Dethroning Moment: King of the Hill
"Dang it writers!" Even shows that are grounded in realism can make a few jarring mistakes
now and then.
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Season 1- 3
Season 4- 6
- KoriCongo: My Dethroning Moment has to be the episode "To Kill a Ladybird", where Bobby meets a raccoon he calls Bandit. The episode starts with Bobby trying to play catch with Ladybird, but she won't play. Hank goes on saying she is 91 years old in dog years, so she won't be able to play very well. A second later, he starts playing with her and she gets the tennis ball like a 21 year old dog. Real subtle, guys. Later, Bobby is taking out the trash when he comes across a raccoon. He offers it some trash, and is thrilled to have someone to at least talk to. Later, Bobby takes some fruit pies to the trash and gives the raccoon one of them, naming it Bandit. The moment is really heartwarming, so you would think that the episode would have a message like "Wild animals should stay in the wild" or something similar. Nope, because later when Bobby lets Bandit inside the garage to let him out of the rain, the raccoon trashes the place. Hank enters the garage, sees Bandit, and looks horrified at it. Really, Hank? You've dealt with problems worse than Bandit, and you act like its the worst thing you ever seen. It doesn't help that Peggy said the raccoon would of bit his face off (once again, real subtle.) So Hank calls his completely idiotic neighbor, Dale. He wants Dale to kill the raccoon, when all Bandit did was make a mess in his garage. When Dale tries to kill Bandit, it scratches him and tries to run. Here comes Ladybird, the suddenly 21 year old dog trying to protect Hank. Ladybird and Bandit have a short fight, Bandit runs off, and Ladybird follows him, causing Hank to panic and pretty much tells Bobby it's his fault for Ladybird running away even though Ladybird had no reason to be outside in the first place. Wow, Hank. Your dog runs after an innocent raccoon, so it's suddenly Bobby's fault. The worst part is that Dale might have rabies, ignoring the fact that Bandit showed no prior signs of being rabid. So what does Dale do when he needs a rabies shot? He runs into the forest. Seriously. This is before Dale becomes conspiracy crazy, by the way. After several hi-jinks with Not Rabid!Dale, the end comes when Ladybird shows up again. Bobby has a rifle while Hank is trying to persuade him to not shoot. The show uses Manipulative Editing to make it seem that Bobby shot Ladybird when he actually shot Bandit. Yes, because Bandit comes into the scene he gets shot even though Ladybird actually showed symptoms of early rabies. Way to go, King of the Hill, you made a potentially heartwarming episode about A Boy And His Raccoon, and turned it into "Dogs can do no wrong and wild animals should be shot." This is the reason people think that Hank is a Black Hole Sue.
- Stevie Will Show You: "Naked Ambition". The episode where Dale, Bill, and Boomhauer end up in an insane asylum. Not for the episode itself, mind you, but because it didn't have any lasting effects for Bill. It seemed like the therapy he was getting there would have been good for him, but when the next episode came around, it's status quo as usual. I appreciate that the show had to respect status quo in order to work, but a little character development would have been nice. Hell, Bill always seemed to get the short end of the stick in that area. Poor bastard.
- Inuyasha FE: What's even worse is that Hank pulls him out of the session for seemingly no reason. What logical reason could he have for pulling Bill out of something that could have had a very positive effect on Bill?
- The Dog Sage: Because Hank Hill is stuck in the 50's and obviously believes that psychiatry and therapy are useless voodoo, and that Bill should simply get over his problems on his own.
- Xv Bones: "Won't You Pimai Neighbor?". The episode where it turns out that Bobby is the reincarnation of a great, wise Lama. This was actually one of my favorite episodes - it showcases perfectly that Hank is a narrow-minded, borderline racist asshole and Peggy is a flatly stupid and wildly self-important asshole, but it's okay because somehow, they produced Bobby. And Bobby is a good kid. Plain and simple, Hank is a dick, Peggy is insufferable, Bobby is a good kid. And this episode framed that perfectly, by revealing that Bobby is not just a good kid, he is an inherently moral and incredibly wise kid who gave up a life he was basically born for out of simple love. Lets ignore the silliness of the actual proceedings, it was a good episode. The problem was it didn't stick. Bobby gained nothing from his momentary wisdom and none of it affected his life from then on, like none of it had ever happened, and he was right back to being the occasionally narrow-minded, occasionally selfish, occasionally wacky dipshit he'd been before.
