The Simpsons

Season 14 Episode 18

Dude, Where's My Ranch?

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Apr 27, 2003 on FOX
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Dude, Where's My Ranch?
It's Christmastime and the family is out caroling. When they carol outside of a lawyer's house, he informs them they can't sing the song they're singing without paying a royalty. This inspires Homer to decide to write his own Christmas carol, but when Flanders tries to help and begins annoying him, Homer is instead inspired to write an anti-Flanders song. Homer plays his new song at Moe's where a passing David Byrne overhears it and offers to produce and record it. The song "Everybody Hates Ned Flanders" becomes a national hit and is even covered by William Shatner. To get away from the over-exposure of the hit song, the family decides to take a vacation to a dude ranch. At the Lazy I ranch, Comic Book Guy looks for an Internet connection and Lisa is annoyed to find out that the ranch was built on cruelty to animals and oppression of indigenous people. Lisa wants to go home, until sometime later when she meets Luke Stetson, a junior wrangler who shares her views. Homer and Bart meet some indigenous people who tell them that they've lost their land to a natural beaver dam. Homer gets them to agree to build a fair casino, if he helps them get back their land. Lisa overhears that Luke already has a girlfriend named Clara and her heart is broken. Lisa encounters Clara and gives her false directions to the dance. Homer and Bart manage to outsmart the beavers and indigenous people are able to reclaim their land. At the dance, Lisa finds out that Clara, her competition is actually Luke's sister. Lisa gets Bart to help her find Clara, who they rescue with the help of some beavers. The family is set to return to Springfield, when they hear a new David Byrne produced song on the radio "The Moe Szyslak Connection" and decide they can afford another week at the ranch.moreless

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  • perfect

    What I liked: Homer's hate song on Ned, and Ned, Todd and Rod singing it one scene, the ending of the episode, Maggie dancing in her crib, the sister of the guy Lisa likes liking Bart, Homer complaining and we find out he was complaining about elk, amongst other things.

    Really funny episode. The plots are not that great in this episode, but I do not care because I spent a great deal of my time laughing, which is really what the show is about. So, well-done episode, definitely giving this one an A+ as my final grade. Perfect episodemoreless
  • Another good episode

    Man I love this episode man It is a great episode. Homer ends up making a song called EveryBody Hates Ned Flanders not to be confunse with Everybody hates Chris but that show didn't exist yet man. And then Homer gets tried of the song hey I love it. Then they go to dude ranch to get away from technology. Then Homer Battles Beaver and Lisa falls in Love with this guy name LUke and then Lisa gets rid of his girlfriend only to learn it's his sister and man I love when Bart battels the Beavers LMAO then Lisa gets a broken heart and Moe gets a song .moreless
  • Homer makes a hate song, and to escape hearing it another time the family goes to a ranch.

    All in al this was not by any means "a bad episode," however, this episode started out very very storng with Homer making a great hate song about Ned Flanders, and then the episode still satyed funny, but IMO didnt stay as strong as the begginng. However, Homer's song is just hilarious. "Everybody in the USA, hates their stupid nieghbor. He Flanders and hes really really gay Flanders tried to reck my song, his views on birthcontrol r wrong, I hate his guts and Flanders is his name!" Also, when Ned was singing a hate song about him in the car I couldnt stop laughing. Anyway, it was a good episode with a couple of great gags.moreless
  • Funny and well written

    Homer decides to write an original Christmas carol, and pens a tune called "Flanders is a Jerk." The song rockets up the charts, and the Simpsons are overwhelmed by the sudden success. They decide to get away from it all and take a restful vacation at a dude ranch.

    At the ranch, Homer and Bart befriend a tribe of native Americans. They want a dam removed, to restore running water for their village. Battling a swarm of beavers, Homer and Bart manage to destroy the dam and become honorary members of the tribe. Very funny episode worthy of your time to watch it... Great Christmas story episodemoreless
  • An above average episode. But so what, this episode is from the 14th season, I'm surprised they even managed to think up ANY plot after all these episodes.

    It seems that the writers can, and do, put the characters wherever they are wanted, without worrying about their characteristics. This episode is a perfect example of that.

    However, this episode does have very clever, funny humour. "Is it here, or is it not" is something I constantly consider every time I watch a "new" Simpson's episode, usually because a season like S11 or S12 usually have episodes with really dumb humour; but then theres several episodes in S14 and S15 with really clever humour. It gets very strange and confusing, but interesting at the same time.

