The Simpsons

Season 10 Episode 19

Mom and Pop Art

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Apr 11, 1999 on FOX
out of 10
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Mom and Pop Art
Homer becomes an artist, turning a failed barbecue pit into a pricey object d'art. When his public turns on him, he floods the town to make a statement.

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  • Homer the Artist.

    Homer becomes an artist, turning a failed barbecue pit into a pricey object d'art. When his public turns on him, he floods the town to make a statement.

    What I liked about the episode:

    * The beginning- Homer was singing "Put the beer in the coconut"

    * The beginning(again)- when they were at the store and Homer saw the barbecue thing and started to drool at the hippo, and when Bart asked him if they could burn evidence in it. So basically the first half of the episode.

    * I also liked the end where Homer floods the city.

    What I didn't like: * Basically between the first half and near the end of the episode. I thought that it was a little slow and boring.

    Overall, I think that this episode was pretty funny for the most part, the middle could have been a bit funnier but this was one of the best episodes of the season.moreless
  • Why must I fail at every attempt at masonry?!

    Homer becomes a kind of artist, but ruins it. So he floods the town to make a statement.

    This episode had a wacky plot, that I don't know how I feel about it. It was good in some places. It tries harder, it seems, to make people laugh then most other episodes, if that makes any sense.

    I think this is an average/above average season 10 offering. It had a lot of laughs {As I said, it seems to try harder then most episodes}. But, as usual, it was about Homer getting a new job and losing it.

    So I think 8.0. Weird plot saved by humormoreless
  • Homer's mess, snobs' art

    Homer has never been very smart, or much of an artist, heck not even an athlete and yet sometimes comes an episoe in whichhe is given the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to be all he has ever wanted to be or atleast to recive the fame and glory of the big and reknown. I am not really a fan o this episode because I dont find it very funny. I t has its moments but not too many to make it memorable. What I really like about this specific episode is the art connoisseurs who become Homer's fans and somewhat friends. They are very well portrayed and exude an aroma of superiority I likemoreless
  • (See review)

    Homer becomes a conceptual artist, creating striking "outsider art" that catches the eye of Astrid Weller, a beautiful Springfield art dealer. Astrid arranges for Homer to have his own show, but when the Springfield elite gather for the opening, many are disappointed by his work. Homer decides that he must create something truly groundbreaking, so he floods the entire town, turning Springfield into an American Venice. His piece is a hit and everyone, including artist Jasper Johns, voices their approval. Guest Stars: Isabella Rossellini as Astrid Weller; Jasper Johns as himself

    So funny when Homer tried to put together that grill... In fact loved the whole episode, and it was my favorite episode from season 10moreless
  • Nice

    Homer buys a BBQ pit and ruins it. So, he tries to get rid of it. The messed up BBQ pit falls of homer's bumpper and a artist discovers homer's talent for art. So Homer becomes an out sider artist. he create s3 things and people don't like it. so to prove Homer is a better artist, Homer does alot of things to make the town a work of art. I liked this episode, especially when homer gets mad over the BBQ pit. And I also liked when Matt Greoing's "Life in Hell" is in the art museum. Final grade: Hmm... I guess a Amoreless
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

Isabella Rossellini

Isabella Rossellini

Astrid Weller

Guest Star

Jasper Johns

Jasper Johns


Guest Star

Pamela Hayden

Pamela Hayden

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

Recurring Role

Maggie Roswell

Maggie Roswell

Maude Flanders, Helen Lovejoy, Miss Hoover, and others

Recurring Role

Tress MacNeille

Tress MacNeille

Agnes Skinner, Brandine Del Roy, Dolph and others

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

  • QUOTES (22)

    • 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: Mmm...hippo!

    • (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)
      Ned: Homer!
      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!
      Lisa: Who?
      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!

  • NOTES (3)

    • 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.