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Recap / King Of The Hill S 2 E 4 Hilloween

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An Evangelical Christian woman named Junie Harper (Sally Field) comes to ban Halloween in Arlen and Hank plans on protesting her.

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  • Age-Inappropriate Dress: In his Halloween protest march, Hank wears his devil costume... from his childhood, which is too small for him and the top shows off his stomach.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: While Hank and Luanne argue about whether or not Halloween is Satanic, Peggy tries her best to remain neutral in their conflicts, supporting both of them. However, when Luanne confess to her that she took Bobby to the Hallelujah House, Peggy turns on her, saying let her and Hank worry about raising Bobby or she'll be kicked out, which brings her to tears.
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  • Crowd Chant: Hank and his followers during his march keep on chanting "Trick or treat".
  • The Fundamentalist: Junie Harper believes Halloween is a Satanic holiday that will damn people to Hell and does what she can to have it banned while encouraging kids to join her Hallelujah House.
  • Halloween Episode: The episode takes place in the last few days up to Halloween itself.
  • Heel–Face Turn: After being scolded by Peggy, Luanne joins Hank in his Halloween protest march.
  • Henpecked Husband: Hank has a brief moment of this after the day pranking, with Hank complimenting Bobby on being "a Halloween hell-raiser", then Peggy comes by and he scolds Bobby saying "and I'm very disappointed in you!", which Peggy nods in approval and Bobby looks confused.
  • Holier Than Thou: Junie Harper will support you if you're on her side, but go against her and she'll stick her nose out at you and condemn you to Hell.
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  • Jerkass Has a Point: Hank does get borderline jerkassy in his arguments with Luanne, but he nails it with saying Halloween is just good clean fun and it's Jesus who should be worshipped and whose teachings should be followed, not Junie Harper's, how no one agrees with Junie Harper despite her success in getting the Halloween curfew and calls Luanne out on her naive mind and how she just listens and accepts whatever anyone says without thinking for herself.
  • Manchild: Hank, whom despite being in his 40s, still loves a good Halloween prank and happily takes part in egging and throwing toilet paper at houses. When Bobby says that "vandalism isn't cool", Hank scolds him for having an "immature attitude".
  • Moral Guardians: Junie Harper wanting Halloween banned makes her one.
  • Never My Fault: After Hank and Bobby vandalize her house, Junie Harper chases them down by getting in her car. But as she reverses, she accidentally runs over her pet cat Joshua. Later on, when she shows up to city council, she shows them the cat's corpse, blaming the "Satanists" for making her kill the cat rather than admitting she accidentally killed him herself.
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  • Rule of Three: While out costume shopping, Hank is flabbergasted about how there's no scary costumes, only seeing weird optionn and gives these words: "Elmo, Aladdin, Jenny McCarthy?"
  • Spit Take: Defied; when Peggy gets Hank a beer (after chewing out Luanne over taking Bobby to the Hallelujah house) and she flat-out tells him as he's taking a sip. He struggles a bit not to spit it out, then he swallows and lampshades: "I came very close to spitting out beer."
  • Strawman Political: Done in-universe by Junie Harper, when she has a couple of mini-plays, with showing a couple making out, then spinning around and showing the morgue with their bodies, then stating "Sex kills". Then another has a married couple and a toy baby, then a man in a gorilla costume comes out (it's the grandpa), who rips the baby apart. But the husband can't do anything about it because "It's against the law to teach creationism".


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