King of the Hill

Season 3 Episode 10

A Firefighting We Will Go

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Aired Sunday 8:30 AM Jan 12, 1999 on FOX
9.4
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Hank and his friends become volunteer firefighters. They manage to wreck a fire hydrant, ruin a funeral, and finally burn down the Arlen firehouse. The guys must explain themselves in order to find the truth. Peggy hurts herself while picking up Bobby but refuses to admit it.

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  • On FIRE!

    10
    Best episode of the series. Always good for many laughs. If you only ever watch one episode, it should be this one. It has a great plot, which is hilarious, as well as classic lines. The guys don't always get along, but this shows their friendship really being put to the test. It also has Boomhauer speaking normally for the first (and possibly only) time in the series. I liked that it was done as a retell of events too, it made it different and kept things moving along nicely. Incredible episode that never dissapoints no matter how many times I watch it.moreless
  • See the many comparisons to classic Three Stooges episodes in A Firefighting We Will Go...a must-see for any fan who has watched an episode of Moe, Larry, Curly and/or Shemp/Joe/Curly Joe...moreless

    10
    This is, by far, the best King of the Hill episode made. Whereas most KOTH episodes rely on intellectual humor, there is slapstick humor as well. Hank clearly asserts himself as being Moe the ringleader throughout; and the Frito Pie being tossed is reminiscent of the pie fights that ended nearly one quarter of the Stooges shorts. The gang's retelling of incidents as volunteers for the Arlen Fire Department also brings to mind Moe's testimony of his ruined vacation in "Idiots Deluxe". Best of all, this episode never has to resort to cheap laughs the way "Simpsons" episodes tend to do. The definitive classic KOTH episode!moreless
  • One of the funniest episodes.

    9.5
    This episode had to be one of the funniest and an all time classic. It was entertaining from beginning to end and I liked the entire story. It was very well written and the comedy was great. My favorite aspect was the antics of the foursome consisting of Bill, Boomhauer, Dale, and Hank. I liked their interactions and how well they acted within a group. They all seemed to be in over their heads and it all played out great. I am glad that the episode focused on them and their story and each telling of it was a nice touch. Thank you.moreless
  • Hank and his pals become volunteer firefighters.

    9.5
    This episode starts in the police station as Hank and his friends tell the police man what happened while Hank and his friends became firefighters. While as volunteer firefighters, the four of them can't work out their differences through out the volunteer work. There were a lot of hilarious scenes in this episode that really made me laugh like Boomhauer uses the Jaws on the fire hydrant and the pressure of the water was on Bill and when Hank stops their fun playing ping-pong by smashing the ping-pong ball with his foot and Bill grabs Hank's glasses and smashes it with his foot and Hank is going to chase Bill. One of the firefighters said that an ex-firefighter Chet Elderson passed away, and the four have to hold the casket at the funeral and it was also funny when the four fell into the burial hole and grabbed Chet's pants at his funeral. While the four try to extinguish a fire close to a restaurant, Their beepers go off and there was another fire, at the firehouse. Hank thinks it's the Alamo beer sign that Chet Elderson loves to plug in, but it doesn't work and through out sparks. So, they said to the policeman that Chet Elderson did it, and the policeman would call it an accidental fire and the four of them are free to go. This is one of the most exciting and very hilarious episodes of all time.moreless
  • The four try to become volunteer firemen.

    10
    Holy cow. Was this episode ever funny. The first time I watched this I could start laughing. At first it seemed weird, but as it went on the humor came alive.The funniest part was when they were in the fire department and Dale and Boomhauer were playing table tennis. Then Hank gets all mad and comes down to stop the game. From there it goes funny. Its hysterical when Hanks glasses get broken and he goes after Bill. Then when he thinks its all good, Dale and Boomhauer play with the broken ball. So he goes down stops the game once again. While doing so he fire marshal(or something like that) comes in and tells them buddy died. When they were feeling sympathetic Bill rips one, very funny. The funeral was hysterical too. I seen the episode about four times and the first three times I still found it funny. It was well written, by far the best episode ever made for this show.moreless
Mike Judge

Mike Judge

Voice of Hank Hill, Boomhauer, Stuart Dooley

Kathy Najimy

Kathy Najimy

Voice of Peggy Hill

Pamela Adlon

Pamela Adlon

Voice of Bobby Hill

Brittany Murphy

Brittany Murphy

Voice of Joseph Gribble (seasons 1-4), Luanne Platter

Johnny Hardwick

Johnny Hardwick

Voice of Dale Gribble

Stephen Root

Stephen Root

Voice of Bill Dauterive, Buck Strickland

Barry Corbin

Barry Corbin

Fire Chief

Guest Star

Buddy Ebsen

Buddy Ebsen

Chet Elderson

Guest Star

Earl Bullock

Earl Bullock

Heck Dorland

Guest Star

David Herman

David Herman

Voice of Buckley, Eustis, various guest characters

Recurring Role

Toby Huss

Toby Huss

Voice of Cotton Hill, Kahn Souphanousinphone

Recurring Role

Lauren Tom

Lauren Tom

Voice of Minh Souphanousinphone, Connie Souphanousinphone

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Tagline: "Bicky-bi-be-bo-bo-bicky-bi-bo!" -Dale

    • In the initial storyline it shows Hank and Dale arguing by the sign, and Dale was not, at any point testing the fire alarm. Also Boomhauer did not have a lamp close to him to knock over, yet in all their stories these two things happened.

