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* BadassBookworm: For being known as quirky indie comic writers, Alan Moore, Art Spiegelman and Dan Clowes are remarkably ripped.


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* RealityEnsues: Homer opts for a stomach stapling procedure and he loses a significant amount of weight. Unfortunately, rapid weight loss from previously obese people usually results in excess skin folds. His efforts to look more attractive was not as easy of a fix as he thought it would be.


* WeightWoe: The reason why Marge decides to create Shapes in the first place.

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* WeightWoe: The reason why Marge decides to create Shapes in the first place.place, because her hips are wider than the Wonder Woman cardboard cut out.
* WorkoutFanservice: [[https://vignette.wikia.nocookie.net/simpsons/images/9/99/Husbands_and_Knives_Promo_Card_2.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20071224023922 Marge in her workout gear]] in the promotional photos.

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* StartMyOwn: Marge starts her gym because she doesn't feel comfortable at the already existing ones.


... whereupon he wakes up in his hospital bed, revealing that everything after his gastric band surgery was AllJustADream. Deciding she loves Homer as he is, Marge insisted the surgeon reverse the surgery. The episode ends with Moore, Spiegelman, and Clowes watching Homer and Marge walking arm-in-arm, before ignoring a meteor heading for the Earth in favour of an underpaid comic artists' convention with a cash bar.

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... whereupon he wakes up in his hospital bed, revealing that everything after his gastric band surgery was AllJustADream. Deciding she loves Homer as he is, Marge insisted the surgeon reverse the surgery. The episode ends with Moore, Spiegelman, and Clowes watching Homer and Marge walking arm-in-arm, before ignoring a meteor heading for the Earth in favour favor of an underpaid comic artists' convention with a cash bar.


* ProperlyParanoid: Homer goes for stomach stapling, and eventually other kinds of plastic surgery, to improve his looks because he believes that Marge spending all day around people that look better than him will make her leave him. [[spoiler:In the dream that composes a huge chunk of the episode, not only is Homer right, but Marge quite gleefully ''murders him'' after declaring that she's leaving him.]]

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* ProperlyParanoid: Homer goes for stomach stapling, and eventually other kinds of plastic surgery, to improve his looks because he believes that Marge spending all day around people that look better than him will make her leave him. [[spoiler:In In the dream that composes a huge chunk of the episode, not only is Homer right, but Marge quite gleefully ''murders him'' after declaring that she's leaving him.]]



* SelfMadeMan: Marge builds a successful gym franchise from nothing. The drama of the episode is that [[spoiler:(at least in Homer's dream) Marge will become DrunkWithPower and sexual desires courtesy of being around attractive people all day long and she will abandon him.]]

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* SelfMadeMan: Marge builds a successful gym franchise from nothing. The drama of the episode is that [[spoiler:(at (at least in Homer's dream) Marge will become DrunkWithPower and sexual desires courtesy of being around attractive people all day long and she will abandon him.]]


* ProperlyParanoid: Homer goes for stomach stapling, and eventually other kinds of plastic surgery, to improve his looks because he believes that Marge spending all day around people that look better than him will make her leave him. [[spoiler:In the dream that composes a huge chunk of the episode, not only is Homer right, but Marge quite gleefully ''murders him'' after declaring that she's leaving him.]]



* SelfMadeMan: Marge.

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* SelfMadeMan: Marge.Marge builds a successful gym franchise from nothing. The drama of the episode is that [[spoiler:(at least in Homer's dream) Marge will become DrunkWithPower and sexual desires courtesy of being around attractive people all day long and she will abandon him.]]


* ShoutOut: Lisa discovers the ''ComicBook/{{Tintin}}'' and ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}}'' comic book 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''.

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* ShoutOut: ShoutOut:
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Lisa discovers the ''ComicBook/{{Tintin}}'' and ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}}'' comic book 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''. Many actual Tintin books can be seen on the shelves, including the black-and-white-only ''Tintin in the Land of the Soviets'' and the unfinished ''Tintin and Alph-Art''.
** Alan Moore, Art Spiegelman, and Dan Clowes are surrounded by copies of and/or references to some of their most famous works, respectively including ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'' and ''ComicBook/VForVendetta'', ''ComicBook/{{Maus}}'', and ''ComicBook/GhostWorld'' and ''ComicBook/ArtSchoolConfidential''. When Comic Book Guy starts smashing up Coolsville, the three artists reveal themselves to be the League of Extraordinary Freelancers, a nod to Moore's ''ComicBook/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen''.
** When Alan Moore gets worked up over how the film industry has ruined his work in adapting it for the screen, after Art Spiegelman talks him down, he finds solace in a compilation of Marjorie Henderson Buell's comic strip ''Little Lulu''.
** When Marge struggles with the treadmill, she looks over to see Miss Springfield, Cookie Kwan, Duffman, and Rainer Wolfcastle effortlessly re-enacting the video to Music/OKGo's "Here It Goes Again".
** In the episode's climax, Homer picks up Marge in his arms and flees a TorchesAndPitchforks-carrying mob to Notre Dame de Springfield cathedral, a parody of Quasimodo carrying Esmeralda into Notre Dame de Paris in ''Literature/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame''.


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.