- Koopa Kid 17: "Peggy's Fan Fair". I want to forget this episode ever exists because I am disgusted with how Randy Travis is portrayed. Having him claim that he didn't plagiarize Peggy's song and lying about Hank saving him from his sinking trailer and claiming it was the other way around makes him look like a massive Jerk Ass in that episode. I don't even know how Randy even agreed to voice himself.
- "What Makes Bobby Run?":
- The Supine Lupine: I can't stand the one where Bobby becomes a mascot for the high school football team, but brings shame on both the school and his family when he (literally) runs away from the job after learning that the half-time tradition is for the rival band to come over and beat up the Longhorn mascot (though he ultimately makes up for it by both staging a show-stopping prank and accepting the traditional pummeling). His friends' and family's complete lack of sympathy is baffling; it's not even "We're sorry but you must do this," it's "Why aren't you volunteering for a brutal beating?". Furthermore, what town would celebrate the mob assault of one of "their" students, and what the hell kind of a football team would allow their rivals to desecrate their mascot?
- Disney23: Four words: "What. Makes. Bobby. Run?". Seriously, it looks so out of place for a down-to-earth show like this. Here, Bobby refuses to accept the mascot tradition of getting his ass kicked by the rival school's marching band and he subsequently get branded a pariah and bullied by schoolmates, teachers and townsfolk alike. It was just very unsettling, especially the end where he finally goes through with it with the spectators taking pride at the (so-called) tradition. The mean-spiritedness and contrivity of this episode almost rivals "The Boys Of Bummer" in terms of suckiness.
- Brainiac0982: In "Hank and The Great Glass Elevator", Peggy and Bobby start liking burgers cooked with charcoal instead of propane, royally pissing off Hank. Later on, towards the end of the episode, a BBQ is going at the Hill house. Hank then presents two different burgers to Peggy, one propane and charcoal. When offering her one of these burgers, what does he say? "What's it going to be, Peggy...charcoal or me?" Hang on, propane is so damned important to Hank, he's willing to divorce his wife for liking charcoal better? From this point on, it's hard to see Hank as anything other than a total Jerk Ass.
- Quackey Trope: Something that really bothered me was the episode "Now Who's the Dummy?". Bobby starts practicing ventriloquism, and comes up with a puppet called Chip. Over the course of the episode, Hank takes a liking to the puppet, to the point where he starts communicating to Bobby only through Chip, and starts ignoring his own fucking son over a ventriloquist dummy. At one point in the episode, Hank basically tells Bobby that he'd rather talk to Chip, and hear Chip's opinion about things instead of Bobby. He spends time with Bobby, but only because of that damn puppet. Its just beyond idiotic and neglectful.
- Gravityman: I have to admit that I haven't seen much of this show, but from this page and others, Hank reacting this way to ventriloquism is monumentally out of character. It would sound way more in character for Hank to be horrified at the thought of Bobby taking up this hobby, because that's how he reacts to pretty much everything Bobby does.
- Lawand Disorder: Not sure if you actually watched this episode. Hank was very much against the whole thing at the beginning (making repeated disappointed remarks about Bobby playing with dolls), but came to love Chip because his persona was the sporting son Hank had always wanted. It's one of the unfortunately few episodes where Hank fully admits he was wrong by the end.
- Super Saiya Man: From the episode of "Hank's Choice", its discovered that Bobby has an allergy to dogs. On top of calling everyone who owns a poodle or a cat a 'woman' (right in front of his own wife in an insulting manner) Hank won't concede that he has to let go of Ladybird. Hell, he builds her a doghouse which is like a mansion just for her, with electronics and everything. Hank, she is a DOG, hell you don't even need to 'file a permit', dog houses don't need them. And he doesn't even attempt to make it smell like Ladybird, put a treat inside, etc. and expects her to just enter. All so he can basically kick Bobby out of the house into the doghouse. Oh, and no one says anything (except for Peggy, whose the Only Sane Man here) that making Bobby pop all those pills for his allergies is a bad thing. On top of it all, Bobby goes along with it despite its blatant child abuse. And Hank gets away with being a Karma Houdini in the end.
