King of the Hill

Season 12 Episode 19

Strangeness on a Train

Aired Sunday 8:30 AM Apr 27, 2008 on FOX
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Episode Summary


Peggy, who always has disastrous birthdays, is determined to make this year's better. She plans a disco themed murder mystery on a train. But when Luanne, who is asked to replace an actress, blurts out the murderer before the murder even happens, Peggy becomes distraught. When Hank follows her to the bathroom, they wind up having sex, which creates a new mystery, when someone finds evidence. Bobby, Connie and Joseph, try and make a club house.


Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Choo Choo!

    This is one of my favourite episodes of the entire series. It's fun, well written, highly entertaining and is very funny. It has all the major characters, and a good B Plot. Everything about this episode just works. All the characters are on top of their game, and it's a rare episode in which, you don't want it to end. While there are a number of good episodes in the later seasons, few are ones that are great no matter how many times you watch it. They often get dull after a few views. But this one is like a classic episode, in which it entertains each time I watch it. Fantastic job KOTH!moreless
  • It's Peggy's birthday and she is dreading it because her birthdays always bring disaster.

    Peggy's last birthday was held up by a robber at a restaurant. Her purse and wallet were stolen and she decides that this year she is going to have a problem free birthday. She organizes a murder-mystery dinner train event with all of her friends. They get on board the train and are immediately greeted by the train commissioner, who tells them he is in no affiliation with the Murder-Mystery Dinner and that everyone better behave and not cause any trouble. As Hank said, Fun, in a controlled environment. Turns out that LuAnn spoils the big mystery by telling everyone she is the one who is murdered and who is her murderer. Then the refridgerator went bad spoiling all of the food so there was nothing to eat and they were in a dry county on the train route, so they were allowed no alcohol. Peggy was feeling pretty down about this time, so she runs to the bathroom, crying, where Hank follows her and they end up having relations in the train bathroom. Well it isn't too long when Kahn decides to use the restroom and finds two sets of footprints on the mirror, indicating someone was doing the naughty! So the mystery begins - Kahn makes everyone take their shoes off and line up their feet with the ones on the mirror, and we all know Peggy has big feet, so I don't know why that wouldn't have been the dead giveaway. Hank creates a diversion by scaring the conductor so the train will stop and Peggy wipes the feet prints off the mirror. The group is thrown off the train and stranded in the middle of nowhere. Peggy thinks her birthday can't get any worse but things start to look up when, off in the distance, they see a bar. They decide to go in and things look rough at first, because the group is dressed in disco-style 70's clothing, but the bar crowd is pleased to have them. They all drink, laugh, dance and have a great time. Lucky comes up to Peggy at the end and solves the mystery to her, asking her if she had a lovely night. He knew.moreless
  • Finally A Episode With Action

    alright hank and the gang go 70s on a train, i got to say this episode was good unlike the other boring ones that have peggy selling houses she needs to do something else because thats getting old she needs to start doing teaching again like in the old episodes, anyway this episode is really fun to watch knowing that there on a train and since peggy has terrible birthdays who knows what gonna happen, this is an episode worth waiting to get on DVD because its one of my favorite episodes on this season, my first one is (Death Picks Cotton)moreless
Patrick Bristow

Patrick Bristow


Guest Star

David Herman

David Herman

Conductor Nolan, Lawrence Robbins

Guest Star

Tom Petty

Tom Petty


Recurring Role

Lauren Tom

Lauren Tom

Minh Souphanousinphone; Connie

Recurring Role

Breckin Meyer

Breckin Meyer

Joseph Gribble

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (13)

    • (the party has been kicked off the train for pulling the break)
      Dale: By the looks of all the abandoned farm machinery, we're stranded in Outer Durndle. It looks very tetanus-y.This is Peggy's worst birthday ever. I should feel on top of the world; yet I'm not. I feel strangely hollow inside.

    • Kahn: I am Kahn Souphanousinphone. Upon entering the lavatory, I observed two sets of footprints: one set pointing up and the other down, evidence of love most foul! I discovered the deplorable act, and I will find the perpetrators. I will begin my questioning with you, Dale Gribble. Has your wife been out of your sight for even five minutes?
      Dale: No, she's been clingy all night.
      John Redcorn: I can verify that Nancy has not been out of Dale's sight at all.
      Bill: I don't have an alibi.
      Kahn: You're Bill Dauterive. That your alibi.

    • Hank: It'll be a disaster if we get caught, Peggy. We're on a train. That means we are at this very moment under the jurisdiction of the Texas Railroad Commission.
      Peggy: Yes, so?
      Hank: The railroad commission also regulates propane. If what we did in that bathroom becomes public, Strickland Propane could receive sanctions, maybe even the propane death penalty.

    • Bobby: What a cool place for a secret clubhouse!
      Connie: I hope there are old textbooks up there from when your parents were in school.
      Joseph: I hope there are mannequins!
      Connie: I'm not going first.
      Joseph: You gotta go, Bobby, 'cause if your deformed twin brother's up there, he should see your face first.
      Bobby (sighs): I guess you're right.

    • Lucky: It's all right. We've all messed up and given away the plot of something. Take it from me; "Fire" ain't the worst thing you can yell in a theater. It's "Bruce Willis is dead!"

    • Boomhauer: Peggy, happy birthday, man. I want you to meet ol' dang ol' Rhonda here. She's hearing... hearing-impaired, but she communicates with dang ol' language of love, you know, um, hot, man

    • Hank: Fun within prescribed limits. This can work!

    • Actor: One of our actresses didn't show. How would you like to be in the program? All you have to do is be blond and pretty.
      Luanne (squeals and giggles): I can do both those things!

    • (After Khan accuses Lucky and Luanne)
      Lucky: Not that there is anything wrong with your premise, but no it was not us.
      Luanne: We haven't done it in public since Lucky nearly fell off a ferris wheel.

    • Peggy: I would not put it past sex-crazed hobos.
      Hank: I wouldn't put it past a hobo.
      Peggy: You are not helping Hank!

    • Peggy: My feet are smoking guns!

    • Kahn: Hey, Hank Hill! Remember the 70s? My people ambushing your people in a jungle?

    • Hank: Disco, huh? You sure they didn't have a Super Bowl theme, or murder on a bass boat?

  • NOTES (0)


    • Joseph: "You gotta go Bobby 'cause if your deformed twin brother's up there he should see your face first"

      This allusion is a reference to another Fox show The Simpsons episode "Treehouse of Horror VII" in the segment called "The Thing and I", where Bart discovers he has a deformed twin brother in the attic.

    • Kahn: Oh, happy feet!

      Happy Feet is a 2006 animated film about a tap-dancing penguin. It won an Academy Award for "Best Animated Feature."

    • Lucky: "Fire!" ain't the worst thing you can yell in a theater. It's, "Bruce Willis is dead!"

      This refers to the plot twist at the end of the 1999 horror movie The Sixth Sense, which starred Bruce Willis and Haley Joel Osment.

    • The title of this episode is a reference to Patricia Highsmith's Strangers on a Train, a novel that was adapted as a 1951 Alfred Hitchcock movie. The plot follows two men who meet on a train and agree to "exchange murders," and each kill someone in the other man's life in exchange for the murder of someone in their life, but only one man takes it seriously.

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