The Simpsons

Season 9 Episode 5

The Cartridge Family

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Nov 02, 1997 on FOX
out of 10
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Episode Summary

The Cartridge Family
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.

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  • Homer's got a gun.

    In this episode, Homer decides to get a gun to protect his family. He starts to demonstrate poor safety habits so Marge and the kids move out. What I liked: * Homer + gun + stupidity = LMFAO!

    * The scene with Homer in the gun shop

    * The scene where Homer is sitting outside and all the things that he could shoot goes by

    * The part where they have the NRA meeting at Homer's house

    What I did not like:

    * Probably the ending Overall, I think that this was another Simpson's classic. It was definately the best one of season 9 and one of the best ever. I would recommend watching this ep.moreless
  • Run guys, Homer's got a gun

    In this episode, a riot at a soccer game, makes Marge realize that the house isn't safe. So, insted of buying the $500 Security System, Homer buys a gun. Marge is immediately mad at Homer for doing this, and is even more mad when he buys a membership to the NRA. However, when he lies to Marge about getting rid of it, and Bart finds it, Marge and the kids leave. Now, Homer has to make a choice: the gun or his family. Overall, a pretty good episode I thought, one of the best of season 9, also Marge is such a hypocrite at the end of this episode. 9.5/10 Amoreless
  • Homer + Stupidity + Owning a gun = Hilarious!

    "The Cartridge Family"

    Grade: A*

    One of the funniest Simpsons episodes ever. Following a basic plot of Homer buying and owning a gun, to not realising the recklessness he is causing with it. The Cartridge Family delivers everything well, with some moral issues, funny moments, and a good plot despite its simplicity.

    The episode begins with a soccer match involving Mexico and Portugal, turning into a riot after Groundskeeper Willie starts it after the lost interest in the match, The Simpsons family decide to buy Home Security for their house, but after realising it will cost $500, Homer decides to save the money by buying a firearm instead.

    Homer enters the gun shop and wants to buy a gun, but needs to wait for 5 days for checkups, which annoys him and would want to shoot the gun owner if he had a gun. After waiting for 5 days in the garden looking for targets to shoot (Flanders and Patty and Selma), he enters the store and is restricted to owning 3 handguns only and buys one.

    He surprises Marge by closing her eyes and opening them when its pointing right in front of her face. Marge is horrified and wants Homer to get rid of it. Homer decides to try to change her mind by taking her to the National Rifle Association (NRA), but after watching the presentation, Marge still isn't so sure.

    After casually taking the gun into the Kwik-E-Mart with no worries, frightening Apu into thinking of robbing the store, Homer decides to shoot objects from the house into the air as if they were clay pigeons. His recklessness with the gun goes too far after bringing the gun to the dinner table with the family, as keeping the safety off causes gunshots to occur near them. Marge has no choice but to tell Homer to get rid of the gun, or he'll lose the family. Homer says he'll get rid of it for Marge.

    Unfortunately, Bart and Milhouse discover the gun in the vegetable section of the fridge, and this causes Bart to use it to try and shoot the apple in Milhouse's mouth. After Marge discovers that Homer lied, she takes the family out, concluding its too dangerous to live with Homer whilst he still has the gun around with him.

    With Marge gone and Homer thinking he'll be fine by himself with just the gun, he hosts an NRA meeting in his house with the other members as a celebration. When the other members see him use his gun to open a beer can and turn the TV on, they conclude he is too reckless to be owning a gun, and strip his membership card off him as a result.

    Homer, realsing that the gun cost him everything, heads to where the family is staying, which is a hotel. Homer says he got rid of the gun, and just as they are leaving, Snake comes in to try and rob the hotel desk. He puts a knife up to Quimby's throat, and Homer quickly withdraws the gun he had hidden and foils his plans. Just as Marge gets annoyed at him again for lying, Snake takes the gun off him and the rest of the NRA members come at the nick of time to save them. Snake runs off, but Homer decides that he doesn't want the gun, and wants Marge to throw it away instead so that he can't be tempted anymore. Just as Homer and the others leave though, Marge sees a reflection of herself with the gun, and instead keeps it for herself instead of abandoning it.

