King of the Hill

Season 10 Episode 6

Orange You Sad I Did Say Banana?

Aired Sunday 8:30 AM Dec 11, 2005 on FOX
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Episode Summary


Kahn is accused of losing touch of his Laotian roots and is proclaimed a "banana" (asian in appearance only, but acts white). Shocked by this Kahn goes overboard to find his roots. This angers Hank and his friends who helped him build a swimming pool that he now has turned it into a reflecting pool. When Ted Wassanasong asks him to join the military to prove his commitment Minh thinks things have gone too far.


Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Orange You Sad I Saw This Episode?

    This episode was OK. It had some funny moments, mostly revolving Bill and Dale. Kahn can be funny but not funny enough to be the star of the episode. He is funniest when he is making fun of Hank. I think the Kahn sucking up to Ted story line is not funny and is way too overused in this series. I think the attempt to do this concept, which is real, was neat, but it just seemed to drag. Maybe an actual B Plot would have been better as the pool was really just an extension of the A Plot. It's worth checking out once, but it's not an episode I'd recommend.moreless
  • Basically Kahn is obsessed with Ted W. and wants to be his lackey. He joins Ted's rebel army unknowingly after being called a "banana". He realizes how boring and unjoyable his life has become, and leaves the resistance.moreless

    Overall, I felt it was an average episode. Kahn has his laughs every so often, and the alley-gang has theirs'. Nothing groundbreaking happens in the episode. It seems like Mike was aiming for a filler rather than a substantial episode. The best scene in the episode is the pool party scene when the song "Carribean Queen" by Billy Ocean is played. The episode lacked creativity and was dull at many scenes. It was on par with the dry humor King of the Hill is so known for. I notice that this episode goes unaired during marathons which is unfair because this episode still has some great parts. Thanks for reading my crappy review, hoped you thought something of it at least.moreless
  • When Khan is accused out having lost touch of his Laotian roots, he goes overboard trying to correct it. This idea clashes with the new swimming pool and Hank and co. have just built him. One of my lesser favourite episodes of recent seasons...moreless

    This is a so-so episode of the series. It has some nice lines, but overall I didn't find it to be one of the better episodes.

    I know there will be some who love it, but it just isn't one of my favourites.

    The story revolves around Kahn being accused of being a 'banana' - out of touch with his Laotian roots (yellow on the outside, white on the inside!)

    This coincides with Hank, Dale, Bill and Boomhauer building him a fancy new swimming pool.

    This is another episode that screams out for a sub-plot to even it up a little. Bobby is sent off to CPR class before he is allowed to enjoy the new swimming pool, and they could have had fun with that. Likewise, they could probably have got more from Hank and co. enjoying the new swimming pool. But this episode revolves almost solely around Kahn and his efforts to get back in touch with his roots.

    One of my lesser favourite episodes of recent seasons.moreless
  • Kahn visits Ted Wasanasan\'s house and sees his pool, and Kahn wants one in his own backyard and has the neighbors help him build one. At a pool party, Ted declares Kahn is a "banana" - yellow skin, but white inside, so Kahn tries to become more Asian.moreless

    This episode is one of the best Souphanousinphone episodes, second only to "Redneck on Rainey Street." It is also one of the best episodes in the tenth season, up there with classics like "Edu-macating Lucky." This is a pivotal episode for Kahn, and a treat for all Souphanousinphone lovers. Kahn struggles to find a balance between American luxury and his Asian ancestry after Ted's mocking banana comment - taunting Kanh he is white/American on the inside, and he just looks Laotian. Ted claims he is in touch with his roots, therefore a lavish pool and big screen television are alright for him to have. However, because Kahn is not, he must labor through life the traditional Laotian way in order to get in touch with his ancestry. He tries eating traditional Laotian food, and decorates his house with Laotian artifacts and begins wearing a traditional Laotian robe. However, Ted says Kahn is still not Asian enough, so Kahn begins a minimalist life style, much to the disappoint of Minh and Connie.

    While Kahn usually has a holier-than-thou attitude towards the Hills, the Gribbles and Bill, he is desperate to impress Ted and the other local Laotians. It's nice to see Kahn in a humbling position for once.

    However funny this episode is, it also addresses a deeper issue - Kahn's feeling of displacement within Arlen and its mostly white residents. He has lived in America for a long time, living in Orange County before Arlen. He stills tries to stay in touch with his roots, and still speaks Laotian, but it is not enough for the Laotian community. However, when he turns the neighborhood's beloved pool into a reflecting pond, he is no longer part of his neighborhood, and a reflecting pool isn't enough to prove his non-banana-ness to the Asian community, so he is alienated from both communities.moreless
Toby Huss

Toby Huss

Kahn Souphanousinphone

Pamela Adlon

Pamela Adlon

Bobby Hill

Stephen Root

Stephen Root

Bill Dauterive

Mike Judge

Mike Judge

Hank Hill, Boomhauer

Kathy Najimy

Kathy Najimy

Peggy Hill

Brittany Murphy

Brittany Murphy

Luanne Platter

James Sie

James Sie

Nguc Phong

Guest Star

Mike Judge

Mike Judge

Ted Wasonasong

Guest Star

Lauren Tom

Lauren Tom

Minh Souphanousinphone, Connie Souphanousinphone

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Minh: You know it's funny, even another person's money can make me happy.

    • (Dale, Bill and Hank are complaining about Kahn, who turned the pool into a reflecting pond, when Kahn walks up with a black eye)
      Dale: What happened to your face, Kahn? Finally steal a pool from someone who knows how to fight?
      Kahn: No, it training accident. I take butt of rifle to the face.
      Dale: Ha! What poetic justice! You steal a pool, and then the butt of a rifle... steals the... uh, health of your face!

    • (Bobby and Hank are watching the construction of the Souphanousinphone's pool)
      Bobby: I can't believe it! That giant hole filled with dirt is the place I'm going to spend the rest of my childhood!
      Hank: Well, before you do, you're gonna train in swimming, CPR and pool etiquette.
      Bobby: Huh, I'm still excited!

    • Hank: You know, I've always wanted to go to Indiana. Is that weird?

  • NOTES (2)

    • In the East Coast this episode was cut very short because an NFL game ran overtime. Only about the last 4 minutes were shown.

    • The song heard when Ted Wassanasong and the other Laotians come over is "Footloose" by Kenny Loggins. The song heard at the end of the episode where everyone is at the pool is "Caribbean Queen" by Billy Ocean.


    • When Kahn leaves the bedroom, Minh tunes the TV to Friends. Lauren Tom, the voice of Minh, appeared on Friends for several episodes as Ross Geller's girlfriend, Julie.

    • The title is a play on the punchline to a knock knock joke in which the person knocking says "banana" and then when the other asks "banana who?" they say "knock knock" again and this continues on a few times until they say "orange" and then say "Orange You Glad I Didn't Say Banana?"