The Simpsons

Season 13 Episode 12

The Lastest Gun in the West

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Feb 24, 2002 on FOX
out of 10
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Episode Summary

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

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  • Bart tries to help a washed up cowboy.

    This episode is in essence the weakest episode of the whole season, and yes I am including gump roast. I just dont understand it. This episode started off amazingly in the first act, and then got progressively worse. Dont get me wrong this episode isnt horrible, but it definately wasnt of the great caliber of this season or previous seasons. It had a couple of gags that were funny, but it really was just a downer. It wasnt horrible, but it could have been much better. You can give it a watch, but its not an episode that is a "must see."moreless
  • terrible

    a better episode would have been bart's conflict with that dog that hates him for no reason. this is easily one of the worst episodes of the series, if you ask me. some of the parts made me chuckle a little, like bart's good luck before he met the dog, and Ralph telling milhouse to be quiet after he says he'll be the 'dominant one', but the rest is painfully unfunny. the painting being liquor joke? the picture homer shows of Bart (This would actually have been funny had Bart say something like "Cowabunga", but to have him say "That's grotesque"? i dunno. this may however be nitpicky though). i watched this with a friend, who also likes simpsons, and we were both pretty appalled. i was kind of embarrassed actually, because neither one of us really found anything funny and we were both bored beyond belief. definitely one of the weakest episodes of the show, if you ask me. one of the few times i have to give an episode an Fmoreless
  • Horrible!

    This was a poor episode, it usually has a good plot and comedy, but not this time. I thought it was one of the most boring episodes I've seen. I think the Simpsons writers could have done better with the plot. I wish they can make this episode better. It wasn't as original as I thought it would be, I never stay tuned to watch it since it's really bad. The other episodes aren't as bad this one, this is the worst episode the Simpsons writers have ever made in the entire series, it's not like them to write badly, and it was.moreless
  • Worst Episode Ever.

    When Bart keeps getting chased by a dog, he runs into a former western star's home, and he befriends the cowboy. He soon gets him on The Krusty The Clown Show, but after the show, Bart and Homer discover that hes an alcholic. They try to get him to quit.

    This was an extremely dumb episode. I hated every minute of it. The dog started chasing Bart for NO REASON. This episode goes down in history as one of my most hated episodes. Along with Saddlesore Galactica, and Simpson Safari. But Simpson Safari is a masterpeice compared to this awful episode.

    Overall Grade: 10%/F-moreless
  • I don't know...

    I have been going back through all the past seasons trying to see how I feel about episodes after rewatching them. I love the first 9 seasons of course after that it's sporadic episodes that are worth watching. I rewatched season 12 recently and thought it fell pretty flat over all. So far season 13 has been hilarious and well written for the most part. I however did not like this episode. John Swartzwelder is my favorite simspons writer. I can watch an episode and guess when he's the writer. More than any other Simpsons writer he GETS the Simpsons! I did not get that feeling while watching this one. He is also responsible for a couple of the worst Simpsons episodes and this is one of them. I gave it a 6 because I do feel that when you are on the air long enough to have almost 500 episodes, they're not all going to be winners!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

Dennis Weaver

Dennis Weaver

Buck McCoy

Guest Star

Frank Welker

Frank Welker

Santa's Little Helper and Additional Animal Voices

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 (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

    • Bart has poster marks on the shelf above his bed, but he usually has his soccer ball, toy car and the piggy bank there

    • When Bart pets the dog, he has the baseball in his hand. Then, the camera cuts to the dog. Then, when the camera cuts back to Bart, the baseball is gone

  • QUOTES (14)

  • 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.


    • 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".

    • Narrator: "Tonight's Episode: 'Scuse me while I kill the sky."
      This is a modification on Jimi Hendrix's song "Purple Haze" in which he sings the line, "'Scuse me while I kiss the sky"