- A blink and you'll miss it moment from Manger Baby Einstein where Hank talks to Luanne about how she's a mother now and notes that even if the country ran mainly on propane and he were to become the vice president, he would still be a father first. After Luanne notes that he's an uncle second (actually fourth), she gives Hank a hug, to which not only does he pat her back, but if you not the picture on the right side of the screen, he even smiles. Given how in the early seasons he would more than often direct her to Peggy for a hug (given how uncomfortable he is for the most part about physical contact), it really shows how far he's come with her since the Pilot.
- The end of the Christian rock episode. Despite his discomfort with the faddish nature of Christian rock, Hank actually makes a reasonable argument by showing Bobby the fads that Bobby (and Hank himself) had been obsessed with when he was younger.
Hank: I don't want Jesus to end up in this box.
- The end of "Wings of the Dope" (the episode with Buckley's angel). When Buckley had initially appeared, he had wings, but no halo. After he advises Luanne to drop out of beauty school and try something else, in her case community college, he meets her one last time on the trampoline. They share one last kiss, he bounces up into oblivion, and Luanne walks back into the house. Shortly afterward, Buckley lands on the trampoline and is shown walking off down the street to the horizon - pulling a halo out of his pocket and donning it. He earned his halo for helping her.
- When Dale is scared someone is going to kill him he is trying to flee with his family. Then he get's a call from Hank tell him that psychotic gun club president that has taken Hank, Bill, and Boomhauer hostage. At first Dale is going to flee. Then Bobby comes out of the house.
Bobby: Is that my dad? If he's not going to make it home for dinner ask him if I can have his pork chop
Dale: Bobby, you'll be having your dad's pork chop every night for the rest of your life. Wait... That's the saddest thing I've ever heard. RETRACTION! Bobby, you will not be having your dad's pork chop tonight or any other night. You hear that, Hank? Bobby's not having your pork chop, damn it. I'm on my way!
- In "Texas City Twister", Hank has been called out by Peggy for being way too stiff and way too in control of his emotions. They spat and Hank tells her (in his own Hank-esque way) to go to hell, but just after she leaves a tornado is announced to be heading toward the trailer park (where Hank was making Luanne go back to). What does Hank do in response? Rush to the trailer park just to let her know he was sorry. Even when the tornado hits, Hank holds onto a telephone pole just long enough to let go of his emotions and let Peggy know how much he loves her.
Hank: You're my best girl! You mean everything to me! When we were apart today, that was hell! I couldn't wake up in the morning without your beautiful face beside me!
- "Nancy's Boys", the episode when Nancy chose Dale over John Redcorn. It helps that John comes to realize Dale is a good man, and steps aside so Nancy can be with him.
- Any moment that shows that Dale truly and honestly loves his wife, using his genuine and... psychotic ways.
- And all the episodes that show Dale's unconditional love for his son Joseph. In the episode where Peggy learns about the affair, she's hell-bent on telling Dale the truth, but stops when she sees him doting on Joseph and realizes that even if they aren't blood, those two are most definitely father and son and it would be wrong to take that away from them.
- The end of "Raise the Steaks". Appleseed manages to smuggle the cattle from the organic cattle ranch from Hank's yard to a safe haven. He follows up on his promise to write him when he thinks it's safe. Enclosed is a picture of Appleseed with a young calf with the caption, "I named him Hank!".
- In an episode that begins with Peggy and Bobby looking through an album of their old (terrible) Christmas photos, Peggy spends the episode frantically trying to get her family together to finally get a good one with a popular photographer. The episode closes with a similar shot of a photo album, containing the new (terrible) family photo, only this time the wide shot reveals that it's Bill looking at the album with a smile on his face. Totally d'awww material.
- On the first episode, where Bobby resorts to misbehaving so his dad can pay attention to him (after refusing to tell Peggy or Hank that the child abuse investigation was called off due to the social worker's incompetence): "Disappointment? No, you make me proud. I've been disappointed by just about everything else in this town, but you? Not once. Dammit, you're my boy. Heh, you know better than that."
- Hank telling the "Twigboy" bureaucrat off in the same episode is also pretty awe inspiring (and strangely patriotic).
Hank: Now you just listen here. You see that boy? Thatís my boy. And if you ever try to take him away, so help me God Iíll tear you a new one bigger than the Grand Canyon. Now I want you to get out of my house. Youíre not welcome here. I mean now, before I give you a black eye! Git!
- The episode where Bobby has the opportunity to become a Lama. He's faced with doubt because he's told he can't marry if he goes through with it, so during his final test, when he's told to choose "anything he sees on the rug", he chooses Connie, whose reflection he can see in a mirror. Made even better by a conversation between two monks afterwards:
Younger Monk: That was Sanglug's mirror!
