King of the Hill

Season 9 Episode 13

Gone With the Windstorm

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Aired Sunday 8:30 AM May 01, 2005 on FOX
7.6
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When Channel 84 hires gung-ho meteorologist Irv Bennett, Nancy and her less-than-accurate weather reports are left out in the cold. Determined to remain an integral member of the news team, Nancy drives a stolen news van into a raging wildfire, aiming to scoop the competition. Bobby is terrorized at school by a boy who keeps jumping out and startling him. Hank takes matters into his own hands, and is shocked to see that the bully's father is a victim as well.

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  • Wild Episode!

    8.5
    This is a much better episode than the previous few ones. It had a good plot line, and was actually very funny. Nancy was very good in this episode. I really enjoyed the B Plot too. It was simple but still had its moments. It isn't a fantastic episode, but after a couple of poor ones, it is a breath of fresh air, and despite it focusing on a recurring character as suppose to one of the main ones, it still was decent.moreless
  • After Nancy gets a weather report badly wrong, the channel brings in a new meteorologist, outsing Nancy from her job. Meanwhile, Bobby is being scared by a fellow pupil who keeps leaping out and scaring him. A likeable though not classic episode...moreless

    8.2
    This is a fair episode that sees Nancy ousted from her weather presenting job at Channel 84 by hot-shot new meteorologist Irv Bennett. It's been quite a while since we saw a story revolving around Nancy, so it makes a nice change.



    The wildfire seems to come out of nowhere and was very convenient, although does lead to some of the funniest lines of the season in my opinion.



    Meanwhile, Bobby is being terrorised at school by a boy who keeps leaping out and scaring him. Hank typically is annoyed that his son is unable to stand up for himself more, especially against such non-physical bullying, though does end up helping Bobby give a taste of his own medicine.



    All-in-all, a nice, watchable episode, but not really one of the series classics.moreless
  • Nancy is being replaced by a trained meteorologist, so when she hears about a local wildfire, she steals a news van to broadcast from the scene in hope of reviving her career. Meanwhile, Bobby has to deal with a kid that keeps jumping out to scare him.moreless

    8.9
    If only they left out the wild fire...



    While “Gone with the Windstorm” had the potential to be a spectacular episode, reminiscent of “The Trouble with the Gribbles,” it veers into territory that has not only been done before, but done by The Simpsons six months earlier (December 5, 2004 while “Windstorm” first aired May 1, 2005) with the same slightly unenthusiastic reaction. The idea of a TV anchor or weather woman venturing into a forest fire is a little farfetched, and also unrealistic – roads around a fire are cordoned off or have emergency vehicles monitoring the evacuation of residents in the area, and any vehicle violating their directions would be chased down. However, up until the fire saga, the episode was laugh-out-loud funny. Even some parts of the fire scene were entertaining - Dale is everything one would hope for in a crisis situation - "I always hoped we'd die together, Nancy! Peggy, you go die over there!"



    Throughout the episode, Nancy is hysterical - whether complaining about her lack of scientific instruments to predict weather: "All I have is a thermometer and a plastic skunk whose tail turns blue when it's humid!" or her anger over the station hiring an educated meteorologist instead of using her as their ‘weather girl’: “I don’t know if I wanna work in an industry that values brains over beauty.”



    Another great part of “Gone with the Windstorm” is Dale’s phone call to the meteorologist who replaced Nancy - "Get out weatherman!! The pain front is coming!!" - a great callback to Dale's threatening phone calls to various folks around Arlen - most notably Peggy when she agrees to teach the sexual education class at Tom Landry Middle School in "Square Peg" from season one.



    Bobby's bully is hilarious - not only does he hide around corners, he gets creative and begins to scare Bobby by jumping out from inside a locker and popping out on the conveyor belt in the lunch room. Even the bully's father is terrified - "Watch out when you pass the mail box. That kid can wedge himself into anything!"



    But no matter how great Nancy’s lines or Bobby’s bully are, they can’t fully take away the fact the ending has already been done, and wasn’t very interesting the first time. The writers could have come up with a separate episode where characters were stuck in a wild fire, and just focus on Nancy’s replacement and Bobby’s bully. They could have filled the last four minutes with something other than the fire and wrapped up Nancy’s career situation, and watching Dale and other characters stuck in fire/crisis situation would be entertaining enough as an episode all on its own.moreless
Breckin Meyer

Breckin Meyer

Voice of Joseph Gribble (season 5 +)

Brittany Murphy

Brittany Murphy

Voice of Luanne Platter

Johnny Hardwick

Johnny Hardwick

Voice of Dale Gribble

Kathy Najimy

Kathy Najimy

Voice of Peggy Hill

Mike Judge

Mike Judge

Voice of Hank Hill, Boomhauer

Pamela Adlon

Pamela Adlon

Voice of Bobby Hill

Brendan Fraser

Brendan Fraser

Irv Bennett, Jimmy Bearden

Guest Star

Phil Hendrie

Phil Hendrie

Tom Chick, TV Announcer & Fireman Gennaro

Recurring Role

David Herman

David Herman

Miguel Hernandez

Recurring Role

Ashley Gardner

Ashley Gardner

Voice of Nancy Hicks Gribble

Recurring Role

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