King of the Hill

Season 10 Episode 9

The Year of Washing Dangerously

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Aired Sunday 8:30 AM Mar 26, 2006 on FOX
8.0
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Kahn is sick of his job and buys out the local car wash as part of a "get rich quick" scheme. After screwing over the customers by the changes he makes everyone leaves and Kahn winds up giving majority ownership to Strickland, which means Hank is forced to work for Kahn. Peggy tries to find out why Nancy refuses to answer her calls.

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  • Washing The Boredom Away

    6.5
    This episode is not nearly as horrible as some of the reviews here, but it really is not a good episode. At all. It has some laughs, and is not completely boring. That being said, parts of it were boring, and I found myself saying, "when is this over?" I like Kahn in small doses. I think he is a great supportive character, but, as I have said in most of my other reviews of Kahn-centred episodes, he does not make an interesting or good lead. His insults are good for one or two per episode, but as a lead, he is more annoying than anything else. The B Plot wasn't as boring, but it really wasn't all that funny either, minus the part where Peggy takes a jacket from Nancy. Overall it is just a poor plot with a lack of jokes, and has too many boring scenes.moreless
  • Neighborhood Layout

    2.0
    Does it bother anyone else that Del's house and Kahn's house are on the wrong side in this episode? I've always loved this show but sometimes the neighborhood layout would be changed just to benefit the plot and it would drive me insane. I don't understand why they had to do this.



    With that being said, this isn't a very good episode. The plot and the neighborhood layout goof was too much for me to handle.moreless
  • Not bad.

    8.0
    I think that this was an okay episode. There were some things I liked and some things I could have done without. I thought that the Peggy plot was rather pointless and immature for a middle aged woman. She really was being a child, but I am glad it's just a show. The things I liked was the plot with Kahn being a moron and getting in over his head. Of course it took Hank a long time to realize this and was really slow to act. Overall, this was a decent episode and was fairly entertaining in many areas. Thank you.moreless
  • In this reasonable episode, Kahn will do anything to get rich, and buys out the carwash where Hank and the locals like to hang out Friday nights. But his greed sees him cut more and more corners and upsetting more and more of the locals...moreless

    8.5
    This is quite a good episode, with some nice character moments, even if it doesn't wind up as much beyond an average fare.



    We haven't seen much of Kahn's ruthless (and looking down on rednecks) streak for a while, and it makes a welcome return.

    Likewise, we haven't seen much of Mr. Strickland. This is another one of those times when Hank refuses to stop believing in his boss, even if it is obvious that he's little more than a gambler and a womaniser.



    With Mr. Strickland a co-owner of the car wash, Kahn delights in treating him as his 'monkey'. I found it hard to believe that Hank would stand for this as long as he did, but Kahn gets his come-uppance in the end.



    The b-plot, of Peggy determined to find out why Nancy is refusing to accept her calls, pads the episode nicely.



    Not one for the halls of fame, but a fair episode.moreless
  • Kahn gets advice from a TV get-rich-quick video, and buys a coin-operated carwash. At first he rakes in money, but eventually begins to alienate his customers with his attitude. When Buck buys into the carwash, Hank has to help it become profitable again.moreless

    8.7
    Kahn has always been somewhat dissatisfied with his life, wishing he had more money, a better house, membership in an exclusive Asian country club ("A Man Without a Country Club"). While at some points he seems more satisfied than not, like when he brags about his house in the Parade of Homes in "After the Mold Rush" (season 7), this episode centers aorund his desire to become a millionaire and enjoy the better things in life.



    The episode opens with Kahn ripping up his losing lottery ticket, frustrated that he has never won. Hank offers Kahn some advice - the key to success is hard work. "Hey, I leaned in for that!" Kahn whines when Hank's answer isn't a more profitable secret. Kahn claims he has tried everything to get rich, including hard work at a job he doesn't like. "I tried to marry into money, but Minh lied!" Kahn complains. Later, while he and Minh are watching late-night television, they see an ad for a get-rich-quick video and send away for it. The video advises watchers to buy a coin-operated business, like an arcade or carwash. Kahn opts for the latter, and soon he and Minh are having sex on a pile of quarters.



    The carwash also happens to be the place of Cruise Night, where car owners gather to show off their automobiles. Buck decides to invest in a muscle car after he sees Boomhauer getting attention for his car and the ladies' lack of appreciation for Buck's own BMW.



    However, Kahn's bad attitude and pompous nature begins to anger the customers, and soon the carwash is no longer available as a hangout, and business suffers. Buck, angry he has no one to show off his new car to talks to Kahn and invests in Scrubby's carwash. Now that the carwash is part of the Strickland empire, Hank must help out at it, basically all so Buck can pick up women at Cruise Night again.



    This is where the episode really picks up speed - Kahn forces Hank to do all the menial work while he sits around calling Hank his monkey and books vacations with his new fortune. He even draws a picture that is a cross between Hank and a toy monkey with cymbals in its hands. Kahn puts Hank through torture at the gas station. However, while the Kahn-Hank sparring is funny, wouldn't Hank be more valuable at Strickland Prpopane? All I can think is his work at the carwash was only remporary.



    Back at the Hill house, Peggy is just discovering the magic of caller ID (hasn't it been around for over a decade?), and wants to share it with Nancy (who of course already has it). I believe the writers knew Peggy would seem ignorant about technology because of her excitement over caller ID. She thinks she'd be informing everyone, but instead she's just slow on the uptake (like in "Peggy's Headache"). When Peggy calls, Nancy won't pick up the phone. In typical fashion, Peggy asks, "Why wouldn't she pick up the phone? I'm her best friend and she's...one of my friends!" Peggy devises multiple plots to find out why Nancy is screening her, and eventually ends up in the Gribbles' closet. She finds out why, but cover is completely blown.



    The idea of Peggy semi-stalking one of her friends to find out why she won't pick up is very plausible. Peggy's had other odd friendship moments - like when she gets jealous of all the "friends" in Tammy life in "Ho Yeah!". Peggy seems to alienate a lot of the folks in Arlen, and this episode showcases exactly why.moreless
Kathy Najimy

Kathy Najimy

Voice of Peggy Hill

Johnny Hardwick

Johnny Hardwick

Voice of Dale Gribble

Mike Judge

Mike Judge

Voice of Hank Hill, Boomhauer

Pamela Adlon

Pamela Adlon

Voice of Bobby Hill

Stephen Root

Stephen Root

Voice of Bill Dauterive, Buck Strickland

James Sie

James Sie

Dr. Money

Guest Star

Toby Huss

Toby Huss

Voice of Cotton Hill, Kahn Souphanousinphone

Recurring Role

Ashley Gardner

Ashley Gardner

Voice of Nancy Hicks Gribble, Didi Hill

Recurring Role

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