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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.

!! Tropes:

%%* AllJustADream
* [[AsHimself As Themselves]]: Creator/AlanMoore, Creator/ArtSpiegelman and [[ComicBook/GhostWorld Dan Clowes.]]
* BodyHorror: How Homer ended up looking after the numerous cosmetic operations. [[spoiler:The climax just seems to have AllJustADream]].
* 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 and instead opts for plastic surgery.
* HalfwayPlotSwitch[=/=]WhatHappenedToTheMouse: 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.
* LaserGuidedKarma: To the Comic Book Guy, who ended up out of business due to his miserliness and cruelty to his customers.
* MurderByInaction: The trio of authors/superheroes realize a meteor is coming for Springfield, but leave as they consider a [[SkewedPriorities convention for underpaid writers more important.]]
* PygmalionSnapBack: Homer winds up looking exactly how he did before after Marge had a surgeon undo the stomach stapling.
* SelfMadeMan: 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.
* TakeThat: To [[Series/TheOprahWinfreyShow Oprah]] and her longtime boyfriend, Steadman Graham. During an appearance on ''[[{{Expy}} Opal]]'', Marge inquires as to when "Straightman" will finally pop the question and she in turns hands out expensive German cuckoo clocks to excited audience members as a means of distraction.
* UglyGuyHotWife: Played with, as Homer wants to avoid being a starter husband (as he and another guy are the only original husbands of the successful women) and opts for his plastic surgery.
* WeightWoe: The reason why Marge decides to create Shapes in the first place.