King of the Hill

Season 2 Episode 12

Meet the Manger Babies

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Aired Sunday 8:30 AM Jan 11, 1998 on FOX
7.5
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After seeing that Luanne is depressed, Hank volunteers to buy her some hand puppets at a rummage sale. Luanne starts doing a Christian puppet show, The Manger Babies. Hank agrees to play God in the televised version of the puppet show. When it turns out that the show will be on at the same time as the Super Bowl, Hank has to choose between helping Luanne or watching the game.moreless

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  • Super!

    9.5
    While I am not really a fan of the whole Manger Babies thing, this is a very funny episode with a ton of classic lines. Luanne centred episodes can either be hilarious or kind of boring. This one (as most early season ones are) is hilarious. There are a lot of funny things such as Bobby calling himself Jesus and the awkward conversation between Luanne and the pastor and the whole juice thing. Sometimes its the small jokes that make the whole episode work, which it does in this case. Another great episode!moreless
  • great

    8.5
    What I liked: the ending with the batteries, Hank deciding to do the right thing and help Luanne, despite the fact this means he will miss the super bowl, amongst other things.



    This episode is kind of low in the humor department. The plot was good but the humor was almost nonexistent. Maybe because Luanne is not that great of a character to me, but this episode felt flat compared to other episodes, especially with humor. The only thing I laughed at is the ending of the episode. Still, because the plot was good this still manages to be a B- or so.moreless
  • Meet the Manger Babies is one of the many episodes featuring Luannes oddities. She makes a show with little hand-puppets and it's not really one of Hank's favorite things to put up with.moreless

    7.3
    Meet the Manger Babies is a pivotal episode bringing into focus the relationship Luanne shares with the Hill family and also the importance of viewership on Super Bowl Sunday. When Luanne gets a chance to perform on her very own television show with her Manger Babies, she expects the full support of her uncle Hank Hill (she doesn't understand that the Super Bowl may have a little bit of import to people like Hank Hill). Up until Super Bowl Sunday, Hank is more than happy to help but he still wants to enjoy football game with all the guys; he already made the best dip ever! Tune in for a heart-warming adventure in family values.moreless
  • Hank buys Luanne puppets and she forms a Christian puppet show called The Manger Babies.

    9.1
    Hank buys Luanne some puppets. She pratices and soon has her own show at the church called The Manger Babies. After Hank saves the show, Luanne makes him God. She then gets to go on national tv during The Super Bowl. She want Hank to be on the show as God, but he wont because he wants to watch The Super Bowl. On the day of The Super Bowl, Peggy uses a remote to keep switching the tv channel from The Super Bowl to Luanne's show. Hank thinks it is a sign and he goes and saves Luanne's show by playing God. Bobby then accidently reveals about Peggy's remote to Hank.moreless
Mike Judge

Mike Judge

Voice of Hank Hill, Boomhauer, Stuart Dooley

Kathy Najimy

Kathy Najimy

Voice of Peggy Hill

Pamela Adlon

Pamela Adlon

Voice of Bobby Hill

Brittany Murphy

Brittany Murphy

Voice of Joseph Gribble (seasons 1-4), Luanne Platter

Johnny Hardwick

Johnny Hardwick

Voice of Dale Gribble

Stephen Root

Stephen Root

Voice of Bill Dauterive, Buck Strickland

Troy Aikman

Troy Aikman

Himself

Guest Star

Maurice LaMarche

Maurice LaMarche

Reverend Thomason

Guest Star

Debi Derryberry

Debi Derryberry

Kid

Guest Star

David Herman

David Herman

Voice of Buckley, Eustis, various guest characters

Recurring Role

Toby Huss

Toby Huss

Voice of Cotton Hill, Kahn Souphanousinphone

Recurring Role

Lauren Tom

Lauren Tom

Voice of Minh Souphanousinphone, Connie Souphanousinphone

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (6)

    • While Hank and his friends are watching the game, right before Bill says, "Yes! Made it to the commercials!" he wipes his hands on the couch and leaves a mess on it, but when he is imitating the football player's touchdown dance, you can see that the mess is gone.

    • Tagline: "That's right. Uh-huh. Come on..." -Bill

    • It is HIGHLY unlikely that Hank could get to the studio in time to save the car from going off the "cliff" as Luanne was about 10 seconds from dropping the car when Hank was still at home.

    • The math in this episode is wrong. Hank made it sound as if Super Bowl XXIV (24) was at Boomhauer's. This Super Bowl would have been 32. He said the order was Bill, Hank, Dale, Boomhauer. If 24 was at Boomhaer's than so should this one, not at Hank's.

    • The episode pointed out that the NFC always wins the Super Bowl in a blowout, but ironically in 1998, the Denver Broncos (AFC) won the Super Bowl 31-24 (not a blow out).

    • This goof may be intentional (it's a common mistake): Luanne said that Jesus was "born in a manger", when actually he was born in a stable, and laid in a manger.

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Peggy: (after realizing her remote had no batteries in it when she was changing the channels on Hank watching the Super Bowl) Bobby? When did you take out my batteries?
      Bobby: Before the Super Bowl.
      Peggy: But... but then how did I...? (looks up toward the sky)
      Bobby: (as the screen goes dark) Or maybe it was after... I dunno.

    • Dale (as the TV channel keeps switching from the Superbowl to Luanne's show): What are you doing, Hank? If I wanted to spend Superbowl Sunday looking at my wife, I would have married Fran Tarkenton.

    • Peggy: Another Superbowl, another can of Scotchgard. It would be a lot simpler if you would just ask Bill not to wipe his hands on the cushions.
      Hank: I got a better idea. You sit here and Boomhauer, Dale, me and Bobby will sit here.
      We'll do a zone defense around the chips.
      Peggy: What if Bill tries scrambling around the coffee table?
      Hank: He doesn't have that kind of quickness, Peggy. Not anymore.

    • Peggy: Bravo! bravo!
      Nancy: Luanne really shouldn't waste this kind of talent on church. If you want, i could show her tape to my boss at channel 84. He's always looking for quality children's programming and home videos of things blowing up.
      Peggy: Luanne really could use a boost right now but I could not take advantage of our friendship like that, no.
      Nancy: Oh, Peggy, honey, this is show business. That's what friends do.

    • Bobby: I like it over at Mr. Dauterive's house because he always keeps snacks in his couch cushions.

    • Hank: (looks at shopping list Peggy put on the refrigerator) Diet soda? Peggy, we're going shopping for the superbowl party, not your feminine items.

    • (Hank notices a nail is sticking out of Luanne's puppet stand)
      Hank: I shoulda nailed that thing in harder.
      Peggy: Oh, Hank, you're the only one that notices.
      (Camera pans over to a bunch of guys)
      Guys: (Murmuring about the sticking out nail)

    • Hank: Suffering is a part of every religion. Peggy, I mean, look at what the Jews have been through and you never hear them complaining.

  • NOTES (1)

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Fran Tarkenton: The person Dale said he could have married if he wanted to look at his wife on Super Bowl Sunday is a former NFL player and commentator on Monday Night Football.

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