Recap / The Simpsons S 14 E 18 Dude Wheres My Ranch

  • Production code: EABF13
  • Original air date: April 27, 2003

After writing a song about Ned Flanders which becomes a sensation and is repeated endlessly on the radio, Homer and his family goes to a dude ranch to escape for awhile. While there, Lisa falls for a boy, while Homer and Bart battle beavers that are intruding on Native American land.

Tropes of this episode:

  • The Ace: Luke Stetson.
  • And the Adventure Continues: After hearing Moe's song on the radio, the Simpsons head back to the ranch for another week to avoid it.
  • Artistic License Biology: Luke stops Lisa from accidentally stepping on a rattlesnake egg. Rattlesnakes are live-bearers.
    • Beavers are portrayed with white teeth, when they should have yellow or orange teeth.
  • Bowdlerization: The scene where it's revealed Cookie died the night before the Simpsons leaves the ranch is often cut out for some reason.
  • Brick Joke: The end of the first act has Moe kidnapping David Byrne. At the very end, it's shown that Byrne has made a song about Moe.
  • Creator Backlash: In-Universe, Homer grows to hate his song.
    Homer: I've come to hate my own creation. Now I know how God feels.
  • Disney Owns This Trope: When the Simpsons are singing Christmas carols door-to-door at the beginning, the Blue-Haired Lawyer informs them that they can't sing a certain song because it's owned by the original copyright owners. When Homer complains, the lawyer suggests public domain songs instead:
    Lawyer: But don't use A-flat or G-natural. Those are owned by Disney.
    Homer: (moans)
    Lawyer: That's A-Flat.
    Homer: (moans in a higher key)
    Lawyer: That's better!
  • Hypocritical Humor: Clara saying there's more to life than boys and then upon seeing Bart, hits on him.
  • Jerkass: Lisa's sending Clara down the wrong path out of jealousy.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Lisa when she discovers that Clara was Luke's sister.
  • Series Continuity Error: Lisa claims Luke was her first crush, but it was Nelson in Season 8's "Lisa's Date with Density".
  • Shout-Out: Maggie dances parodies Britney Spears
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: What about Snake as he took a family hostage?
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Luke calls Lisa despicable for what she did to Clara and Clara tries to give Lisa a speech about how there's more important things than boys, only to see Bart.