Older Monk: I know. He did not pick it.
Younger Monk: But he used it!
Older Monk: It's a tough call. But it's mine, and I made it.
- In "Propane Boom II: Death of a Propane Salesman", Luanne, the most happy-go-lucky character, goes through one of her darkest moments in the series after being caught in a propane explosion that killed her boyfriend and singed off her hair, causing her to put on a Sinéad O'Connor act to hide her pain. After reading the last birthday card she received from Buckley, she breaks down and grieves, but she is able to console herself by using the puppets from her Manger Babies show.
Luanne: (crying) Oh God... Buckley.... my hair... I am so alone....
Obadiah the Donkey: EE-AAWWW! No, you're not.
Sir Reginald Featherbottom the Third: You're right as rain, what what. And such a pretty young thing as well.
Luanne: But I don't want to look pretty anymore...
Sir Reginald Featherbottom the Third: Oh, that's just rubbish. Every girl wants to look pretty, right ho.
- The scene then quickly turns humorous as she convinces herself to try on a wig made from multi-colored hair her friends at beauty school made for her.
- Though if you really think about it, all of the students at the Beauty School were utter Jerkasses to her. If anything it was more of a joke on Luanne.
- There's also Khan's speech at Buckley's funeral. Granted, the relationship between the two was never really displayed, given the show's centralizing on Hank, but it comes off as believable enough, and it's nice to see one character give him a proper eulogy.
- One must remember, though, that Khan's friendship with Buckley came about solely because Hank didn't like Buckley.
- The end of the two-parter "Returning Japanese". Cotton makes peace with the woman he fell in love with after World War II and with whom he fathered Junichiro, and just before they leave for the airport, Cotton (of all people!) encourages Bobby to say goodbye to the little Japanese girl he became friends with during his vacation.
- Followed by Bobby running to his and said girl's usual meeting place, where they joyfully play DDR on the street.
- How about the fact that Cotton Hill, curmudgeon that he is, was honestly in love with a woman, and she honestly loved him back? Or the part where he proudly introduces both his sons to Emperor Akihito?
- This whole two-parter is full of Pet the Dog moments that show Cotton at his best. In a smaller example, he asks Peggy for a photo of Hank and Bobby to show to his old girlfriend, and actually says thank you when she does. Considering the normally venomous relationship between these two, that speaks volumes.
- Don't forget Hank's reaction to finding out that he's always had a brother. "A brother. I have a brother. I really wish we could've grown up together and hear people say, look out for those Hill brothers."
- Junichiro buying Hank a beer, and the two reenacting the classic drinking-beer-in-front-of-the-fence scene. While it's unspoken, Hank clearly also loves the idea of vending machines with beer and you could imagine him thinking that Japan isn't half bad because of it.
- Usually, if the episode centers around Bill, you can expect one. Probably the most heartwarming one was the episode where, after a despondent Boomhauer has fallen in love with and been jilted by a female version of himself, Bill genuinely and kindly coaches him back to happiness.
- Considering Boomhauer had earlier shoved Bill aside to put the moves on her (let's assume Bill had a shot at her at all), hell yeah.
- Episodes involving either Hank learning to accept Bobby for who he is (not likely to be remembered the next episode, but still) or Hank and his unabashed love of his hound dog Ladybird are also likely to invoke this. Ladybird is one of the few carbon-based life forms the emotionally repressed Hank will freely and unabashedly express pure love and affection for, so even episodes featuring her that aren't particularly emotional in and of themselves are likely to warm the heart. In the dog dancing one, Hank and Ladybird may have lost the contest but the ending where they're in the garage and "After Midnight" comes on the radio and LB wants to dance anyway, and then he allows Bobby to cut in while Hank dances with Peggy, with the garage door open.
- The final episode "To Sirloin with Love", where Hank and Bobby finally find something they both enjoy that doesn't make Hank embarrassed and doesn't bore Bobby- grilling and distinguishing cuts of beef- and the final scene where everyone in the neighborhood comes to the Hills' backyard for barbecue.
- The flashbacks that reveal that Hank taught Bobby about cows and beef cuts ever since he was a baby, which led to Bobby knowing a lot about steak and flaws in beef cuts 13 years later.
- Bobby asking Hank if he can join the Meat Inspection team at Heimlich County Community College and Hank saying, "I've been waiting 13 years to hear that."
