King of the Hill

Season 6 Episode 21

Returning Japanese (1)

Aired Sunday 8:30 AM May 12, 2002 on FOX
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Episode Summary


Cotton is being haunted by his memories of Japan and says he wants to go back to apologize to a widow whose husband he had killed in WWII. Peggy gets Cotton, Hank, Bobby and herself a trip to Japan, by saying she will write a story for the paper based on "The Widow in the Wallet". Hank finds out that there is more to this widow story, then Cotton first led on. Dale and Bill are put in charge of picking up the paper at the Hills so burglars don't try and break in. They feel the house is still not safe so they break in themselves. Luanne is put in charge of Ladybird, and believes that she has killed her, so she goes to buy another dog, only to find out Ladybird is alive, and now can't tell which one is which.


Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • International Love!

    Another great KOTH two parter! They really seem to be the best two parters. Part 1 is a great start, and has a very good plot, and great twist at the end. I don't remember how I reacted when I saw this for the first time by it was probably "Oh my gosh, what???" I like the sub plots with Bill/Dale and Luanne as well. They are just small scenes but bring that extra bit of humour into the plot. I loved how the Hills thought that the room was way to small. Overall this is just a great episode, in a great season.moreless
  • Truely the best episode...

    Out of all of the King of the Hill episodes, this one is truely the beast. This episode was so incredibly funny, probably becuase the hills were not used to Japanese customs, like they did not know that their hotel room was actualy giagantic. This episode is so much fun to watch and see how idiotic everybody is. The best part was when Luanne got another identical dog because she thought that ladyberg was dead, then she found out that ladyberg wasnt dead, and the dogs started running around and she got the two mixed up. This episode was truely amazingmoreless
Mike Judge

Mike Judge

Voice of Hank Hill, Boomhauer, Stuart Dooley

Kathy Najimy

Kathy Najimy

Voice of Peggy Hill

Pamela Adlon

Pamela Adlon

Voice of Bobby Hill

Brittany Murphy

Brittany Murphy

Voice of Joseph Gribble (seasons 1-4), Luanne Platter

Johnny Hardwick

Johnny Hardwick

Voice of Dale Gribble

Stephen Root

Stephen Root

Voice of Bill Dauterive, Buck Strickland

Seiko Matsuda

Seiko Matsuda


Guest Star

David Herman

David Herman

Voice of Buckley, Eustis, various guest characters

Recurring Role

Toby Huss

Toby Huss

Voice of Cotton Hill, Kahn Souphanousinphone

Recurring Role

Lauren Tom

Lauren Tom

Voice of Minh Souphanousinphone, Connie Souphanousinphone

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (7)

    • The scene of "Pearl Harbor" that is shown does not actually happen in the film.

    • Tagline: "The cologne has displeased you." -Valet

    • In the airport scene in Japan, the news crew arrives to film Cotton Hill. As Cotton Hill gets back on the plane trying to escape the news crew, we see a shot from outside the plane and the news crew is out on the tarmac. With security regulations at airports a film crew wouldn't be allowed to just go out onto the tarmac.

    • During the scenes where the Hills arrive at the airport in Japan, there is no flight crew outside or around the terminal when they exit. Whilst they may be the last people to exit the plane, there will be one or more crew members to farewell passengers and also to close the terminal door. There doesn't seem to be any crew anywhere close, which seems particularly odd especially as Hank and Cotton manage to just stroll back onto the plane. A little after they leave the camera crew just go right through the terminal onto the plane without anyone there to stop them.

    • As the Hills get off the plane in Japan the camera crew is waiting for them as they exit the terminal however they do not go through any sort of customs area. Every international flight you must go through customs before entering the country.

    • On the plane whilst Bobby is watching the TV in front of him, you can see a man to the left of Bobby and an empty seat to Bobby's right. The seat arrangement looks to be like the middle row of seats where there is 3 seats instead of two. After the shot shows footage for the "Haiku" movie the shot changes to Bobby and the man sitting next to him but there is now no empty seat next to Bobby. It appears that he is now sitting at a window seat.

    • Junichiro bears a strong facial resemblance to Hank, whose facial features are obviously inherited from his mother, whose DNA Junichiro does not share.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Bill (After seeing a vision of himself riding a motorcycle into a giant pie): Dale, I know how I'm going to die.

    • Hank: I already picked the country for our vacation: America. And the state: Texas. And the town: Denton. I don't care what their police did to that cyclist, it's still a good town.
      Peggy: Great, Denton - gateway to Durndle.

    • (Cotton is going berserk in a Japanese airport because of his war flashbacks - everyone is shocked and staring...)
      Peggy:There's nothing to worry about; he is just fighting his urge to kill you.

    • Hank (preparing for vacation): Would you guys mind taking in my paper while I'm gone. If you let them pile up, it's just like telling the thieves that I make enough money to subscribe to the daily newspaper.
      Dale: Might I suggest we put ten miles a day on your truck, in case the thieves look at the odometer?
      Hank (irritated): No.

    • Bobby: Hey Grampa!...I heard ya had a rocky day, so I brought you a pint of Rocky Road.

    • Bobby:(Checking out the small size of the room) Where are we supposed to sleep?
      Peggy: Me and Hank will sleep on the bed, as it's the local custom.
      Bobby: Where am I supposed to sleep?
      Peggy: You can sleep on the desk like you do at school.

  • NOTES (2)

    • On the Season 6 DVD this episode along with Part 2, are put together as one long episode with the opening theme at the very beginning and the closing credits only after Part 2, and the tagline is only from Part 2. In the initial airing the episodes ran back-to-back, but both had an opening and closing. This is the first time two episodes were aired back-to-back.

    • The army medals Cotton had on his uniform:

      1. Medal of Honor

      2. Purple Heart

      3. American Campaign Medal