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Orange You Sad I Did Say Banana? is the one hundred-ninety-second episode of King of the Hill. It was aired first on December 11, 2005. The episode was written by Dan Sterling, and directed by Adam Kuhlman.

Synopsis

Kahn has longed for a pool, and Hank and the guys agree to build it in exchange for property rights on the pool (being able to use it whenever they want). Meanwhile, Ted and Nguc Phong is celebrating Makka Puja, a Laotian holiday where they show concern for the less fortunate, which Kahn knew nothing about. Upon being told by Ted Wassanasong that he is a banana (a slang for an Asian acting like a white person) for being too Americanized and that his residence has no Laotian artifacts, Kahn vows to return to his Laotian roots. Although Minh agrees Connie needs to understand her Laotian bloodlines, soon the attempt at duplicating the austerity of Laos makes everyone miserable. This also spills over into Hank's problems as Kahn turns the swimming pool into a reflecting pool by filling it with lily pads and replacing the water, rendering it unswimmable.

Things go too far when Ted enlists Kahn in a guerrilla squad with designs on being air-lifted back to Laos to fight the communist regime; after being asked what happens when Ted gives him the codeword "Sadartha", he explains that they are to get onto a cargo plane to Laos. If they are not shot down by enemy anti-aircraft, they parachute down, then if they are not shot on the way down or die on impact, they march into the capitol, then if they are not shot or run over with a tank, they will likely be taken prisoner and tortured or reeducated and put into the enemy army. Kahn then begins to doubt the mission on the probability of the mission being ineffective. Minh manages to bring Kahn back to his senses when she reminds him why the Souphanousinphones emigrated to America: to escape from people telling them how to live. Kahn tells Ted he is glad he was reminded of his Laotian heritage, but he will no longer be part of the guerrilla movement. Kahn also bluntly tells Ted, "It's like this. You want to play a round of golf at Nine Rivers? Give me a call. You want someone to feel guilty about the way they live their life? Call someone else!" Finally Kahn and Minh celebrate by inviting the Hills, Gribbles, Boomhauer and Bill to a pool party, where Kahn shows new appreciation for his life of American secularism.

Characters

Stinger quote

  • Kahn: "Haha, it just joke." Nguc Phong: "Hmm." Kahn: "Maybe too far?"

Trivia

  • "Banana" is a derogatory term given to peoples of Asian ancestory who live a "western" or "caucasian" lifestyles. "Twinkie" is often used for the same meaning.
  • The episode name is a play on the punchline "Orange you glad I didn't say banana?".
  • When Minh changes the TV channel after Kahn leaves the bedroom, the theme song to the long-running sitcom Friends ("I'll Be There For You" by The Rembrants) is playing.
  • Something very similar allegedly happened in real life in 2007 (two years after the episode aired), wherein a former Laotian general living in America and his cadre were charged with buying military weapons, rockets, mines, etc. in order to go back to Laos and overthrow the communist government (it is illegal in itself for Americans to attack a neutral country). His views gained a lot of sympathy and their charges were eventually dropped and recognition given to the widespread humanitarian issues in Laos.

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Hank's On Board · Bystand Me · Bill's House · Harlottown · A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Clown · Orange You Sad I Did Say Banana? · You Gotta Believe (In Moderation) · Business Is Picking Up · The Year of Washing Dangerously · Hank Fixes Everything · Church Hopping · 24 Hour Propane People · The Texas Panhandler · Hank's Bully · Edu-macating Lucky
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