The Simpsons

Trash of the Titans

Season 9, Ep 22, Aired 4/26/98
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  • Episode Description
  • After a confrontation with the Sanitation Commissioner, Homer decides to run against him in the next election. Homer's campaign, based on outlandish promises and elaborate services that the garbage men will perform, wins him the election. But being in charge of Springfield's sanitation turns out to be a bit more challenging than Homer anticipates.

  • 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 (12)
  • The Simpsons marks its 200th episode with Homer being elected Springfield's Sanitation Commissioner.

    By meathead704, Nov 10, 2014

  • great

    By futuramarama, Aug 19, 2011

  • 200 strong and growing hahahahaha

    By RINx437LS, Apr 20, 2008

  • Garbage Pail Homer

    By twilightboy, May 26, 2008

  • 200 episode sand still going strong!!!

    By Iverson82094, Jan 26, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (32)

    • Marge: Homer, that crazy lady who lives in our trash pile attacked me today. Homer: That's not the way she tells it. Marge: And the school nurse says Bart has the plague! Homer: It's like the measles, it's better to get it when you're young.

    • The City: Aye. Mayor Quimby: And all those opposed to horse whipping Homer Simpson? Homer: Me.

    • Patterson: Friendship? You told people I led children into my gingerbread house!! Homer: Yeah that was just a lie.

    • Patterson: Sorry I'm late, (accusingly to Homer) somebody tampered with my brakes Homer: Well you should have been on time then Chief Wiggum: HA! HA! He got you there Ray.

    • (Homer knocks the trash over) Marge: I heard that, Homer! You know the rule! Homer: Awwhh!!

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    Notes (7)

    • In 1998, rumours spread in the UK that this would be the 200th and final episode

    • A subtle inside joke in this episode is that there really was a man named Ray Patterson. Ray Patterson was known for directing cartoons at Hanna-Barbara Studios from 1978-1993.

    • In 1998, this episode won an Emmy for Outstanding Animated Program (for Programming One Hour or Less), as well as the Annie Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement for Directing in an Animated Television Production.

    • Versions of this episode shown in Britain redub and/or bleep out uses of the word "wanker" when shown on TV.

    • This episode was... "Dedicated to the memory of Linda McCartney" Linda and her husband Paul appeared as themselves in Lisa the Vegetarian.

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    Trivia (7)

    • When Homer pushes one of the garbage men, the garbage man's cigarette disappears for about a millisecond.

    • Cut Scene- Marge throws bacon in the trash pile so Bart and Lisa can get to school.

    • Cut scene- Bart gets a present for love day. You would kiss it and it dances. Of course he hates it. He throws it and the dog comes over, licks it, it dances, and Homer dances.

    • A popular Seasame Street character, Oscar The Grouch, is featured in this episode.

    • "The Garbage Man Can" sounds a bit different on the "Go Simpsonic!" soundtrack CD than it does in the episode. The song on the CD has an extra verse just before the end as follows:
      Little girl: Who can take my mommy / and my daddy too / make them get along / like moms and dads are s'posed to do / the garbage man! / I hope the garbage man can! Man (not Homer): The garbage man can't / but he's got a giant stack of boring comics for you!

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    Allusions (5)

    • Sesame Street During the musical number, the garbage men carry trash cans with heads that pop up. The last one is Oscar the Grouch from the children's TV series Sesame Street.

    • Homer: You'll never silence me! I'm the last angry man, Patterson! The Last Angry Man is a 1959 film about a New York journalist who makes a documentary about his doctor uncle's life.

    • The Indian crying when he sees all the garbage where Springfield used to be is a reference to a commercial from 1971, where an Indian (Iron Eyes Cody) is crying because of all of the litter.

    • The episode title refers to the 1981 film Clash of the Titans.

    • The song "The Garbage Man Can" is a parody of the song "Candy Man" from the film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, a film about a tour of a magical chocolate factory and more. Homer and the garbage men sing a garbage-based variation of the classic song.

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