
      The shameless pitching products on a kids show and getting the kids all riled up to buy the stuff is an homage to the way it was done on Howdy Doody.

    • Homer: As God is my witness, I'll always be hungry again! This line is a parody of the famous line, "As God is my witness, I'll never be hungry again!" spoken by Scarlett O'Hara in the 1939 film Gone with the Wind.

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