- My personal favorite has to be the episode "Happy Hank's Giving", where Hank and his neighbors all get stuck at the airport at Thanksgiving. The first one comes when the Hills finally manage to get a bus to take them to an another airport, but give up their seats to another family. The second one comes near the climax of the episode, when Thanksgiving has come and gone and none of their flights have managed to leave, after constant trouble, getting caught in the rain, having no food, etc. Having been determined to get to their plane, but now having all missed the events they were hoping to get to, the Hills and all their neighbors share Boomhauer's pizza and the bits and pieces of food they can scrounge up to have their own personal Thanksgiving dinner.
- The end of "Boxing Luanne", when Luanne is getting pounded by Freeda Foreman, and all the skeezy men who have spent the episode drooling over her body start cheering her on for real.
- And how about the ending of Peggy's "Turtle Song"? Just as Hank is believing that he may genuinely have lost her, she finishes her song thus: "But a miracle saved her, before her heart sank: the magical love of a turtle named Hank." Doubles as a Peggy CMoA.
- In the episode where an old flame of Boomhauer's was going to marry his loutish brother (voiced by Brad Pitt), Hank confronts Boomhauer on suspicion that he was trying to sabotage their relationship and asks him straight out if he was. Boomhauer says no, and that is all Hank needs to hear to believe him absolutely. It's a wonderful reminder of the power of a true friendship.
- Even better, this episode proved that there really was a girl that Boomhauer genuinely and truly loved. Seeing a guy whose longest relationship was three days admit that he was truly in love with her was just heart-meltingly warm, I tell you what.
- At one point, a bunch of strippers show up for Boomhauer's brother's bachelor party, and he manages to pin it on Boomhauer, making Hank and the old flame upset with him. The next day, Hank goes over to Boomhauer's place to talk about it, and asks him "Did you really do it?" Boomhauer looks him in the eye and says "No", and Hank immediately trusts him.
- Hank isn't the sort to step out of his comfort zone very often, so it's always great to see him do it to help someone who really needs him. Case in point: "Pretty, Pretty Dresses," where he spends all his vacation time pulling suicide watch for a horribly-depressed Bill. Bill later snaps and starts dressing up as his ex Lenore, and Hank rescues him from an extremely awkward situation at his Christmas party by donning a dress of his own, and standing in for Lenore so Bill can finally vent to "her" and start getting over his pain.
- At the end of "A Man Without A Country Club", we learn that Kahn has been shunned by the prestigious Nine Rivers Country Club yet again. So what do Hank and co. do? They invite Kahn into their own country club, the Rainey Street Country Club.
- The Veterans Day episode where Cotton, unable to participate in the Veterans Day parade since he has to work a crappy job as a restaurant greeter (that he actually is competent at, he's just criticized for helping out in places outside of his duties), begins to contemplate suicide, when Didi (oblivious to Cotton's state of mind) asks him to watch Good Hank. Hank, who knew that Cotton was depressed, rushes to his house, and is shocked when he hears a gunshot; turns out Cotton had G.H. just fire a gun into a mattress (and don't worry, G.H. was earmuffed and enjoying himself), which also led to this Crowning Moment of Funny between Cotton and Hank.
Cotton: You cried your first time [firing a gun], and you was three!
- The best part is that Cotton was going to kill himself so Didi and G.H. would get his life insurance money, literally giving his life to support his family. Then theres the implication that being forced by Didi to spend some time with G.H. made him decide to swallow his pride and let Hank help him out. Cotton was depressed not just because of his money troubles but because he felt his glory days were long behind him and he didn't have anything to live for and G.H. reminded him what he still has: A son who ain't a sissy like Hank.
- In that same episode, Cotton gives Bobby a letter of recommendation to West Point. For reference, a recommendation letter from a Medal of Honor recipient is considered very Serious Business by the U.S. Armed Forces and he gave it to Bobby. That's how much Cotton respects his grandson.
- Cotton admits that Hank is a better father than he is... in the most Cotton way possible.
Cotton: You ain't in competition with me. Hell, if it's a contest on who's the better daddy, you win! I mean, you made Bobby! All I made was you.
- The Father, the Son, and J.C.: Hank tells Buck "I love you", something he never told Cotton. Cotton is mad through most of the episode, especially when Hank can't stomach it to tell his dad that he loves him and instead says "I hate you". But at the end, when Hank apologizes for making Cotton mad and Cotton shoots President Carter's limo with a nail gun, we get this.
Cotton: I love shooting a nail gun.
Hank: I love shooting a nail gun too, Dad.
- This scene from earlier in the episode. Cotton shows up at Hank's door so the two can shoot down a Christmas tree, something they do every year, only for Hank to tell him that Buck Strickland already gave him a tree. Cotton actually looks almost heartbroken that Hank doesn't want to share this moment of father-son bonding, only to quickly hide his emotion and try and lure Hank - "Bah! Only a man with a narrow urete would think that skinny stick was a tree!". It's one of those moments in the series that show deep down inside, Cotton truly cares about his son.