- AB No 4: The icing on the cake is that the resolution of the episode tries to make Bobby out as the bad person for having exaggerated his condition and taken advantage of the freedom he came to enjoy while living out in the doghouse. In an episode where Hank seems to care more for his dog's comfort than his son's, somehow his son is at fault by the end. As a fun aside, this was the show's 100th episode.
- "Bobby Goes Nuts":
- Riddler J: My issue with that episode was that Hank was mad at Bobby because he wasn't fighting fair or something like that. Never mind the reason Bobby wanted to learn how to defend himself in the first place, was that he was getting picked on by bullies who sure as hell weren't fighting fair by ganging up on him.
- Purple Shirt: When I saw Hank Hill trying to force Bobby to "Fight fair", I wanted to tell Hank "Where in the hell did you go to school where the bullies 'Fought Fairly' like that? It sure as hell is NOT Arlen, or ANYWHERE in Texas. Because I want to live there." Yes, Bobby wasn't acting any better. Yes, that is a spot, you should kick someone there if they're attacking you...IF THEY'RE ATTACKING YOU. Taunting people in detention just so you can kick them in the crotch isn't self defense - that's bullying. What he should have been teaching Bobby wasn't "Don't kick in the crotch", it was "Don't do that UNLESS YOU HAVE TO." You just know Hank is a gun owner too - and gun owners don't tell you to provoke people into attacking you just so you can pull it out and shoot the person dead and say "they tried to attack me first" - That's called "murder". I thought Hank was old fashioned - not stupid.
- Darkrage6: Peggy was also pretty bad in that episode, siding with Hank and somehow making Bobby out to be the bad person (true he could've been less smug about Hank not being able to do anything and he could've explained what happened to Peggy, but somehow I doubt the latter would've made her any less of a bitch) and Peggy tackles him and tries to subdue him and continues defending Hank's ridiculous actions, but the biggest Wall Banger is when Bobby gets angry and kicks Peggy in the crotch and she doesn't feel any pain at all. That is flat out false! Getting kicked in the crotch is every bit as painful for women as it is for men, and for KOTH to imply that it's not is not only incredibly stupid but dangerous as well.
- The True Yuma: I took it as that Hank doesn't like the idea of Bobby defending himself by kicking persons in the groin because you really shouldn't resort to that unless it's the only way out. However, Hank never mentioned that part. It's also important to get a few things straight: 1. Bobby shouldn't have kicked Hank in the groin because he got annoyed by his dad (there's stuff that Hank has done that is worthy of him getting kicked in the groin, but that isn't one of them). 2. Bobby kicked Hank so hard that not only did he pass out, but he may have lost a testicle in the process. 3. Because of this, Hank couldn't move comfortably and had to sit with an ice cream box against his crotch. You'd be really pissed off too if 2 and 3 happened to you. 4. Bobby took a women's self defense class despite the man at the front desk advising him not to. He wasn't learning how to defend himself against bullies. He was learning how to stop muggers and would-be rapists. Furthermore, Bobby turned into a bully himself when he started kicking guys at school in the groin, despite that none of them had antagonized him that episode (no, "they could have done it off-screen" doesn't count). Bobby is far from blameless in all of this. Not contesting the entry, it just P Os me that Hank and Peggy get so much blame in this episode yet Bobby seems to get off scot-free in comparison. I just think it's important to get facts straight with these.
