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King of the Hill

Season 13 Episode 14

Born Again on the Fourth of July

Aired Sunday 8:30 AM Apr 19, 2009 on FOX
out of 10
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Episode Summary

Bobby's lazy ways are irritating Hank when he stops going to church. Lucky decides to intervene and take him to his church. Lucky's church happens to be a Puritan church, in which the preacher just yells and screams about the sinners, causing Bobby to do so to everyone he sees. Hank and all of Rainy Street are in a competition with Milton Street, to have better 4th of July fireworks. A full on war breaks out between the streets when Bobby destroys an Uncle Sam statue Hank built, thinking Hank is using it as an idol, and allows Milton Street to take the fall.


Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • The Demons of the Episode.

    This episode is kind of a dud. It is typical Bobby taking something he is involved in, to an extreme level; think "Bobby Goes Nuts", "Reborn to be Wild" etc. It has funny moments, but it just seemed like there was a ton of stuff crammed in. Also, while Bill and Boomhauer are Hank's best friends, they are technically Milton residences and seem to not believe so. I actually think having them have to conflict with their own next door neighbours would have added to the story as suppose to ignoring the fact they live there. Considering the plot lines, the episode had some boring moments. So much happened and yet it still seemed to drag at moments. It is still entertaining overall, but I think it could have been much better.moreless
  • Another typical Bobby-centric episode.

    At the this episode, Bobby seems to be lazier than usual. He fails to go to church with his parents because of his slothfulness. Worse, while at home, he steals from his mother's purse to buy a pizza. That causes Peggy to overreact and make outlandish assumptions. Lucky decides to intervene via taking Bobby to his church (Continuity, what's that?). Inside the "church", Bobby meets his-inspiration-of-the-episode.

    Meanwhile, Hank and the rest are preparing for the 4th of July. Hank wants to outdo a rival street via having a better fireworks display than them. John Redcorn makes a brief appearance as an illegal fireworks sells man... for some reason. However, Bobby, who is spouting ridiculous phrases, ruins everything when he smashes a paper-mache of Uncle Sam. Hank, being his usual oblivious and obsessive self, blames the rival street instead of noticing the obvious.

    Hank inadvertently starts a fight, which ends with both sides losing everything for nothing. And Bobby, who will revert to his usual lazy ways the next episode, barely manages to escape punishment.

    Overall, this is a typical Bobby-centric episode with an okay setup. The ending, however, is terrible. Nobody learns anything, and everything returns to the status quo. How predictable.moreless
Glenn Lucas

Glenn Lucas


Guest Star

Stephen Stanton

Stephen Stanton

Heck Dorland

Guest Star

Tom Petty

Tom Petty


Recurring Role

Jonathan Joss

Jonathan Joss

John Redcorn

Recurring Role

Dennis Burkley

Dennis Burkley

Principal Moss

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Hank (Sees Bobby sitting lazily on the couch and eating chips off his chest): Bobby, would you do me a favor and stand up? I just wanna see if you still can.

    • Lucky: Come on, Bobby, your dad asked us to gather as much Ladybird poop as we can find. We're moving out at 2100 hours. I don't know how many o'clocks that is, but we'll figure it out together.

    • Hank (as Bobby destroyed his dad's 'false idol', a paper mache Uncle Sam): Now, this is all that remains of Uncle Sam. But it's enough to see that the people of Milton Street are barbarians. And now, though I'm reluctant to do so, I'm turning it over to Dale, an expert in counter-attacks.

    • Bobby: Lucky's church was great! We pulled down the devil's pants and spanked his evil red butt. How was your church, Dad?
      Hank: Well, I didn't make it to services this morning, Bobby. I was kinda busy here.
      Bobby: You chose Uncle Sam over worshipping our Lord and Savior? Interesting.

    • Hank: Peggy, just to make sure we out-do Heck Dorland, me and the guys are heading out to John Redcorn's fireworks stand. Now, I know it's dangerous, but now is not the time to play it safe.
      Peggy: All right then. Be careful.
      Bobby: Mom, I'm gonna be home late. I got to spread the good word and reach into the fires of hell with Jesus's oven mitts and save a few souls from getting extra crispy!
      Peggy: All right then. Be careful.

    • Bobby: Hey, guys, guess what? I've been saved! The preacher said I was in a bad place, and if I didn't change, the devil would burn all my skin off.
      Hank: Well, all right, Bobby. Sounds like they talked some sense into you.
      Bobby: They sure did. I'm gonna go clean my room now. You can't be pure of heart if you're not pure of room. Good night and G-d bless.

    • Bill: I think it's great how our hate for other people brings us together. I love you guys.

    • Luanne: I don't want Bobby to steal my baby and use her to buy pizza!

    • Peggy: Thirteen is that critical age when boys come to a fork in the road. And when Bobby gets there he might use that fork to kill us.

  • NOTES (1)


    • The show that Bobby is watching at the very beginning looks like a spoof of "The Transformers".

    • Milton:
      Milton was a series of animated shorts made by Mike Judge that inspired the movie Office Space.

    • The title of this episode is an allusion to the title of the 1989 film Born on the Fourth of July, of which the title is taken from the lyrics of the song "Yankee Doodle Boy" from the 1942 musical Yankee Doodle Dandy.