- In "Naked Ambition", Bobby and Connie are about to see each other naked when Kahn enters, freaks out, and grounds Connie while banning Bobby from his property. When Hank hears about this, he's actually quite happy. At the end of the episode when Connie steals her father's ladder to peek over the fence and see Bobby, Hank helps him pick out which ladder to use so he can get up to Connie for some kissing.
- The ending of "Unfortunate Son", when Cotton Hill not only admits that Hank did everything right during their escape from the veterans he (Cotton) had set off, and that he screwed up, but he gives the Vietnam vets he'd previously insulted and looked down upon his respect and states he's honored to have them join the Arlen VFW.
Hank: I'm sorry, Dad. I guess it was a bad idea to get everyone together. I guess I just—
Cotton: Dangit, Hank, don't apologize! You did everything right. I screwed up. Sometimes you can do everything right and still lose. It ain't your fault. You gave it everything you had. That's all I ever asked from my men. Thanks for trying, soldier.
[Hank smiles. Cotton pauses, then smiles back. A moment later, the veterans stop closing in on them.]
Ronnie: That's all we ever wanted to hear.
- Doubles as a Tear Jerker, at least for this troper, once Ronnie starts speaking.
- When Dale has an accidental discharge in "Soldier of Misfortune," he explains it to Hank by using a propane sales metaphor, at which Hank is aghast. However, Dale's knowledge of Hank's propane sales tactics and love for his job is a Fridge CMOH.
- Peggy kissing Hank on the cheek when he wins the Blue Flame of Valor in season 4's Hanky Panky, and then handling the visual aids as he gives his speech. Another word for spouse is "helpmate", and this moment is a very good demonstration of that term.
- This is more of a collective moment of heartwarming when you take the time to examine the episodes that involve a Hank/Connie dynamic. When she receives her first period, Hank winds up having to help her get sorted out, and overcomes a fear of total embarrassment and emasculation to help her buy the things she needed from the women's health aisle. Then there was the time the two sort of bonded thanks to the bluegrass group the guys in the alley put together (until Hank became almost as controlling as Khan, though both get better by the end of the episode), and finally, when her parents go off the deep end and become rednecks. Hank finally puts his foot down when it looks like Connie and her family will become homeless. For her sake, he manages to snap Minh and Khan back to reality by pointing out that throughout everything Connie never once complained or stopped trying her hardest.
- Those episodes are "Aisle 8-A," "The Bluegrass is Always Greener," and "The Redneck of Rainey Street", for the curious.
- "Blood and Sauce" has a couple. Bobby is supposed to help Bill with his barbecue, but when he sees that it'll involve hard work, he runs. When Hank starts asking Bobby questions about the work, Bill covers for the boy by saying it's a family secret and Bobby promised not to tell. Later on Bobby goes to apologize, asking for a second chance no matter how hard the work is; from this we get a few nice scenes of Bill and Bobby working together and bonding.
- And then we have the end of the episode. Bill's family recipe was so successful that Buck Strickland wanted to market it nationwide; however, Bill's cousin Gilbert shuts down the venture because he considers the idea shameful and akin to whoring out the family name. * After being shot down one last time, Bill returns home and finds Bobby cooking and actually improving the recipe. He sadly explains that he can't sell the sauce...but realizes that he could certainly share it with friends, such as at Peggy's upcoming birthday, and adds that when Bobby grows up, he could share it too. Bobby says "But I'm not a Dauterive", and Bill responds "Bobby, I'd be honored."
- In "Revenge of the Lutefisk", Bobby accidentally burns down the church but Cotton is blamed because a strip club matchbook was found at the scene and because earlier he made a scene over the new female reverend. When Bobby finally confesses, Cotton decides to keep taking the blame because (as he says): "I'm an old man, everyone already hates me! But Bobby's got his whole life ahead of him. If I can take a bullet for my grandson, I'll do it!"
- Turns into a CMOF with "Not in the face! That's how I make my livings."
- "Dog Dale Afternoon" has an odd example, but a definite example of Hank and Dale's friendship. Long Story Short, Dale is mistaken for a clocktower sniper and Hank convinces the police to let him talk Dale down. Hank confesses to the prank that started all of this and Dale says that Hank was one of the few people on the extremely tiny list of those he trusts - "I'm not even on that list!" As they leave the tower, a member of Dale's gun club tries to snipe Dale, but Hank takes the bullet for him. Dale swears to dedicate his life to propane and watch over Peggy and Bobby...until Hank reveals that he had a bullet-proof vest, leading to this exchange, which also has several rapid fire Crowning Moment of Funny within it. It goes to show that Hank and Dale, despite their differences and Dale's sometimes insane measures, are True Companions.
