[[caption-width-right:350:"Who's stupid now? Huh?"]]

Episode - 3F02\\
First Aired - 10/8/1995

Bart pulls a prank at church, switching the intended church hymn for a rock song. An angry Reverend Lovejoy confronts the children to demand who was behind it, and when Bart is exposed, he and Milhouse are made to clean the organ pipes as punishment. During their work, Bart and Milhouse get into a discussion about the soul, and Bart scoffs at the idea that man has a soul. To prove his point that the soul isn't real, Bart writes his on church stationery and sells it to Milhouse for $5, but Bart regrets it when things start happening ... and he feels he's turning into an empty shell. Bart eventually has to go all out to recover the piece of paper with the words "Bart's Soul" on them ... and gets help from an unlikely source.

Meanwhile, Moe decides to renovate his dank bar into a cheery family restaurant. The stress of running a restaurant alone for long hours, not to mention having a personality that isn't suited to running a family-friendly establishment, conspire against Moe and he eventually snaps at a little girl crying that the chill of her soft drink made her teeth hurt, leading to a mass walkout by the outraged patrons and ultimately the restaurant's failure.

* AnimalsHateHim: After Bart sells his soul, Santa's Little Helper and Snowball II growl and hiss at him.
-->'''Bart''': (to Snowball II) Geez! You're pretty uppity for someone who eats bugs all day!
* AnswerCut: See the first example in CorruptChurch.
* AnyoneRememberPogs: The {{Trope Namer|s}}, thought the exact phrase isn't used.
* BigWhat: Moe screams at Homer for saying "Hey, Moe!" a lot.
** Bart gives Milhouse one when Milhouse offers Bart's soul back to him... for 50 dollars.
* CatapultNightmare: Lampshaded.
-->'''Sherri & Terri:''' Bart, it's time to end this dream / And don't forget the standard scream!
* CluelessAesop: This is an incredibly ambiguous episode due to the fact that it refuses to make its point known. Sometimes, itís a religious episode, while other times it’s not. Sometimes the characters are depicted as TheWoobie while other times they are jerkasses. It doesnít even say definitively whether or not the soul exists.
* CorruptChurch:
-->'''Milhouse:''' But every religion says there's a soul, Bart. Why would they lie? What would they have to gain?\\
(''Cut to Lovejoy, in his office, working a change sorting machine.'')
** Reverend Lovejoy thanks Milhouse for confessing that Bart changed the church hymns with rock 'n' roll lyrics, yet punishes him too for "snitching".
* CoverInnocentEyesAndEars: Maude Flanders covers her son Todd's ears after Moe loses his temper and repeatedly uses the word "freaking".
* CrazyHomelessPeople: The raving crackhead Chief Wiggum stops to try to calm down, who references Creator/AlfredHitchcock, ''[[Creator/CharlesDickens The Old Curiosity Shop]]'' and John Gielgud in the nonsense he yells.
* CreepyChildrenSinging: Sherri and Terri in Bart's nightmare.
* DealWithTheDevil: Bart selling his soul.
* DeepFriedWhatever: The biggest selling point to "Uncle Moe's" is the massive deep fryer that deep fries everything, [[UpToEleven including champagne bottles]].
* DelayedReaction: Reverend Lovejoy being slow to figure out that "In the Garden Of Eden" was actually "rock and/or roll" and that he was pranked.
* DissonantSerenity: Reverend Lovejoy has the frightened children make an oath under threats of hellfire if they withhold the truth on who started the mess in church. While Ralph Wiggum and Milhouse are scared and nervous, Bart, however, remains calm and recites the oath nonchalantly and without a care in the world.
* DreamSequence: Bart dreams he has no soul to row along with him to a magic castle on an island in a lake. Near the end of the episode, he has the same dream again now with his soul along his side.
* DressCode: The policy "No Shoes, No Shirt, No Salvation" is written at a sign in front of the First Church of Springfield.
* EarnYourHappyEnding: Lisa {{discusse|dTrope}}s such a concept at the end when she notes that some people believe a soul is earned through things like thought and prayer. These things are, as she notes, what Bart did throughout the episode, perhaps truly earning his soul back, and thus gaining a happy ending, after all ([[IgnoredAesop Bart isn't listening]]).
* EskimosArentReal: Bart puts Music/MichaelJackson on a list of fictional things adults make up to scare children.
* EvilDetectingDog: After Bart sells his soul to Milhouse, Santa's Little Helper and Snowball II both growl at him.
* EvilLaugh: Milhouse has one when begged by Bart to give him his soul back, but with a price: Fifty bucks.
** The street sweeper that wrecked Bart's bike has one too. Right before he crashed.
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: Bart sells his soul.
* EyeScream: After Itchy saws off the top of the Space Needle, it falls onto Scratchy's eye.
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: Lisa tries to cheer Bart up to no avail since Bart loses his soul. This takes place in the foreground, while in the background (and what Lisa sets up to cheer Bart up), Homer gets stuck on the stairs railing and calls for help. Santa's Little Helper bites his butt.
