King of the Hill

Season 5 Episode 1

The Perils of Polling

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Aired Sunday 8:30 AM Oct 01, 2000 on FOX
8.0
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46 votes
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Appalled that Luanne is unprepared to vote, Hank takes the family to the local fair where she can meet the political candidates. Hank is further appalled to find that Luanne has decided to vote Communist because the candidate is handsome. Bobby saves the life of a drowning pig at the fair and is invited to meet Texas Governor (and presidential candidate) George W. Bush. Hank, staunchly pro-Bush, takes Luanne to the rally where she falls for Bush. Unfortunately, Bush's wet, limp, awful handshake leaves Hank shocked and disappointed. Peggy creates her own polling station in the garage.

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • I Vote Season 5 Has a Good Start!

    8.0
    This is a pretty decent start to the season, with some really funny moments, most of them involving Luanne. This is one of the episodes that make me miss Luanne in the newer ones where she was not in them as much. Dale was also pretty good, and the whole pig saving thing was a bit weird, but still funny. Peggy of course, was just really annoying in this episode. Hank, as usual, overreacts to a minor detail, although he does make a good point. After seeing Bush in office for 8 years, I think it's safe to say, his handshake is not the only thing limp about him. It was funny how Hank got obsessed over it, even though he knew in the back of his mind it wasn't that important. I think often people get caught up in the details and not worry about the issues. One thing I enjoyed about this episode was it made voting fun. Often episodes about voting are boring or obviously just a cheap promo to do so. This was just an episode that was about people voting. Very nice.moreless
  • Good

    7.0
    Hank was overreacting... I mean come on, a handshake? That was probably the whole point of the episode, to make it something that small, but it just felt... weird. I mean, something like that should not make you decide if you want a certain person to be president. Maybe that was the joke, but to me, it was just really dumb. Hank was totally overreacting. The rest was good, some nice jokes here and there. My overall grade is a high C, a little bit above average, because whilst I do not like Hank a lot in this one, it was still a good overall episodemoreless
  • Nice concept about voting in the election.

    9.0
    With the electons coming, Luanne is old enough to vote, so Hill takes her to the county fair the registar. Meanwhile Bobby saves a pig and Peggy gets the garage ready for the polls. However when Luanne comes back Hank is shocked to discover she has turned Communist. When he meets George W Bush the next day he is shocked to fnd he has a weak hand shake. Shaken and shocked Hank finds out he has become wearily of democrary, he goes shopping with Dale instead of voting. However Luanne calls and Hank changes his mind. Rushing home to vote just before it closes.



    The nice plot to the epoisde and the voting message was good without being over preachy. A fine example for the show.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

Jim Ward

Jim Ward

 

Guest Star

Jeanine Jackson

Jeanine Jackson

 

Guest Star

Phil Hendrie

Phil Hendrie

Pig Guy, Rooks Epperson

Recurring Role

David Herman

David Herman

Ted T. Gannaway

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (5)

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Hank: Hey, Dale. Let me see the keys to your truck.
      Dale: Why?
      Hank: Well, it was supposed to be a surprise, but I got you a key chain for your birthday and I needed your keys to fit it.
      Dale: Oh. Okay. (hands Hank his keys who makes a hasty exit) Waaait a minute! You know I hate key chains! (chases Hank)

    • Dale: Why don't we choose the President by lottery like they choose the Pope?

    • Hank (supremely upset by George W. Bush's weak, limp, handshake): This man could be the next leader of the free world. We're going to have nut-job, third-world dictators walking all over us when they find out our president doesn't have a strong enough finger to push the button.
      Dale: That makes a lot of sense... a lot of NONSENSE!

    • Luanne: Uncle Hank, I registered to vote!
      Hank: Oh, great! George Dubya needs as many votes as he can get or they won't call it a 'landslide'!
      Luanne: 'George Dubya'? He's not a Communist, is he?
      Hank: No, he's not.
      Luanne: Oh, right. Here it is (pulls out button for Communist party). See, our candidate is Robert Parigi.
      Hank: Communist? Noo!
      Luanne: I guess I cancel your vote out. My first election and your vote means nothing! (laughs) Long live the people's revolution!

    • Hank: See that guy's reaction when Bush shakes his hand? Surprise, then disappointment. Surprise, then disappointment.
      Peggy: Sure, but when I want to watch "Scent of a Woman", you don't even know how to work the VCR.

    • Hank: This man could be the next leader of the free world. We're gonna have nutjob Third World dictators walking all over us when they find out the man in charge doesn't have a strong enough finger to push the button.

    • Luanne: He's even more handsome than his dad.
      Hank: Well, Barbara's a handsome woman.

    • Hank: I just think if you don't read the papers and the only TV you watch is the MTV, you shouldn't be allowed to vote.

    • Man: He's dead!
      Bobby: Not this pig. Not today.

    • Hank: I still get goose pimples thinking about pulling the lever for Councilman Fred Ebberd. 'Course, then he betrayed me.

    • Hank: Did you send in those voter registration forms I gave you on your eighteenth birthday?
      Luanne: No, but that's okay... I'll just vote for President next year.

  • NOTES (2)

    • George W. Bush, then the governor of Texas, was asked to do his own voice for the episode, but declined.

    • This episode, which aired one month before the official season premiere, was intended to be a public service announcement to vote in that year's election. Apparently, it didn't work, as only 51% of all registered voters turned up to pick their president.

  • ALLUSIONS (3)

    • The episode title alludes to The Perils of Pauline, a 1947 film about a minor silent era performer who suddenly becomes an important star of her own action pictures. Similarly Hank realizes the dangerous potential importance of Luanne's uninformed rookie voting in the presidential election.

    • When Hank is reviewing a tape of George W. Bush shaking a man's hand, he rewinds the handshake over and over while saying "Surprised, and then disappointed." This is a reference to Oliver Stone's JFK (1991), in which Jim Garrison (played by Kevin Costner) pauses and rewinds a video while describing Kennedy's movements repeatedly as "back, and to the left."

    • The diving pig's toughest stunt is when it jumps through hoops of fire, called "The Ring of Fire." This is a reference to the famous Johnny Cash song "Ring of Fire."

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