King of the Hill

Life: A Loser's Manual

Season 12, Ep 22, Aired 5/18/08
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  • Episode Description
  • Hoyt, Luanne's father and Peggy's brother, shows up in Arlen, to the excitement of Luanne, who has been longing to have a normal family for the baby who is about to come. What no one (besides Peggy) knows, is that he has been in prison and not on an oil rig. Lucky, who, with the help of Hank, was trying to get all his identification and credit cards, takes the fall for Hoyt when he commits a crime, to avoid having Luanne's heart broken. Peggy decides that Hoyt's gone too far and decides to set him up. Dale decides to go and build his dream tower, and just skirt the regulations so he can't get in trouble.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Pamela Adlon

    Bobby Hill

  • Brittany Murphy

    Luanne Platter

  • Stephen Root

    Bill Dauterive

  • Mike Judge

    Hank Hill, Boomhauer

  • Johnny Hardwick

    Dale Gribble

  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • Luanne's Daddy!

    By pedroman01, Nov 29, 2013

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (16)

    • Hank: It's going to be hard work helping Lucky, but fun. Bill: Don't fix his teeth, Hank! It's the only thing I have on him!

    • Hoyt (giving Bobby a gift): Here's something for this kid of yours! Bobby: My name is Bobby, Uncle Hoyt.

    • Lucky: Dad, were you in the state oil rig, or the federal? Hoyt: Smart man! That means we're like family. Say I got ten cigarettes, and you pay me ten more for watching your back. Now how many I got? Lucky: Twenty. Hoyt: No, only 15, 'cause I gotta pay a tax to the guard. Lucky: Cigarette math is full of surprises.

    • Kahn: Yeah, yeah, redneck claim it legal, but there gotta be something wrong with it! Because it built by rednecks!

    • Dale (building a structure and trying to stay under zoning limits to avoid being inspected): What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up, like a raisin in the sun? Or does it rise to a height of exactly 39 feet, teaching the Zoning Board who not to mess with? Bill: I know the answer! Dale: And soon Bill, so will they.

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    Notes (1)

    • The song playing when Hoyt is driving the car is "Gimme Three Steps" by Lynyrd Skynyrd.

    Trivia (9)

    • The opening theme song does not have the changes that most other finales have had.

    • This is the only episode of the series in which Hoyt appears.

    • Tagline: "Pee-pee money is not an employment history." -Hank

    • Boomhauer does not have any lines in this episode.

    • Bill once said that Hoyt looked just like a male version of Peggy, but in this episode, Hoyt looks nothing like her.

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    Allusions (3)

    • Dale: He wept because there were no more worlds to conquer. This is a quotation from Plutarch, referring to Alexander the Great. It is attributed to various authors, from Milton to Aelian, though the oldest known source appears to be from Plutarch's essay "On Contentment of the Mind" It is also quoted by Hans Gruber in the movie Die Hard.

    • Dale: What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun? This is a quotation from Langston Hughes's "Harlem: A Dream Deferred." The theme of the poem is how having to postpone your deepest desires can lead to a downfall.

    • The title is an allusion to Georges Perec's book "Life: A User's Manual", originally published in French and titled as "La Vie mode d'emploi". The book is a collection of short stories about the residents of a fictitious Parisian apartment block.

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