King of the Hill

Season 2 Episode 1

How to Fire a Rifle Without Really Trying

Aired Sunday 8:30 AM Sep 21, 1997 on FOX

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  • Hank and Bobby really have nothing in common and this episode brings this to light more than ever. Hank loves his son, even though he never says it, and he wants to find something they can do together.

    This episode starts out at the Texas State Fair and the Hill Family is out for fun. We watch as Bobby makes his way through all the games of chance until he finds one that really suites his natural talent; he's a really good shot with a rifle.


    Hank has a secret; it's one of those childhood horror stories about being raised by evil old Cotton Hill. Cotton is shown in a flashback, heckling and verbally assaulting an abviously Pre-K Hank as he tries learn to shoot a rifle. Cotton says he'll NEVER be a war hero if he continues this bad performance; Hank has never gotten over the trauma of being yelled at and not being able to hold the gun steady. Another flashback shows Cotton singling Hank out in front of his boyscout troop at another youthful rifle shoot. Later in the episode, a sports psychologist first watches then approaches Hank about his obvious problem on the shooting range, and none too soon; Bobby has signed them up for a Father-Son Fun Shooting competition. When Hand confesses this weakness to Peggy, she seems really devastated by this revelation; she based her relationship with Hank partly on the basis that he's a gun enthusiast. Tune in for a laugh-a-thon.