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

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  • 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.
  • Actually Pretty Funny: Ned and his kids actually enjoy the song Homer wrote bashing him.
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  • 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.
  • Bill... Bill... Junk... Bill...: A Native American woman sorting through her mail after Homer and Bart destroy the beaver dam.
    Native American: Treaty, treaty, treaty, bill, treaty, Peace Pipe Aficionado Magazine...
  • 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.
  • Chekhov's Army: The beavers. Bart gets them to gnaw down a tree and save Clara when she gets trapped in the river.
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  • 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!
  • Gigantic Moon: Parodied. Lisa and Luke are looking at the night sky and comment on how big the moon seems. The camera then pans back to show the landscape they're on - with the moon taking up half the screen.
    Luke: You should see it when it's full!
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  • Immediate Self-Contradiction: Clara saying there's more to life than boys and then upon seeing Bart, hits on him.
  • Jerkass Ball: Lisa gets this by sending Clara down the wrong path out of jealousy.
  • Kick the Dog: As if Lisa feeling guilty about attempting to kill Clara thinking she was Luke's girlfriend isn't the worst of her troubles, he puts her down further by calling her despicable.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Lisa when she discovers that Clara was Luke's sister.
  • Reality Ensues: Lisa falls in love with a young cowhand, Luke. She endangers the boy's sister, originally thinking she was his girlfriend. When Lisa confesses, Luke, rather than touched, is appalled that Lisa put his sister in harm's way and burns bridges with her.
  • "Risk"-Style Map: Homer has one for his planning against the beavers.
  • Rule of Three: When Lisa first meets Clara, she sees the latter's name written on three spots.
  • 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’ "Oops!...I Did It Again".
    • Moe kidnaps David Byrne after the latter lands in his car, even referencing Misery and asking if Byrne has heard of it.
    • Cookie's assistant Cleanie is an obvious one to Gollum from The Lord of the Rings, being both voiced by Andy Serkis and using the famous line "My precious" when gathering up the Simpsons' garbage.
  • Special Guest: David Byrne, musician and former frontman of Talking Heads.
  • Take That!: Homer and Bart give a Spit Take when the Native American who gave them a drink says it's Fresca.
  • Tempting Fate:
  • Too Dumb to Live: David Byrne dances on his car bonnet while his car is in motion. It ends with him slipping and landing in Moe's car, and Moe subsequently kidnapping him.
  • 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.


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