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King of the Hill

Season 13 Episode 17

Manger Baby Einstein

Aired Sunday 8:30 AM May 10, 2009 on FOX
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Episode Summary

After Luanne finds out she can't go back to Jack's Barber shop, due to instability of her work schedule, she decides to get into the children's entertainment industry using the Manger Babies puppets. John Redcorn decides to help get Luanne's name out there by releasing educational DVD's and merchandise. At first it is a huge success, and the fame gets to her head, but she soon discovers that fame is not as easy as she thought. With Luanne busy doing all the children's stuff, Lucky is a full time parent and finds it difficult. Dale writes a children's book about a lost bullet wanting to get home to its gun.


Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • And Then There Was One

    RIP Manger Babies. You will, um, kind of be missed? I guess. I never really liked the Manger Baby stuff, although their introduction episode is one of my all time favourites, and this is a pretty good episode as well. The plot is pretty decent, and it has some really funny moments. There were a lot of plot lines, but they were really all one plot that spread itself out. It has been a while since Luanne has been the centre of an episode, so it was nice to not only see her in an episode but really have a point in being there. There isn't anything that makes this episode stand out, either good or bad, so overall it is a pretty decent episode.moreless
David Herman

David Herman


Guest Star

Stephanie Darby

Stephanie Darby


Guest Star

Jonathan Joss

Jonathan Joss

John Redcorn

Recurring Role

Tom Petty

Tom Petty


Recurring Role

Ashley Gardner

Ashley Gardner

Nancy Gribble

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Tagline: "I respect puppets. Puppets saved my life once." -Bill

    • The church appears to have a room where mother's with small children can sit during the sermon. However, in no other episode does this appear.

    • The whole plot of the episode is kind of silly. Luanne is told by Jack that she needs to have a more normal schedule before he can have her back, however, she spends even more time away from Gracie than if she were to have the barbering job. She could have easily gotten Lucky to look after Gracie while she worked there, as she had him do it for her new job. This isn't really a goof, as it is clear the fame got to her head, and she wasn't expecting to be away so much, but really, it's surprising none of the Hills suggested her go back to work and leave Lucky in charge.

    • Boomhauer does not have any lines in this episode.

    • One of the performers auditioning for John Redcorn, is Mr. Poppers from "Now Who's the Dummy?" It seems that not only has he come out of retirement, but got a new Chip Block as well.

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Hank: What the hell are we doing here?
      Peggy: We're here to support Luanne, Hank. Poor thing. All of her loved ones end up rotting in jail or dying in the dryer.
      Hank: Oh Lord!

    • John Redcorn: Did you know that 'WOW' upside down is 'MOM'?
      Luanne: I will take your word on it.

    • Hank: All right, what's the emergency?
      Lucky: I don't know how to say this, so I'll just say it. I've got a rolling baby.
      Hank: What?
      Lucky: Every time I set Gracie down, she rolls. I don't know what to do.
      Hank: Look, Lucky, it's normal for babies to do weird things. Babies are weird. Where's Luanne? Why isn't she helping you with this?
      Lucky: She's at a gig or a photo shoot or something. I got to admit, dealing with Gracie is harder than I thought. Uh-oh, here comes the thunder. (both gagging at the smell) I'll need help taking off her onesie to address that twosie.

    • Hank: Why is this nonsense so popular?
      Sticking babies in front of TVs can't be good for their brains.

    • Lucky: With Luanne having a job, I'm going to have to be Gracie's mother AND father. I'm going to be like a seahorse.

    • Dale: Hot off the presses-- i.e. my staple gun-- behold! Your very own copy of my children's book The Magic Bullet. It'll be about a little gun searching for her lost bullet. A classic mother- daughter tale.
      Hank: Why?
      Dale: Follow along as I read an excerpt:
      "Bunny was not like other AK-47s.
      Bunny was an AK that cared.
      Other guns shot with reckless abandon,
      but Bunny, her bullets she spared.
      Then one day things went awry,
      and one of her bullets, away she flied.
      That magic bullet was her daughter Lips,
      with whom she had a complex interdependent relation...ship.
      She went searching for her.
      My sweet ballistic
      I'll come find you
      Be optimistic, stay strong
      Remember you came from your
      Hank: It's a little stupid, Dale.

    • (Hank has sighed at Luanne's plan to have a job and be a mother because a magazine told her to)
      Luanne: I can feel you judging me with your breath, Uncle Hank. I will prove your breath wrong!

  • NOTES (0)


    • The episode title is a reference to Baby Einstein, a brand name for multimedia products and toys that specialize in interactive activities for young children.