* GlamourFailure: Automatic doors don't open for soulless Bart, he can't fog up glass with his breath, he can't laugh, his eyes briefly turn cat-like as he performs a HissBeforeFleeing, etc.
* GoshDangItToHeck: A stressed-out Moe finds himself unable to keep his temper and language in check at his new family restaurant.
-->'''Moe:''' (''to a little girl complaining her soda's too cold'') Your teeth hurt? Your ''teeth'' hurt?! Well, that's too freakin' bad. You hear me? I'll tell you where you can put your freaking "sodie" too!\\
(''All the customers gasp'')\\
(''[[CoverInnocentEyesAndEars Maude Flanders covers Todd's ears]]'')\\
'''Todd:''' Ow, my freakin' ears!\\
'''Ned:''' Well! I expect that type of language at Denny's, but not here!
* {{Headdesk}}: Bart on the Comic Book Guy's display case.
-->'''Comic Book Guy:''' Um, excuse me: no banging your head on the display case, please. It contains a very rare ''ComicStrip/MaryWorth'' in which she has advised a friend to commit suicide. Thank you.
* HissBeforeFleeing: Bart does this when he is caught trying to buy Ralph Wiggum's soul. For bonus points, he disappears into smoke like a supernatural being and his eyes are briefly slitted.
* HistoricalInJoke: Bart did his homework with that hymn prank: "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" ''was'' originally called "In The Garden Of Eden." Doug Ingle wrote the title down while drunk and sleep-deprived, resulting in it coming out as incomprehensible gibberish.
* {{Hypocrite}}: Milhouse. He snitches on Bart out of fear of going to Hell, but still gladly buys Bart's soul, plays with it like a toy, and refuses to give it back, all of which make him very comparable to {{Satan}}.
* ImagineSpot: Bart uses the five dollars from Milhouse to buy dinosaur shaped sponges which the page advertises as growing gigantic when made wet. Bart imagines them growing into large dinosaur sized sponges which then frighten Lisa. What he gets is a pair of sponges that get slightly bigger and then get washed by the hose down the sewer drain.
* InstantMassJustAddWater: Subverted and mocked with the dinosaur sponge scene.
* {{Jerkass}}: Milhouse in this episode, a change from his usual ButtMonkey status. See KickTheDog below.
** The random street sweeper who destroys Bart's bike for no reason and takes the time to [[EvilLaugh laugh mockingly at him]].
* KickTheDog: Milhouse is quite a jerk to Bart in this episode. He rats out Bart to Lovejoy, buys Bart's soul off him and orders Bart to give him 50 dollars if he wants it back (knowing full well Bart doesn't have that kind of money), and then trades it to Comic Book Guy for pogs. Worst of all, [[KarmaHoudini he goes no comeuppance whatsoever for most of this]], except for being forced to clean the organ pipes with Bart.
* KneelPushTrip: In Bart's dream, Nelson appears to be sympathizing with him, but then pushes Bart over, with Nelson's soul kneeling behind.
* LaserGuidedKarma: The street sweeper who seemingly wrecks Bart's bike on purpose. Instant karma strikes as he turns around to give an EvilLaugh after the bike falls to bits. Not looking where he's going, he crashes down the steps of a subway station and the sweeper blows up.
* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: Things start becoming a bit odd for soulless Bart, such as not being able to open automatic doors, his pets hissing wildly at him and...not being able to breathe on glass...but it's never firmly established if he really did lose his soul.
* NoodleIncident: Moe even wants to get rid of the fire extinguisher, because it has "too many bad memories" (unless he means "bad memories of running Uncle Moe's Family Feedbag" instead of "bad memories of using fire extinguishers").
* OffModel: Jasper's briefly seen without his beard as the church sings "In the Garden of Eden". It's... unsettling.
* PrecisionFStrike: Averted when Moe uses the word "freaking" in place of the f-word, and then again with Todd Flanders ("Oh, my freakin' ears!") as he is upset by Moe's tirade.
* PrayerIsALastResort: In his desperation, Bart says a prayer asking for his soul back, and he does, learning that Lisa got his soul back from Milhouse.
* RageBreakingPoint: After having to do the Birthday Fries gig for both Sherri and Terri, being mocked by a kid with a drawing of him as "Mr. Stinky", and getting ripped off by Snake, Moe finally reaches his when a little girl complains that her drink is too cold.
--> '''Moe''': [losing his cool] Oh, your "teef" hurt, huh? Your "teef" hurt? Well that's too freaking bad! You hear me? I'll tell you where you can put your freaking sodie too!
* RaisedLighterTribute: The churchgoers hold up candles as the organist finishes playing "In the Garden of Eden".
* RantInducingSlight: The stress of running a family restaurant is too much for the irascible Moe. He loses it after a little girl complains that her soda was too cold.
