King of the Hill

Season 3 Episode 23

Wings of the Dope

Aired Sunday 8:30 AM May 04, 1999 on FOX
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Hank and the guys decide they want to fix up Buckley's old trampoline. One night while studying for her final exam, Luanne sees Buckley's Angel out using the trampoline. This leads to Luanne thinking she has a guardian angel. Hank and Peggy think Luanne has gone crazy but Bill, Dale and Boomhauer believe that Buckley's Angel really does exist and refuse to continue working on fixing it. Buckley tells Luanne that Jesus has other plans for her besides beauty school, and Luanne makes a life altering decision.


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  • Touching, emotional, and beautiful.

    This is one of the most memorable, touching episodes of King Of The Hill in its entire run. After experiencing a loss, it's common to wish you could talk to the person or see them one more time to tie up all the knots. Luanne gets to do just that in this episode. She progresses from being tearful at the thought of Buckley to just smiling and walking back into her house as he flies away. The scenes with Buckley's Angel and Luanne are all touching, as is the scene during which Luanne is crying by the trampoline and Peggy tells her that if she gives up on education she's giving up on her dreams and says that she has to do things by herself instead of relying on others. The soundtrack is stellar as well, featuring "Life in a Northern Town" by The Dream Academy and "Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground" by Willie Nelson. The fact that this episode helped a Columbine survivor grieve for a friend she loved and never told, by helping her reconcile her emotions and realize it was okay to do so even though he was responsible for the shooting, speaks for itself in terms of its emotional content. If a person only ever watches one episode of this show, it should be this one.moreless
  • Ghostly

    Season 3 continues to make me literally laugh out loud. This is Buckley's last appearance and it was a great one. Luanne's storyline was good and she is really funny, but I really liked how everyone thought that the trampoline was possessed by Buckley's Angel. Dale's reaction is the best thinking it is the portal to Hell. I liked how they were able to keep Luanne's naivety and still mature her all at once. It was a well written episode, and it's nice to see Buckley again!moreless
  • "Buckley's Ghost", the San Diego-area Rock band

    My pal, Mister Beazy, told me such wonderful tales of debauchery, surrounding his own experience providing percussion for the rock ensemble [former?], titled "Buckley's Ghost". All the while, I did smile, for friends tend to do that, engaged in discourse over nostalgic matters, yet-- much to my surprise, much later-- I came to realize: They named their band, as an acknowledgement to this KOTH episode. Anyone out there familiar w/ the band? or B.P. aka Mister Beazy. Ever hear of San Diego? I believe it's somewhere, Western U.S., maybe, uh... Californ-i-yay oh, somewhere thereabouts. Said he left cause people be havin' bad odor 'round there, but i don't believe it. As for the episode, previous to my knowledge of "Buckley's Ghost", it was one of my faves. Now, all wrapped-up in the things of Urban Legends, I'd have to say-- it's become much more than just a favourite, but extra special. Mister Beazy, he's an extra special alien. See for yourselves.
  • This was a remarkable episode because of Buckley coming back.

    Alright now this episode of King of the Hill was the one that brought me to liking the show. One night i was swiching the channels and i found King Of The Hill I started to watch it and after the show was over i relly wanted to see it again I also wanted to know who Buckley died. So this episode brought me into the whole show.

    I was so in love with this episode i even made my sims from the sims2 Luanne and Buckley also the rest of the members. I then found out each night when the show was going to come on and checked if it was the episode.

    I have probley seen this episode 20 times.

    Whatever happened to Buckley well many things Luanne once loved him but at the stike of instance he blew up ( In the mego low mart explotion). then Luanne has to take a test thats when troble appears. As Buckley coming back as an angle he helped or demotivated Luanne causing her to have all types of problems. Hank wants to fix the trampoline and thats not relly interesting ohh ya because the episodes all about Luanne. And if u seen it Bobby dosen't do anything.moreless
  • Luanne has a life-changing vision.

    This episode concentrates on Luanne, but not

    her goof-ups or her lack of smarts, but on

    her dreams and her future. In this episode,

    Luanne really grows up.

    The most wonderful scene is the one of her

    and the Buckley angel on the trampoline. The

    way she\'s happy to see him, and the way the

    song \"Life in a Northern Town\" plays with

    them both bouncing up and down playfully with

    each other, was really touching and sweet.

    And although Buckley may not be the brightest

    or most romantic of characters, her feelings

    for him is what carries the scene.

    Hank and the rest of the cast really don\'t

    have much to do here. Even the secondary plot

    about fixing the trampoline is really just a

    set-up to Luanne\'s vision. But it was good to

    see how everyone else (except Hank) slowly

    starts to believe in the Buckley angel as well.

