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King of the Hill: 24 Hour Propane People

by Adam Finley, posted Apr 24th 2006 10:14AM

king of the hill(S10E12) Being a heterosexual male with the ability to use my eyes, I can certainly understand the desire to kick back at the occasional strip club now and again, but I've never understood men who go to these places all the time. They're fun once in a while, but I would think frequenting them every day would cause the novelty to wear off pretty quickly. That doesn't seem to be the case for Mr. Strickland, who has spent every morning of his life kicking back at his favorite strip joint and enjoying the free buffet. In the beginning of last night's episode, after fuming over the lack of free food, he's banned from the strip club indefinitely.

The episode could have easily been turned into one about a dirty old man upset about not being able to ogle chicks before work every morning, but it was really more about Strickland's endless struggle to remain young and vibrant, at least in his own mind. He has no desire to be the real "boss" of Strickland Propane, he delegates that responsibility to Hank. What he does want is to be the crazy guy who swipes money from the cash register to use at the strip club each morning. Since he can't even do that anymore, he decides to make Strickland Propane more "fun," turning it into "Strickland Propanerie" and having his workers dress in Hawaiian shirts and bunny ears. Unfortunately, this means no work ever gets done and they end up having to work overtime. Hank eventually smooths things over with the owner of the strip club, and Mr. Strickland is allowed back, as long as both parties understand the other one isn't apologizing.

Another great episode, I thought, and another example of how Hank really is the one in charge at Strickland, despite his title. While having a boss who steals from the till and doesn't show up to work most mornings might spell disaster for some businesses, Hank has learned to make the situation work out for everybody. Like most places of business, the man supposedly "in charge" is the one with the least amount of knowledge about what's really going on.

Oh yeah, and the Peggy and Bobby side story, in which Peggy uses her press pass to get free things, had some great moments, too. I loved that Peggy found it necessary to come up with more than one way of saying "potato" in her newspaper article. She already used "tuber" twice, after all.

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