Dale: Oh God Hank you're dying, I'll never forget you, I will bury you in my backyard, I'll dedicate my life to propane, and don't you worry about Peggy - I'll keep Bill away from her.
Hank: I'm fine, Dale, but if you're serious about the propane, I've got some pamphlets...
Dale: You're fine!
(Dale unbuttons Hank's shirt to find the bullet-proof vest.)
Dale: You were wearing a bulletproof vest! You thought I was gonna shoot you.
Hank: Well...that or spray me with poisonous chemicals. I thought you'd kill yourself right after.
Dale: (smiling) I would have too.
- Subverted in "Bills Are Made to Be Broken"; a promising young football player ties Bill's record for most career touchdowns, but suffers a Game-Breaking Injury that will put him out for the season. At the next game, the opposing team lets him score the record-breaking touchdown, which is a CMOH for everyone except Bill and his friends, who see it as unfair since the player didn't earn it.
Hank (to the crowd): May God have mercy on you all!
- It doesn't help that later we learn throughout the episode the kid is a Jerk Ass and dating two girls at the same time.
- The actual heartwarming moment comes when Bill gets back in the game to re-tie the record. All the people who were skeptical about his abilities earlier in the episode (Including the entirety of the highschool student body) join together in cheering him on as he tears his body to shreds to get a touchdown. Later on, during The Stinger, Bill is struggling with working out while listening to a sports program reporting on his game. Upon hearing one of the jockeys calling him "Uptown all the way", he gains a second wind with a wide smile on his face.
- In "De-Kahnstructing Henry", Khan gets fired because he blabs company secrets to Hank in his endless desire to prove himself superior. His pride causes him to run off until he can find a better job than Hank, leaving it to the Hills to take care of Minh and Connie. Eventually Hank finds Khan and convinces him that taking care of his family is much more important than being the better man. At the end of the episode, Khan comes by the Hills' house to brag about his awesome new job, and Hank allows him to boast before saying "Glad to have you back, Khan. Good night." After he closes the door, Khan blusters a bit more, then quietly adds "Thank you, Hank."
- A small but nice moment in that scene: Kahn giving Hank a small grin during his rant, showing that his put-downs aren't intentionally malicious.
- In "Movin' On Up", Luanne moves out but ends up having to contend with Jerk Ass roommates who don't contribute and call her a rules Nazi for having any form of discipline. She goes to Hank for help, but he says she has to do it herself, explaining the old metaphor of "teach a man to fish", but encouraging her to find her own Happy Place like his lawn. At the end of the episode she's carefully maintaining the house's pool, which has become her Happy Place. She reveals the rather clever manner in which she dealt with the roommatesnote , and Hank asks if she wants to come over for a beer. She says "No thanks Uncle Hank, you taught me how to fish" and proceeds to pull a cooler out of the pool, sharing an Alamo with him.
- "Meet the Propaniacs" featured tons of it in general with Bobby & Hank's bonding over finding common grounds over their love of propane and comedy. The ending made it the best though when, while Bobby is doing stand up in front of a crowd not responding, Hank is genuinely laughing at every joke to the point of tears. Bobby's happy enough with that alone that he focuses on making him laugh instead of worrying about the crowd.
- "Chasing Bobby", particularly the last act when an upset Bobby decided to walk home from the dealership (keep in mind, this is 40-some miles) and Hank had to swallow his pride and take the new truck for a test drive to find him. What makes this episode so good is that while it's about Hank worrying that his long-lasting truck will crap out on him, it also becomes about his relationship with Bobby, since Bobby keeps trying to help but gets repeatedly shot down.
- "How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Alamo": Long Story Short, Hank's attempts to teach Bobby about the Alamo get derailed first by the school, then by a man whose revisionist take on the battle turns the Texans into drunken cowards. After realizing it's wrong to censor the man just for having a different opinion, Hank goes on stage and prefaces the play with the bare facts of the Alamo (that almost 200 Texans fought and died for what they believed in). At the end of the episode, Bobby comes in and tells Hank that he got an F in Texas History — not because he refused to do the extra credit, but because he wrote in his textbook (and the teacher said earlier that any student who did this would automatically fail the class). Hank is upset, but then we learn that what Bobby wrote was his father's speech, so the next child to get the textbook would know the truth and wouldn't be brainwashed by the pop history in the book. Hank, smiling, says that since Bobby will have to go to summer school anyway, they might as well skip class that day and go to Six Flags.
