6x18 A Star is Burns
First Aired: Mar. 05, 1995 on FOX
Summary: Springfield plays host to a film festival in which various townspeople display their original work. Barney presents "Pukahontas," a haunting meditation on his alcoholism; Apu directs "Bright Lights, Beef Jerky," the tale of a lonely man working the loneliest shift in a small-town…
Main Characters in this Episode
Ned Flanders: [praying] Flanders to God, Flanders to God! Get off your cloud and save my Tod!
Ned Flanders: Thanks, God!
God: [from heaven] Okily-dokily!
Homer: Woo hoo! Oh boy!
- Goof (audio/visual unsynchronized): After Jay makes his escape from an angry Rainier Wolfcastle, he calls out, "Taxi!" but his lips don't move.
- Goof (errors made by characters, possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): The official title of Hans Moleman's film is "Man Getting Hit By Football." But everyone thereafter refers to it erroneously as "Football In The Groin."
- Series creator Matt Groening had his name removed in protest from the credits of this episode "A Star Is Burns", in which Jay Sherman from The Critic visits Springfield, because Groening felt that it made the episode into an advertisement for the other show. Groening stated in the L.A. Times that he didn't feel that he and The Simpsons should share any credit or blame for how the other show performed.
- As Todd Flanders is being swept down the river while being filmed, Ned prays for God to save him. Afterwards, God's hand descends from the clouds with five fingers, whereas throughout the series, as everyone knows, all of the characters have only four on each hand.
- When Marge agrees to put Homer on the film jury, she crosses off another name. The name she crosses off is that of legendary director Martin Scorsese.