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241 "Missionary: Impossible"
"Bart to the Future" 243
"Am I really that ugly?"
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Episode Information
Episode Number: 242
Production Code: BABF12
Original Airdate: February 27, 2000
Couch Gag: The Simpsons rush in as usual, but Marge wipes away the Matt Groening logo. Matt Groening writes it again.
Blackboard Text: "Dodgeball stops at the Gym door"
Written By: Larry Doyle
Directed By: Mark Kirkland
DVD features

"Pygmoelian" is the sixteenth episode of season 11.


"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"."


After winning a bartending contest, Moe is shunned by the Duff brewing company when his picture on their calendar has a sticker over his face. After peeling away all the stickers, Moe is shocked to see how ugly he is (especially when Carl compares Moe's ugliness to Lenny's stupidity, Barney's drunkenness and Homer's laziness, baldness and weight). Moe gets a facelift, becoming very handsome, and sets out to do all the things he never could, including almost getting a date from a girl he liked in high school, and being surrounded by beautiful women (Including Selma). He then tries out for a role on the Soap Opera It Never Ends, who had turned him down years ago for being too ugly. Now with his leading man looks, he is offered the role of leading man Dr. Tad Winslow.

After misinterpreting a plot line, Moe thinks his character is being killed off. He sneaks Homer on to the set to make a guest appearance as an angel from the future, and gives away a year of the soap's storylines. Moe is fired and ends up having a piece of the set fall on his face, instantly undoing the effects of the facelift and returning to him the ugly, old face we have all grown to cringe at. At the end Moe is back in the bar with Homer, wondering why his face went back to his old one. Sometimes, they conclude, things are best unknown.


The episode was written by Larry Doyle and was directed by Mark Kirkland.


The episode has received positive reviews from fans, since airing.[1]


Season 11 Episodes
Beyond Blunderdome Brother's Little Helper Guess Who's Coming to Criticize Dinner? Treehouse of Horror X E-I-E-I-(Annoyed Grunt) Hello Gutter, Hello Fadder Eight Misbehavin' Take My Wife, Sleaze Grift of the Magi Little Big Mom Faith Off The Mansion Family Saddlesore Galactica Alone Again, Natura-Diddily Missionary: Impossible Pygmoelian Bart to the Future Days of Wine and D'oh'ses Kill the Alligator and Run Last Tap Dance in Springfield It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Marge Behind the Laughter