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* Pretty much the entire "Wings of a Dope" episode, in which Buckley's angel comes back, particularly the scene in which he and Luanne bounce on the trampoline after first meeting. Fireflies appear around them and fittingly enough, Dream Academy's "Life in a Northern Town" plays in the background. The last scene is even more powerful - Buckley bounces on Luanne's trampoline high enough to disappear from her sight, after which she believes he is gone for good and goes back into the house. He returns to Earth, exclaims, "Cool, a new record!" and then, as the song begins to play again, is shown walking off toward the horizon, pulling a halo from his pocket and donning it as the credits begin to roll.
** The scene where Luanne is by the trampoline crying listening to "Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground" as she waits for Buckley and hopes he isn't "gurardianin' some other girl," followed by Peggy's motivational speech, is a close second.
** Meta example: "Wings of the Dope" premiered two weeks to the day after the [[{{UsefulNotes/Columbine}} Columbine shooting]]. Mike Judge received a letter from a young woman from Littleton about a month after the episode aired. She went to Columbine, had a crush on a classmate she knew, and promised herself during the shooting that if both survived, she would tell him how she felt. She never got the chance - he was one of the shooters. Like Buckley's final birthday card to Luanne, "Wings of the Dope" was what finally prompted the girl to open up and grieve after pressure to bottle up her feelings from people who believed the boy didn't deserve it. To turn the tearjerker factor UpToEleven, [[http://www.reddit.com/r/todayilearned/comments/2ep3lx/til_in_1999_mike_judge_got_a_thankyou_letter_from/ck90avc someone who knows the girl]] has said that the girl quoted Luanne in the letter and hoped he wasn't "guardianin' some other girl", since he never knew how she felt.

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* Pretty much the entire "Wings of a Dope" episode, in which Buckley's angel comes back, particularly the scene in which he and Luanne bounce on the trampoline after first meeting. Fireflies appear around them and fittingly enough, Dream Academy's "Life in a Northern Town" plays in the background. The last scene is even more powerful - Buckley bounces on Luanne's trampoline high enough to disappear from her sight, after which she believes he is gone for good and goes back into the house. He returns to Earth, exclaims, "Cool, a new record!" and then, as the song begins to play again, is shown walking off toward the horizon, pulling a halo from his pocket and donning it as the credits begin to roll.
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roll. The scene where Luanne is by the trampoline crying listening to "Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground" as she waits for Buckley and hopes he isn't "gurardianin' some other girl," followed by Peggy's motivational speech, is a close second.
** Meta example: "Wings of the Dope" premiered two weeks to the day after the [[{{UsefulNotes/Columbine}} Columbine shooting]]. Mike Judge received a letter from a young woman from Littleton about a month after the episode aired. She went to Columbine, had a crush on a classmate she knew, and promised herself during the shooting that if both survived, she would tell him how she felt. She never got the chance - he was one of the shooters. Like Buckley's final birthday card to Luanne, "Wings of the Dope" was what finally prompted the girl to open up and grieve after pressure to bottle up her feelings from people who believed the boy didn't deserve it. To turn the tearjerker factor UpToEleven, [[http://www.reddit.com/r/todayilearned/comments/2ep3lx/til_in_1999_mike_judge_got_a_thankyou_letter_from/ck90avc someone who knows the girl]] has said that the girl quoted Luanne in the letter and hoped he wasn't "guardianin' some other girl", since he never knew how she felt.
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* "Propane Boom", the finale of the second season. When the Mega-Lo-Mart explodes as a result of a negligent propane leak, Peggy screams in terror for Hank and Luanne, who are both inside. The scene is not PlayedForLaughs, with the season ending upon Boomhauer calling 911 and a horrified Peggy watching him do so, unaware if her husband or niece are alive.
** The following episode, "Death Of A Propane Salesman", has Luanne dealing with the loss of her hair and bottling her emotions by pulling a Sinead O'Connor act, but she soon breaks down alone in her room after reading the last birthday card Buckley gave to her.

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* "Propane Boom", the finale of the second season. When the Mega-Lo-Mart explodes as a result of a negligent propane leak, Peggy screams in terror for Hank and Luanne, who are both inside. The scene is not PlayedForLaughs, with the season ending upon Boomhauer calling 911 and a horrified Peggy watching him do so, unaware if her husband or niece are alive.
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alive. The following episode, "Death Of A Propane Salesman", has Luanne dealing with the loss of her hair and bottling her emotions by pulling a Sinead O'Connor act, but she soon breaks down alone in her room after reading the last birthday card Buckley gave to her.



