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"Doug Way Out West" is the second part of the twelfth episode of the fourth season of Nickelodeon's Doug.


Doug exaggerates about how well he can ride on a horse and all his friends believe Doug's stories. But then Roger challenges Doug to show them and Patti suggests they all go to a dude ranch to settle the argument. Since Doug can't ride a horse very well, he is nervous about going to the ranch.



Doug's Journal Entry: Dear Journal. You know, sometimes even I don't know how I get myself into these messes.

At a ranch, Doug is running from a 1200-pound black stallion named Sugar and is cornered against a fence as the horse is ready to attack.

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At school, Patti brings in an ad for a dude ranch and invites everyone there. Doug reminisces on the good times he had on his Uncle Happy's farm, where he rode on the pony named Tornado as a child. Roger comes around and mocks Doug for riding on a horse. Doug retorts back, saying that Roger couldn't tell a horse's flank from its croup, and would like him to connect to a flank cinch, let alone know what one is. The others are impressed by Doug's seemingly knowledge of horses.

While telling everyone the story of riding Tornado, he exaggerates it and tells everyone he used to be a cowboy. The more he talks about it, he begins to believe his own story and soon, he imagines himself as "Durango Doug."

Doug's imagination: As a song of Durango Doug is being played, Doug's alter ego is shown dressed as a cowboy. He takes a piece of cactus and brushes his teeth and hair with it. He finds a rattlesnake and wears it as his belt. As the song comes to a conclusion, a branding stick is pressed against a map, revealing the word "Durango".

When Doug and his friends get to Buck's Dude Ranch, Doug tells his friends that he put down "other" as his skills in riding a horse. When Buck assigns horses to ride on (Al and Moo are assigned to ride Romulus and Remus, horses whose eyes are shaped like Al's and Moo's spectacles, and Roger is assigned to ride Lightning--a donkey, much to his dismay), Doug gets to ride on Sugar (named for his love of sugar cubes), the horse featured at the beginning of the episode. Doug then starts imagining himself as a coward and starts to get nervous.

Doug's imagination: The song Durango Doug is again being played--but this time, the lyrics are about what a coward he is. Durango Doug is seen in the middle of the town and looks around. When he hears a horse whinnying, he runs in fright and hides inside a barrel. As the song comes to a conclusion, a branding stick is pressed against another map, revealing a picture of a chicken, implying Durango Doug's actions here.

While the other ride away on their horses, Doug, knowing that he can't chicken out in front of Patti and the others, feeds Sugar a sugar cube and rides him. The mustang dashes through the forest past the other horses and their riders. He runs into a tree branch and loses Sugar in the process.

Doug hides behind the bush away from the others' view and searches for Sugar. He finds Sugar eating from a dumpster and struggles to take the mustang back to the ranch. Suddenly, he notices Patti looking for him and hides into the dumpster. Patti comes around and notices his hat on the ground and Sugar. Patti then begins to worry that Doug is hurt and goes looking for him. Doug, cognizant of how worried Patti is over his whereabouts, finally emerges from the dumpster and tells Patti the truth about his riding skills. Patti furiously berates Doug for scaring her and later shows him how to really ride the horse, e.g. use leg pressure to make him go, and pull on the bit to make him stop. She explains the steps as they ride Sugar, with Patti's horse Buttercup tagging along, to join the others.



  • Moral: Exaggerating can be dangerous.
  • Apparently, the ranch doesn't provide riding lessons. Mr. Weintraut takes care of the equines, but he's not a riding instructor. Buck simply has the visitors put down their level of riding expertise on a form (e. g. Al and Moo: beginner; Beebe: intermediate; Patti: advanced...), and then he assigns them the equines whom he considers appropriate for them.