King of the Hill

Season 4 Episode 11

Old Glory

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



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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.

  • Allusions

    • 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.