The Simpsons

Season 11 Episode 16

Pygmoelian

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Feb 27, 2000 on FOX
8.2
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Pygmoelian
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After winning the chance for his photo to appear on a Duff beer calendar, but losing out when the calendar appears with stickers covering his face, Moe gets a face lift. The resulting surgery makes him handsome and then Moe takes revenge on those who wronged him because of his looks in the past, including the producer of a soap opera. Of course his new looks get him the part, until he and Homer become privy to some plot lines that threaten to write him out of the show. In anticipation, they decide to go out "in a blaze of sour grapes".moreless

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Am I really THAT Ugly?

    10
    Moe gets plastic surgery after realizing how hideous he is. He becomes the star of a soap drama, titled "It Never Ends." He becomes popular. But, he learns that the writers plot to kill him off. So he and Homer reveal a whole season of upcoming plots to get back at the writers. They are furious, and then they reveal to Moe that him dying in the show was part of a dream. Moe leaves promptly, but an accident transforms Moe back to his ugly self. He returns to the life of a lonely bartender.



    Another lazy ending but a funny episode.moreless
  • After Moe is deemed to ugly to be put on the Duff Calender, he gets plastic surgery; he starts a new career as the star of a soap opera.

    9.0
    This was an episode that had some great moments, but it was slighty odd. However, I do feel that Moe would do something as wild as this to increases his attractiveness. There were some pricless moments like when Homer is spilling all that will happen in the show and he keeps saying there will be "sexy results." Also, when Homer is going to let the set on fire, or the whole duff carnival scene. Maybe this episode is a little to weird for some people's liking but I found this to be a wacky yet very very entertaining ploy. Give it a watch.moreless
  • A creepy episode, but a good one at that.

    9.0
    Moe competes for top honors at a Duff Beer festival and wins a chance to appear in a Duff calendar. When the calendar finally comes out, Moe's face is covered with a giant sticker due to his hideous ugliness. Despondent, Moe goes in for some much-needed plastic surgery and emerges from the operation with a smooth, handsome face. After settling some old scores with people who've wronged him, Moe heads over to the TV studio, where he confronts the producer of It Never Ends, a soap opera he once tried out for. Because of his new face, Moe is hired on the spot and made a regular on the series. But when Moe and Homer discover that Moe's character is about to be written off, they sabotage the entire show by revealing top secret plot points for the next year. The producers fire Moe and then, in a freak accident, a set piece falls on Moe's face, destroying all of his doctor's hard work. After that, it's back to Moe's Tavern for Springfield's least comely bartende.moreless
  • 6.9
    Moe is revealed has the hideous person he is, and gets plastic surgery. Then, in classic Moe fashion (and exactly why I love this guy).. he uses his new found blessings to get revenge. But, because revenge is wrong (stupid morality), Moe gets him comeuppance and instead of turning into a 3rd face, his pretty face, when crushed turns back into old Moe's face. All's well that ends weird. This episode also flushes out a little bit of Moe's past. As a 20-something, he was an aspiring actor, but his looks kept him from being able to get any kind of roles.moreless
  • Go Moe....Boo everyone else

    9.5
    Laughter all the way describes Pygmoelian as a whole. This is one of the few episodes in Season 11 that make me laugh out loud and one of the best ones too. The way Homer drags his whole family to Duff’s beer festival is gibberish making Marge taking her vacuum cleaner with her and Lisa taking her attendance trophy over her music ones, but when they get there the fun starts. Great storytelling in this episode reminds me of the good ol’ Simpsons. The Duff competition, for starters which revealed Duff mans real name, Larry. The whole scene was great. Revealing Moe’s face on the Duff calendar describes the main plot and we know now why Carl doesn’t talk much. The sub plot where Bart and Lisa run after for the elephant balloon was funny but cut short. The gag in the operation theater was superb with great lines; ‘we got some leakage here’. Soap opera scenes was ok saved by funny moments; Homer turned on by Moe’s acting…..HAH . This kind of episode makes The Simpsons never ends.moreless
Julie Kavner

Julie Kavner

Marge Simpson, Patty Bouvier, and Selma Bouvier

Harry Shearer

Harry Shearer

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

Dan Castellaneta

Dan Castellaneta

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

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

Pamela Hayden

Pamela Hayden

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

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Tress MacNeille

Tress MacNeille

Agnes Skinner, Brandine Del Roy, Dolph and others

Recurring Role

Karl Wiedergott

Karl Wiedergott

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  • TRIVIA (5)

    • In the Mexican version of the Simpsons, the Doctor that Moe replaced in the soap opera said 'They can't replace me! I played the role of Doctor (??) and the voice of Ranma for the last (?) years!'. This was a play on the fact that the guy playing the voice of the Doctor in this episode was the same guy that made the voice of Ranma Saotome, lead character of an anime named Ranma 1/2 which played in Mexico for a while before this episode was made. -Coola

    • At the contest, Duffman introduces Duff's "vice president of calendars and fake IDs" as Phil Angelides. Coincidentally (?), that is also the name of the treasurer of the state of California (1998-present (2003)).

