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Episode 20: The Fabulous Faker Boy

Summary

Marge encourages Bart to explore his creative side and signs him up for piano lessons, but the youngster is less than enthusiastic about the prospect until he meets his Russian teacher Zhenya. Meanwhile, Homer is distraught after losing his last two hairs and becoming completely bald. Guest starring the voices of Jane Krakowski, Bill Hader and Justin Bieber.

Review

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Matt Groening’s fun factory concentrates on doing what it does best: writing good gags and packing in as many as possible. Even the side dishes are tasty: a stop-motion animated sofa gag, a Justin Bieber cameo (plus helpful warning) and a mournful Homer finally losing his last hairs (can Patrick Stewart advise?).

But Bart takes centre stage when music lessons are suggested as a cure for his waywardness. But which instrument? A slide-whistle, as played by Sideshow Mel? The zither, recommended by Comic Book Guy (an obscure reference to Frank Herbert’s Dune, naturally)?

In the end, a cute Russian pianist tips the scales, and Bart is soon entered for the “Ten-and-Below Talent Show”. Ah, Bart, don’t ever grow old.

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Principal SkinnerHarry Shearer
MargeJulie Kavner
Bart SimpsonNancy Cartwright
Homer SimpsonDan Castellaneta
ZhenyaJane Krakowski
SlavaBill Hader
HimselfJustin Bieber

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