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King of the Hill

Season 9 Episode 8

Mutual of Omabwah

Aired Sunday 8:30 AM Mar 06, 2005 on FOX
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Episode Summary


When Hank forgets to mail his insurance payment, the coverage lapses for 36 hours, causing Hank and Bobby to go into a state of emergency to protect the house from any major disasters. Peggy and Luanne get stuck at a rest stop when Hank won't let them drive uninsured. Dale decides to raise bees, and after hearing that bee stings can cure anything he sells bee stings. Bill and Boomhauer see how many thinks they can deep-fry.


Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Physical Comedy at its Best!

    This is probably the best episode of Season 9 and one of the best of the series, even some of the earlier ones. It has multiple plots all which are hilarious. Each character shines and makes the episode work. There really isn't too much to say about this episode. Simply put, it was fantastic. This show is really good at physical comedy (mostly from Bill) and this was great at that. A lot of the lines were funny, but the physical comedy was also fantastic. It was well written, and I liked how all the story lines were connected at the end. They spent the right amount of time at each plot line, giving each one a good chunk, but not having one take too much time, that didn't need it. It's nice to have a really enjoyable episode that isn't just entertaining, but actually had a ton of funny moments, in a season that overall is less than stellar.moreless
  • Very entertaining.

    I really liked this episode. It had everything. Food, comedy, good writing, and ridiculous bits here and there. I especially thought that everyone was good and there was no weak link, which is unusual. Normally I would have something that I would have to complain about, but not this time. Hank and Bobby were really funny worrying about the insurance issue. Peggy and Luanne were also hilarious with their problem of being at a truck stop and being stranded there. Bill and Boomhauer were funny with their discovery for frying things and Dale was Dale. Overall, a great episode and one of my personal favorites. Thank you.moreless
  • Hank panics and goes overboard when he finds that he hasn't made his insurance payment. Meanwhile, Dale raises bees for medical purposes, and Bill and Boomhauer have fun deep-frying just about everything. A very silly episode - but in a good way!...moreless

    This is one of the silliest episodes of 'King of the Hill' that I have watched for quite a while. In many ways it reminded of some of the modern 'wacky' episodes of 'The Simpsons'. But don't let the silliness put you off - it is also one of the best KOTH episodes in quite a while, definitely in this season.

    After Bobby accidentally breaks the garage door whilst playing 'Star Wars' with Joseph, Hank forces him to learn all about their insurance policy. So Hank is horrified when he realises he forgot to mail in his last payment!

    With the new cheque taking two days to clear, he goes completely overboard in trying to avoid any accidents in or around the house.

    This includes Peggy and Luanne being stuck in a deserted car-park, with it being 'too dangerous to drive home', and only a vending machine for company.

    Meanwhile, Dale raises a swarm of bees, first for honey, and then for medical purposes. And Bill and Boomhauer discover the joys of deep-fried bananas, and proceed to deep-fry just about everything edible.

    This makes for four parallel plots, and each of them have their really funny moments.

    It may be silly, but it's also one of the best episodes in quite a time.moreless
  • Hank forgets to pay his insurance bill, and he and Bobby have to secure the house while Peggy and Luanne are stranded at a rest stop because they have no car insurance. Meanwhile, Bill and Boomhauer fry everything they can and Dale raises bees for profit.moreless

    "Mutual of Omabwah!" is one of the top episodes in the ninth season, if not the best. While Hank forgetting to pay his insurance company is funny, it is the three subplots that truly make this episode spectacular. After Dale buys/receives some bees, he decides to begin a honey enterprise. Dale raising bees is a horrifying thought - the man could manage to turn a house plant into a deadly weapon. But when Dale's plan to sell honey fails, he begins selling bee stings as a homeopathic remedy for everything from planter's warts to headaches. However, Dale finds bee stings may not be the effective remedy he claims when he has to use them after falling in frying oil. One would hope people would need a license, or at least a large plot of land, along with some kind of education to own bees, but there seems to be no such law in Arlen.

    Meanwhile, Boomhauer and Bill discover the joys of frying various foods. This storyline was mouthwatering, at least in part and they begin frying everything they can get their hands on, such as candy bars and already-fried chicken. They rig up two fryers in the front yard (unfortunately there is no law about semi-idiots using dangerous cooking methods in their yard, as the many accidents that occur after people attempt to fry their own Thanksgiving turkeys show) and turn the heat up as high as they can.

    Peggy and Luanne, stranded at a rest stop, must break the vending machines down to get any food or drinks, because Peggy doesn't have correct change. While not quite as funny as Dale and his bees and Bill and Boomhauer's frying adventure, watching Peggy scream, "Soup's on!" and running into the vending machine is a great moment. This is one of the few episodes in the later season where Hank is overreacting rather than Peggy, which is a nice change. In the first few seasons of King of the Hill, Hank was not as all-knowing, like in "Shins of the Father." Watching Hank panic and run around in a hard hat after forgetting to send is insurance payment is priceless.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

Maurissa Tancharoen Whedon

Maurissa Tancharoen Whedon

Yuppie Woman # 1

Guest Star

Ajay Naidu

Ajay Naidu

Malik & Delivery Guy

Guest Star

Breckin Meyer

Breckin Meyer

Voice of Joseph Gribble

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • It was established in the episode Rich Hank, Poor Hank that Hank has an emergency credit card and could easily use that and would be covered immediately. His panic over not having insurance would outweigh any problems he might have with using his credit card and the fact that he is dealing with an insurance company there is no conceivable way they wouldn't accept a credit card or ask if he has a credit card to cover the payment. The mistake seems to be deliberate as it sets the story up for Hank going somewhat over the edge with protecting the house.

    • Tagline: "The monkeys must never find out." -Bill

    • When Dale, Bill, and Boomhauer are gathered together to watch Dale extract the honey, he gives the other two beekeeper's helmets. But Dale is not wearing protective gloves, even though he's wearing a beekeeper suit. Plus, Boomhauer is wearing his short sleeved black shirt and Bill is wearing his sleeveless white shirt. All three are still exposed to stings.

    • When the bees swarmed after Dale, he should have just gone into his house. He was right in front of sliding doors when he stirred them to attack. He's also an exterminator, claiming earlier in the episode to have cleaned out the bees from an attic himself, so he should have known what to do. It's quite possible his allergy to the bees affected his thinking, but it clearly was used for comedic effect, and doesn't make any actual sense

    • The Alamo beer can dropped into the fryer and flew out of the grease like a rocket. It is animated flying straight up; it's label is right side up. So, a jet of heated beer could not have popped the top and formed a sort of rocket. Also, said jet is not seen from the bottom of the can to indicate it might have broken the opposite end. Only frying batter is seen dripping off of the can as it flies through the air.

    • Near the end of the episode, Hank and Bobby come into the alley with potting soil to clean up the fiery mess made by Bill and Boomhauer. Hank says to Bobby, "Did you ever think you'd see a fire in the alley?" But, Bobby HAD seen a fire before in the alley. Hank used Bobby's quilted toilet paper, much to the boy's dismay, to ignite the big bonfire near the end of the 20th century in the episode "Hillennium."

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    • The bucket of fried chicken that Boomhauer has is clearly a KFC bucket. KFC is a restaurant company that sells fried chicken, amongst other things.

    • The title is a combined reference to the insurance company, Mutual of Omaha, and Hank's trademark scream, which is written in the scripts as "Bwah!"