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** Peggy complains about such a situation in "Peggy Hill: The Decline and Fall", venting how in her current state (stuck in a full-body cast after a skydiving accident) she, "one of the finest mothers in Texas" can't even wipe a baby's bottom, while "Cotton and Stupid" are parading about trying to find someone to take care of their new baby that they don't even ''want''.

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** Peggy complains about such a situation in "Peggy Hill: The Decline and Fall", venting how she and Hank have consistently failed to have another child and that in her current state (stuck in a full-body cast after a skydiving accident) she, "one of the finest mothers in Texas" Texas", can't even wipe a baby's bottom, while "Cotton and Stupid" are parading about trying to find someone to take care of their new baby that they don't even ''want''.


* WhereTheHellIsSpringfield: Subverted. It's established that Arlen is in Texas. ''Where'' in Texas varies from episode to episode. Some episodes have it close to the Mexican border,[[note]]Which would make sense, given that Arlen has a sizable Mexican population and it is implied in "Lupe's Revenge" and "Three Days of the Kahn-Do" that heading to Mexico from Arlen doesn't take that long.[[/note]] while others have it in central Texas, and a couple have it somewhere near Dallas or Houston.

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* WhereTheHellIsSpringfield: Subverted. It's established that Arlen is in Texas. ''Where'' in Texas varies from episode to episode. Some episodes have it close to the Mexican border,[[note]]Which would make sense, given that Arlen has a sizable Mexican population and it is implied in "Lupe's Revenge" and "Three Days of the Kahn-Do" that heading to Mexico from Arlen doesn't take that long.[[/note]] while others have it in central Texas, and a couple have it somewhere near Dallas or Houston.Houston in the eastern half of the state.

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** In "The Perils of Polling," Hank asks why the false identity that Dale gave him is Ecuadorian if he wasn't born in Ecuador. Mike Judge, though raised in Albuquerque, NM, was born in Ecuador.


** In "Ho, Yeah!", Peggy, in her efforts to educate Tammi, gives her ''Literature/{{Congo}}''. Tammi exclaims, "This is the kind of book people read in ''airports!''" with a certain amount of awe.

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** In "Ho, Yeah!", Peggy, in her efforts to educate Tammi, gives her a copy of ''Literature/{{Congo}}''. Tammi exclaims, exclaims "This is the kind of book people read in ''airports!''" with a certain amount of awe.



** In a hilariously lame version of this, Peggy seems to get turned on when Hank starts driving a secret lunch truck after Arlen bans transfat in "Trans-Fascism".

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** In a hilariously lame version of this, Peggy seems to get turned on when Hank starts driving a secret lunch truck after Arlen bans transfat transfats in "Trans-Fascism".

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* HalfWittedHillbilly: Lucky, who debuted amongst a menagerie of other rednecks in the episode "The Redneck on Rainey Street" is a prominent example as a guy whose family had had shotgun marriages, and his primary income consists of frivolous lawsuits.


* ThreeDEffectsTwoDCartoon: Dale's swarm of bees in "Mutual of Omabwah".

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** Hank, like Mike Judge, is a musician, though unlike Judge, Hank never played professionally.

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* AlbinosAreFreaks: When Peggy gets a letter from a former student of hers who's currently in prison for murder, she tries to think of which student she had that could've become a killer, remarking, "I think he might've had wavy blond hair," before adding disdainfully, "Or was he that albino boy?"

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* ALessonLearnedTooWell: {{Defied}}. In "Rich Hank, Poor Hank", Bobby mistakenly thinks that his father is rich when he overhears Hank telling Peggy about his $1000 annual bonus from work but mistakenly gets the idea that Hank makes that much per day. At first, Bobby tries to get his father to spend his money, which backfires when Hank tries to teach Bobby the value of a dollar by showing how much money Bobby spent and suggests Bobby could make money by taking littered cans to the recycling center, but this only reinforces Bobby's misjudgment that Hank is being stingy. Bobby steals Hank emergency credit card and goes to the mall. After Bobby is caught and he tells Hank he knows he rich, Hank clarifies Bobby's earlier misconceptions -- the $1000 check was an annual bonus and the strongbox of oil receipts was a collection of receipts what Hank has spent on the truck, such as oil changes. They return all of the items which Bobby had purchased, save for a nonrefundable jet ski. Bobby, feeling bad for the trouble he caused and learning of his family's real income, works hard at his punishment and adopting Hank's attitude towards the value of a hard day's work and an honest dollar. At first, Hank is happy and proud of Bobby, but when they try to sell the jet ski to a rich father buying it for his spoiled son Eric, Hank becomes uncomfortable when he sees that Bobby is too eager to please Eric, who treats him like garbage. This prompts Hank to decide not to sell the jet ski to Eric's father. As Hank and Bobby ride the jet ski to test it, he tells Bobby they're not selling the jet ski, they will sell it in a year and carry it on his credit card until then. The episode ends with Hank and Bobby talking about a responsible way to use a credit card and Hank happy that Bobby learned his lesson about earnest work and not behaving like that spoiled brat.


