King of the Hill/Chasing Bobby

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Chasing Bobby
King of the Hill - Chasing Bobby.png
Season 5, Episode 9
Airdate January 21, 2001
Production Number 5ABE10
Written by Garland Testa
Directed by A. Lioi
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King of the HillSeason Five

Chasing Bobby is the ninth episode of the fifth season of King of the Hill, and the ninety-third episode overall.

Starring: Mike Judge (Hank Hill, Boomhauer), Kathy Najimy (Peggy Hill), Pamela Segall Adlon (Bobby Hill), Brittany Murphy (credit only), Johnny Hardwick (Dale Gribble, Ethan Hawke, 2nd Salesman), Stephen Root (Bill Dauterive, Optician, Buck Strickland)

and Toby Huss (Charlton Heston, Mechanic, Roy Clark, Old Men)

Also Starring: Ashley Gardner (Nancy Gribble), Marcelo Tubert (Marty Mendez)


Plot Overview

Hank begins having trouble with his truck, but can't accept that it's beyond repair.


Stinger Quote

Bobby: To The Flowers of Time!

Seen, But Not Heard


  • Styx - "Blue Collar Man"

Arc Advancement





The Show

Behind the Scenes

Allusions and References

  • Dale says the truck is "purring like Eartha Kitt," alluding to her recurring role as Catwoman on the 1960s Batman TV series.

Memorable Moments


  • Hank: When I agreed to see a movie today, I assumed it was understood that I meant not a ladies' picture.
Peggy: Hank, just because it takes place on a rose farm does not mean it's a ladies' picture.
Hank: Doesn't help.
  • Peggy: Oh, for God's sake! Just take it to a mechanic.
Dale: Another man touching her all over, playing with her manifolds?
Bill: And then making Hank pay for it?
  • Hank: Peggy, this truck has been through four presidents, three Cowboy Super Bowl victories, and zero mechanics.
  • Bobby: (holding pink bear) And they said nobody beats the claw machine.
Hank: Uh, that's great, son. Now give it to Connie.
Bobby: No. She won it for me.
  • Hank: Dale and I are the only guys here.
Peggy: No, no. There are two gentlemen right over there. The ones with the moustaches.
  • Peggy: This movie is good enough to have been based on a novel.
  • Peggy: Oh, Hank. Come on. There's no reason to be ashamed about your crying. But yet, I am.
  • Peggy: Now, I am not a professional psychologist, but I am an amateur psychologist.
  • Hank: So I forgot how long the straw was and it caught me in the eye. That was Sprite running down my cheek, not tears.
Bobby: Okay.
  • Optician: I'm not really finding anything wrong with your eyes, Mr Hill.
Peggy: Just as I thought and diagnosed yesterday.
  • Hank: Okay, you were right. I am crying. You happy now?
Peggy: Well, I'm - I'm happy for me, but I am sad for you. But, honey, I promise to keep this between you, me, Bobby, and the family therapist we will undoubtedly have to see.
  • Mechanic: Mr Hill, I'm afraid the news isn't good. She's only got about 500 miles left. 600 if you drive downhill... a lot. I'm just gonna close her up.
Hank: You're not even gonna try to fix it?
Mechanic: It would cost more to fix this truck than it's worth.
Hank: No, sir, I do not accept your answer. This truck has given me 20 years of reliable service and you cannot put a blue-book value on that.
  • Dale: Hank's never gonna let this truck go and we're the ones who are gonna suffer. We will now be "rides to the Auto Zone" and "those chumps who will push my truck."
Bill: You can't blame Hank for being attached to his truck. He loves it. And that's what you do when you love something. You cling to it so it doesn't try to run away.
Dale: I've had my van for 10 years. First sign of weakness, I'll shoot her myself.
  • Hank: Hey, Dale, do you mind driving me over to the Auto Zone? I'm just gonna break down and buy a new carburettor.
Dale: And so it begins.
  • Hank: Sorry I'm almost late, sir. I tried that new left-turn lane on Fourth. It was okay.
  • Roy Clark: Now, someone's lying to me. Let's see. Is it the girl in Accounting, my daughter? Or you fellas?
Buck: Scout's honour, Roy. If Hank says those tanks were filled, by God, those tanks were filled!
Hank: Uh, actually, sir, if you recall, what I said was--
Buck: Whoo-ee! I don't like to get this sweaty lessen I have a, you know, little lady to towel off on.
(Buck lays down on the floor)
Hank: (sighs) We lost the account, didn't we?
  • Hank: Dang it, Bobby. People are going to see this oil stain and think I'm a drunk.
  • Hank: I'm not gonna drive my truck 40 miles on some magic-carpet ride so some jackass mechanic can tell me there's nothing he can do.
Bobby: Come on, dad. Your truck drove you to the hospital when you cut your toe with a weed-whacker. You owe it to her to at least try.
Peggy: And you owe it to Bobby to take him along. After all, this is his brilliant idea. I wish I could take credit for it. Oh! I did buy the newspaper.
  • Hank: Eighty-four miles I'll never get back.
Bobby: It's not all my fault. Mom did buy the paper. Ooh, and I'm as mad at her as you are!
  • Bobby: So that's what it sounds like when a train hits a truck. It was a little more trucky than I would have thought considering how much train there was.
  • Hank: This is all your fault. You killed my truck.
Bobby: I was just trying to help. And if it wasn't the train, it would have been something else. That mechanic said it only had 500 miles left.
Hank: Even if he was right - which he wasn't - if I only drove 5 miles a year, I could have had her another 100 years.
  • Marty Mendez: Now, as long as you have come back, I feel I must tell you that this bad boy comes with a sunroof and seat-warmers in its standard package.
Hank: Well, sounds great. Let me just put on a dress and hop on up.
  • Bobby: I found this, by the tracks. You know, maybe she died there for a reason. Like she was trying to tell you something. Like, "Go back to the dealership and buy a new truck. It's okay. I'm in a better pla--" And then the train hit her.