King of the Hill/Hank and the Great Glass Elevator
Hank and the Great Glass Elevator is the eleventh episode of the fifth season of King of the Hill, and the ninety-fifth episode overall.
Also Starring: David Herman (Presenter)
Special Guest Voice: Ellen Barkin (Lenore)
Special Guest Voice: Ann Richards (Herself)
After taking the fall for Hank mooning former Governor Ann Richards, Bill soon begins a relationship with her. This takes a turn when Bill's ex-wife Lenore suddenly returns.
Meanwhile, Peggy and Bobby learn about the benefits of charcoal.
Hank: I'm doin' it. I'm a mooner.
Seen, But Not Heard
- Duran Duran - "Hungry Like the Wolf"
- Lenore returns and Bill attempts to marry again, but thanks to Ann Richards, he gives her a kiss-off, effectively helping to move on from her.
- It's revealed that neither Peggy nor Bobby knew about what charcoal-heated food tastes like as they immediately take a liking to it. Hank gives her a choice and Peggy opts to lie about preferring propane, likely to ease Hank's mind.
- The first and only appearance of Lenore.
- The man Lenore is seen sitting with, who is never acknowledged or ever seen again, looks remarkably like Bill, but with hair.
Behind the Scenes
Allusions and References
- The title of this episode is a play on the book Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator, Roald Dahl's sequel to his book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
- Peggy tells Luanne that she's out of burgers, despite some visible on a table behind her.
- Luanne: Welcome to my end-of-semester party. I never thought finals would be over. But by this time next week, they will be.
- Dale: Hank, if you're steering, who's taking off your shirt?!
- Peggy: Luanne, you ran out of burgers and I think I know why. They are delicious and we ate them all.
- Bill: I know this hotel. It's where Lenore and I spent our honeymoon. That's the couch where I slept.
- Dale: Hello. I am Gribble of the Gribble party. We requested four standard rooms on your kosher floor.
- Concierge: I'm sorry, sir. We don't have a kosher floor.
- Dale: This is an outrage. How do you intend to placate me?
- Hank: Would you knock it off, Dale?
- Dale: Wait till my pastor hears about this! My God is a vengeful God.
- Concierge: Sir, please, we don't discriminate against... whatever you are.
- Dale: My God, Hank. Can we ever have a party you don't poop?
- Bill: You still owe me one from high school when the whole team mooned Belton and you just held up a sign saying, "Good game."
- Dale: It was the single greatest time I have ever had with my pants off.
- Hank: I'm gonna kick your asses!
- Dale: Why is it always about asses with you, Hank?
- Dale: Governor Richards! It's been a while. You may not remember me, but I've seen you on TV.
- Bill: Well, she's taking me to a fancy ball. I should probably shower.
- Hank: Well, it's nuts, but she does have him showering.
- Ann Richards: You guys like baseball?
- Dale: If you're trying to smoke out the communist, relax. (takes a drag off his cigarette) We're all cool.
- Hank: You brought charcoal into our house!
- Peggy: I didn't know what it was! Luanne asked me to hold it for her. I thought it was drugs.
- Hank: There's soot under my boy's nails. You don't get that from a clean-burning fuel.
- Bobby: You don't get the rich smoky flavor, either.
- Hank: Shut your mouth.
- Bill: What are you doing here?
- Lenore: I think the question is, why did I ever leave?
- Bill: You said it was because I was fat and bald, and I got too jealous whenever you had a date.
- Bill: Lenore swung by my place last night.
- Dale: I told you she'd come back! 'Course, that was seven years ago and I was just trying to make you feel better.
- Hank: Governor, can I ask you a personal question?
- Ann Richards: Sure.
- Hank: What do you think of charcoal? It's pure evil, right?
- Ann Richards: Hank, I may be a politician, but I'm not afraid to speak my mind. Now, if you'll excuse me.
- Ann Richards: It's over between us.
- Bill: We had fun, didn't we, Governor Richards?
- Ann Richards: From the first minute when your friend mooned me in that elevator.
- Bill: You knew the whole time?
- Ann Richards: You took the fall for a friend and I find that a whole lot more attractive than Hank's bony ass.
- Bobby: You lied, mom.
- Peggy: No, Bobby, I came to my senses. All of them. Except for taste.
- Lenore: So whose birthday is it?
- Bill: Mine.
- Lenore: Oh, I'm sorry, baby. I didn't get you anything.
- Bill: Oh, no, that's okay. Your presence is my present. And I can't wait to take you home and unwrap you... and then have sex.
- Lenore: I'm dating a man who dumped Ann Richards. That's like me dumping Ann Richards.
- Bill: You know me so well.
- Lenore: I know your mother's maiden name, your Social Security number, what foods'll kill you. If I didn't care so much about you, I could ruin your life.
- Bill: Lenore, will you marry me?
- Lenore: Bill, it wouldn't work out. You live in Arlen. I live in... Well, I probably shouldn't tell you where I live.