King of the Hill

Season 3 Episode 19

Hank's Cowboy Movie

Aired Sunday 8:30 AM Apr 06, 1999 on FOX
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Episode Summary

When Hank takes Bobby to the Dallas Cowboys training camp in Wichita Falls, Bobby says he likes Wichita Falls better than Arlen. Fearing that Bobby will leave Arlen when he grows up, Hank decides to make a video to convince the Cowboys to move their training camp to Arlen.moreless

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  • Movie Magic

    Another solid episode. A bit of a boring one at times, but it has its moments, and it is a nice Hank/Bobby episode, which are always nice to see. It isn't really that funny, but is still entertaining none the least. If you are looking for a nice sweet episode, this one is it, but don't go in hoping to roll on the floor laughing. The show seems to be losing steam towards the end of the season as the last few have been good but not as great as some of the first few.moreless
  • Get a lesson in Texas geography by watching this great KOTH episode. Soon, you'll be able to locate both Wichita Falls AND Corpus Christi on any map of the Lone Star State.moreless

    At the beginning of the episode, a tourist asks Hank and Bobby what is the best way to get to Corpus Christi. (In another episode, Hank took his mother and three other women to nearby Port Aransas.) Hank points out that the best way is through Arlen, which is apparently in South Texas, though creator Mike Judge never fully discloses this. Throughout the first act of the episode, Bobby is in love with Wichita Falls even more than he is with his own town, which irritates Hank to no end. I found a lot of hilarity in that alone, along with the two propane jockeys who said they'd rather be in Oklahoma. These two events prompt Hank to create his own video, with hilarious results akin to "A Firefighting We Will Go", the results of which should end up on "America's Funniest Home Videos" instead. This is definitely on KOTH's Top Ten episode list, both for the humor as well as for the geography lesson. I found myself watching this several times after recording 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

Earl Bullock

Earl Bullock


Guest Star

Ashley Gardner

Ashley Gardner

Voice of Nancy Hicks Gribble

Recurring Role

Jonathan Joss

Jonathan Joss

Voice of John Redcorn

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • After the manager of the Wichita Falls propane store & his son start feuding with Hank about the Dallas cowboys, they start singing the theme of the Sooners football team. Hank starts singing the cowboys theme and they all try to outsing each other. When they do you can see that the son's mouth doesn't match up with what he is shouting particularly as Hank is about to leave the store.

    • Luanne does not have any lines in this episode.

    • Tagline: "Sweet Jethro Pugh." -Hank

    • The end credits have the Cowboy's Fight Song, as suppose to the regular end credits.

    • In this episode, Peggy eventually puts a movie together to impress the Cowboys. The movie is made of clips from all the home movies she gathered. One of the clips shows Hank grilling on a home-made BarBQ. He says, "I made that out of two different grills". However, if you look closely, Hank is grilling with charcoal, very odd for Hank!

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Hank: I guess this means you're going to leave us when you grow up, huh?
      Bobby: Yeah, I'll probably leave, but it's not for a while, I'm only 12. We've still got plenty of time together.
      Hank: And even after you move Wichita Falls is only a six-hour drive.
      Bobby: I can't be a prop comic in Wichita Falls. I'm moving to New York City or Hollywood. Maybe Vegas.
      Hank: Well, at least it's not Wichita Falls.
      Bobby: I may keep a place there for tax purposes.

    • Hank: Dale, stop putting your bug truck in the background of all the shots. What kind of message are we sending? Arlen is full of bugs?
      Dale: You think that's all I do? I killed eight gophers last year and a purebred Tennessee Walking Horse that was looking at me funny.

    • Hank: And the problem is our kids are leaving.
      Dale: Hank is right. If all the children leave Arlen there will be no young to take care of our old. Our old will feed off our very old. Our very old who are not eaten will wish they'd been eaten.

    • Peggy: Well, Bobby sure had a good time on your trip.
      Hank: Yeah. too good. Now he's down on his hometown. All his dreams from now on will be about leaving and then some high school guidance counselor is going to tell him to follow his dreams. Then how will he end up? A fruit pie salesman with a whoopee cushion living in Wichita Falls.
      Peggy: Hank, it's happening to the best of our young people. There is nothing here for them. Last week, two sixth-graders told me they wanted to be astronauts. You can't find work as an astronaut in Arlen, Hank. Mm-mmm. not anymore.
      Hank (sighs): I've been trying to hire some teenagers at Strickland for months. No one wants to be a tank-wipe these days.

    • Hank: So I guess this means you'll be leaving us when you grow up.
      Bobby: Yeah, I'll probably leave. But it's not for a while, Dad. I'm only twelve. We've still got plenty of time together.
      Hank: Yeah. And even after you leave, Wichita Falls is only six hours away.
      Bobby: I can't be a prop comic in Wichita Falls. I'm moving to New York City, or Hollywood. Maybe Vegas.
      Hank: Ugh! Well, as long as it's not Wichita Falls.
      Bobby: Well, I might keep a house there for tax purposes.

    • Hank: Dale, stop putting your bug truck in the background of every shot. What kind of message are you sending, that Arlen is full of bugs?
      Dale: Is that all you think I kill is bugs? Last year, I killed eight gophers and a purebred Tennessee walking horse that was LOOKIN' AT ME FUNNY!

  • NOTES (4)


    • The ice cream store that Hank and Bobby go to is Dairy Queen, which is an actual ice cream place.

    • Zapruder: Abraham Zapruder was an American manufacturer of women's clothing best known for his home movie documenting the assassination of U.S. President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963.

    • Hank: Sweet Jethro Pugh!

      Jethro Pugh is a former defensive tackle for the Dallas Cowboys (1965-1978).