    I do enjoy this episode much more than I'd enjoy a slightly earlier episode, and that's because "Dude, Where's My Ranch?" is very entertaining to watch. I recommend this episode.moreless
Julie Kavner

Julie Kavner

Marge Simpson, Patty Bouvier, and Selma Bouvier

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

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

Jonathan Taylor Thomas

Jonathan Taylor Thomas

Luke Stetson

Special Guest Star

Andy Serkis

Andy Serkis


Special Guest Star

David Byrne

David Byrne


Special Guest Star

Pamela Hayden

Pamela Hayden

Milhouse Van Houten, Rod Flanders, Jimbo Jones, and others

Recurring Role

Tress MacNeille

Tress MacNeille

Agnes Skinner, Brandine Del Roy, Dolph and others

Recurring Role

Karl Wiedergott

Karl Wiedergott

Additional Voices

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • In one airing of this episode, the scene where Homer says "A lot can happen when your head is turned" and then Marge points to where Cookie's grave is cut.

    • When Moe catches, then captures David Byrne on his car, he is next to the Simpsons and David Byrne's now unoccupied car. After he passes the hospital and closes the car top, there are no cars around him, not even Byrne's driver-less car.

  • QUOTES (23)

    • Indian Man: (About the blocked river) It was dammed by our natural enemy, the beaver.
      Marge: Why don't you just chase the beavers away?
      Indian Man: The beaver is also our god. In retrospect, it was a poor decision.

    • Homer: Look at those city slickers with their stupid fur coats and pointy hats!
      Marge: Homer, those are elk.
      Homer: I still hate them. (yelling) Go back to Grosse Pointe!

    • Lisa: Mom, why are you talking like that?
      Marge: (With a Southern accent) Don't rightly know. I just soaked up the lingo like a biscuit in a bucket full of gravy. (In her normal voice) I'll stop now.

    • Bart: I'll show how we get on a horse where I come from. Daddy, I need upsies!

    • Simpson Family: (singing) Walking in a Winter Wonderland.
      Mr Burns: Exquisite. Just exquisite. Makes me wish I hadn't released the hounds.
      (Dogs chase the Simpson Family)
      Simpson Family: Aaaahhh!!! (screaming and running away)
      Smithers: Should I call them off sir?
      Mr. Burns: No, no. It's their Christmas, too.

    • Everybody Hates Ned Flanders song lyrics:

      Homer: Everybody in the USA,
      Hates their stupid neighbor,
      He's Flanders and he's really, really lame...
      Flanders tried to wreck my song,
      His views on birth control are wrong,
      I hate his guts and Flanders is his name.

      Lenny/Carl/Homer: F-L-A-N-R-D-S,
      Homer: He's the man that I hate best,
      I'd like to see his house go up in flames.

      Lenny/Carl: F-L-A,
      Homer: His name is Ned!
      Lenny/Carl: E-R-S,
      Homer: That's a stupid name!
      He's worse than Frankenstein or Dr. No.

      David Byrne: You can't upset him even slightly,
      He just smiles and nods politely,
      Then goes home and worships nightly,
      His Leftorium, is an emporium, of woe!

      Lenny/Carl: F-L-A,
      Homer: Don't yell at Ned!
      Lenny/Carl: D-E-R,
      Homer: His wife is dead!
      Everybody hates that stupid jerk!

      David Byrne: Springfield rocks with Homer's joyous loathing,
      Filling clubs with angry Valentinos,
      You don't have to move your feet,
      Just hate Flanders to the disco beat.
      Homer/Byrne: He's your perky, peppy, nightmare neighborino!
      If you despise polite left-handers,
      Homer/Byrne/Flanders: Then I doubt you'll like Ned Flanders
      Or his creepy little offspring, Rod and Todd.
      Todd: That's us!
      Rod: Hooray!

      Audience: F-L-A,
      Apu: His name is Ned,
      Audience: E-R-S,
      Apu: He is so white bread,
      Choir: A smiling moustache geek who walks with God!

    • Indian: (checking her mail) Treaty, treaty, treaty, bill, treaty, Peace Pipe Aficionado magazine...

    • Lisa: (grabbing Bart) Come with me, did something terrible, need your help!
      Bart: Don't really care, caught up in the moment.

    • Bart: Hey, let's see if Dad's song is finally off the air! (turns radio on)
      Radio Guy: Coming up next, Springfield's latest one hit wonder "The Moe Szyslak Connection" Produced by David Byrne!
      Moe: (on radio) Moe Moe Moe! How do you like me, how do like me? Moe Moe Moe! Why don't you like me? Nobody likes me.
      Marge: (Turns off radio) Eh, we can spend another week at the ranch!
      Homer (with the car on its back wheels like a horse)YEEEEEEEEEEHAAAAAAAAH!!! HOOHOO! (Car bangs down) Ohhh, that can't be good for the struts!

