King of the Hill

Season 3 Episode 13

De-Kahnstructing Henry

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Aired Sunday 8:30 AM Feb 02, 1999 on FOX
8.1
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Kahn gets a great new job and invites Hank over to the office, hoping to make him jealous. While bragging about his job, Kahn gives away government secrets, swearing Hank to secrecy. Hank talks to Bill about Kahn's job, and when Bill accidentally mentions it his Sergeant, Kahn gets fired. The Hill's ask Minh to teach Bobby Laotian, so they have an excuse to help them out. Kahn gets upset and leaves, leaving Minh all alone, and Hank forced to help her.

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  • Kahn Filled!

    7.5
    This is a pretty good episode. Not amazing as the last few, but still really good. It has a lot of laughs in it, but at times got pretty boring, and felt like it was much longer then it really was. It is often a hit and miss with Kahn-centred storylines, as sometimes they are brilliant but sometimes they are not. He makes a much better supporting character than a lead one, which is part of the downfall here.moreless
  • Kahn's hatred fades for a while

    7.0
    Kahn is even more insufferable as he gets promoted at his work and rubs it in to Hank. It makes him even more crazy when Hank isn't especially impressed, so Kahn tells Hank that his company is interested in getting Strickland Propane to supply their propane. This all turns out to be just a reason to get Hank to visit Kahn's company. Kahn shows Hank a golf club made of a special material the company is making for military use. After Hank accidentally shows that he's impressed, Kahn rubs it in big time, and tells Hank that the material is top secret. After Hank tells the guys about it and Bill casually mentions the material in front of a general, Kahn is fired. Hank expresses sympathy to Kahn about losing his job, and Kahn tells him he gets a huge severence package, so it's no problem. This falls apart when Kahn and Minh try to have a yard sale to raise money. Kahn yells at somebody for buying a panda clock-radio, and Minh yells at him for blowing it and breaks down crying. Hank mentions that they still have Kahn's severence, and Minh tells Hank that since Kahn was fired, there is no severence. She also admits that they live paycheck-to-paycheck. Hank offers to help out, but Minh takes advantage of his generosity. Hank discovers Kahn living in a restaurant's restroom and yells at him. He tells him to go back to his family. Eventually, Kahn finds a new job in Houston, but Minh refuses to move, because "the people here grudgingly accept us", and Kahn agrees to commute three hour a day, both ways. This is the first show to really show that Kahn is anything other than a one-dimentional arrogant jerk. Kahn lives way beyond his means and flaunts his success because deep down he feels he has to prove himself more because he's Asian, and people expect more from Asians. We also see that even though Minh can also be a bit of a snob, she apparently has come to like living on Rainey Street.moreless
  • If you like Kahn you'll like this otherwise steer clear

    7.0
    Kahn and his family have never been a favourite of mine, but they do work in small doeses in showing the culuture differences of texans. However this full episode dedicated to them is not brilliant. I wouldn't say it is filler as the writers are clearly trying something a bit out of the ordinary however I feel the storyline is a bit 'so what' and there are no great jokes to make the ride a bit easier. I dont know anyone who loves Kahn but if you do then Im sure this is your kind of episode, however I really didn't care for it.moreless
Toby Huss

Toby Huss

Voice of Kahn Souphanousinphone

Mike Judge

Mike Judge

Voice of Hank Hill, Boomhauer

Kathy Najimy

Kathy Najimy

Voice of Peggy Hill

Pamela Adlon

Pamela Adlon

Voice of Bobby Hill

Brittany Murphy

Brittany Murphy

Voice of Luanne Platter

Johnny Hardwick

Johnny Hardwick

Voice of Dale Gribble

Glenn Lucas

Glenn Lucas

Kahn's Boss

Guest Star

Maurice LaMarche

Maurice LaMarche

 

Guest Star

Lauren Tom

Lauren Tom

Voice of Minh Souphanousinphone, Connie Souphanousinphone

Recurring Role

Ashley Gardner

Ashley Gardner

Voice of Nancy Hicks Gribble

Recurring Role

Chuck Mangione

Chuck Mangione

Himself

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (16)

    • When Kahn returns home and the fridge door is open you can see the cans at the bottom of the fridge are brown. The next time we see the fridge open the cans are now blue.

    • When Peggy is returning the blue bowl to Minh she is holding the bowl and is outside the glass sliding door at Khan's house. The shot then shows Minh and goes back to Peggy where she is now standing inside the house and didn't move at all during the shot of Minh.

    • When Kahn comes home after getting his promotion, Minh has the fridge door open and there are 5 beers on the inside of the fridge door. It cuts to a shot away from the fridge and she grabs two bottles of beer. When the shot shows the inside of the fridge again there are no bottles of beer on the inside.

