King of the Hill

Season 2 Episode 23

Propane Boom (1)

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Aired Sunday 8:30 AM May 17, 1998 on FOX
9.0
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When Mega Lo Mart starts selling propane, Strickland Propane can't compete with their prices, and Hank loses his job. He winds up working in the propane department at Mega Lo Mart, under the supervision of Luanne's boyfriend Buckley. Hank and other Mega Lo Mart employees decide to protest the way the company destroys small businesses, by disrupting a concert by the company spokesman, Chuck Mangione. Luanne needs $300 dollars to pay her tuition and is relying on the propane job at Mega Lo Mart, and when she doesn't get it, decides to break up with Buckley.

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  • This Was The Bomb!

    10
    One of the best episodes of the entire series, and a good knock at Wal Mart, which this store is obviously a reference to. It has a lot of funny moments and quotes, (Hank throwing the sandwich at Luanne is a classic) and actually has a very good plot line. All the characters have really funny parts and help keep the plot line moving. Cartoons don't usually do well with two-parters but this one is able to keep the momentum going the whole time. I really like how they take a fairly realistic approach to a very real issue in the business of retail, but are able to find humour as well. Fantastic Episode, and a great way to end a season.moreless
  • superb

    9.0
    mega lo mart starts selling propane at dirt cheap prices, and strickland propane cannot compete. so, hank loses his job and needs employment. he gets a job at mega lo mart, despite the fact he hates it there. he becomes so frustrated, him and a few other employees plan to ruin a chuck mangione concert. however, luanne's boyfriend, buckley, makes a mistake that blows up the mega lo mart, with buckley, luann, and hank inside. on this cliffhanger, the episode, and the second season, end.



    good episode and one of my personal favorites of the series, despite my B+ as a grade. Really good episodemoreless
  • Great episode.

    9.0
    I liked this episode very much because of the hilarious bits here and there and also because of the storylines. Hank had to find a new job because of Mega Lo Mart started selling propane. He ended up working there and hated it. Luanne wanted to break up with Buckley but found it hard to do. Hank planned on bringing Mega Lo Mart down with some fellow workers. Buckley wound up blowing the store up with Hank and Luanne inside. The episode was well written and also very entertaining and funny. I think it is one of the better episodes of the series. Thank you.moreless
  • Propane Boom puts Luanne's Buckley in the spotlight for one of his biggest roles yet in the series. Hank really hates the Mega-Lo-Mart and shows it at any given opportunity; though he continues to shop there...moreless

    8.9
    Propane Boom is an episode about what happens when Hank no longer brings home the proverbial bacon. The super cheap Mega-Lo-Mart puts Strickland Propane in serious trouble when they start selling propane. The same thing happpens to a lot of Mom & Pop type stores in the community, Mega-Lo-Mart is putting them all out of business and everyone continues to "feed the beast" regardless. Peggy's insensitive comments about Hank's failure at work don't really help the situation get any easier for all involved. Even the bait shop owner ends up working for the conglomerate. Hank organizes the old guys working at the Mega-Lo-Mart to disrupt the public event outside the store and things get a little crazy that night. Tune in for the full story.moreless
  • In a special cliffhanger episode, Hank is hired at the local Mega Lo Mart after the Arlen branch of Strickland Propane is driven out of business. Hank, Luanne and Buckley are trapped in Mega Lo Mart when a gas leak causes it to explode. Who will survive?moreless

    8.2
    A fantastic cliffhanger ending to the second season of King of the Hill. In this episode, Mega Lo Mart begin to sell propane at a price which Strickland simply cannot compete with. So Hank Hill\'s years as assistant manager have been proven redundant, and Peggy is forced to be the breadwinner of the family. (\"Not that you\'re the breadloser. We\'re all winners here!\")



    In desperation to get his revenge on the Mega Lo Mart, Hank signs up to work as Buckley\'s assistant at the propane sector at the Mega Lo Mart.



    There\'s some amusing rivalry between Luanne and Hank as Luanne vied for the job with Buckley, but ultimately failed. (\"They\'ll never hire you!\" \"UNCLE HANK!\")



    What better way to expose Mega Lo Mart\'s exploitation of small businesses than to boycott the promotional Chuck Mangione concert at Mega Lo Mart? (\"Uh... is that their new slogan?\") But unfortunately Buckley\'s poor carriage of a propane tank causes it to leak and explode, leaving Hank, Luanne and Buckley helplessly trapped inside the department store.



    Who will survive? I guess I\'ll have to wait and see in the third season of King of the Hill when its released on DVD here in Australia. :-)moreless
Toby Huss

Toby Huss

Joe Jack

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

Jennifer Coolidge

Jennifer Coolidge

Miss Kremzer

Guest Star

Jim Cummings

Jim Cummings

Mark McJimsey, Presenter #1, Customer

Guest Star

Joanna Gleason

Joanna Gleason

Operator

Guest Star

Chuck Mangione

Chuck Mangione

Himself

Recurring Role

David Herman

David Herman

Buckley

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (5)

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Hank (after getting his air-horn, starts to leave the Mega-Lo-Mart. He sniffs the air and his eyes widen): Oh no! (Cut to outside and a few seconds later, the top of the Mega-Lo-Mart starts bursting with fiery explosions)

    • Hank (Throws batteries at Mega-Lo-Mart): Take your damn batteries. I don't want them. Bastards. Wow, you sure get a lot of batteries for four bucks.

    • Luanne: (Talking to Hank) I hope you like walking to work because I took your car keys, and flushed them down the toilet.
      (Hank gets in his truck and drives away. Then, Peggy walks up to Luanne.)
      Peggy: Luanne, have you seen my car keys?

    • Boomhauer: (on phone) Dang ol', man! The dang ol' Mega Lo Mart just went, dang ol' boom, man!
      Operator: Sir, I can't understand you.
      Boomhauer: Dang...ol'...Mega Lo Mart...dang ol' boom, man.

    • Luanne: Uncle Hank what's a BTU?
      Hank: British Thermal Unit
      Luanne: Oh! So there's no bacon in it at all then.

  • NOTES (4)

    • Some stations air this & Death of a Propane Salesman together as an hour long special entitled: Propane Boom: Parts 1 & 2.

    • Hank mentions that Strickland Propane's address is 135 Lagatos Road.

    • In this episode "Layaway Ray," Holliday is seen working in the sporting goods department at Mega Lo Mart. He previously owned the bait shop Hank shopped at in "Jumpin' Crack Bass". In this episode it is implied that Mega Lo Mart caused Ray's store to close. In "Jumpin' Crack Bass", while Mega Lo Mart was partly to blame, Ray's bait shop closed after he set it on fire to collect insurance money.

    • This is Buckley's final appearance alive. Also, this two-part episode was part of a mock promotion by FOX to move the setting of the show to Beverly Hills. Indeed, in the final promo for "King of the Hills," the network was merely annoucing that they were moving the show to Tuesdays, which nearly killed the series.

  • ALLUSIONS (3)

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