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Bystand Me
Season 10, Episode 2
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Air date September 25, 2005
Written by Kit Boss
Directed by Dominic Polcino
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Bystand Me is the one hundred-eighty-eighth episode of King of the Hill. It was first aired on September 25, 2005. The episode was written by Kit Boss, and directed by Dominic Polcino.

Synopsis

When the Arlen Bystander newspaper gets a new editor, Peggy gets a job writing a household hints column. However, Peggy doesn't know any household hints so she makes some up after pumping Minh for ideas. However her idea for a cleaner (ammonia and bleach) creates what is referred to in the episode as Mustard gas, even though ammonia and bleach would actually make chloramine vapor (which is still toxic). Meanwhile, Hank makes Bobby get a paper route and Bobby lets Dale do his routes.

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Trivia

  • In this episode, Peggy does Hank's trademark "Bwaaah" scream when she finds out that the household hint she published in her newspaper column is a recipe for mustard gas.
  • The title is a reference to the Rob Reiner film "Stand By Me," based on the Stephen King novella "The Body."
  • At the very end of the episode when Peggy is listing off headlines for the newspaper editor, she ends with "Pink Ink Stinks Rink" which is a parody of the famous newspaper headline "Sticks Nix Hick Pix".
  • The plot of this episode is probably based on a real incident that occurred in Canada in the 1980s (see comments for full story), and the Canadian story appears to be the genesis of the mustard gas/chloramine gas mistake which seems to have been lifted verbatim for this KotH script.

Goofs

  • In one of the last scenes, when Hank, Peggy, Bobby and Dale go see the newspaper deliverers for help, the third man from the left in the group, with a red hat and glasses, appears to have a red jacket for the first few shots but in later shots his jacket is blue.
  • When Minh and Kahn are doing crosswords at the beginning of the episode, Minh is wearing big blue circles as earrings in only one shot in that scene, but then is shown wearing them consistently throughout the rest of the episode.
  • Mixing bleach and ammonia produces chloramine gas, not mustard gas. Both gasses are toxic, however. This goof was probably a result of lifting the plot directly from a Canadian incident that is legendary in the newspaper industry (see comments for full story).


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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