* The ending of "Won't You Pimai Neighbor" where Bobby chooses what's in the mirror- Connie's reflection- meaning he doesn't want the celibate life of a monk if it means he can't be with her. And it turns out the mirror ''was'' the object belonging to the Lama, but the monks decided that the choice was still legitimate.
** Connie's reaction,shedding a single tear of happiness.
* While divisive for the ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'' fanbase in general, Bobby and Connie's breakup.

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* The ending of "Won't You Pimai Neighbor" where Bobby chooses what's in the mirror- Connie's reflection- meaning he doesn't want the celibate life of a monk if it means he can't be with her. And it turns out the mirror ''was'' the object belonging to the Lama, but the monks decided that the choice was still legitimate.
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legitimate. Connie's reaction,shedding reaction, is to shed a [[SingleTear single tear of happiness.
happiness]].
* While divisive for the ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'' fanbase in general, Bobby and Connie's breakup.



* "Manger Baby Einstein" has the Gurgle-Gurgle subplot.
** The rest of the Manger Babies save for the aforementioned octopus are destroyed by Dale as revenge for Luanne plagiarizing a story he wrote. While they were just inanimate puppets, they have been a running joke since Season 2 and seeing their destruction feels like a recurring character is being killed off.
* "Pretty, Pretty Dresses". Bill is already a horribly depressed and thus, to the audience, depressing character, but watching him break as thoroughly as he does here is really awful. At least it leads to a SugarWiki/{{Heartwarming Moment|s}}.

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* "Manger Baby Einstein" has the Gurgle-Gurgle subplot.
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subplot. The rest of the Manger Babies save for the aforementioned octopus are destroyed by Dale as revenge for Luanne plagiarizing a story he wrote. While they were just inanimate puppets, they have been a running joke since Season 2 and seeing their destruction feels like a recurring character is being killed off.
* "Pretty, Pretty Dresses". Bill is already a horribly depressed and thus, to the audience, depressing character, but watching him break as thoroughly as he does here is really awful. At least Fortunately, it leads to a SugarWiki/{{Heartwarming Moment|s}}.Moment|s}} by the end.



* The Season 4 premiere, where Peggy is recovering in a full bodycast after falling out of her plane. At first she's elated from the thrill of surviving, but as she spends more time completely helpless, her depression takes over. It reaches its peak when Cotton's new baby GH has to stay at their house so Bobby can take care of him, and we get a long scene of Peggy being treated just as much like a baby by Hank as GH is by Bobby, to the point where she is fed through a bottle. You can see her rapidly realizing how utterly immobile and helpless she is, and how degrading the whole experience is for her even before the tears start flowing.
** What makes her explode with anger was when she remembered why she jumped from the plane: Didi having Cotton's baby. She couldn't stand the idea of Cotton having another baby to torment (because of how he abused Hank) while Didi is too much of an airhead to raise a child, all while she herself desperately wanted more children but was never able to conceive them due to Hank's narrow urethra. And here she is, stuck in a body cast, helplessly watching Cotton and Didi neglecting "Their beautiful new baby that they don't even want." The only good tear jerker? Peggy finally makes the baby stop crying by rocking him to sleep with the only part of her body not in the cast: her toes.

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* The Season 4 premiere, where Peggy is recovering in a full bodycast after falling out of her plane. At first she's elated from the thrill of surviving, but as she spends more time completely helpless, her depression takes over. It reaches its peak when Cotton's new baby GH has to stay at their house so Bobby can take care of him, and we get a long scene of Peggy being treated just as much like a baby by Hank as GH is by Bobby, to the point where she is fed through a bottle. You can see her rapidly realizing how utterly immobile and helpless she is, and how degrading the whole experience is for her even before the tears start flowing.
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flowing. What makes her explode with anger was when she remembered why she jumped from the plane: Didi having Cotton's baby. She couldn't stand the idea of Cotton having another baby to torment (because of how he abused Hank) while Didi is too much of an airhead to raise a child, all while she herself desperately wanted more children but was never able to conceive them due to Hank's narrow urethra. And here she is, stuck in a body cast, helplessly watching Cotton and Didi neglecting "Their beautiful new baby that they don't even want." The only good tear jerker? Peggy finally makes the baby stop crying by rocking him to sleep with the only part of her body not in the cast: her toes.