    • While Hank and the other guys are serving as pallbearers for Chet Elderson's funeral, they lose their footing just before reaching the dug-out grave when Hank's glasses (which had previously been stepped on and broken out of spite by Bill during a fight in the firehouse) fall off of his face and the four men end up falling into the grave after Hank attempts to retrieve his glasses and carry the casket at the same time (Dale was not supporting his side of the casket). Hank's glasses are shown to have landed at the edge of the grave. The next scene shows the four guys down in the grave and Hank is wearing his glasses again. Moreover, Hank's glasses are once again intact, whereas before they fell off of his face they had been temporarily repaired with tape.

    • When Dale, Bill and Boomhauer start fighting we see Hank fall on top of them but in the next shot he's underneath them.

    • in Boomhauer's version of the accident he speaks in a "normal" voice and Hank, Dale, & Bill are the the ones who talk too fast.

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Boomhauer (talking about his version of the fire): No, no way, man. Ol' Gribble talkin' that crazy crap, man. I'll tell you what happened. Dang ol' truth, man.
      ((Flashback))
      Dale: Hey, tell you what, the dang ol' detector, man. Talkin' about government take away freedom of smoke, man. Tell you what, dang ol' yo, man.
      Hank: Hey, man, I'll tell you what, man that dang ol' boy ain't right, man. Talkin' 'bout gonna kick that dang ol' ass, man.
      Boomhauer: For G-d's sakes, Hank act like an adult, man. And keep it down, guys, will you? I'm trying to get through an article on vintage Camaros and I've been on the same dang page for 20 minutes.

    • Dale (talking about his version of the firehouse fire): Bill had his face buried in a french bread pizza. Hank was giving orders as usual, and Boomhauer thought being a fireman meant a chance to work on his tan. Of course, he didn't realize his tanning lotion had been replaced with some icy hot Hank bought for Peggy's humiliating groin pull. (chuckles) But then the fire alarm went off, and Boomhauer knocked over his tanning lamp as he bolted upright. I raced for the fire truck with lightning speed. ... uh... that's all I remember.

    • Hank: Shut up, all of you. Go to bed.
      Dale: It's 4:00 in the afternoon.
      Hank: What did I tell you about talking to me?
      Bill: Stop the fighting! This is no way to honor the memory of Chet Elderson.
      Dale: I think I shall honor Chet's memory by plugging in his beloved Alamo Beer sign.

    • Hank: You can't use the fire hose like this. You'll damage the elasticity.
      Dale: Whatcha got under the foil, Mr. Party Pooper? Some party poop?

    • Bobby (as he has noticed that Peggy is limping; Peggy is denying any such limp): Well, maybe it's from when you pulled your groin picking me up.
      Peggy: Well son, that is impossible, because ladies do not have groins.

    • Bill: I hear Mrs. Throckmorton's looking to hire four plumbers.
      Hank: No!
      Bill: It's all the beer we can drink.
      Hank: Uh, okay, I could use a beer.

    • Bill: My face hurts!
      Hank: And it'll match your ass when I'm done kicking it!!

    • (The police have arrested Dale, Bill, Boomhauer and Hank after a building burned down on their watch)
      Dale: My name is Shackelford, Rusty Shackelford. I refuse to speak without my attorney present! (Dale stands and takes off his hat) I am Mr. Shackelford's attorney, Rusty Shackelford. My client pleads insanity.
      Bill: My name is Dauterive comma Bill - I am also insane.

    • (Peggy is limping around the house, but refuses to acknowledge she's hurt)
      Bobby: Maybe it has something to do with when you hurt your groin picking me up.
      Peggy: Well, honey, I do not think that could be true, since ladies do not have groins.

    • Dale: I am protesting the results of last night's ping pong tournament. Boomhauer can not bounce the ball off Bill's head.
      Bill: We all agreed that my head is in play.

  • NOTES (1)

  • ALLUSIONS (3)

    • The entire episode is based on what is called the "Rashomon effect" where a single event is witnessed by multiple invidivuals who each give differing but plausible accounts based on their own perspective.

    • After Hank asks if he can sharpen the axes Dale makes a joke referring to a Monty Python skit/song entitled The Lumberjack Song....Dale says "Hank's a lumberjack and he's okay."

    • The Three Stooges

      Throughout the episode, references to The Three Stooges abound. Starting with the title, "A Fire Fighting We Will Go" is take off on the Stooge's short titled "A Plumbing We Will Go". The basic antics of Hank and the gang trying to be firefighters mirror the Stooges in many of their shorts. The song Dale keeps singing throughout the show is called "The Vowel Song", made by the Stooges for a record they cut near the end of their career. Bill's reference near the end of the episode about how there is an opening for plumbers somewhere else, after they are let go from the fire station, again harkens back to "A Plumbing We Will Go". The episode ends with the trailing notes of "Three Blind Mice", one of the themes used for The Three Stooges. Finally, note that in Bill's re-enactment of the accident, he's completely bald, just like one of the Stooges, Curly.

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