King of the Hill

Season 8 Episode 15

Après Hank, le Deluge

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Aired Sunday 8:30 AM Mar 21, 2004 on FOX
8.0
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When a flood threatens the town, the Arlenites gather in the communal shelter: The Tom Landry Middle School gym. Hank is supposed to be in charge, but while he's delayed at the town's hydroelectric dam debating over whether or not to open the floodgates, Bill blunders his way into a leadership role. He finds power and adoration of the masses and soon becomes a tinpot dictator. After Hank gets to the school and reveals he opened the flood causes a lot of homes to flood, everyone turns on him and Bill uses his power to lock him up. Kahn wants to have power so he becomes Bill's right-hand man. Bobby, Joseph and Connie get keys and go wild in the yearbook office. Peggy sleeps away the flood. Dale schemes to build an ark to float his family to safety.

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  • Overflow of Goodness!

    9.0
    This episode is one of the best of Season 8, with a ton of laughs and a very entertaining plot. There is a lot going on with so many subplots, but each one is funny and keeps the episode going at a steady pace. Often in a show when there are multiple story lines such as this one, it can become to much, and many feel rushed, but I thought each one got the screen time it deserved, and was well rounded and complete. Each character got to have a funny moment and went at a good pace. There were a lot of characters in this one but all of them stayed true to themselves, and you got to see the personalities of each one shine through, even if they were only there for a bit. GREAT episode!moreless
  • This could be a really great episode, but two instances of overdoing it rob it just a little.

    7.0
    We basically have a pretty funny situation, and some funny things explored. But in the show's rush to cement Hank's status as 'long-suffering sitcom lead', they pushed my patience to the breaking point.



    Now, with Bill always so down, its great to get him seen as a hero. But like Patrick for Spongebob, and Barney for Homer, these even-denser sidekicks seem only to be able to better themselves by tearing down their best friend. Why Hank just let this go without whispering of ass-kickings to come (so Bill's fan club wouldn't hear it) is beyond me. It's Bill at his non-pathetic worst.



    Now let's go to the good folk of Arlen, all of whom must have in the crowd of people that blindly watched Lucy pull the football away twice in 'Its Your First Kiss, Charlie Brown'. Why do I say that? Because the slacker fool who abandoned his post and who admits snarkily to doing so is right there in the shelter with them when they want to rip Hank apart for opening the flood gates.



    So basically, to drive the plot, they have Bill go Dale and the town of Arlen go Peppermint Patty-1978. To me, that drives a decent plot premise with some other funny situations into a ditch.moreless
  • Fun times are here.

    8.0
    This was a funny episode, but also an entertaining one. I liked seeing everyone together in a clustered plot as they can all act off from one another. Bill was really good in this one and Hank was actually funny. Bobby was decent with his friends and Peggy was her usual jerk self. I thought that the plot was clever, but it seemed like I saw this kind of thing before. My favorite part of the show would have to be where Hank gets locked up by Bill and his men. I thought it was really funny to see Bill act like he was leader. He's not the brightest, but he is funny. Thank you.moreless
Toby Huss

Toby Huss

Voice of Kahn Souphanousinphone

Mike Judge

Mike Judge

Voice of Hank Hill, Boomhauer

Kathy Najimy

Kathy Najimy

Voice of Peggy Hill

Pamela Adlon

Pamela Adlon

Voice of Bobby Hill

Brittany Murphy

Brittany Murphy

Voice of Luanne Platter

Johnny Hardwick

Johnny Hardwick

Voice of Dale Gribble

Pamela Adlon

Pamela Adlon

C.J.

Guest Star

Lauren Tom

Lauren Tom

Voice of Minh Souphanousinphone, Connie Souphanousinphone

Recurring Role

Ashley Gardner

Ashley Gardner

Voice of Nancy Hicks Gribble, Didi Hill

Recurring Role

Breckin Meyer

Breckin Meyer

Voice of Joseph Gribble (season 5 +)

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Peggy is a supply teacher, which means she wouldn't have keys to the school, so Bobby and Joseph couldn't get into all those rooms.

    • Tagline: "Pretty yare, huh? (wood cracks) Ahhhhh!" -Dale

    • In this particular episode, the site of Tom Landry Middle School is chosen for a shelter in the midst of the flood because, as it is stated in the episode, the school is on high ground. However in a preceding episode entitled "Love Hurts and So Does Art" (S3:E18) Bobby is shown having to first climb a steep street on his scooter (on account of his case of gout) and then having to roll down a hill to make it to the middle school (in order to dance with Connie). It is clearly shown that the school is located in somewhat of a ditch or valley, making it less than a prime site to be in a flood, had the analyzed episode stayed true to earlier seasons.

    • When Hank tries to get to Tom Landry Middle School, the flood is moving smoothly. But when he backs up to get on higher ground, the flood is now flowing rapidly.

    • Boomhauer does not have any lines in this episode.

  • QUOTES (9)

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  • ALLUSIONS (4)

    • Hank: The phone was ringing. The red phone!
      Man: Oh, and who was on the other end, Commissioner Gordon? 

      Commissioner Gordon is a character in the Batman comics. In the Adam West version of the show a red phone would ring when Gordon needed to get a hold of Batman to warn him of a crime.

    • Bill's comment about "not seeking the hard hat but having it thrust upon him" is an allusion to the famous lines from William Shakespeare's classic play 'Twelfth Night' in which one of the characters states "Be not afraid of greatness: some are born great, some achieve greatness and some have greatness thrust upon them."(Act II, Scene V).

    • The title comes from the famous quote by France's Louis XIV: "Apres moi, le deluge (After me, the flood)."

    • This episode seems to be very similar to George Orwell's classic fable, "Animal Farm," and its take on power. In the book Napoleon, the leader of the pigs, becomes drunk with power, and later turns on one of his inner circle, Snowball, casting him as the villain. Soon everything that goes wrong on the farm is Snowball's fault. In the episode Bill gets more and more Napoleonic, even imprisioning Hank, and blaming Hank for all the problems, including the missing sticky buns. 'Animal Farm' in turn took its cues from the way that Stalin turned on Trotsky, blaming many of Russia's later woes on a man he drove out and hunted down.

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