King of the Hill

Season 4 Episode 11

Old Glory

Aired Sunday 8:30 AM Jan 09, 2000 on FOX
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Episode Summary


After Bobby gets an F in English, Peggy decides to help him with his rewrite, but winds up writing the whole thing. After Bobby receives an A, he takes all the credit and makes Peggy jealous. Soon everyone in the class wants him to write their essays, which leads Bobby to plagiarism. Bill saves a giant flag from being burnt and puts it up in his yard.


Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Oh, Say Did You See?

    This is an episode, where had I written a review after the first time I saw it would have said "it was horrible" but since I have seen it a few times, I think it is better then I initially thought. That being said, it is still only an OK episode. There are a few funny moments, but overall, it is just another Peggy trying to be correct episode. If you miss this one, it's not a big deal, but there have been worse episode. At least this one was not boring, even if it wasn't really funny.moreless
  • Is this really what we have come to expect from King of the Hill?

    This was just a weak episode. It started off good. Bill was playing tetherball on the base when he sees that they are about to respectfully retire a flag by burning it. Bill explains his love for that flag in particular and only after he agrees to get a 90ft pole from which to hang it from. Then it just went down hill. Bobby fails an essay assignment and the new sub wrote on the paper “see me” it wasn’t because there was something to discuss she wanted to see if Bobby could read. He comes home upset and so Peggy helps him with his make-up work, but in the end she writes the whole thing. When Bobby receives an “A” on the make-up he takes all the credit, this make Peggy jealous. Since Bobby did so well the others in the class want him to do their work too. Since he didn’t even write his own essay he goes to Peggy’s records to get some hints. When one of the essays that was turned in to the teacher shows up in the newspaper under Peggy's name she tells the two that they must apologies or else she will turn them in to the principle. While trying to make a spectacular show with Bills flag (which they stole) they end up burning, tearing, and soaking it. Bobby and Peggy never got in trouble because the plan of the new sub in the Hill's favor. The one good thing about this episode is the flag it properly disposed of.moreless
Toby Huss

Toby Huss

Voice of Kahn Souphanousinphone

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 Joseph Gribble, Luanne Platter

Johnny Hardwick

Johnny Hardwick

Voice of Dale Gribble

Heather Locklear

Heather Locklear

Ms. Donovan

Guest Star

Lauren Tom

Lauren Tom

Voice of Minh Souphanousinphone, Connie Souphanousinphone

Recurring Role

Dennis Burkley

Dennis Burkley

Principal Moss

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (12)

    • When Bobby & Peggy are about to steal Bill's flag, the truck drives right up against the flagpole. In the next shot Bobby is standing next to the flagpole and there are a few changes. The first is that the truck has a bit of space between the back of it and the pole, whilst the first shot it had no space in between (as it hits the pole). The other change is where the rope is knotted on the pole. In the first shot it was on the opposite side of where Peggy was standing. The next shot she has not moved but the rope is right next to Peggy facing her.

    • Whilst Bobby is reversing the truck before hitting the flagpole in Bill's yard we see the driveway in front of the truck. The very next shot shows Peggy from behind the truck instructing him how far to go to the flag pole and you can see they have used the same background as the shot before from the other angle. You can tell this as both shots are the same background as both angles despite from different viewpoints are exactly the same items and objects in both shots. Added to this there is a driveway in each shot, and Bill doesn't have 2 driveways in his backyard.

    • Neither Dale, nor Boomhauer have any lines. This is the first time two main characters have no lines in one episode.

    • Tagline: "What works for me, see, is...the cocoa." -Bobby

    • When Peggy is trying to help Bobby with his essay, there is a shot where Bobby's teeth are skin colored.

    • When Peggy first starts to write for Bobby she is using a notepad, later it turns into a single sheet of regular sized paper. Even if the other one was a rough draft and the later scene was a good copy (therefore not actually the same paper), the notepad is not there at all. It should at least be used for reference.

    • When Peggy first walks in Bobby's room to help him write his essay, the notepad is next to Bobby, where Peggy eventually sits. However, when she goes to grab it while she is sitting, it is behind Bobby.

