Little known facts
The four-disc plastic box set is either, shaped and molded after the face of Lisa Simpson or featuring Lisa on the front.
Each disc is designed after the labels on vinyl records, listing every episode like songs.
Homer gets to buy a handgun in “The Cartridge Family”.
We learn how Lisa first got her saxophone in “Lisa’s Sax”.
Apu gets married in “The Two Mrs. Nahasapeemapetilons”.
We find out that stupidity runs in only the male side of the family in “Lisa The Simpson”.
We learn how much money Mr. Burns is hording in “The Trouble With Trillions”.
Each episode comes with audio commentary by producers, writers, and some cast members.
Each disc features deleted scenes.
Discs 1, 3, and 4 come with animated showcases in which you can access multiple angles of animation stages.
Disc 4 comes with a “Special Language Featurette” and “A Moment With U2”.
Discs 2 and 4 come with “A Bit From The Animators”.
Dan Castellaneta (Homer, Grandpa, Krusty, etc.)
Julie Kavner (Marge, and Patty & Selma)
Nancy Cartwright (Bart, and many of the other children)
Yeardley Smith (Lisa)
Hank Azaria (Carl, Apu, and many others)
Harry Shearer (Lenny, Principal Skinner, and many others)
Other guest voices to look for in Season 9
James Earl Jones
Members of U2
Best of the season in my opinion
“The Cartridge Family” is the episode where Homer gets a gun, and alienates his entire family. The laughs are endless. The continual commentary on guns and gun-control provide the best times for Simpsons-style hilarity. We see Homer sitting out by the curb. We see ducks pass in front of him, we see Patty & Selma (his closest enemies) pass in front of him and finally, Homer’s greatest enemy, Ned drive past him twice on a lawnmower. If you know Homer at all, you know where this joke is coming from.
“Treehouse of Horror VIII” is separated into three different stories – as always. “Homega Man” is quite the hilarious joke on The Omega Man with Charleton Heston. Side note: Look for that “Intel” logo for one small, brilliant joke. For a Simpsons-style take on The Fly with Vincent Price, “Fly vs. Fly” shows us what would happen if Bart was crossed with a fly. Then, there’s the “Easy-Bake Coven” in which we see the Simpsons and most of Springfield if they were in the days of pilgrims, burning people as witches.
In a Simpson-style take on Crimson Tide with Gene Hackman and Denzel Washington, “Simpson Tide” offers some of the funniest jokes of the season. Homer and his closest friends join the Naval Reserve. Watch Mr. Smithers lead The Village People in a delightfully gay romp on top of the submarine. The outcome is even funnier. What Homer does to his commanding officer is simply classic.
Listing of every episode in the box set as they aired
“The City of New York vs. Homer Simpson”
“The Principal and the Pauper”
“Treehouse of Horror VIII”
“The Cartridge Family”
“The Two Mrs. Nahasapeemapetilons”
“Lisa the Skeptic”
“Miracle on Evergreen Terrace”
“All Singing, All Dancing”
“The Joy of Sect”
“The Last Temptation of Krust”
“Lisa the Simpson”
“This Little Wiggy”
“The Trouble with Trillions”
“Trash of the Titans”
“King of the Hill”
“Lost our Lisa”
“Natural Born Kissers”