King of the Hill

King of the Hill

The Complete Third Season

DVD - 2006
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britprincess1ajax Jul 30, 2016

(Two preteens discussing a hunting trip they're going on with their fathers)
“Just so you know, I’m leaving a boy, but I’m coming back a man.”
“You’re lucky. I’m leaving a girl and coming back a man.”

britprincess1ajax Jul 30, 2016

“Hank, a hunting trip’s not just about getting drunk or shooting deer. It’s about getting out in the woods, away from the government, where your paper money is useless unless you run out of leaves. Where a man can let down his guard and share his biggest fear.”
“Dale, you with your guard down is my biggest fear.”

britprincess1ajax Jul 30, 2016

“There is nothing more important to a magician than keeping secrets. Probably because so many of them are gay.”

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britprincess1ajax Jul 30, 2016

Offering a slice of Texan life, this third season has a healthy helping of mowers and hunting as Hank Hill and his family steer their truck through their days in Arlen. You witness this particular brand of Texans deal with magic tricks, neighbourly behaviour, focus groups, pranks gone awry, and so much more. It's a delight to behold how these folks live. I surely recommend it.

Powerline_420 Jul 25, 2015

King of the Hill was never a show which shied away from heavy topics ranging from mental illness to sexual harassment to death and grief; when its plot concerned topics like these they were always handled with sensitivity, yet never sugarcoated. This season truly exemplifies that, and it even won an Emmy award for doing so.

The most obvious example in this season is the arc involving the death of Buckley in the season premiere and his return as an angel in the third-to-last episode of the season, "Wings of the Dope." Luanne had broken up with Buckley seconds before he died in an accidental explosion at Mega-Lo-Mart. The first episode of this season deals with her repression of grief and culminates in a heartbreaking scene during which she breaks into tears in her room. Peggy tells her in this episode to "Go ahead and grieve however you need to."

The episode which won an Emmy is the second episode, "And They Call It Bobby Love." This episode deals with Bobby's first love and first heartbreak, and perfectly captures both the raw emotions that come with it and the callousness many parents have toward teen relationships ("You aren't REALLY in love, you're just a kid!") as if they never were that age themselves or believe teens to be incapable of love or pain.

There are also episodes concerning mental illness and sexual harassment. "Pretty, Pretty Dresses" is about Bill's depression over his ex, and "Return To La Grunta" has parallel storylines about Luanne and Hank being sexually harassed - Hank by a dolphin, Luanne by a human - and the stigma against reporting it, especially for men. Both episodes end happily.

"Wings of the Dope" - the "Buckley's Angel episode" - is probably the best-known and most well-liked episode of the series. It certainly is the most touching, in my opinion. When someone close to you dies, everyone wishes they could see them one last time and say what needs said or just spend more time with them. Luanne gets that chance in this episode. She and Buckley play on his old trampoline as a beautiful old song, The Dream Academy's "Life in a Northern Town," plays. Buckley helps Luanne make a major life decision as well as come to terms with her loss; toward the middle of the episode Peggy encourages her as well after catching her sitting by the trampoline crying and listening to "Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground" while waiting for Buckley to come back. The end is a tearjerker - he asks Luanne for one last kiss and when he gets too frisky she says "That part's over." He asks, "Why?" and she replies "Chicken thigh" - an inside joke between them which was also the last thing Buckley said to Luanne before he died. Buckley nods and seems to ascend to heaven; Luanne watches him ascend with a smile, goes back in the house, and turns the lights off. But Buckley returns to Earth and is shown walking toward the horizon - pulling the halo that he earned for helping Luanne out of his pocket and putting it on.

This season has far more to offer than lessons and emotion, however. It also includes the episode "A Firefighting We Will Go," which is full of slapstick humor, and many other episodes more traditional to the show's format. All in all, if you have never watched King of the Hill before and want to get your feet wet, this is the season to start with.

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