King of the Hill

Season 13 Episode 18

Uh-Oh Canada

Aired Sunday 8:30 AM May 17, 2009 on FOX
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Episode Summary

After Boomhauer trades houses with a Canadian family for the summer, the Arlen gang tries to make the new neighbors feel welcome. However, it soon becomes apparent that Canadians and Arlenites do not see eye to eye. Up in Canada, Boomhauer romances a French-Canadian woman.

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  • Crybaby Canadians

    Don't listen to the crybabies, that's all they do. just like Bill said "I love Canada's national anthem. Too bad they don't play it much at the

    It's a great episode, that's how Canadians act.
  • A Very Disappointing Episode

    First I should start out with the disclaimer that yes, I am Canadian.

    With that said

    Over the past little while I re-watched the last few seasons of KOTH. I started with season 8 and worked my way to the end. Looking back, I found this episode to be the poorest of the bunch. Is it because I'm Canadian? Not at all. I'm reminded of Jerry Seinfeld complaining about Dr. Whatley in the anti-dentite episode of Seinfeld (The Yada Yada). Did this episode offend me as a Canadian? No, if offended me as a fan of the show and comedy in general.

    A previous reviewer mentioned how the episode might bother Canadians by eschewing the stereotype that Canadians are polite and good neighbors. This wasn't the case for me.

    I found fault with how one dimensional the Canadians characters were. Every stereotype that could be remotely attributed to Canadians was included. This meant: having their own maple syrup, not being a fan of "watered" down American beer, talking with an over the top accent, the use of "Canadianisms" like sorry, the metric system and of course, they play hockey.

    This allowed for a lot of cheap and easy jokes that weren't well thought out or clever. Previously, the show had introduced one shot characters that were much more engaging and dynamic. An example of this is the similarly plotted episode from earlier in the season, Straight as an Arrow. Hank was at odds with a new neighbor and their conflict had depth and substance. You get the feeling that maybe Hank's way of raising his child isn't the best for everyone and he has to learn to live with that.

    However, this episode makes the Canadians so flat and unlikable that you can't help but side with Hank. I can appreciate jabs as much as the next guy, but this episode was just lazily written and hard to enjoy.

  • O Canada!

    As a Canadian I was excited to see this episode. Before going on to the actual quality of the episode in entertainment and humour level, I'll discuss the portrayal of Canadians. This, from what I hear, is a fairly controversial episode amongst Canadian viewers. Maybe it's because a show dared to not use the "Canadians are super polite" stereotype, but used a bunch of others ones, but I don't know. I personally am fine with it. I probably would have liked to have seen them in a nicer light, but I think I understand where this is coming from. One thing that KOTH has always done is highlight the ignorance of its characters, be it red necks, or just America as a whole. And there are a few moments where this is shown. I think ultimately this is an episode about two cultures clashing, and not about America is nice and Canada is rude. While the show does seem to be showing Canadians as rude and acting like they're better than America, I think the show is also showing it from their perspective. It isn't so much that they were actually being rude, but that really, it's just how the Americans felt. I actually tend to agree with some of the things that Gordon said, and it comes off as rude, mostly because that is how the main characters (the "heroes") react to it. For me, this episode isn't about what the writers feel about Canadians, but rather how Americans as a whole probably feel about Canadians. Which, I (never actually been to America) would probably agree with. I actually think the only thing that bothered me was the accents. The majority of Canadians don't speak that way. It is only in the East (Newfoundland, but again, I feel it is based upon the average American opinion (possibly the ignorant American-which KOTH often mocks), and not really those of the writers themselves. Whether as a Canadian, you feel offended or not, your judgement of the quality can't fully be based on that. So, as for whether the episode was actually GOOD. KIND OF. It was entertaining, and it was (as a Canadian) intriguing to see what they were going to do. I didn't think it was all that funny (I did enjoy Bobby's scenes though), as the majority of the jokes were just "Why America is better" and "Why Canada is better". It's not a bad episode, but I think it would be less controversial if the jokes were actually really funny and not so much about the two countries trying to out do the other one. If you look at the one where Kahn first appears, you get a similar situation, but it wasn't really about America Vs. Loas, as it was Hank Vs. Kahn. And that to me is where the difference between the quality of the episode lies.moreless
  • Disapointing

    In the end, when the canadian family behaved rudely towards Hank, even after he helped bail the guy out of jail, and offer his home to the family, I felt they should have gotten their comeuppance.

  • When Boomhauer trades houses with a Canadian family for the summer Hank finds himself in a war with the Canadians due to their different viewpoints.

    While I did not find this episode to be particularly funny, the episode is interesting because it deals with the differences between American and Canadian cultures. For example Hank believes some of the remarks the Canadians made were rude, while the Canadians themselves believe the Hills were rude with their party. Its nice to see the heavy use of Canada in this episode because not many TV shows even mention the country. Other than that there's not much else to say.

    Well we do hear Boomhauers first name which is apparently Jeff.

