King of the Hill

Season 6 Episode 13

Tankin' it to the Streets

Aired Sunday 8:30 AM Mar 31, 2002 on FOX
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Episode Summary


Bill finds out that he was used as a guinea pig for the army, explaining why he is the way he is. This gets him depressed so he gets drunk and steals the tank. The guys stop him and help him to return it, but they wind up in the middle of the target practice for the war games. Peggy learns that she can get free ice cream if she can guess the exact weight and she becomes determined to do so.


Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Bill Steals the Show!

    A great episode! One of the best of Season 6 and even of the series itself. It has a ton of laughs and a great plot, centred around Bill. They always make the perfect Bill being depressed episodes. Often when you do a storyline about the same situation over and over, it gets boring, but they always manage to make Bill depressed in unique and fun ways, creating great episodes. The B plot is somewhat funny, but Peggy is just extremely annoying, and stupid. How many ice creams did she buy before she got a free one? I wish Bobby was a bigger part, as his character is pretty funny. I liked the parts with Kahn's SUV too. Overall a great, and classic KOTH episode.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

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Bill, being a Sgt., actually outranks the Cpl who's hair he was cutting at the beginning.  He would not have needed to ask permission from the Cpl (or be denied by) for anything. Although, it is possible it has nothing to do with rank, but rather the fact that he is a mere barber.

    • Kahn's SUV was in his driveway, but when Bill ran over it with the tank, it was obviously in the street, as he kept on going. But it doesn't make sense why he'd have it parked on the street.

    • Tagline: (microwave dings) "Cookies." -Dale

    • Luanne does not appear in this episode.

    • The M1 tank that Bill stole from his base was equipped with an old-style floor escape hatch in the main hull for the crew. Standard issue M1 Abrams aren't known to have such a hatch.

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Hank: Dale, sometimes I think you say things just to hear yourself talk.
      Dale: What do you want me to do, ignore myself?

    • Peggy: Poor Bill. I cannot even fathom what it's like to have low self-esteem. And I can fathom pretty much anything.

    • Bill: Do any of you guys have large portions of your medical record blacked out?
      Dale: Only the stuff I did myself.

    • Captain: On the plus side, your breath is unusually minty and inoffensive.
      Bill: Sir, I'm brushing every day now, sir.

    • Dale: Gentlemen, the crap has literally been scared out of me.

    • Hank: I've been driving bobtail trucks at Strickland for two decades.
      Dale: Ooh, I am so impressed! Have you also downloaded the classified instruction manual for this tank from Vladimir Putin's website, took a correspondence course in Russian, translated the manual, memorized it and eaten it?

    • Bill: What did you say?
      Dale: Ignoranus. It means stupid, you moron.
      Hank: Dale, you said placebo.
      Dale: Yeah, I read it in Bill's file. It was the name of the drug they gave him. Placebo. I think it's made by Pfizer.
      Hank: Dale, you're the moron. A placebo is a fake drug. They shot Bill full of sugar water.

    • Hank: Bill, you spent 20 years on this base. How do we get off this dang target range?
      Dale: What are you asking Bill for? The Army destroyed all of his brain cells with their deadly placebo drug. No wonder he's an ignoranus.

    • Bill: Look out, world! Fat, drunk, hairy, Army Guinea pig coming through!

    • Dale: No, you can't tell the Army. They'll tell their superiors at America Online and Bill will be dead. Along with everyone on his buddy list.

  • NOTES (2)

    • The song Bill sings in the tank before the explosion is "Freebird" by Lynyrd Skynyrd.

    • A similar incident depicted in this episode happened on May 17th, 1995. US Army veteran Shawn Nelson hijacked a tank from a National Guard armory in Clairmont, California. Under the influence of methamphetamines, he stole the M-60 Patton and drove it down the streets of town, destroying anything in its way. The subsequent police chase was televised on live news. The tank became trapped on a concrete embankment after running over a highway median. Even with the tank incapacitated, Nelson refused to surrender to police orders. Officers forced open the tank's hatch with bolt cutters and had to fatally shoot Nelson when he still continued to try and free the tank. Amazingly enough, Nelson was the only person who died of that day's rampage.