The Simpsons

Season 23 Episode 12

Moe Goes from Rags to Riches

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Jan 29, 2012 on FOX
7.1
out of 10
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78 votes
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In the episode Moe Goes from Rags to Riches, the tale of Moe's bar rag is told. Originally created in France during the Medieval period, the rag would eventually go on to be given to the King of Persia before returning to America to be used to flavor soup during the Great Depression. Eventually it is taken to Mount Everest, where it is found by a Yeti and given to a baby Moe (Hank Azaria).

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • A touching story

    10
    I notice several low scores below, I guess this is an example of an episode that you either like or you don't. Personally, I liked this episode. As someone with a fascination with history, I actually found the story of how Moe's bar rag went from a grand tapestry to a simple piece of cloth quite touching, as ridiculous as the concept may seem.



    The parts about Bart's dispute with Milhouse felt like filler that's already been done before. Those were the low points for me.moreless
  • The episode tells the story of Moe's rag

    8.0
    I thought this episode was great, but not perfect. Whoa, there's a whole bunch of negative reviews for this one. I may agreed that a story about how Moe's rag ended up in his bar seems very stupid and a filler plot, but I had nothing against with it. The episode was boring in some parts, but it was kind of interesting. Not a lot of humor here since this episode is kind of informative rather than entertaining. Bart/Milhouse's subplot was better obviously and it has more funny parts especially when Bart said something about Milhouse and he stopped being friends with Bart. Overall, the episode's main plot might felt pathetic but to me I has no problems. 8/10moreless
  • Confirmation that Groening Should Throw in the Rag

    1.5
    The Simpsons has been on the air for twenty three years now, and boy does it show. Almost every little drop has been sucked from the creative juices of the show's producers, resulting in desperate attempts to come up with plots long enough to last the whole 20 minutes. Of course the writers have used every trick in the book in order to keep this nightmare enduring as long as possible, copying plots from older episodes, using sub-plot afer sub-plot in the same episode, and now we have abominations such as these as even those tricks are losing their effect, the writers desperately try to revolve almost a whole episode around a rag.



    Quite why the writers thought that twenty minutes about a inaminate cleaning object would be interesting, entertaining and funny is beyond me. But why stop there? I have often wondered about the history of Marge's kitchen sponge, not to mention Ned Flanders' dish towel or Mr Burns' handkerchief. Any of these plots are bound to fascinate and delight the many hundreds of viewers still remaining. Take note please Al Jean.



    I don't need to explain to you quite how boring this episode was, with each flashback I was waiting for something of significance to happen, anything to prevent me falling into a deep slumber or relevant to the characters of the show. I waited for 20 minutes, and I'm still waiting for an explanation by the writers of quite what the point of this episode was?



    Realising that they couldn't fill the entire episode with such boring drivel about a rag, the writers decided to include a sub-plot about Bart and Milhouse's friendship. How original. I couldn't bear the tension at the end when the episode was about to reveal whether Bart and Milhouse remained friends or not.



    Such a damp squib of a plot may have been made passable if any decent jokes were included in the episode, but the writers seem completely incapable of doing that too. They failed to even achieve a smile-worthy moment for the entire length of the episode, but then that doesn't really surprise me. Calling the Simpsons a 'comedy' is more a habit of tradition than a definition of the content.



    I would say Fox should pull the plug on this once-great programme to save its last shred of dignity, but even that has gone now. Instead this show should meet its end because it is quite simply terrible.moreless
  • simpsons moe goes from rags to riches

    1.5
    i thought this was an awful episode it wasn't funny i only laughed once at homer's line when he said and that's why there is no god god bless america. But the rest of the episode was terrible probably the worst episode of the season it was even worse than the treehouse of horror this season yep its that bad even the subplot involving bart and millhouse was alot better sorry but this was a disapointing episodemoreless
  • really? about a rag?

    2.0
    better dont do anything, simpsons where great till season 15, then they just went down
Dan Castellaneta

Dan Castellaneta

Homer Simpson, Grampa Simpson, Barney Gumble, Krusty the Clown, Groundskeeper Willie, and others

Julie Kavner

Julie Kavner

Marge Simpson, Patty Bouvier, and Selma Bouvier

Nancy Cartwright

Nancy Cartwright

Bart Simpson, Nelson Muntz, Ralph Wiggum, Todd Flanders, and others

Yeardley Smith

Yeardley Smith

Lisa Simpson

Hank Azaria

Hank Azaria

Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, Moe Szyslak, Chief Wiggum, Comic Book Guy, Lou, and others

Harry Shearer

Harry Shearer

Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders, Principal Skinner, Waylon Smithers, Kent Brockman, and others

Jeremy Irons

Jeremy Irons

Voice of the Rag

Special Guest Star

Chris Edgerly

Chris Edgerly

Voice of Unknown

Recurring Role

Pamela Hayden

Pamela Hayden

Milhouse Van Houten, Rod Flanders, Jimbo Jones, and others

Recurring Role

Tress MacNeille

Tress MacNeille

Agnes Skinner, Brandine Del Roy, Dolph and others

Recurring Role

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    • Music:
      All Night Long (All Night) by Lionel Richie

    • Show Title: A space shuttle flying by marked "For Sale $1".
      Billboard Gag: Bubblebee Man, Brockman and Booberella: Your New Channel 6 News Team (with the trio pictured at the news studio)
      Chalkboard Gag: There's no proven link between raisins and boogers.
      Couch Gag: The family running around through the sets of various old TV series, including The Honeymooners, The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Brady Bunch, and Cheers, dressed as characters from each, before eventually getting to the couch of their own show.

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