King of the Hill

Season 3 Episode 15

Sleight of Hank

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Aired Sunday 8:30 AM Feb 16, 1999 on FOX
8.0
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Hank and Peggy go to a magic show for Nancy's 40th birthday. Hank tries to spoil it by explaining how each trick is done. When there is one trick he can't explain where Peggy gets to be the volunteer, he gets obsessed trying to figure it out. Peggy won't tell him, and they start fighting. Bobby is looking for a way to liven up his Sunday School report on Jesus, and when he sees the magician, he incorporates some of the tricks and patter into the report, calling it "The Amazing Jesus."

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  • Magical Episode.

    9.5
    Another great Season 3 episode. Lots of laughs and an OK plot too. Hank starts obsessing over a magic trick when he can't figure it out and that brings up a lot of amusing moments. I like the whole situation with clouds, as it is very typical Hank. This is another episode that has a ton of great quotes and moments that are now classic!
  • An okay episode.

    7.0
    To be honest, I don't know if I can say this was a good episode. Let's just say it was okay. I thought that it had some funny spots, but it never really hit home. I didn't think that it had a very good storyline, a good plot, or well written. It was boring to say the least. The very few spots that I liked was where Bobby tries to do a trick in church and gets in deep trouble with Hank and Peggy. Another element that I liked was that Hank was his clueless self and wanted to know how the trick was done. Thank you.moreless
  • For my next trick i need.... an awesome episode of King of the Hill.

    8.0
    After seeing a magic show, Bobby incorporates the tricks and patter into his Sunday School report on Jesus. Besides this hilarious scene ("I am The Amazing Jesus!") the episode is a character study of the differences between Hank and Peggy as they seem to disagree about everything.



    This episode proves that just like Mash, The Cosby Show and Daria; comedy and poignancy can go hand in hand. Personally, the magic scenes involving the stiff Hank and the impressionable Bobby were much more entertaining but the way the writers juxtaposed it with modern family issues makes it a feast for the brain and funny bone.



    It's astounding how this show that has plots substantial enough to fill a telemovie can still find time to give basically every side character a decent amount of screentime; the Dale/Nancy/John Redcorn saga is progressed, Bill drops a pathetic line or two, Boomhauer mumbles about something or rather and that red - haired, weird kid reads from the Bible. All we needed was a cameo from the crazy Cotton for the perfect line - up........



    Sleight of Hank has us laughing from the title and it gets better, i tell you what.moreless
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

Stephen Root

Stephen Root

Voice of Bill Dauterive

Ashley Gardner

Ashley Gardner

Voice of Nancy Hicks Gribble

Recurring Role

Jonathan Joss

Jonathan Joss

Voice of John Redcorn

Recurring Role

David Herman

David Herman

The Astounding Herrerra

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • In the shot where Hank is using the paint roller on Bobby's wall, where he has it positioned it is around level with his head. When the shot changes to showing his face the roller has moved considerably higher out of position from his face.

    • When Herrera is swinging the fire in the trick for Nancy's birthday party, you can see Dale, Nancy and John Redcorn are at their tables sitting near the stage. In some of the following shots you can see they are further back, towards Hank and Peggy.

    • Tagline: "You are so clueless!" -Dale

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Hank: Any theories?
      Dale: You're asking me if I have theories?
      Hank: About the magic trick, Dale.
      Dale: Oh, not a clue... Ah! It's done with twins. One Peggy in the pinata, the other Peggy in the audience.
      Bill: Another woman who looks like Peggy? Smells like Peggy? Feels like P…
      Hank: My wife does not have a twin.
      Dale: You don't know that for sure and you never will. They destroyed the evidence when they blew up one of the Peggys.

    • Hank: I don't like magicians. Don't trust 'em.
      Bill: Ever since David Copperfield made the Statue of Liberty disappear.
      Hank: Shame on him!

    • Hank: This is a boy's room not a day care center!

  • NOTES (0)

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • The tag scene is a parody of a FOX special called "Breaking the Magician's Code: Magic's Biggest Secrets Finally Revealed" in which famous magic tricks were divulged by "The Masked Magician."

    • The title Sleight of Hank comes from the phrase "Sleight of Hand" the terminology that a magician's hand moves faster than the human eye can follow, thus allowing the performance of illusionary tricks that seem real. It also generally involves close up tricks with cards or other small objects. The trick which Hank obsesses over is a large stage presentation involving a specially rigged set piece.

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