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King of the Hill

Season 1 Episode 4

Hank's Got the Willies

Aired Sunday 8:30 AM Feb 09, 1997 on FOX
out of 10
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Episode Summary


Hank is worried because Bobby seems to have no goal in life and no role model. He takes Bobby to the golf course, where Bobby accidentally hits Hank's idol, Willie Nelson, with a golf club. Peggy is upset because Hank pays more attention to his guitar "Betsy", than he does to her. Luanne is failing braidwork at the beauty academy.


Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Still Solid

    While I would say this is the worst episode of the first four, it is still a great episode. Hank and Bobby's different personalities come to a crashing halt in this episode as Hank worries for his son. One thing I like a lot about this episode is that it shows that as much as Hank may seem to not like his son, he actually really cares for him and worries about him, however he struggles with understanding him. This episode is not as funny as the previous three, however, it has some classic moments, such as the Boomhauer and Bob Dylan conversation. Overall another solid episode!moreless
  • Another fantastic Season 1 episode.

    Season 1 continues with a perfect episode that guest stars Willie Nelson, in this episode, Bobby accidentaly strikes Willie Nelson with a golf club. This episode had some classic moments, like bobby playing the guitar with cheese, what is that chinging noise, carlos, bobby hitting willie nelson, bill's stripper joke, hank saying "santa clause is for babies" and bill says "you're a mean one, Mr. Grinch." and much more. In conclusion, this was a great Season 1 episode that had so many funny moments and will receive a perfect score.

  • A terrific episode and the best that season 1 had to offer

    In this episode, Hank starts to notice Bobby's laziness and lack of ambition, due to Bobby's strange behavior (riding Hank's mower, playing Hank's guitar, hitting dog poop with his five-iron) and not having an apparent hero. When he was around Bobby's age, Hank looked up to country singer Willie Nelson as a hero and he had always dreamed about meeting him one day and having a jam session with him. One day, while golfing with Hank, Bobby's bad gold swing knocks out Willie Nelson, who just happens to be golfing at the same course as the boy and his dad. After overhearing how much Hank was disappointed at the circumstances in which he met his hero, Bobby decided to take matters into his own hands by taking Hank's guitar and having a talk with Willie Nelson himself. Bobby calls Hank from Willie Nelson's and Willie tells Hank that he's throwing a barbecue and that he can bring his family and friends. Hank and his hero finally have their first real meeting and Willie manages to convince him that when Bobby was trying to emulate Hank, the emulation meant Hank was his hero. Hank and Bobby finally reconcile and he is happy that he was finally able to meet Willie Nelson like he always dreamt.

    I just can't say enough about how wonderful I thought this episode was. Willie Nelson delivered a fantastic guest performance and Bobby's childlike behavior in this episode was just darling. While not gag-heavy, there were a few jokes that I particularly liked (Willie thinking Bobby was a boy who raked his yard... with a gold club, Bill suggesting Bobby choose Santa Claus as his hero, and Peggy naming her scrub brush "Carlos"). A touching episode that would definitely make my top-ten.moreless
  • great

    hank notices bobby does not seem to worship anybody and takes him golfing, where he accidentally hits hank's idol, willie nelson. bobby feels tremondous guilt, is there anything he can do so willie and hank will forgive him?

    good episode albeit not one of their better ones. it's kinda weak and it drags on for some of the moments, especially near the end. strong opening and strong first couple acts, but near the end it gets kind of boring for me, so i guess i will say my overall grade would be in the "B" range. Good episode, could've been bettermoreless
  • Hank's Got the Willies is an episode featuring Willie Nelson as Hank's lifelong hero. Later, we see that Bobby is suffering from a case of hero-worship himself.

    This episode reveals the guitar playing skill of Hank Hill and brings Willie Nelson out of his dreams and into Arlen somehow. Hank's guitar (Betsy) has been a treasure to him all these years and he keeps is off limits to everyone else in the house; he values that guitar as though it were his actual spouse instead of Peg. Willie Nelson interacts with the cast in a very natural sequence outside his country estate and seemingly brings the Hill family together on the cusp of Hank and Peg's biggest fight to date. Bobby shows a great potential here as he confronts not a few tough emotional and tangible issues.moreless
Kathy Najimy

