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The sixty-fifth and final episode of the first season of Tiny Toon Adventures, but the sixty-fourth in production order.

The episode begins with Buster and Babs burrowing their way through ACME Acres on their way to the ACMELand Amusement Park. Meanwhile, Beaky Buzzard flies up to two signs; one leading to ACMELand, and the other leading to No Man's Land. Beaky then sneezes and switches the signs around, and when Buster and Babs come to the two signs, they follow the sign leading to ACMELand, which leads them to Prairie Junction. When they arrive at Prairie Junction, they believe it to be the Wild West World section of the park.

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Buster and Babs come to a saloon, and believe all the people playing card games to be animatronics. Just then, a chihuahua named Pedro rings the bell to alert the citizens of Prairie Junction that it is high noon and the Coyote Gang is coming. All the citizens hide, but Buster and Babs believe this to be part of the show. Pedro tells Buster and Babs that they're both loco, and that he warned them. Pedro runs away as the Coyote Gang, led by the Coyote Kid, make their way into Prairie Junction. Buster and Babs, still believing this to be part of the show, watch and share a bag of popcorn. The Coyote Kid then calls for the citizens of Prairie Junction, who all run out and give him what they have, which he loads into a compartment on the rear end of his horse. When he gets to Pedro's parents, they are about to surrender their corn, when Pedro tells them not to. Pedro's Father tells Pedro they have no choice, and hands his corn over to the Coyote Kid. Buster and Babs still believe this to be part of the show, and Buster has Babs get her picture taken with the Coyote Kid. As Buster tries to take another picture of the Coyote Kid, the Coyote kid snatches him and loads his money into his horse's compartment. Babs tells the Coyote Kid to put Buster down, and the Coyote Kid tosses Buster into a water trough. He then takes Babs, loads her money into his horse's compartment, and tosses her into the water through. He and his gang then leave Prairie Junction, and Buster and Babs chase after them, telling them to give them their money back.

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In the second act, an angry Buster and Babs still believe Prairie Junction to be the ACMELand amusement park. Pedro's parents then tell Buster and Babs that Prairie Junction isn't an amusement park, but rather, it's their town. One of the citizens then tells Buster and Babs that every day, the Coyote Kid and his gang come at high noon to rob it. He tells them to run away while they still can, but Buster and Babs are determined to get their money back. Pedro is also determined to get his stuff back, but his father tells him, Buster, and Babs that the Coyote Gang is too tough for them to handle. Pedro's mother then tells Buster and Babs that it would take an army, so Buster an Babs vow that they will return with an army. They burrow their way back to ACME Acres, and Pedro is excited, as with an army, they'll be able to take on the Coyote Gang. Unfortunately, his father tells him they won't, as Buster and Babs are on their own.

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Later that day, Buster and Babs return on a bus with Plucky and Hamton. Pedro is excited to see Buster and Babs, and is glad that they kept their word to return. Buster and Babs ask Plucky and Hamton if they're ready, and while Hamton says he is while vacuuming up a tumbleweed, Plucky says that he is before trying to sneak away. Babs tries to convince Plucky to help her, Buster, and Hamton defeat the Coyote Gang, but Plucky insists on leaving. Buster then convinces Plucky that if he does help them, he will get a free vacation in the old west, and there's gold in the hills. The thought of gold convinces Plucky to reconsider and help Buster, Babs, and Hamton after all. He immediately starts digging for gold before Buster pulls him away. Buster then pulls away Hamton, who continues vacuuming, and Babs tells them that their plan is to catch the Coyote Kid. Hamton, thinking "Kid" means "minor", asks Babs what the Coyote Kid looks like, and Pedro shows him the Coyote Kid's picture on a wanted poster. Hamton cowers in Plucky's hat, and Plucky is more determined to defeat him. Babs asks the citizens of Prairie Junction if they're with them, but they all run away in fear. Buster tells Babs they're on their own, and Plucky and Hamton to saddle up. Plucky and Hamton then put saddles on their backs and ask Buster and Babs if their saddles are on straight.