- "Lady and Gentrification": Enrique gets Hank to speak at his daughter's Quincenera and stands up for his friend even when the Jerkass hipsters who hate Hank, you know, for his race come in and ruin the quality of life in his neighborhood for Enrique and his daughter while ridiculously claiming they're his real friends.
- It's also heartwarming when you look at "Enrique-ciliable Differences" it shows how much Enrique and Hank have grown. Previously Enrique used Hank as a way to avoid dealing with his failing marriage, while Hank wanted to treat Enrique as a professional. In this episode, Enrique's daughter becomes Hank's friend, and Hank tries to save Enrique when those hipsters force the rents so high, Enrique is forced to move.
- "The Petriot Act" is one for resident Butt Monkey Bill, where he takes care of a dog as part of a U.S. Army program where people get to temporarily adopt a soldier's pet until he/she returns from duty. The dog is incredibly well-trained, helped him exercise, and even helped him get a date. At the end, the dog gets returned to his owner and Bill gets a salute from the army and a chance to fly a jet.
- In "Strangeness on a Train", we learn that Peggy thinks her birthday is cursed because something always goes wrong. For the most recent one, she and her friends go on a disco-themed murder mystery on a train, but as usual everything goes wrong* , the only bright spot being that she and Hank have sex in the train bathroom. After they get kicked off, Peggy sobs that her birthday is cursed, and all her friends remind her that she matters to them. Then at the end of the episode, when everyone's ended up at a bar, Lucky reveals that he knew about Hank and Peggy's "fun"...and tells her "Good for you. Happy birthday, Aunt Peggy."
- In "Peggy Hill: The Decline and Fall" Cotton comes to the hospital to see his newborn baby. Initially he says hes just there out of an obligation, but as soon as he sees him he instantly turns into a mushball, calling him a handsome little soldier. Later on hes proudly boasting about how the baby looked at his nurse as if he wanted to slap her rump. Kinda twisted? Yeah, but heartwrenching nonetheless.
- "The Peggy Horror Picture Show" features a drag queen who Peggy befriends. Some scenes in here show him at home with his mother, who doesn't mind he's a drag queen. Knowing how some parents act toward their children for being like that, I'd say that's rather sweet.
- More than not minding, when Caroline laments that her new friend is "a real woman", her mother states that "You are as female as any other woman out there, and don't let anyone else tell you otherwise!"*
- That whole episode qualifies. Peggy was feeling down because she's not the most feminine woman because of the way she dresses and her size 16 1/2 feet, but her friendship with Caroline made her very happy and feel better about herself. Upon learning that Caroline is a drag queen, she sinks back into depression until Caroline takes her along to a clothing swap between other drag queens, where "she" explains that they admire women like Peggy who are strong, confident, and not afraid to wear clothes that most people would see as tacky or outrageous.
- "Luane's Saga" from Season 1 puts a spotlight on Hank and Luanne's relationship. At the beginning of the episode he says that even though he hates Buckley he doesn't care if Luanne dates him because he could be her ticket out of his den, which is a continuing annoyance for him as Luanne's stuff just makes it cluttered. After Buckley dumps her she cries nonstop, further annoying Hank. Finally he ignores Peggy's orders and gets involved, helping Luanne get over Buckley and genuinely having fun with her. His priority is still getting her out of his den so he sets her up with a guy who fits all of Hank's qualifications (uses propane, plays football, loves America and Texas). Unfortunately he gets touchy with Luanne prompting Boomhauer to drive her home. While Boomhauer was just giving her a ride Hank thinks Boomhauer is trying to sleep with her. Luanne moves in with Boomhauer which pisses Hank off despite his previous apathy towards who she dates and despite the fact he finally has his den back. Later on he finally realizes that he cares about Luanne and she cares about him and is hurt by his actions. He tells her to come over to pick up her stuff, only for her to find that he has moved all of his stuff out of the den and set it up into a proper bedroom for Luanne.
- In "Love Hurts and So Does Art", Bobby gets addicted to New York-style deli food, which gives him gout. This means he can't go to the dance with Connie, greatly upsetting her, but he remains oblivious. Eventually, the deli owner points out that Bobby's obviously in love, inspiring him to do everything he can to get to the dance. When he gets there and asks Connie to dance, she asks "What about your gout?" Bobby responds "My dad says when you really want something, you play through the pain."
- And they dance in the gym to "How Do I Live". The most touching scene in the entire series for this troper.
