King of the Hill

Season 9 Episode 2

Ms. Wakefield

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Aired Sunday 8:30 AM Dec 19, 2004 on FOX
7.9
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53 votes
5

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Episode Summary

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An elderly stranger, Ms. Wakefield, visits the Hill residence during Christmas. Hank is thrilled to show her his house since it was also her childhood home. However, when Ms. Wakefield announces that she wants to die in their house, Hank and Peggy want nothing more than for her to leave. Dale tries to think of the perfect gift for Nancy.

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  • Another Christmas Classic!

    8.0
    KOTH always puts on a special show for Christmas time. Some of the best episodes are their Christmas ones. Season 9 is one of the worst seasons in the series, but this was one of the few gems in it. It had an odd, but still well written plot and was pretty funny. I actually felt like it could have made a very good Halloween episode, as it had that weird creepiness to it. I loved the B Plot, as Dale is always great for those, and I just really enjoyed the episode. Maybe because it comes after a very boring and bad Premiere. Either way, I really enjoyed this one.moreless
  • In my opinion, the storyline for this episode is rather morbid... but good, nonetheless.

    6.5
    Bizarre events take place as Ms. Wakefield, the original owner of the Hills' house, wishes to die in the Hills' house.



    As I said in the summary, this episode's storyline is rather odd and morbid for a show about a family living in Texas. Nevertheless, it was executed very good-- for example, when the Hills search for Ms. Wakefield after coming back to buy a green elf vest for Ladybird, the music during that scene seemed to imply a ghost was roaming in the house.



    It's not one of my favorites (please read the summary), but I like and enjoy it anyways.moreless
  • A fun christmas episode

    9.1
    What can I say about this other than it is a christmas episode of a different order. It is smart funny, and not over sentimental. It has a unique storyline and some really good jokes. I haven't seen it since christmas so It is hard for me to remember much about it. However I do remember seeing it 3 times over the holiday as I enjoyed it so much. Word of warning though, it isn't for everyone. My brother (another king of the hill fan) didn't like it, and I can see why. The storyline is very out there compared to most christmas episodes of tv shows. Then again all KOTH Christmas shows are.moreless
  • When the previous owner of Hank and Peggy's house comes for a visit the Hills make her welcome, at least until she tells them why she is there...

    9.0
    Christmas is in the air and when the previous owner of Hank's house shows up unexpectedly Hank makes her welcome. However, when she suddenly tells the family that she wants to die in the house she wears that welcome out. Later, when she comes back and tries to force her way in, Hank has her arrested. Hank's neighbors decide that he is being cruel, but when the old woman shows up at the Christmas party everyone else feels the heat too. Finally, Hank thinks up a solution that saves the day.



    This was another great episode of King of the Hill and the show's writers deserve a lot of credit for this happy but different Christmas episode. The show deals with a lot of issues and, as usual, Hank finds a simple solution that honors his everyday values. This show really shows what the people of the USA are all about.moreless
  • i have only seen this episode once and i think that is the only time it was shown. what is so wrong with this episode for the networks to keep it off the air ways. it was about a woman who wanted to die where she used to live okay.moreless

    9.1
    this was a good episode. she wanted to die where she used to live and felt comfortable. it hasn't been shown since. cencorship is getting out of hand and this episode should be reshown like you see some of the other episodes half a dozen times already gee whiz boy.
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

Stephen Root

Stephen Root

Husband, Officer #1

Guest Star

Marion Ross

Marion Ross

Ms. Wakefield

Guest Star

Toby Huss

Toby Huss

Officer #2, Taxi Driver

Guest Star

Ashley Gardner

Ashley Gardner

Voice of Nancy Hicks Gribble

Recurring Role

Jonathan Joss

Jonathan Joss

Voice of John Redcorn (season 2 +)

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Tagline: "Peppermint schnapps makes me sloppy." -Bill

    • When Hank first brings Ms. Wakefield to the taxi, Bobby is following behind with the walker, but it never shows what he does with it. The taxi drives off and Bobby is gone, and there was not enough time for him to put it in the trunk.

    • The opening theme song had Jingle Bells playing in the background. This is the second time they have used this opening. The first being "The Unbearable Blindness of Laying".

    • In this episode Hank's address is revealed as 123 Rainey Street. In "Hank's Dirty Laundry" it was 320 Rainey Street. In "Hank's Choice" it was 84 Rainey Street. For the remainder of the series the address goes back and forth between 84 and 123 Rainy Street.

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Hank: Okay, here's one for Bill. Could this be that ear-and-nose trimmer he's been needing?
      Bill: I hope it's hungry.

    • Bill: That poor old woman. She committed the crime of loving Hank's house too much. Are we not all guilty?

    • Dale: Help me figure out what to get Nancy for Christmas. I'll never top that oil painting I commissioned last Christmas: "Nude Dale In Repose." Tasteful, yet you can see everything.

    • Hank: Now, I'm not gonna mention any names, but due to last year's unfortunate kissing incident, mistletoe is banned from this year's Christmas party.
      (Everyone looks at Bill)
      Bill: Peppermint schnapps makes me sloppy.

    • Peggy: I still cannot believe you invited that old woman over for dinner, Hank. That's like putting a saucer of milk out for a stray cat. One lap, you'll never get rid of her.
      Hank: All she wants is a walk down Memory Lane. Besides, most seniors are lactose-intolerant.

    • Luanne: You have such wonderful memories. Now I can't wait to get all old and wrinkly and grow a little hump on my back.

    • Luanne (looking for Ms. Wakefield under the bed): Ms. Wakefield? If you're under there, please don't grab my throat and drag me down to the gates of hell.

    • Bill: I'll probably die in my house, wedged behind the bathroom door, inaccessible to the paramedics. Well, what can you do?

    • Hank: It's reasonable not to want someone to die in your house, right?
      Peggy: M-hm. We cannot open that door. I mean, if Bill gets wind...

    • Bobby: This is my room. It's chock full of memories for me. Like the time I dressed our dog Ladybird in my underwear and pretended that we were Calvin Klein models.

    • Peggy: Bobby, I do not know how a giraffe got in the nativity scene, but I like it. Let's go find a zebra.

  • NOTES (2)

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Dale: What if I sealed myself in a crate and had myself delivered to Nancy?

      This may be a reference to Charles McKinley. In 2003, McKinley had himself sealed in a packing crate that was loaded onto a Boeing 727 that flew from New York to Dallas. He charged the shipping fee to the company he worked for. Apparently he didn't want to pay for a plane ticket. He was sentenced to probation and given a $100000 fine, which was ironic because a plane ticket would have cost him about $300 dollars.

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