Buster, Babs, Plucky, and Hamton ride a fat horse with a "RENT-A-NAG" license plate, following the signs to the Coyote Kid's hideout. Plucky suddenly gets thirsty, and asks Hamton to pass him the canteen. Hamton does so, but tells him it's empty. Babs asks Hamton how he could drink all the water, but Hamton tells her he didn't; he used the water to wash his clothes, which are hanging on a clothesline. Buster tells the viewers that in the next episode, he should get script approval.

Buster, Babs, Plucky, and Hamton reach the Coyote Kid's hideout, and look down on it from a ledge above. The Coyote Kid takes a picture of his gang with Buster's camera, and Babs is angry at the Coyote Gang for stealing her and Buster's money. Hamton is more interested in the food the Coyote Gang is cooking, and falls off the ledge. He lands on one of the members of the Coyote Gang, and the Coyote Kid catches him and locks him in a cage. He then tells Hamton to stick around, as he and his gang are having barbecued ham for dinner.

In the third act, Buster decides to give up getting his and Babs' money back, and instead save Hamton. Plucky asks if they're going to do it in broad daylight, but Buster tells him that they'll wait until dark, then sneak in. Plucky is now scared to go up against the Coyote Gang, and as Babs tries to convince him to stay and help her and Buster, Plucky is determined to give up, when a shadow casts over him. The shadow is revealed to belong to Pedro, who wants to help them, and he reveals that he took the shortcut. He brings them sandwiches, but when Plucky eats one, he finds only a single seed in it. Pedro tells him that it's all he has since the Coyote Gang robbed him and his parents.

That night, as the Coyote Gang set up their barbecue, Buster, Babs, Plucky, and Pedro sneak in, taking back their ACMELand hats and Buster's camera. The Coyote Kid asks his gang who likes their ham rare, and they, and for some reason, Hamton, all tell them they do. Buster, Babs, Plucky, and Pedro then take the cage that Hamton is in and run away with it. The Coyote Kid orders his gang to chase after them, then tells them that at High Noon tomorrow, they're coming back to Prairie Junction to rob it.

Buster, Babs, Plucky, Hamton, Pedro, and the fat horse all return to Prairie Junction, where Pedro's parents are happy to see their son again. The citizens all cheer, and Pedro tells them that he got Buster and Babs' stuff back. Plucky tries to sneak away again, but Buster lassos him and pulls him back. Plucky then tells him and Babs that at High Noon, the Coyote Gang will return to Prairie Junction to rob it. Babs tells him that she and Buster are aware, and Buster tells him that it's why they have to stay. Hamton tells Buster that they can't possibly outfight the Coyote Gang, and Buster tells him that they may just be able to outsmart them. Pedro's father then tells them that maybe this time, they can all help them.

At High Noon, the Coyote Gang arrives at Prairie Junction, where to their surprise, a Coyote Kid Day fiesta is held. The Coyote Kid snatches Hamton, who is disguised as the mayor, and asks him what's going on. Hamton tells him that, as mayor, he hearby proclaims today Coyote Kid day. Babs tells the Coyote Gang that they deserve a break today, and Buster tells them it's because they're the best robbers in Prairie Junction. He then calls Pedro over, and Pedro holds up a sign that says, FREE FOOD. The Coyote Gang all rush into the Rotgut Saloon and demand food. Pedro's Mom tells them that their special today is chili that she cooked herself. Plucky, who is dressed in a hazmat suit, tells them, "Hope you like it hot!", and the Coyote Kid tells him, "The hotter, the better!". Plucky then brings them chili that's so hot, it has to be kept in a scorching room. The Coyote Gang eat the chili, but it is too spicy for them, so they drink water from a trough. Buster and Hamton then tell the Coyote Gang it's Square Dance time, and Babs square dances with them. Buster and Hamton speed up the tempo so fast, that the Coyote Gang suddenly don't feel very well. They see what looks like an outhouse that says, "GUYS", and run into it, but Buster reveals it to be a cage that says, "BAD GUYS", which he locks the Coyote Gang in. The Citizens of Prairie Gulch all cheer for Buster, Babs, Plucky, and Hamton.