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The At the Android's Dungeon, Comic Book Guy's store faces competition from a new store with better Guy is being his usual abrasive, condescending self, and when Bart protests his treatment of his customers, CBG sarcastically suggests they get their comics somewhere else - only to see another comic book store, Coolsville, opening across the street. The shop and a more personable proprietor its proprietor, Milo (voiced by musician Creator/JackBlack), are everything the Android's Dungeon is not - Milo is young, trendy, and believes that comics should be read and enjoyed, and that his customers' opinions are just as worth hearing as his own. At a signing by Creator/AlanMoore, Creator/ArtSpiegelman, and [[ComicBook/GhostWorld Dan Clowes]], Comic Book Guy tries to get his customers back by revealing that Milo is not a true comic actor Jack Black). book geek, as he has a girlfriend, Strawberry (but the kids already know this, as she's a Coolsville regular). CBG then unveils his stock of Asian weapons, but when he is called out on the irresponsibility of selling them to children, he tries to smash up the store, only for the three comic artists to beat him senseless.

Meanwhile, as Marge starts drops Bart and Lisa off at the signing, she poses with a Curves-style ComicBook/WonderWoman cutout and notices that her figure is not what it once was, so she heads to the gym. However, she struggles with a treadmill and discovers that the showers look out onto the street, so she decides to start Shapes, a gym for the average woman, women, in the former Android's Dungeon. Shapes is a resounding success, and soon she has opened multiple branches and is attending business conferences and appearing on television.

Homer becomes hooked initially enjoys the fruits of Marge's success, until the trophy second husbands of rich businesswomen point out that he is in danger of being replaced by a younger, more handsome model. Rather than taking better care of himself, he decides to have gastric band surgery, but while he succeeds in losing weight, he is left with large flaps of excess skin, and decides to have every plastic surgery after worrying going to improve his appearance. He meets up with Marge as she is receiving a commendation from Mayor Quimby, but his many surgeries have plunged him deep into the UncannyValley, and the audience at the commendation take up TorchesAndPitchforks and chase Homer and Marge to [[Literature/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame Notre Dame de Springfield]] Cathedral. At the top of the bell tower, Marge tells Homer that Marge's success will lead her she is, indeed, going to trade up leave him for someone a younger man, and sexier.
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... whereupon he wakes up in his hospital bed, revealing that everything after his gastric band surgery was AllJustADream. Deciding she loves Homer as he is, Marge insisted the surgeon reverse the surgery. The episode ends with Moore, Spiegelman, and Clowes watching Homer and Marge walking arm-in-arm, before ignoring a meteor heading for the Earth in favour of an underpaid comic artists' convention with a cash bar.
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%%* AllJustADream
* AsHimself: As Themselves: Creator/AlanMoore, Creator/ArtSpiegelman and [[ComicBook/GhostWorld Dan Clowes.]]
* BodyHorror: How Homer ended up looking after the numerous cosmetic operations. The climax just seems to have AllJustADream.

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\n%%* AllJustADream\n* AllJustADream: Everything from the aftermath of Homer's stomach stapling surgery to his apparent death turns out to have occurred in Homer's mind.
* AsHimself: As Themselves: Creator/AlanMoore, Creator/ArtSpiegelman and [[ComicBook/GhostWorld Dan Clowes.]]
Clowes]] appear as themselves, signing copies of their books at Coolsville. Moore's disgust at film adaptations of his work is played up, while Clowes reveals that he secretly wants to work for one of the big comic publishers.
* BodyHorror: How Homer ended up looking after the numerous cosmetic operations. The climax just seems to have reveals this as AllJustADream.



* 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.

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* HalfwayPlotSwitch[=/=]WhatHappenedToTheMouse: 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.[[note]] Milo re-appears in Season 25's "Married to the Blob", by which time he and Strawberry have tied the knot.[[/note]]



* LaserGuidedKarma: To the Comic Book Guy, who ended up out of business due to his miserliness and cruelty to his customers.

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* InsultBackfire: Comic Book Guy tries to ruin Milo's image in front of the Coolsville patrons by announcing that, contrary to the nerd stereotype, Milo has a girlfriend. However, the kids already know this - they've met her and like her just as much as Milo.
* LaserGuidedKarma: To the Comic Book Guy, who ended ends up out of business due to his miserliness and cruelty to his customers.



* PygmalionSnapBack: Homer winds up looking exactly how he did before after Marge had a surgeon undo the stomach stapling.

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* PygmalionSnapBack: Homer winds up looking exactly how he did before after Marge had has a surgeon undo the stomach stapling.



* ShoutOut: Lisa discovers the ''ComicBook/{{Tintin}}'' and ''ComicBook/{{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''.

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* ShoutOut: Lisa discovers the ''ComicBook/{{Tintin}}'' and ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}}'' comic strip book 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''.

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* SpinoffBabies: Parodied. Milhouse asks Alan Moore to sign his copy of [[ComicBook/{{Watchmen}} "Watchmen Babies:]] [[ComicBook/VForVendetta V For Vacation"]]. He's not thrilled about it.


* [[AsHimself As Themselves]]: Creator/AlanMoore, Creator/ArtSpiegelman and [[ComicBook/GhostWorld Dan Clowes.]]

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* [[AsHimself AsHimself: As Themselves]]: Themselves: Creator/AlanMoore, Creator/ArtSpiegelman and [[ComicBook/GhostWorld Dan Clowes.]]


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* 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''.

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* ShoutOut: Lisa discovers the ''Tintin'' ''ComicBook/{{Tintin}}'' and ''Asterix'' ''ComicBook/{{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''.


* MurderByInaction: The trio of authors/superheroes realize that a meteor is heading for Springfield, but leave as they consider a [[SkewedPriorities convention for underpaid artists more important.]]

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* MurderByInaction: The trio of authors/superheroes realize that a meteor is heading for towards Springfield, but leave as they consider a [[SkewedPriorities convention for underpaid artists more important.]]


* 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.



* 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.



* 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.]]

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* MurderByInaction: The trio of authors/superheroes realize that a meteor is coming heading for Springfield, but leave as they consider a [[SkewedPriorities convention for underpaid writers artists more important.]]

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