The Simpsons

Season 14 Episode 13

A Star Is Born-Again

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Mar 02, 2003 on FOX
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Episode Summary

A Star Is Born-Again
Ned dates a once-famous starlette in a sendup of "Notting Hill".

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  • Ned dates a movie star.

    This episode would have been pretty good if it were not for the poor characterization of Ned Flanders. We all know Ned to be a guy that basicaly worships God 24/7 and is always following his laws. The question I have about this episode is if that's true then why would Ned Flanders partake in premartial sex? Maybe im just splitting hairs but to me Ned was a little out of character in this episode, but all of that aside, the hilarious way this story was approached saved this episode. If you can get past poor characterization, then give it a watch.moreless
  • Meh

    When a famous and sultry movie star swoops into Springfield, every man's jaw drops. It turns out that she has eyes for none other than Ned Flanders, who has been lonely ever since his wife passed on. Flanders is the envy of Springfield as they go arm and arm together around town, and Homer is dying to know if they ever did the "deed." The movie star eventually tires of Flanders and leaves to return to LA, but Flanders still refuses to tell Homer what he wants to know. Naturally, Homer goes nuts. A little to out of Character for a SImpsons episode...moreless
  • Pretty good

    Few laugh-out-loud moments, but a lot of sweet, subtle humor throughout. Well-done story, good characterizations for the most part, though I'm not sure why Ned is comfortable having premarital sex only once. Actually, I am sure why - it provides a reason for him to not stay with Sara. But it's sketchy writing.

    Nevertheless, these past few years of the Simpsons have been pretty bland in general, so it's nice to have just a solid episode that stands out. It's far from perfect, but it might be the best we can hope for in this day and age. Ah, well.moreless
  • too out of character

    ned flanders is definitely not one to have premarital sex but, for some reason, in this episode he does. this is much too out of character and the episode really should have gone the other way with maybe ned proposing before and getting rejected. the humour in this episode is alright,save for the pointless appearance of an irishman towards the end of the first act being very odd. It's not hard to tell why this episode is referred to as a least favourite by a lot of people but apart from the uncharacteristical choise by flanders, the jokes in the episode were fairly decent such as homer deciding between food and cleavage and ned's famous girlfriend quickly marrying (and even more quickly divorcing) another guy after rejecting ned. overall, the plot wasn't that good but the humour was okay.moreless
Julie Kavner

Julie Kavner

Marge Simpson, Patty Bouvier, and Selma Bouvier

Harry Shearer

Harry Shearer

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

Dan Castellaneta

Dan Castellaneta

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

Nancy Cartwright

Nancy Cartwright

Bart Simpson, Nelson Muntz, Ralph Wiggum, Todd Flanders, and others

Yeardley Smith

Yeardley Smith

Lisa Simpson

Hank Azaria

Hank Azaria

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

James L. Brooks

James L. Brooks


Special Guest Star

Helen Fielding

Helen Fielding


Special Guest Star

Marisa Tomei

Marisa Tomei

Sara Sloane

Special Guest Star

Marcia Wallace

Marcia Wallace

Edna Krabappel

Recurring Role

Pamela Hayden

Pamela Hayden

Milhouse Van Houten, Rod Flanders, Jimbo Jones, and others

Recurring Role

Tress MacNeille

Tress MacNeille

Agnes Skinner, Brandine Del Roy, Dolph and others

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Music From This Episode
      "Clair de Lune" by Claude Debussy (Played intermittently throughout the episode)
      "Arabesque No. 1" by Claude Debussy (Played intermittently throughout the episode)

    • Seen across the mall from Ned's Leftorium are the businesses 'I Can't Believe It's a Law Firm!', 'Expensive Coffee In Little Cups' and 'Something Wicker This Way Comes'.

    • Homer's lipsync from his response to Ned Flanders' "milk for free" saying is also off.

    • Lenny's lip sync is off after admitting he's selling Sara's autograph on eBay.

  • QUOTES (13)

    • James L. Brooks: Ned, I'm James L. Brooks.
      Ned: Can I call you Jim?
      James L. Brooks: James L. Brooks is good.

    • Ned: Why would that Twinkie want to go out with a Ding-Dong like me?
      Homer: Flanders, I mix Twinkies and Ding-Dongs all the time. In Europe they call it a Dinkie!

    • (Sara Sloane enters The Leftorium)
      Sara Sloane: Excuse me, are you open?
      Ned: Mm-hm. Open as a tomb on Easter. Now what can I ding-dong-diddly do for you?

