King of the Hill

Season 12 Episode 11

Trans-Fascism

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Aired Sunday 8:30 AM Feb 10, 2008 on FOX
8.3
out of 10
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45 votes
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Episode Summary

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After Arlen bans trans fats, Sugarfoot's gets shut down. Hank, who thinks the ban is wrong, agrees to run an illegal food truck with Strickland. However, they wind up being chased by the media, and in a turf war with another illegal food truck. Bill feels good that he is sticking to his legal, no trans, diet, but doesn't realize he is getting fatter. Peggy is turned on by Hank's illegal activities.

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  • Trans-tastic

    8.5
    This is a pretty good episode. It's not hilarious, but is one of the funnier episodes this season. It also has a really good, well written plot. I thought it was great, because it is current and realistic to what was happening at the time. KOTH has always done a good job of taking realistic things and finding the humour in them. I liked all the small plots, such as Peggy being turned on, Bill getting fatter, and even Bobby's reaction to the new taste of food. It is a very entertaining episode, and one that everyone needs to see AT LEAST once.moreless
  • Arlen City Council bans foods containing trans fats which makes "Sugarfoot" restaurant go out of business

    10
    I thought that this was an excellent episode of "King of the Hill". It also had a very good message towards the end of the episode. The plot is that the Arlen City Council bans foods that contain trans fats which makes "Sugarfoot" restuarant go out of business and Hank wants to stand up for what he believes in. Hank helping Strickland by using the "Sugarfoot" truck to serve hamburgers and such to the people in the city was good to see. It was funny when Hank was driving the truck away from the news reporter so that the news reporter won't get the evidence. A rivalry between "Sugarfoot" and some other restaurant I forgot was very funny to see. Hank having a dream that he was talking to Tom Landry, George Washington, and Abraham Lincoln was also very good to see. The employees following the rules by washing their hands was also good. It was good that the Arlen City Council went to back to letting the foods containing trans fats come back and that they got evidence that the other restaurant is not washing their hands or washing dishes. Overall, an excellent episode of "King of the Hill". 10/10moreless
  • One of my favorite episodes.

    9.5
    This episode of King of the Hill may not be the most popular or even in the top 10, but it definately is in my top 5. I thought that the story was really good and the writing was great. I like any episode involving food. This was a rare occasion that everything clicked. One of my favorite aspects of the episode was the battle between Hank's crew and Fetherton's crew. It was a funny competition and it made for some entertaining television. I also thought that it was really funny to see all the fat, overweight workers sneak the unhealthy foods like drugs. It was really hilarious to see the cop being bribed to not turn them in for breaking the law. Overall, it was a great episode and one of my favorite King of the Hill episodes.moreless
  • Amazing message.

    10
    It's a bit difficult to tell what the exact message of this episode is, but it's overwhelmingly a pro-individual liberty, pro-individual responsibility, and pro-free market message. If you want to, you could interpret it as a pro-drug legalization message with unhealthy food substituting for drugs. This is basically a South Park episode disguised as a King of the Hill episode. I'd say more, but the episode says it so much better.



    You don't need a Ron Paul bumper sticker, however, to appreciate this episode. This is a hilarious episode, and way more lighthearted and fun than a King of the Hill episode usually is. I'm a casual watcher of King of the Hill, and watch only because I tuned in for the Simpsons and Family Guy. I usually like the show, but this one left me completely flabbergasted with amazement.moreless
  • When a food ban is implemented, Hank helps Buck to set up a black market food van feeling that the law is unjust and people have the right to eat unhealthy fatty foods if they want.moreless

    8.5
    The food ban in this episode shows many of the downfalls of prohibition and the war on drugs of today. When trans-fats are banned,people are outraged, the demand remains and Buck Strickland becomes the exclusive supplier. Prices are inflated and corrupt officers take bribes allowing the unhealthy foods to be sold on the black market. When competition from Roosters Roost arrives, a turf war ensues and people get sick by eating tainted food. Meanwhile Bill gains weight and becomes more unhealthy by eating the government sanctioned alternative to trans-fats. Just like the moonshine of prohibition and the talcum powder cocaine of today and the turf wars fought for control of the drug supply,though unfortunately in real life, unlike in this episode, the government doesn't feel we should be able to control what goes into our bodies and make the streets unsafe to walk because of the black market violence. Yet alcohol, which is more dangerous than many illicit drugs is readily available to anyone of the right age. The message this episode sends is clear, we don't need the government to babysit us. We should be free to eat, drink, smoke or even inject what we want, provided we don't harm anyone else, making things illegal doesn't prevent access it just makes it more dangerous. Drugs are freely available on the streets and dealers aren't checking IDs.moreless
Pamela Adlon

Pamela Adlon

Bobby Hill

Brittany Murphy

Brittany Murphy

Luanne Platter

Kathy Najimy

Kathy Najimy

Peggy Hill

Johnny Hardwick

Johnny Hardwick

Dale Gribble

Mike Judge

Mike Judge

Hank Hill, Boomhauer

Stephen Root

Stephen Root

Bill Dauterive; Buck Strickland

Phil Hendrie

Phil Hendrie

Construction Worker #1, Little John, Pilot, Tom Landry

Guest Star

David Herman

David Herman

Businessman #2, Rooster

Guest Star

James Sie

James Sie

Businessman #1, Councilman #1

Guest Star

Tom Petty

Tom Petty

Lucky

Recurring Role

Fred Willard

Fred Willard

Officer Brown

Recurring Role

Danny Trejo

Danny Trejo

Enrique

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Hank, Bobby and Peggy are eating at Sugarfoot's. On their table, there is a mayo container. Peggy starts talking, and then it shows a close-up of Hank. Then there is a shot of the table again. This time, there is a mustard bottle in the same position and shape as the mayo. The mayo is gone.

    • Tagline: "But I thought you'd be proud." -Hank "We're Not" -Tom Landry

    • Rooster has a slightly different look and different voice then he did in his last appearance, "The Buck Stops Here".

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Hank (as he has just run a redlight at Bucks' demand, heard a cop's siren behind him, but the officer simply waves and says 'fancy driving!' as he passes, dumbfounding Hank): What does that have to do with being a reckless driver? Let me tell you about another Reckless Driver; his name was Paul Revere...

    • Hank: Can you guys keep a secret?
      (at the same time)
      Bill: You bet
      Dale: Mostly!

    • Bobby: Donuts were what I lived for. If the government takes away puppy's breath and good yawns, I don't know what I'll do...

    • Hank: It's not even your real birthday!?
      Lucky: My people die young, Uncle Hank; I gotta get all the birthdays in I can.

    • (Ted Wassonasong and Kahn come up to Sugarfoot's Express)
      Hank: But the food bans were your idea!
      Ted: A contradiction on the surface, but unlike many, I have the discipline to enjoy such indulgences.
      Kahn: That's right Hank Hill, Ted Wassonasong better than you!
      Ted: Perhaps it is education, perhaps breeding - the debate rages on.

    • Buck Strickland: Sugarfoot's Express - the food you want at a price that reflects the risk involved!

    • Dale: I'm dying for a raw oyster! I never liked them before, but now that they're contraband, I must have them!!

    • Hank: The last thing Arlen needs is a food ban!
      City Council Member: Are you saying you're for childhood obesity?!

  • NOTES (1)

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Buck Strickland: I'll be just like Joe Kennedy running whiskey during Prohibition!

      While the allegations were never proven, Senator Joseph Kennedy was accused of importing liquor from Canada when alcohol was outlawed by the U.S. government during Prohibition.

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