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Simpson Family
Season Nine  (1997-1998)  ·  25 Episodes

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The City of New York vs. Homer Simpson (#4F22 / SI-822) * 21 Sep 1997
Driven to the brink of sanity by his appointed status as designated driver, Barney Gumble drives to downtown Manhattan in Homer's car, leaving it there. But when the family journeys to the big apple to retrieve their property, Homer faces a one-on-one showdown with the dreaded boot.

The Principal and the Pauper (#4F23 / SI-823) * 28 Sep 1997
During a surprise banquet to honor his twentieth anniversary as principal, Seymour Skinner's true identity is revealed to be Armin Tamzarian. Now established as an impostor, Tamzarian retires and relocates to his old neighborhood in Capitol City. Guest starring Martin Sheen as the real Seymour Skinner.

Lisa's Sax (#3G02 / SI-826) ** 19 Oct 1997
When Lisa's saxophone is destroyed during a scuffle with Bart, the family recounts the story of how she got her instrument during the terrible heat wave of 1990. Guest starring Fyvush Finkel as himself and Krusty.

Treehouse of Horror VIII (#5F02 / SI-902) 26 Oct 1997
In “The Homega Man,” Homer battles killer mutants after Springfield is destroyed in a nuclear blast. Next, a matter transportation device melds Bart with a housefly in “Fly Vs. Fly”. Finally, Marge is accused of witchcraft during colonial times in “Easy-Bake Coven.”

The Cartridge Family (#5F01 / SI-901) 2 Nov 1997
After a wild soccer riot tears up Springfield, Homer purchases a handgun to protect his family. But when Marge's repeated requests to dispose of the weapon go without notice, she whisks herself and the kids away to a seedy motel.

Bart Star (#5F03 / SI-903) 9 Nov 1997
A local health fair shows that Springfield's young boys are out of shape, leading parents to sign their sons up for pee-wee football. But when Homer snags coaching position, a more talented quarterback is replaced by Bart. Guest starring Roy Firestone, Mike Judge as Hank Hill, and Joe Namath.

The Two Mrs. Nahasapeemapetilons (#5F04 / SI-904) 16 Nov 1997
Just as he begins to enjoy his popularity as a swinging bachelor, Apu receives an unwelcome reminder of his pending arranged marriage. Desperate to escape the agreement, Apu claims to have already married Marge Simpson. Guest starring Jan Hooks as Manjula and Andrea Martin as Apu's mother.

Lisa the Skeptic (#5F05 / SI-905) 23 Nov 1997
While Lisa and her classmates conduct an archaeological survey, a skeleton with abnormal bone structures growing from the shoulders is uncovered, leading the townspeople to conclude the remains are that of an angel. Guest starring Stephen Jay Gould and Phil Hartman.

Realty Bites (#5F06 / SI-906) 7 Dec 1997
When Marge becomes a real estate agent, her firm loses lucrative sales due to her total honesty. Meanwhile, Homer buys a 1960s hot-rod convertible at the local police auction. Unfortunately, the rod's former owner and convicted felon, Snake, wants his property returned post haste, and will do anything to get it back. Guest starring Phil Hartman.

Miracle on Evergreen Terrace (#5F07 / SI-907) 21 Dec 1997
People throughout Springfield open their hearts--and wallets--after Bart accidentally burns the family's Christmas presents and claims they were stolen by a burglar. But when the truth is alas revealed, the Simpsons find themselves pariahs. Guest starring Alex Trebek.

All Singing, All Dancing (#5F24 / SI-924) *** 4 Jan 1998
Anticipating a bloody Clint Eastwood-Lee Marvin shoot-'em-up, Bart and Homer are horrified to discover that their video rental, Paint Your Wagon, is actually a musical. Several song and dance moments from seasons past are recalled. Guest starring George Harrison.

Bart Carny (#5F08 / SI-908) 11 Jan 1998
When Homer costs a carnival worker and his son their jobs, Homer offers the pair a place to stay. But when the carnies lock the family out of their house and claim it as their own, Homer attempts to get it back by outsmarting the two. Guest starring Jim Varney as Cooder.

The Joy of Sect (#5F23 / SI-923) *** 8 Feb 1998
Along with the majority of Springfield, Homer and company are lured into the Movementarian cult by a slick pamphlet and tantalizing promises. But as Marge begins to realize that the cult only has money on its mind, she must try her hand at deprogramming to rescue her family.

