Marge Simpson, Patty Bouvier, and Selma Bouvier
Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders, Principal Skinner, Waylon Smithers, Kent Brockman, and others
Homer Simpson, Grampa Simpson, Barney Gumble, Krusty the Clown, Groundskeeper Willie, and others
Bart Simpson, Nelson Muntz, Ralph Wiggum, Todd Flanders, and others
Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, Moe Szyslak, Chief Wiggum, Comic Book Guy, Lou, and others
Milhouse Van Houten, Rod Flanders, Jimbo Jones, and others
Maude Flanders, Helen Lovejoy, Miss Hoover, and others
Agnes Skinner, Brandine Del Roy, Dolph and others
The painting by Matt Groening is a picture of Akbar and Jeff, characters from Matt Groening's comic strip Life in Hell.
When Homer is talking to Marge on the roof at the end of the episode, the inside of Homer's mouth is green, like the tree he is standing in front of.
When Homer goes to Museum- two of Matt Groening's comic characters are painted there- Akbar and Jeff.
Homer's Euro-trash friends are smoking cigarettes at Moe's yet no actual smoke leaves the cigarettes.
Homer's bumper is still on his car even though it's supposed to be torn off.
Unless this episode was supposed to take place in August, 1995, the date painted on that garage doesn't make sense with the other episodes.
Marge: You've created something people truly love. You really are an artist.
Homer: No, I'm just a nut who couldn't build a barbecue. You'll always be the artist in this family.
(At the museum)
Homer: Aw, why does art hate me? I never did anything to art. (notices that his arm is stuck through a painting) Uh, let's get out of here.
Moe: So you guys are Eurotrash, how's that working out for you?
Guenter: To be honest, we are adrift in a sea of decadent luxury and meaningless sex.
Moe: Uh-huh. So where would this sea be located?
Homer: I've always had an interest in art, dating back to my schoolgirl days when I painted portrait after portrait of Ringo Starr.
Marge: That's MY life you're describing!
Homer: This isn't art. It's just a barbecue that pushed me too far. (to the barbecue) Didn't you? DIDN'T YOU?
Homer: How about it, Bart? Would you like a new backyard barbecue pit?
Bart: Can I burn evidence in it?
Homer: We can all burn evidence in it.
Marge: I just can't believe people are paying millions of dollars for something some hillbilly dug out of the trash.
Cletus: Hey, I done studied for years in getting over that junkyard fence! Then I learnt the gate was open.
Astrid Weller: Your husband's work is what we call "outsider art." It could be by a mental patient, a hillbilly or a chimpanzee.
Homer: In high school I was voted most likely to be a mental patient, hillbilly or chimpanzee.
Homer: Yeah, that's one fine lookin'-(BBQ pieces fall in cement) Stupid Lisa! Cement drying. AHH! English side ruined, must use French instructions! Le grille? What the hell is that?!?! Gotta improvise. (Homer puts together grill hastily, time passes) Ah, that's one fine lookin' barbeque pit. (Puts down box) Why doesn't mine look like that?! (Hits barbeque pit) Why must everything in life be so hard? Why must I fail at every attempt at masonry!?
Marge (in house): How's your father's project coming along?
Bart: I think he's almost done. (Outside, Homer rams an umbrella into the pit and it opens) He's done.
(Homer is sketching Lenny and Carl nude while they shower)
Carl: Uhh…Homer, you're making us a bit uncomfortable.
Lenny: Relax big guy, he's just doing this for his art. Right Homer?
Homer: Oh, yeah … art.
(Mobsters throw a body rolled up in a carpet into the drop-box.)
Chief Wiggum: What have you got there?
Vinny: Beanie Baby.
(Homer is shoving the failed grill into a Toys for Tots drop-box.)
Chief Wiggum: Hold on there, Santa Claus, that box is for toys only.
Homer: Well, of course. Any kid would love to have this...uh...activity center. It teaches them while they learn.
Homer: (Singing) You put the beer in the coconut and drink it all up! You put the beer in the coconut and throw the can away!
