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Wizards of Waverly Place

Season 3 Episode 17

Western Show

Aired Friday 8:30 PM May 14, 2010 on Disney Channel
out of 10
User Rating
70 votes

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Episode Summary

When the school's superintendant fires Mr. Laritate because of Alex, Mr. Laritate gets a job at a western place. When the school hires a strict new principal, Alex transports Mr. Laritate back to the Old West in an attempt to show him that it's not what he thought it was and make him want to come back to Tribeca Prep.moreless

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  • Excellent episode BUT the only problem is that it was only western for about 5 minutes.

    I thought that this was an excellent episode of "Wizards of Waverly Place". The western setting in this episode was really good and funny to watch all the way. My only problem with this episode was that is only western for about 5 minutes. This episode is called "Western Show" for a reason which means that it should've been western pretty much throughout the entire episode. The episode starts when the superintendent fired Mr. Larritate all thanks to Alex having her rollerskate all over the school with pie. The superintendent is now the school principal with huge changes. The students must now wear a uniform. Alex and Justin go find Mr. Larritate where he is working at the horse cattle for people to ride horses and he is telling how working at the horse cattle is the closest for him to follow his dreams as a cowboy. While Mr. Larritate is unconscious, Alex decides to put up a spell where the whole town is western (this is where it's only western for 5 minutes or less.... sadly). Mr. Larritate then gets his job back as principal. I really like this episode but my score is a tad low because I really wanted to see more of the western (oh well, I guess 5 or less minutes is good enough). There were a lot of parts that made me laugh but the western fight was the best part... it felt like a slapstick and it was very entertaining. Overall, this episode is excellent but I wish I saw more of the western setting though. 9.5/10moreless
  • It started out decent, but it feels like they didn't know how to end the episode.

    The writers were building on that bizarre "friendly antagonist" dynamic between Alex and her Principal. She was just goofing around, being herself, and got him in trouble with the superintendant. She actually likes him, and wants to make amends. The kids do a great job trying to get Mr. Laritate to believe in himself (inadvertently). But then it breaks down. They confront the Super, and he just ... gives up for no particular reason. He doesn't fight or put up any real argument, he just folds under the weight of some goofy psychosis and runs. The ending just breaks suspension of disbelief, and really doesn't leave you with the warm fuzzy "life lesson learned" feeling of all the good WoWP episodes.moreless
Ted McGinley

Ted McGinley

Superintendent Clanton

Guest Star

Bill Chott

Bill Chott

Mr. Laritate

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • During the bar fight scene, when Justin throws one the cowboys through the window, it can easily be seen that the restaurant's modern-day kitchen is still there.

    • Similar to how Mr. Laritate likes western themes, the superintendent likes sailor themes, because he was in the navy and he always uses sailor or pirate themed words.

    • Spells Featured:
      "Say goodnight, out like a light"
      "Old West right away, yippie ho ki yay"
      "Bad, Bad, Leroy Brown, make Laritate run out of town"
      "Modern Day right away, yippie ho ki yay"

  • QUOTES (2)

    • (Alex brings the Sub Station to the Old West)
      Theresa: Alex. What did you do?
      Jerry: Yeah, I was just hiding Max's textbooks when, all of a sudden, I'm in this ridiculous outfit.
      Theresa: Although I do like this corset.
      Jerry: Yeah, why didn't I get one of those?
      Alex: Don't worry. We're doing something that'll teach our principal a valuable lesson.
      Jerry: You mean that guy passed out on the floor over there?
      Alex: Yes, and when he comes to, everybody just act westerny.
      Justin: Okay, but I don't know how to act westerny.
      Alex: Oh, just say "Howdy, partner" and "I reckon" a lot.
      Jerry: I call the word "varmint"!

    • Max: Oh hey, I just joined the school's one-man marching band.
      Mr. Laritate: We don't have a one-man marching band Max.
      Max: I can see why, 'cause I sound terrible.

  • NOTES (1)


    • The line, "You can catch the 3:10 to Cupcakeville" is a reference to the western film 3:10 To Yuma.

    • In this western-themed episode, Superintendent Clanton shares his name with the Clanton gang, the outlaws at the O.K. Corral.

      In his western villain persona, Superintendent Clanton goes by the name "Old Man" Clanton, which was the nickname of Newman Haynes Clanton, who was the father of the four Clanton brothers and the leader of their gang.

    • Alex creates a villain for the Old West with the words "Bad, bad, Leroy Brown, make Laritate run out of town". "Bad, Bad, Leroy Brown" is actually the title of a hit song by Jim Croce.

      "Leroy Brown" is also the real name of the main character in Donald J. Sobol's Encyclopedia Brown series.