* The series finale where Hank and Bobby finally find something they love to do together (grill beef) and have a small barbecue for the neighbors. Despite the ups and downs of the series, this show actually had a heart and characters viewers cared about. To see it go because FOX wanted to air another raunchy animated sitcom (''The Cleveland Show'', which, coincidentally, didn't last) will break your heart.
* "As Old as the Hills": Peggy's reaction to what's supposed to be a light-hearted anniversary slide show. At first Hank thinks she's crying about a slide that shows Hank and Peggy as old people, but she clarifies that the photos of her and Hank as a young, newly-married couple were what upset her, because she didn't recognize them. This is one of those bits of dialogue that only gets more relevant as you age.

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* The series finale where Hank and Bobby finally find something they love to do together (grill beef) and have a small barbecue for the neighbors. Despite the ups and downs of the series, this show actually had a heart and characters viewers cared about. To see it go because FOX wanted to air another raunchy animated sitcom (''The Cleveland Show'', which, coincidentally, didn't last) will break your heart.
* "As Old as the Hills": Peggy's reaction to what's supposed to be a light-hearted anniversary slide show. At first Hank thinks she's crying about a slide that shows Hank and Peggy as old people, but she clarifies that the photos of her and Hank as a young, newly-married couple were what upset her, because she didn't recognize them. This is one of those bits of dialogue that [[AdultFear only gets more relevant as you age.age]].
* The series finale where Hank and Bobby finally find something they love to do together (grill beef) and have a small barbecue for the neighbors is both this and [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments heartwarming]]. After 13 years, Bobby has [[EarnYourHappyEnding finally found a hobby he can bond with his father over]].


* "Propane Boom," the finale of the second season. When the Mega-Lo-Mart explodes as a result of a negligent propane leak, Peggy screams in terror for Hank and Luanne, who are both inside. The scene is not PlayedForLaughs, with the season ending upon Boomhauer calling 911 and a horrified Peggy watching him do so, unaware if her husband or pseudo-daughter are alive.
** The following episode has Luanne dealing with the loss of her hair and bottling her emotions by pulling a Sinead O'Connor act, but she soon breaks down alone in her room after reading the last birthday card Buckley gave to her.

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* "Propane Boom," Boom", the finale of the second season. When the Mega-Lo-Mart explodes as a result of a negligent propane leak, Peggy screams in terror for Hank and Luanne, who are both inside. The scene is not PlayedForLaughs, with the season ending upon Boomhauer calling 911 and a horrified Peggy watching him do so, unaware if her husband or pseudo-daughter niece are alive.
** The following episode episode, "Death Of A Propane Salesman", has Luanne dealing with the loss of her hair and bottling her emotions by pulling a Sinead O'Connor act, but she soon breaks down alone in her room after reading the last birthday card Buckley gave to her.


* "Pretty Pretty Dresses". Bill is already a horribly depressed and thus, to the audience, depressing character, but watching him break as thoroughly as he does here is really awful. At least it leads to a SugarWiki/{{Heartwarming Moment|s}}.

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* "Pretty "Pretty, Pretty Dresses". Bill is already a horribly depressed and thus, to the audience, depressing character, but watching him break as thoroughly as he does here is really awful. At least it leads to a SugarWiki/{{Heartwarming Moment|s}}.


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* The series finale where Hank and Bobby finally find something they love to do together (grill beef) and have a small barbecue for the neighbors. Despite the ups and downs of the series, this show actually had a heart and characters viewers cared about. To see it go because FOX wanted to air another raunchy animated sitcom (''The Cleveland Show'', which, coincidentally, didn't last) will break your heart.

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* The series finale where Hank and Bobby finally find something they love to do together (grill beef) and have a small barbecue for the neighbors. Despite the ups and downs of the series, this show actually had a heart and characters viewers cared about. To see it go because FOX wanted to air another raunchy animated sitcom (''The Cleveland Show'', which, coincidentally, didn't last) will break your heart.heart.
* "As Old as the Hills": Peggy's reaction to what's supposed to be a light-hearted anniversary slide show. At first Hank thinks she's crying about a slide that shows Hank and Peggy as old people, but she clarifies that the photos of her and Hank as a young, newly-married couple were what upset her, because she didn't recognize them. This is one of those bits of dialogue that only gets more relevant as you age.