- In "Tanking it to the Streets", Bill steals a tank while depressed, and he and the guys end up on the army base's live fire range. Bill tells the others to get out, then stays in the tank to draw fire. When the tank goes up and it looks like Bill is dead, Hank, Dale, and Boomhauer start crying and mourning the loss. In particular, Hank says he wished he'd told Bill what a good friend he was, "like a big ol' stuffed teddy bear!" Of course, Bill turns up alive but beat up, but he heard what the guys said and is very happy to know how they feel.
- The end of "Flirting With the Master". Peggy, after being humiliated by the actor who plays Monsignor Martinez and his wife, flies back to Arlen in tears. Hank, completely unaware that any of this had even happened, reminds her just how loved she is with a romantic gesture (of Hank's sorts, but still romantic). The fact that Hank did it not because he knew that Peggy was upset, but just because she was coming home after being gone for a few days, is what clinches it.
- For all the hate he had for Bobby dating Connie, Khan had a few Pet the Dog moments with Hank's son. One that stands out is the episode where Bobby and Connie are trapped in a cave, Hank and Khan go in after them. While Hank is pre-emptively trying to apologize in case Bobby and Connie have sex, Khan shrugs it off saying that until puberty, the worst Bobby can do is a hickey...but also that he's a good boy.
- "It Ain't Over Till The Fat Neighbor Sings": Bill is more down than usual, since he feels he isn't appreciated at his job, and that no one will even notice if he stopped showing up. It initially seems to be true, but at the very end.
The General: You know, you're the only army barber I let touch my hair. I always say the 110th has the best barber. We fight hard, and we look good doing it.
- A funny yet sweet little moment in "Ho Yeah!" Peggy gets a rather tarted-up makeover from Tammy (unaware she is a prostitute on the run from her pimp), who also gives Hank an obvious pimp hat as a present. They look in the mirror, oblivious that they look like a pimp and hooker, and comment "Aren't we a couple of movie stars!"
- The whole episode, really. The Hills are mortified to find out that Tammy's actually a hooker, but when Tammy sadly resigns herself to returning with her pimp to Oklahoma City, Hank and Peggy realize they've come to care about her too much to let her go back. Hank stands up to the pimp, buys him off, and tells him to get lost, while Peggy keeps helping Tammy get a G.E.D. so she can start building a brighter future for herself. Things apparently worked out for Tammy, as we see her attending Luanne's wedding much later on.
- That book club ep has Hank giving Peggy the fighting spirit to take care of gun buyer aspect of the business but was obviously the one who helped started the book club Peggy always wanted when he learns that one of dale customers read the book Peggy was giving out.
- Peggy returns home to the Montana ranch she grew up on, hoping to make peace with the mother who has never given her any approval. Peggy goes as far as to save the whole ranch from shutting down, and her mother still rags on her. Peggy storms out of the house demanding to know what she ever came there for. Hank points to Bobby, and the episode ends on a shot of him sitting still and proud on a horse, just appreciating the world. He'd come to the ranch thinking it would be the most boring experience of his life, but between meeting a horse he liked and Peggy teaching him about horses, he discovered a part of himself that would never have appeared in Arlen.
- In "What Happens At The National" Hank is supposed to introduce Buck for his induction into the Propane Hall Of Flame, but ends up getting drunk (after being angry at Buck for running around and acting irresponsible with his son Ray Roy) and throwing up while giving his speech and ends up getting in trouble. Buck and Ray Roy decide to work together to help save Hank, that in itself is nice, but the true CMOH comes when the panel of judges presents Hank with his own Hall Of Flame jacket at Buck's insistence, showing that Buck truly does appreciate Hank for everything that he's done.
- Buck Strickland and Ray Roy's relationship is this, when it isn't totally destructive.
- There are a lot of strangely sweet moments in the episode where Peggy gets obsessed with Lawn Gnomes. Hank absolutely hates the lawn gnome she puts on his lawn as he feels it ruins it, and when Bobby accidentally breaks it, he takes it as an excuse to break it completely and bury it. That's not so nice of him: What IS nice is that throughout the entire episode, he keeps denying Bobby had anything to do with it to keep him out of trouble, and even sneaks in dessert to him when Peggy grounds him for it. And when he sees just how upset she is about the Gnome, he goes to a special store to get her a new one as per Bobby's suggestion, and explains to the shopkeeper AND a crazy gnome collecting woman that "as beautiful as his lawn is, it doesn't measure up to his wife's happiness". And when he gets home, he makes sure to say that the replacement was Bobby's idea. Basically: not only does Hank attempt to take the fall for Bobby's accident, he goes against his own principles to make his wife happy and still gives Bobby credit.
