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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.


Matt Groening (created by), James L. Brooks (developed by) | 3 more credits »

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Episode cast overview:
Dan Castellaneta ... Homer Simpson / Mayor Quimby / Barney Gumble / Bar Patron / Rich Texan / Underwear / Santa's Little Helper (voice)
Julie Kavner ... Marge Simpson (voice)
Nancy Cartwright ... Bart Simpson / Nelson Muntz (voice)
Yeardley Smith ... Lisa Simpson (voice)
Hank Azaria ... Duffman / Mexican Duffman / Moe Szyslak / Sponge / Chief Wiggum / Monk #1 / Kirk Van Houten / Persian Trader / Julio / Comic Book Guy (voice)
Harry Shearer ... Ned Flanders / Lenny / Waylon Smithers / Mr. Burns / Monk #2 / Rev. Lovejoy / Dr. Hibbert (voice)
Jeremy Irons ... Bar Rag (voice)
Chris Edgerly ... (voice)
Pamela Hayden ... Milhouse Van Houten / Jimbo Jones (voice)
Tress MacNeille ... Allison Taylor / Shauna (voice)
Maggie Roswell ... Luann Van Houten (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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Release Date:

29 January 2012 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


In this episode it is revealed that Moe's father is a Yeti. See more »


Homer Simpson: [as a medieval peasant] So long, Marguerite. I'm off to fight in Flanders. Stupid Flanders.
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References America's Funniest Home Videos (1989) See more »


The Great Pumpkin Waltz
Written by Vince Guaraldi
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Entertaining enough, but was so ludicrous that it was embarrassing.
29 November 2012 | by caitz_is_boredSee all my reviews

I found the fact that the plot of the episode revolved almost entirely around a dish-rag to be highly perturbing; running out of ideas are we? The historical settings were actually quite creative, a nice change from the usual settings. Sadly, this episode was a big flop and the gags were few and far between.

Normally with this show, they manage to balance a few plots together, such as the Treehouse Of Horror episodes and Trilogy of Error. However, this episode failed miserably at it's attempt to create a sub-plot. At first, i was interested in that Milhouse had finally stood up to Bart but my interest didn't last because it was weak and unoriginal.

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