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



  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • Hank: I never get to bond with Bobby on account of he's not good at much

    • Hank: The boy shows a real talent for shooting, Peggy. This could be his sport! We should get him a rifle-
      Peggy: He's too young
      Hank: He's 12. He hasn't been too young for 5 years!

    • Bobby: Can I keep my new gun in my room?
      Hank: Sure.
      Bobby: Can I keep the bullets in my pocket?
      Hank: If you want.
      Bobby: Can I put a gun rack on my bike.
      (Hank stops, looks at Bobby and pauses)
      Hank: Do you know how long I've been waiting for you to ask me that?

    • Cotton: (to Hank and other boys in flashback) Someday soon, all of you will be drafted in a war. Some of you, like Hank, will be killed. Others can shoot and they become war heroes. Now, commence to firing!

    • Cotton: Sorry I'm late. I had to stop by the wax museum again and give the finger to FDR.

    • Hank: Look at that, we're in second place.
      Luanne: Good news! The McKays just came out of The Gauntlet, and the younger one blew away an entire picnicking family!

    • (Announcer at shooting tournament)
      Announcer: The format for today is the same as last year: Start with the tandem shoot, then the quick draw, followed by the pretend-to-be-sleeping-grab-the-loaded-gun-under-the-bed-and-shoot-a-figure-in-the-shadows...

    • Sports Psychologist: Imagine the dart flying from your gun to the target. Don't pull the trigger until you can see it.
      Hank: (while aiming, has flashback of a menacing Cotton) (Shaking) Huh, whenever I start to shoot -- even aim -- I, I remember me as a boy, My Dad behind me yelling, and I always let him down. I was so scared of...
      Sports Psychologist: Hank please, you're wasting valuable session time.

    • Hank: Some times people choke, Bobby. We just gotta be proud that God took the time to give us a fault.

    • Bobby: Then why doesn't he want to shoot with me in the tournament? Is he afraid I'm gonna embarrass him?
      Peggy: Well... it must be, because he loves guns.

    • Boomhauer: I tell you what man, that dang ole NRA's our rights man. The, the insurance together with dismemberment mie like that. You get like 20-thousand dollars just for beh, your arm blows off, man.

    • Dale: Let me ask you this: A guy breaks into your house, but you don't have a gun. How are you going to shoot him?

    • Dale: Guns don't kill people, the government does.

    • Hank: The NRA is a Washington, D.C. based organization. Are you telling me you support Washington D.C.?
      (Everyone looks at Dale)
      Dale: That's a thinker.

  • Notes

    • Hank and Peggy's room's wall changes. It was a beige/orangey type colour with dots on it, and from now on it is green with little flowers on it.

    • Starting in season 2, supervising director Wes Archer created new model sheets for most of the main characters. Hank in particular had his design simplified and streamlined, as did Peggy.

    • Beginning with the second season, almost every episode's credits end with a brief audio clip from the episode (the "tagline") played over the production-company logo.

  • Allusions

    • The episode title alludes to the book and musical play How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Bobby Hill finds that he's a great success at rifle shooting much to his father's surprise and initial pleasure.

    • Bobby: (with ping pong balls in his mouth) Look Dad! I'm the Commish!

      Bobby is imitating Michael Chiklis who starred as Tony Scali on The Commish which ran from 1991-1995.