(Throws can and it hits Flanders)
Homer: (Singing) You throw the can away!
(He throws another can and hits Ned again)
Ned: I said Homer!
Homer: (Singing) You throw the can away.
Marge: Homer, I know you worked hard. But all of your "things" were kind of the same.
Homer: Hey, Ray-Jay Johnson never changed his act, and he's more popular now than he's ever been!
Homer: You can call him "Ray" or you can call him "Jay" or you can call him "Ray-Jay", but you doesn't have to call him...
Lisa: I'm sick of him already.
Homer: But Marge, I've screwed up everything I've ever done in my life. I mean, look at Bart.
Astrid Weller: I love it, Homer! You've turned this town into a work of art! I just wish Jasper Johns hadn't stolen my boat.
Jasper Johns: See ya later, suckers!
Homer (singing): Shavin' my shoulders, I'm gettin' it all shaved off!
Marge: You know, Homey, a lot of men use their Saturdays to do things around the house. Hint, hint...
Homer: But Marge, I'm not like other men. That's why you buy my pants at that special store!
Ned: What the flood?! Maude, it's a miracle! The Lord has drowned the wicked and spared the righteous.
Maude: Hey, isn't that Homer Simpson?
Ned: Looks like heaven's easier to get into than Arizona State.
Homer: Matt Groening?! What's he doing in a museum? He can barely draw!
(A giant pencil eraser starts rubbing his head.)
Homer: Oh no! I'm being erased!
(Two people hold the giant pencil)
Worker: Move it, bub! We got an installation to installate.
Mr. Burns: Smithers, I think I'm in love!
(Smithers gasps happily)
Mr. Burns: With this sculpture!
Smithers: Sir, that's by Homer Simpson. I don't think you want to buy it.
Mr. Burns: Smithers, years ago I blew the chance to buy Picasso's Guernica for a song! Luckily, that song was "White Christmas", and by hanging onto it I made billions. Anyway, I love this hideous thing. Young lady, I'll take it!
The date Homer paints on the garage, 7/17/95, is Mike Scully's wedding anniversary.
This episode was inspired by a 60 Minutes special about artists who create their art out of junk and garbage.
Blackboard Joke: A trained ape could not teach gym.
Couch Gag: The family, with Stetson cowboy hats on, straddle the couch, which drops through the floor like a bomb falling from a plane.
Marge: You still haven't taken down those hostage ribbons from the old oak tree.
Homer: You know as soon as I take them down there'll just be more hostages.
During the 1979 Iranian hostage crisis, people showed their support for the hostages by displaying yellow ribbons, which was inspired by the song "Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Old Oak Tree."
Actor: You know me better as Chip, the wise-cracking assistant on the hit sitcom Toolin' Around.
Chuck bears a strong resemblance Al Borland, Tim's sidekick on the sitcom Home Improvement.
Painted Figures: Hasta la vista, baby!
Two references in one. The painting that comes to life and shoots at Homer is "Three Musicians" by Picasso. "Hasta la vista, baby!" was Arnold Schwarzenegger's catchphrase from Terminator 2: Judgment Day.
When Homer is in the dream landscape with the clock dripping water on him, he's in the painting "The Persistence of Memory" by Salvador Dali.
When Homer is lying on the rug moaning that nobody likes his art, his posture is similar to that of the figure in Leonardo da Vinci's "Vitruvian Man" drawing. Then during his dream, the same drawing comes to life and attacks him.
When Homer falls asleep he dreams he is lying in the desert at night and an animal approaches him. This resembles Henri Rousseau's painting "The Sleeping Gypsy."
Andy Warhol: Soup's on, fat boy!
Andy Warhol throwing soup cans at Homer is a reference to his many paintings of Campbell's soup cans. Warhol was known for using repetitive images in his paintings.
Barney: Can I pay you with a drawing?
Barney draws "A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte", painted by the french post-impressionist painter Georges Seurat. This is a very hard painting because it is painted with a technique called pointillism. If you look close you see all the dots that form the shapes, one of the reasons why Seurat went blind.
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