    The ending is a happy moment for Luanne, as

    we see her turning failure into success, to

    make something better of her life.

    Overall, this episode shows why this show is

    so good. There are no laugh-out-loud moments,

    but there are lovable characters and interesting

    story-lines. And it helps show why Luanne is

    one of the most lovable of the characters on

    the show.moreless
Toby Huss

Toby Huss

Voice of Kahn Souphanousinphone

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

Dawnn Lewis

Dawnn Lewis

Sharona Johnson

Guest Star

Jennifer Coolidge

Jennifer Coolidge

Miss Kremzer

Guest Star

David Herman

David Herman

Voice of Buckley

Recurring Role

Lauren Tom

Lauren Tom

Voice of Minh Souphanousinphone, Connie Souphanousinphone

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • In the episode in which the Mega Lo Mart explodes, the last thing Buckley says onscreen to Luanne before he dies is "Chicken thigh" as a joking answer to her asking, "I'm breaking up with you; do you know why?" In this episode, the last thing Luanne says to Buckley before he seemingly ascends back to Heaven and she goes back into her house is "Chicken thigh" also after she says the romantic part of their relationship is over and he asks, "Why?"

    • Tagline: "Hey." -Buckley. This is the second time that the tagline is not unique to this episode but was used in various episodes. It was even used multiple times in this episode alone.

    • When Dale takes the letter from "Buckley's Angel" they are all by the trampoline, but when Hank sprays the guys with water they are standing on the other side of the lawn.

  • QUOTES (12)

    • Buckley: Before I go, could I have one last kiss?
      Luanne: No. That part's over.
      Buckley: Why?
      Luanne: Chicken thigh.

    • Dale: We've been playing God with Buckley's trampoline, now God is playing God with us! And He's a lot better at it.

    • Peggy: Minh, have you ever had any religious visions?
      Minh: This about Buckley's angel, huh, Peggy Hill?
      Peggy: You know about that?
      Minh: Not much happen in this neighborhood. When someone come back from dead, it gets around.

    • (Luanne has her first sighting of Buckley's Angel)
      Luanne: Who are you? What are you doing? What ... ?
      Buckley: Chicken butt.

    • (Kahn answers the door and it's Hank, Dale, Bill and Boomhauer)
      Kahn: Wait, if you guys are here, who's guarding trash cans in alley?

    • Kahn: Buckley's Angel? Oh, I'm so alone! I have to commute to Houston every day -- that city one big stinkhole! Did I make the right decision, Buckley's Angel? Oh, Buckley's Angel! Why you not come to me instead of that redneck little hot potato?

    • Buckley: I just came back to say I'm sorry I bailed out of the car.
      Luanne: I knew you weren't really a jerk.
      Buckley: Yeah. Well, I gotta go. Jesus is having a party. It's gonna rock.
      Luanne: There'll probably be a lot of people there, but if you see Jesus, tell him I said thanks.

    • Boomhauer: I don't know, man, I been havin' trouble with my dang ol' crankshaft...Buckley's Angel, walk up and just touch the hood, just touch it, my Dodge is healed, man...yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, man.

    • Peggy: Luanne, you look positively radiant this morning. You're not pregnant, are you?

    • Luanne: You are an angel! Unless you're just a hallucinogen of my mind. If you're really Buckley's Angel, then tell me something only the real Buckley would know.
      Buckley: have a birthmark on your butt the shape of a Honda key.
      Luanne: You are a real angel!

    • Luanne: I just had a test last semester, and now I have to take another test! It's not fair! How often in real life are you tested?

    • Hank: Bill, remember when we got you to brush your teeth by saying you didn't know how?
      Bill: Yeah.
      Dale: Reverse psychology? That'll never work.
      Hank: Yes, it will!
      Dale: Gotcha.

  • NOTES (5)

    • The version of "Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground" that plays while Luanne waits for Buckley is the original by Willie Nelson. For some reason, a different version was included on the soundtrack; the difference can be heard in the way the eponymous line is performed.

    • "Wings of the Dope" premiered two weeks after the Columbine shooting. A few weeks after it aired, Mike Judge got a letter from a Columbine survivor who credited the episode with enabling her to grieve for a friend of hers she was in love with and never got to tell, who turned out to be one of the perpetrators.

    • The song that plays while Luanne and Buckley's Angel jump on the trampoline is "Life in a Northern Town" by The Dream Academy. The song playing when Luanne is crying by the trampoline before her exam is  "Angel Flying Too Close To The Ground" by Willie Nelson and Mark McGrath.

    • When Hank talks about Buckley not being able to find a hammer, he is referencing the first episode where Hank is asking Buckley for help finding something, and at one point says, "do you know what a danged hammer is?"

    • The original title of this episode was "Luanne's Angel."