Homer becomes the sanitation commissioner for Springfield. His ineptitude pollutes the town and leads to a drastic solution.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Marge Simpson (voice)
Bart Simpson (voice)
Lisa Simpson (voice)
Costingtons Manager / Costingtons Guy / Garbage Man / Carl / Sarcastic Clerk / Moe Szyslak (voice)
Ray Patterson (voice)
Himself (voice) (as U2)
Himself (voice) (as U2)
Himself (voice) (as U2)
Himself (voice) (as U2)
Edna Krabappel (voice)
Himself (voice)
Susie Smith ...
Herself (voice)
Rod Flanders (voice)


Homer stands against Ray Patterson for the post of Springfield's sanitation officer,getting rid of the town's garbage. To Patterson's horror Homer wins on the promise that he can do cheap waste disposal underground but this leads to an explosion and the need to relocate the whole town to a site several miles down the road. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Animation | Comedy


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26 April 1998 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The episode caused controversy in the United Kingdom, for use of the word "wanker". The word is first used by Adam Clayton, and later by Mr. Burns, at the end of the episode. While the word is not well known in the United States, it is considered offensive in the United Kingdom and is censored during the watershed. See more »


Ned Flanders: [Tiptoeing over the Simpsons' rubbish pile] Easy, Ned. Don't Breath in.
[Some rubbish falls on his head]
Ned Flanders: Ow!
Homer Simpson: Sorry, Ned. I didn't see you down there.
Homer Simpson: [to Bart] Got him.
Ned Flanders: Uh, listen, Homer, I hate to be a Fussy Freddy and all, but Maude's folks are here, and they're a tad touchy about odours.
Homer Simpson: Then you might want to close your windows before the sun hits Diaper Hill.
Rod Flanders: [standing on top of a huge pile of used diapers] Look, Daddy. I'm the king of the mountain!
Ned Flanders: Rod, get off of there!
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References Clash of the Titans (1981) See more »


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10 May 2006 | by (Austria) – See all my reviews

This episode one of the best Simpsons episodes I've ever seen. After the celebration of "Love Day" (A feast invented by Costingtons), Homer has to take out a lot of garbage. On his way he has a conflict with the garbage men. After this, they decide not to take the Simpsons trash anymore. Homer has a crazy idea: He wants to become the next sanitation commissioner. A very funny episode with U2 as guest stars. And the "Garbagemen can" song was marvelous too. Steve Martin as Ray Patterson in another guest role. Another enemy for Homer! A great fun for everyone!

9 of 10 Stars!

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