    • When the facelift doctor was writing on moe's face, he only wrote on the left side and then put the pen away. When they showed the same view of moe getting written on, he had writing all over his face.

    • When Lisa says, "trophies, trophies," the closed captioning reads, "(panicked gasping)".

    • The family managed to change from their pajamas to their street clothes en route to the festival.

  • QUOTES (18)

    • Homer: Moe! The new Duff calendars are out! The ones with your picture.
      Moe: Oh, boy! Move over, liquor license. (takes a framed license down from the wall)
      Lenny: (reading license) Hey Moe, this license expired in 1973, and it's only good in Rhode Island … and it's signed by you.
      Moe: Yeah, yeah, I've been meaning to get that updated, uh, for this state and, real.

    • Duff Man: And the winner… Moe Szyslak!
      Moe: Aw, that's great; thank you, thanks a lot. Uh, I just want to say that it was an honor for me to compete against the Mick and the, uh, the chick with the rack there.

    • Duff Man: Duff beer is brewed from hops, barley, and sparkling clear mountain … what?
      Titania: (rings bell) Goat.

    • Duff Man: Are you ready for some Duff love?!

    • Homer: Good work, everyone. We're sure to be first in line for "Duff Days."
      Marge: You set off the smoke alarm to rush us to a beer festival?
      Homer: (chuckles I know. I'm a character. Now a little beer music to get in the mood.

    • Moe: Homer, did you hear that? She called me handsome! Me! It's like I've gone to heaven. Wait a minute…I died on the operating table didn't I?
      Homer: He he, yeah but just for a minute. It's a funny story, I'll tell you some time.

    • Nurse: Oh boy, what a mug!
      Surgeon: Yea, you should see his genitals, would you like to see his genitals?
      Moe: I'm awake here.
      Surgeon: Hey this isn't anesthetic it's new car smell.

    • Moe: It's hopeless, ain't it?
      Surgeon: No, no, no, I love a challenge. First, we must install buttocks.
      Moe: Nah, nah, nah - no luxury items. Just the face.
      Surgeon: (drawing on Moe's face with a marker) Okay, I'm going to move this up, this wider. Gonna lose that. I've never even seen one of these!

    • Marge: Kids, would you like a balloon?
      Bart: (sarcastic) Yeah, right, Mom. Then I'd like a rattle and a wowwypop. Actually, I would like a wowwypop.
      Lisa: Those balloons won't biodegrade for ten thousand years. And if Bart gets a wowwypop, I want a wowwypop.

    • Gay man: Alright then, we need a symbol for our campaign. Something that says we're gay and republican.
      (A pink balloon in the shape of an elephant flies through the window.)
      Gay man: A little bit on the nose, don't you think?

    • Homer: (to Lenny & Carl) OK, ready, guys? One...two...three...
      (All three lift up their shirts; Homer has "M" on his chest, Carl has "O" on his and Lenny has "O" too)
      Homer: "MOO"!? Lenny, you were suppose to be "E"!
      Carl: See what happens when you skip rehearsal?

    • Moe: Am I really that ugly?
      Carl: Well, it's all relative, Moe. Is Lenny really that dumb? Is Barney really that drunk? Is Homer really that fat, bald and stupid?
      (Everyone but Carl begins to cry)
      Carl (to the camera): See, this is why I don't talk much.

    • Moe: When my face was crushed, why did it go back to my old face? I mean, shouldn't it have turned into some kind of third face that was different? Makes no...
      (The end credits cut him off)

    • Lenny: (cheering for Moe) That's my Moo!

    • Director: Well, you said you wanted "gritty," in other words, "ugly."
      Producer: I wanted Mary Anne from Gilligan's Island ugly, not Cornelius from Planet of the Apes ugly. TV-ugly, not ugly-ugly.

    • Moe: I've been called ugly, pug-ugly, fugly, pug-fugly ... but never ugly-ugly.

    • Moe: Hey, Duff Man, how would you like a sticker on your face? (slaps a sticker on Duff Man's face)
      Duff Man: Duff Man can't breathe! Oh no!

    • Titania: Ew! You said if I slept with you, I wouldn't have to touch the drunk.
      Duff Man: Duff Man says a lot of things. Oh, yeah!

  • NOTES (2)

  • ALLUSIONS (3)

    • Cocktail
      The song played during the pouring contest is "Hippy Hippy Shake" by Chan Romeroa; a reference to the 1988 film Cocktail.

    • The title is a play on the name of George Bernard Shaw's 1913 play Pygmalion, upon which the 1956 Lerner/Loewe stage musical My Fair Lady is based.

    • Announcer: Like the cleaning of a house, it never ends.
      The opening of the soap opera It Never Ends is similar to the epigram on the opening of the NBC soap opera Days of Our Lives, "Like sands through the hourglass, so are the days of our lives." Likewise, the drawings of cast members against a white background are a parody of the opening of CBS's The Young and the Restless.

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