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* "Chasing Bobby" can be pretty depressing if you're a truck or any general car owner. Hank's truck ends up going on its last few miles and Hank is utterly devastated because of how much the truck means to him, in one of the few episodes where we see him break down in tears. Hank's refusal to get a new Truck and attempts to save it lead to him taking his frustration out on his family, when it's clear he doesn't to.


** What makes her explode with anger was when she remembered why she jumped from the plane: Didi having Cotton's baby. She couldn't stand the idea of Cotton having another baby to torment (because of how he abused Hank) while Didi is too much of an airhead to raise a child. And here she is, stuck in a body cast, helplessly watching Cotton and Didi make her family's life hell. The only good tear jerker? Peggy finally makes the baby stop crying by rocking him to sleep with the only part of her body not in the cast: her toes.

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** What makes her explode with anger was when she remembered why she jumped from the plane: Didi having Cotton's baby. She couldn't stand the idea of Cotton having another baby to torment (because of how he abused Hank) while Didi is too much of an airhead to raise a child. child, all while she herself desperately wanted more children but was never able to conceive them due to Hank's narrow urethra. And here she is, stuck in a body cast, helplessly watching Cotton and Didi make her family's life hell. neglecting "Their beautiful new baby that they don't even want." The only good tear jerker? Peggy finally makes the baby stop crying by rocking him to sleep with the only part of her body not in the cast: her toes.



* The series finale where Hank and Bobby finally find something they love to do together (grill beef) and have a small barbecue for the neighbors. Despite the ups and downs of the series, this show (unlike other long-runners like ''The Simpsons'' and ''Family Guy'') actually had a heart and characters viewers cared about. To see it go because FOX wanted to air another raunchy animated sitcom (''The Cleveland Show'', which, coincidentally, didn't last) will break your heart.

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* The series finale where Hank and Bobby finally find something they love to do together (grill beef) and have a small barbecue for the neighbors. Despite the ups and downs of the series, this show (unlike other long-runners like ''The Simpsons'' and ''Family Guy'') actually had a heart and characters viewers cared about. To see it go because FOX wanted to air another raunchy animated sitcom (''The Cleveland Show'', which, coincidentally, didn't last) will break your heart.


* "John Vitti Presents: Return To La Grunta" for its handling of sexual harassment. Its realistic portrayal of the stigma against reporting, especially for men, hits home to many survivors of sexual assault and harassment. Even better is Hank's SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome when he throws Luanne's harasser into the pool and then stimulates the dolphin, causing it to attack the offender.



* The series finale is too much to watch. This really is one of the greatest animated series ever made. If you've seen every episode, you get attached to the characters. Just thinking that we'll never see them again really hurts.



* In the first episode, Hank is under investigation by Social Services, because people mistakenly thought he hit Bobby. When the investigation is called off due to the social worker's incompetence, Bobby (who intercepted the call) lies and tells Hank that if he continues to lose his temper, the government will take him away. When Peggy learns from the case manager that the investigation was halted a week earlier, she confronts Bobby... and he admits that he is doing it because he doesn't believe Hank loves him.
* When Bobby accidentally burns down the church, Cotton takes the blame for it. His reasoning is that Bobby's life would be tainted forever by this. If it was Cotton's fault, however, it could be written off as being brought on by his well known unstable mental state and everyone already hates him anyway. As huge of a jerkass as Cotton is, this is one of the few times he shows that he does have a heart underneath all his bluster and cruelty.

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* In the first episode, Hank is under investigation by Social Services, because people mistakenly thought he hit Bobby. When the investigation is called off due to the social worker's incompetence, Bobby (who intercepted the call) lies and tells Hank that if he continues to lose his temper, the government will take him away. When Peggy learns from the case manager that the investigation was halted a week earlier, she confronts Bobby... and he admits that he is doing it because he doesn't believe Hank loves him.
* When Bobby accidentally burns down the church, Cotton takes the blame for it. His reasoning is that Bobby's life would be tainted forever by this. this (even though Bobby burning the church was an accident brought on by him trying to cover up the fact that he got sick on lutefisk). If it was Cotton's fault, however, it could be written off as Cotton being brought on by his well known mentally unstable mental state and everyone already hates him anyway.sexist (since a lot of people thought the church burning was a hate crime over a female pastor being hired). As huge of a jerkass as Cotton is, this is one of the few times he shows that he does have a heart underneath all his bluster and cruelty.



