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Raven Baxter

"Don't Have a Cow" is the second episode of the second season of That's So Raven.


Raven and Chelsea use an old spell book to get invited to a Halloween party, but accidentally turn themselves into cows in the process. Meanwhile, Cory and William go on a disastrous trick-or-treating trip.

Plot Summary

At Bayside High, Eddie shows off his invitation to Alana's Halloween party to Raven and Chelsea, who were not invited due to Alana's bad history with Raven. The duo go to the Chill Grill after school, where they find out that Alana is hosting the party at the restaurant to spite Raven. As they eat their burgers, Chelsea panics when she realizes her and Raven's meals were accidentally switched and is ashamed of eating a hamburger as a vegetarian.

At Raven's house, the guilt-ridden Chelsea starts wearing a pin button with a cow's face on it. Raven suggests they look into her grandmother's chest of paranormal objects to pass the time, and they come across a magical book which contains a spell that can grant wishes. The two place all the necessary ingredients for the spell inside of a cauldron and wish to get invited to Alana's party. After casting it, Raven immediately receives a call from a hypnotized Alana confirming their invitation. Now knowing it works, they then wish to be the most popular girls at the party and have the best costumes. As they cast the spell, they fail to notice Chelsea's button fall into the cauldron in their excitement.

While preparing their costumes, they start panicking after noticing that their ears were shaped like a cow's and they had long, white tails on their rears. Shortly afterwards, Eddie arrives at the house to take them to the party. The two hide their bovine body parts from Eddie and force him out with the book as they start mooing sporadically. They find the button in the cauldron and realize that it altered their wish to turn them into cows. Raven suggests that they to go to Alana's party and get the book back from Eddie to reverse the spell before it's too late, figuring no one's going to question their appearances on Halloween.

At the party, Raven and Chelsea try to find Eddie as their bodies and mannerisms slowly become more cowlike. They develop snouts, hooves, and longer tongues as well as an appetite for straw and cud. After they locate Eddie, Chelsea ends up eating the book page they needed to reverse the spell. Alana's friends halt the party to announce the winners of the costume contest and are surprised to find Alana placed second. Alana angrily runs up to the stage and discovers that Raven and Chelsea won. At this point, the two have completely transformed into cows and decide to "milk it" as they sarcastically remark that they got their wish. It's then revealed that the whole night was a vision Raven had during their meal at the Chill Grill, allowing her to stop Chelsea from eating the burger and prevent the whole ordeal from ever happening.

In the side plot, Cory (who's dressed as a weightlifter) decides that he wants to trick or treat with his friend William (who's dressed as a remote), disappointing Victor (who's Dr. Frankenstein). Tanya (dressed as Igor) suggests that she and Victor go trick or treating on their own. Cory and William end up missing out due to Will's costume setting off alarms in the neighborhood while his parents get bagfuls of candy. Feeling guilty, Cory admits to Victor that he misses trick-or-treating with him, and the two and William go back out to get the candy that Cory and William missed out on (provided William doesn't touch his suit).


  • When Alana calls Raven and invites her to her party, she and Muffy are sitting on the storage bench in the Baxters' living room.
  • Raven and Chelsea become hornless Holstein cows with white and black fur, but the cow on Chelsea's pin that caused their transformations had brown fur and horns.
  • This is the first time that one of Raven's visions took up most of the episode, making her story line more uneventful as she immediately prevented what she saw from happening. It's left unknown what would've happened to Raven and Chelsea in the vision after they turned into cows and if their transformations were permanent.
  • Unlike most episodes, which are centered on reality, this episode is a foray into fantasy and shows the potential magical properties the world of That's so Raven has (wishes, hypnosis, and animal transformations) outside of Raven's visions.
  • The title is based on Bart Simpson's catchphrase "Don't have a cow, man". Chelsea also says the phrase to Raven at the end of the episode.
  • Raven and Chelsea's cow transformations are a possible homage to Lampwick's donkey transformation in Pinocchio. The order in which their body parts turned into that of their respective animals were nearly the same.
  • Raven and Chelsea are the only female Disney characters to be turned into cows, as the others are Dave Barbarian and Heinz Doofenshmirtz. However the terminology makes sense with Raven and Chelsea as cows are female cattle, while male cattle are bulls (though Raven and Chelsea would classify as heifers as neither has given birth to a calf).
    • Strangely enough, both Dave and Heinz had prominent udders when they transformed, while Raven and Chelsea's were not fully grown. Male cattle cannot grow udders, but female cattle can.
  • Raven and Chelsea moo a total of 12 times in the episode.
  • Chelsea's actress, Anneliese van der Pol, confirmed that this was one of her favorite episodes in the series because she enjoyed working with the cow makeup.


See Also

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That's So Raven • "That's So Suite Life of Hannah Montana" • That's So Raven videographyCory in the House ("That's So in the House") • Raven's Home
That's So Raven: Raven BaxterChelsea GraysonEddie ThomasCory BaxterTanya BaxterVictor BaxterDevon CarterSeñorita RodriguezAlana RiveraBiancaMuffyLocaDr. SleevemoreVivianWilliamLarryStanleyCindyChloe HunterSydneyDonna CabonnaTiffanyAmberRicky RodriguezSerena ValentineNicki PetersonAndreaEmmettJonathan KwizzowskiGabrielTendajiCrystalBoyz 'N Motion

Raven's Home: Nia Baxter-CarterBooker Baxter-CarterLevi GraysonTess O'MalleyGarrett GraysonPrincipal WentworthMr. JablonskiMyrna JablonskiPaisleyShannon ReynoldsCoach SpitzBrendaWallyMitchDreamweaver KemaJimmy

