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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, banning him from the trip. Wesley then belittles Hank and shoves the game in his chest when he tries to stick up for Bobby.

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", with Wesley using a teddy bear and pretending its in their "camp".. 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, such as looking for broken branches and footprints as well as spotting cupcake icing smeared on a tree. Bobby then uses sounds from his video game to lure the boys back. Wesley arrives to the library as the group comes back with Robin and Wesley. Hank tries to say they all came out for fresh air, the others, who had attempted to stall Wesley, were pepper-sprayed into telling him the truth. Wesley begins to admonish Hank for his behavior. When Hank tries to defend himself and say he was just letting them be kids, he then learns Robin has ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) and Carey is hyperglycemic (similar to diabetes) which would make excessive sugar intake possibly dangerous for the two. Wesley leaves with the boys, saying he needs to check them for ticks. Hank and Peggy feel bad for thinking they knew the boys better than their own father. 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. As the credits appear, Bobby apparently cuts himself on the pocket knife, letting out a cry of pain, and Hank telling him to hold his hand above his head (a usual way to stop circulation so cuts dont bleed out)

Meanwhile, Luanne and Lucky attempt to "retrieve"/extort wedding gifts they feel like they are owed, going to neighbors who got them inadequite gifts or none at all- including Kahn- who only gives in after Lucky threatens him with his gang.


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 his 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."
  • The loaf of bread that Bobby uses in an attempt to reach the cereal box is Wonder Bread.
  • While Lucky and Luanne are enjoying their wedding gifts, Cozy Kitchens Appliances, which appeared in the episode Peggy's Gone to Pots, are visibly seen among the gifts.
  • 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.

Stinger Quote

"(screams) It burns so much!" - Bill

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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