King of the Hill

Season 10 Episode 11

Church Hopping

Aired Sunday 8:30 AM Apr 09, 2006 on FOX
out of 10
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Episode Summary


When Reverend Stroup gives the Hills' pew at the Arlen First Methodist Church to another family, Hank and his family decide to find another church. After attending a variety of churches they decide on the new Mega Church, which has basically a shopping mall inside of it. At first it is great, but Hank soon gets annoyed with how much he has to be involved in various things. Peggy decides that she is the one to help the Pastor, much to his dismay.


Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • To Choose a Church!

    This was a really funny episode. It was also really entertaining. It is definitely one of the best in Season 10. That being said, my biggest issue is that I completely disagree with Hank, and it kind of bothers me that he gets his way at the end. As someone who goes to church I understand that most people have a section or spot they tend to sit in, week to week, but to leave a church based on that is kind of dumb. However, I am not really going to let that impact the score too much as besides my personal view, it really was a funny episode with a funny plot line. The main thing that will lower my score is Peggy being Peggy, although I loved how the Pastor reacted to her, and I loved Brock and all his stories of his past life.moreless
  • After a disagreement at their usual church where the Hills loose their regular seats, they search for another church to go to, and end up at a large, slick Megachurch. An enjoyable episode...moreless

    After the average 'Hank Fixes Everything' (with which this episode was shown back-to-back with when I saw it), this episode was a real step up, and I really enjoyed it.

    The notion of the Hills finding another church after loosing their regular seats seemed a bit petty, but part of the charm with 'King of the Hill' is many of it's "storm in a teacup" situations.

    I like how the Hill's big, shiny new church starts to take over their lives more and more, which is very true of many churches.

    Other than the Hills and Lucky, we didn't see that much of the other regulars in this episode. I would have liked to have seen more of them, but I suppose there is only so much you can cram into 22-odd minutes.

    However, despite that, the episode plays out really nicely. Whereas Hank soon grows tired of his new church gradually taking over his life (I particularly liked his church pager keen going off and the constant surveys), Peggy is delighted to find a place where she can 'help' and enforce her ideas.

    I also like how the episodes wraps up, with Hank and co. finally going back to their old church and getting their regular seats back, thanks to a bit of gentle persuasion from Hank.

    The episode contains some nice lines (I particularly like Luanne's line to lucky "I was going to call the Police, but I don't know your last name"), and stands out as one of the best episodes this season.moreless
  • Hank, a man true to himself and his own stubborness, finds himself turned away from his home church due to a seating issue. Once he finds a church that goes along with his stubborness, he is turned away by their neediness.moreless

    This episode explores the idea of habit in a church setting, and juxtaposes the idea of tedious religious practices with true Christianity. Hank is turned off from his home church due to a seating complication. To me, this shows that Hank has forgotten the ideas of why he even goes to church in the first place, and has replaced the idea of Christianity with his own stubborn practices. I like this episode because, to me, it seems like a cautionary tale. Too many people who attend churches for a while can sometimes become set in their ways, and forget the true reason to why they are at the church (to learn about Christ). Instead, they get easily offended, and begin church hopping, only to realize that the church they initially left is the church that truly fits them the best.

    Though I did not care for the ending (Hank sort of bribing the pastor so he can keep his seat, a little immature, and similar to Peggy's behavior, not Hank's), I did enjoy the idea that the pastor of the Mega church was able to remind Hank that happiness doesn't come from stubborness, but from a place where a person can get the Word in a way more comfortable to them.moreless
  • This episode explores the deep values of religion and how people can get "stuck" in the same way of doing things, so much so, that their church experience is nothing more then repetition.moreless

    When the Hill family is late to a church service at their church, they lose "their spot" in the pews. In stubbornness the Hill's try out other churches, non of which are their liking. They finally come across a Mega church, which at first, Hank Hill highly opposes, but they are forced to join because of an altercation with their previous reverend.

