The Simpsons

The Lastest Gun in the West

Season 13, Ep 12, Aired 2/24/02
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  • Episode Description
  • Bart has a day that gets better and better, until it starts really sucking when a crazy dog that hates him for no known reason starts stalking him. Bart is chased by the dog and he escapes from the dog by climbing a fence into the yard of Buck McCoy, a former star of western films. Bart learns more about Buck's history and back at home when Bart mentions that Buck is about the greatest guy who ever lived, Homer gets jealous. Buck comes to the Simpson's home for dinner and Bart brings the western look to Springfield Elementary. Bart and Lisa get Buck to appear on "The Krusty the Clown Show", but Buck hasn't appeared on live television in years; so to calm his nerves, he starts drinking. A drunken Buck shoots up the Krusty the Clown set, and Krusty himself. As a result Bart has lost his new hero and Homer who should feel happy about it isn't. So he and Marge go to Buck's to try sobering him up. When Snake and his gang are robbing Springfield's National Bank, Homer suggests that Buck stop the robbery to help restore his son's faith in the old cowboy. A couple of twirls of Buck's lariat soon put an end to the robbery.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Julie Kavner

    Marge Simpson, Patty Bouvier, and Selma Bouvier

  • Harry Shearer

    Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders, Principal Skinner, Waylon Smithers, Kent Brockman, and others

  • Dan Castellaneta

    Homer Simpson, Grampa Simpson, Barney Gumble, Krusty the Clown, Groundskeeper Willie, and others

  • Nancy Cartwright

    Bart Simpson, Nelson Muntz, Ralph Wiggum, Todd Flanders, and others

  • Yeardley Smith

    Lisa Simpson

  • Fan Reviews (10)
  • Bart tries to help a washed up cowboy.

    By Hornets3, Aug 14, 2009

  • terrible

    By futuramarama, Aug 21, 2011

  • Horrible!

    By jimbojosh, Sep 10, 2008

  • Worst Episode Ever.

    By fenway98, Nov 16, 2010

  • I don't know...

    By fixxxer3, Jan 18, 2011

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (14)

    • Bart: Mom, a dog ate my clothes! Marge: Nice try, but you're still going to Riverdance!

    • Lisa: I'm Annie Oakley! Nelson: I'm Kevin Costner in one of his western roles! Ralph: I'm a gulch!

    • Bart: Buck McCoy helped me. Grandpa: Buck McCoy!? He was the greatest of them all. He was bigger than opium! Lisa: I met one of my heroes today, she started the. Grandpa: Buuuuuck McCoy! I still carry this. Junior Buckaroo, second class. Little Grampa Simpson.

    • Homer: Eh, I'm sick of this Tarzan movie. Lisa: Dad, it's a documentary on the homeless. Homer: Oh, right.

    • Lisa: You know that new baby brother Ralph's been bragging about? It's just a pinecone!

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    Notes (1)

    • Blackboard Joke: Making Milhouse cry is not a science project. Couch Gag: Two teenagers are making out on the couch when the family enters the room.

    Trivia (7)

    • As Homer and Marge dump Buck's hootch down the sink, the level of liquid in one bottle drops dramatically from one scene cut to the next, with no opportunity for either Buck or Homer to have drunk any.

    • Krusty magically gains his clown gloves when he's reading his book.

    • When Buck is showing them his old movies, they're in the front room, which does not have a TV or the neccesary requirements to show projections. It disappears next episode.

    • In the promo, there's a scene where Homer pulls a doll out from under the covers and calls it Li'l Homer. This scene is not in the episode.

    • In one shot, where Bart is practicing his lassoing technique, the armchair in the front room is brown instead of green

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    Allusions (6)

    • Woman: Here's your hanging chad sketch, Krusty! Krusty: Ooh, you worked in Judge Ito! "Hanging chads" was an expression every American learned during the 2000 Presidential election and its seemingly endless legal battles and recounts. Judge Lance Ito presided over the OJ Simpson murder trial. Both of these references are ironic because Krusty had just said he did not want his show to seem dated.

    • Buck mentions the trick used on the dog did not work on David O. Selznick. Selznick (1902-1965) was one of the iconic Hollywood producers of the Golden Age. He is best known for producing the epic blockbuster “Gone with the Wind” (1939). He was reputed as being very difficult to work with when it came to the way he managed his productions. He's also remembered for introducing American movie audiences to Fred Astaire, Katharine Hepburn, Ingrid Bergman, Vivien Leigh and Louis Jordan as well as director Alfred Hitchcock.

    • After the dog chews up Bart's short stories, one of the pieces reads "it was all a weird lottery" it is referring to the short story "The Lottery" by Shirley Jackson.

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      The Magnificent Seven: At the end of the episode, as Buck rides home and then empties the garbage, the music is Elmer Bernstein's main theme music from the movie "The Magnificent Seven".

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      Buck McCoy's career parallels that of Dennis Weaver's. He started out on "Gunsmoke" (a western) and then did a detective show called "McCloud".

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