I thought the b-plot was barely there for the first half, but then was the focus for the second. That was odd. Still, it did nothing for me, and like Big Bad said, seemed like a waste of Alyson Hannigan (and even Kristen Wiig).
I like Moe so I enjoy the episodes based around him - and enjoyed the nod to other Moe's Bar makeovers. Did we always know Chalmers' first name was Gary?
No worries, guru, when I purchase "Carnivale" for my wife through Amazon, I will go through here, so that you may reap the handsome rewards of my $70 purchase. You do have Amazon as one of your affiliates, don't you?