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EPISODE
Don't Have a Cow
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Air date October 17, 2003
Written by Michael Carrington
Directed by Richard Correll
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Don't Have a Cow was the second episode of the second season. It originally aired on Disney Channel on October 17, 2003.

Plot

Alana is having a Halloween party. Eddie is invited, however Raven and Chelsea were not. They want to go, so they use Aunt Viv's spell book to cast a wishing spell to be invited, and it goes through. They cast another one to make them popular and win the costume contest. However, a pin on Chelsea's shirt that has a cow on it ends up failing in the spell, causing the two of them to slowly turn into cows. They go to the party to stop the spell before they end up mooing on four legs. Meanwhile, Cory thinks he's to old to go trick or treating with Victor.

Main Cast

Guest Cast

Goofs

  • When Chelsea pulls the book out of the trunk, while walking toward the bed she looks at the spine and says it's called A Book of Potions, Spells, and Incantations. But if you look carefully, there is nothing on the spine.
  • A running gag was that Raven and Chelsea would moo in a low pitched voice whenever they said a word that rhymed with "moo", but Raven said "no" and Chelsea said "good" in their bellowing voices, despite neither word rhyming with "moo".
    Cow tongue

    Actual Holstein heifers portrayed Raven and Chelsea at the end of the episode. You can see by their hairstyles the left one is Raven and the right one is Chelsea.

  • Every time the girls have their towel wraps on, you can clearly see their ear lobes. Also, Chelsea's ears can always be seen behind her cow ears.
  • When Chelsea drinks from the punch bowl with her face, her face is soaked. In the following shot, her face and hair are dry.
  • When Cory is talking to his dad about not trick or treating with him, his barbel keeps appearing and disappearing between shots.
  • Eddie is seen standing next to Raven and Chelsea before the costume contest results, but afterwards is nowhere to be seen (likely to give the cows on set more room).
  • There are a number of plot holes that can be seen in the episode:
    • Since the whole episode was a vision, it's unknown how much of Cory's sideplot was legitimate (though the ending scene implies it all happened).
    • They never stated if the wishing spell had a limit, meaning that Raven and Chelsea could have possibly wished for the transformation to stop.
    • When Raven and Chelsea are completely transformed into cows, their clothes disappear and they have leashes on their snouts. Though both were likely done in consideration for the animals used on set, it doesn't make sense from a story standpoint.
    • The students didn't seem to notice how drastically different Raven and Chelsea looked before and after the costume contest.
    • Raven's visions are usually quick and she sees a few seconds of it, but in this case she saw the entire day from the moment Chelsea ate the burger to the part where they win the costume contest as cows.

Trivia

  • When Alana calls Raven and invites her to the party, she and Muffy are sitting on the storage bench in the Baxters' living room.
  • It's rumored that this episode was the reason Season 2's opening was replaced, as viewers found the shot where Raven's cow ears are twitching back and forth to be too creepy.
  • Raven and Chelsea turn into Holstein cows, which have white and black fur, without horns. But the pin Chelsea dropped that was the cause of their transformation featured a cow that had brown fur and horns. Also, despite having fur they did retain their human hair.
  • Raven and Chelsea technically turned into heifers, not cows. Cows are female cattle that have given birth to a calf and contain udders that both humans and calves use for milk and dairy-related products. Since neither Raven or Chelsea had given birth to a calf yet and don't have fully-developed udders, they are biologically heifers.
  • At the end of the vision, real Holstein cattle were used to portray the fully transformed Raven and Chelsea. A number of techniques were used to control the animals on set and have the audience tell who they are.
    • An additional white flooring was added in the area the cows were standing in. This was done possibly to soften the ground for their hooves or to prevent any of their droppings from falling onto the set.
    • The cows were kept in place with leashes on their snouts.
    • While the cows do not wear Raven and Chelsea's clothing, each one has a wig that resembles their respective hairstyles.
    • Their lower lips were computer generated to make it look like they can talk.
  • Since the majority of the main plot was in a vision that Raven immediately prevented from happening, there hardly is a plot for the real Raven and Chelsea after the early Chill Grill scene. It is left unknown what they did after Raven stopped the vision from happening or what would have happened to the cow versions of them in the vision.
  • Raven and Chelsea moo a total of 12 times in the episode.
  • Popular Youtuber "Too Much Mouth" released a makeup tutorial video in which she recreates Raven's cow face with makeup. She also homages several moments in the episode in the intro of the video.

Quotes

Chelsea (while reading her poem): Cow, cow, where art thou? You're in my stomach now. Cow, cow, tell me how, I accidentally made you chow?
Cory (when he wants to go trick-or-treating by himself): Dad, I think it's time we had the talk.
Victor: Tanya!!
Cory: Not that talk!
Chelsea (about her burger): Oh my God, it's meat! I just ate meat!
Raven: Ew, ew, ewwwwwww. I almost ate something healthy!
Cory (to William): This has been the worst Halloween ever! Your costume set off every car alarm and home security system in the neighborhood!
William: I wanted to rewire, but no, you couldn't wait to get your precious candy.
Raven (to Chelsea): We wished we were cows? Why couldn't you have been wearing a Halle Berry button?