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* TheScapegoat: {{Exploited}}. In "Bobby On Track", Hank makes Bobby complete the 5K run at the school track as punishment for not completing the Fun Run charity race. The track and field coach turns up and wants Bobby on his team, puzzling Hank. It turns out that the coach is using Bobby's lack of ability to motivate the rest of the team. The coach has Bobby substitute for a player that misbehaved to embarrass them so they try harder so they won't be humiliated by being replaced by Bobby. At first it works, to Hank's disappointment, with Bobby seeing himself as a motivator. But when the team gets to the final it works a little too well when a player hyper-extended because he saw the coach talking to Bobby and was afraid he was going to get replaced. The coach has no one to replace him to run the relay, until Hank suggests using Bobby. The coach is unhappy because this was a situation where losing would hurt the team this time. The coach tries to motivate Bobby by telling him to imagine himself as a different person, Bobby 2.0; Hank tells Bobby to forget that nonsense, just to try. Bobby understands, and joins the race. At first he loses the lead, but the other runners trip, allowing Bobby to catch up and run past them. When the other runners catch up to Bobby, he still runs as fast as he can and wins the race.

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* BirthdayPartyGoesWrong: In "Strangeness on a Train", it is revealed that Peggy's birthday parties have always been colossal disasters and [[{{Jerkass}} Dale]] not only finds funny to recount tales of how these disasters happened but he is [[PassThePopcorn gleefully looking forward to how this birthday will go to hell]]. This year Peggy plans a ThemedParty on a train: a mystery theater train ride with 70's disco theme. Hank is not sure it's such a great idea, especially the disco part, but agrees to make Peggy happy. The mystery is solved in two minutes because ditzy Luanne blabs and Dale screams it for everyone to hear. The actors leave just as the train departs. Then the train caterer announces to Peggy that the refrigeration has gone out and spoiled their dinner as well as melted Peggy's ice-cream birthday cake. They only have cheese-and-cracker snacks. Also, they've just entered a dry county so they can't serve any alcohol. Peggy runs to the bathroom in tears. Hank consoles her, and they have sex in the train's bathroom while [[ShoddyShindig everybody is grouching in the dining car]]. Peggy is cheered up. Others soon discover that someone had sex and decide to try to find out who did it to entertain themselves, which forces Peggy and Hank to double-team to clean up the evidence. This gets the whole group kicked out of the train in the middle of nowhere. Desperate Peggy breaks down and starts crying. However, they soon spot a bar and head there. Dressed in their disco clothes, the patrons look at them with suspicion but then happily cry that "Disco's back!" The bartender hangs up a disco ball and finds a 70's soundtrack, throwing a small disco-themed party for Peggy [[DancePartyEnding while everybody dances]].
-->'''Peggy:''' Ugh, I have had nothing but lousy birthdays. But getting robbed last year at Captain Bear's was the worst.\\
'''Bobby:''' Worse than the flash flood or the food poisoning or the year you got hit in the neck by a foul ball?


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* DecadeThemedParty: In "Strangeness on a Train", Peggy plans her birthday party on a train: a murder mystery theatre train ride combined with 70's disco theme. Hank is not sure it's such a great idea, especially the disco part, but agrees with it to make Peggy happy. Their friends show up in their disco outfits, as well as most of the actors (but those have also costumes for their roles in the play). The episode ends with a small impromptu disco-themed party at a random bar. The bartender hangs up a disco ball and finds an appropriate soundtrack.


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* ShoddyShindig: In "Strangeness on a Train", Peggy plans a ThemedParty on a train: a mystery theater train ride with 70's disco theme. Hank is not sure it's such a great idea, especially the disco part, but agrees to make Peggy happy. The mystery is solved in two minutes because ditzy Luanne blabs and Dale screams it for everyone to hear. The actors leave just as the train departs. Then the train caterer announces to Peggy that the refrigeration has gone out and spoiled their dinner as well as melted Peggy's ice-cream birthday cake. They only have cheese-and-cracker snacks. Luanne tries to entertain others with her hand puppets. They've just entered a dry county so they can't serve any alcohol. Everybody is grouching in the dining car because they are bored.


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* ThemedParty: In "Strangeness on a Train", Peggy plans her birthday party on a train: a murder mystery theatre train ride combined with 70's disco theme. Hank is not sure it's such a great idea, especially the disco part, but agrees with it to make Peggy happy. Their friends show up in their disco outfits, as well as most of the actors (but those have also costumes for their roles in the play). The party goes terribly wrong in so many directions. For instance, the train toilet ends up clogged with an Andy Warhol wig and Elton John sunglasses.


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** In [[PaintballEpisode "The Man Who Shot Cane Skretteburg,"]] both Hank's team and the teenage bullies do things that would get them thrown off the range instantly in real life. No one's wearing face masks or eye protection, required before even stepping onto the playing field. There are no marshals or range masters anywhere to be seen. The bullies line up Hank's friends in a firing squad-style shooting. In a rematch, Hank and company change clothes on the field, use tape recorders, and pretend to be police officers to distract the teens.

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** In [[PaintballEpisode "The Man Who Shot Cane Skretteburg,"]] both Hank's team and the teenage bullies do things that would get them thrown off the range instantly in real life. No one's wearing face masks or eye protection, required before even stepping onto the playing field. There are no marshals or range masters anywhere to be seen. The bullies line up Hank's friends in a firing squad-style shooting. In a rematch, Hank and company change clothes on the field, use tape recorders, and pretend Hank even dressed up as a ball guy to be police officers to distract fool one of the teens.

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** "The Final Shinsult" has the National Anthem of Mexico over narration about Santa Anna's leg.


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** "Harlottown" has a melody used earlier in the episode.

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* ForkliftFu: Dale tries to kill Hank with a forklift in "Dream Weaver."


'''Nurse:''' I don't hear ''[[KickTheSonOfABitch anything]]''.

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'''Nurse:''' '''Nurse (who Weissman had insulted earlier):''' I don't hear ''[[KickTheSonOfABitch anything]]''.a thing]]''.

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