The Simpsons: Season 9, Episode 5

The Cartridge Family (2 Nov. 1997)

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After a massive soccer riot, Homer decides to invest in a home security system but can't afford the high price. He does the next best thing: He purchases a gun. This is despite Marge's stern opposition to having a gun. Homer plays with the gun like a toy and almost causes an accident at the dinner table. Marge warns Homer to get rid of the gun now; Homer agrees, but Bart finds the gun later in ... See full summary »

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Lisa Simpson (voice)
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Pele / Moe Szyslak / Clerk at Gun Store / Apu / TV Repair Man / Cletus / Snake (voice)
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After a massive soccer riot, Homer decides to invest in a home security system but can't afford the high price. He does the next best thing: He purchases a gun. This is despite Marge's stern opposition to having a gun. Homer plays with the gun like a toy and almost causes an accident at the dinner table. Marge warns Homer to get rid of the gun now; Homer agrees, but Bart finds the gun later in the refrigerator. Marge sees this, takes the gun away and tells Homer she is taking the kids and moving out. Homer eventually is kicked out of the local NRA chapter (for his careless use of the gun), and decides he needs to try to get Marge back. Eventually, he manages to foil Snake's armed robbery at the hotel where Marge is staying. Homer finally gets rid of the gun, but Marge decides to keep it for herself.

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The title is a reference to The Partridge Family (1970). See more »

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Marge's necklace changes from red to white between shots. See more »

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Homer: [to Marge] Oh, honey, please come home. I need you! It's dark in the house and I'm hungry and lonesome and there's no one there to hear my various witty remarks!
Marge: What about the gun?
Homer: It's gone for good, Marge. I finally realized, what's the point of having a gun for protection, if you've got no one to protect?
Marge: Oh, Homey...
[she and Homer hug]
Marge: Come on, kids, we're going home!
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"See you in Hell, dinner plate."
3 December 2008 | by (Flint, MI) – See all my reviews

This is perhaps one of the best Simpson episodes. I might be a bit biased being an NRA member and all.

After a soccer riot, "he holds it, he holds it." "HE HOLDS IT, HE HOLDS IT..." Homer buys a gun to protect his family. After a short wait, showing the silliness of the Brady Bill waiting period, he finally can lock and load and hits the range. There he meets some NRA members and is invited to the "secret" organization.

After Homer hosts a meeting he gets booted from the NRA because of his recklessness with his gun. Marge ends up leaving him because he'd rather have the gun than her. (Smart choice.) He finds his family at a local flop house and ends up saving them from a mugging with his horrible gun.

This episode was mentioned in National Review in an article from Jonah Goldberg. He explained this, amongst others, pokes fun at liberalism. Not that this show doesn't poke fun conservatives, it does, but as Goldberg mentions, it is one of the few that does the same with Liberals.

The evenhandedness of showing the NRA is about the only time on network TV other than "The King of the Hill" you'll see.

Other than the political stuff, this episode contains scores of memorable quotes, it really stands out as a classic.


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