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When You Dish Upon a Star 

Homer becomes a Hollywood insider when he befriends Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger.

Director:

Pete Michels

Writers:

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

Episode cast overview:
Dan Castellaneta ... Homer Simpson / Grey-haired man / Sideshow Mel / Barney (voice)
Julie Kavner ... Marge Simpson (voice)
Nancy Cartwright ... Bart Simpson (voice)
Yeardley Smith ... Lisa Simpson (voice)
Hank Azaria ... Moe Szyslak / Apu / Carl / Chief Wiggum / Comic Book Guy / Kirk Van Houten / Captain McCallister (voice)
Harry Shearer ... Smithers / Ned / Lenny / Boat rental clerk (voice)
Alec Baldwin ... Alec Baldwin (voice)
Kim Basinger ... Kim Basinger (voice)
Brian Grazer ... Brian Grazer (voice)
Ron Howard ... Ron Howard (voice)
Pamela Hayden ... Rod Flanders (voice)
Maggie Roswell ... Ruth Powers (voice)
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Storyline

Following a hang-gliding accident Homer literally drops in on married film stars Kim Basinger and Alec Baldwin,in their secluded hide-away where they go to escape the media. Homer starts to work for them but gives them away to press and fans,who besiege the house. The angry couple,along with visiting friend Ron Howard,are then involved in a chase after Homer who has stolen their property for a mobile movie museum. It all ends in a court order restraining Homer from going near any celebrities - though Ron Howard decides that the whole story can supply the plot for his next film. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Genres:

Animation | Comedy

Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 November 1998 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

USA

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Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby SR (seasons 3-19)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Blackboard: "butt.butt is not my e-mail address". See more »

Goofs

In the scene at the dinner table halfway through the episode, the doorway behind Homer's shoulder leads to the front foyer, and you can see the front door of the house. This is out of sync with the rest of the episodes of the series, where it leads to the kitchen. Later in the scene, the kitchen is seen through the doorway as usual. See more »

Quotes

Lisa Simpson: You promised to take us to the lake.
Homer Simpson: I promise you kids lots of things. That's what makes me such a good father!
Lisa Simpson: Actually, keeping promises would make you a good father.
Homer Simpson: No, that would make me a great father.
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Alternate Versions

In the Spanish language version, Homer's "Ray Bolger" line is changed to "Antonio Banderas". See more »

Connections

Featured in The Simpsons: Behind the Laughter (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Hooray for Hollywood
(uncredited)
Music by Richard A. Whiting
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Great Episode that makes Perfect use of it Guest Stars,
3 February 2015 | by lesleyharris30See all my reviews

When You Dish Upon a Star is a fantastic Simpsons episode with a very well written storyline that contains a ton of very funny scenes.It is a very different episode in which we see Homer working as an assistant to Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger,though Homer is,as always,the star,this episode did write really great dialogue for the three guest stars and makes several unexpected and hilarious references to their real lives.Ron Howard was certainly the best guest appearance in my opinion,I'm a huge fan of him as a director,and seeing him come on this and doing something so unlikely for someone who hasn't acted in years was very fun.The scene at the start where Homer goes parasailing is easily one my favourite moments of the tenth season,I've seen this episode many times and that scene always brings a smile to my face.Self aware and very clever,When You Dish Upon a Star is a very enjoyable Simpsons episode.

After a parasailing incident,Homer discovers celebrities Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger are living in Springfield.Homer becomes their assistant but struggles to hide their secret from his friends and family.


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