Crossover Characters: Zack MartinCody MartinMr. Moseby

That's So Raven

Season One: "Mother Dearest" • "Party Animal" • "Test of Friendship" • "Wake Up Victor" • "A Fish Called Raven" • "Smell of Victory" • "Campaign in the Neck" • "Saving Psychic Raven" • "The Parties" • "Ye Olde Dating Game" • "Dissin' Cousins" • "Teach Your Children Well" • "Driven to Insanity" • "A Dog by Any Other Name" • "Saturday Afternoon Fever" • "A Fight at the Opera" • "Psychics Wanted" • "If I Only Had a Job" • "Escape Claus" • "Separation Anxiety" • "To See or Not to See"
Season Two: "Out of Control" • "Don't Have a Cow" • "Run, Raven, Run" • "Clothes Minded" • "Four's a Crowd" • "Hearts and Minds" • "Close Encounters of the Nerd Kind" • "That's So NOT Raven" • "Blue in the Face" • "Spa Day Afternoon" • "Leave it to Diva" • "There Goes the Bride" • "Radio Heads" • "A Goat's Tale" • "He's Got the Power" • "Skunk'd" • "The Dating Shame" • "The Road to Audition" • "The Lying Game" • "Numb and Number" • "My Big Fat Pizza Party" • "Shake, Rattle, and Rae"
Season Three: "Psychic Eye for the Sloppy Guy" • "Stark Raven Mad" • "Opportunity Shocks" • "Taken to the Cleaners" • "Five Finger Discount" • "Sweeps" • "Double Vision" • "Bend it Like Baxter" • "The Big Buzz" • "True Colors" • "Dog Day Aftergroom" • "Royal Treatment" • "Art Breaker" • "Boyz 'N Commotion" • "Gettin' Outta Dodge" • "On Top of Old Oakey" • "They Work Hard for His Honey" • "Mind Your Business" • "Hizzouse Party" • "Mismatch Maker" • "Chef-Man and Raven" • "When in Dome" • "Too Much Pressure" • "Extreme Cory" • "The Grill Next Door" • "Point of No Return" • "Country Cousins" • "Food for Thought" • "Mr. Perfect" • "Goin' Hollywood" • "Save the Last Dance" • "Cake Fear" • "Vision Impossible" • "The Four Aces"
Season Four: "Raven, Sydney and the Man" • "Pin Pals" • "Dues and Don'ts" • "Unhappy Medium" • "Adventures in Boss Sitting" • "Hook Up My Space" • "Driving Miss Lazy" • "Be Prepared" • "Juicer Consequences" • "Sister Act" • "Checkin' Out" • "Fur Better or Worse" • "Mad Hot Cotillion" • "When 6021 Met 4267" • "Soup to Nuts" • "Members Only" • "The Ice Girl Cometh" • "Rae of Sunshine" • "The Dress is Always Greener" • "Teacher's Pet" • "The Way We Were" • "Where There's Smoke"

Raven's Home
Season One: "Baxter's Back" • "Big Trouble in Little Apartment" • "The Baxters Get Bounced" • "The Bearer of Dad News" • "You're Gonna Get It" • "Adventures in Mommy-Sitting" • "Dancing Tween" • "Vending the Rules" • "In-vision of Privacy" • "Fears of a Clown" • "The Baxtercism of Levi Grayson" • "Dream Moms" • "Vest in Show"
Season Two: "The Falcon and the Raven" • "Because" • "Cop To It" • "Weirder Things" • "The Missteps" • "All Sewn Up" • "Oh Father, Where Art Thou?" • "The Trouble with Levi" • "Head Over Wheels" • "The Most Interesting Mom in the World" • "Sleevemore Part One: Frozen" • "Sleevemore Part Two: Found" • "Sleevemore Part Three: Future" • "Raven's Home: Remix" • "Switch-or-Treat" • "Just Call Me Vic" • "New Dog, Old Trick" • "It's Your Party and I'll Spy If I Want To" • "Winners and Losers" • "Keepin' It Real"
Season Three: "Friend-Ship" • "Lost at Chel-Sea" • "Smoky Flow" • "Twister, Sister" • "Dress to Express" • "Diss Track" • "Disorder in the Court" • "School House Trap" • "Cali Dreams" • "Creepin' It Real" • "Girls Just Wanna Have Phones" • "Friday Night Tights" • "It's Not Easy Being Green" • "Crewed Up" • "Sorry to Father You" • "Bah Humbugged" • "The Foreign Identity" • "What About Your Friends?" • "Adolessons" • "Close Shave" • "Hoop Streams" • "Slammed" • "On Edge" • "The Story So-Fa" • "In-Shoe-encer" • "Level Up"
Season Four: "Raven About Bunk'd" • "Don't Trust the G in Apt 4B" • "Baking Bad" • "Big Little Surprise" • "Sharp Job-jects" • "How I Met Your Mentor" • "Mad About Yuletide" • "Wheel of Misfortune" • "Diff'rent Strikes" • "Fresh Off the Note" • "10 Things Debate About You" • "Plays of Our Lives" • "The Slumber Years" • "Bless This Tess" • "American Torah Story" • "Say Yes to the Protest" • "Saved by the Belle" • "So You Think You Can Drive"
Season Five: "The Wrong Victor" • "The Big Sammich" • "Escape From Pal-Catraz" • "A Streetcar Named Conspire" • "Clique Bait" • "21 Lunch Street" • "Retreat Yourself" • "New Kid on the Chopping Block" • "Mr. Petracelli's Revenge" • "Date Expectations" • "The Great Chill Grill Giveaway" • "Truth or Hair" • "Munch Ado About Lunching"

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