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Recap / King Of The Hill S 7 E 19 Be True To Your Fool

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Hank finds an Embarrassing Tattoo after getting his head shaved for lice, which Bill spread to Hank, Dale, and Boomhauer. Meanwhile, Bill makes friends with a bullpen of prisoners at the county jail.


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  • Anachronism Stew: The story about how Hank got tattooed taking place in the 1970s, but the flashback opens with Quarterflash's "Harden My Heart", which was made in 1981.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: When Hank is trying to get in to see Bill, a Missing Persons poster behind the guard looks an awful lot like Daria.
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  • Idiot Ball: The climax of the episode has Bill about to confess to a string of burglaries to stay in jail, and Hank having to convince him to not do it. At no point does it occur to Hank to simply point out that if Bill does that, he'll be in the state pen with hardened criminals and not hanging out in the county jail with local losers.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Hank, Dale and Boomhauer grievances with Bill are not unwarranted since he's shown time and again to be a nuisance, at some point their patience were going to wear thin and explode, him giving everyone lice for the dumbest reason was just it. Granted, they would have likely get over it, it's not like he's the only one to cause problems, but it certainly would have taken a while.
  • Lice Episode: Bill gives the guys lice, leading them to cut him out of their lives. It's only when Hank has his head shaved, revealing he got a tattoo of Bill's name on the back of his head (due to Bill saving Hank in a bar fight back when they were younger and Hank getting the tattoo as a token of appreciation) that he forgives him.
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  • Punch Catch: During the flashback, we see a drunken Hank bump into a beefy guy at the Chainsaw music club. Fortunately for Hank, the then-in-shape and badass Bill stops the other guy's attempt at a punch with his bare hand.
    Bill: Take it easy, friend. Aren't we all here to rock?
  • Secret-Keeper: Boomhauer was the only one who knew Hank had Bill's name tattooed onto his head, because Hank was too drunk to remember.
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