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Recap: The Simpsons S 6 E 18 A Star Is Burns
Episode - 2F23
First Aired - 3/5/1995

In this crossover with The Critic note  (and the only episode that doesn't have Matt Groening's name in the executive producer credits), Marge suggests that Springfield hosts a film festival to combat news that the town is the most anti-intellectual city in the United States (so anti-intellectual, in fact, that they burn people at the stake for believing in science) and Jay Sherman flies down to Springfield to be one of the judges — and Homer, out of jealousy, urges Marge to be on the film jury as well. Meanwhile, Mr. Burns uses the film festival as an opportunity to boost his massive ego.

This episode contains examples of (YMMV):

  • Actor Allusion: It's Bart that goes out of his way to praise Jay's show as something everyone should watch (though doing so admittedly makes him feel dirty). Ironically, Nancy Cartwright voiced Jay's sister, Margo (a role originally for Margaret Cho, but the higher-ups thought she wasn't a good fit).
  • Brick Joke: When Jay demonstrates that he has a more impressive burp than Homer...
    Lisa: Wow! How many Pulitzer Prize winners can do that?
    Jay: Just me and Eudora Welty.
    (later in the episode, during the voting for the best movie of the festival)
    Krusty: Now let's get going. I've got a date with Eudora Welty.
    (we hear a burp similar to Jay's)
    Krusty: Coming, Eudora!
  • Burn the Witch!: An example of how backward Springfield is culturally — Grampa heads up a mob preparing to burn Principal Skinner at the stake for claiming that the Earth revolves around the sun.
    Grampa: (gets his picture taken) You've stolen my soul!
  • Burping Contest: Homer won first prize at one and tries to use this to stand up against Jay, who has won the Pulitzer Prize. Jay proves himself to be at least as good a burper (if not better), and explains that only he and Eudora Welty can claim both that talent and a Pulitzer among their achievements.
  • Creator Backlash: Matt Groening did not like this at all and he had his name taken off the credits for this episode.
  • Crossover: The first for The Simpsons, and the only one intended to boost interest in the show it was crossing over with (one that had, in its first season, established The Simpsons as a fictional show in its universe). This was not by choice for the showrunners; Matt Groening was unhappy enough with the whole business that this is the only episode that does not credit him onscreen as executive producer.
  • Delayed Reaction: Rainer Wolfcastle accosts Jay on the street long after their interview is over, having just realised he's been insulted. Jay distracts Wolfcastle by telling him his shoes are untied and grabs a taxi. Hours later, Wolfcastle realises he's wearing loafers.
    Homer: Marge, do you respect my intelligence?
    Marge: (beat) Yes.
    Homer: Okay. (goes to bed, gets up) Wait a minute... why did it take you so long to say "yes"?
    Marge: (beat) No reason.
    Homer: Okay. (goes to bed, gets up) Wait a minute... how long it took you to say that?
    Marge: (beat) Not long.
    Homer: Okay. (goes to bed, gets up) Wait a minute... are you humoring me?
    Marge: (beat) Yes.
    Homer: Okay. (goes to bed, gets up) Wait a minute... that's bad!
  • Deleted Scene: A cut scene on the Simpsons season six DVD shows the elderly members of the Springfield Retirement Home doing a porno film called What The Poolboy Saw.
    • Another cut scene showed the Devil from The Critic who's also auditioning for the part of Mr. Burns, who thought he's perfect and made him his understudy.
  • Deliberately Monochrome: Pukeahontas.
  • Did I Just Say That Out Loud?:
    Jay: How can you vote for Burns' movie?
    Krusty: Let's just say it moved me...to a bigger house! Oops, I said the quiet part loud and the loud part quiet.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Jay Sherman learns what happens when he talks trash about MacGyver in front of Patty and Selma, although it was actually Homer.
    Bart: You badmouthed MacGyver, didn't you?
  • Epic Movie: A Burns for All Seasons is intended as this.
  • Ghost in the Machine: When the voting gets deadlocked, Homer claims that his mind is going a mile a minute. His mind is represented by monkeys picking fleas off each other. After some encouraging words from Jay, Homer announces that he has some serious thinking to do. The same monkeys are then shown doing calculus on a blackboard.
  • Groin Attack: The whole point of Man Getting Hit by Football.
  • Historical Hero Upgrade: A Burns for All Seasons is Mr. Burns doing this for himself.
  • Homage: Moe Better Booze is this to Cabaret's "The Money Song", while A Burns for All Seasons shamelessly recasts Mr. Burns as such characters as E.T. and Jesus Christ (!) as portrayed in Ben Hur.
  • Insult Backfire:
    Rainer: The film is just me in front of a brick wall for an hour and a half. It cost $80 million.
    Jay: (contemptuous) How do you sleep at night?
    Rainer: On top of a pile of money with many beautiful ladies.
    Jay: Just asking. Yeesh!
    (eventually Rainer picked this up, and wasn't very pleased)
    • A woman commented on how beautiful Barney's movie was. Barney was sitting next to her and thanked her. She was then disgusted by him.
    Woman: Excuse me, did something crawl down your throat and die?
    Barney: It didn't die.
    [The woman's eyes widened.]
  • Le Film Artistique: Parodied with Bart's documentaries Homer in the Shower, Homer on the Toilet, and The Eternal Struggle (Homer struggling with his blue pants).
    • Downplayed with Barney Gumble's film. It's not a pretentious art piece so much as it is a look at how alcohol has ruined his life.
  • Mangled Catchphrase:
    Smithers: Sir, the actors are here to audition for the part of you.
    Mr. Burns: Excellent.
    Anthony Hopkins: Excellent... hisssss!
    Mr. Burns: Next!
    Mr. Burns: Next!
    Homer: Exactly! .... D'oh!
    Mr. Burns: (getting aggravated) Next!
    Bumblebee Man: Excelliente!
    Señor Spielbergo: Es muy bueno!
  • Poor Man's Substitute: In-universe parody.
    Mr. Burns: Get me Steven Spielberg!
    Smithers: He's unavailable.
    Mr. Burns: Then get me his non-union Mexican equivalent!
  • Sistine Steal: The opening credits of A Burns for All Seasons are set against one with Mr. Burns in Adam's place.
  • Something Completely Different: McBain — Let's Get Silly, a stand-up comedy film with McBain bombing onstage and bombing the audience after they heckle him.
    • The episode itself is different from most Simpsons episodes as it's the first one to cross over with another show. Sadly, Matt Groening promised that his show wouldn't stoop to such cheap gimmicks, and when he found out it was, he took his name off the credits for that episode.
  • Strange Minds Think Alike:
    (Everyone "boo"'s to Mr. Burns' movie.)
    Mr. Burns: Are they booing at me?
    Smithers: Uh, no, they’re saying "Boo-urns, Boo-urns."
    Mr. Burns: (stands up to face the audience) Did you people say "boo" or "Boo-urns"?
    (Everyone screams "boo!" and throws snacks at him)
    Hans Moleman: I was saying "Boo-urns".
  • Terrible Interviewees Montage: Of the actors vying to play Mr. Burns. He decides to just play himself when none are to his liking.
  • That Poor Car: Jay outdoes Homer with a foghorn burp that sets off car alarms.
  • Those Wacky Nazis: Mr. Burns compared himself to Schindler in that both built shells for the Nazis except that Burns' worked.
  • Vanity Project: Nearly all the films at the film festival are this to a certain degree but Mr. Burns' movie, an ineptly-made biopic designed to remake his public image, is an especially egregious example.
  • William Shatner: As voiced by a soundalike, he auditions for the role of Mr. Burns.
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