Das Bus (#5F11 / SI-911) 15 Feb 1998
Bart, Lisa and their classmates fight for survival after becoming stranded on a deserted island. Meanwhile, Homer attracts the attention of Bill Gates when he attempts to crack the lucrative internet egg with a home-based consulting firm. Guest voices James Earl Jones as the narrator and Jack Ong as the chinese fisherman.

The Last Temptation of Krust (#5F10 / SI-910) 22 Feb 1998
After finally accepting that his comedic style is outdated, Krusty settles on more edgier material: what's wrong with today's crop of stand-up comedians. Guest starring Jay Leno, Steven Wright, Janeane Garofalo, Bobcat Goldthwait and Bruce Baum. Featuring Hank Williams Jr.

Dumbbell Indemnity (#5F12 / SI-912) 1 Mar 1998
When Moe breaks himself romancing a new love, he enlists the aid of Homer in an illegal scheme to collect $5,000 dollars from his automobile's insurance policy. But after Homer botches the scam, Moe must find a way to bust his best customer out of the pen. Guest starring Helen Hunt as Renee.

Lisa the Simpson (#4F24 / SI-824) * 8 Mar 1998
Thanks to the unfounded predictions of Grampa Simpson, Lisa is convinced that she's genetically predisposed to lose her intelligence. Meanwhile, Apu discovers Jasper frozen in his freezer, and turns the Kwik-E-Mart into a tourist's trap. Guest starring Phil Hartman.

This Little Wiggy (#5F13 / SI-913) 22 Mar 1998
Taking pity on the hapless Ralph Wiggum, Marge pairs him with Bart. But his association with Ralph quickly turns out to be more beneficial than burdensome when Bart learns that his father holds the master key to every store in Springfield. Guest starring Phil Hartman.

Simpson Tide (#3G04 / SI-828) ** 29 Mar 1998
Bored as usual, Homer decides to take up a new career in the Navy, where he single-handedly cuts the ribbon on treason season by charting a submarine into soviet waters. Meanwhile, Bart gets his ear pierced. Guest starring Bob Denver, Rod Steiger as Captain Tenille, and Michael Carrington.

The Trouble With Trillions (#5F14 / SI-914) 5 Apr 1998
When Homer's unfastidious tax return accidentally falls into the severe audit bin at the IRS, he is promptly nabbed by the government. Forced to go undercover for them, Homer finds himself on a mission to retrieve a trillion dollar bill stolen by Mr. Burns. Guest voice Paul Winfield as Lucious Sweet.

Girly Edition (#5F15 / SI-915) 19 Apr 1998
Bart attempts to upstage his sister when the pair land anchor seats on a Children's educational news program. Meanwhile, Homer exploits his elderly father to obtain a helper monkey, which he quickly puts to work looting donut shops.

Trash of the Titans (#5F09 / SI-909) 26 Apr 1998
When his crude insults persuade the local garbage men to terminate his trash pick-up service, Homer enters the race for sanitation commissioner, banking on the laziness of his fellow towns- people as the key to victory. Guest starring Steve Martin as Ray Patterson, Paul McGuinness, Susie Smith, and U2.

King of the Hill (#5F16 / SI-916) 3 May 1998
Crestfallen by Bart's shame of his poor physical condition, Homer sets out to work out. But when a pair of publicity scouts offer him the job of climbing The Murderhorn to promote their product, Homer is too blindsided by lust for physical perfection to turn down the expedition. Guest starring Brendan Fraser as Brad and Steven Weber as Neil.

Lost Our Lisa (#5F17 / SI-917) 10 May 1998
After hastily boarding the wrong bus to a limited engagement museum exhibit, Lisa finds herself lost in unfamiliar parts of Springfield. Meanwhile, Bart adheres novelty items to his face, only to later discover that the glue he was given--by Homer--is permanent.

Natural Born Kissers (#5F18 / SI-918) 17 May 1998
After a near-fatal encounter with a peeved farmer and his pitch-fork, Homer and Marge uncover the secret to reigniting their crapped-out sex life: dangerous situations. Meanwhile, Bart and Lisa make their own discoveries, including the lost ending to Casablanca, using a metal detector.


 Bill Oakley & Josh Weinstein were Executive Producers;
 Al Jean & Mike Reiss were Executive Producers;
 David Mirkin was Executive Producer

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