The Simpsons

Season 2 Episode 18

Brush with Greatness

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Apr 11, 1991 on FOX
out of 10
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Episode Summary

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.

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  • superb

    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.

    9.5 our of 10
  • this was a good ep

    in this ep of the simpsons marge used to be a good artist and lisa helps discover he passion for it and she starts to paint again as of homer he gets stuck in water park amusment slide.and decideds he wants to lose weight. marge gets noticed and mr burns sees how good she is so mr burns wants her to paint a portait of him and she deicdes not to go trough with it at the end and for homer him losing weight does not really happen . this was a good ep i tought of the show the simpsons back in the early daysmoreless
  • decent

    mr. burns true evil spirit is introduced primarily in some of his insults in this episode. marge paints him- the true him, for an art gallery type thing.

    pretty good episode, it's not one of the all-time best but from what i recall of it it is pretty good with some funny parts {like the ending, which is kinda gross, but still funny}, and the plot is decent too. My overall grade would be a low "A" because i think it deserves an A, but not an A+, but i also do not think it deserves lower then an Amoreless
  • Burn's evilness is revealed as Marge paints him naked. Go Marge Go Marge GO GO GO GO

    Homer decides it's time to go on a diet after getting stuck in the waterslide at Mount Splashmore. While looking for his barbells in the attic, Homer notices drawings of Ringo Starr that Marge painted when she had a crush on him in high school. Lisa tells Marge she should go to an art school because she has talent. Marge signs up for an art class at the College and paints a photo of Homer asleep on the couch in his underwear. The teacher loves the painting and enters it into the Art Show. Marge wins the contest, and Mr. Burns wants her to paint him. While at their house, Marge walks in on Mr. Burns nude getting out of the shower. Burns mocks Homers attempt at weight loss, while Marge is angry with Burns. She paints a picture of the REAL Burns she saw in the bathroom. At it's unveiling, Burns is outraged but grows to like the painting.moreless
  • Average

    Season 2 was a strong season for The Simpsons and Brush with Greatness was an average episode. The plot itself was good and a good idea to feature Burns and Marge instead of typically Burns and Homer ,what worked best was Marge trying to find Burns' inner beauty but noticing there wasn't any. Characterizations were pretty spot on in this episode Burns being an angry horrible old man worked for the plot ,Marge remained caring and Homer was nice to see as he tried to help Marge at the end of the episode realize she is talented whilst watching his weight in a good sub plot. Smithers was good in the episode showing loyalty and sticking to his character but other than that nothing else great the mt Splashmore scene was not needed and wasted time it was lacking in the jokes department and didn't have much to praise.moreless
Dan Castellaneta

Dan Castellaneta

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

Harry Shearer

Harry Shearer

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

Julie Kavner

Julie Kavner

Marge Simpson, Patty Bouvier, and Selma Bouvier

Nancy Cartwright

Nancy Cartwright

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

Yeardley Smith

Yeardley Smith

Lisa Simpson

Ringo Starr

Ringo Starr


Guest Star

Hank Azaria

Hank Azaria

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

Recurring Role

Maggie Roswell

Maggie Roswell

Maude Flanders, Helen Lovejoy, Miss Hoover, and others

Recurring Role

Jon Lovitz

Jon Lovitz

Professor Lombardo and Donut Delivery Man

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (9)

    • 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.

    • Goof: When Marge's Ringo Starr portrait is rejected in high school, the background is red, but when Marge sends it to Ringo, the background in it is blue.

    • A sign at Mount Splashmore says: 'This park is not copless, so please don't go topless.'

    • The plot for this episode appears on a collector card in level 4 of The Simpsons: Hit & Run video game.

    • This is the first time ever Mr. Burns remembers Homer's name.

    • Goof: In the scene where the donut delivery man arrives in the break room, Carl's dialogue is spoken in Lenny's voice.

  • 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!

    • Burns: Somebody up there likes me, Smithers!
      Smithers: Somebody down here likes you too, sir!
      Burns: Shut up!

    • Bart/Lisa: Will you take us to Mt. Splashmore? Homer: No! Bart/Lisa: Will you take us to Mt. Splashmore? Homer: No! Bart/Lisa: Will you take us to Mt. Splashmore? Homer: No! Bart/Lisa: Will you take us to Mt. Splashmore? Homer: No! Bart/Lisa: Will you take us to Mt. Splashmore? Homer: No! Bart/Lisa: Will you take us to Mt. Splashmore? Homer: No! Bart/Lisa: Will you take us to Mt. Splashmore? Homer: No! Bart/Lisa: Will you take us to Mt. Splashmore? Homer: No!! Bart/Lisa: Will you take us to Mt. Splashmore? Homer: No!!!! Bart/Lisa: Will you take us to Mt. Splashmore? Homer: No! No! No! NOOO! If I take you will you two shut up and quit bugging me!
      Bart: Yeah! Lisa: Of course! Bart: Well? Bart/Lisa: Will you take us to Mt. Splashmore? Homer: YES! Bart/Lisa: Thanks, dad!

    • Krusty: I hope all you kids come out this weekend and really pack this place, just to show em how grateful I am. I told them you would! Don't make me a liar!

    • Donut Delivery Man: Why are all these donuts piling up?
      Carl: Homer Simpson went on a diet.
      Donut Delivery Man: Oh, my God! I just bought a boat!

    • Bart & Lisa: Lincoln, Lincoln. I've been thinkin'. What the hell have you've been drinkin'? Is it water? Is it wine? Oh, my gosh. It's turpentine!

    • Splashmore Commercial Song: I wanna go to Mount Splashmore, take me take me take me take me now! Now now now now now! Mount Splashmore take me there right now!
      Lisa: This is a rather shameless promotion.
      Bart: Hey, it worked on me.
      Lisa: Me too.

    • Mr. Burns: Incidentally, thank you for not making fun of my genitalia. (Mr. Burns walks away)
      Marge: I thought I did.

  • 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.


    • 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 a 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.

    • Rocky
      The music Homer works out is parodied after music used during workout scenes in the 1976 film Rocky.