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King of the Hill

Season 7 Episode 23

The Witches of East Arlen

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Aired Sunday 8:30 AM May 18, 2003 on FOX
8.4
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43 votes
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Hank convinces Bobby to find a new hobby, and is thrilled when Bobby discovers cards, however he doesn't know they are tarot cards. Bobby also starts hanging out with a group of people who think they are wizards. When Hank finds out, he desperately tries to get Bobby to quit.

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  • Magical!

    9.5
    KOTH almost never fails to deliver on a season finale, and this season is no exception. It is really funny and has a great plot. Bobby becoming interested in wizardry just seems so right. Hank, for the first time, doesn't over react in my opinion. He may not go about the right way of getting Bobby to stop, but his intentions are good and his fears are very real. This episode has so many great lines which me and my family constantly quote even today. It's one of those episodes that remains funny no matter how many times you see it, which is what makes it a classic. Just another fantastic KOTH finale.moreless
  • great

    8.5
    bobby gets a new hobby with cards. carot cards. hank thinks they are playing cards, like poker, and is shocked and dismayed when he learns the true meaning of what his son has been doing.



    good episode. kinda bizarre. i have not seen it for a while nut i do not remmber it being funny. my score mostly reflects the plot, which while weird, was still a pretty good plot. poor hank, can't he just have a normal son? Haha. Overall a decent episode and i think a good one so my grade overall is in the "B" range somewheremoreless
  • This is a great episode.

    8.5
    Bobby learns about tarot cards and starts getting into it. Hank thinks that Bobby is playing poker plus he starts calling him 'Ace'. Bobby meets a guy name Ward as well as his friends at Ward's house. All of them are incredibly nerdy which makes it hilarious when ever you hear how they talk. Hank soon learns that Bobby is hanging out with these nerds and he does not like it, obviously, and does not want Bobby hanging out with them anymore. Ward convinces Bobby to stay with them. How nerdy they are continues to crack me up. They want Bobby to drink dog blood, but Bobby realizes that they are nerds. This is a 'resplendent' episode. It is very funny and the nerds are hilarious to laugh at. One of my favorite parts is when this punk kid says "I cast a spell on his ass with my foot". If you like Bobby it should be a very good episode.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

John Ritter

John Ritter

Eugene Grandy

Guest Star

David Cross

David Cross

Ward Rackley

Guest Star

Ernie Grunwald

Ernie Grunwald

Ken Hayashi/Mitchell/Bookstore Cashier

Guest Star

David Herman

David Herman

Various Guest Characters

Recurring Role

Dennis Burkley

Dennis Burkley

Principal Moss

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Tagline: "Resplendent!" -Bobby

    • Luanne does not appear in this episode. This is the first season finale where a main character does not appear.

    • Boomhauer does not have any lines in this episode.

    • Hank complains that Dale keeps spray-painting over the house number on the curb and replacing it with the Gribbles' address, which, according to this episode is at 86 Rainey Street. However, in the eighth season episode "Redneck on Rainey Street," Kahn and Minh are shown to live at that address.

    • This is the first mention of Jon Redcorn's band, Big Mountain Fudge Cake. The band is mentioned a few more times throughout the remained of the series, and even has an entire episode dedicated to them in Season 9.

  • QUOTES (15)

    • Hank: (having learned the truth about Bobby's cards and new friends) Now, we're not going to tell your mother about this; I know she shields me from a lot of the things you do, and I'm gonna return the favor on this one.

    • Hank: You don't need a crystal ball to see Ward's future. He's going to live with his mother until she dies. (beat)
      And maybe for a few weeks after that.

    • Bobby: But Dad, the Dark Arts are nothing to be afraid of.
      Hank: I'm not afraid of that garbage. I'm afraid of you getting your ass kicked every day for the rest of your life because you found a new way to act like a nerd.

    • Peggy: Hank, I may be a mother, but I am still a woman, and I know a girl repellent when I see it. I want grandchildren! Will you fix this?

    • Bobby: You guys are so nerdy, even I feel like giving you a wedgie.

    • Hank: You're Ward Rackley?
      Ward Rackley: It's one of my many monikers, yes. I am also known as Manolgar of the North Woods, and in certain circles, Austin Aussman Straklabartar.
      Hank: How old are you? 30? 40?
      Ward Rackley: Not even close. I am 5000.
      Hank: Don't you have any friends your own age? Someone to drink with? Maybe a girlfriend?
      Ward Rackley: And waste my seed on a common harlot? Not likely. When the time is right, a maiden will be delivered up to me. Probably from the East.
      Hank: Some of this isn't your fault. I mean, a man can only take so many wedgies before he goes to pieces.

    • Peggy: Hank, I may be a mother, but I am still a woman, and I know a girl repellent when I see it. I want grandchildren! Will you fix this?

    • Ward Rackley: Our kind have always been persecuted by those who understand not. From the Salem witch trials of the 1600s to the locker-room beatings and swirlies of today. 'Tis all one.

    • Hank: See, Bobby? I knew you'd find your thing. And doesn't that sound like more fun than being in a musical about Oklahoma?

    • Hank: Dammit, Dale, I told you to stop painting your house number on my curb.
      Dale: Sorry, Hank, but I gotta lay low for a while. You have no idea how far the jackals at the Franklin Mint will go to collect a debt.

    • Hank: Ah, the flea market. It's like America's garage.

    • (The coven meets at a baseball diamond for their caninus spiritus ceremony)
      Ward: Everyone take their positions on the pentagram.
      Mitchell: Uh, Ward? A pentagram is supposed to have five points, but there are only four bases.
      Ward: Why do you always test me, Mitchell? Just go stand at shortstop!

    • Bobby:(about his tarot cards) They're like baseball cards for hobbits!

    • Hank (examining the cost of Bobby's book on black magic): 45 dollars? The family bible cost that much, and it was written by Jesus.

    • (Trying to divert Bobby's attention from witchcraft.)
      Hank: This is a carburetor. Take it apart, put it back together, repeat until you're normal.

  • NOTES (3)

  • ALLUSIONS (4)

    • Bobby: They're like Baseball cards for Hobbits.


      Hobbits are small people, with pointed ears and hairy feet from the Lord of the Rings books and movies.

    • Hank: Know when to hold 'em, Ace.

      "You gotta know when to hold 'em" is a line from the chorus of Kenny Rogers' classic song "The Gambler."

    • Ward Rackley: Welcome to the Coven of Artemis.

      Artemis (or Diana) is the Greco-Roman goddess of the hunt, the wilderness and wild animals. She is also associated with fertility.

    • The title is a play on the movie The Witches of Eastwick.

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