- TwentyTwoSevenths: "Lupe's Revenge", also known as the moment I started hating Peggy Hill. The episode starts out with Peggy and her class going on a field trip. Okay, that's not so bad... But then, for no reason, she demands that everyone starts speaking in Spanish... including the bus driver. That's already a terrible idea, seeing as he doesn't even freaking speak Spanish! Oh, but wait, it gets worse! Seeing as how the bus driver isn't fluent, he gets lost, right? Then some local citizen knock on the door thinking it's a normal bus. So what does Peggy do? She decides to let him on the bus and follow him around. Because that's the smartest thing to do, right? Because there's no way that he could be a thief, or a murderer, or a child molester, right? So, after another five or so minutes of sheer dumbassery, they go home. And there's this little girl, who is very clearly a Mexican native. Despite the fact that no one else on the bus was wearing those clothes, or had that accent, or even that color of skin, she demands the girl to get on the bus, eventually dragging her on! Peg, you fucking lunatic, what the hell were you thinking!? Were you thinking!? There is no way that you can honestly be that stupid. No, I refuse to believe it. Anyway, it takes them the entire motherfrakkin' bus ride home, long after the bus leaves, for her to realize her mistake. So, she does the logical thing, takes her home in her car, thus ending the episode. Haha, just kidding! That would make this episode more logical! Instead, she thinks it's a good idea to hide the girl in her closet. So, after what is implied to be 2 days (side note, that's how long a person has to be missing for a missing person's report to be placed.) she finally takes her home. Fast forward a few mind-numbingly stupid minutes, where she's in court. Her lawyer makes her give her reason as to why not to be arrested in Spanish to show how bad it is. In what is admittedly a funny scene, she bungles the Spanish language (confusing "embarrassed" with "pregnant" and "years" with "anuses," for one) in a manner that calls her entire career (yanno, teaching Spanish) into question, big-time. Thankfully, the episode ends in about two minutes. You know, if they didn't make the character such a dumbass, the concept would be kind of cool. But holy hell did they fuck up the execution.
- Uraate1: What makes even worse is that this isnít even the first time Peggy has done something like this and that time was even worse. In "Death and Texas" a death row inmate, Wesley Archer, writes to Peggy claiming to have been touched by her substitute teaching. Peggy visits him in prison and brings him books to read, much to the disapproval of Hank. Finding that Wes is illiterate, Peggy begins tutoring him. She plays Boggle with him and gives him the Boggle set to use. At their next meeting, Wes tells Peggy that the Boggle timer was destroyed in a fight, and that his friend will give her a new timer to bring to him. Peggy gets the over-sized timer, packed to the brim, from Wes's friend. Later Wes claims that the sand spilled out of the timer, so Peggy retrieves a brick of "timer sand" from his friend. Soon Wes admits to Peggy that the timer sand was actually cocaine and that he has been using her as a drug mule. He tells her that he had written all of the teachers in the Arlen yearbook and she was the only one naive enough to respond. Wes threatens to turn Peggy in unless she brings him a list of items and a brick of cocaine every week. The deadline passes, and Peggy is called to see the warden. Peggy and Hank go to the meeting to find that the only evidence against Peggy is the empty timer, which "looks like it's been licked clean." With no evidence, Peggy is absolved of the crime. The problem is the con was glaringly obvious in his letter. Wes was actually pissed that she fell for it. I also wonder if Judge is so patriotic why did he show the prison guards as such idiots. A woman comes in everyday with a packet of white powder and they donít suspect a thing. I know there was no physical evidence but there was a lot of circumstantial evidence but she just got off because a drug addict did what drug addict do. There was no "you got lucky" or "I donít want to see you again", they just let her go. Finally she made Hank apologize to her for the incident after acting like an ass to him the entire episode even threatening him with keys. If Peggy couldnít figure out that a 39 year old man who grew up in another state was never taught by her, then it's easy to see why she didnít realize that Lupe wasnít her student.
- Ryukei12: Also for the D Mo S below, Hank equates violently chopping off another man's head as bullying so a grown man beating up a child and and a group attacking one person seems mild by comparison.
- Forced Dj 7: In the episode "The Father, the Son, and J.C." where Former President Carter tries to mend the relationship with Hank and his father, well, Peggy was a complete egotistical jerkass. When her son said about an idea that involved getting a new father, she said that she took his "horrible" idea and made it her "excellent" idea. Not just that, but if he didn't meet Carter, then their Christmas would be ruined. What does Peggy do after the two mend their relationship, she takes credit for saving Christmas. Sorry, but it was either the Former President, or the kid who saved Christmas, not some egotistic jerkass.
- Dragon Sword X: If anything it was her fault that things got as bad a they did. All of her plans to get them closer together had backfired especially the last one which caused Cotton to go on a rampage.
