King of the Hill

Season 6 Episode 7

Torch Song Hillogy

Aired Sunday 8:30 AM Feb 17, 2002 on FOX



  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • Peggy: Now remember, this is going to be on T.V., so don't do that thing with your nose that you don't know you do.

    • Hank: You know, he's only 13 years old but maybe Bobby's onto something with this "it's okay to feel good" stuff.

    • Bobby: I'm just saying I hope you aren't backing out because you feel bad for me. I'll have my moment in the sun someday. But this one's yours. You're a hero. You took Arlen High to State.
      Hank: (sighing) I'm not a hero. I'm a disgrace.
      Bobby: Okay, your trousers are filthy. But so were everybody else's. Forget about it.
      Hank: Keep watching.
      Bobby: That's amazing! I didn't realize people walked like Egyptians back then.
      Hank: It's shameful. The worst kind of useless showboating. The only thing missing was an earring. And on the very next play going for the two-point conversion that would have won us the championship I broke my ankle. God was punishing me for being prideful. He didn't give me a fatal heart attack because he still wanted me to sell propane but he made his point.
      Bobby: That's crazy. God wasn't punishing you. It was just a coincidence.
      Hank: No, it wasn't. It was God.
      Bobby: Is this why you're so uptight all the time? Because you think something bad is going to happen if you act happy?
      Hank: Uh...
      Bobby: Remember when you saw that bumper sticker "Honk if you love America"? You smiled, pumped your arm and honked twice.
      Hank: I do love America.
      Bobby: And your car didn't go off the road.
      Hank: You're right. We drove home safely.

    • (Peggy has written an essay nominating Bobby to be a carrier of the Olympic Torch; Nancy has arrived with a news crew to announce that Hank has won)
      Nancy: What are you filled with, shug? Arlen wants to know.
      Hank: Mostly confusion. See, I didn't-
      Peggy: I will tell you what he is not filled with. Shame. For nominating himself behind my back. I wonder what else you do back there without me knowing.
      Nancy: (to cameraman) Let's get some B-roll of me smiling.
      Hank: I didn't nominate myself. I haven't written a essay since high school. And I specifically remember it was not "Why I Should Carry the Torch." It was about hammers.

    • Bobby: He's running with a flaming lie. How can I enjoy the figure skating with this dark cloud hanging over me?
      Peggy: Bobby, if your father doesn't do this, the Hills will be forever known as the family that ruined the Olympics. Now, I can go back to using my maiden name. I have no idea what you will do.

    • Dale: It's just like when we were in high school. You secreting, me absorbing. And you know, these are the very same towels from back then.

    • Dale: The year is 1979. Every week, America turns for hope to Laverne and Shirley. Ted Koppel arranges to have forty-four Americans held hostage on a soundstage in Burbank by actors impersonating Iranian fanatics. And Arlen's leading all-time rusher is Hank Hill. The hopes and dreams of a small Texas town in the state of Texas rest squarely on the broad, athletic shoulders of its star running back and his trusted towel manager.

    • Hank: She's just setting him up for a fall. Like when we told Bill there was a woman out there for him.

    • (After getting the torch from Hank)
      Torch Carrier #2: Okay, you can do this. The tide is low so it's in your favor! Yeah McManerberry! Brother running with a torch and not a damn thing you can do about!

    • Hank: (explaining to Peggy why Bobby must earn his own award) You don't just give an award to someone who doesn't deserve it just to make them feel better. Why don't you just declare the Superbowl a tie and give both teams the ring so they won't go home feeling bummed?

    • Bobby: Someday someone will make the world's largest fruit pie. And the next day, I'll get into the Guiness book of World Records for eating it.

  • Notes

    • This episode originally contained a subplot about Luanne becoming an auxiliary police officer. It was cut prior to airing, due to lack of time.

  • Allusions

    • Hank: I know running with the torch won't get me on the front of a Wheaties box...
      Wheaties is a brand of General Mills breakfast cereal. It is well known for featuring prominent athletes on the exterior of the package, and has become a major cultural icon.

    • Dale's recall of the year 1979 and Ted Koppel alludes to the successful news program Nightline which originated as just a nightly report on the status of the Iran Hostage Crisis. Conspiracy obsessed Dale is ridiculously implying that Koppel stage managed the whole affair because it brought his broadcast career into national prominence.

    • The title of this episode is an allusion to the title of the popular play Torch Song Trilogy by Harvey Fierstein.