** What makes her explode with anger was when she remembered why she jumped from the plane: Didi having Cotton's baby. She couldn't stand the idea of Cotton having another baby to torment while Didi has no clue how to take care of one. And here she is, stuck in a body cast, helplessly watching Cotton and Didi make her family's life hell. The only good tear jerker? Peggy finally makes the baby stop crying by rocking him to sleep with the only part of her body not in the cast: her toes.
* The episode "Vision Quest" makes a big-time [[TheWoobie woobie]] out of John Redcorn. He desperately wants to be a part of his illegitimate son's life, but doesn't want Dale to find out about his secret. Dale has been pushing Joseph to hang out with a crowd of delinquents in order to be seen as "cool", something that Redcorn cannot allow. He arranges the titular vision quest as a way of straightening Joseph out and attends the trip despite agreeing to stay away. The saddest part is when Joseph is yelling for his "dad" (Dale, who had gone off into the woods with Hank and Bobby) with Redcorn watching from behind a tree a few feet away. The look on Redcorn's face shows just how much Joseph really means to him and he knows how bad of a role model Dale is despite the love he has for Joseph.
-->'''Redcorn''' (to Nancy): Dale's going to ruin Joseph's life! I have relied on others to raise my son for too long. No offense, but it ends now.

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** What makes her explode with anger was when she remembered why she jumped from the plane: Didi having Cotton's baby. She couldn't stand the idea of Cotton having another baby to torment (because of how he abused Hank) while Didi has no clue how is too much of an airhead to take care of one.raise a child. And here she is, stuck in a body cast, helplessly watching Cotton and Didi make her family's life hell. The only good tear jerker? Peggy finally makes the baby stop crying by rocking him to sleep with the only part of her body not in the cast: her toes.
* The episode "Vision Quest" makes a big-time [[TheWoobie woobie]] out of John Redcorn. He desperately wants to be a part of his illegitimate son's life, but doesn't want Dale to find out about that Joseph is his secret.biological son. Dale has been pushing Joseph to hang out with a crowd of delinquents in order to be seen as "cool", something that Redcorn cannot allow. He arranges the titular vision quest as a way of straightening Joseph out and attends the trip despite agreeing to stay away. The saddest part is when Joseph is yelling for his "dad" (Dale, who had gone off into the woods with Hank and Bobby) with Redcorn watching from behind a tree a few feet away. The look on Redcorn's face shows just how much Joseph really means to him and he knows how bad of a role model Dale is despite the love he has for Joseph.
-->'''Redcorn''' (to Nancy): Dale's going to ruin Joseph's life! I have relied on others to raise my son for too long. No offense, but it ends now.now.
* The series finale where Hank and Bobby finally find something they love to do together (grill beef) and have a small barbecue for the neighbors. Despite the ups and downs of the series, this show (unlike other long-runners like ''The Simpsons'' and ''Family Guy'') actually had a heart and characters viewers cared about. To see it go because FOX wanted to air another raunchy animated sitcom (''The Cleveland Show'', which, coincidentally, didn't last) will break your heart.


* The Season 4 premiere, where Peggy is recovering in a full bodycast after falling out of her plane. At first she's elated from the thrill of surviving, but as she spends more time completely helpless, her depression takes over. It reaches its peak when Cotton's new baby GH has to stay at their house so Bobby can take care of him, and we get a long scene of Peggy being treated just as much like a by Hank as GH is by Bobby, to the point where she is fed through a bottle. You can see her rapidly realizing how utterly immobile and helpless she is, and how degrading the whole experience is for her even before the tears start flowing.

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* The Season 4 premiere, where Peggy is recovering in a full bodycast after falling out of her plane. At first she's elated from the thrill of surviving, but as she spends more time completely helpless, her depression takes over. It reaches its peak when Cotton's new baby GH has to stay at their house so Bobby can take care of him, and we get a long scene of Peggy being treated just as much like a baby by Hank as GH is by Bobby, to the point where she is fed through a bottle. You can see her rapidly realizing how utterly immobile and helpless she is, and how degrading the whole experience is for her even before the tears start flowing.flowing.
** What makes her explode with anger was when she remembered why she jumped from the plane: Didi having Cotton's baby. She couldn't stand the idea of Cotton having another baby to torment while Didi has no clue how to take care of one. And here she is, stuck in a body cast, helplessly watching Cotton and Didi make her family's life hell. The only good tear jerker? Peggy finally makes the baby stop crying by rocking him to sleep with the only part of her body not in the cast: her toes.


