|Gone With the Windstorm|
|Season 9, Episode 13|
|Air date||May 1, 2005|
|Written by||Wyatt Cenac|
|Directed by||Yvette Kaplan|
Smoking and the Bandit
Bobby On Track
Gone with the Windstorm is the one hundred-eighty-fourth episode of King of the Hill. It was first aired on May 1, 2005, and was the first episode of the series to air as part of FOX's "Animation Domination" block. The episode was written by Wyatt Cenac, and directed by Yvette Kaplan.
When Channel 84 hires a new meteorologist, Irv Bennett, Nancy and her less-than-accurate weather reports are left out in the cold. Determined to remain an integral member of the news team, Nancy, with Dale and Peggy in tow, drives a stolen news van into a raging wildfire, aiming to scoop the competition. Nancy reports a live up-link on the fire, and when the station manager sees her on an auxiliary monitor he orders the feed to go on air. Eventually Nancy, Dale, Peggy and several horses have to be air-lifted out of the fire zone by helicopter. Nancy's incessant sobbing in her news-report turns out to be a ratings smash, and while the station manager admonishes her for stealing the van, he decides the viewing public likes her so much she should go back on air. But because viewers still prefer accurate weather, he makes her a co-anchor of the newscast, rather than giving her back her position as "weathergirl". Meanwhile, Bobby is always frightened at school by a boy named Jimmy Beardon who keeps jumping out and startling him. After an incident in which Jimmy causes Bobby to pee his pants, Hank goes to Jimmy's house to speak to his father, who turns out to also be a frequent target of Jimmy's favorite prank, and appears to be a nervous wreck as a result. Eventually Hank, Bobby and Jimmy's father conspire to jump out and frighten Jimmy in his bedroom. After they successfully execute the scheme, Jimmy agrees to discontinue his gaslighting campaign on Bobby. But unfortunately, after Hank and Bobby leave, Jimmy's father tries to ask Jimmy if he has learned his lesson but Jimmy has disappeared, indicating that while he may have agreed to stop scaring Bobby, he has hidden somewhere to get ready to jump out and continue scaring his father, which causes Mr. Beardon to end the scene fearfully muttering "...Oh no!"
- In the episode, Dale is shown relaxing in the hot tub which he received earlier on in the series as an anniversary present from Nancy
- In this episode we learn that one of the shows channel 84 broadcasts is Seinfeld, as the station manager says they must cut directly to a wildfire report as soon as Seinfeld ends.
- The title is a parody of the famous 1930s film, Gone with the Wind.