Brush with Greatness
The Simpsons Season 2

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After an embarrassing episode where Homer Simpson (voice of Dan Castellaneta) gets stuck on a slide at the Mount Splashmore water park, he decides it's time he lost some weight, and while looking for some weights in the attic for his newly embraced workout regimen, he discovers several paintings Marge (voice of Julie Kavner) made of Ringo Starr while she was in school. Homer is dubious about Marge's one-time infatuation with the former Beatles drummer, but Lisa (voice of Yeardley Smith) is impressed and encourages Marge to take up painting again as a means of self-expression. Marge signs up for an art class, where her instructor, Professor Lombardo (voice of Jon Lovitz), is quite taken with her work and encourages her to enter a painting of Homer sleeping on the couch (entitled Bald Adonis ) in the Springfield Art Fair competition. Marge wins a prize, and local energy magnate C. Montgomery Burns (voice of Harry Shearer), who has been having a hard time finding an artist who can do him justice for an official portrait, hires Marge to immortalize him on canvas. Burns, however, proves to be a difficult subject and an unpleasant presence in the Simpson household, and his constant criticism shatters Marge's confidence. However, just as Marge is about to give up, Ringo finally gets around to answering his fan mail from the past few decades, and sends Marge an encouraging note about her portrait of him ("Thanks for the fab painting of yours truly -- I hung it on me wall!"). Ringo Starr provides his own voice for this episode; eventually, the other two surviving Beatles would follow suit and provide vocal cameos for episodes of The Simpsons. "Brush With Greatness" first aired on April 11, 1991.

Cast

Dan Castellaneta
as Homer Simpson/Grampa/Krusty the Clown/Barney/Mayor Quimby
Julie Kavner
as Marge Simpson/Patty Bouvier/Selma Bouvier
Nancy Cartwright
as Bart Simpson/Nelson Muntz/Todd Flanders/Ralph Wiggum/Kearney
Yeardley Smith
as Lisa Simpson
Hank Azaria
as Apu/Carl/Comic-Book Guy/Snake/Moe Szyslak/Chief Wiggum
Harry Shearer
as Mr. Burns/Lenny/Ned Flanders/Seymour Skinner/Waylon Smithers
Maggie Roswell
as Miss Hoover
Jon Lovitz
as Professor Lombardo
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