Moe Goes from Rags to Riches
Billboard: Bumblebee Man, Kent Brockman and Booberella, your new Channel 6 news team.
There’s no proven link between raisins and boogers
Couch gag: The Simpsons take a journy through popular sitcoms from the 50s to now.
Director: Bob Anderson
Jeremy Irons as the Bar Rag
Synopsis: Moe’s bar rag narrates the story of how it became a bar rag. Meanwhile, Bart and Milhouse have a fight and their friendship might be over.
Moe is teased that his best friend is the rag he uses to clean the bar. What follows is a painful tale of the rag’s journey from being a tapestry in Dark Ages France through to being a bar rag. On paper, this sounds like an interesting premise, but in practice, it’s just stupid and one of the worst episodes in the entire series.
I’m not really sure how it all goes wrong. Maybe bar rags just aren’t that interesting. The bar rag was a sort of Forrest Gump character, turning up in all sorts of famous situations as part of its “thousand year fall from grace”. Most of the rag’s misfortunes came at the hands of Homer in different guises.
While the uninteresting rag tells its woeful tale, Milhouse dumps Bart as a best friend and makes him beg for forgiveness. This subplot is strong enough to carry an episode on its own, as it has done before, however shoved in the middle of the main plot, it gets lost and is clearly just there to fill in time. This subplot isn’t as fully developed as it should be as it has loads of potential. Milhouse enjoys having power over Bart (for a change) and this could be explored in so many different ways, yet it feels forced. Bart is terribly cute in his Krusty pyjamas though.
There’s not a lot to love in this episode, and it ends with a schmultzy ending where Moe realises human friends are superior to rag friends while the dog and Maggie fight over the rag.