- Demetrios: The episode "Fun With Jane and Jane." The cult activity in that episode was rather creepy for my tastes. Not Nightmare Fuel kind of creepy, fortunately, but still creepy enough to create a little bit of Mood Whiplash. Plus I'm sure this line from Peggy caused a lot of wall-banging: "Now now, Luanne, all sororities have hazing." Why do I get the feeling not a whole lot of college students took that line well?
- Mogo:There were a few good jokes (most coming from the emu subplot) that creepiness didn't kill and Peggy was just making a bullshit excuse: You saw that she just wanted Luanne to make lifelong friends, she never did. But it's still wallbangery for a few reasons: 1) Hank automatically accusing Luanne of being on drugs or overreacting, not noticing Luanne eating like she's been starved or thinking that starvation and trying to take away someone's name is not a normal hazing prank. and 2) There's some seriously disturbing Fridge Horror thanks to Dale: He says that after the starvation and brainwashing, they ship them off to a farm where they work as mindless slaves. So not only did Peggy and Luanne barely avoid this fate, along with scores of others, but it implies that several college-aged girls are actively being enslaved. And it actually gets worse: The head Jane never got caught or anything. She lost the other Janes, but she could easily exploit and brainwash several more girls. And that's not even counting the ending, which implies Buck gets mauled by emus.... not that he didn't deserve it but geez.
Season 7- 9
Season 10- 13
- Halfstep: "Business is Picking Up". This one not only had a terrible Aesop, but made Hank into a super Hypocrite as well. Long story short, Bobby winds up mentoring under a guy who makes money off of using novel ways to pick up animal feces, Bobby decides to do it for a living. They both make incredible cash off of it. Hank however has a problem with it because...well no good reason is ever given. He can't contest that it's an honest day's work, but since it's disgusting, and people might make fun of Bobby for it, it's a bad job and it has to go. What what? For pretty much the whole series up to that point, Hank had been telling Bobby about how work wasn't always glamorous, but if done honestly, it's worth it, and you can say you're your own man for doing so. Bobby finally finds something that he enjoys doing, that he can do, that pays well, and now Hank has a problem with it because it's not glamorous, and people might make fun of him for it? What the hell? Does he really think anyone gives a goddamn that he's the Assistant Manager of some hole in the wall propane store run by some sinister car salesman/preacher/southern businessman stereotype in some town in the ass end of nowhere, or that his job is filled with glory? What would he rather have Bobby do, start selling drugs on the street corner? Then too, that was really the problem with this show all along: the protagonist is an Al Bundy, who has "failed" in life, and is basically working at his version of the shoe store with his "woulda's, coulda's, and shoulda's." Problem is, unlike Al, this guy isn't even clever enough to realize that he's in the shoe store, or what that exactly means, let alone try to pass that on to his son.
- Tropers/Ninetails2000: Wholeheartedly agree! Hank hates the job simply because it's something gross and would cause some people to be grossed out by Bobby.(And he was also off-put by the mentor's lavish lifestyle as well.) Hank's hypocritical logic and controlling nature is especially bad in this episode because Bobby actually calls Hank out for his flip-flopping but Hank refuses to give him a straight answer, just that he doesn't like it. As if handling propane is a better, less gross job. Also, just to make sure Hank comes off as being in the right, they had some frat boys(Who were looking to hire Bobby for after-party cleanup) be grossed out and not shake his hand, which is enough to unnerve Bobby somehow and the Hank literally bullies the mentor into faking a bullying incident to turn Bobby off of the job! Bobby got a job he could do and make serious money with at FOURTEEN! Do you just not want Bobby to work unless he's a tank-wipe at Strickland?
- Kentucky Troper 1990: The entirety of Hanks actions from the episode "Church Hopping". So the Hills get to church late, and find a new family in, what Hank thinks is his pew. After telling him they aren't moving, Hank goes complaining to the reverend, who tells him there aren't any assigned seats. What does Hank do? He starts exploring new churches. Not so bad. After trying out a mega church, getting drunk with Lucky on Sunday, and leaning towards not going, the mega church reverend tells him, he should go back to his church. And here is what pisses me off every time. Hank tells Reverend Stroup that the new family are now going to the mega church. And if he doesn't get the seat assigned as his, he'll tell others about it. That's right. Hank threatens to empty out the reverend's congregation, if he doesn't get his seat. I'm no saint, but I'm pretty sure blackmailing your reverend over a seat that isn't even yours by any established set of rules, isn't very christian. And the worst part? He acts like God gave him the idea. I'm pretty sure God doesn't like it when whiny babies extort reverends like that. Enjoy the seat, Hank. Hope it was worth it.
