YMMV / The Simpsons S 9 E 5 The Cartridge Family

  • Accidental Aesop: The writers admitted there was no message in the episode beyond "Idiots like Homer Simpson should not own guns". However, many have found their own Aesops from the narrative.
    • The importance of gun safety. The problem isn't that guns are bad, but they're dangerous and need to be handled responsibly. Irresponsibility can lead to messy consequences.
    • The questionable ending of Marge deciding to keep the gun because she looks so cool with it also shows how easily someone can get swayed by wielding power.
  • Americans Hate Soccer: The soccer match at the start of the episode is perceived as boring. This is a joke that could only be made in the USA where, in contrast with the rest of the world, soccer has never caught on. Word of God said they were skewering how soccer was more boring on television than live.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: Homer brings his gun into the Kwik-E-Mart, which causes Apu to believe that he is going to rob him. He denies this, but then fantasizes what life would be like if he did rob the store, which somehow leads him to become a State senator (sitting in a rocking chair and sporting a monocle, no less) and for Marge to be a go-go dancer as a 60s-inspired jaunty tune nonsensically plays.
  • Crosses the Line Twice:
    • Bart and Milhouse playing "William Tell" with the apple in Milhouse's mouth (and then jinxing Bart).
    • Marge's remark about how it's hard to believe that the soccer stadium used to be an internment camp.
    • The Sarcastic Middle-Aged Clerk's gun shop also carrying sympathy cards.
    • The montage of Homer waiting for his gun, showing all the things he could be shooting right now: bunnies, baby ducks, a truck carrying merchandise for Target, his sisters-in-law (Patty and Selma) on a tandem bike, and his overly-cheerful neighbor (Flanders) on a riding mower.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Fox now holds the U.S. TV rights to the UEFA Champions League, and, starting in 2015, will broadcast FIFA events such as The World Cup.
    • In the DVD Commentary for this episode, Yeardley Smith admitted that Nancy Cartwright was better at doing the voice vibration technique during the scene where Bart and Lisa were having a race on their vibrating motel beds.note  Two years after the episode originally aired, another voice actor would give another popular yellow cartoon character his iconic laugh by using the same technique.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: While the episode doesn't take a stance on the gun control debate, it does drop the very important message that guns aren't toys and they need to be handled responsibly (something both sides can agree on).
  • Values Resonance: This episode still remains extremely relevant after the numerous mass shootings in the U.S. in The New '10s.
  • What an Idiot!: Homer gave in to Snake's demands despite knowing Snake's gun wasn't loaded.
    • A lot of Homer's gun antics, including keeping it in the refrigerator where anyone (especially his kids) can get to it.
    • Related to the above point: Bart and Milhouse recreate the famous William Tell story... with the apple in Milhouse's mouth. If it weren't for Marge's timely arrival, Bart and Milhouse wouldn't have been William Tell recreationists; they would have been Darwin Award winners.
  • Woolseyism: In the Latin American Spanish dub, the Spanish soccer announcer is brazilian, using the equivalent of El Spanish "-o" used towards brazilian people.
    Brazilian announcer: ¡O defensinho la pasa al centrinho! ¡Este al extreminho! ¡Este al centrinho! ¡El centrinho la retiene! ¡LA RETIENE!