Archer, Wesley, dir. "Bart Sells His Soul."
. FOX. 1995. Television.
One of the most popular and longest running prime time TV series “The Simpsons” has
entertained all kinds of audiences through the years, while keeping its identity. Unlike the series,
“Bart Sells His Soul,” has to deal with characters losing and or changing their
identity. Bart sells his soul to Millhouse for five dollars and Moe turns his bar into a family
restaurant, throughout the episode we see these changes take place and how they affect the
characters identity. Bart can no longer laugh, walk through automatic doors, and get kindness
from his pets; Moe tries to set a family environment to get more business, but ends up losing
money and going back to his old ways, and Bart learns enough of the lesson to get his soul back.
In this episode, Bart lacks the ability to make an ethical judgment, loses the qualities that
are special and unique about him, because he sells his soul for five bucks. Moe not so much, part
of his personality is to try and get quick money, but another major quality about his personality is
his bar, and its customers. He turns his bar into a family restaurant, but it backfires and ends up
costing him. Both Moe and Bart sold something about them making their stories parallel, but for
Bart it was much harder to get his back, for half the episode Bart searches for a way to get his
soul back, but ends up with no luck. A dream with a bunch of kids playing with their soul, and
Bart not having one symbolizes emptiness he feels. Lisa ends up coming through (as family
usually does in sitcoms) with Bart’s soul. Overall this episode shows why “The Simpsons” are
my favorite TV series, with the writers creativity and way of storytelling, I don’t see how
someone doesn’t have a sublime moment in at least one of the four hundred some episodes.