King of the Hill: Season 6
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The Hill family is back, and Arlen, Texas has never been wilder or funnier! From love triangles to gay rodeos, through beer shortages and Vietnam flashbacks, and from Mexico to Japan by way of the Renaissance Faire, this is King of the Hills craziest season yet! Did we mention Jimmy Carter?Its all here...and more. Life in Arlen will never be the same!
King of the Hill's sixth season, one of the best of this underappreciated animated series, is anything but "the same-old same-old" (Hank's euphemism for regularly scheduled Tuesday-night sex with his wife, Peggy). Fun-loving son Bobby (Pamela Adlon) and "nerd" neighbor Connie (Lauren Tom) break up (albeit amicably). "Renaissance woman" Peggy (Kathy Najimy) stirs up rebellion at the local Renaissance Faire. Luanne (Brittany Murphy) becomes the unwitting member of a cult. Conspiracy theorist Dale (Johnny Hardwick) discovers his father working in a gay rodeo. Through it all, Hank Hill (series creator Mike Judge) struggles to hold on to his core beliefs. It's not easy. "My wife lies to me, my beer company betrays me, Americans are giving Mexicans diarrhea," he complains in "Beer and Loathing." "What the hell's going on here?"
But not to worry. We can count on Hank, one of TV's few good men, not to waver. In the episode "Joust Like a Woman," a season benchmark, he is a vigilant father. "No tights, tassels, or skirts on the boy," he directs Luanne as he puts her in charge of the Renaissance Faire spending money, adding, to Bobby's disappointment, "Oh, and no bells." And he is a devoted husband, accepting "King Philip's" (regally voiced by Alan Rickman) jousting challenge to defend Peggy's honor. "No chump in a velvet costume is ever kickin' my ass," Hank declares. There's no two ways about it, as one Asian character looking for a token Caucasian observes in "A Man Without a Country Club." Hank is "super-white." In "Bobby Goes Nuts," another classic episode (and the sixth season is loaded with them), Hank beams after Bobby beats up a bully at school, thanks, he believes, to "good old American YMCA know-how." He is therefore shocked when he discovers that Bobby's been attending a self-defense class for women, and kicking his victims "below the belt" (while screaming, "Let go of my purse"). No matter how his sensibilities are offended, Hank manages to keep an open mind and heart. When aspiring comedian Bobby sells a joke to Branson's own Yakov Smirnoff in "The Bluegrass Is Always Greener," Hank is compelled to admit, "That is a good joke; it's Branson good." And this sixth season is great; it's King of the Hill great! --Donald Liebenson
- 21 episodes on 3 discs
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1.) Bobby Goes Nuts
Hank urges Bobby to enroll in a boxing class at the Y, knowing Bobby needs immediate self-defense. The class was full, so Bobby took the women's self-defense class. Bobby learns to defend himself by yelling "That's my purse" while kicking the attacker in the groin. A great episode!
2.) Soldier of Misfortune
Dale is running for re-election (as Gun Club president.) Dale eventually risks his friends' lives, as they are almost killed by his election opponent at the Gun Club.
3.) Lupe's Revenge
Hank is the target of a woman cop's desires. It's hilarious to watch him squirm! Peggy takes a school Spanish class on a field trip - to Mexico. Lupe, a Mexican girl, is accidentally taken, with the other students, back into the United States. When Peggy realizes what has happened, she takes Lupe back to Mexico and is arrested for kidnapping.
4.) The Father, the Son and J.C.
Hank is promoted Hank to manager at Strickland Propane, but when he tells Buck "I love you," he is demoted back to assistant manager. Cotton is jealous b/c his son likes Buck Strickland more. Peggy tries to fix Hank's relationship with his dad. Doesn't work. BUT, Jimmy Carter can fix it!
5.) Father of the Bribe
Kahn tries to bribe Bobby to break up with Connie. Later, they try to push her and Bobby together - when they think Connie is suicidal over the loss of her boyfriend.
6.) I'm with Cupid
Bill's pitiful life depress Bobby after his breakup with Connie. So Hank sends him to Boomhauer to learn how to behave. Mistake!
7.) Torch Song Hillogy
Bobby is nominated to carry the Olympic torch through Arlen, but Hank gets the job - then messes it up.
8.) Joust like a Woman
At a Renaissance Faire, Peggy stirs discord among the women. Hank tries to land a big propane account.
9.) The Bluegrass is Always Greener
Connie wants to play bluegrass, but her dad insists she play classical. So, she sneaks to Branson with the "Dale Gribble Bluegrass Experience," for a contest.
10.) The Substitute Spanish Prisoner
Peggy takes an online I.Q. test and is stamped "a genius." She blows $900, on a fake PhD through the online company. In the end, she gets her money back...in a cunning way.
11.) Unfortunate Son
Arlen's WWII vets and the Vietnam vets hate each other. But, when Cotton's VFW needs the dues money, they embrace the Vietnam vets. Although, it was a struggle to get there.
12.) Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret Hill
Peggy pretends to be a nun to so she can teach spanish. Hank wanted her to work at Strickland Propane with him.
13.) Tankin' it to the Streets
Thinking that the Army used him as a guinea pig (for an experimental drug,) Bill gets drunk and steals an Army tank.
14.) Of Mice and Little Green Men
Dale thinks Joseph is not his son, but an Alien's. Hank spends more time with Joseph, and Dale with Bobby. Lessons learned.
15.) A Man Without a Country Club
Kahn desperately wants membership in an all-Asian country club. Hank's the one asked to join, though. But, only as a token white man. Or else the PGA won't hold their tournament there.
16.) Beer and Loathing
Peggy gets a job at Alamo Beer. She discovers Alamo is making people sick but can't reveal it. For days, no Alamo Beer is available in Texas, so the boys make a trip to Mexico for some. Mistake. That is also tainted beer.
17.) Fun with Jane and Jane
Luanne to joins a sorority, Omega House. It's actually a cult. All the girls are called "Jane." Buck Strickland tells Hank to kill his emus - for the insurance money.
18.) My Own Private Rodeo
Dale harbors hatred for his dad, Bug, because he kissed Nancy on her and Dale's wedding day. Dale discovers that Bug is actually gay.
19.) Sug Night
Hank has dreams about Nancy Gribble. She is naked! Peggy thinks she and Hank need to go to a nude beach to spice up their marriage.
20.) Dang Ol' Love
Bill wants a beautiful jogger, but she chooses Boomhauer - as do all women. Boomhauer falls in love with this woman and is shocked by it.
21.) Returning Japanese (Part 1 of 2 Season Finale)
The Hills and Cotton go to Japan. Cotton wants to apologize for his actions in WWII. Peggy will write about Cotton's apology in the newspaper. Dale and Bill house sit and dress up as Hank and Peggy. Luanne thinks she killed Ladybird.
22.) Returning Japanese (Part 2 of 2 Season Finale)
Hank has a long-lost half-brother. Cotton plans to spit in the face of the Japanese Emperor Akihito at a ceremony honoring WW2 veterans. As Hank and his new brother try to stop Cotton, they see that they have more in common than they thought. Bobby likes a girl at the arcade.
But it's the incredible warmth of the folks in Arlen Texas that makes 'King of the Hill' so darned good. Hank and Peggy are all too human in their struggles, insecurities and victories and son Bobby is often as poignant as he is funny. Once you visit Arlen you won't want to leave.
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