A Rover Runs Through IT - Episodes - Season 8: 2003–2004

Season 8: 2003–2004

No. # Title Directed by Written by Original air date Prod.
150 1 "Patch Boomhauer" Anthony Lioi J.B. Cook November 2, 2003 (2003-11-02) 8ABE01
Jeff Boomhauer's brother Patch (voiced by Brad Pitt), is getting married to a woman whom Jeff has always been in love with, opening old wounds between the two.
151 2 "Reborn to Be Wild" Dominic Polcino Tony Gama-Lobo & Rebecca May November 9, 2003 (2003-11-09) 8ABE02
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.
152 3 "New Cowboy on the Block" Cyndi Tang Loveland Dean Young November 16, 2003 (2003-11-16) 7ABE15
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.
153 4 "The Incredible Hank" Wes Archer Dan Sterling November 23, 2003 (2003-11-23) 8ABE04
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. Meanwhile, Bobby faces his fear of showering after gym class.
154 5 "Flirting with the Master" Anthony Lioi Norm Hiscock November 30, 2003 (2003-11-30) 7ABE22

The actor who plays TV's "Monsignor Martinez" invites Peggy to Mexico City to tutor his children for an English language exam. Meanwhile, Luanne takes on Peggy's duties at home.

NOTE: This is the final produced episode of King of the Hill to use cel animation. "Rich Hank, Poor Hank", which was produced before this episode, became the last cel-animated episode to air five weeks later.
155 6 "After the Mold Rush" Dominic Polcino Kit Boss December 7, 2003 (2003-12-07) 7ABE19
When Hank's house sustains minor water damage, a man from the insurance company sets out to get rich by determining that the Hill household is infested with mold.
156 7 "Livin' on Reds, Vitamin C and Propane" John Rice Dan McGrath December 14, 2003 (2003-12-14) 8ABE05
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.
157 8 "Rich Hank, Poor Hank" Tricia Garcia Etan Cohen January 4, 2004 (2004-01-04) 7ABE21

Bobby thinks Hank is secretly a rich miser after hearing Peggy talking about Hank's new $1000 bonus, and Bobby and Joseph steal Hank's emergency credit card to go on a shopping spree.

NOTE: This is the final aired episode of King of the Hill to use traditional cel animation. Every episode after this is digitally colored.
158 9 "Ceci N'Est Pas Une King of the Hill" Tricia Garcia Etan Cohen January 25, 2004 (2004-01-25) 8ABE03

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. Unfortunately, Peggy finds out that the dealer presents her to the public as an uneducated hillbilly. Meanwhile, Dale starts wearing a suit of armor and uses his newfound invincibility to insult people without consequences.

The episode won an Annie Award for writing.
159 10 "That's What She Said" Cyndi Tang Loveland Silvert Glarum & Michael Jamin February 8, 2004 (2004-02-08) 8ABE06
A new employee named Rich (voiced by Ben Stiller) becomes popular around Strickland Propane for telling lewd jokes, but Hank thinks this is a breach of sexual harassment laws. Meanwhile, Dale is forced by Nancy to give up cigarettes, so he takes up chewing tobacco instead.
160 11 "My Hair Lady" Allan Jacobsen Wyatt Cenac February 15, 2004 (2004-02-15) 8ABE09
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 a homosexual. Meanwhile, Hank's elderly barber has a hard time staying in business.
161 12 "Phish and Wild Life" Matt Engstrom Greg Cohen February 22, 2004 (2004-02-22) 8ABE10
Hank takes Bobby and the guys on a fishing trip, where they vow to eat only what they catch. A very hungry Bobby befriends the campers next to them, who are a group of hippies. After they feed him half of a hamburger bun, Bobby starts to eat with them. The hippies run out of their supply, and come to Bobby for repayment.
162 13 "Cheer Factor" Boohwan Lim & Kyounghee Lim Christy Stratton March 7, 2004 (2004-03-07) 8ABE07
Peggy volunteers to help with the school cheerleading squad, in order to get them to learn some cheers to motivate the football team. Up until now, the squad is only concerned with winning the dance competitions and trophies from other schools. When Peggy gets the crowds behind the team, the school principal replaces the current coach with Peggy...who takes it too far.
163 14 "Dale Be Not Proud" Anthony Lioi Jonathan Collier March 14, 2004 (2004-03-14) 8ABE11
When NHRA driver John Force needs an organ transplant, Dale 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.
164 15 "Après Hank, le Deluge" Gary McCarver Kit Boss March 21, 2004 (2004-03-21) 8ABE08
When flood threatens the town, the Arlenites gather in the communal shelter: the Tom Landry gym. When Hank is forced to flood and number of houses, lest he risk the dam bursting and flooding the entire city, the crowd does not get the full story and turn 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 regresses, and Dale schemes to build an ark to float his family to safety.
165 16 "DaleTech" Dominic Polcino J.B. Cook March 28, 2004 (2004-03-28) 8ABE12
Dale starts a security company called "DaleTech", but his business is threatened by Cotton, who has become a new local auxiliary police officer.
166 17 "How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Alamo" Brian Sheesley Christy Stratton April 18, 2004 (2004-04-18) 8ABE14
Hank tries to teach Bobby about the Alamo after discovering that the new history textbooks in school contain revisionist history. Meanwhile, Peggy and Luanne mail out a paper cut-out boy named Flat Stanley to be passed around America.
167 18 "Girl, You'll Be a Giant Soon" Cyndi Tang Loveland Dan McGrath April 25, 2004 (2004-04-25) 8ABE16
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.
168 19 "Stressed for Success" Tricia Garcia Tony Gama-Lobo & Rebecca May May 2, 2004 (2004-05-02) 8ABE13
Bobby joins the school's Quiz Bowl team because of his extensive knowledge of pop culture, but he becomes stressed out by the pressure.
In the final credits this episode is dedicated to the memory of John Ritter. Kelly Clarkson and Ben Stein also guest stars.
169 20 "Hank's Back (a.k.a.) The Unbearable Lightness of Being Hank" Robin Brigstocke Aron Abrams & Gregory Thompson May 9, 2004 (2004-05-09) 8ABE15
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 (Johnny Depp), 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.
Angela Bloomfield and Marg Helgenberger also guest voice.
170 21 "The Redneck on Rainey Street" Gary McCarver Jim Dauterive May 16, 2004 (2004-05-16) 8ABE17
Connie is turned down for admission to a prestigious summer school after filling its quota of Asian kids. Realizing that working hard and overachieving will never help them get ahead 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. Bob Hoskins guest stars.
171 22 "Talking Shop" Anthony Lioi Garland Testa May 23, 2004 (2004-05-23) 8ABE20
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 include Alyson Hannigan, Laura Prepon, and Lindsay Lohan.

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