King of the Hill

Season 13 Episode 7

Straight as an Arrow

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Aired Sunday 8:30 AM Nov 30, 2008 on FOX
7.8
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When a new family moves into the neighborhood, Hank agrees to start up The Order of the Straight Arrow again, as he feels it will help Bobby out. Unfortunately, Wesley, who Hank is working with, is extremely cautious about danger and doesn't let the kids do any of the typical Order activities. Hank agrees to take the night shift of the camp in, so he can expose the kids to the real things the Order is suppose to teach, however, things don't go as planned. Luanne and Lucky try to get gifts from people who didn't give them anything at their wedding.

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Nostalgia at its Best

    9.0
    KOTH has been accused by many, including myself, as reusing plot points in the last couple of seasons, and one could argue this as a prime example. However, despite this using the Order, I feel this is more nostalgic, then it is reusing. First off, this is only the second story line which the Order is used, not a plot point hashed out for the millionth time. Secondly, it was really refreshing and new, despite it having similar things. I felt that what was reused was done so in a way to pay homage, not because they couldn't think of anything better. This episode did share some similarities of the episode where Bobby goes to Cotton's old school which has gone soft, and Cotton tried to take over and make it tough. In this case, the Order has gone soft and Hank tries to make it tough. But again, it isn't simply a rehashing of that storyline either. What it does do is show the similarities between Hank and his father, and also how people try to take anything slightly dangerous out of activities in today's society. I liked how they gave a reasoning for Wesley being that way, but Hank still wasn't fully wrong either. Both had good reasons, and should have come to a consensus on how to run things. I thought it was a pretty funny episode, and brought back memories of one of my all time favourite episodes, with a fresh twist, which is nice. The B Plot was good, and had some laughs too, which isn't always the case on this show.moreless
  • The good : For once Hank is wrong. The Bad : There is no way for him to have been right. Still, a romp with a decent twist.

    9.0
    As Hank deals with the new overprotective leader of the Straight Arrows, he falls into two traps. One is laid by him and his own inner Peggy, with the need to be right ahead even of other people's rights. The other is set by the writers, with a logic trap that's hard to let go. Still, watching the safety-cornered leader do his mild thing was classic KOTH.



    The trap Hank sets for himself is not respecting another parent's wishes, something that is both like and unlike him. Yes, the guy is irritating beyond measure, but his sons are his sons, and I'm pretty sure Hank would and has felt very negatively about anyone overriding him on Bobby.



    The trap the writers set is a logic one--or an illogical one, as the case may be. Okay, Hank is defying the other man's wishes, and again they are his sons, to be raised (Laws and decency allowing) as he sees fit. But the real health problems he cites at the end to justify why he does this are ones he cites at the end. At no time does he take Hank aside and say 'They have this condition/allergy' or give him any clue beyond 'Don't'. That's one thing. The other is, while the man has a point in being upset for Hank overriding him and imposing his beliefs on the guy's sons, the troop leader was more than happy to force his 'super-safe' agenda down the throats of everyone else. So Hank is wrong? Cool. How they arrived at it is majorly uncool and robs a point from the hilarity of clashing parenting methods.moreless
  • Superb

    9.0
    This episode was one of the first episodes of the show I saw, and I have to say it was really good. In it Hank encourages Bobby to join the Order of the straight arrow, and Hank agrees to be an assitant scoutmaster with the leader, Wesley. However Wesley doesn't let them be outside or play with fire, basiclly taking away the whole experience in Hank's perspective. Hank however has a plan to let them run wild, when he takes over the night shift at the camp-in. Like many King of the Hill eps, there aren't many lol moments, but the story is told perfectly, and extra points on showing how hank isn't always right, which rarely happens. Overall, a good episode. 9/10 A-moreless
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

Toby Huss

Toby Huss

Kahn Souphanousinphone

Brittany Murphy

Brittany Murphy

Luanne Platter

Andy Richter

Andy Richter

Wesley Cherish

Guest Star

Paul Butcher

Paul Butcher

Arrow Kid #2, Robin

Guest Star

Jeremy Suarez

Jeremy Suarez

Arrow Kid #1

Guest Star

Tom Petty

Tom Petty

Lucky

Recurring Role

Lauren Tom

Lauren Tom

Minh Souphanousinphone

Recurring Role

Ashley Gardner

Ashley Gardner

Nancy Gribble

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Tagline: "Ah! It burns so much!" -Bill

    • Bill mentions Boomhauer losing a toe in the Order, and Boomhauer looks at his left foot. However, Boomhauer's feet have been shown a few times, and he has had all his toes.

    • When Wesley hands Hank the box of knives it is the only box on the table, but in the next shot when Hank is holding one of the knives, a box is back on the table, and Hank is still holding the one with knives.

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Bobby: Arrowmaster Wesley was right. My video games are violent. Making all these faces explode can't be good for me.
      Peggy: Sure it can, sweetie.

    • Kahn: (to Luanne and Lucky) We have a year to get you a gift, and, how do I put this delicately? We don't think your hillbilly marriage will last that long! Come back in a few months!

    • Hank: Why do I have to go?
      Peggy: Because when I say, "Hi! I'm Peggy Hill and this is my . . ." there has to be something there!

  • NOTES (2)

    • The Executive Producer credits that come up at the end of each episode, are shown over the ending of the final scene, as suppose to over a black scene as with other episodes. This is the only episode of the series to do so.

    • The Order of the Straight Arrow, was first introduced in Season 1 episode "The Order of the Straight Arrow", which Bobby was a part of. This episode pays homage to that one by referencing Wematanye.

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