Kathy Najimy

Peggy Hill

Johnny Hardwick

Johnny Hardwick

Dale Gribble

Brittany Murphy

Brittany Murphy

Joseph Gribble, Luanne

Mike Judge

Mike Judge

Hank Hill, Boomhauer

Pamela Adlon

Pamela Adlon

Bobby Hill

Stephen Root

Stephen Root

Bill Dauterive - Uncredited

Willie Nelson

Willie Nelson


Special Guest Star

Dennis Hopper

Dennis Hopper


Special Guest Star

David Herman

David Herman


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • When comparing himself to Willie Nelson, Hank mentions Nelson's troubles with the IRS, then how he himself spent quite a bit of time filling out his tax return, and finishes off with a grumble about the IRS 1040EZ form. However, Hank would not file a 1040EZ for several reasons:

      1] There is no mortgage interest deduction, assuming Hank and Peggy's mortgage is large enough to qualify.
      2] There is no allowance for the educator expense deduction which Peggy might be entitled to if (among other things) she worked 900 hours in a school year.
      3] You cannot claim a dependant such as Bobby, or possibly Luanne.

  • QUOTES (8)

    • (Bobby's at Willie Nelson's house; Hank has come to pick him up from 'stalking')
      Bobby: Hey, dad.
      Willie Nelson: Hank, Bobby's been telling me all about you. I hear you're a guitar player and that you've got a narrow urethra.
      Hank: Bobby!
      Willie Nelson: He had me autograph your guitar.
      Hank: You signed my guitar?
      Willie Nelson: "To my number-one fan".

    • Bobby: I'm at Willie Nelson's, and he wants you to come over.
      Hank: Son, you're teasing the gorilla in the monkey house.

    • Hank: You don't understand, Peg. A man only gets a chance to meet Willie Nelson once in his life. It's supposed to be special.

    • (Hank is bringing Bobby to play golf with him, but he is also bringing his guitar, Betsy, to get fixed)
      Hank: Careful, Peggy. Betsy isn't strapped in yet.
      Peggy: Oh, do not tell me you are taking that thing golfing with you now.
      Hank: Don't be silly, Peg. Just bringing her in to get fixed. Sit in the middle, son. I want to make sure Betsy's in front of the air bag.

    • Hank: You know, I've been thinking, son and I realized you don't have any goals. You got to figure out what you want to do with your life.
      Bobby: Can we go to Six Flags?
      Hank: (sighs) I think you need a role model, Bobby. A hero. Someone besides that Broccoli Neck.
      Bobby: How about Eddie Stillson? Can I emulate him?
      Hank: Now, there you go-- Eddie Stillson. Which one is he? The space shuttle astronaut or the stock car champ?
      Bobby: He got to the end of level six in Scream Ninja.
      Hank: Bobby, when I say "hero" I don't mean some weird gameboy freak.

    • Hank: Don't even try to take credit for that.
      Dale (monotonously): It was not done by me. It was done through me.

    • Willie Nelson: You the kid who rakes my yard?
      Bobby: No, I'm the kid who hit you on the head.
      Willie Nelson: With a rake?
      Bobby: No, with a golf club.
      Willie Nelson: You've been raking my yard with a golf club? I want my quarter back.

    • Bill: Santa Claus can be the boy's hero. He does travel around once a year in a 24 hour period.
      Hank: Santa Claus is for babies!
      Bill: You're a mean one, Mr. Grinch.

  • NOTES (2)


    • Bill: "You're a mean one Mr. Grinch"
      This is in reference to the Dr. Suess book, "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" as well as the cartoon movie. In the movie there is a song, and there is a line that goes "you're a mean one Mr. Grinch..."

    • Hank's song about Peggy is remarkably similar to the Buddy Holly song "Peggy Sue." Even Hank admits that it goes into a "Buddy Holly riff" at the end.

    • Hank: Why can't Bobby turn all that energy into something positive, like that boy with no legs who ran across Canada?

      This is referring to Terry Fox. Terry had to get a leg amputated because of cancer, and later ran across Canada with only one real leg to raise money for cancer research.

    • Man at Guitar Store: You mean like Celery Head? "Look, I'm Camembert Humperdinck!"

      This variation of the playing a guitar with cheese routine is another pun, this time on Engelbert Humperdinck.

    • Bobby: You play the guitar with a piece of cheese and go, 'Hey look at me, I'm Eddie Cheddar!'

      Celery Head's joke is a pun on 'Eddie Vedder', the lead singer of Pearl Jam, although 'Vedder' is not known as a guitarist.

    • Bobby: (describing Celery Head) The world's best comedian. He glues things. Like, he'd glue a tissue box to a tennis sneaker and say, "This is in case you have a runny nose!"

      Celery Head, the prop comic Bobby admires, is probably based on prop comic Carrot Top.