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24 Hour Propane People
Season 10, Episode 12
Air date April 23, 2006
Written by Aron Abrams & Gregory Thompson
Directed by Robin Brigstocke
Episode guide
Church Hopping
The Texas Panhandler
24 Hour Propane People is the one hundred-ninety-eighth episode of King of the Hill. It was first aired on April 23, 2006. The episode was written by Aron Abrams and Gregory Thompson, and directed by Robin Brigstocke.


When Buck gets banned from his favorite strip club Jugstore Cowboys, he refocuses on making Strickland Propane a "fun" place to work, inspired by a gimmicky ice cream parlor, Frozen Cow Creamery. Buck makes his employees dress in costumes, have sleepovers in the office and use hip catchphrases. Customers are not sure how to react to this gaudiness, and Donna, Enrique and Joe Jack are being pushed to the limit by having to dress in goofy costumes and all of Buck's "fun teamwork activities" are crowding out the essential parts of the business such as inventory. It's up to Hank to get everyone focused on selling propane again.

Hank tries to reassure the others that the customers will indirectly make Buck come to his senses. He said there have not been customers in droves, and Buck will relent when he sees this tomfoolery is a liability. Buck then comes back with the weekly business report, saying that profits have increased $300 since Strickland adopted the "fun" model, perplexing Hank. Hank tries to get to the bottom of how come more profits were made, and considers it strange when comparing the weekly reports of the usual business model (or as Buck calls it "the old, fuddy Strickland") increased every day in round numbers. Donna said Buck would be pilfering the strongbox, helping himself to $20 bills. Hank then deduces the better business: The gimmickry did not attract more customers; instead the reason for the increased bottom line was that Buck was not stuffing the profits down strippers' G-strings since he got blackballed from the strip club. Hank arranges a reconciliation between Buck Strickland and the proprietor of the strip club, and the Strickland employees make a bonfire of the fun clothing and props that had been forced on them.


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Hank's On Board · Bystand Me · Bill's House · Harlottown · A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Clown · Orange You Sad I Did Say Banana? · You Gotta Believe (In Moderation) · Business Is Picking Up · The Year of Washing Dangerously · Hank Fixes Everything · Church Hopping · 24 Hour Propane People · The Texas Panhandler · Hank's Bully · Edu-macating Lucky

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