    So overall, this episode was hilarious and shows a pro/anti side message of owning a gun as well. Homer's stupidity with owning one was great, and the twist at the end of Marge secretly having the gun instead was a nice touch. One of my favourite quotes is when Homer says "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!" and "I don't have to be careful, I've got a gun!". It's no surprise that this episode was originally banned on Sky One, due to lots of moments of reckless gun usage, but The Cartridge Family did everything flawlessly and might be the best episode of Season 9.moreless
  • What a VIOLENT episode!

    OMG this episode is so violent, Itchy and Scratchy would be ran out of business. To be honest, I didn't like it much. Homer with a gun all the way through the episode, shooting random things and people? I'm fine with Itchy and Scratchy because they are funy and only last for one minute. But this episode is cartoon violent. I didn't like it much. It was funny, and it ends okay but still the idea of Homer blasting everything is far too violent for the Simpsons. But still it's okay. I kinda liked it.moreless
  • this was a good ep

    in this ep of the simpsons show homer and the kids go to a soccor game and it opens up with a big riot at the end and homer deiceds he needs to protect his family and so he goes and buys a gun and joins the gun club and then things start to get out of hand when homer is using his gun like a toy to use it to do everything and then the people of the gun club take away his membership turns out marge does not like it and she wants him to get rid of it he lies and the kids and her leave to a motel . and comes back an d says he got rid of it. and then a robbery happens at the motel he takes out a gun and she imadd but there is no bullets in it and the rober gets away also marge picks i up and takes it with her . this was a good epmoreless
Julie Kavner

Julie Kavner

Marge Simpson, Patty Bouvier, and Selma Bouvier

Harry Shearer

Harry Shearer

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

Dan Castellaneta

Dan Castellaneta

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

Nancy Cartwright

Nancy Cartwright

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

Yeardley Smith

Yeardley Smith

Lisa Simpson

Hank Azaria

Hank Azaria

Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, Moe Szyslak, Chief Wiggum, Comic Book Guy, Lou, and others

Pamela Hayden

Pamela Hayden

Milhouse Van Houten, Rod Flanders, Jimbo Jones, and others

Recurring Role

Tress MacNeille

Tress MacNeille

Agnes Skinner, Brandine Del Roy, Dolph and others

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • 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…

    • Gun Shop Owner: Well, you'll probably want the accessory kit. Holster…
      Homer: Oh, yeah.
      Gun Shop Owner: Bandoleer.
      Homer: Baby.
      Gun Shop Owner: Silencer.
      Homer: Mmm-hmm.
      Gun Shop Owner: Loudener.
      Homer: (drooling noise)
      Gun Shop Owner: Speed-cocker.
      Homer: Ooh, I like the sound of that.
      Gun Shop Owner: And this is for shooting down police helicopters.
      Homer: Oh, I don't need anything like that… (paranoid)…yet. Just give me my gun. (grabs for gun)

    • Homer: I'd like to buy your deadliest gun, please.
      Gun Shop Owner: Aisle six, next to the sympathy cards.

    • Salesman: Looks like you called me just in time. This home isn't secure at all. (He begins to pocket a few items from around the house.)
      Homer: (to Marge) What did I tell you, Marge?
      Salesman: Intruders could come in down the chimney, through the mail slot, even hidden in your groceries.

    • Marge: Homer, we've got to get out of here!
      Homer: Ooh, but I want to do some rioting. (pushes one of the Scotsmen)
      Scotsman: (turns to face Homer, screaming) Jobbers cobknots, ya mucker!
      Homer: All done! (runs off)

    • TV Announcer: You'll see all your favorite soccer stars. Like Ariaga! Ariaga II! Bariaga! Aruglia! And Pizzoza!
      Homer: Oh, I never heard of those people.
      TV Announcer: And they'll all be signing autographs!
      Homer: Woo-hoo!

    • Cletus: Are you some kind of moron?
      Homer: Yeah, but...