- Lionheart0: I have to concur with this episode, namely the ending, being my DMOS for the series as well. The idea that Hank so smugly blackmailed a pastor just to get back his favorite seat in a church is reeking of being a Karma Houdini. Not to mention it was one giant Family-Unfriendly Aesop that the main purpose of a church is to satisfy your selfish needs.
- Cheeze13: "Hank's Bully". That one episode where that little boy tortures Hank seems to always get me so pissed off. Here, new neighbors move almost across the street, and the little boy begins to pick on Hank. Seemingly harmless, right? No, he then proceeds to pick on Hank in front of people, and they do nothing, waving it off as a "precocious sense of adventure". Yeah, right! Taking hats off of people's heads, calling them names, purposely smashing your bike wheel into someone's fresh lawn, with an evil little smile, and even turning a hose on, and sticking it in the mail slot! I understand that this may happen in real life, but this is just ridiculous!
- bobdrantz: While I can just make a generalized rant about how the show has a general dislike for anyone who owns anything other than a dog (Ok, KOTH, we get it, you think dogs are "God's gift to mankind and anything else is a disaster to own."). And, no saying it's a joke/parody does not make it any better. But, if I have to give a specific example, the worst I can think of is when Bobby gets a snake. Long story short, the snake (a python) escapes and a couple of corrupt exterminators cause a citywide panic, put the blame on Hank, and, at the end, brutally kill the poor reptile. First of all, I'm pretty sure people in freakin' Texas aren't going to be too concerned about an escaped pet snake, considering that snakes are pretty commonplace there (Including highly venomous rattlesnakes). Second, you don't kill someone's pet unless they're a danger to themselves and others (For example, if someone finds a stray dog, you don't kill it unless it's rabid or it mauled someone badly). What you do is that you safely capture it and return it to its owner, or you find it a new home. Third, Luanne's reaction to the snake is just overly stupid and unnecessary. "It's coming after me! It knows I'm a Christian!" Really, Luanne? You want to avoid the whole stereotypical "idiot blonde redneck" image, and you say something moronic like that about a snake? Oh, and let's not forget that Lucky bought that snake was a gift to Bobby. I'm pretty sure Bobby wouldn't be too happy about losing his pet, and I'm sure Lucky wouldn't be too happy that the gift (Which, by the way, pythons cost around $100 on average) he bought with his own money was killed by a bunch of panic-stricken idiots. To put it into perspective, an earlier episode had Bobby reluctantly having to kill a raccoon he befriended because it might've been (though, it turns out it wasn't) rabid and it might've infected Ladybird (and Dale). In this episode, however? The snake wasn't even a threat. They kill it in the most horrific way possible just because people were afraid of it. WTF, KOTH?
- Toogie: (This has been mentioned a couple times already, I know) The ending of the episode "SerPUNt" in which Dale and the two other animal control employees ruthlessly butcher Bobby's pet Burmese python, Joshua. As a huge fan of Dale, I can accept that his job as an exterminator requires him to kill pests, though sometimes his lack of compassion doesn't make sense to me, especially since he owns turtles as pets and treats them lovingly (the fact that snake was a pet is the point I'm trying to make here). Though it's hard to even get past the fact that the snake made it through a toilet alive, the whole thing still bothered me. I thought the sensible thing to do would have been to capture the snake and give it to an animal shelter or something. Isn't that what animal control is responsible for? Again, Dale is an exterminator at heart, but he was still on the job as animal control. The end of this episode got to me so much that I had nightmares. I just don't think Josh (or any of the other rats or smaller snakes in the sewer that posed no threat to anyone) deserved to be murdered, and I couldn't help but think that it was rather out of character for Dale to be that cruel.
- Allenbys Eyes: Many later episodes push it, but "Suite Smells of Excess" may be the Dethroning Moment. It's set up as a Bobby-Hank bonding episode, with Bobby finally getting into college football. Instead we focus on Hank and Co.'s wacky adventures at the Big XII Championship in a forced and unfunny storyline, with Bobby just along for the ride. At this point the series goes from a subdued slice-of-life show to a Texas-skewed The Simpsons.
