The Simpsons

Season 19 Episode 17

Apocalypse Cow

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Apr 27, 2008 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Apocalypse Cow
Bart joins the 4-H club and falls in love with a cow named Lou, but when he finds out that Lou is destined for the slaughterhouse Bart gives the cow to Mary, a fellow 4-H member, and her father mistakes the cow for a dowry. Homer and Marge come to the rescue to try and free Bart from his marriage agreement.moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Bart almost gets married

    Wow this episode wasn't that good. Bart has fallen in love or gotten married like twenty times through out the entire show. In fact it has only been a couple of seasons since he got his drivers licenses and fell in love! I know the show has been on for twenty years but can they wait a few seasons before recycling the same boring plot line. It was kind of obvious that Bart and the girl were going to get married or fall in love or something. It was so predictable it was sad. This is a awful season filled with bad predictable episodesmoreless
  • This ep was sooooooooo lame.

    Bart joins the 4-H club and falls in love with a cow named Lou, but when he finds out that Lou is destined for the slaughterhouse Bart gives the cow to Mary, a fellow 4-H member, and her father mistakes the cow for a dowry. Homer and Marge come to the rescue to try and free Bart from his marriage agreement.

    I thought that this episode was soooo lame. There was nothing funny about it and it was boring from the beginning to the end and I just wanted to shut it off, but I kept watching, hoping that it would get better than this but it didn't. I think that they could have done better than this and I don't recommend this episode to anyone.moreless
  • AN episode that not only delivered a comedy aspect but also gave me a sense of a heart warming story as Bart cares for his cow.

    When Bart joins the 4-H Club, he unexpectedly falls in love with a cow named Lou. But when Bart finds out that Lou has been sold to a slaughterhouse, he becomes determined to save him. Bart and Lisa free Lou from the slaughterhouse, and Bart gives the cow to Mary, a fellow 4-H Club member. However, Mary's father mistakenly believes Bart is giving them the cow as a dowry for Mary's hand in marriage. When Homer and Marge hear of Bart's engagement, they devise a plan to save Lou and free Bart from his marriage.

    Bottem line: A really fun episode to watch. (Highly reccomended)moreless
  • A giant commercial for vegans.

    This episode of The Simpsons is absolutely horrible. The entire episode had 2 jokes. The rest of the episode had pro-vegetarian/vegan laden "jokes" wrapped in with a little bit of Homer "doing something whacky at the end.

    I can't believe how much this episode preached. Good thing nobody watches the show anymore or else we'd have the entire internet on the creator's butts.

    The Simpsons pulled their crap together for the movie. Even in the middle of crap rating and even worse actual episodes. What they've done with the "rebirth" of the show was just piss it away.

    The Simpsons sucks soo much nowadays.moreless
  • Bart has a cow, man.

    While this is hardly a classic, or even a memorable episode, it's certainly a funny instalment of the Simpsons, with Bart getting yet another pet, a cow, and wanting Lou to be the exception to the rest of the meat product animals. The laughterhouse scene is the high point and climax of the episode, and the funny cheesiness of Bart caring about Lou and the extent of his dedication to save the calf, including marrying Cletus' daughter, or the more Bart-like approach of breaking in to free him.

    While Bart having an elephant and other pets were funnier, this is still an entertaining episode of the nineteenth season.moreless
Julie Kavner

Julie Kavner

Marge Simpson, Patty Bouvier, and Selma Bouvier

Nancy Cartwright

Nancy Cartwright

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

Yeardley Smith

Yeardley Smith

Lisa Simpson

Hank Azaria

Hank Azaria

Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, Moe Szyslak, Chief Wiggum, Comic Book Guy, Lou, and others

Harry Shearer

Harry Shearer

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

Dan Castellaneta

Dan Castellaneta

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

Zooey Deschanel

Zooey Deschanel


Guest Star

Tress MacNeille

Tress MacNeille

Agnes Skinner, Brandine Del Roy, Dolph and others

Recurring Role

Russi Taylor

Russi Taylor

Martin Prince, Sherri, Terri and others

Recurring Role

Karl Wiedergott

Karl Wiedergott

Additional Voices

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Cletus: We always figured someday Mary would marry. That's why we called her "Mary." We name all our kids after what we thinks gonna happen to 'em. Ain't that right, Stabbed In Jail?
      Stabbed In Jail: (whittling a stick) We'll see who stabs who.

    • Bart: (to Lou) I don't care how much of a pumped-up freak you are. I still love you. The way Barry Bonds' kids probably still love him.

    • (Bart introduces himself to Mary.)
      Bart: I'm Bart. This is my calf, Lulubelle.
      Mary: Uh, you know that's a boy, right?
      Bart: Oh, I thought she was peein' out of her nipple.

    • (Homer is in the slaughterhouse.)
      Female PA voice: You are now entering the Killing Zone.
      Homer: Hey, that sounds like Tress MacNeille!

    • Bart: (to Mary) I didn't know Cletus was your dad!
      Cletus: She had a regular city birth, in a gas station.

    • Bart: Sorry, Lise. I can't be a vegetarian. I love the taste of death.

    • Bart: Mom, they're gonna kill Lou and make him into food and fringe vests for gay cowboys!

  • NOTES (1)

    • Blackboard Joke: A person's a person no matter how Ralph.
      Couch Gag: A story is told through pictures on a medieval style scroll: The Flanders clan captures the Simpsons' couch and the Simpson clan crosses the open waters to do battle with the Flanders and take back their couch. The family rests triumphantly on their couch as Ned Flanders lays dismembered on the floor before them. This is an allusion to the Bayeux Tapestry, a 50 cm by 70 m embroidered cloth which explains the events leading up to the 1066 Norman invasion of England.


    • Rocky
      Lou the cow using a side of beef as a punching bag is an allusion to a similar training exercise used by the title character in the 1976 film, Rocky.

    • Horton Hears a Who
      The blackboard joke, "A person's a person no matter how Ralph," is an allusion to the line, "A person's a person no matter how small," from Dr. Seuss's Horton Hears a Who.

    • Casablanca
      The scene with Bart talking to Lou the cow before he gets on the plane is an homage to a similar scene from the 1942 film Casablanca with Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman.

    • Transformers
      The Trans-Clown-o-Morphs cartoon on Krusty's show is a parody of the popular cartoon series Transformers from the mid 1980's.

    • Apocalypse Now
      The title of this episode is a play on the title of the 1979 Francis Ford Coppola film, Apocalypse Now.