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King of the Hill

Season 12 Episode 7

Tears of an Inflatable Clown

Aired Sunday 8:30 AM Nov 25, 2007 on FOX
out of 10
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Episode Summary


Bobby becomes the leader of a carnival committee. When the school decides to run a diversity project with his group, they stop planning the carnival and focus on all the evil from history and decide to make the carnival a learning day. Lucky gets hurt and everyone tries to get him to go to the hospital.


Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Diverse Episode

    This is an entertaining episode. It's not super funny, but I still enjoy watching it. Both the A Plot and B Plot are well written, and have funny moments. I think the best part was Kahn at the assembly, as it was one of the few moments I actually really laughed. It is worth checking out, as it does have some nice Bobby/Hank moments, and shows Bobby maturing.
  • Bobby wants to have a carnival at school so he has a carnival committee to plan the carnival

    I thought that this was an excellent episode of "King of the Hill" and it's staying strong just like pretty much all of the episodes are. Bobby gets bored of school and finds absolutely nothing exciting about it so he decides that he wants to have a carnival at the school so he starts a carnival committee to plan the carnival but things go wrong when there are racial intolerance going around the school. Meanwhile, Lucky injures himself when caught a frisbee made out of barbed wires but he doesn't want to go to the hospital and the guys are trying to catch him. There alot of funny and clever scenes in this episode. The subplot was funny when Hank and his friends try to catch Lucky so he can go to the hospital but Lucky refuses to go to the hospital. Hank tells Bobby the true meaning of either being a cool boss or a tough boss. Bobby was cool at first and he got tough so the things in the carnival can be done. The very ending was nice when the carnival was back thanks to Hank and the others. Overall, an excellent episode of "King of the Hill". 10/10moreless
  • A diversity instructor comes to Tom Landry to ensure everyone is tolerant of other races. However, Bobby begins to find racial intolerance where there is none, thanks to the instructor. Meanwhile, Lucky has to be caught after catching a barbwire Frisbee.moreless

    This episode reminds me a lot of the tenth season episode "Portrait of the Artist as a Young Clown." The storyline is just weak, and seems more like B-story material - it can't quite carry the episode alone.

    One of the things that bothered me the most was everyone's willingness to go along with the diversity instructor's wacky idea. I love that King of the Hill is presented in such a way that it could be happening in real life somewhere in Texas, but this plot is too extreme to have everyone in a normal society going along with it. While Lucky running from medical attention for his wire-barbed hand was funny, it was more slapstick and outlandish than most storylines, straying from the underlying context of reality King of the Hill.

    While the whole thing involving Lucky and the barbed wire frisbee was a little slapstick-y for my taste, it did have some funny moments, particularly when he had slathered himself in Vaseline and the guys couldn't hold onto him. Re-watching the episode,I thought it was funnier the second time around, however, the other elements of the episode did not improve with a second viewing.

    This episode wasn't awful, but it was a little disappointing, especially following twelfth season gems like "Death Pickks Cotton" and "Raise the Steaks" (although Hank raising cows in his backyard isn't exactly the most realistic element to hit the show). Overall, it was slightly forgettable but did make me look forward to better episodes this season.moreless
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Guest Star

Ashley Johnson

Ashley Johnson


Guest Star

David Herman

David Herman

Terrence Pope

Guest Star

Tom Petty

Tom Petty


Recurring Role

Dennis Burkley

Dennis Burkley

Principal Moss

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Luanne: Aunt Peggy, I just swallowed a watermelon seed! What if it grows into the baby? I don't want a watermelon baby!
      Lucky: Luanne, we talked about this. We're gonna love that baby no matter what.

    • Minh (as Bobby is giving a speech about oppression in lieu of the carnival he is supposed to be throwing)
      : You thought your son was unpopular before? Peggy Hill, prepare to be his prom date.

    • Bobby (as he is feeling guilty from his ancestors' transgressions, and talking with Joseph about it): Look at that snowcone machine. First, we took the Eskimo's land, and now we're gonna eat it!!?

    • Joseph: How do you think I feel? As a white man, I've killed a little bit of everybody!

    • Dale: I met Nancy at the kissing booth of a carnival. Even with 200 boys lips there, that kiss was magical.

    • Diversity Instructor: Look at those kids – a powder keg of diversity!

    • (The students are brainstorming ways to bring attention to intolerance)
      Joseph: I wish I could tape their eyes open and shove their faces into the truth!!

    • Bobby: School is so boring. We need a fire alarm or a good class vomiting to mix things up.
      Peggy: Too bad I'm not subbing there anymore - I was the fun teacher! Do the kids still talk about the day I brought in microwave popcorn?

    • Lucky: Sorry, but I don't do hospitals. Everyone I know that's died has been shot in the woods and then taken to the hospital... where they died. No hospital!

  • NOTES (0)


    • Boy: "I hear the new girl is really 22 and secretly a cop."
      This is very similar to the plot of the movie Never Been Kissed (1999). In it, Drew Barrymore plays a 20-something journalist who tries to go undercover as a high school student to get inside their world, while everyone else pretends she really looks like a high school student.

    • Diversity Leader: Some of you will have to wear stars on your person at all time.

      The Nazis did this to distinguish Jewish people from others in ghettos and at concentration camps during World War II. They also made other 'undesirable' groups wear indicative symbols.

    • Clark Peters: "I'm a policeman? Ugh, I'm getting too old for this crap."
      This is a reference to the Lethal Weapon movies. Danny Glover's character, Roger Murtaugh, says, "I'm too old for this s***," or other versions of the same line, throughout the 4 movies.

    • The title of this episode is a play on "The Tears of a Clown", a 1967 song by Smokey Robinson and the Miracles.