- Archduke Cthulhu: "The Minh Who Knew Too Much" really did it for me with the characters of Kahn and Minh. One of the earliest parts of me hating them was in "Father of the Bribe" but this was in full effect in this particular episode. All Kahn did was basically call everyone a redneck or hillbilly along with Minh and the really big point was with Kahn wanting to make a video of them giving people a "up yours" speech about them! First of all: What is their problem? Second of all: How would they like being called "slanty" or "oriental" on a regular basis? Kahn and Minh are just Scrappies to me, borderline ethnic scrappies.
- Onlythrice: The episode "Pour Some Sugar on Kahn" really annoyed me. Minh's father (a former Laotian general) comes to visit and acts like a complete dick to Kahn. Every other sentence out of him is either him bossing Kahn around or insulting him. Kahn then resorts to karaoke to take his mind off things, and becomes popular and nicer. The General (yes, his head is so far up his own ass he makes his family call him The General) then knowingly ruins it for him by stealing his song right before he goes up on stage and smiles like the smug prick he is. Kahn then goes into depression, which is only "resolved" when the General agrees to leave so Kahn could "save face". They didn't even bother to write a proper ending, they just make the General a Karma Houdini and have him leave without anyone even telling him off. To add insult to injury, Kahn immediately goes back to being a jerk to everyone after he leaves.
- Poke Nirvash: Granted, I speak for a majority of people when I say that even though these D Mo Ses have good backing, I just don't see them as D Mo Ses. Hell, I don't even believe in the Darth Wiki. But, for me, the Dethroning Moment of Suck for King of the Hill would have to be "The Accidental Terrorist". Now, everyone would be expecting me to say that the fact that nobody believed Hank wasn't the one who bombed the cars was what bothered me, but no. For me, it was the fact that Hank, one of the most sensible characters in the entire series, didn't know that nobody paid sticker price for cars. Sure, the car salesman tricked him into doing it when he was still pretty young, and this is the same Hank who thought that "Weird Al" Yankovic killed himself in the 1980s, but still, this episode bothered me just for that reason.
- Lawand Disorder: It was more of the retconning the series is famous for. Hank was shown to know all about haggling when he bought his new truck a few season before (Telling Bobby to say that they both hated the truck once they got back from their test drive). I guess they were trying to show him as trusting, especially of people he's been in relationship with a long time. But he's quick to get frustrated and point out the untruths in others so I'm not sure what the point of this was.
- MosquitoMan: "Strangeness On a Train". The one where Hank and Peggy get busy on a murder mystery train is a long DMOS for Hank because he's just so out of character. Hank wouldn't ever do that, if any moments about him on this page indicate, not even for his wife's birthday (it was Peggy's birthday in this episode). And the other characters don't get off much better either, apparently Dale has a habit of spoiling these mysteries for Peggy (where did that come from?) and toward the end he seemed to be starting to feel guilty about this kind of thing. That's about all the development you get on that. And Nancy was right there, she doesn't mind her husband enjoying ruining her friend's birthday? And at the end, Hank joins in dancing in public. Again something he'd never do.
- flashsucks: "Uh-Oh, Canada". We get it Mr. Judge, you love your country. You hate anyone who says otherwise. But don't stoop to this kind of shit. You've insulted cats, culture, and everything else that rubs your little head the wrong way, but don't force feed your tripe about how amazing your country does at the Olympics or what your country invented, and just act like a smug little twerp when someone says otherwise. And that last scene with Peggy standing in front an American flag... patriotism is fine, Judge. Creating unlikable, one-dimensional characters who are supposed to represent an entire country isn't. Not in any imaginable way. Is it any surprise this was from the last season?
- Adam C: The problem with this (and a lot of these moments) is that the episode forgets to call Hank out on this. Being patronizing and ignorant is perfectly in character for him and can be a good source of humor, but the show often tends to forget that these are character flaws and doesn't treat them as such.