    • As Kahn is ringing the bell in Strickland Propane trying to get some attention the bell is right next to his hands. When Hank comes out there is a wide shot and the bell is now a short distance from Kahn's hand. The counter also changes as you can see where it ends just to the left of Kahn but in the wide shot the counter runs from wall to wall.

    • After Kahn shows the guys his new car, he shows off his new sunroof too. Later when Kahn goes to Strickland propane and in the establishing shot it shows his car outside the store and the sunroof is no longer on his car and no marks to indicate it's just closed.

    • When Minh is taking out the garbage she trips over and starts punching the 3 bags she is carrying. You can see the bags are securely tied up at the top of the bags. The scene then goes to Hank and Peggy and you can hear Minh continue her punching on the garbage bags. As the shot goes back to Minh on the ground when Hank goes to see her 2 of the bags are now open and garbage is everywhere. Its unlikely she ripped open the bags herself whilst punching them as Hank ties them up at the top and there are no rips in the bag. They were also securely tightened to begin with.

    • When Hank and Kahn are together in Luly's men's room, there is a good view of the bathroom's walls, ceiling etc. Beside the door there are only six rows of tiles between the wall and floor, there is no molding at the top of the wall, and so on. A bit later, there are at least seven rows of tiles, and suddenly there is crown molding between the ceiling and wall, and so forth.

    • When Kahn drives up the alley, passing Hank, Bill, Dale and Boomhauer drinking beer, there are no door handles on either the front or back door in the close-up of his car, yet, oddly enough they appear later on in the wide shot.

    • When Minh is sitting on the ground surrounded by trash bags, the door is visible behind her, minus one doorknob. By the time Peggy sends Hank to the rescue, the doorknob reappears.

    • As Kahn is putting the golf club away after Hank has just used it there is a groove in the locker to support the club. Kahn seems to place the club horizontally in the locker nowhere near the groove and to the left of it. The next shot its now sitting in the groove vertically.

    • During the scene where Hank is talking to Kahn in the restaurant bathroom you can see a black garbage bin below the hand dryer next to the entrance of the bathroom. About halfway into the scene Kahn starts looking into the mirror and the garbage bin has disappeared. Throughout the rest of the scene the bin never reappears.

    • When Kahn parks the car in the garage you can see the driver's window is clear. A few shots later we see the window is now frosted.

    • Tagline: "Prepare your brain for razzle-dazzle!" -Kahn

    • Hank drives his mower back and forth between his lawn and Minh's however there is a fence between the two usually, so he shouldn't be able to.

    • It is revealed that Dale gets government checks by posing as "Rusty Shackelford".

    • As Kahn breaks the ceramic radio panda at the garage sale, there are at least three people behind him. When he starts to tell everyone to leave in the aerial view the three people that were behind him have disappeared even though no one moved while he was shouting.

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Kahn: Get outta here before I three-hole-punch your face!!!!

    • Kahn: (to Dale) I can't help you! (yells at everybody) I can't help any of you stupid people! "How does machine work, Mr. Kahn? How do I print? How do I save?" It's "Control-S," you morons! It's always "Control-S!"
      Manager: All right. That's three strikes, Kahn. You're fired.
      Kahn: Three?! That only two!
      Manager: I heard what you said to Mr. Mangione.
      Kahn: Aw, you heard.

    • Minh: I'm not moving again. People here grudgingly accept us. That's rare.

    • Minh: Something like this only make us appreciate how many things we have. How many, many things.

    • Kahn: I call France on this phone whenever I want. France Europe, Huckleberry!

    • Hank: I don't need a promotion. As assistant manager of Strickland Propane, I'm already at the top.

    • Dale: Kahn, I love this ceramic panda marine radio. How much?
      Kahn: It too much for you.
      Dale: No price is too high, just name it.
      Kahn: Hm, $700.
      Dale: Sold.
      Kahn: I mean $800.
      Dale: Sold!
      Kahn: No, I take this off the market. Delicate equipment not for redneck.
      Minh: Kahn, you sell him that stupid panda. We need the money.
      Kahn: No!
      Minh: Yes! You sabotage our sale. Gribble, make a check out to me.
      Dale: With pleasure. And your name is...?
      Kahn: Ahh! (Kahn throws the panda radio to the ground and it shatters) Now nobody buy it! Happy? Everyone get of my lawn! Off! And stay off or I turn hose on you! Minh, where my hose?
      Minh: It went quickly.
      Kahn: Aw!

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  • ALLUSIONS (3)

    • Chatty Cathy: this was a doll that use to speak when you pulled on its pull string.

    • Kahn calls Hank Huckleberry, referring to Huckleberry Finn.

    • The title is an allusion to Woody Allen's 1997 movie Deconstructing Harry and the 1991 film Regarding Henry where Harrison Ford's Henry character has to piece his personal and professional life back together (after suffering amnesia) and coming to terms with evidence that he was not a very nice person.

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