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Hank's Back is the one hundred-sixty-ninth episode of King of the Hill. It was first aired on May 9, 2004. The episode was written by Gregory Thompson and Aron Abrams, and directed by Robin Brigstocke. Angela Bloomfield guest stars.


Hank suffers a back injury at work, leaving him unable to perform basic tasks. As the injury is the result of soft-tissue damage, his doctors are unable to help him, and he is eventually left with no choice but to file work worker's compensation. Desperate for a solution, Hank eventually finds himself attempting yoga. At first, he finds it a little too wacky, but thanks to the help of Yogi Victor (voiced by Johnny Depp), he discovers that it actually works.

Meanwhile, Hank's Insurance Company representative sets out to prove that his worker's compensation claim is fraudulent, which is bolstered by photos taken of him being able-bodied as a result of the yoga practice. Hank tried to get his boss to help him with his case; however, Buck refuses because his cowardliness and existing criminal record.

Hank goes to court and he proves his case by bringing Yogi Victor proves his innocence much to the accuser's dismay. The court tell Hank that Yogi isn't helping his cause however, Hank tells them that he actually is and brings up how the man is so weird and annoying that a healthy person wouldn't deal with him. He then asks the court if he wasn't in horrible pain wouldn't he have beat the latter up, the court see his point and drops the charges.

Hank is relieved about this before Yogi breaks in and tells them Hank is still hurt. The court asks Hank if that's true as he states he has an occasional twinge. Hearing this, the court order Hank to continue his Yoga sessions until Yogi says his treatment is done since they can't let him have a relapse. A smug Yogi tells her that he demands that he buy a tank top for his treatment.

At the end, Hank shows his coworkers the yoga moves and renames some of them due to finding them too strange to indulge.

Meanwhile, Peggy fights to keep the old Pink & White market open after being reinstated as a champion bag-girl. Despite her attempts, the Pink and White is eventually bought out by Mega Lo Mart.


Stinger Quote

  • Yogi Victor laughs.


  • The title of this episode was originally "Hank's Back (The Unbearable Lightness of Being Hank)".
  • When Hank is feeling good about his back being better, the music on the soundtrack is an instrumental interlude from "Heard It In A Love Song" by the Marshall Tucker Band.


Hank: It was easier back in High School. Coach Sauers would give you some of them go pills and you felt like you could take on the Dallas Cowboys.

Boomhauer: Man you talk bout' them dang ol' go pills man? This talkin' bout em ol' horse crank man.

Hank: (teaching his coworkers yoga) That jackass at the yoga center calls this one "Sun Salutation", but I prefer "Modified Roger Staubach."

Enrique: Hey, Hank! I feel like I'm one with everything now.

Joe Jack: I just felt my chakra open, Honey.

Hank: Now we're going to move into something I call "Fertilizing the Lawn."

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Patch Boomhauer · Reborn To Be Wild · New Cowboy on the Block · The Incredible Hank · Flirting With the Master · After the Mold Rush · Livin' on Reds, Vitamin C and Propane · Rich Hank, Poor Hank · Ceci N'est Pas Une King of the Hill · That's What She Said · My Hair Lady · Phish and Wildlife · Cheer Factor · Dale Be Not Proud · Après Hank, le Deluge · DaleTech · How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love the Alamo · Girl, You'll Be a Giant Soon · Stressed for Success · Hank's Back (AKA The Unbearable Lightness of Being Hank) · The Redneck on Rainey Street · Talking Shop