King of the Hill (season 2)
|King of the Hill|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||23|
|Original release||September 21, 1997 –|
May 17, 1998
The showrunner for the season was Greg Daniels. Wes Archer, the supervising director, did a redesign on most of the characters to make them appear more realistic than they did in the first season.
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||Prod.|
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|13||1||"How to Fire a Rifle Without Really Trying"||Adam Kuhlman||Paul Lieberstein||September 21, 1997||5E01||17.3|
When Bobby displays a talent for target shooting, Hank signs up for a father–son fun shoot competition—only to discover a buried childhood memory is still sadly affecting his aim.|
Guest Stars: Angela Kinsey as Angela and Wallace Shawn as Philip Ny.
|14||2||"Texas City Twister"||Jeff Myers||Cheryl Holliday||September 28, 1997||5E02||15.8|
|Hank must save Peggy and Luanne from a tornado after he regrets not showing remorse for throwing Luanne out of the house and moving her back to the trailer that she moved out of after her mother tried to kill her father.|
|15||3||"Arrow Head"||Klay Hall||Jonathan Aibel & Glenn Berger||October 19, 1997||5E04||N/A|
Peggy's excitement over finding Indian artifacts in the front yard distresses Hank when a condescending university professor tricks Peggy into letting him dig in the Hills' yard.|
Guest Stars: Maurice LaMarche as Professor Lerner.
|16||4||"Hilloween"||John Rice||David Zuckerman||October 26, 1997||5E06||17.9|
|Hank goes to war with a litigious Evangelical Christian woman (Sally Field) bent on banning Halloween and indoctrinating the kids by inviting them to a hell house, and Peggy gives Luanne a piece of her mind when a freshly-converted Luanne says Peggy doesn't have good morals and values.|
|17||5||"Jumpin' Crack Bass (It's a Gas, Gas, Gas)"||Gary McCarver||Alan R. Cohen & Alan Freedland||November 2, 1997||5E03||19.6|
|Hank finds himself facing possible jail time after mistakenly buying crack cocaine to use as fish bait and the only way out is to prove that crack cocaine can be useful as fish bait.|
|18||6||"Husky Bobby"||Martin Archer||Jonathan Collier||November 9, 1997||5E05||20.0|
|Hank is determined to save his son from humiliation after Bobby becomes a model for a husky boy clothing line.|
|19||7||"The Man Who Shot Cane Skretteburg"||Monte Young||Johnny Hardwick||November 16, 1997||5E07||21.6|
Hank, Boomhauer, Bill and Dale face off in a paintball war against the teenage members of a garage band (guest-voiced by the members of the pop-punk band Green Day).|
Guest Stars: Tre Cool as Cane Skretteburg, Billie Joe Armstrong as Face and Mike Dirnt as Zeus.
|20||8||"The Son That Got Away"||Tricia Garcia||Jim Dauterive||November 23, 1997||5E08||18.3|
|Bobby, Connie and Joseph run away to "The Caves" (where "half of Arlen's unplanned pregnancies begin," according to Peggy) after Bobby and Connie get in trouble at school for disrupting class.|
|21||9||"The Company Man"||Klay Hall||Jim Dauterive||December 7, 1997||4E12||18.2|
When a new housing development is in need of a propane supplier, Buck instructs Hank to show the owner, an obnoxious Northerner who acts like a Southerner, a good time. However, Hank is none too thrilled to learn that this will require him to act like a cowboy stereotype.|
Guest Stars: Burt Reynolds as M.F. Thatherton, Billy West as Mr. Holloway and Stockard Channing as Mrs. Holloway
NOTE: This episode aired during season two and is usually shown in its aired order as a second season episode, despite having a season one production code. It is also included on the Season 1 DVD.
|22||10||"Bobby Slam"||Chris Moeller||Gina Fattore||December 14, 1997||5E10||18.3|
|Hank is delighted when Bobby announces he is joining the school wrestling team, but Peggy is mortified when she learns her son must first wrestle Connie in order to make the team.|
|23||11||"The Unbearable Blindness of Laying"||Cyndi Tang||Paul Lieberstein||December 21, 1997||5E09||17.2|
|In the series' first Christmas episode, Hank is psychologically shocked into blindness after accidentally catching a glimpse of his visiting mother and her new Jewish boyfriend (Carl Reiner) having sex on Hank's kitchen table.|
|24||12||"Meet the Manger Babies"||Jeff Myers||Jonathan Aibel & Glenn Berger||January 11, 1998||5E12||19.7|
|Hank faces a dilemma of Biblical proportions when Luanne asks him to portray God in a live TV broadcast of her Christian puppet show, which is scheduled to occur during Hank's beloved Super Bowl party.|
|25||13||"Snow Job"||Adam Kuhlman||Cheryl Holliday|
Alan R. Cohen & Alan Freedland
|February 1, 1998||5E11||15.2|
|During a rare snowstorm in Texas, Buck Strickland has a heart attack and hires an incompetent worker to run his company while Hank is chosen to house-sit -- and Hank's world is shattered when he finds that Buck is only in the propane business for the cash and not the customer satisfaction.|
|26||14||"I Remember Mono"||Wes Archer||Paul Lieberstein||February 8, 1998||5E13||16.4|
While updating files at Arlen High School, Peggy learns that Hank's two-week absence from classes during their high school days was due to mononucleosis, not a back injury, and is crushed that what was a romantic story of young love is now a lie.|
Guest star: Jennifer Jason Leigh as Amy.