- In one episode Mihn had to join Dale's gun club as a part of a scheme concocted by herself and Kahn to get into the Nine Rivers Country Club. Long story short, Mihn actually had some fun hanging out with the guys and shooting stuff. So much so that when she and Kahn finally manage to join the prestigious club, Mihn is openly bored. But while Kahn is feigning interest to impress Ted Wassonasong, Mihn gets a call from the guys and quietly does their club cheer over the phone.
- One episode has Dale give up his kidney, and he wants it back upon finding out that it wasn't needed. However, it's a perfect match for an Ill Boy. Dale vanishes with his kidney, but to everyone's surprise, lets the ill boy have it.
- In "Harlottown", Peggy uncovers Arlen's past as a den of prostitution, and wants to use it as means to celebrate the town's history. The self-serving city manager, however, wants to turn Arlen into a tourist trap for prostitution, going so far as to attract the Adult Video Awards. Hank, while driving out of town, picks up one of the adult film actresses, who regrets the life she chose. Hank reassures her, by telling her that even the prostitutes who built Arlen were able to clean up their act and make it into a real community. The actress not only turns a new leaf, but stops Arlen from descending into sleaziness, and the final scene shows that she's become a friend to the Hill family.
- The way Hank explains why he's helping the two actors is rather sweet and funny, considering you can tell he's not totally comfortable with it:
"Peggy, they tried to fix an engine problem by changing a tire. They'll die out here."
- In "Hank's Back Story", Hank's brotherhood with his support group of people that suffer Diminished Gluteal Syndrome, especially when one of the guys throws his own gluteal prosthetic to Hank so that he can finish the lawn mower race.
- In "My Own Private Rodeo" the guys find out Dale's estranged father, Bug, is gay. When he's reunited with his son he agonizes over telling him but when Dale does find out he's perfectly accepting (eventually, after realizing that Bug was confessing to being gay and not a government agent) and invites both him and his partner to the reconfirmation of his wedding vows.
- "Daletech" has Cotton staying in the house and while he does drive everyone up the wall for once it doesn't come from being a Jerkass but simply an old man wanting to be useful to his family. He gets a job as a senior citizen police officer but quickly ruins things with his normal behavior before solving a case that had Kahn sneaking into the house to cause minor mischief. Hank is impressed to the point that he salutes his father but Cotton in his own way tells Hank he doesn't need it.
- "Megalo Dale" has Dale getting an extermination job because of Hank's recommendation but he soon turns it into one of his conspiracy theories involving Chuck Mangione. It turns out that for once he was right but after saving his friends from pranking teenage workers with Chucks help he pretends he was wrong. Bill and Boomhauer mock Dale but Hank comes to his defense by pointing out regardless of how Dale did solve the problem and would recommend him again. One of those moments where you see why Hank and Dale are friends.
- In "It's Not Easy Being Green", Hank tries to prevent the draining of a local quarry to prevent Boomhauer from finding out that he, Dale and Bill took his car for a ride in high school and accidentally crashed it into the quarry. At the end of the episode, the car is dredged up and Bobby calls Boomhauer to get back at Hank for pretending to be interested in his environmental causes for the sake of keeping the quarry filled. At the end of the episode, Bobby asks Boomhauer how long they should be mad at Hank, and Boomhauer tells Bobby that life is too short to hold grudges, and says maybe two or three weeks. Bobby tells him that he sees why Hank is always quoting him, and Boomhauer, flattered, decides to bump it down to one week (but only for Hank).
- "Of Mice And Little Green Men" has Dale finally discover something is amiss between him and his son, Joseph, and comes to most obvious conclusion....that his wife was impregnated by extra terrestrial life. Joseph at first is dumbfounded by this accusation, but then, as a sign of his father's genes, starts to believe it and even starts adding in other bizarre theories such as the aliens still using Dale's sperm for the experimentation that could still make the two related. Hank and Bobby come to the conclusion the two are very much two peas in a pod.
- The episode wherein Redcorn is in a band with Dale as the "manager". When the band breaks up and Redcorn discovers that he can sing very calmly and simplistically (like Raffi), Dale is the only one who sticks besides him.
- Even before the main plot kicks off, "Hilloween" is entirely about Hank wanting Bobby to have the best Halloween possible, simply because he believes the holiday is good clean fun and worries that Bobby might soon be too old to enjoy the holiday as much. It's enough that when a fanatical christian woman has Halloween canceled in Arlen and is indoctrinating Bobby into her own little Christian cult instead, Hank dresses up in Bobby's Hallloween costume and starts a protest march that the whole neighbourhood joins in on. Then at the very end, when Hank and the woman each try to convince Bobby to choose their side of the conflict, Bobby chooses Hank. Not because he cares more about Halloween or doesn't care about Jesus, but because:
Bobby: I just want to be with my dad.