The Simpsons

Season 10 Episode 5

When You Dish Upon a Star

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Nov 08, 1998 on FOX
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Episode Summary

A para sailing mishap leads Homer to become the personal assistant to celebrity couple Kim Basinger and Alec Baldwin.

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  • one of the few

    I am one of the only people {from what I know} who actually likes this one. Here's why:

    It had some very funny scenes, like the very opening with Homer's dream. And sure, the guest stars took up most of the episode, but they were actually pretty funny. "Where's the shuttlecock?!" for instance, was a pretty funny line.

    And sure, it is all Homer, but I actually tolerated him {which I can't do in a lot of season 10-11-12 episodes}. But this episode to me is a strong offering. Classic? No. Best of the season? No. Watchable? Of course it is.moreless
  • Homer becomes close to a couple of movie stars.

    Another episode where Homer is the star of the whole episode and the whole episode revolves around Homer. Yet again, the plot of this episode was very well-thought out and well executed. Meanwhile it had some great gags that made me laugh. One of my favorite parts of this whole episode is when Homer builds the museum of hollywood jerks, and not to mention that the jurassic park parody was just hilarious. A wonderful episode with some great jokes, but this was surely not my favorite episode of the series or even my favorite episode of the season. Give it a watch.moreless
  • Homer close to the stars nobody likes.

    As I watched this episode of the Simpsons all I can do is thing how far we have come int his show. we have gone from stories that revolve mainly around Bart's Simpsons's evil character to stories in which all we get to see is Homer being a complete idiot or worse of all, being a total jerk. Man I sure love the times we get to see the warmth side of Homer J but it doesnt happen this time. I am not sure but I think Kim Basinger, Alec Baldwin and Ron Howard are very liked in the USA. Maybe I am wrong, but the didn't look like nice people :)moreless
  • Kim Basinger, Alec Baldwin and Ron Howard in this hilarious episode !

    The Simpsons go on a family trip. One thing leads to another and we end up with Homer lying down in a bed with Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger. Kim Basinger and Alec Baldwin along with Rowan Howard have come to Sprinfield because it is not a very known area and they live there so they can get away from all the papparatzis and screaming fans but they can't go out in public so they don't even go to the supermarket. Hearing all this Homer volunteers to become their assistant and they accept but when Homer goes and opens his mouth and the secret is revealed they fire him. An angry Homer starts selling and showing off all their stuff so an exciting chase happens. The celebrities go after Homer but can't get him to stop so they start jumping on the bus one by one. The episode ends with Homer being sued and his penalty being he has to stay five hundred milers away from all celebrities. Wow this episode was funny ! My three favorite parts where when : Homer falls into Alec and Kim's bed, when Homer starts showing off Kim's bra, and when Homer prank calls the old lady from Titanic. Favorite character from this episode : Homer !!! Good stuff !!moreless
  • Loved it surely a classic

    Homer befriends superstar couple Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger and becomes their personal assistant. But when he spills the beans about the celebrities living in Springfield, who also include Ron Howard and Brian Grazer, the entire town sets up camp outside the gates of their mansion. Alec and Kim fire Homer as their assistant. Homer gets revenge by revealing everything he has learned about them to the world. The conflict escalates into a high-speed car chase, during which Ron Howard is injured and Homer is eventually caught. A judge places a restraining order on Homer and he is forced to remain 500 miles away from all celebrities. Guest Stars: Alec Baldwin, Kim Basinger, Ron Howard and Brian Grazer as themselvesmoreless
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

Alec Baldwin

Alec Baldwin


Guest Star

Kim Basinger

Kim Basinger


Guest Star

Brian Grazer

Brian Grazer


Guest Star

Maggie Roswell

Maggie Roswell

Maude Flanders, Helen Lovejoy, Miss Hoover, and others

Recurring Role

Pamela Hayden

Pamela Hayden

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

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • When Kim and Alec are packing up their stuff, one of the boxes is labeled
      Kim's Oscar.

    • When Alec Baldwin jumps on Homer's car- he has no watch- even when he says: "I've made it !" he has no watch- then seconds later the watch appears on his right hand.

    • The judge told Homer he was forbidden to come within 500 miles of any celebrity dead or alive but however, Homer would be near serveal celebrity's in future episodes like Ron Howard again, Mel Gibson, Gary Coleman & Carmen Electra.

  • QUOTES (21)

    • (Alec, Kim and Ron are talking about giving Homer another chance.)
      Alec: We'd want another chance if one of us made a bad film right?
      (Awkward silence.)

    • Kim Basinger: Let's get him.
      Alec Baldwin: And this time, it's personal. What? It is personal. He's got our underpants!

    • Homer: Look, all I'm saying is, if these big stars didn't want people going through their garbage and saying they're gay, then they shouldn't have tried to express themselves creatively.

    • Homer: Well I'll always have my prank calls. Hello, old lady from Titanic... you stink!

    • Kim: I'm really looking forward to seeing Homer again. He has the most interesting odours.

    • Alec: (Referring to Homer's movie idea.) Aw, maybe I shoulda made his movie.
      Kim: Yeah it wasn't that bad. I mean the script might have worked if you got rid of the talking pie.