- Trapers/Glah: "The Boy Can't Help It". The episode where Bobby becomes the least active member in a relationship between a woman who is using him (well, several actually who were bored). Basically Bobby does things like wait on calls from his 'girlfriend' etc. with the strong implication that this is inherently wrong. By the end of the episode Bobby solves his problem by 'protecting' the group of women from a pot addict and then acting chivalrous in the most unpleasantly passive-aggressive way possible. The moral of that episode was 'there is still a huge Double Standard between men and women in some areas...and that's a good thing because a man being less active in a relationship is weird!'. Listen, I understand that society expects men and women to act a certain way...the problem with this, however, is that there is absolutely no reason why these standards are so unevenly biased, favoring men: would it be such a terrible thing for a woman to court the man? The only reason why this is considered bad is because society says no, and it would literally harm nobody for men and women to choose who is active in a relationship. The fact that King of the Hill completely disregards this and says 'even though it harms nobody men and women should still be forced to act a certain way based on a society heavily biased towards men' is disgusting. If a man wants to be active in a relationship, fine...but it should sure as heck be a choice!
- Ms Devin 92: "Just Another Manic Kahn-Day". The episode where it turns out Kahn has manic-depressive disorder. Basically, Hank and Kahn find out that they both love grilling and work together to make a "super-duper grill" or something for a show. However, it turns out Kahn is on medication; Hank dismisses the importance of the pills, convinces Kahn to stop taking them, and then puts off getting new ones since the energy exuded by Kahn's manic side is speeding their grill-building along. However, it's obviously not long before Kahn becomes depressed and suicidal, and Hank has to scramble to get him new pills. There's a very loosely-interpreted Friend or Idol Decision where Kahn "has to" choose whether he's going to take the medicine and become crabby again for the day, or hope he swings back to manic to help Hank finish the grill. He turns out manic, and Kahn says everything he went through was worth it in the end. Excuse me?! There was a very real threat he was going to kill himself! The entire episode reeked of this patronizing attitude towards people with disorders, especially when medicine is required, like it's not a horrible experience in real life. Hank was exploiting someone with severe emotional problems for the sake of a grill! What if Kahn had gone back to being depressive and killed himself, huh writers? Would the precious grill be worth it then?
- Just Some 1:As someone with depression (though I don't have the manic portion), this episode pissed me off for that reason. Hank Hill proves just how much of a jackass and only how he only cares about himself.
- Its A Volcano: While this episode has many problems, one of the things that stood out to me was the continuing characterization of Hank's attitude towards mental and emotional problems; namely that you shouldn't address them or seek help. After seeing Hank's attitude towards Bill seeking help at an asylum for his various issues and his refusal to help Enrique with his marital problems a part of me was hoping that seeing Kahn with a legitimately dangerous medical condition would help change his views. Normally I enjoy continuity but why this part of Hank's characterization was kept is beyond me.
- Derpyhooves1: The series finale "To Sirloin with Love" started off fine with Bobby joining a college meat inspection team but it took a sharp decline when he accidentally loses a match. The team then treats him like shit and then sounds like they would kill him. Then at a restaurant they BLIND the opposing team. Bobby wants to quit after that and he doesn't tell Hank what the team has done and Hank chastises Bobby and pretty much blows him off to go with the team to the state championship. Then the rival team gets back at them by HIJACKING THE BUS WITH TASERS AND STRANDING THEM IN THE DESERT. Overall this series plays violence of sports fans as comedy even when the joke would be that they are being physically harmed no matter how young (see "What Makes Bobby Run?" above). No one raises an eyebrow at this and its presented as a "fact of life". Sparta had softer sportsmanship policy! It also made out Hank into being controlling of Bobby to the point that Bobby has to like the same stuff as he does to make Hank feel better as a father.
- Super Saiyan 006: Seconded, I removed my first one in favor of this. Yeah all throughout the series Hank has basically forced Bobby to do stuff that HE likes and his way instead of what Bobby likes doing in order to make himself feel good about his own failings, and with him always being shown in the right and with this as the final episode it leaves a bad taste in my mouth. Everything Bobby enjoys doing Hank thinks its the Devil and improper and goes out of his way to ruin it despite Bobby having fun and enjoying himself such as the Christian Rock episode. As if its saying, unless you do exactly what your parent wants and likes you'll be nothing but a disappointment. Great lesson there, KOTH.