The Setup: After getting stuck in a water slide, Homer resolves to lose weight. His discovery of some of Marge's old paintings in the attic while looking for exercise equipment leads to Marge rekindling her talents.
A Work in Progress: Ringo Starr guests stars as himself, the first of the surviving Beatles to lend his voice to the show (George Harrison will show up in season five, and Paul McCartney in season seven).
Jon Lovitz returns, voicing Mr. Lombardo, Marge's art teacher, and the doughnut delivery man.
Marge's interest in and talent for art is established for the first time.
The kids pull the classic "repeat something they want over and over until Homer agrees" routine for the first time, in order to go to Mt. Splashmore.
Homer: All right, family. I want the truth. Don't pull any punches. Am I just a little bit overweight? [silence] Well, am I?
Lisa: Forgive us, Dad, but it takes time to properly sugar-coat a response.
Burns: Somebody up there likes me, Smithers.
Smithers: Somebody down here likes you, too, sir.
Burns: Shut up.
Donut man: Hey, what gives? These donuts are piling up.
Worker: Heh. Yeah, Homer Simpson went on a diet.
Donut man: Oh my God. And I just bought a boat!
Smithers: Have you ever painted the rich and powerful?
Marge: Well, no. Just Ringo Starr.
Smithers: He was the drummer for a rock-and-roll combo called the Beatles, sir.
Burns: Beatles, eh? Oh, yes. I seem to remember their off-key caterwauling on the old Sullivan show. What