    • Homer: When was the last time Barbara Streisand cleaned out your garage? And when it's time to do the dishes...where's Ray Bolger? I'll tell ya! (shouting) Ray lookin' out for Ray Bolger!

    • Homer: Only five, wait, ten dollars. You heard right! Twenty dollars!

    • Kirk: Hey, is it too late to see the movie stars?
      Moe: Nah, no, just, ah, hop that fence, sneak up, and peek in the window there.
      Kirk: Alright!
      (He goes up to the fence, ready to climb in it and gets shocked)
      Moe: (Laughs) I never get tired of that.

    • Lisa: I washed the dog today.
      Homer: Was it the dog from the Beethoven movies?
      Lisa: Of course not!
      Homer: Aww ... our dog isn't famous, and you kids aren't exactly John and Joan Cusack.

    • Captain McCallister: Yarrr. I loved Splash Mr. Howard. It was totally...yarrr!
      Smithers: Miss Basinger, those red pumps you wore in LA Confidential were fabulous...where can I get a pair for my um...mother?

    • Guy: Tell the people Homer, they have a right to know about the celebrities in the house.
      Homer: --the hell are you?
      Guy: What do you care? I'm telling you what you want to hear.

    • Homer: Oh! There's that movie script I wrote… where did you find it?
      Alec: On my pillow
      Homer: The important thing is… it's got the perfect part for you… either one of you. It's about a killer robot driving instructor, who travels back in time for some reason. Ron Howard's attached to direct!
      Ron: I am not!
      Homer: Well. He expressed an interest.
      Ron: No I didn't!
      Homer: Did too!
      Ron: I did not!
      Homer: You lie!
      Alec: Yeah, Homer, most movie scripts are 120 pages. This has only seventeen. And several pages just have drawings of the time machine.

    • Homer: Ronny, are you also my close friend?
      Ron Howard: Do I smell Vodka and Wheat Grass?
      Homer: It's called a lawnmower. I invented it, want one?
      Ron Howard: Yeah, okay.

    • Alec Baldwin: Nobody knows we're in Springfield, and we wanna keep it that way.
      Kim Basinger: Will you promise to keep our secret?
      Homer: Absolutely, if you promise to keep mine!
      Alec: Okay. What is it?
      Homer: I can't read.
      Kim: But you just read that card from the grocery agency.
      Homer: I recognized the logo!

    • (While parasailing Homer crashes into Apu's sand castle on the beach.)
      Homer: Hi Apu!
      Apu: Oh dear, you've ruined my work, you flying fat man!

    • Homer: Oh, 4 AM! Now I'll never get back to...
      (He immediately falls asleep and starts making voices in his sleep)

    • Studio Executive: (To Ron Howard) What else you got?
      Ron Howard: Well, there is this one thing. It's about a killer-robot driving instructor that travels back in time for some reason.
      Studio Executive: I'm listening.
      Ron Howard: Okay, Okay, well, you see, this robot, he's got a heart-breaking decision to make about whether his best friend lives...or dies.
      Studio Executive: (Shrugging) Aah--
      Ron Howard: His best friend's a talking pie!
      Studio Executive: Sold! Howard, you've done it again!
      (He hands over sacks of money.)

    • Alec Baldwin: Homer was a pretty good guy, and we just tossed him out like a Golden Globe Award. I've got to admit, I miss the way he used to tuck us in, and kiss us on the forehead.
      Kim Basinger: Forehead?

    • (In Homer's dream with Homer and his son "Bart-Boo" as bears, and Ned Flanders as a ranger)
      Bart-Boo: Homie. I don't think it's very nice to maul Mr. Ranger.
      Homer: Do you want some of this?!
      (Bart-Boo shakes head)

    • Homer: (giving Kim workout advice) And lift and strain and hyperextend! Keep those knees rigid! Jerk that lower back!

  • NOTES (4)

    • Originally the Blackboard Joke was " is not my E-mail address," but then the writers changed it for syndication so it reads "butt.butt is not my E-mail address."

    • The "Welcome to Lake Springfield" sign also reads, "Formerly Cess Hole 17A."

    • Now Homer has created 2 alcoholic drinks, the Flaming Homer/Moe, and the Lawn Mower.

    • Blackboard Joke: "" is not my E-mail address.
      Couch Gag: Marge walks in with a basket of laundry. She pulls each of the other family members out of the basket and hangs them on a clothesline that is strung across the living room.


    • When You Dish Upon A Star
      The name of this episode title is a parody of the name of the song from the 1940 movie Pinocchio, When You Wish Upon A Star, sung by Jiminy Cricket.

    • The Magilla Gorilla Show
      After Homer goes back to sleep, he begins singing part of the The Magilla Gorilla Show theme song.

    • Jurassic Park:

      As the mob approaches Alec and Kim's house, the lemonade in the glasses begins to shake. This mimics the movie "Jurassic Park" when water shaking in the glasses indicated the T-Rex was approaching the vehicles.

    • Homer's rant about "appearing in commercials dancing with vacuum cleaners" is a reference to a 1997 TV advertisement that depicted Fred Astaire dancing with a Dirt Devil vacuum cleaner.

    • Apu's sandcastle is a very detailed replica of India's famous Taj Mahal.

    • Homer's dream is a spoof of Hanna-Barbera's Yogi Bear.