The Simpsons

Season 16 Episode 18

A Star Is Torn

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM May 08, 2005 on FOX
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Episode Summary

A Star Is Torn
The family tries to eat a total vegetarian meal and everyone except Lisa gets sick from eating the healthy meal. As they moan from the sickness Lisa sings them to sleep. The next morning they've recovered enough to go back to their old dietary habits. On television a commercial airs for a Krusty-sponsored "Li'l Starmaker" competition and Lisa's singing voice seems a natural for the competition. Of course, Lisa and every other child in Springfield signs up. When Clarissa, one of the competitors sings the same song that Lisa was going to sing, and does it much better than Lisa believes she will be able to, Homer reassures her that he will write her a can't lose song. Lisa sings the song and makes it into the final competition. Homer takes charge of her career and writes her more songs that take her into the finals of the competition; it's Lisa versus Cameron, a boy all the girls go crazy over. When Homer oversteps his bounds with his obnoxiousness, Lisa fires him. Homer retaliates by getting himself a new client, Cameron. The final competition begins and Lisa's sings a song she wrote on her own, a song about her relationship with her father. Homer tells her that he was always in her corner and that Cameron is learning the greatest lesson he can ever learn in the music business, don't trust people in the music business.moreless

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  • Lisa sings her way through the Lil Starmaker competition with Homers help.

    I wasn't sure about this one as I read the plot, but turns out it was a great episode. I thought the parody of American Idol was spot-on, in all ways. Lisa and Homer bond throughout the episode which reminded me a bit of "Lisa the Greek", and "Lisa the Iconoclast".

    Many dallops of Krusty the Klown in this episode as he I thought was very funny as well. It got on the emotion level as well and it is a feel good episode about a father and her daughter.

    Not only was this a good episode, but Lisa really did sound good as a singer. It would be a bit unbelievable if Lisa didn't sound that good to a public audience. Excellent!

    "Were talkin Springfield where nobody sucks, except Ned Flanders"- Lisas song, written by Homer

    Hope you enjoy the review!moreless
  • Great parody of American idol.... Lisa singing was great.... Homer was hilarious what is not to love......

    Lisa decides to enter Krusty-sponsored "Li'l Starmaker" competition as her singing voice recently put her family to sleep. When Clarissa, one of the competitors sings the same song that Lisa was going to sing, Homer reassures her that he will write her a can't lose song. Lisa sings the song and makes it into the final competition. Homer takes charge of her career and writes her more songs that take her into the finals; it's Lisa versus Cameron, a boy all the girls go crazy over. When Homer oversteps his bounds with his obnoxiousness, Lisa fires him. Homer retaliates by signing Cameron up. The final competition begins and Lisa's sings a song she wrote about her relationship with Homer. Homer tells her she was always in his thoughts and that Cameron's performance has been produced so bad that he was always destined to lose.moreless
  • 7.7
    There isn\'t really an episode of the Simpsons that isn\'t funny (\'cept the first couple of seasons), so this episode, like any other has definitely got it\'s moments that\'ll make you smile and it\'s moments that\'ll make you laugh. My only beef with this episode is that it\'s obviously one of those cross-network knockoffs. The contest where the episode gets it\'s name from is an American Idol contest, the guest voice is Fantasia Barrows.... can we say part of her contract? I\'m a Homercentric individual, so episodes that tend to stray too far from him tend to be less good... this episode is a Lisa/Homer crossover. From a heartstring tugging attachment it\'s nice to see these two bonding. From a humor attachment, Homer\'s presence livens up Lisa\'s otherwise boring persona. Average to better than average episode.moreless
  • Lovely episode. Lisa's singing is awesome...

    Another of the few Lisa-centric episodes, and it didn't disappoint. Homer's lyrical skills mixed with Lisa's voice make for a hilarious, albeit melodious episode. The spoof on "American Idol" was funny, although maybe a guy like Simon Cowell could have been used. Homer's antics are great, as usual. But the final song sung by "Johnny Rainbow", written by Homer, was the showstealer. All in all, this episode is really enjoyable. A must watch...moreless
  • A good Homer going nuts episode.

    Lisa write some cool songs. I don't think that they would vomit just by eating some vegetables but what the heck. I think that Lisa actually sings beutifully. Ralph sings beutifully also (not). I especially like the one where it is about Springfield. Then Homer goes nuts just for Lisa which is kind of sweet but also scary for Lisa and others. How Lisa won wasn't very fair because Homer wrote a song for Cameron that would make him lose but it's still better for Lisa.

    In conclusion I think that this is one of the best episodes I have seen.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

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (23)

    • Mr. Largo: (about Clarissa) When she sings a C, it's a C! Not like a certain Glee Club I've wasted my life on!

    • Bart: From now on, I'm only eating food that I know had a soul.

    • Lisa: But Dad, you don't need to help me by humiliating people!
      Homer: Oh, you love sausage but you hate to see it getting made!
      Lisa: I don't love sausage!
      Homer: Then would you like to see it getting made?

    • Krusty: I was going to be your celebrity judge, but then I realized I'd have to pay attention.

    • Lisa: My kitty died on Christmas Eve, daddy told me to be brave, but instead of singing carols, I was digging Snowball's grave.
      Lenny: Oh god! I miss Lisa's cat so much!

