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Straight as an Arrow
Season 13, Episode 7
406836
Air date November 30, 2008
Written by Tony Gama-Lobo & Rebecca May
Directed by Robin Brigstocke
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"Straight as an Arrow" is the 242nd episode of King of the Hill. It aired Sunday, November 30, 2008. The episode guest stars Andy Richter as Wesley. 

Synopsis

Hank notices Bobby riding his bike with a flat tire. Bobby shows no interest fixing what so ever. This worries Hank, believing his son is going to grow up irresponsible.

Meanwhile, Peggy discovers Arlen's "Welcome Wagon" lady has resigned after several indiscretions and becomes the new "Welcome Wagon" lady. Her first welcoming with Hank is with Wesley and Annette Cherish and their six children, who have moved to Arlen from Fort Worth. While discussing thing to do, Wesley brings up the Order of the Straight Arrow Boyscout group. Hank explains that the local chapter is inactive and Wesley suggests they restart it.

The first meeting proves to be dull and uninteresting as they stay inside and Wesley creates a fake fire out of a fan, twigs and ribbons. Hank also discovers that the pocket knives used are just rubber toys. Soon after, Hank goes to Wesley's house to suggest tying knots and creating a bow and arrow, but Wesley suggests making dreamcatchers as he calls the arrow idea too "hunty-killy". Hank also is dismayed by the overprotective safety regulations and the extreme family togetherness at the Cherish house. Hank explains his ideas to the others and, during Wesley's "camp-in" at the library, they plot to show the boys a real Order experience. As the group packs up, Bobby show Wesley's sons Robin and Carey a violent video game, which they become interested in. Then, Wesley rudely takes the game away and belittles Bobby cruelly. Wesley then belittles Hank and shoves the game in his chest.

As Peggy and Hank complain about the incident, Bobby, now scared and paranoid, buys into Wesley's ideas and gives up his video games. The camp-in as expected proves to be child-like, with the children reading books and experiencing fake "bear attacks". As Hank's shift comes in, Peggy and the others bring in treats and soda and show the boys a more entertaining and authentic Order of the Straight Arrow experience. As Hank lets the boys out, Robin and Carey dash into the woods. The group uses classic scouting skills to locate them and to lure them to Hank. The others, who had attempted to stall Wesley, were pepper-sprayed into telling him the truth. Hank then learns Robin has ADHD and Carey is hyperglycemic, which would make excessive sugar intake possibly dangerous for the two. Wesley leaves with the boys. The remaining kids then ask Hank to show them "more cool arrow stuff" and Hank begins to show them how to carve a fishing spear.

Meanwhile, Luanne and Lucky attempt to "retrieve"/extort wedding gifts they feel like they are owed.


Trivia

  • This episode references the Season 1 episode Order of the Straight Arrow, although there is no mention of the group meeting previously, and Bobby acts like this is first experience with the group.
  • Joseph did not join the Order of the Straight Arrow because Dale says: "Thanks to my tutelage, he's a level six survivalist. He's been trained to use boys like yours as food and shelter."
  • This episode is not only the last episode to be produced in standard-defination (4:3) but, it's also the last SD episode to be aired.
  • This is Paul Butcher's third episode on King Of The Hill.


Season 12 Season 13

Dia-BILL-ic Shock · Earthly Girls are Easy · Square-Footed Monster · Lost in MySpace · No Bobby Left Behind · A Bill Full of Dollars · Straight as an Arrow · Lucky See, Monkey Do · What Happens at the National Propane Gas Convention in Memphis Stays at the National Propane Gas Convention in Memphis · Master of Puppets · Bwah My Nose · Uncool Customer · Nancy Does Dallas · Born Again on the Fourth of July · Serves Me Right for Giving General George S. Patton the Bathroom Key · Bad News Bill · Manger Baby Einstein · Uh-oh, Canada · The Boy Can't Help It · To Sirloin With Love · The Honeymooners · Bill Gathers Moss · When Joseph Met Lori, and Made Out with Her in the Janitor's Closet · Just Another Manic Kahn-Day

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