* "John Vitti Presents: Return To La Grunta" for its handling of sexual harassment. Its realistic portrayal of the stigma against reporting, especially for men, hits home to many survivors of sexual assault and harassment. Even better is Hank's CrowningMomentOfAwesome when he throws Luanne's harasser into the pool and then stimulates the dolphin, causing it to attack the offender.

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* "John Vitti Presents: Return To La Grunta" for its handling of sexual harassment. Its realistic portrayal of the stigma against reporting, especially for men, hits home to many survivors of sexual assault and harassment. Even better is Hank's CrowningMomentOfAwesome SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome when he throws Luanne's harasser into the pool and then stimulates the dolphin, causing it to attack the offender.



* "Pretty Pretty Dresses". Bill is already a horribly depressed and thus, to the audience, depressing character, but watching him break as thoroughly as he does here is really awful. At least it leads to a CrowningMomentofHeartwarming.

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* "Pretty Pretty Dresses". Bill is already a horribly depressed and thus, to the audience, depressing character, but watching him break as thoroughly as he does here is really awful. At least it leads to a CrowningMomentofHeartwarming.SugarWiki/{{Heartwarming Moment|s}}.


** Meta example: "Wings of the Dope" premiered two weeks to the day after the [[{{UsefulNotes/Columbine}} Columbine shooting]]. Mike Judge received a letter from a young woman from Littleton about a month after the episode aired. She went to Columbine, had a crush on a classmate she knew, and promised herself during the shooting that if both survived, she would tell him how she felt. She never got the chance - [[spoiler: he was one of the shooters]]. Like Buckley's final birthday card to Luanne, "Wings of the Dope" was what finally prompted the girl to open up and grieve after pressure to bottle up her feelings from people who believed the boy didn't deserve it. To turn the tearjerker factor UpToEleven, [[http://www.reddit.com/r/todayilearned/comments/2ep3lx/til_in_1999_mike_judge_got_a_thankyou_letter_from/ck90avc someone who knows the girl]] has said that the girl quoted Luanne in the letter and hoped he wasn't "guardianin' some other girl", since he never knew how she felt.

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** Meta example: "Wings of the Dope" premiered two weeks to the day after the [[{{UsefulNotes/Columbine}} Columbine shooting]]. Mike Judge received a letter from a young woman from Littleton about a month after the episode aired. She went to Columbine, had a crush on a classmate she knew, and promised herself during the shooting that if both survived, she would tell him how she felt. She never got the chance - [[spoiler: he was one of the shooters]].shooters. Like Buckley's final birthday card to Luanne, "Wings of the Dope" was what finally prompted the girl to open up and grieve after pressure to bottle up her feelings from people who believed the boy didn't deserve it. To turn the tearjerker factor UpToEleven, [[http://www.reddit.com/r/todayilearned/comments/2ep3lx/til_in_1999_mike_judge_got_a_thankyou_letter_from/ck90avc someone who knows the girl]] has said that the girl quoted Luanne in the letter and hoped he wasn't "guardianin' some other girl", since he never knew how she felt.



* "John Vitti Presents: Return To La Grunta" for its handling of sexual harassment. Its realistic portrayal of the stigma against reporting, especially for men, hits home to many survivors of sexual assault and harassment. Even better is Hank's CrowningMomentOfAwesome when he [[spoiler:throws Luanne's harasser into the pool and then stimulates the dolphin, causing it to attack the offender]].

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* "John Vitti Presents: Return To La Grunta" for its handling of sexual harassment. Its realistic portrayal of the stigma against reporting, especially for men, hits home to many survivors of sexual assault and harassment. Even better is Hank's CrowningMomentOfAwesome when he [[spoiler:throws throws Luanne's harasser into the pool and then stimulates the dolphin, causing it to attack the offender]].offender.



* There's also the episode "Propane Boom," the finale of the second season. When the Mega-Lo-Mart explodes as a result of a negligent propane leak, Peggy screams in terror for Hank and Luanne, who are both inside. The scene is not PlayedForLaughs, with the season ending upon Boomhauer calling 911 and a horrified Peggy watching him do so, unaware if her husband or pseudo-daughter are alive.

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* There's also the episode "Propane Boom," the finale of the second season. When the Mega-Lo-Mart explodes as a result of a negligent propane leak, Peggy screams in terror for Hank and Luanne, who are both inside. The scene is not PlayedForLaughs, with the season ending upon Boomhauer calling 911 and a horrified Peggy watching him do so, unaware if her husband or pseudo-daughter are alive.



