King of the Hill

Season 1 Episode 4

Hank's Got the Willies

Aired Sunday 8:30 AM Feb 09, 1997 on FOX

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  • 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.

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