Strangeness on a Train
Season 12, Episode 19
Air date April 27, 2008
Written by Jim Dauterive
Directed by Kyounghee Lim
Episode guide
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Strangeness on a Train is the two hundred-thirty-second episode of King of the Hill. It was first aired on April 27, 2008. The episode was written by Jim Dauterive, and directed by Kyounghee Lim.


Peggy is depressed that her birthday always ends up being a bust, so she vows to plan the party of the year. Hank, Bill, Boomhauer, Kahn, Luanne and the rest of the gang gather to celebrate with a disco-themed shindig on a mystery train, and everyone gets dressed in their sharpest 70's (jobs) attire, featuring everyone from Andy Warhol to Grace Jones. When Luanne ruins the mystery it becomes clear this is just another typical Peggy party. However, when a couple tucks away to the train's bathroom for some extracurricular activity, a new mystery unfolds and the gang tries to find out who "had relations".


  • It is revealed that Peggy has never once had a good birthday.
  • The title refers to "Strangers On A Train," a 1950 mystery novel by Patricia Highsmith that was made into a motion picture the following year by Alfred Hitchcock.
  • As the actors enter the train car which has been named after the New York City nightclub Studio 54, the music is the opening of the song "Disco Inferno" by The Trammps.
  • near the end of the episode lucky knew that the culprits were Peggy and Hank but kept it between him and Peggy as he wanted her to have a good birthday.
  • When Lucky states that he inadvertently gave away the plot of a movie by yelling aloud in a theater "Bruce Willis is dead!" he's referencing the movie The Sixth Sense.


Hank: "A Chubb Randolph production."

Hank: The railroad commission also regulates propane.


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Suite Smells of Excess · Bobby Rae · The Powder Puff Boys · Four Wave Intersection · Death Picks Cotton · Raise the Steaks · Tears of an Inflatable Clown · The Minh Who Knew Too Much · Dream Weaver · Doggone Crazy · Trans-Fascism · Untitled Blake McCormick Project · The Accidental Terrorist · Lady and Gentrification · Behind Closed Doors · Pour Some Sugar on Kahn · Six Characters in Search of a House · The Courtship of Joseph's Father · Strangeness on a Train · Cops and Robert · It Came From the Garage · Life: A Loser's Manual