    • Moe: And that's how, with a few minor adjustments, you can turn a regular gun into five guns.

    • Marge: I'm a lucky woman.
      Homer: And I'm a wonderful man.

    • Homer: If a gun can protect something as important as a bar, then it's good enough to protect my family.

    • Moe: It could have been a real ugly situation, but luckily I managed to shoot him in the spine.

    • Homer: A gun is not a weapon, Marge, it's a tool. Like a butcher's knife or a harpoon, or... or an alligator.

    • Salesman: But surely you can't put a price on your family's lives!
      Homer: I wouldn't have thought so either, but here we are.

    • Kent Brockman: ...So, for the next several years, it's every man for himself.
      (Snake walks out of Flanders' house with his TV)
      Ned: Sir, I think you've got my TV! Sir?

    • Lady: Lookin' for a good time, sailor?
      Bart: I certainly am!
      Marge: No you're not! He's really not.

    • (The Simpsons eat from everything but the dinner plates which Bart and Homer shot at earlier.)
      Marge: Does anyone know where all my dinner plates went?
      Bart: Um…
      Homer: Um, you probably left them at work. On another topic, guess who was picked to host the next NRA meeting!
      (Points gun to himself)
      Marge: Homer, I told you this morning, no guns at the dinner table.
      Homer: You said the breakfast table.
      Marge: It's the same table!
      Homer: Listen, if it'll make you feel any better, I'll put the safety on. (Homer attempts to put the safety on, but accidentally fires the gun. We see the bullet just nick Marge's shoulder in a picture of her hanging on a bulletin board)
      Homer: Oh…I guess the safety was on. (He tries again, but again accidentally fires it, this time hitting the same picture of Marge square in the chest)
      Homer: …I'd better just put it down.
      (He sets the gun on the table. While it rests there, the gun fires itself, and the bullet ricochets off a pot, hitting a knife sitting in a brick of cheese. The knife sails through the air, and stabs the same picture of Marge right between the eyes)
      Lisa: No offense Mom, but that was pretty cool.

    • Homer: Come to the NRA meeting with me and if you still don't think guns are great, we'll argue some more.

    • (Homer, now alone in the house, walks around shooting the light bulbs out)
      Homer: Oh, this gun cost me everything. My wife, my kids, all but my precious, precious gun.
      (He shoots out the last bulb in the house, leaving him in the darkness)
      Homer: This stinks. I want my family back.

    • Announcer: This match will decide which nation is the greatest on Earth: Mexico or Portugal!

    • Homer: But I have to have a gun. It's in the Constitution.
      Lisa: Dad, the 2nd Amendment is just a remnant from revolutionary days. It has no meaning today.
      Homer: You couldn't be more wrong Lisa. If I didn't have this gun, the King of England could just walk in here any time he wants and start shoving you around. Do you want that? (Pokes Lisa) Huh? (Shoves her) Do ya!?

    • (The Mexican soccer team has the first possession of the ball and is cautiously kicking the ball around, setting up for a goal as the Portugal team stands there, awaiting the play to develop. The crowd quickly grows bored.)
      Brockman (Obviously bored as he calls the actions): Halfback passes to the center. Back to the wing. Back to the center. Center holds it. Holds it.
      (Rolls eyes)
      Holds it…
      Mexican Announcer (Excitedly): Halfback passes to center, back to wing, back to center, center holds it! Holds it! Holds it!

    • Homer: I'm sorry I lied to you Marge, but this gun had a hold on me. I felt this incredible surge of power, like God must feel when he's holding a gun.

    • (Lisa is looking sad)
      Homer: What's wrong Lisa?
      Lisa: My ball is stuck on the roof.
      Homer: No problem.
      (Homer shoots the ball flat and it falls off the roof)
      Homer: Want me to get the cat down?
      Lisa: No thanks.

    • Gun Shop Owner: Whoah! Careful there Annie Oakley.
      Homer: I don't have to be careful, I got a gun.

    • Soccer Announcer: (referring to soccer) It's all here: fast kickin', low scorin', and ties.

  • 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.


    • 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.