This was a pretty decent episode. It was well written, and I think Christopher Lloyd did a great job as the groundskeeper. There were a number of funny moments, but mostly it was just really interesting. The B Plot was just OK, but is a major set up for the rest of the series (for those who may not have seen future episodes, I won't go into further details). It is better than some of the other Season 9 episodes, but still not nearly as good as other ones, and not as good as previous seasons. Overall it is just an average episode.
When Hank finds that the school plans to replace its long-standing, elderly football field keeper, taking away his pension, he insists that he and his friends secretly step in to help. Meanwhile Luanne starts dating a redneck. A nice if average episode...
This is quite a nice episode in itself, although not one of the best of the season.
As with many episodes, it shows that Hank and his friends are essentially kind-hearted people who will go out of their way to help another; here not just because they don't want to see their side lose the football championship, but because they don't want to see elderly groundskeeper Smitty, who has kept the field for almost thirty years, lose his job and thus lose his pension.
The b-plot involves Luanne starting dating a red neck called Lucky, who has a big shiny truck. The way the rednecks are introduced to the plot, with them annoying Khan to come out and join them, is a reference back to the previous season's 'The Redneck On Rainy Street', a rare reference back to one of the show's "out of character" escapades.
I could see the resolution of the two plots long before they came up, but even so, it was a pleasing conclusion to a fair (if average) tale.
When the Arlen High's groundskeeper risks losing his job just short of his pension, Hank becomes his advocate. However, when the first game of the season has to be forfeited because of the man's incompetence, Hank has to go a little further in his support. Working secretly at night, Hank and his friends put the field into great shape but when they become little too successful, and that success goes to the groudskeeper's head, they are forbidden from helping out anymore. Rather than see his team forfeit the championship game, Hank has to take action.
This is yet another episode that highlights the importance of high school football to the average Texan. Once again, King of the Hill offers up insightful, genuine comedy that would be a hit regardless of its format. This show is a slice of the very best part of American culture and shows how people will go out of their way to help one another when they can. It's a great show.
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