King of the Hill

Season 5 Episode 1

The Perils of Polling

Aired Sunday 8:30 AM Oct 01, 2000 on FOX



  • Trivia

    • Luanne decides to vote Communist in this episode, but during the 2000 election, there were no Communists running for president.

    • Tagline: "Was it a wriggler?" -Dale

    • When opening the garage doors to vote the lady was only a few seconds behind Peggy. Later on when Hank asked how much time was left, she was a whole minute behind Peggy.

    • When Hank is watching the video of Bush handshaking, there is a close up shot and it shows Hank's finger touching the screen. In the wide view it shows how far back Hank is and there is no way he could have reached the TV.

    • When the pig is doing the "Ring of Fire" jump, an instrumental version of the song can be heard.

    • George W. Bush in the show looks nothing like he does in real life.

  • Quotes

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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."