* RewardedAsATraitorDeserves: After Milhouse reveals that Bart was the one behind the ''In the Garden of Eden'' prank, Rev. Lovejoy takes him along for punishment for ratting on his friend.
--> '''Milhouse''': [Scared by a crow] Bart did it! That Bart right there!
--> '''Bart''': [Angry] Milhouse!
--> '''Rev. Lovejoy''': Milhouse, you did the right thing. Bart, come with me for punishment [drags Bart away]. You too, snitchy [takes Milhouse with him].
* SayMyName: As seen above, Bart yells "Milhouse!" in fury when Milhouse rats him out for his prank at the start of the episode.
* SevenDeadlySins:
** Lust: Everyone looking disheveled and SexDressed during "In The Garden of Eden," Marge and Homer giggling over memories of making out to the "hymn", and Snake's sexy girlfriend Soshanna.
** Gluttony: Homer grousing over having to wait 45 seconds for a flash-fried buffalo; Homer's brain telling Homer not to call Bart back because he can have Bart's meal.
** Greed: Reverend Lovejoy counting his collection plate money, Milhouse gloating over having Bart's soul, Homer taking Bart's meal (see also Gluttony), and Moe starting Uncle Moe's Family Feedbag because restaurants make more money than bars.
** Sloth: Bart and Milhouse slacking off at their organ-cleaning duties and Milhouse's dad telling Bart to go away because he needs to sleep.
** Wrath: Moe snaps at a little girl for complaining about her drink, Reverend Lovejoy getting mad at Bart and Milhouse over the prank, and Bart yelling at Lisa when Lisa keeps mocking him over the loss of his soul during grace.
** Envy: Lisa wants five bucks after Bart spent it on dinosaur sponges, Bart envying the souls of the kids in his dreams, and Moe envying restaurants for bringing in more money than bars.
** Pride: Bart prides himself for making an easy five bucks and is too proud to admit that the soul exists (until bad things begin happening to him).
* ShoutOut:
** Bart gets punished for making all the church goers and the church pianist sing and play along to the lyrics of the rock song ''Music/InAGaddaDaVida'' by Music/IronButterfly''.
** The ''WesternAnimation/TheItchyAndScratchyShow'' episode is called "[[Film/SleeplessInSeattle Skinless in Seattle]]."
** Bart says "[[Series/WildPalms Everything about me must go.]]"
** A sled on Moe's wall is called [[Film/CitizenKane "Rosebud"]].
** "[[Literature/AreYouThereGodItsMeMargaret Are you there, God? It's me, Bart Simpson.]]"
** Moe offers a free meal if he doesn't smile, like in the ''Series/{{Alice|1976}}'' episode "Mona Lisa Alice".
** The City that the kids were paddling out to in Bart's dream bares a slight resemblance to The [[Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz Emerald]] [[Film/TheWizardOfOz City]].
* SilenceYouFool: Homer's brain tells Homer to be silent so he could steal Bart's spaghetti and Moe balls.
* TheSoulless: PlayedForDrama -- Bart is scared over losing his soul to Milhouse and prays to God for it back.
* StockFootage: The shot of Bart waking up from his soulless nightmare is recycled from Season 3's "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS3E7TreehouseOfHorrorII Treehouse of Horror II]]", [[https://frinkiac.com/img/S03E07/897524.jpg with Lisa]] [[https://frinkiac.com/img/S07E04/750665.jpg removed]].
* SubvertedRhymeEveryOccasion: "Bart sold his soul, and that's just swell / Now he's going straight to ó / Hello operator, give me number nine..."
* TakeThat:
** Reverend Lovejoy is working a change sorting machine, when Milhouse wonders why the Church would make up lies like the existence of a soul?
** When Moe insults the little girl, everyone leaves, with Ned saying: "I expect that type of language at Denny's, but not here!". In non-English international translations, "Denny's" is changed to "UsefulNotes/McDonalds". The TakeThat still works, as both are low-rent fast-food restaurants -- Denny's is just more suited to sit-down meals.
** When Reverend Lovejoy rounds up the kids he suspects might be responsible for the musical prank, he puts single mothers on the same level as murderers.
* ThirdTimesTheCharm: In "Skinless in Seattle", Itchy's first two attempts to hit Scratchy are total misses. The third one hits Scratchy right in the eye.
* TheUnSmile: The commercial for Uncle Moe's Family Feedbag ends on an extreme close-up of Moe's grinning face, something he is known to be unaccustomed to doing. [[NightmareFuel He starts having facial tics.]]
* [[WalkingOutOnTheShow Walking Out On The Restaurant]]: When Moe goes on his temper tantrum and screams at a little girl (who was in pain after her soft drink was too cold for her teeth), everyone is aghast and immediately walks out. Moe sees what is happening and realizes he made a mistake ... too late.
* WhosLaughingNow: Milhouse agrees to sell Bart's soul back to him for ten times the price Milhouse paid to buy it in the first place.
-->'''Milhouse:''' Who's stupid now, huh? (laughs maniacally)