|King of the Hill|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||22|
|Original release||November 2, 2003 –|
May 23, 2004
The eighth season of King of the Hill originally aired Sundays at 7:30–8:00 p.m. (EST) on the Fox Broadcasting Company from November 2, 2003 to May 23, 2004. The Region 1 DVD was released on November 18, 2014.
The showrunners for the season were John Altschuler and Dave Krinsky. The eighth production season was the first to fully utilize digital ink and paint, although several Season 7 holdovers from the 7ABE production line were still traditionally colored. The last of these produced was "Flirting with the Master", while the last aired was "Rich Hank, Poor Hank".
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||Prod.|
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|150||1||"Patch Boomhauer"||Anthony Lioi||J.B. Cook||November 2, 2003||8ABE01||12.3|
When Boomhauer's brother (voiced by Brad Pitt) announces he is marrying Boomhauer's old girlfriend, Hank believes Boomhauer is out to sabotage the wedding.|
Guest Stars: Brad Pitt as Patch Boomhauer and Laura Dern as Katherine
|151||2||"Reborn to Be Wild"||Dominic Polcino||Tony Gama-Lobo & Rebecca May||November 9, 2003||8ABE02||7.4|
Fearing that Bobby is succumbing to bad influences, Hank makes him join a local church youth group. Bobby discovers that the group consists of cool punks (guest voiced by the band members of Sum 41), including their tattooed pastor, i.e. "Pastor K", who worship God through skateboarding and rock. Hank approves of Bobby's newfound interest in religion, but disapproves of the way the group treats Christianity as a fad. Meanwhile, Hank's friends (and Kahn) start a club called "The Last Meal Club", where they come up with what meals they would like to eat before they die.|
Guest Stars: Gene Simmons as Jessie
|152||3||"New Cowboy on the Block"||Cyndi Tang-Loveland||Dean Young||November 16, 2003||7ABE15||8.9|
A washed-up former Dallas Cowboys player moves into the neighborhood, and no one, not even Hank, can admit that he is a jerk—until the man starts harassing Hank.|
Guest Stars: Phil Hendrie as Big Willie Lane and Fred Willard as Officer Brown
|153||4||"The Incredible Hank"||Wes Archer||Dan Sterling||November 23, 2003||8ABE04||7.4|
|Hank takes Bobby to the doctor to get him some testosterone supplements to boost his energy, but Hank becomes the one who sorely needs a testosterone boost. Afterwards, Bobby faces his fear of showering after gym class.|
|154||5||"Flirting with the Master"||Anthony Lioi||Norm Hiscock||November 30, 2003||7ABE22||7.0|
|The actor who plays TV's "Monsignor Martinez" invites Peggy to Mexico City to tutor his children for an English language exam, and Peggy thinks the actor has fallen in love with her. Meanwhile, Luanne takes on Peggy's duties at home.|
|155||6||"After the Mold Rush"||Dominic Polcino||Kit Boss||December 7, 2003||7ABE19||6.1|
|When Hank's house sustains minor water damage days before the Arlen Parade of Homes, a man from the insurance company sets out to get rich by determining that the Hill household is infested with mold and shaking them down for money with needless tests and repairs.|
|156||7||"Livin' on Reds, Vitamin C and Propane"||John Rice||Dan McGrath||December 14, 2003||8ABE05||7.9|
Hank needs to take some antique furniture to his mother in Arizona, so he rents an 18-wheeler and takes Bobby on a road trip (with Dale, Bill, and Boomhauer stowing away). Meanwhile, Peggy and Luanne try to write a Christmas novelty song.Trace Adkins, Deana Carter, Brad Paisley, George Strait and Travis Tritt guest star.
|157||8||"Rich Hank, Poor Hank"||Tricia Garcia||Etan Cohen||January 4, 2004||7ABE21||7.5|
|Bobby thinks Hank is secretly a rich miser after hearing Peggy talking about Hank's new $1,000 bonus, and Bobby steals Hank's emergency credit card to go on a shopping spree with Connie and Joseph.|
|158||9||"Ceci N'Est Pas Une King of the Hill"||Tricia Garcia||Etan Cohen||January 25, 2004||8ABE03||6.5|
When Hank asks Peggy to design an art piece for Strickland Propane, she creates the "Probot," a statue made out of propane tanks. Her sculpture is rejected by the city board, but picked up by an art dealer from Dallas -- who makes her out to be an uneducated hillbilly. Meanwhile, Dale starts wearing a suit of armor and uses his newfound invincibility to insult people without consequence – until Bill creates his own suit of armor and challenges him to a fight.
The episode won an Annie Award for writing.