    • When Bobby is trying to figure out what to write for his new essay, the flag is hitting the window. The flag is fairly big, but not that big. Also, in a later scene it seems to look as if it is in the Hill's backyard.

    • Peggy and Bobby Hill attempting to retrieve the large U.S. flag from Bill's garage at night are surprised to see that the flag is still flying and Bill is installing powerful lighting to illuminate the flag after sunset. This is indeed correct protocol for displaying the flag at night. Although played as somewhat of a buffoon among the regulars, Bill knows his business when it comes to the flag. Additionally, Bill's normally scruffy yard now features the flagpole with a very nice little flowered hedge planted around a small stone garden and a bird bath.

    • In the dinner scene at which The Hills discuss Bobby's F in English, Peggy lifts the looseleaf paper to look at it and the displays the back of the paper. As is standard practice with looseleaf paper, the red marginal line is to the left of the page. However, in the scene in which Peggy finishes writing Bobby's paper, she again lifts it up and shows that the marginal line is on the right of the back page. This would mean that the paper was not standard looseleaf and not the same paper that Bobby used to write his first essay. Throughout the rest of the episode, the marginal line is always on the wrong side of the back page.

    • Pay close attention to the book that Ms. Donovan is reading when Peggy joins her to discuss Bobby's essay. The text on it is written in Spanish, and the picture on the back is none other than the character (Mexican soap opera star) "Monsignor Martinez".

    • In the previous episode, Peggy got a new blueberry iMac, but in this episode she is still using her old Kaypro. This is because the episodes aired out of order.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Peggy: Those students don't need an apology, they need something to believe in! And that's what we'll give them - boy loves his country, mother loves her son! It's as American as apple pie, and if Donovan says boo, they'll hang her for treason!
      Bobby: Yeah! I love apple pie!

    • Peggy Donovan: Well, I'd love to stay and chat, but I've got to go teach a class. And you?
      Peggy: (pauses) I could stay and chat.

    • Peggy: Donovan? She has been out of the game for three years, getting her Master's degree or something. Why would they pick her over me?
      Bobby: Maybe it's alphabetical.
      Peggy: No, that was struck down in Zagarello v. State of Texas.

    • Peggy: (To Bobby) Remember, we are stealing this flag. Not disgracing it.

    • Hank: An F in English? Bobby, you speak English!

  • NOTES (3)

    • The song that the marching band plays at the end of the episode is "Walking on Sunshine" by Katrina and The Waves.

    • At one point, Hank reads from the newspaper that that day was Frank Gorshin's birthday. Thus, this episode takes place around April 5th.

    • In the scene in which Peggy accidentally sucks up the exclamation point key on her Kaypro with a portable vacuum, she says, "Okay, no problem. The exclamation point is a crutch anyway." While this is a humorous observation, it seems odd that Peggy does not seem to be concerned with the fact that she will also be unable to type the number 1, which is on the same key as the exclamation point (both on the Kaypro and also on most other standard keyboards) and is arguably far more important than the exclamation point.


    • Home Depot is a hardware store.

    • The episode title references the nickname of a particular old U.S. flag which belonged to sea Captain William Driver during the 1800s. The fragile flag is in the custody of the Smithsonian. Old Glory has also become a familiar term (along with Stars and Stripes) for the American flag generally.

      Peggy Hill's ongoing struggles to retain or regain her old glory as Substitute Teacher of the Year pitted against a more educated rival gets literally entangled with Bill's effort to preserve a U.S. flag with special meaning from his own life.

    • Batman 1960's TV show.

      Hank mentions Frank Gorshin as The Riddler. This is a reference to the role Gorshin played on the popular campy TV show Batman which ran from January 12, 1966 to March 14, 1968 and the movie based on the show in 1966. Frank Gorshin's character The Riddler was a major foe of Batman who relied heavily on his formidable intellect, deductive skills, riddles, and puzzle themed items in his plans to get rid of Batman and cause havoc.

    • In the beginning the soldier mentions to Bill of "Title 36, Section 176 k". This reference is correct. 36 U.S.C. 176 K states "The flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning."

    • Near the end of the montage of the guys putting up the new flag pole, there is one shot that is patterned exactly after the famous Iwo Jima flag raising photo.

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