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King of the Hill

Season 8 Episode 21

The Redneck on Rainey Street

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Aired Sunday 8:30 AM May 16, 2004 on FOX
9.1
out of 10
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50 votes
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Episode Summary

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Connie is turned down for admission to a prestigious summer school because it already has too many overachieving Asian kids. Realizing that working hard and overachieving will never help them get ahead in life, Kahn and Minh decide to give up and live like beer-drinking, El Camino-driving rednecks.

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • It's A Redneck Life...

    8.0
    This is a pretty good episode which introduces two new characters that become pretty big in the last few seasons, Lucky and Elvin. It is an interesting plot, one of the better ones which star the Soups. It wasn't all that funny, with a few moments here and there, but it was entertaining, and I loved the stickin' part of the episode. What is really good about this episode, is something I've always admired about this show which makes it better than the other adult cartoons, which is deal with realistic situations and put a humorous spin on it. There really is a thing where companies and other places want to hire or bring in a certain group of people which is almost reverse discrimination. I liked how they dealt with that and the after affect. It may not have been super funny, but it was well written.moreless
  • Best episode of the series

    10
    This was the first episode of King of the Hill that I watched, and I was hooked. I never stopped laughing throughout the episode. The idea that the Hill's uptight neighbor Kahn could become a redneck (which he calls Hank and his friends several times during the series) is beyond entertaining. Kahn acquires several friends who lead him on a path of drinking beer all day to throwing a brick through a window to get the latest Trace Adkins CD. Eventually the fun has to end when Kahn and his family are in danger of losing their house. Overall this episode is perfect and fun to watch.moreless
  • So far, my favorite episode.

    9.1
    Connie is rejected by a prestigious summer school, which makes Kahn outraged. After meeting Elvin Mackleston, Kahn decides to become a redneck after discovering that overachieving will never make his family get ahead in life. Minh joins him, but Connie doesn't change, and after a while, their yard looks like cr@p. The person that is trying to sell a house on Rainey Street knocks 15 thousand dollars off the price because of how Kahn and Minh's house looks. Because they missed a payment, and based on how their yard now looks, the bank is foreclosing on them. Kahn goes to 2X4 fights with his redneck friends, but Hank stops him and brings him to his senses.Afterwards, Kahn and Minh get to keep their house. After discovering what Connie has been through, the prestigious summer school accepts her.



    This is now my favorite King of the Hill episode. It was funny seeing Kahn and Minh doing redneck things for a change. Some other funny things are Elvin Mackleston throwing a brick through a building window to get the new Trace Adkins CD and Peggy talking about Kahn keeping a washing machine out in his yard so that stray dogs could have puppies there. I'm not spoiling it all, though. The plot is great, but I'm glad that Kahn and Minh stopped acting like rednecks at the end of the episode. The jokes were funny, too. The character development is good as Connie gets accepted to the summer school. I wished that they could have kept that "One Hot Mama" Trace Adkins song audible longer, though. Oh, well. Great plot, jokes, and good character development.

    9.1/10.

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Toby Huss

Toby Huss

Voice of Kahn Souphanousinphone

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

Elizabeth Perkins

Elizabeth Perkins

Ruth Brown, Sherilyn

Guest Star

Lauren Tom

Lauren Tom

Voice of Minh Souphanousinphone, Connie Souphanousinphone

Recurring Role

Ashley Gardner

Ashley Gardner

Voice of Nancy Hicks Gribble

Recurring Role

Tom Petty

Tom Petty

Lucky

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (6)

    • (Peggy and Hank are discussing Minh and Kahn's descent into trashiness)
      Hank: Don't worry - Kahn and Minh will sober up and snap out of it soon. They're too arrogant to live like this for long.

    • Luanne: (about Kahn) He's got the coolest car-truck, and he's got a laundry machine in his yard for stray dogs to have puppies in!

    • Stuart Dooley: (to Connie) You're dad's white trash.

    • (Kahn goes roaring by in his El Camino, whooping out the window)
      Hank: Go figure - he's been pushing Connie all these years and he's the one that broke.
      Bobby: Let that be a lesson to you, dad.

    • Kahn: What do you say, Minh, will you be my redneck bride?
      Minh: Oh...yes, Kahn, I will - now take me in the back of the El Camino!

    • Minh: I ate a squirrel quesadilla, but this is where I draw the line!

  • NOTES (2)

    • The Souphanousinphones live at 86 Rainey Street, according to a letter from Southwest Mortgage. However, in the seventh season episode "The Witches of East Arlen," the Gribbles are shown to live at that address.

    • The song playing during the montage is "Rebels," which is a Tom Petty song (who voices Lucky in this episode) and was specially recorded for the show by the group Drive-By Truckers. The song playing when Hank goes over to the Souphanousinphone's is "Free Bird" by Lynyrd Skyynrd. The song that the guys are listening to before the fighting is "Hot Mama", which as this episode mentions is from Trace Adkin's (who voiced Elvin in this episode) new CD "Comin' on Strong" which was released on December 02, 2003, just months before this episode aired.

  • ALLUSIONS (3)

    • Elvin: Are you rockin' in the free world?

      "Rockin' In The Free World" is a song by folk rocker Neil Young. Although the chorus consists of the repeated line "Keep on rockin' in the free world," the verses describe societal problems like homelessness and drug abuse. The song's title is ironic, not patriotic.

    • Reverse Affirmative Action: The opening scene in which Connie is rejected from a prestigious summer program because she is "just another over-achieving Asian" is a reflection on an unfortunate situation in contemporary education. Many schools are tacitly holding quailified Asian students to higher standards, especially the California state universities.

    • Kahn: . . . TPS reports.

      TPS reports were made famous in Mike Judge's movie Office Space, even though they are a fake type of memo.

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