The Comic Book Guy's store faces competition from a new store with better comics and a more personable proprietor (voiced by musician and comic actor Jack Black). Meanwhile, Marge starts a Curves-style gym for the average woman, and Homer becomes hooked to plastic surgery after worrying that Marge's success will lead her to trade up for someone younger and sexier.
* CutawayGag: After Bart points out that Milo wears a porkpie hat, it cuts to Homer at his work station drooling "Mmm... porkpie."
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: A hotel sign reads "Welcome Lady Businessladies".
* IgnoredExpert: When one of the husbands gives Homer tips on how to stay attractive to his wife so she doesn't leave him for a younger man, Homer ignores him as his advice would require effort andd instead opts for plastic surgery.
* HalfwayPlotSwitch: The Comic Book Guy plot is the main focus of the first act, but it's completely dropped with no resolution to make way for the Marge story.
* [[SelfMadeMan Self-Made Woman]]: Marge.
* ShoutOut: Lisa discovers the ''Tintin'' and ''Asterix'' comic strip section and says: "I thought these only existed in French class." She then picks up an album named ''Tintin in Paris'', which doesn't exist in the Tintin series, but is a mishmash of the album cover of ''Tintin in the Land of the Soviets'', combined with content imagery of ''The Black Island'' and ''Destination Moon''.
* SpoofAesop: Homer says using surgery to improve one's looks is a bad idea because medical science has yet to evolve to the point of fixing all kinks.