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The Souphanousinphone family move in next to the Hills, and Hank and Kahn get at each other's throats.


This episode contains examples of:

  • A Dog Named "Dog": Literally, as Kahn's dog is named "Doggie".
  • Bait-and-Switch: The beginning with the guys seeing a white man and his teenage son helping unpack at the new house. They introduce themselves and ask when brings them to Arlen. They reveal they're just hired movers for the Souphanousinphones.
  • Characterization Marches On:
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    • Minh is much nicer here compared to her later appearances. She unintentionally offends Peggy by walking around in her big shoes, saying she feels like a little girl in mama's shoes. She did apologize for it later on though.
    • Peggy embarrasses Bobby when she talks about the secret recipe of her Apple Brown Peggy and mentions how she'll pass it along to her son, the same kid who has no qualms about baking.
    • Hank, who gives Kahn a propane tank, enjoys Kahn's burgers, cooked with mesquite. Yep, the same Hank who has a religious dedication to propane and pretty much shuns any other way of grilling, especially charcoal. One could argue he was just trying to be a good neighbor, though it's still a surprise when a later episode has him praying for forgiveness when Peggy and Bobby start eating charcoal grilled burgers.
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  • Comically Missing the Point: The "Chinese or Japanese" conversation, with Kahn stating he is from Laos, which of course goes over the guys's heads.
  • Condescending Compassion: Peggy is like this, just assuming the family are totally clueless about everything.
  • Crushing Handshake: Hank doesn't make a good first impression with Kahn when he meets him and hurts his hand.
  • Eat the Dog: Everyone freaks out after they suspect Kahn and Minh of eating dogs, first Doggie and then, Ladybird. Hank and Kahn almost get into a fight when Bobby and Connie tell the truth about how they tried to get the two dogs to befriend each other and end up running away.
  • Everyone Has Standards: The Stinger has Minh trying out Peggy's various foods, but gets disgusted with her rabbit stew, stating rednecks will eat anything.note 
  • Hypocritical Humor:
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    • Boomhauer has no leg to stand on when he says you can't understand what the Chinese are saying.
    • And also from Hank: "...just 'cause I'm from Texas that means I'm a redneck. Chinese people and their stupid stereotypes."
  • Idiot Ball: Hank grabs it in the second half, falling for Dale's beliefs that Kahn and Minh are dog-eaters.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: The older mover seen at the beginning looks a lot like Mike Judge. This is even lampshaded in the DVD Commentary done by Bill and Dale.
  • Innocent Bigot: The guys and Peggy, especially Hank and Peggy, fall into this. They're not malicious towards them because of their culture, just have skewed ideas of who they are (and not helped by the fact they keep thinking they're Chinese or Japanese when they're really Laotian.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Kahn offends Hank by calling him a narrow-minded redneck, but you can;t argue with that considering Hank's skewed view of Asian people.
  • Mistaken for Dying: Dale's paranoia gets the better of him when he accuses Kahn and Minh of eating dogs and how they keep it under wraps by saying they kill people with poison darts, with the victims thinking it's a mosquito bite. Then when they go off to the rescue, Dale does get bit by a mosquito and at the end, he begs Kahn for the antidote.
  • Mistaken Nationality: Hank and the guys have never heard of Laos, so they just assume Kahn is either Chinese or Japanese.
  • Noodle Incident: Apparently the Souphanousinphone family has been on the run after being kicked out of Laos and Anaheim due to Kahn's Jerkass tendencies.
  • Not So Different: Shown after Hank and Kahn yell at their children for letting the dogs loose and both simultaneously telling them to go to their rooms. They talk about how they both deny their children desserts, which finally has the two men forming a bond.
  • Political Correctness Gone Mad: The reason why Peggy makes Hank go to Kahn's BBQ so people won't think he's racist. Hank lampshades it best: "What the hell kind of country is this if I can only hate a man if he's white?"
  • Shoe Size Angst: Invoked when Minh unintentionally offends Peggy by walking around in her big shoes, with Hank having to reassure her that he loves her the way she is, then he steps on her feet.
  • That Came Out Wrong: After the BBQ with Dale saying that dog is indeed meat, with Bill agreeing as he licks his fingers. The others give him a disturbed look, but Bill points out he's just getting the awful taste off his fingers.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: More like trademark favorite spice. Minh uses nutmeg in her cooking, which is how she improves the recipe in the Apple Brown Peggy and suggests Peggy uses it more in her cooking.
  • Vomit Discretion Shot: Hank does this when he sees Minh chopping meat, thinking she's cutting up Doggie.
  • Women Are Wiser: Subverted. Peggy and Minh, who pushes their husbands to get along and seem to hit it off, that is until Minh perfects the Apple Brown Peggy recipe, which causes some envy in Peggy.
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