King of the Hill

Season 1 Episode 3

The Order of the Straight Arrow

Aired Sunday 8:30 AM Feb 02, 1997 on FOX
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Episode Summary


Hank and his friends take Bobby and his troop on a wilderness trip called "The Order of the Straight Arrow". The whole thing is really just one big practical joke but Bobby takes things very seriously. On the trip the group thinks they have killed a rare species of bird, the Whooping Crane, during the Snipe Hunt. With the boys gone and Luanne off to see her mom for the arraignment of her trial, Peggy goes on a secret shopping mission.


Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Wo Lu Lu!

    For the third week in a row, the show improves, bringing its best episode yet, and one of the best out of all 13 years. I love all the gags with the John Redcorn character, and how guilable Bobby is. I loved how Bobby kept trying to heal the crane because he thought everything was real. The Peggy storyline was clearly one of two things, pure filler, or simply a way to reveal her huge feet which plays a big role later on. Fortunately, her scenes were short so the lack of humour in them is fine. Overall one of my favourites ever!moreless
  • Season 1 continues to have some perfect episodes.

    Season 1 continues with another perfect episode, in this episode, Hank and the guys take Bobby, Joseph, Randy, Garth to pass the order of the straight arrow. This episode had some more classic moments such as Wemetanya, Bobby almost cussing, here's a funsaver, take lots of pictures, peggy trying to rush hank and them to leave, bobby killing a whooping crane, taste the wind one last time bird spirit, the slim jims, and much more. In conclusion, I will give this perfect episode a.

    10/ 10moreless
  • Decent.

    There was atime in which I thought things couldn't get as weird. Well, I was proven wrong. This episode was kind of silly, but also a bit weird. Hank took Bobby on this camping trip that was kind of like a boy scout thing. He made Bobby pass obstacles and wanted him to do what he did. He made up a big lie just to make Bobby go on the trip. Bobby ended up killing a rare bird, only it wasn't really dead. Overall, this episode was kind of funny, had some interesting bits and was not bad at all. Thank you.moreless
  • Wematanye this is still one of the best king of the kill episodes to date. This episode alone makes owning the season on DVD worthwhile. Wematanye.

    Wematanye this is still one of the best king of the kill episodes to date. This episode alone makes owning the season on DVD worthwhile. a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a Wematanye.moreless
  • Order of the Straight Arrow is easy to relate to for many guys because, well frankly, who hasn't heard about or participated in the classic "Snip Hunt" in the woods?

    Order of the Straight Arrow includes a much under-used characture in Eustice(dale calls him "Useless"); he failed out of the Order when he was about 11 years old. Now he's a successful patent lawyer and his son is going to become a member of the Order. Also another never before seen characture in the show appears in a scene around the campfire, he remains unexplained and unnamed to this day; a little boy with a strong resemblance to Boomhauer (same eyes, same color and texture of hair, same calm demeanor and same build). Really the sponsors of this camping trip are Hank and Dale but they take Bill and Boomhauer along for the ride. In this episode, John Redcorn gets slightly offended, Bobby believes he has become a Shaman and we gain some insight on the long-time friendship the men of Arlen have shared.moreless
Kathy Najimy

Kathy Najimy

Peggy Hill

Brittany Murphy

Brittany Murphy

Joseph Gribble; Luanne Platter

Johnny Hardwick

Johnny Hardwick

Dale Gribble

Mike Judge

Mike Judge

Hank Hill, Boomhauer

Pamela Adlon

Pamela Adlon

Bobby Hill

Stephen Root

Stephen Root

Bill Dauterive - Uncredited

Victor Aaron

Victor Aaron

John Redcorn

Guest Star

Cheryl Holliday

Cheryl Holliday

Randy Miller

Guest Star

Toby Huss

Toby Huss

Cotton Hill, Kahn Souphanousinphone, Sr., Joe Jack, Additional Voices

Guest Star

David Herman

David Herman


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (8)

    • When they got to the camp site, they had sticks instead of slim jims.

    • Peggy seems to not want to tell Hank she got new shoes and instead says she got a microwave. First, getting new shoes isn't a big deal, it is pretty obvious Hank does not believe that she only wears one pair of shoes, so there is no point in lying. Secondly, in later episodes Hank knows how big her feet are (and if they are 16 it would be very obvious they are huge) so another reason to not lie. Thirdly, it seems very odd that Hank wouldn't notice that the microwave never changes, despite Peggy's claim that she buys new ones a lot. It doesn't seem to be very clear why she lied, and how she possibly gets away with it. And this shoe store is never once mentioned again, the entire series.

    • Bobby and Joseph are playing at the beginning of the episode and Joseph is wearing his typical green shirt, then about 10 seconds later he comes on screen again and is in his Straight Arrow uniform.

    • Dale backs up for quite a while when trying to explain how he is not connected to the rest of the group, but then when they change angles he is inches from them.

    • It is in this episode that we learn Peggy's shoe size is size 16 triple E

    • When Dale is mooning the car, he's yelling "WHOO-HOO!", but his mouth is wide open the whole time.

    • In the beginning of the episode, we can see that Boomhauer has blue jeans on. After the flashback, he's wearing tan khakis

    • When Dale fell out of the tent, his hat came off and he had a lot more hair than he usually does.

  • QUOTES (4)

  • NOTES (3)

    • This is the first episode to have a tag. A tag is a scene that happens as the closing credits appear on screen. In the early seasons there were many episodes with tags, but as the series went on there were less.

    • This episode starts a recurring theme of John Redcorn's hair blowing in the wind any time he talks about something sacred or related to "his people"

    • Victor Aaron who voiced John Redcorn had died on September 4, 1996, 5 months earlier. This episode is dedicated to his memory.


    • Hippie: The brown herbal ecstasy is bad. Do not take the brown herbal ecstasy.

      This an allusion to a similar announcement that was made at "Woodstock".

    • Hank: He will recommend us to the spirit in the sky.

      Norman Greenbaum's song Spirit in the Sky contains the line, 'You gotta have a friend in Jesus, so you know that when you die, he's gonna recommend you to the spirit in the sky.'

    • The Order of the Straight Arrow is based on Scoutings National Honor Society, The Order of the Arrrow. It is a brotherhood of cheerful service, where scouts and scouters who enjoy camping can come together to bond, and learn from each other. The Order of the Arrow has well over one million members, including men from all walks of life. Wematanye is the KOTH version of Wimachtendienk.