|27||15||"Three Days of the Kahndo"||Lauren MacMullan||John Altschuler & Dave Krinsky||February 15, 1998||5E15||N/A|
Kahn's misreading of an advertisement for a Mexican timeshare results in him, Hank, and Dale getting trapped in Mexico, while Luanne and Bobby try to hide some contraband beauty products.|
Guest star: Paul Rodriguez as Jacinto.
|28||16||"Traffic Jam"||Klay Hall||Johnny Hardwick||February 22, 1998||5E14||16.8|
|When Hank and Kahn collide with each other's cars, they are both forced to attend traffic school courses taught by a raunchy black comedian (Chris Rock) named Roger "Buddha" Sack, who irritates Hank but becomes an eager Bobby's comedy mentor--which becomes a fraught situation when Bobby misinterprets Buddha's advice and finds inspiration from neo-Nazi websites.|
|29||17||"Hank's Dirty Laundry"||Shaun Cashman||Jonathan Aibel & Glenn Berger||March 1, 1998||5E16||18.6|
While purchasing a new dryer, Hank discovers that his credit is bad, thanks to a video store clerk who accuses Hank of renting a pornographic video and never returning it. No one believes or supports Hank, but he sets out to prove he never rented the tape anyway.|
Guest Stars: Lynne Thigpen as Judge.
|30||18||"The Final Shinsult"||Jack Dyer||Alan R. Cohen & Alan Freedland||March 15, 1998||5E17||15.6|
|After losing his driver's license and throwing Hank's stepmother Didi out of the house, Cotton moves in with Dale and plots to steal Antonio López de Santa Anna's wooden leg from a museum to use as a bargaining chip with the DMV.|
|31||19||"Leanne's Saga"||Tricia Garcia||David Zuckerman||April 19, 1998||5E18||14.5|
|Luanne's alcoholic mother is released from prison and starts dating Bill, whom she begins to abuse. Bill, meanwhile, is forced to give up alcohol due to taking a new type of medication for his toe fungus but ends up spending so much money on Leanne that he can no longer afford his medication.|
|32||20||"Junkie Business"||Cyndi Tang||Jim Dauterive||April 26, 1998||5E19||N/A|
|Strickland Propane's new employee (whom Hank hired because he preferred a man over the qualified woman who applied) turns out to be a drug addict who uses a legal trick that frees him from responsibility on the job and from being fired. Meanwhile, Peggy fears that the woman Hank turned down for the job may be after Hank.|
|33||21||"Life in the Fast Lane, Bobby's Saga"||Adam Kuhlman||John Altschuler & Dave Krinsky||May 3, 1998||5E21||15.3|
|After Hank is critical of his lazy and entitled behavior, Bobby gets a job as a concession boy at the Arlen race track, where he discovers that his boss (David Herman) is a mentally disabled sociopath. Bobby hides the truth of his miserable existence but Hank eventually figures out what's going on. Meanwhile, Boomhauer is given the chance to drive the pace car in an upcoming race.|
|34||22||"Peggy's Turtle Song"||Jeff Myers||Brent Forrester||May 10, 1998||5E22||N/A|
When Bobby is misdiagnosed with attention deficit disorder (after eating too much sugary cereal and disrupting class), Peggy quits her job as a substitute teacher and becomes a stay-at-home mom, but soon realizes that she needs a hobby for her newfound time and begins taking guitar lessons.|
Guest Stars: Ani DiFranco as Emily.
|35||23||"Propane Boom" (Part 1)||Gary McCarver||Norm Hiscock||May 17, 1998||5E23||N/A|
|Part one of two. Hank loses his job when Mega Lo Mart begins selling propane at cheaper prices than Strickland Propane, leading to him working there while planning to disrupt a Chuck Mangione concert at the store in protest. Something else, however, causes an even bigger disruption.|
The season was released on DVD by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment. "The Company Man" was released on the Season 1 DVD due to its production code and is not included here, even though it airs as a season two episode on most syndicated packages (barring Cartoon Network's Adult Swim).