Bart tries to save the cow he raised for his 4-H club from the slaughterhouse, and in the process winds up getting accidentally engaged to one of Cletus's daughters.


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Episode cast overview:
Marge Simpson (voice)
Lisa Simpson (voice)
Cletus / Apu (voice)
Ned Flanders (voice)
Mary Spuckler (voice)
Brandine / Dubya Spuckler / Herself (voice)
Martin Prince (voice)
Karl Wiedergott ...
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Bart joins a young farmers' group for the summer and raises a cow he calls Lou, helped by local girl Mary. Appalled when he finds out that Lou is destined for the slaughter house, Bart, helped by Lisa, rescues him and takes him to Mary to look after. But Mary is the daughter of Cletus and Brandine and in yokel law the gift of a cow equals a marriage proposal. If Bart backs out Lou will die. Fortunately Marge comes up with a plan to save face and Lou but it's a close call for Homer in the pantomime cow outfit as he takes Lou's place on the way to the killing floor. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Animation | Comedy


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27 April 2008 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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First appearance of Cletus' daughter, Mary (Zooey Deschannel). See more »


Lisa Simpson: [after Lou the Calf has won a 4-H blue ribbon] Bart, you *do* know what comes next...?
Bart Simpson: Something comes next?
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References Apocalypse Now (1979) See more »


Music by Alf Clausen
Lyrics by Jeff Westbrook
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No racism in this episode, or in this series.
6 July 2008 | by (NYC, USA) – See all my reviews

The Simpsons has something for everyone. Homer is stupid, Marge represses her anger, Lisa is a PC Feminist, Bart is destructive. Dr. Hibbert has been seen in a Mr. T mohawk, an 80's fade, a hippy afro and a Cosby sweater. Apu owns the Kwikee-Mart. Krusty's dad is a Hasidic Rabbi. Ned Flanders and his brood are super-Christians.

Most of the characters on The Simpsons are "white" - (well, yellow). Cletus and Brandine are hillbilly caricatures. No one is actually like this. Anyone calling this racism is very silly. And considering all the crap "white" people have given other colors and races over the centuries, I think a little redneck fun-poking ain't gonna hurt no one no how. Lighten up, y'all.

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