King of the Hill

Season 5 Episode 9

Chasing Bobby

Aired Sunday 8:30 AM Jan 21, 2001 on FOX



  • Trivia

    • In this episode Hank's truck has a manual transmission, but in "Texas City Twister", had an automatic transmission. This is not the only time that this switch up happens, but this is one of the more obvious ones.

    • In past seasons, Hank's truck has obviously been shown as a 1992-era Ford Ranger, however in this episode it is shown as a 1980's-era Ranger.

    • Luanne does not appear in this episode.

    • Tagline: "To The Flowers of Time!" -Bobby

    • When Hank is talking to the car salesman the truck next to them is red, but in one shot it is green.

    • In the episode, Hank's truck is destroyed when it gets stuck on the train tracks and a train smashes into it. Later on when Bobby is walking home by himself he finds the cover for the gear shift stick and puts it in his pocket. After a while Hank finds Bobby and Bobby gives him the cover and Hank puts it right on. Sounds fine. The only problem is that Hank has to screw the cover back onto the stick shift but doesn't have to remove any part of the previous stick. When the train hit the car, Bobby puts the cover right in his pocket and it would have had a bit of the stick left in it, as he had to screw it on. Its unlikely Bobby would have removed the bit of stick inside it because when we see him pick it up there is no part of the stick he would have been able to grip to unscrew it from the cover.

    • When Hank & Peggy are discussing what film to see, Connie & Bobby were to the right of Peggy who is right next to the truck. In the next shot Hank & Peggy are getting in the truck and Bobby and Connie are already there. Yet we would have had to have seen them go behind or in front of Peggy to get into the truck.

    • Whilst Hank is talking about the price of popcorn at the movies Bobby & Connie come up to Hank and there is a blue poster next to Bobby of a woman holding a gun. In the next shot you can see the blue poster is now next to Hank despite a red & orange poster next to Hank in the previous shot of him.

    • In the scene where Hank is at the mechanics, there is a guy in Hank's truck, then after Hank gets told the news, he goes next to his truck and the guy is gone, but there was no indication he got out.

    • When Hank is looking around the theatre to see if there are any other men, he looks behind him and sees Bobby. Later when Dale says "Hank is weeping like a little French girl" some people (including Bobby) turn around to shush him, indicating that they are in front.

    • Despite what Peggy said, in real life Ethan Hawke and Charlton Heston never did a movie together, let alone 3.

    • The freight train that demolishes Hank's old truck is pulled by an F40PH diesel locomotive. In real life, F40PHs were not designed for hauling freight trains; they were meant to be used as passenger/commuter train engines (and still are in some areas.) Diesel locomotives designed for pulling freight are more powerful than passenger locomotives.

    • Hank's old truck in this episode is a Ford Ranger. The new one he buys to replace the destroyed Ranger is a Ford F250.

    • The train stops too soon after it hits Hank's truck. A locomotive, to be able to pull the weight of itself and its cars, is moving fast enough so that in order to come to a full stop, it takes a good mile, at least, of track before the train will loose enough momentum to come to a halt. Remember driver's education training? How many car lengths for each 10 miles per hour you're going? The same principles of physics apply to the train, too.

  • Quotes

    • (Hank and Bobby are sitting in the new truck together. Bobby shows the transmission knob from the old truck...)
      Bobby: I found this by the tracks. You know, maybe she died there for a reason. Like she was trying to tell you somethin'. Like, "Go back to the dealership, and buy a new truck. It's OK. I'm in a better pla-" And then the train hit her. (hands Hank the knob))
      Hank: (replaces the newer knob on the shift with the old one) Yeah? Yeah, maybe you're right. Maybe she's lookin' down on us right now, from Pickup Truck Heaven... you know, the real one.

    • (Hank, Bill, Dale and Boomhauer are at their usual spot, drinking beer...)
      Dale: Bill. Knock-knock!
      Bill: Who's there?
      Dale: Boo.
      Bill: Boo who?
      Dale: Boo-hoo Hank, waaaaaah! (he and Bill mock Hank's crying)

    • Hank: Peggy, this car has gotten through four presidents, three Cowboys Superbowl victories ... and ZERO mechanics.

    • (As Hank attempts to repair his truck on the rail crossing, Bobby plays around on the track, as a distant train horn can be heard. Bobby hums a bit, but then stops when he notices the rail vibrating)
      Hank: Stop making train noises. It's not funny.
      Bobby: But Dad, it's not me! I think there's a... (he is interrupted by crossing bells as the gates lower)

    • Bobby: I love this truck!
      Hank: Me too. But when we get back to the dealership, pretend you hate it.

    • Peggy: Hank, there's no reason to be ashamed of your crying. And yet, I am.

    • Bobby: I am walking home.
      Hank: Bobby, you got tired on the DRIVE over here.

    • Peggy: Just because it takes place on a rose farm does not mean it is a ladies' picture.
      Hank: Couldn't help.

    • (After the accident, the old truck is being towed away, and the train pulls out of the crossing.)
      Bobby: So that's what it sounds like when a train hits a truck? (looks at the smashed truck) It was a little more "trucky" than I would've thought considering how much train there was.

    • Hank: Hey, Dale. Think you can give me a ride to the Auto Zone? I'll just break down and get a new carburetor.
      Dale: And so it begins.

    • Dale: Hank loves that truck, and we're the ones that are gonna suffer. We will now be known as "rides to the Auto Zone" and "those chumps who push my truck."
      Bill: Well, you can't blame Hank for not giving up on his truck. He loves it, and when you love something you hold on to it and hope it never lets go.
      Dale: I've had my van for ten years. First sign of weakness, I'll shoot her myself.

  • Notes

    • This episode was nominated for the 2001 Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program (For Programming Less Than One Hour).

    • The writer of this episode was nominated for the 2001 Annie Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement for Writing in an Animated Television Production.

  • Allusions

    • Dale: She's purring like Eartha Kitt
      Eartha Kitt was an actress. The reference was to the fact that she played Catwoman in Season 3 of the Adam West Batman series.

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