King of the Hill

Season 4 Episode 4

Little Horrors of Shop

Aired Sunday 8:30 AM Oct 31, 1999 on FOX
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Episode Summary


When Hank is forced to take time off work, he becomes a substitute shop teacher at Tom Landry Middle School, when he finds out there is none. He is so popular that Peggy gets jealous and is afraid she might lose the Substitute Teacher of the Year to him.


Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Shop til You Drop!

    Another classic KOTH episode. A lot of funny parts as Peggy competes with Hank for Substitute Teacher of the Year. While there are a lot of flaws with the whole concept of the episode (no way a school would hire someone who has no teaching credentials) it doesn't seem to matter as the episode is just so darn good. One of my favourites from this season for sure. I love the mini Dale plot. It makes you wonder if that's really what happens or not! All in all, another great "Peggy is wrong" episode! I love those ones!moreless
  • Hank becomes a substitute teacher at Tom Landry - and becomes more popular than Peggy.

    Hank is forced to take two weeks off from Strickland, and becomes the substitute shop teacher at Tom Landry Middle School when he learns that there is no permanent shop teacher. He becomes a very popular teacher - more popular than Peggy. In the contest for Substitute Teacher of the Year, Hank gets more votes than Peggy. Hank ends up getting suspended under the schools zero tolerance policy when he has the kids bring in tools from home. Peggy runs for SToTY as Mrs. Hank Hill to attach herself to Hank's popularity. She wins the award. At the ceremony, Hank shows up, and the kids cheer wildly, and Peggy assumes the wild applause is for her.

    This is another great "Peggy" episode that shows how her blind ambition leads Peggy to do whatever it takes to win.moreless
  • Hank becomes the substitute shop teacher and he may beat Peggy for Substitute Teacher of the Year.

    When Bobby tells Hank that shop class is now study time, Hank becomes the substitute shop teacher. All the kids like him, and it seems like he is going to beat Peggy is the Subsitute Teacher of the Year Reward. The school doesn't have enough tools to rebuild things Hank wants to be, so Hank asks the kid if they can each bring a tool. Bobby is caught with a tool, and is almost suspended. Before he is, Hank tells Principal Moss that he told all the kids to bring tools. He is fired, and can no longer be in the run for Substitute Teacher of the Year. The kids come to Hanks house, asking to use his tools. He let's them. Peggy wins the STotY award. When she gives her speech, Hank walks out and everybody claps. Peggy, of course, thanks they are clapping for her.moreless
Mike Judge

Mike Judge

Voice of Hank Hill, Boomhauer

Kathy Najimy

Kathy Najimy

Voice of Peggy Hill

Pamela Adlon

Pamela Adlon

Voice of Bobby Hill

Brittany Murphy

Brittany Murphy

Voice of Luanne Platter

Johnny Hardwick

Johnny Hardwick

Voice of Dale Gribble

Stephen Root

Stephen Root

Voice of Bill Dauterive, Buck Strickland

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (9)

    • During the scene where Peggy is taping a photo of Hank to the blackboard to discuss about the substitute teacher of the year, she tapes it up you can see it's near the top of the board near the writing accompanying it. After a shot of the students the photo has moved down quite a bit along with the writing that was there.

    • After Hank has been made to take forced leave from work, there is a shot of the house and the background you can tell by the color the sun is rising. In the next shot when Peggy is pretending to conduct in the kitchen with the kitchen utensil you can see a blue sky outside the kitchen window. There is no way the sun rose that quickly in the space of a second.

    • When the students go over to Hank's garage to finish some of their class projects and gather around the workbench about halfway through the scene. Between shots some of the kids change positions including Joseph and one of the kids in a pink shirt.

    • When Dale & Hank are taking a spa in the house Dale is fumigating, Dale gets out of the spa. We see Hank has a headrest behind his head that is pink. The next shot is a close up of Hank's face and the headrest is now a light brown.

    • Tagline: "Yeah, the big ya-hoo." -Bobby

    • Throughout the episode Peggy keeps saying it is her third year in a row winning "Substitute Teacher of the Year" award, however, the trophy clearly reads 1999. She won in '96 and '97 (as shown in previous episodes). So it isn't three years in a row, as she didn't win in '98.

    • After all the papers were handed up to Charlie, everyone (including him) looked out the window. Seconds later he has the results tallied and written out. No way that he had time to do so.

    • At the beginning when Peggy is marking, the answer key is yellow and all the tests are white, but in one shot the answer key is white and all the tests are yellow.

    • Hank said that the last time he was off work was when Bobby was born, but he was off work in the episode "Pretty, Pretty Dresses".

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Principal Moss: According to the school board's zero-tolerance policy, anything that can be used as a weapon is a weapon.
      Hank: Well, that's just asinine!
      Principal Moss: Hey, my hands are tied. If I showed even a little bit of tolerance, we couldn't call it zero-tolerance.

    • Hank: Darn zero tolerance. Using a saw for a weapon is as stupid as using a gun to cut a two-by-four. That's how Dad built my treehouse. How he cleaned it, too.

    • Principal Moss: Have it a rest, Hank. All parent care about, these days, is zero-tolerance drug policies and literacy. 'Why can't Jonny read? Why can't Jonny read?' God that gets old.
      Hank: But, Carl, shop is the foundation of all learning. And I tell you what, a youngster with a tool in both hands, has no hands left to do drugs.
      Principal Moss: They'll just put the tool down if they want the drugs bad enough.

  • NOTES (2)