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Moe Goes from Rags to Riches 

While Bart tries to regain Milhouse's friendship, Moe's bar cleaning rag tells his unlikely story of how he got to where he is today.



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Episode cast overview:
Homer Simpson / Mayor Quimby / Barney Gumble / Bar Patron / Rich Texan / Underwear / Santa's Little Helper (voice)
Marge Simpson (voice)
Lisa Simpson (voice)
Duffman / Mexican Duffman / Moe Szyslak / Sponge / Chief Wiggum / Monk #1 / Kirk Van Houten / Persian Trader / Julio / Comic Book Guy (voice)
Bar Rag (voice)


When Moe is heckled for not having any real friends, his best friend (his bar rag that he likes so much) narrates the story of how he got to Springfield, from The Middle Ages to where he is today. Meanwhile, Bart and Milhouse have a fallout at Moe's Tavern after Bart takes something too far, so he sets out to whatever he can to get Milhouse's forgiveness. Then, Moe realizes he doesn't need to have just a bar rag as a friend.

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Animation | Comedy


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29 January 2012 (USA)  »

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16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


When The Mayor turns on the jukebox, everyone starts partying. Lou comes in and dances with them and you can see Lionel Richie in the background. He was from the episode where Homer flew on a private plane. See more »


Bar Rag: I was hung in a beautiful cathedral, where tapestries were considered rock stars. I was admired by what you now call gropies. I thought the good times known as the Dark Ages would never end, but then cruel fate came knocking at the door.
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Spoofs The Brady Bunch (1969) See more »


All Night Long
by Lionel Richie
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Terrible episode
17 April 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

A talking dishrag, voiced by Jeremy Irons. How ridiculous. The main plot revolves around Moe's dishrag, who talks about its history before it became a dishrag. Characters of The Simpsons portray the people of the past. It's so pointless! Who cares about a damn dishrag! I know it's supposed to parody a film, but most people won't get it. I hate "special" episodes of The Simpsons like these. Most of the jokes just weren't funny. It was just so stupid. But episodes like this shouldn't be a surprise as late as season 23.

There's also a sub-plot with Bart and Milhouse set in current times, but it doesn't blend in at all with the main plot that shows long flashbacks of the dishrag. The sub-plot is very thin, but it's better than the main plot. Otherwise, this is one of the worst episodes of The Simpsons I've ever seen. It's definitely the worst episode of the season so far, as the season is pretty okay.

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