    This episode explores family habits in a church setting. Hank, who is true to himself and his own stubborness, finds himself turned away from exactly what he exhibits to Reverend Stroup at his home church due to a seating problem. Once he finds a church that goes along with his stubborness, he is turned away by their constant needs.They interfere with the family life, so much so, that they spend 16 hours on one Sunday there.

    The episode shows people they need to be careful. They should not get set in their ways as so many church-goers can call victim too. Like Hank, many can forget the very reasons they go to church in the first place, and let little issues like seating arrangement take priority over God.

    By the end of the episode, the Mega-church pastor, Reverend Nealy, shows them that happiness comes from comfort in the Word, and not stubbornness. I did find the behavior of Peggy and Hank rather irritating in this episode, and they seemed rather immature.

    Overall, it was a good episode with a good message for the viewer.moreless
  • The Hills are late to church and lose their favorite spot to the new family in town. They start their search for a new place to prey.

    An episode that was mediocre at best. The whole plot of church hopping was meant to give you a laugh but I found myself waiting for it. NOt to say this was a terrible episode, just not a great one. The best part was towards the end of the episode when Hank gave up on church.

    He was a underappreciated at his old chuch and overly pushed at the MegaChurch.

    In the end as you would have expected the Hills find the most comfot.

    Other notable points to mention are Bucks chuch, the back and forth between Hank and the Reverend as well as the ultimatium at the end of the episode.

    Other than that I felt the story line was fresh, but too much time was spent on everyone but the characters we grew to love. I watch for the banter between the guys in the alley not a storyline that leaves the characters with lots to do and nothing to say.moreless
Kathy Najimy

Kathy Najimy

Voice of Peggy Hill

Brittany Murphy

Brittany Murphy

Voice of Joseph Gribble (seasons 1-4), Luanne Platter

Johnny Hardwick

Johnny Hardwick

Voice of Dale Gribble

Mike Judge

Mike Judge

Voice of Hank Hill, Boomhauer, Stuart Dooley

Pamela Adlon

Pamela Adlon

Voice of Bobby Hill

Stephen Root

Stephen Root

Voice of Bill Dauterive, Buck Strickland

Big Boi

Big Boi

Reverend Nealey

Guest Star

Ashley Gardner

Ashley Gardner

Reverend Karen Stroup

Guest Star

David Herman

David Herman


Guest Star

Tom Petty

Tom Petty


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Lucky: Me, I don't got to church - church goes with me. I'm worshippin' when I'm drinkin' a beer, diggin' a hole, or fishin' for trout.
      Luanne: That's beautiful, Lucky!
      Hank: Luanne, I happen to know it's asinine!

    • Reverend Neally: Thank you, Peggy, you are a gift straight from heaven!
      Peggy: I really am. You know, Reverend Strupe never got that.

    • Dale: I'll be honest with you, Hank, you leaving Arlen First Methodist is the best thing that ever happened to me. Strupe is so desperate to keep members from jumping ship, she turned the last two pews into a smoking section!
      Bill: Yeah, who knows how far she'll go to keep us! When I hugged her after the service, I lingered a little and I was not rebuffed!

    • Luanne: Lucky, where were you? I would've called the police, but I don't know your last name!

  • NOTES (2)


    • The title is an allusion to the phrase "church shopping" which has been used to describe the practice of upscale, suburban families, who seek a church, but have no strong ties to any particular faith, and often choose based on such things as daycare and outside activities, such as what the Hills are exposed to in this episode.

    • Among the other churches that the Hills experiment with are a very fundamentalist-evangelical revivalist type, complete with it being held in a tent, led by (while apparently still trying to reform) Buck Strickland; a Spanish Roman Catholic Church (attended by Enrique) where the Hills are confused as to when to stand or kneel as well as a language barrier; and an apparent New Age/Progressive church (attended by "hardcore" Joe Jack) where Hank gets no further than opening the door and hearing "Day by Day" strummed on a guitar.