The Simpsons (1989– )
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Brush with Greatness 

After becoming trapped in a water slide, Homer decides to go on a diet, while Marge enrolls in an art class and is soon commissioned to paint a portrait of Mr. Burns.


Matt Groening (created by), James L. Brooks (developed by) | 3 more credits »




Episode cast overview:
Dan Castellaneta ... Homer Simpson / Krusty the Clown / Spotter / Scott Christian / Art Student / Painter / Weatherby (voice)
Julie Kavner ... Marge Simpson (voice)
Nancy Cartwright ... Bart Simpson (voice)
Yeardley Smith ... Lisa Simpson / Woman in Queue (voice)
Harry Shearer ... Krusty Show Announcer / H2WHOA Announcer / Technician #2 / Kent Brockman / Mr. Schindler / Montgomery Burns / Waylon Smithers / Lenny / Dr. Hibbert (voice)
Hank Azaria ... Technician #1 / Apu Nahasapeemapetilon / Clerk / Judge (voice)
Maggie Roswell ... Newsreader / Miss Hoover (voice)
Jon Lovitz ... Professor Lombardo / Donut Delivery Man (voice)
Ringo Starr ... Ringo Starr (voice)


Marge revives her interest in art - she once did a painting of Ringo Starr - and Mr. Burns commissions her to do a portrait of him, depicting him as a beautiful man. However, after he has insulted Homer's weight the painting shows him nude, though Marge explains that she intended to show his vulnerability as a frail old man and Burns is highly impressed. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Animation | Comedy


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Release Date:

11 April 1991 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Matt Groening said of Ringo Starr's guest spot, "We were so excited that we got Ringo Starr coming in to do the show and we recorded him over at the Complex in West Los Angeles. We were given a list of rules about what we couldn't do to Ringo, such as 'Don't touch him', 'Don't approach him', and 'Don't ask for his autograph'. But of course when he shows up in this big limo, Brian brings out a big poster and asks him to sign it!" Brian K. Roberts explained that he had not received the memo with the rules so he showed up with a copy of the script cover and asked Starr to sign it. See more »


Marge sent Ringo Starr the painting of him long before she started living with Homer. If this is the case, how did Ringo know where to send his reply? See more »


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.
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It Don't Come Easy
Written by Ringo Starr and George Harrison
Performed by Ringo Starr
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1 September 2019 | by malmsteneinoSee all my reviews

Something funny, something borring. Okey episode...

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