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Recap / King of the Hill S2 E19: "Leanne's Saga"

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Luanne's mother, Leanne, returns from prison after stabbing her husband with a fork. The Hills reluctantly let her move into the home's garage, while Bill ends up in a relationship with her.

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  • 0% Approval Rating: Nobody likes Leanne except Bill and Luanne. By the end of the episode, even they want nothing to do with her.
  • Agony of the Feet: Happens to Bill in Hank's garage when a table clamp falls on his foot, and Hank takes a look at it, it's revealed he has bad toe fungus, he's been keeping secret for ten years.
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  • The Alcoholic: Leanne, who ends her sobriety very quickly.
  • Ax-Crazy: Leanne once she goes back to her drinking.
  • Bait-and-Switch: Leanne's first appearnce, with a truck pulling up where we first see a Butch Lesbian with Luanne happily exclaiming "Mama!" before running into the much more feminine-looking Leanne.
  • Berserk Button: Buckley calling a drunk Leanne a skank almost gets him stabbed with a fork.
  • Big Bad: Luanne's mother, Leanne.
  • Character Name Alias: Bill, who gets his medicine under the name Norman Schwarzkopf, after the General best know for his services in The Gulf War.
  • Daddy Didn't Show: Luanne asks Leanne to show up to the mother-daughter night at the Arlen Beauty Academy, but never made it as she was too busy flirting with Bill.
  • Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: Averted in every sense of the word. Leanne's abuse of Bill and sexual harassment of Buckley are played straight and all the other characters react appropriately horrified.
  • The Dreaded: Leanne is this to most of the people who knew her before she went to prison except for Luanne.
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    • When Peggy hears she's out of jail, she immediately thinks Leanne broke out and says she knew jail wouldn't be able to hold her.
    • Luanne's father Hoyt made it clear he's never leaving his job on an offshore oil rig until he gets a copy of Leanne's death certificate.
  • Enforced Method Acting: In-universe; during a Manger Babies show, Luanne has one of the puppets trying to stab another with a fork, with her in tears and shocking the audience.
  • Falling-in-Love Montage: With Bill and Leanne.
  • Hint Dropping: Luanne and Leanne do this with the Hills, to stay with them, to which they initially stay silent on the matter, though Bobby eventually chimes in offering her to stay, to which Hank then sends him out of the house.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Bill getting into a relationship with Leanne, considering she's a gold-digging, drunken abuser. At the end, however, Bill says while he won't call the police for stealing his car, he'll call the police if she ever comes back.
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  • I Have No Son!: After Luanne refuses to leave with Leanne, she responds, "Fine! Then I ain't your sister no more!"
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: Leanne when she's about to give Bill a foot massage, only for his fungus to come back (due to him not being afford to buy the medicine due to his excessive spending on her). She gets one from the fridge and then it's all downhill from there...
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: After being told by Peggy she needs to straighten herself up or leave, Leanna appears she's starting to get a grip on herself, then immediately attacks Peggy.
  • Making Love in All the Wrong Places: Both Bill and Leanne does this on Hank's workbench and on the mower. When Bill tells him this, Hank reacts in horror.
  • Oh, Crap!
    • Peggy and Hank have this reaction when Luanne tells them Leanne was released from prison.
    • Hank also does it when he finds Leanne has drunk all the beer in the fridge, and rightfully so when she's went back to her abusive ways.
    • Everyone at the party when Leanne gets ready to stab Buckley, especially with Dale yelling "Fork!"
  • One-Shot Character: Leanne, who doesn't appear again after this episode.
  • Parental Substitute: Peggy ultimately serves as this for Luanne in the end, even going to the Mother-Daughter Day at the beauty academy in The Stinger.
  • Pre Ass Kicking One Liner: Literally in Peggy's case, who says this just before she kicks Leanne's ass.
    Leanne: I kicked your brother's ass and I will kick yours too, sissy!
    Peggy: Well there is one thing that you did not count on! My brother has got size six feet! BUT I DON'T! HO YEAH!!!
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Peggy gives Leanne a good one after trying to stab Buckley.
    Peggy: Leanne, whether you like the title or not, you are this girl's mother. She has been waiting her whole life for a shred of attention from you. But you don't know how to return even a fraction of the love that you get from your child, or from you man. I hope someday you can live without alcohol, but until that day, we can all live very nicely without you.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Leanne starts off as a manipulative, neglectful slacker and then after she starts drinking again she becomes a violent, physically abusive monster who beats up Bill, sexually harasses Buckley before trying to stab him with a fork for calling her a skank, and then tries to assault Peggy before Peggy kicks her ass.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Leanne, after Peggy beats her up and Luanne rejects her as family. She angrily steals Bill's car and drives away.
  • You're Not My Father: Luanne says this to Peggy during an argument with her trying get Luanne to see her mother for who she really is.

Alternative Title(s): Kingofthe Hill Season 2 Episode 19 Leannes Saga

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