King of the Hill

Season 10 Episode 2

Bystand Me

Aired Sunday 8:30 AM Sep 25, 2005 on FOX
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Episode Summary


When the Arlen Bystander gets a new editor, Peggy gets a job writing a household hints column. Except Peggy doesn't know any household hints, so she gets Minh to supply her with housekeeping tips in exchange for the answers to the New York Times crossword puzzles (as she is competing against Kahn). When Minh can no longer provide Peggy with tips, she has to make up her own, which leads to a potential disaster. Hank makes Bobby get a paper route, to his dismay. Dale, who really wants to be a paper boy, makes a deal with Bobby that he will do all the work.


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  • Helpful Hints!

    This was a decent episode. Not nearly as strong as the previous episode, but still pretty good. Peggy wasn't exactly annoying in this episode, but it's still hard to enjoy a Peggy centred episode. It had some really funny moments, but overall the laughs were just OK. The plot was decent, but there could have been more to it. Even the B Plot seemed to be missing something. The idea was great, but it just didn't come out as funny as it could have. Overall a decent episode.moreless
  • Hank decides that Bobby should get a paper round, but Bobby, loathing the idea, makes a deal with Dale. Meanwhile, Peggy gets a job with the paper writing a household hints column, with hints given to her by Minh in return for the crossword solutions...moreless

    This is a fairly enjoyable episode of the series.

    Most of the laughs come from Dale, as he tries to pose as a teen to get a paper delivery route (for reasons that never seem to be made overly clear) and striking up a deal with Bobby to do his route while Bobby sleeps in the back of his van.

    Meanwhile, Peggy also strikes a deal with Minh to get household hints in return for supplying her with the crossword solutions. We haven't seen much from Minh or Khan in a while, so it was good to see them featured.

    There is a continuity error as Peggy gets her job working for the Arlen Bystander, as she had already been seen working there in 'Smoking and the Bandit' last season.

    This story is actually hold over episode from not last season, but season eight!

    Peggy's accident with giving out a recipe for mustard gas seems a little too convenient, and leads to some almost modern-'Simpsons' "wackiness", but it doesn't mar things too much and makes a satisfying conclusion to the story.

    By no means a classic, but reasonable in its own way.moreless
  • Not a bad one.

    All the paper old paper guys were fired because the new editor, wanted kids to be the face of the newspaper delivery business. Hank makes Bobby apply, at first it looks like Bobby is trying but Dale is actually doing some of his route, the rest isn't getting done. Bobby just sleeps in the back of Dale's van. Also Peggy gets a job at the Bystander, writing household hints. Peggy is getting all her tips from Minh, but she is getting it from Khan's mother, they fight and Peggy is cut-off. Peggy tries to make her own tip but ends up making a poisen chemical and Bobby, Hank, Peggy and the old Paper boys have to get the paper's back before some one uses the toxic tip. Not a bad episode, very funny scene where Dale steals the paper from the old lady and she does'nt want to give up.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

Lauren Tom

Lauren Tom

Voice of Minh Souphanousinphone, Connie Souphanousinphone

Mike Judge

Mike Judge

Voice of Hank Hill, Boomhauer

Pamela Adlon

Pamela Adlon

Voice of Bobby Hill

Henry Gibson

Henry Gibson


Guest Star

Phil Hendrie

Phil Hendrie

Burl Arlington, Harv Judd, Roddy Rae Biffel

Guest Star

Ashley Gardner

Ashley Gardner

Voice of Nancy Hicks Gribble, Didi Hill

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Tagline: (falling over) "Aaaargh. ...Rad!" -Dale

    • Luanne does not appear in this episode.

    • Technically, mixing ammonia and bleach will not produce mustard gas. It is a common misconception that chlorine gas is mustard gas. While the two are similar, it takes more than just mixing the two household cleaners to make mustard gas. They must be mixed in the right parts and exposed to other chemicals to lower the pH and synthesize the correct reaction to get C4H8Cl2S, aka mustard gas. That said, of course, still DO NOT mix the two together! It will form chloramine, a very toxic chlorine gas.

    • At the end of the episode, the Texas flag is upside down.

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Bobby: The last few days of delivering papers, I've seen things I've never seen before: The sunrise... the morning dew... snails on the sidewalks. Things... I never want to see again.

    • Minh: (on the phone with her mother-in-law) I agree Laoma - nothing good enough for your little Kahn! That's why I would so appreciate you telling me how I might remove a lipstick stain from his shirt. Uh-huh. (pause) Yes, Laoma, I did hear you say my lipstick remind you of Bangkok circus clown!

    • Hank: Last night Bobby reached for a dinner roll, and I think I saw a muscle in his throwing arm!

    • (Peggy is applying for a job with The Arlen Bystander)
      Editor: I'm looking for people who have a home-spun wisdom that comes from living a real life.
      Peggy: A realer life than mine you would be hard-pressed to find!

    • (Bobby is in a line to sign up for a paper route)
      Bobby: Is your dad making you get a paper route too?
      Dooley: I'm building character.

    • Dale: I have hopelash.

    • Hank (to Bobby): You know, I've been getting a lot of complaints about your throwing accuracy. You do know you're right-handed, don't ya?

    • Mr. Biffel: I don't need you for facts Peggy. We've got a fact checker for that. Actually, I guess I got to let her go in light of this mustard gas thing.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Although Peggy gets a job working for the Arlen Bystander in this episode, she had already been seen working there in the previous season's episode 'Smoking and the Bandit'. This episode is actually a holdover from season 8.


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