King of the Hill

Season 9 Episode 14

Bobby On Track

Aired Sunday 8:30 AM May 08, 2005 on FOX
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Episode Summary


Bobby is asked to join the track and field team, which comes as a shock. It turns out that the coach is using Bobby's lack of ability to motivate the better athletes on the team. Hank is mortified when he finds out the truth, even though Bobby thinks its great.


Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Run Bobby Run!

    This is a really good episode. It's not super funny, but it's just very entertaining. It does have a lot of laughs, but even outside of that it's just a really good Hank/Bobby story. It was good to see Hank push Bobby to do well, and helped Bobby prove himself. I loved a lot of the non plot jokes, such as the three part breakfast, Bill talking about having a child with Peggy, Boomhaer complaining about donating money, and Dale refusing. It's all these little jokes that really make the funny moments, but the big picture was just enjoyable. Overall a very good episode.moreless
  • My favorite Episode!

    My personal favorite King of the Hill episode.Bobby runs a 5K but is unable to race past the starting line and quits,he can't run five kilometers around downtown Arlen,leaving Hank to have him join the track and field team,and is actually being used to motivate his teammates.Hank changes his mind and wants to sign Bobby out,but they're in the District Finals,and they're running the final relay.Bobby,however,wins by four downed opponents.This was a great episode!Especially when Hank said "What has the MTV done to you,son?"That was my favorite part of the episode!That's all my feedback for this episode.Hope you all enjoy reading!moreless
  • After doing badly in a fun run, Bobby is picked to join the track team, even though he is terrible at sport. Hank is delighted, but later discovers that Bobby isn't exactly being used for his sporting prowess. Another watchable but average installment...moreless

    Like 'Gone With The Windstorm' before it, I found this to be another watchable but ultimately quite average episode, with few real surprises or things to make it stand out from the season.

    From the off, you know that Bobby isn't picked for the track team for his sporting ability, but it is interesting to see how the plot develops.

    The story isn't bad, but I felt that a separate b-plot would have evened things up a little bit.

    [Mild spoiler] Bobby's ultimate win of the relay race is a bit of a copout, but it's nice to see him at least win by default. [End of mild spoiler]moreless
  • Bobby Hill enters a fund raising race for his school. After he fails to finish the race, Mr. Hill has him join the school track team, where he is used as a substitute runner to shame a teamate who is not performing to his potential. .moreless

    I have seen every episode, and this is one of my favorites.

    Near the end, Bobby is in a track race. When all the other

    runners fall down, Bobby runs past them. Mr. Hill shouts out to him "Keep running Bobby, don't lay down with them!"

    That is the funniest line from any of the shows I have ever enjoyed! This episode really stresses Bobby's lack of ambition and drive, as evidenced when he wants to have his father photograph him at the finish line, after faking a sweat.

    A truely great episode in every way. I highly recommend it if you haven't seen it!moreless
Brittany Murphy

Brittany Murphy

Voice of Luanne Platter

Johnny Hardwick

Johnny Hardwick

Voice of Dale Gribble

Kathy Najimy

Kathy Najimy

Voice of Peggy Hill

Mike Judge

Mike Judge

Voice of Hank Hill, Boomhauer

Pamela Adlon

Pamela Adlon

Voice of Bobby Hill

Stephen Root

Stephen Root

Voice of Bill Dauterive

Timm Sharp

Timm Sharp

Sprinter & Big Jock

Guest Star

Phil Hendrie

Phil Hendrie

Coach Palmer

Recurring Role

Breckin Meyer

Breckin Meyer

Voice of Joseph Gribble (season 5 +)

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (15)

    • Hank: Bobby's doing the high hurdles? Sometimes it takes him two tries just to get on the couch.

    • Hank (looking at Bobby's pedometer): You were gone all afternoon, and you only walked half a mile?
      Bobby: Maybe when it gets to 100 miles, it flips over.

    • Coach Palmer: As long as you listen, and are willing to be taught, you'll always have a place in my system.
      Hank: You hear that, Bobby? You're going to be part of a system!

    • Joseph: I know how you can get kicked off the team. Take a javelin and throw it into the crowd. I mean, it would do something.

    • Hank: Yep. Bobby's gonna be wearing sweat pants for the right reasons.

    • Coach Palmer: It's easy, Hill. Visualize the action, then actualize the vision.

    • Coach Palmer: You've tasted chocolate, and now you've tasted failure. Which is more bitter?
      Kid: Um... I like chocolate more than failure, so that means I should eat more chocolate? I don't understand.
      Coach Palmer: Understand this. Any time I think anyone is dogging it, it'll be Bobby Hill. Victory is the carrot and Bobby Hill is the stick.

    • Peggy: Jump long, long jumpers! Get some altitude, pole vaulters! Boy, this sport does not lend itself to good cheers.

    • Bill: (to Peggy) You think Bobby's bad? Imagine if we had a child? (laughs, then pauses) I'd love him anyway.

    • Bobby: Dad, I know what I want to do with my life. I can be a motivator. All I need to do is find a field where I have no potential. Hm. I'd make a terrible dam-builder.
      Hank: Why don't you just try to be good at something?
      Bobby: Don't try to motivate a motivator, Dad.

    • Peggy: Bobby! Pretend the baton is the remote!

    • Hank: Well, Bobby, you lost a huge lead, and it took a bunch of guys falling down, but you did it.
      Bobby: I think I'm gonna throw up.
      Hank: Go ahead, son -- you've earned it.

    • (Hank and Bobby are driving home from the Five K Fun Run)
      Hank: So you just quit? You didn't even make it one K!
      Bobby: It's a fun run - I ran until it stopped being fun. Happened quick.
      Hank: What about all the people who sponsored you?
      Bobby: How's this - why don't you shoot some video of me running across the finish line - I'll put my latte over my face so I'll work up a sweat!

    • Bobby: Check out this goody bag - sport gum, squishy ball, banana nut protein bar - a WhataBurger headband!
      Hank: The real goody is that you raised $121 for your school. You even got Joe Jack to pledge, and he doesn't even pay his alimoney!

    • Hank Hill:(to Bobby) What has the MTV done to you, son?

  • NOTES (0)


    • Hank: (while brushing Ladybird's coat) 99, 100 ... there you go, girl.

      This is a reference to the popular beauty myth that brushing one's hair 100 times a day will make it more shiny. Marsha of The Brady Bunch was one of the TV characters to popularize the method.