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Chasing Bobby is the ninety-third episode of King of the Hill. It was first aired on January 21, 2001. The episode was written by Garland Testa, and directed by Anthony Lioi.


When Hank, Peggy, Bobby, Connie, and the Gribbles go to a chick flick, Hank runs into trouble starting up his truck. Even though Peggy insists taking it to a mechanic, he refuses and successfully gets it started up. At the movie, however, Hank starts to tear up and this alarms Peggy. Hank insists that he wasn't crying and doesn't want to talk about it [Denial]. Bill and Dale make fun of Hank's crying even though he doesn't think he was. Peggy decides to take him to an optometrist, but Hank doesn't think there is anything wrong with his eyes. In the truck, when it won't start again, Hank admits he was crying but not about the movie, rather because watching the elderly man die in the movie reminds him of his aging 20-year-old truck that is also dying [Sorrow].

Hank finally takes it to Handley Brothers Automotive Repair where he's told that the truck only has 500 miles left to go. Hank refuses to give up on it and tries to fix it himself [Bargaining], but the carburetor keeps catching on fire. Hank then remembers when he first got the truck and how Peggy loved it. When he goes to the truck, it starts to die again. He then becomes irritated with everyone including his own family [Anger]. When looking at a newspaper, Bobby finds a car place that he believes that can help his dad's truck, even though it is about 45 miles away from Arlen they go. However, when they get there, it ends up being a car sales lot. Hank refuses to buy a new truck and leaves immediately. On their way back home the truck ends up stuck on a railroad track and Hank tries to fix it, but a train then comes towards the truck. Hank tries to alert the train driver, but the train fails to stop in time and crushes the truck.

Furious, Hank blames the train driver for killing his truck and Bobby's innocent. Bobby says that it only had 500 miles on it anyways, and Hank is admit the truth. Back at the dealer Hank tells Bobby to "wait till I get a new one". Feeling tired, Bobby then leaves and decides walk to Connie's house for a sleepover. Hank asks the salesman if he had a phone, but he kept bringing up the idea of buying a new truck. When Hank tells Bobby he was going to find a pay phone he notices his son is gone. Knowing he wouldn't be able to find him on foot, he borrows the truck by test driving it. While looking for Bobby, he notices the new truck's features are better than his old one. He told Bobby, that the train driver apologizes to him about the truck [Acceptance]. Bobby then reveals that he too loved the truck. Bobby gets in the new truck and they reconcile with each other. Bobby gives Hank the gear shift knob from the old truck that he found on the tracks. Both agree the new truck is good, but agree to tell the salesman they hate it.

Note: Hank's Ford Ranger is usually a 1993, but in this episode, it is a 1983.



  • When Hank's truck is being towed to Handley's Repair, Blue Collar Man by Styx is playing.
  • This episode was Nominated for the 2001 Emmy Award for Best Animated Program. But lost to The Simpsons Season 12 Episode 9 Episode, HOMR
  • This is the first King of the Hill episode to air in the 21st century.
  • At the end a butterfly can be seen flying past a rose bush, a nod to the end of the movie hank watched, The Flowers of Time.


  • When Hank asks Dale to take him to the AutoZone, Dale is sitting on a blue mower. This differs from the mower that Dale purchased in Dog Dale Afternoon.

Stinger Quote

  • Bobby: "To The Flowers of Time!"

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The Perils of Polling · The Buck Stops Here · I Don't Want to Wait... · Spin the Choice · Peggy Makes the Big Leagues · When Cotton Comes Marching Home · What Makes Bobby Run? · 'Twas the Nut Before Christmas · Chasing Bobby · Yankee Hankee · Hank and the Great Glass Elevator · Now Who's the Dummy? · Ho Yeah! · The Exterminator · Luanne Virgin 2.0 · Hank's Choice · It's Not Easy Being Green · The Trouble with Gribbles · Hank's Back Story · Kidney Boy and Hamster Girl: A Love Story