* [[AbusiveParents Cotton]] was a complete and utter, unrepentant Jerkass towards Hank his entire life, but when [[spoiler: suffering from internal wounds, severe burns, and a shellfish allergy at the same time,]] Hank doesn't even think much of it because his dad's "been through much worse," even outright denying there'd be long-term problems because of how stubborn a bastard Cotton can be. When he finally starts thinking it could worse than he thought, not only does Cotton promptly chew out Hank and [[spoiler: fake his death]] to screw with him, the two minutes he leaves the room and Peggy with Cotton to cool off [[spoiler: is all Cotton needed to basically commit suicide by stopping his heart - just to spite Peggy.]] The sad part isn't so much [[spoiler: Cotton's death,]] as it is Hank just not being able to come to terms with it all properly or emotionally due to how much emotional abuse Cotton heaped on him his whole life.
* In "The Man Who Shot Skretteberg," Hank and the others recover from their first paintball match, acting like shellshocked veterans. Though played for laughs, their interactions were very similar to how actual war veterans can turn out. If seen without context, new viewers could easily mistake this scene for a completely serious portrayal of people with PTSD.

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* [[AbusiveParents Cotton]] was a complete and utter, unrepentant Jerkass {{Jerkass}} towards Hank his entire life, but when [[spoiler: suffering from internal wounds, severe burns, and a shellfish allergy at the same time,]] time, Hank doesn't even think much of it because his dad's "been through much worse," worse", even outright denying there'd be long-term problems because of how stubborn a bastard Cotton can be. When he finally starts thinking it could worse than he thought, not only does Cotton promptly chew out Hank and [[spoiler: fake his death]] death to screw with him, the two minutes he leaves the room and Peggy with Cotton to cool off [[spoiler: is all Cotton needed to basically commit suicide by stopping his heart - just to spite Peggy.]] Peggy. The sad part isn't so much [[spoiler: Cotton's death,]] death, as it is Hank just not being able to come to terms with it all properly or emotionally due to how much emotional abuse Cotton heaped on him his whole life.
* In "The Man Who Shot Skretteberg," Hank and the others recover from their first paintball match, acting like shellshocked veterans. Though played for laughs, their interactions were are very similar to how actual war veterans can turn out. If seen without context, new viewers could easily mistake this scene for a completely serious portrayal of people with PTSD.



* The ending of "Won't You Pimai Neighbor" where [[spoiler: Bobby chooses what's in the mirror- Connie's reflection- meaning he doesn't want the celibate life of a monk if it means he can't be with her. And it turns out the mirror ''was'' the object belonging to the Lama, but the monks decided that the choice was still legitimate]].
*** Connie's reaction, [[spoiler: shedding a single tear of happiness]], was what got to me. While divisive for the ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'' fanbase in general, [[spoiler: Bobby and Connie's breakup in a later episode]].
* Quite a few Ladybird-centric episodes have their moments, but "To Kill a Ladybird" takes the cake. Ladybird is feared to have rabies and Hank, while grappling with the fact that he may have to put her down shuts the garage down and turns on some loud power tools [[spoiler: which fail to mask Hank audibly sobbing]].
* "Manger Baby Einstein" had the Gurgle-Gurgle subplot.
** The rest of the Manger Babies save for the aforementioned octopus were destroyed by Dale as revenge for Luanne plagiarizing a story he wrote. While they were just inanimate puppets, they have been a running joke since Season 2 and seeing their destruction felt like a recurring character was killed off.

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* The ending of "Won't You Pimai Neighbor" where [[spoiler: Bobby chooses what's in the mirror- Connie's reflection- meaning he doesn't want the celibate life of a monk if it means he can't be with her. And it turns out the mirror ''was'' the object belonging to the Lama, but the monks decided that the choice was still legitimate]].
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legitimate.
**
Connie's reaction, [[spoiler: shedding reaction,shedding a single tear of happiness]], was what got to me. happiness.
*
While divisive for the ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'' fanbase in general, [[spoiler: Bobby and Connie's breakup in a later episode]].
breakup.
* Quite a few Ladybird-centric episodes have their moments, but "To Kill a Ladybird" takes the cake. Ladybird is feared to have rabies and Hank, while grappling with the fact that he may have to put her down shuts the garage down and turns on some loud power tools [[spoiler: which fail to mask Hank audibly sobbing]].
sobbing.
* "Manger Baby Einstein" had has the Gurgle-Gurgle subplot.
** The rest of the Manger Babies save for the aforementioned octopus were are destroyed by Dale as revenge for Luanne plagiarizing a story he wrote. While they were just inanimate puppets, they have been a running joke since Season 2 and seeing their destruction felt feels like a recurring character was is being killed off.



