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King of the Hill: Grand Theft Arlen

by Adam Finley, posted Apr 29th 2007 9:16PM

king of the hill(S11E08)

Peggy: There's a brown spot on the lawn, and there is a brown spot on your son.

Wow, a whole hour of King of the Hill. I must say I thought this one had more yucks than the other episode.

First thing: is it just me or were the two teens who created the "Pro-Pain" video game kind of similar to Beavis and Butthead? Perhaps it was the buckteeth on the one with the ponytail, but they seemed like older versions of Beavis and Butthead who had gone to a community college to learn game design.

The riff between the two boys and Hank about whether his Strickland Propane hat was "ironic" made me laugh. Having grown up on a farm where John Deere hats were a common accessory, it always amuses me to see kids wearing them now to look hip. You can trace similar fashion choices back to my high school days in the early nineties when everyone was wearing flannel and not realizing people in Seattle were wearing it simply because it's flippin' cold as hell up there.

Also, do kids still do that whole Presidential Fitness Test thing? I remember doing that in school, and I think I did okay, though like Bobby, I always had trouble with pull-ups. I loved the scene where Joseph tries to help him by telling him to kick his legs, and finally just gives Bobby a little shove, as if that would somehow give him the strength he needed.

Propane seems to be both hank's strength and his Achilles Heel. He knows more about it than anyone, and yet his pride in that knowledge makes it easy for him to be manipulated. He hates the new video game at first until he becomes a manager within the game, and suddenly he can't get enough of it.

It was also nice to see more Peggy in this episode. The way she over-dramatizes Hank's addiction (and she admits to it) as of he were on hard drugs was really funny, and her insistence that she can recognize addiction because she reads Parade magazine made me laugh out loud.

Favorite Hank line: "Oh god, I just stabbed a parking attendant! Where's the button to turn myself in?"

Like the other episode, I'll give this one a 6 out of 7.

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DJ Clae

I wrote my own blog entry about this episode, and I was kind of critical of it:

http://j-fan.com/games/blog.pl?action=article&entry=0704292344

May 01 2007 at 2:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Peanut

Not only did we get to see Alabaster Jones, but also the former Buddha Sac.

April 30 2007 at 6:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Adam Finley


That date, apparently, was not set in concrete:

http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/newsitem.cfm?NewsID=5586

April 30 2007 at 3:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ralph

All that said, W(here)TF is Season Seven on DVD? We're almost halfway into 2007 and Season 7 was due out in Fall 2006.

April 30 2007 at 2:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tweaq

Nice to see Alabaster Jones (the pimp) in the Pro-Pain, or at least he resembled the pimp Hank had trouble with.

April 30 2007 at 1:45 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
BillS

The opposite of the first episode, with some nice jokes (Dale drinking by osmosis cracked me up), but kind of a silly story. But the two made a nice combination.

http://popculturejunk.blogspot.com/

April 29 2007 at 10:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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