The Simpsons

The Cartridge Family

Season 9, Ep 5, Aired 11/2/97
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  • Episode Description
  • Homer becomes obsessed with owning a gun and once he purchases one and demonstrates poor gun safety habits, Marge and the kids move out forcing Homer to choose between his new gun or his family.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Julie Kavner

    Marge Simpson, Patty Bouvier, and Selma Bouvier

  • Harry Shearer

    Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders, Principal Skinner, Waylon Smithers, Kent Brockman, and others

  • Dan Castellaneta

    Homer Simpson, Grampa Simpson, Barney Gumble, Krusty the Clown, Groundskeeper Willie, and others

  • Nancy Cartwright

    Bart Simpson, Nelson Muntz, Ralph Wiggum, Todd Flanders, and others

  • Yeardley Smith

    Lisa Simpson

  • Fan Reviews (16)
  • Homer's got a gun.

    By Sami5118, Aug 03, 2010

  • Run guys, Homer's got a gun

    By Southparkfa, Jul 22, 2010

  • Homer + Stupidity + Owning a gun = Hilarious!

    By AdrenalinDragon, Jun 17, 2010

  • What a VIOLENT episode!

    By Star_Blaster, Dec 05, 2005

  • this was a good ep

    By cube2k8, May 23, 2010

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (29)

    • Homer: I'll do it! I'll rob the Kwik-E-Mart! Alright, put your...
      (Homer realizes he's already driving away from the Kwik-E-Mart, with a hotdog in his hand)
      Homer: D'oh! Oh well, I'll rob it next time.

    • Marge: Of all the terrible things you've ever done in your life, this is the worst - the most despicable! Homer: But Marge, I swear to you - I never thought you'd find out!

    • Homer: It's a handgun! Isn't it great? This is the trigger, and this is the thing you point at whatever you want to die. Marge: Homer, I don't guns in my house! Don't you remember when Maggie shot Mr. Burns? Homer: I thought Smithers did it. Lisa: That would have made a lot more sense.

    • (Homer grabs for his gun, but the cashier holds onto it.) Cashier: Sorry, the law requires a five-day waiting period. We've got to run a background check. Homer: Five days? But I'm mad now! (The cashier pulls the gun away from Homer.) Homer: I'd kill you if I had my gun. Cashier: Yeah, well, you don't.

    • Homer: (walking out of store to his car) Lousy big shot, thinks he's so big 'cause he's got a lot of guns, if he didn't have any guns I'd show him a thing or two… (at home, pacing the hallway in front of Lisa's bedroom) …let's see him walk into my store and then we'll see who's worried about five-day waiting periods… Lisa: Dad…it's three A.M! Can't you mutter in your room? Homer: Marge kicked me out. Lisa: (groans) All right. Go ahead. Homer: Pushy kids think they can tell me what to do in my house, Why, I tell you these parents these days they don't know how to rear children…

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    Notes (4)

    • During the DVD commentary of this episode, Mike Scully made a call to the writer of the episode, John Swartzwelder, without telling him that he was on the commentary since he had refused to ever take part. This is the only time the reclusive writer has ever appeared on a Simpsons DVD commentary.

    • Originally, this episode was banned on Sky One in the UK due to scenes of Homer using a gun but the episode has been released on the "Too Hot for TV" VHS and DVD and aired sometimes on BBC2. On September 26th 2005 it finally premiered on Sky One. Channel 4 broadcasts a censored version of the episode, edited to suggest that Marge disposes of the handgun in the final scene.

    • This episode is one of the few to have a disclaimer during the end credits stating that the celebrity voices are impersonated.

    • Blackboard Joke: Everyone is tired of that Richard Gere story. Couch Gag: The couch is a trough filled with water. The family comes in with their butts on fire, sit in the trough, and breathe a sigh of relief as the fires are extinguished.

    Allusions (5)

    • Fun With Dick And Jane

      When Homer fantasizes about robbing the Quick-E-Mart and Marge is happy, and Homer is showing off his handgun.  This is a parody from the 1977 movie Fun With Dick And Jane where a couple (played by George Segal and Jane Fonda) and Dick loses his job and the couple commit robberies just to support themselves.

    • Bed, Bath and Beyond The store that Homer buys his gun at is named "Bloodbath and Beyond," a reference to the retail chain, Bed, Bath and Beyond.

    • Monday Night Football The soccer announcer proclaiming "Are you ready for some soccer!?" is a parody of Hank Williams Jr's line, "Are you ready for some football!?" from the Monday Night Football introduction.

    • The Avengers At the end of the episode, where Marge admires herself posing with the gun, the music hints at the theme tune to 60's television series, The Avengers.

    • The Partridge Family The title of the episode is a play on the title of the television series, The Partridge Family.

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