|159||10||"That's What She Said"||Cyndi Tang-Loveland||Sivert Glarum & Michael Jamin||February 8, 2004||8ABE06||5.6|
A new employee named Rich (voiced by Ben Stiller) becomes popular around Strickland Propane for telling lewd jokes, but Hank feels uncomfortable about them and the lawyer he talks to advises Hank to sue for sexual harassment (since telling raunchy jokes during work hours counts as harassment). Meanwhile, Dale trades smoking cigarettes for chewing tobacco.|
Guest Stars: Ben Stiller as Rich
|160||11||"My Hair Lady"||Allan Jacobsen||Wyatt Cenac||February 15, 2004||8ABE09||4.8|
Luanne and Bill both get jobs at the hippest hair salon in Arlen called "Hottyz." But in order to keep his job, Bill must pretend to be gay. Meanwhile, Hank's elderly barber has a hard time staying in business.|
Guest Stars: Christina Applegate as Collete Davis
|161||12||"Phish and Wild Life"||Matt Engstrom||Greg Cohen||February 22, 2004||8ABE10||6.4|
|Hank takes Bobby (who needs a lesson in self-reliance) and the guys on a fishing trip, where they vow to eat only what they catch, but the trip is ruined by hippies who would rather sponge off the park's resources, and Bobby inadvertently letting the hippies live off Hank.|
|162||13||"Cheer Factor"||Kyounghee Lim & Boohwan Lim||Christy Stratton||March 7, 2004||8ABE07||5.6|
Peggy volunteers to help with the school cheerleading squad by having Bobby as a mascot and participating with the cheerleaders, but soon finds herself facing the school board after her "Fighting Irish" show is deemed offensive.|
Guest Stars: Peri Gilpin as Jo Rita
|163||14||"Dale Be Not Proud"||Anthony Lioi||Jonathan Collier||March 14, 2004||8ABE11||5.9|
When NHRA driver John Force needs an organ transplant, Dale is a match and he is the only one who can save him. Hank encourages Dale to ignore his fear of hospitals and give up his kidney to save Force. Dale reluctantly agrees, but only if Hank takes his place being Dale for the day, a task that consists of outlandish duties.|
Guest Stars: John Force as Himself and Larry Miller as Dr. Tabor
|164||15||"Après Hank, le Deluge"||Gary McCarver||Kit Boss||March 21, 2004||8ABE08||7.0|
|When a flood threatens the town, the Arlenites gather in the communal shelter: the Tom Landry gym. When Hank is forced to flood a number of houses, lest he risk the dam bursting and flooding the entire city, the crowd does not get the full story and turns on him, led by Bill, who uses the people's panic to make himself feel important. Meantime, the kids go wild in the yearbook office, Peggy begins acting childish, and Dale schemes to build an ark to float his family to safety.|
|165||16||"DaleTech"||Dominic Polcino||J.B. Cook||March 28, 2004||8ABE12||6.3|
|Dale starts a security company called "DaleTech", but his business is threatened by Cotton, who has become a new local auxiliary police officer. Meanwhile, Hank tries to solve the mystery of who's been in his house while everyone else is out.|
|166||17||"How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Alamo"||Brian Sheesley||Christy Stratton||April 18, 2004||8ABE14||6.4|
|Hank tries to teach Bobby about the Alamo after discovering that the new history textbooks in school contain pop history including a chapter focusing on the Tejano queen Selena — and things get worse when Hank's plans for an Alamo play include a director who wants to portray the American force as a bunch of drunken, doped-up, slave-owning, prostitute-loving cowards. Meanwhile, Nancy gets a Flat Stanley doll in the mail, and Peggy and Luanne put it through dangerous scenarios to teach kids about safety.|
|167||18||"Girl, You'll Be a Giant Soon"||Cyndi Tang-Loveland||Dan McGrath||April 25, 2004||8ABE16||6.1|
Luanne tries to help Hank protest against a grilling contest when it is revealed that the contest does not allow propane grills. Meanwhile, Peggy tries to visit a house where a famous murder took place, but the real estate agent is only letting in potential buyers.|
Guest Stars: Dax Shepard as Zack, Mary Kay Place as Melly-Anne and Elijah Wood as Jason
|168||19||"Stressed for Success"||Tricia Garcia||Tony Gama-Lobo & Rebecca May||May 2, 2004||8ABE13||6.2|
Bobby joins the school's Quiz Bowl team because of his extensive knowledge of pop culture, but he becomes stressed out by the pressure.
Note: This episode is dedicated to John Ritter. Kelly Clarkson and Ben Stein also guest star.
"The Unbearable Lightness of Being Hank"
|Robin Brigstocke||Aron Abrams & Gregory Thompson||May 9, 2004||8ABE15||4.5|
When Hank suffers a back injury at work and none of his doctors can fix it, he tries the healing powers of yoga. At first, he finds it a little too wacky, but thanks to the help of Yogi Victor, he realizes that it actually works. However, Hank's insurance company uses this to prove that Hank is taking unfair advantage of his workers' compensation. Meanwhile, Peggy fights to keep the old Pink & White market open by returning to her old job as a bagger.
Guest stars: Angela Bloomfield, Johnny Depp as Yogi Victor, and Marg Helgenberger as the claims adjuster
|170||21||"The Redneck on Rainey Street"||Gary McCarver||Jim Dauterive||May 16, 2004||8ABE17||5.1|
After Connie is turned down for a college prep summer program and realizing that their hard work and overachieving has gotten them nowhere in life, Kahn and Minh decide to give up and live like beer-drinking, El Camino-driving rednecks, which nearly drive them to homelessness when they stop making payments on their house.|
Trace Adkins, Elizabeth Perkins, and Tom Petty guest star.
|171||22||"Talking Shop"||Anthony Lioi||Garland Testa||May 23, 2004||8ABE20||6.1|
Despite Hank's wishes for Bobby to take auto shop, Bobby takes peer counseling so he can give advice to vulnerable teenage girls. Meanwhile, Hank finds a wrecked car for Bobby to fix, thinking that he signed up for auto shop.|
Guest stars: Alyson Hannigan as Stacy Gibson, Lindsay Lohan as Jenny Medina, and Laura Prepon as April.
- TV Listings for November 2, 2003
- TV Listings for May 23, 2004
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2017-08-02. Retrieved 2017-03-07.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
- https://www.macleans.ca/authors/jaime-weinman/a-koth-kronology/[permanent dead link]
- ""King of the Hill" Reborn to Be Wild (2003)". Retrieved 2009-11-03.
- 32nd Annual Annie Award Nominees and Winners (2004) Archived 2008-05-09 at the Wayback Machine