    • Lisa: That's Cameron. Girls go crazy over him. He's cute, unthreatening, and his smile brought a puppy back to life.

    • Lil' Starmaker Commercial: We're not affiliated with American Idol. We've never even heard of American Idol.

    • Krusty: So enter today especially if you're a funny looking kid who doesn't know he sucks!
      Milhouse: I'm coming Krusty!

    • Lisa: (Singing) I've been to Paris and London and Tokyo town, but one crazy burg has them all beat hands down!
      Sideshow Mel: Jacksonville!?
      Lisa: I'm talkin' Springfield - you can buy chimichangas.
      Talkin' Springfield - the chicks have big gazongas?
      There's tires on fire, a guy named Apu.
      And Skinner, and Grampa, and old Disco Stu.
      Did I forget to mention you?
      Lenny: You!? That's me!
      Lisa: I'm talkin' Springfield, where nobody sucks... except for Flanders.

    • Krusty: Every week we eliminate one contestant based on the votes cast by you, the audience.
      Announcer: Disclaimer: All ballots were lost and vote totals made up.

    • Lisa: Dad I don't want things to be awful between us! I made you some cookies!
      Homer: I don't think cookies are gonna make me feel better. Oh oh oh god. Oh they're delicious. Oh so happy! Oh god they're so..... They're gone!

    • Cameron: (singing)
      I'm a privileged boy,
      It's great, I gotta tell ya.
      Privileged boy,
      My dad can buy and sell ya.
      It really doesn't matter,
      That you're on the list in front of me.
      I'm gonna get your table,
      'Cause I always tip the maitre d'.
      And then I'll go to Yale,
      Because I am a legacy,
      I'm better than you.

    • Homer: Lisa sings so sweetly and Bart is my pillow. Everyone's good for something.

    • (Apu is being robbed)
      Apu: Call the police.
      Homer: I need change for a dollar.
      Apu: No change without purchase.
      Homer: What's the cheapest thing you've got.
      Apu: A two ounce pack of chips. $5.99.
      Homer: $5.99, what a rip-off! Someone should shoot you.

    • (After listening to Lisa's song)
      Krusty: Wow, that was beautiful, even the Applause-O-Meter is crying. (Krusty wipes away fluid that was collecting on the Applause-O-Meter) Wait a minute, that's battery acid!

    • Homer: The song I wrote for you is so schmaltzy it makes "Moon River" sound like a farting orangutan.

    • Lisa: (singing)

      I'm in the final two; I should be happy,
      but all I want to do is spend more time with my pappy.

      Now that you're gone, Dad, I miss you so much,
      and your threats against teamsters, and techies, and such.

      Your management style is like Attila the Hun.
      You were vicious, malicious, but you got the job done.

      I'm sorry I hurt you, but, please, don't be sad.
      You're no longer my coach, but you're always my dad.

    • Homer: We're going to write and sing our way out of this God-forsaken hell hole.
      Marge: But your song said you liked Springfield?
      Homer: I wrote it about Shelbyville then changed the names.

    • Homer: Do you know how many hours I had to work? How many people I had to yell at? How many tires I had to slash?
      Lisa: No one told you to yell and slash!
      Homer: It's called schmoozing!

    • Homer: He's about to learn the most important lesson in the music business: don't trust people in the music business.

    • Homer: You did it!
      Lisa: No, we did it!
      Homer's Mind: She's right, it was all me!

    • Ralph: (Singing) A, B, C, D, E, F, G... How I wonder where you are.

    • (While Milhouse sings "When A Man Loves A Woman")
      Lenny: Which one are you, the man or the woman?
      Carl: Questioning a kid's sexuality? Well done!

  • NOTES (5)

    • This episode received the 2005 Emmy nomination for Outstanding Music And Lyrics.

    • The animal activism website mentioned in this episode ( is in reality a non-profit organization for the GILT (Globalization, Internationalization, Localization, and Translation) business community.

    • The songs "I'm Talking Springfield," "My Kitty Died," "Always My Dad" and "Privileged Boy" featured lyrics by Carolyn Omine, music by Alf Clausen.

    • Homer's ability to write good songs was also acknowledged in the episode, Dude Where's My Ranch, when He wrote an anti-Flanders song that became a hit.

    • Blackboard Joke: None.
      Couch Gag: In an homage to the 1960's spy-comedy Get Smart (complete with music), Homer goes through a series of secure doorways, goes inside a telephone booth, dials a number and falls through the floor onto the couch in his proper position, joining the rest of the family.


    • Colonel Cool
      Homer's new title as Cameron's manager is a poke at Colonel Tom Parker, who was the eccentric manager of Elvis Presley.

    • n/a: American Idol
      While the announcer makes the joke they're not affiliated, a good portion of the episode is a parody of the show American Idol.

    • Milhouse: When a man loves a woman...
      The song that Milhouse sings on stage is "When A Man Loves A Woman" by Percy Sledge.

    • Homer: Everything I did, I did it for you!
      A quick and funny reference to the Bryan Adams song "Everything I Do (I Do It For You)."

    • Homer: I'm calming down! We'll have family fun! FAMILY FUN!!
      Homer going nuts in the car is a reference to the scene in National Lampoon's Vacation where Clark Griswold goes off on his family after they want him to go back home instead of reaching their destination, Wally World. His rant involves him talking about them having "family fun" and being on a "quest for fun".