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When You Dish Upon a Star

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Season 10 Episode
207 "Treehouse of Horror IX"
"When You Dish Upon a Star"
"D'oh-in' in the Wind" 209
"When You Dish Upon a Star"
When You Dish Upon a Star promo.jpg
Episode Information
Episode number: 208
Season number: S10 E5
Production code: 5F19
Original airdate: November 8, 1998
Chalkboard gag: "butt.butt is not my e-mail address"
Couch gag: Marge hangs wet sheet versions of Homer, Bart, Lisa and Maggie on a clothesline
Guest star(s): Alec Baldwin as himself
Kim Basinger as herself
Ron Howard as himself
Brian Grazer as himself
Showrunner(s): Mike Scully
Written by: Richard Appel
Directed by: Pete Michels
DVD features

"When You Dish Upon a Star" is the fifth episode of season 10 of The Simpsons and the two-hundred and eighth episode overall. It originally aired on November 8, 1998. The episode was written by Richard Appel and directed by Pete Michels. It guest stars Alec Baldwin as himself, Kim Basinger as herself, Ron Howard as himself and Brian Grazer as himself.


"Keeping Hollywood secrets proves difficult for Homer when he scores a personal assistant job for the husband and wife team, Alec Baldwin & Kim Basinger. Also guest starring Ron Howard and Brian Grazer."


The Simpson family decide to spend a day out in Lake Springfield, where Homer soon gets involved in a parasailing accident, crash landing in the bedroom of Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger's holiday home. He convinces them that he should work for them as a personal assistant, while keeping it a secret that they are in Springfield.

Eventually, Homer becomes good friends with the celebrity couple, though he creeps out the visiting Ron Howard and tries unsuccessfully to pitch a script about a "killer robot driving-instructor that travels back in time for some reason" and a talking pie.

Eventually Homer's inability to keep a secret leads Baldwin and Basinger to mistrust him, and they end the friendship. In retaliation Homer starts a mobile museum of "Hollywood Jerks" displaying their personal belongings to get back at them. The celebrities discover this while intending to apologize to Homer. A high speed chase ensues between Homer in the mobile museum and the celebrities in their Hummer h1. Homer agrees to stop after Ron Howard is injured during the chase.

Ultimately Homer is court-ordered to keep 500 miles away from any celebrity (living or dead) while Ron Howard successfully pitches Homer's script to Brian Grazer at 20th Century Fox.

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