It is time for the annual "Arlen Homemade Boat Regatta" and Bobby wants to build a boat with Hank. Hank is excited to finally be able to work on a project with his son, but Bill, Dale and Boomhauer are upset as they usually are on Hank's team. When a bat gets into the garage Hank, who is afraid, refuses to go in to finish the boat, leaving it up to Bobby to finish. Bobby leaves out some key structural elements and when he goes to show off to his friends, Hank must face his fear of bats, in order to save a sinking Bobby. Peggy finds a bunch of books on psychology, sociology, etc. and tries to use them to help Hank get over his fear.moreless
Bobby Hill; Clark Peters
Hank Hill, Boomhauer
Tagline: "Somehow I always knew it would come to this." -Bill
Luanne does not appear in this episode.
Boomhauer does not have any lines in this episode.
When Hank first cuts away the bottles full of water, it shows a different shot and it looks as if all the bottles are still there. It isn't until the bring the boat until the dock that it shows that two of them have indeed been cut away.
When Hank first starts tying the wood of the boat together it looks like he is on the far viewer's right, but then a later shot shows he is on the viewer's left side of the statue on the boat.
The gnats flying around Hank's head suddenly disappear after Hank sees Bobby on the boat in the river.
In this episode Hank mentions that Bill has a fear of balloons. We have seen him around balloons before, so it isn't a fear he has always had, however it could of come out of his experience in the season seven episode "The Miseducation of Bobby Hill", where he was adrift tied to weather balloons and floated around town.
Dale: If you want to kick this phobia square in the pants, there's only one friend you need... Liddy.
Dale: Comma G. Gordon. Nixon's former everything man is a master of self-discipline, who knew that to conquer a fear, one must engage it.
Dale: As a teen, Liddy feared rats until he stalked, killed, and ate one.
Hank: I am not eating a bat, Dale.
Dale: That's unfortunate; I think we all would have enjoyed that.
Hank (as a power tool is whirring): Is that the power drill? My plans don't call for a power drill.
Peggy: It's not just a tool. It's an electric metaphor. Bobby is empowered and he's drilling the point home.
Hank: Bobby, Bobby, what are you doing?
Bobby: I noticed that your maintenance work on the house has been lacking lately, so I figured I'd take a quick look at the gutters.
Hank: The gutters are fine.
Bobby: Yep, there's your gutter goop right there, just like I figured.
Hank: Well, I wanted to check the gutters the other day, but the ladder was in the garage, so...
Bobby: How about you make yourself useful and throw that away for me?
Dale: Amazing. Bobby has taken over as man of the house. You've been demoted to Bobby of the house. At this rate it won't be long till he's... mowing your lawn.
Dale: By the way, we chose a theme for our boat that you may enjoy. What do you think? Sh-sh--sha!
Hank: That's a boat?
Dale: Not just a boat. Sh-sh-sha! Behold-- the Dracula 5000! The Transylvania Express!
Hank: Get that thing away from me!
Dale: Your secret is out! Bobby told Joseph. Joseph told Nancy, and Nancy told me. And I told everybody!
Bill: You don't stand a chance against our bat boat, Hank!
Hank: Okay, we need to fasten these into secure rows to support our base, and we'll use uh... well, what do you think we should use?
Bobby: How about rubber bands? The big kind Wile E. Coyote uses to slingshot himself at the Road Runner?
Hank: Okay, uh, we're gonna try metal bracing rods secured with glue. Think you can handle some gluing?
Bobby: Ten years of macaroni artwork experience says, yes, I can!
Peggy: How's it going out there?
Hank: Bobby's not doing anything. He's just talking. Maybe I'll send him to the store for glitter and puffy paint while I build this thing myself.
Peggy: Hank, this always happens when you work with Bobby on something. You have what psychology textbook writers refer to as...a controlling personality. You try to work as a team, but end up doing everything yourself.
Hank: That's because Bobby doesn't know how to do anything.
Peggy: Hank, you have to let Bobby learn from his own mistakes. Will he lose a finger? Maybe. But he will gain a finger of knowledge in his brain.
Hank: Bobby, there's something I've been meaning to give you for a long time, but I wanted to wait for our first father/son project.
Bobby: Look at that hammer! It's so tiny!
Hank: Yeah, well...I thought we'd be doing that a lot sooner than we are.
Dale: This is the year we crush the competition and take home the gold . . . colored trophy.
Peggy: When did young girls start dressing like tramps?
Nancy: Mm-hmm. They call them prosti-tots.
Hank: (thinking about his homemade boat) I wonder if I could make Tom Landry's head from two-by-fours.
The episode title is an allusion to the "It Came From..." horror movie genre which was started in the 1950s.
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