    • (Sara and the actor playing Diego are filming "The Zookeeper's Wife" - Scene 102, Take 1)
      Sara Sloane: Kiss me, Diego!
      actor playing Diego: But your husband's animals are watching.
      Sara Sloane: Where do you think I learned to do this? (they kiss, then both rip open their shirts)

    • (Ned is shocked at the revealing dress Sara Sloane is wearing.)
      Sara Sloane: Oh, loosen up, honey. This dress just creates the illusion of nudity.
      Ned: Well, Siegfried & Roy create a lot of illusions; but I doubt their girlfriends dress like that!
      (Sara rolls her eyes)

    • Marge: Poor Ned. This is his first Jellyfish Festival alone.
      Homer: I know. And it doesn't get any easier from here. There's the Tongue Kiss Festival, Cinco de Ocho, the Hobo Oscars. Days just made for lovers. Not widowers--lovers!

    • Sara Sloane: (Walking with Ned) Ned, I've never met a man like you. You're sensitive, you're in great shape, you have a mustache... and yet you're not gay.
      Ned: Oh, no way! I won't even eat vegetables over 2 inches long.

    • (in Ned's fantasy)
      Todd: Hey, daddy baby. We're movie producers now.
      Rod: And we're Jewish.
      Rod and Todd: Yay!
      (they drive away)
      Ned: Aaaaahhhhhh!!!

    • Sara Sloane: It's a nice change from the actors I date. All they want to talk about is their Botox, their Tae-Bo or their XBOX.

    • Ned: (seeing Sarah on a movie poster) I've got a date with a movie star?
      Irish cop: Sure you do, and I'm going apple picking with Scooby Doo. Toi, toi, toi, toi, toi, toi, toi…

    • Flanders: Well Sea Captain, looks like you and I are sailing solo tonight.
      Sea Captain: Are you hitting on me? 'Cause I don't do that… on land.

    • Ralph: (petting a jellyfish) I made a new friend. (It stings him; paralyzed, he starts floating out with the current.) I'm going to Africa to see lions and giraffes and monkeys and Santa and gorillas and…

    • Marge: Sara Sloan has been involved with every Tinseltown hunk from Affleck to Zmed.
      Bart: Yeah, she's had more stars on her than Lisa's homework. (snaps in Z-formation)
      Lisa: Now she's dating Mr. Flanders. That's so romantic.
      Homer: Who the hell is Mr. Flanders? Oh, Flanders.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Originally, Sara's line after Ned starts a fight with the director was "Katherine Hepburn never showed her breasts". In an airing in on August 27, 2003 it was changed to Angela Lansbury because Katherine Hepburn died months after this episode was shown.

    • James L. Brooks is credited as Jim Brooks for his appearance.

    • Blackboard Joke: None.
      Couch Gag: Each family member is a marionette as they enter the living room. And who do we see controlling these marionettes as the camera pans upward, why it is Matt Groening.


    • Marge mentions that Sara was in a movie called Honey, I Scotchgarded The Kids. This is a reference to the movie Honey, I Shrunk The Kids. Rick Moranis played a scientist whose invention went awry and shrunk both his kids and his neighbor's kids and then all of the kids got lost in the backyard.

    • Sara Sloane: Ask for Zelda Fitzgerald.
      Flanders: That's a pseud-diddly-ood-onym!

      Zelda Fitzgerald (1900-1948) was married to writer F. Scott Fitzgerald and she inspired the character of Nicole Diver in his novel Tender Is The Night. Theirs was a turbulent marriage that involved infidelity, alcoholism and Zelda's schizophrenia. She was also a talented writer but her career was overshadowed by that of her husband. Zelda was institutionalized and died when the asylum caught fire.

    • Ned: I can't marry a movie star! I'm not Arthur Miller or Lyle Lovett.

      Arthur Miller was a famous American playwright who married Marilyn Monroe; Lyle Lovett is a Country singer who was married to Julia Roberts.

    • The name of the store Something Wicker This Way Comes is inspired by the witches' chant in Macbeth that begins, "By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes . . . "

    • Ned: I've got a date with a girl with no name.
      After Ned gets a date with sara Sloane, he strolls out of The Leftorium singing. The song uses the melody of "A Horse With No Name" by the 1970's rock group, America.

    • :
      The music played as Ned walks through town after the jellyfish festival and the spot where he and Sara are sitting on the hill called "Claire De Lune" by Claude DeBussey.

    • Flanders: "This is turning into spongebob no-pants!"
      SpongeBob is an animated television show seen in the US on Nickelodeon. Luckily, SpongeBob wears pants.

    • Helen Fielding's comment about British humour and her subsequent running around being chased by bobbies is taken from the antics seen on the UK sketch comedy "The Benny Hill Show." The music featured in the background of the sequences is the same music used in that series.

    • The sandcastle featured on the magazine covers "Modern Sandcastle" and "Bad Boys' Life" is the Sydney Opera House, the building is located in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

      Also, "Bad Boys' Life" is a parody of "Boys' Life," a magazine for Boy Scouts.