    • Homer: Uh oh! We forgot to empty the minibar!
      (beavers open minibar and go out of control, one opens a deck of cards)
      Homer: That's a 17 dollar deck of cards!
      Bart: Let it go, dad.
      (Beavers get more out of control, one is gnawing on a Toblerone, the other is gnawing a camera. The flash flashes and you see a drunk looking beaver's eye.)

    • Homer: NOOOOOO! I wanted to die choking on food!

    • Clara: You know, there are more important things in this world than boys and wh--(sees Bart) hello handsome!
      Bart: What's up, cootie breath?

    • Homer: (Singing) Christmas in December! Wow wow wow! Give me tons of presents! Now now now!

    • Cookie: (to a chicken tied up to a stump) Free range my ass!

    • Homer: (about his overplayed song on the radio) I've come to hate my own creation! Now I know how God feels!

    • Texan: I have some sad news for y'all. After this dance I'm headin' to jail. One of my stray bullets hit a Texas ranger, but I'll be back in six months! YEHAWW (shoots guns in the air) Blanks. They just don't feel the same.

    • Carl: David Byrne?
      Moe: Singer, artist, composer, director, Talking Head…
      David Byrne: And I used wrestle under the name 'El Diablo'.
      Lenny: I thought that Philip Glass?
      David Byrne: Yeah, he wishes.

    • Cookie: A dance? A DANCE?! (starts whooping and dancing around) Phew. I'm pooped. I'm going to bed. BED?! (starts whooping and dancing around again)

    • Dude Ranch brochure: Peace. Quiet. Chili.

    • Marge: That was a delicious meal, Cookie. What do we do with our garbage?
      Cookie: Just leave it for Cleanie.
      (Cleanie creeps out and picks up the trash in a bag)
      Cleanie: (clutching the bag) My Precious. Gollum!

    • Lisa: Sister? You mean she's not your girlfriend?
      Luke: Hell no! They outlawed that in this state two years ago!

    • Marg: Homie, I'm worried about how fast our kids are growing up.
      Homer: It's the beef hormones and the fluorescent lights. What are you gonna do?
      Marge: But they're already acting like teenagers. Lisa's with that boy, and look at Maggie…
      (Maggie is listening to "Oops I Did It Again" while dancing like Britney Spears)

    • Homer: So long, suckers!
      (The rope around Homer's neck breaks and the beavers start attacking Homer)
      Homer: AAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHH! STOP SHOVING! The little one isn't getting any.
      (The small beaver attacks Homer)

  • NOTES (3)


    • Gabby Hayes
      When Lisa is reading a Let's Go Home magazine while the family is horseback riding, Bart calls her "Crabby Hayes", referencing actor George "Gabby" Hayes, the most famous of Western-movie sidekicks of the 1930s and 1940s.

    • Flipper
      When searching for Clara the rabbit on the cliff makes a sound much like the sounds that the dolphin "Flipper" would make from the television series Flipper.

    • William Shatner
      William Shatner's cover of Homer's song about Ned Flanders is a a reference to William's "unique" interpretation of Elton John's hit "Rocket Man".

    • Andrea True Connection
      The song Moe records, titled "Moe Moe Moe", is a takeoff of the Andrea True Connection disco hit "More More More".

    • Maggie imitates the dance moves of Britney Spears. While dancing to the pop star's "Oops...I Did It Again" she holds up a can of Buzz Cola. This is similar to Britney's Pepsi Cola commercial.

    • Moe: Have you ever seen the movie Misery?
      David: Actually no.
      Moe: Then this will be all new to you.
      This comment made by Moe to David Byrne after David injures himself by falling from the hood of his car (while driving) into Moe's car, is a reference to a Stephen King novel in which a famous writer has a car crash, and is rescued by one of his greatest fans. The fan nurses him in her house, but the writer soon finds out that he is held hostage by the fan. She is enraged because the writer has killed her favorite character (named Misery Chastain, hence the title Misery) and she demands that he write a new novel and bring the character back to life. Misery was made into a movie starring Kathy Bates and James Caan. Moe does a similar thing by taking care of David Byrne and later getting him to give Moe his own record deal (i.e. Moe moe moe!).

    • Homer: When Homer plots against the beavers on a map with figurines
      This joke refers to Bill Murray's character in 1980 film "Caddyshack." His mumbling, incoherent strategy to defeat the beavers is a parody of Murray's plots against the gopher in his greenskeeper shack.

    • Cleanie: "My Precious"
      The character of Cleanie acts just like the character of Gollum from the recent "Lord of the Rings" trilogy. In addition, Andy Serkis who performed the role of Gollum in those films provides the voice for Cleanie.

    • Dude, Where's My Car?
      The title of this episode is a play on the title of the 2000 film Dude, Where's My Car?

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