* The series finale is too much to watch. This troper watches the show all the time, and it always feels like it's still going on and will never end. The realization at the end of the finale makes this troper break down every time. This really is one of the greatest animated series ever made. If you've seen every episode, you get attached to the characters. Just thinking that we'll never see them again really hurts.
** It may not necessarily be the end, as Mike Judge has stated that he and FOX have been having dialogues about bringing the series back. So while the characters as we know them may be going away, we might just see them again as older people.

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* The series finale is too much to watch. This troper watches the show all the time, and it always feels like it's still going on and will never end. The realization at the end of the finale makes this troper break down every time. This really is one of the greatest animated series ever made. If you've seen every episode, you get attached to the characters. Just thinking that we'll never see them again really hurts.
** It may not necessarily be the end, as Mike Judge has stated that he and FOX have been having dialogues about bringing the series back. So while the characters as we know them may be going away, we might just see them again as older people.
hurts.



* In the first episode, Hank is under investigation by Social Services, because people mistakenly thought he hit Bobby. When the investigation was called off due to the social worker's incompetence, Bobby (who intercepted the call) lies and tells Hank that if he continues to lose his temper, the government will take him away. When Peggy learns from the case manager that the investigation was halted a week earlier, she confronts Bobby...and he admits that he is doing it because he doesn't believe Hank loves him.

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* In the first episode, Hank is under investigation by Social Services, because people mistakenly thought he hit Bobby. When the investigation was is called off due to the social worker's incompetence, Bobby (who intercepted the call) lies and tells Hank that if he continues to lose his temper, the government will take him away. When Peggy learns from the case manager that the investigation was halted a week earlier, she confronts Bobby... and he admits that he is doing it because he doesn't believe Hank loves him.

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* In "The Man Who Shot Skretteberg," Hank and the others recover from their first paintball match, acting like shellshocked veterans. Though played for laughs, their interactions were very similar to how actual war veterans can turn out. If seen without context, new viewers could easily mistake this scene for a completely serious portrayal of people with PTSD.

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** It may not necessarily be the end, as Mike Judge has stated that he and FOX have been having dialogues about bringing the series back. So while the characters as we know them may be going away, we might just see them again as older people.


* The episode "Vision Quest" makes a big-time [[TheWoobie woobie]] out of John Redcorn. He desperately wants to be a part of his illegitimate son's life, but doesn't want Dale to find out about his secret. Dale has been pushing Joseph to hang out with a crowd of delinquents in order to be seen as "cool", something that Redcorn cannot allow. He arranges the titular vision quest and attends the trip with them despite agreeing to stay away. The saddest part is when Joseph is yelling for his "dad" (Dale, who had gone off into the woods with Hank and Bobby) with Redcorn watching from behind a tree a few feet away. The look on Redcorn's face shows just how much Joseph really means to him and he knows how bad of a role model Dale is despite the love he has for Joseph.
->'''Redcorn''' (to Nancy): Dale's going to ruin Joseph's life! I have relied on others to raise my son for too long. No offense, but it ends now.

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* The episode "Vision Quest" makes a big-time [[TheWoobie woobie]] out of John Redcorn. He desperately wants to be a part of his illegitimate son's life, but doesn't want Dale to find out about his secret. Dale has been pushing Joseph to hang out with a crowd of delinquents in order to be seen as "cool", something that Redcorn cannot allow. He arranges the titular vision quest as a way of straightening Joseph out and attends the trip with them despite agreeing to stay away. The saddest part is when Joseph is yelling for his "dad" (Dale, who had gone off into the woods with Hank and Bobby) with Redcorn watching from behind a tree a few feet away. The look on Redcorn's face shows just how much Joseph really means to him and he knows how bad of a role model Dale is despite the love he has for Joseph.
->'''Redcorn''' -->'''Redcorn''' (to Nancy): Dale's going to ruin Joseph's life! I have relied on others to raise my son for too long. No offense, but it ends now.

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