    Overall I give this episode a 6.5 because it wasent that funny, but it did have a good plot.moreless
Pamela Adlon

Pamela Adlon

Bobby Hill

Stephen Root

Stephen Root

Bill Dauterive, Buck Strickland

Mike Judge

Mike Judge

Hank Hill, Boomhauer

Kathy Najimy

Kathy Najimy

Peggy Hill

Brittany Murphy

Brittany Murphy

Luanne Platter

Johnny Hardwick

Johnny Hardwick

Dale Gribble

Colin Mochrie

Colin Mochrie

Gordon (Uncredited)

Guest Star

Phil Hendrie

Phil Hendrie

Guard, Police Officer #1

Guest Star

David Herman

David Herman

Guest Voice

Guest Star

Tom Petty

Tom Petty


Recurring Role

Lauren Tom

Lauren Tom

Minh Souphanousinphone

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Due to the song being played at the end, there was no tagline for this episode.

    • Gordon made a claim that the Canadians had discovered penicellin, which is untrue. Alexander Flemming, the true discoverer of penicellin, was Scottish and was never involved with Canada, however, the Canadians did invent insulin.

    • This episode is the first episode since Season 8's "Daletech" to have a cold open. Unlike all the other ones, this has multiple scenes and is about two and a half minutes long. Usually the cold opens for this show are one scene and fairly short.

    • This episode reveals Boomhauer's first name: Jeff.

  • QUOTES (12)

    • (Hank has been bailed out of jail by Buck and his lawyer)
      Gordon: What about me?
      J.J. Womack: You're a foreign national who committed a criminal offense. May God have mercy on your soul.
      Gordon: Hank, you gotta help me!
      Hank: Oh, you mean, bail you out of trouble? How terribly American that would be of me

    • Gordon: Ah, now, this is a beer. Why can't America make a decent ale?
      Hank: Probably because we're too busy making medical breakthroughs and blockbuster movies and going to the moon!
      Gordon: Yeah, well, we invented zippers, penicillin and the Zamboni!
      Bill: I love Canada's national anthem. Too bad they don't play it much at the Olympics!
      Kahn: And your money has a girl on it!

    • Ollie: So how tall are you?
      Bobby: 4 Foot 11.
      Ollie: Cool; that's like, 157 centimeters.
      Bobby: Wow; I sound taller in Canada! I wonder if it makes me thinner, too...

    • Bobby: Mom, can I have another half liter of OJ, please?
      Hank: What? Bobby, we speak English in this house.
      Bobby: But, Dad, Canada's metric system makes so much more sense. A yard, a foot, an ounce... That's so random. Why not measure things in squirts and dog's tails?

    • Kahn: If you ask me, America's building a wall along the wrong border!

    • (Hank has gotten all of the regulars personalized beer mugs that he will keep frosty, and let's Gordon use Boomhauers. Bill and Dale start singing the theme to Alamo Beer)
      Gordon: Well, I guess it's a fine beer, you know, if you're not into flavor, but you love going to the washroom all night (Gordon laughs). Oh, sorry. Maureen's giving me our secret signal to leave. Good to meet all you.

    • Suzette: Allo, my name is Suzette. I live next door.
      Boomhauer: Dang ol Bon Jour, man.

    • Hank: Be polite, Dale. We're Americans. We're the world's Welcome Mat. It doesn't matter if they're from Canada, Laos, or God forbid, California...

    • Dale: I'm thinkin' a new hammock. For me, laying and swaying is like a morphine drip without the risk of renal failure.

    • Hank: Ah, summer. What America does best. Heck, we were BORN in summer.

    • Hank: Boomhauer, don't you dare come back a hockey fan.

    • Hank: Canada? A man only has so many summers Boomhauer. Why would you waste yours in a country that is dismantling it's navy?

  • NOTES (3)

    • Due to the portrayal of Canadians, this episode caused a stir online with many Canadian fans.


    • The song heard during the montage was "Whiskey Rock-a-Roller" by Lynyrd Skynyrd. The song heard during the closing credits is "Only in America" by Brooks and Dunn.

    • This episode was initial thought of a series finale, since it was the last one to air in the standard season time slot. However, Fox later announced that there would be an hour (two 30-min episodes) finale in September.


    • Gordon brings over a two-four case of Slewbacks to challenge Hank to a beer drinking contest. The moose design on the Slewback case is similar to the Moosehead Beer design.

    • Bill: Don't Mess with Texas

      This is a trademark phrase coined by the Texas Department of Transportation, in which is used to combat littering.

    • Proots: The shirt that Ollie wears and the one sweater that Gordon wears is an allusion to popular Canadian clothing company Roots.

    • Maureen: I'm just going to slip this young lady behind the chesterfield.
      Chesterfield is a Canadian term for couch, however, it is almost never used anymore.

    • Kahn: And your money has a girl on it.
      This is a reference to Queen Elizabeth II who appears on all the Canadian coins since Canada still has ties to England.

    • Kahn: I'd doge bullets in the Killing Fields for two extra years, instead of going to Canada.
      The Killing Fields were numerous sites in which hundreds of thousands of people were killed by the Khmer Rouge under Pol Pot's regime in Cambodia.

    • The episode title is a play on the title of the Canadian national anthem "O Canada".