I planned to talk about things that turned 30, but we have a famous person quiz this month!
So we’re finished with Things That Turned 20? And now I’ll never know what turned 30! And by the way, Shana; this is Daddy’s birthday month. Isn’t there a video of you singing happy birthday to Dad?
Mommmmm!!! You’re embarrassing me. Again! I was only 2 years old! Or 3 maybe. Ok, let’s get it over with.
It’s a great video! This is for you, Richard Lewis! Happy Birthday!
OK, and now back to our Famous Person Quiz! We kind of hit a snag, I had planned for us to guess the constitutional remedy of Eric Cartman from “South Park” but I had trouble syncing up the sound to the video; so instead, our Famous Person Quiz this month will be a famous Texan–Hank Hill of “King of the Hill”.
“King of the Hill” was created by Greg Daniels (“The Simpsons”) and Mike Judge who is also known for a show on MTV about two morons who shall remain nameless.
Yes, please let’s, quick, change the subject!
The show turned 20 on January 12th of this year. So in honor of “King of the Hill’s” 20th anniversary, we will be showcasing propane salesman, Hank Hill, as this month’s quiz. The episode we will be showing is Season 2, episode 6 titled “Husky Bobby”, originally aired November 9, 1997.
No one cares, Shana!
Mom, I have to get a certain amount of trivia out of my system! Now, if you can please give our readers from India and Pakistan an explanation of Hank Hill and the show….
OK, I’ll try! Well, ladies and gentlemen, here’s the story. Hank wants very much to “fit in” in his conservative Texas suburb and not make waves and draw attention to himself for all the wrong reasons, and that basically means Not appearing to be GAY or LIBERAL!
To play it safe, one hangs out with other men, talks about football and drinks beer! If you slip up with this protocol in any way, you risk becoming the butt of jokes and ridicule!
Well, the problem is, Hank is walking a very fine line because he is surrounded by his conservative “yahoo”, “red neck” friends and neighbors that he went to high school with, who he needs to fit in with, while at the same time, as a family man, he is required to occasionally be emotionally available to his wife Peggy, son Bobby and niece Luanne, which he does rather awkwardly, and who are a constant source of embarrassment to him! In fact, if I had to pick a word for this episode, it would be “Embarrassed”! Hank’s son, Bobby, is not at all athletic, not interested in sports; in fact, Bobby is FAT! And Hank himself, when he was in high school and captain of the football team, used to mercilessly tease boys who were overweight! Now his son is one of them! Hank is very embarrassed by this!
So, as the episode starts out, Hank and Peggy are taking Bobby out to shop for clothes, but Bobby is too fat to fit in any of the pants. The salesman sends them over to an over-sized boys clothing store. Already Hank is embarrassed to be seen in such a place; but it gets worse! The store owner thinks Bobby looks so cute in his new clothes that he signs Bobby up to be a model for the store’s clothing line! In fact, the first photo-shoot will be in Sunday’s Paper! Hank says, “No way, we’re going to be too busy for that, we’re very busy, we’re so busy, we don’t even have time to have this conversation, that’s how busy we are!”
Due to the fact that Hank wouldn’t take Bobby to the photo shoot, Luanne took him! His picture is all over the insert in the Sunday Paper! Hank is so embarrassed, he wakes up early Sunday morning and steals the insert out of every Sunday Newspaper in the neighborhood!
In the meantime, Bobby has gotten such a good response from the Sunday Paper ad that he is now booked for an Over-Sized Boy’s Fashion Show!!!! As Hank is hanging out with his friends and neighbors on the corner, Peggy walks by and says, “Hank we’re going to the photo shoot!” Predictably, Hank’s homo-phobic friends start razzing him with, “Photo shoot? What’s this about a ‘photo shoot’, Hank?” They all start laughing derisively!
As Hank shows up at the photo-shoot, techno-dance music is playing, lights are flashing, and practically everyone there is gay! Including the photographer! Hank is mortified, horrified! “Peggy, I feel like I’ve died and gone to New York!” He says to Bobby, “You can come quietly or I can carry you out baby-tantrum style!”
To understand Hank, it helps to know that his father was a Colonel in the US Army and fought in World War II. I’m guessing his father was probably a Nux vomica type–very irritable, demanding, insulting, impatient and unsympathetic. Hank is consequently fearful, rigid and repressed. Having his son on a career track as the hottest male model in Texas is totally freaking him out!
Hank says no to the up-coming fashion show, but Bobby sneaks out and goes anyway. Hank finds out and manages to get there just in time to save Bobby before the high school bullies (and 15 years earlier, Hank would have been one of them) start pelting the models on the runway with donuts and other assorted food items! Of course, the fashion show is ruined! “Wow, Dad,” Bobby says, “How did you know that was gonna happen? You saved me!”
How did I do, Shana?
You did good, I guess.
Thanks for the ringing endoresment! OK everybody, here’s the video. Write to me at LEWRA@aol.com and tell me what remedy Hank Hill is. The answer will be in next month’s ezine!
It’s looking like a landslide for Nat-mur! And that is somewhat understandable, but let’s see who’s willing to come to the microphone first. Oh look, we have a new-comer today! Elisabeth Fawcett, come on down!
Hi Elaine, Hank could be Staphisagria or Bryonia.
Thanks for voting, Elisabeth! I was thinking more along the lines of Lycopodium. They’re known to have low self-esteem, usually because of a domineering father; but they compensate by bullying others who are easy targets, like fat kids. Hank was something of a bully in high school as you may have noticed.
Lycopodium is a 3 under “embarrassment”; in fact, whenever you hear the word “embarrassed”, you should probably think of Lycopodium right away!
Elaine, I was thinking about Lycopodium! But I thought they were more intellectual.
There are 2 extremes of Lycopodium: shy/introverted and haughty/bullying. Polarities. But even with the shy ones, you might notice that they take a superior attitude with underlings while being respectful to superiors. You know, there’s a joke I heard at a homeopathy conference 20 years ago, a Lycopodium joke: A rabbi takes his place at the podium in an empty synagogue, and feeling unworthy despite all his achievements, he pounds his head on the podium lamenting, “I’m a nobody! I’m a nobody!” The cantor sees this, and thinking this might be some sort of “cleansing ritual”, stands at his post and proclaims loudly, “I’m a nobody! I’m a nobody!” Then the janitor walks by and upon observing this spectacle, feels compelled to join in as well and starts chanting, “I’m a nobody! I’m a nobody!” Suddenly the rabbi looks at the cantor and says, “Who is he to say he’s a nobody?!”
Ha! You see? Even at their worst, Lycopodium STILL feels superior to everyone else! Remember Hank saying at the end of the episode, “See Peggy? The father is usually right, while the mother, while well-intentioned, is usually wrong.” Lycopodiums believe they are always right, and enjoy being told so. But strangely, Lycopodium’s biggest fear is that despite all his medals, awards and promotions, he will one day be found out to be a “nobody”! And do you know why this dichotomy exists? Because Lycopodium is a kind of moss–very low to the ground, a real “nobody” of the plant world, you might say–but, originally, Lycopodium was the tallest of tall trees! So they believe that they belong at the “top” always–the top of their profession, the captain of the football team, and so on; at the same time, they are only too well aware that they are, in reality, only moss! And if they’re not getting the admiration and respect they crave, it’s easy for them to sink back into “moss consciousness”! Even so, even when they are at their lowest ebb, they will still feel instinctively superior to others! Thanks, Elisabeth, come back again soon!
Do we have anyone else with us today? Oh look, it’s Sarah from Jordan!
I hope you and Shana are doing well. That video of Shana was so cute!