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Trash of the Titans 

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


Jim Reardon


Matt Groening (created by), James L. Brooks (developed by) | 4 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dan Castellaneta ... Homer Simpson / Mayor Quimby / Oscar the Grouch (voice)
Julie Kavner ... Marge Simpson (voice)
Nancy Cartwright ... Bart Simpson (voice)
Yeardley Smith ... Lisa Simpson (voice)
Hank Azaria ... Costingtons Manager / Costingtons Guy / Garbage Man / Carl / Sarcastic Clerk / Moe Szyslak (voice)
Harry Shearer ... Ned Flanders / Lenny / Mr. Burns (voice)
Steve Martin ... Ray Patterson (voice)
Bono ... Himself (voice) (as U2)
Adam Clayton ... Himself (voice) (as U2)
The Edge ... Himself (voice) (as U2)
Larry Mullen Jr. ... Himself (voice) (as U2)
Marcia Wallace ... Edna Krabappel (voice)
Paul McGuinness ... Himself (voice)
Susie Smith Susie Smith ... Herself (voice)
Pamela Hayden ... 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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Release Date:

26 April 1998 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby SR (seasons 3-19)



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Ray Patterson is also the name of an animator who worked on Tom & Jerry cartoons. The same is true of Fred Quimby (the mayor's nephew, seen in "The boy who knew too much"). See more »


Homer Simpson: [pushes in front of a queue] I wanna register to run for sanitation commissioner. And tell the fat cats upstairs things are gonna change in this town.
Clerk: Okay, but this is where you register as a sex offender.
Moe: [arriving at the back of the queue] Aw, jeez, there's always a line.
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Alternate Versions

The original FOX broadcast ended with a dedication to the memory of one-time guest voice 'Linda McCartney', who had recently passed away. No subsequent broadcasts have this, nor does the DVD version. See more »


Spoofs Keep America Beautiful: The Crying Indian (1971) See more »


Love Will Keep Us Together
Written by Neil Sedaka and Howard Greenfield
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10 May 2006 | by brooklyn-schusterSee 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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