King of the Hill

Wings of the Dope

Season 3, Ep 23, Aired 5/4/99
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  • Episode Description
  • Hank and the guys decide they want to fix up Buckley's old trampoline. One night while studying for her final exam, Luanne sees Buckley's Angel out using the trampoline. This leads to Luanne thinking she has a guardian angel. Hank and Peggy think Luanne has gone crazy but Bill, Dale and Boomhauer believe that Buckley's Angel really does exist and refuse to continue working on fixing it. Buckley tells Luanne that Jesus has other plans for her besides beauty school, and Luanne makes a life altering decision.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • David Herman

    Voice of Buckley

  • Toby Huss

    Voice of Kahn Souphanousinphone

  • Lauren Tom

    Voice of Minh Souphanousinphone, Connie Souphanousinphone

  • Mike Judge

    Voice of Hank Hill, Boomhauer

  • Kathy Najimy

    Voice of Peggy Hill

  • Fan Reviews (5)
  • Touching, emotional, and beautiful.

    By HeyAMaMaMa, Mar 14, 2015

  • Ghostly

    By pedroman01, Nov 03, 2013

  • "Buckley's Ghost", the San Diego-area Rock band

    By at_ajaxStardust, Nov 12, 2012

  • This was a remarkable episode because of Buckley coming back.

    By Kennybenny15, Jun 18, 2006

  • Luanne has a life-changing vision.

    By Emperor-Rex, Jul 10, 2005

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (12)

    • Buckley: Before I go, could I have one last kiss? Luanne: No. That part's over. Buckley: Why? Luanne: Chicken thigh.

    • Dale: We've been playing God with Buckley's trampoline, now God is playing God with us! And He's a lot better at it.

    • Peggy: Minh, have you ever had any religious visions? Minh: This about Buckley's angel, huh, Peggy Hill? Peggy: You know about that? Minh: Not much happen in this neighborhood. When someone come back from dead, it gets around.

    • (Luanne has her first sighting of Buckley's Angel) Luanne: Who are you? What are you doing? What ... ? Buckley: Chicken butt.

    • (Kahn answers the door and it's Hank, Dale, Bill and Boomhauer) Kahn: Wait, if you guys are here, who's guarding trash cans in alley?

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    Notes (5)

    • The version of "Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground" that plays while Luanne waits for Buckley is the original by Willie Nelson. For some reason, a different version was included on the soundtrack; the difference can be heard in the way the eponymous line is performed.

    • "Wings of the Dope" premiered two weeks after the Columbine shooting. A few weeks after it aired, Mike Judge got a letter from a Columbine survivor who credited the episode with enabling her to grieve for a friend of hers she was in love with and never got to tell, who turned out to be one of the perpetrators.

    • The song that plays while Luanne and Buckley's Angel jump on the trampoline is "Life in a Northern Town" by The Dream Academy. The song playing when Luanne is crying by the trampoline before her exam is  "Angel Flying Too Close To The Ground" by Willie Nelson and Mark McGrath.

    • When Hank talks about Buckley not being able to find a hammer, he is referencing the first episode where Hank is asking Buckley for help finding something, and at one point says, "do you know what a danged hammer is?"

    • The original title of this episode was "Luanne's Angel."

    Trivia (3)

    • In the episode in which the Mega Lo Mart explodes, the last thing Buckley says onscreen to Luanne before he dies is "Chicken thigh" as a joking answer to her asking, "I'm breaking up with you; do you know why?" In this episode, the last thing Luanne says to Buckley before he seemingly ascends back to Heaven and she goes back into her house is "Chicken thigh" also after she says the romantic part of their relationship is over and he asks, "Why?"

    • Tagline: "Hey." -Buckley. This is the second time that the tagline is not unique to this episode but was used in various episodes. It was even used multiple times in this episode alone.

    • When Dale takes the letter from "Buckley's Angel" they are all by the trampoline, but when Hank sprays the guys with water they are standing on the other side of the lawn.

    Allusions (2)

    • Color Me Badd is an R&B vocal group.

    • The title is an allusiom to Wings of the Dove, a novel and later movie by Henry James.

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