At the end of the day, Buster decides to play one last song before he, Babs, Plucky, and Hamton head back to ACME Acres. The director claps the clapper board, and Buster, Babs, Plucky, and Hamton are all riding horses and playing guitars. In their song, they sing about how even though they've had fun, they wouldn't want to stay, but promise to return when this episode is rerun. The villagers all wave good-bye to Buster, Babs, Plucky, and Hamton as they ride off into the sunset.

This episode provides examples of:

  • Animated Actors: Buster, Babs, Plucky, and Hamton are shown to be this in the closing number.
  • Animation Bump: Jon Mcclenahan's animation of the Coyote Kid rejecting a brused tomato, a brief bit by Wang Film Productions (whom did the ink-and-paint/camera work on this one) when Buster and Babs initially arrive at Prairie Junction, and Harold Duckett's animation of Pedro showing he brought some sandwiches.
  • Composite Character: Pedro has traits of both Speedy Gonzales and Fievel Mousekewitz.
  • Cowboy Episode: Buster and Babs visit Prairie Junction and defend it from the Coyote Gang.
  • Credits Gag: Coyotes compliments of - Chuck Jones.
  • Expy: The Coyote Kid bears a strong resemblance to Wile E. Coyote, but his voice is quite different from the few times Wile E. actually spoke. He and his gang also occasionally communicate via signs like Wile E. would.
  • Fire-Breathing Diner: Plucky serves the Coyote Gang a chili so spicy, they breathe fire, and they even briefly become white-hot and turn into flaming power plant cooling towers. They put it out with water from a trough.
  • Homage: This episode features a Mousekewitz-esque family of Mexican chihuahuas, complete with Philip Glasser, the kid that voiced Fievel, voicing the young chihuahua Pedro.
  • Literal-Minded: When Buster tells Plucky and Hamton to saddle up, Plucky and Hamton wear saddles on their backs.
  • Medium Awareness: During the closing song, Buster, Babs, Plucky, and Hamton vow to return to Prairie Junction when this episode gets rerun.
  • Off-Model: Happens very frequently. This was the final episode to be animated by Kennedy Cartoons, but the initial cut of this episode turned out so sloppy, many parts had to be sent back to Kennedy to be re-animated. Thus it ended up airing later than it originally planned to, rendering it the season finale (instead of the originally-planned "K-ACME TV.") Kennedy was fired from the show after this, but they went on to work for Disney anyways.
  • Pass the Popcorn: When the Coyote Gang first come to Prairie Junction, Buster and Babs believe it to be part of a show at the ACMELand amusement park and share a bag of popcorn as they watch the Coyote Gang rob the citizens of Prairie Junction.
  • Road Sign Reversal: At the beginning of the episode, Beaky sits above two signs; one leading to the ACMELand amusement park, and the other leading to Prairie Junction. Beaky sneezes, he switches the signs around, leading Buster and Babs, who are on their way to ACMELand, to Prairie Gulch.
  • Shout-Out: Plucky imitates Groucho Marx when Buster convinces him there's gold in Prairie Junction.
    • The closing number is a homage to The Roy Rogers Show.
  • Sneeze of Doom: Beaky's sneeze is what switches the signs to ACMELand and Prairie Junction around.
  • Talking with Signs: One of the members of the Coyote Gang writes "HE'S THE LEADER" a sign and points it at the Coyote Kid. The Coyote Kid also holds up a sign that says, "SMILE" as he takes a picture of his gang.
  • Those Wily Coyotes: The main antagonist of this episode is The Coyote Kid, the leader of a gang of coyote outlaws.
  • Visual Pun: When the citizens of Prairie Junction bring the Coyote Kid their food, the Coyote Kid notices that one of the tomatoes is bruised. That particular tomato has a bandage on it.
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