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The Wedding of Bobby Hill is the 49th episode of King of the Hill. It was first aired on February 9th, 1999. The episode was written by Jonathan Collier, and directed by Jack Dyer, and guest stars Matthew McConaughey.

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Synopsis

Hank, Dale and Bill see Boomhauer off as he leaves on a trip to rendezvous with a woman he met through the Internet. Bill was going to look after Boomhauer's house, but Hank convinces Boomhauer that Bobby would make an excellent house-sitter during his absence. Hank hands his son the keys to Boomhauer’s house, reminding him about his responsibilities, seeing his first house-sitting job as a sort of rite of passage into adulthood. Bill, who is jealous, stares at Hank and Bobby angrily. When Bobby asks why Bill is staring at them like that, Hank tells Bobby that Bill is proud of him. Meanwhile, Luanne cuts the hair of Rad Thibodeaux, a nattily-dressed man who oozes self-confidence. Rad, a self-proclaimed genius and alleged concert promoter, easily wins-over the gullible Luanne, and the two begin dating. Rad brings her to an “industry party” at an apartment populated by CD store clerks and night-club staffers. Soon, Bobby is also won over by Rad’s charm and perceived importance within the entertainment industry. One day, as Luanne and Rad kiss near Arlen’s memorial fountain, Bobby mentions that he is in charge of looking after Boomhauer’s empty house. Rad arches an eyebrow, suddenly interested. A short time later, he throws an industry party for his many friends at Boomhauer’s residence. Eventually, Luanne realizes that Rad never notified Boomhauer about his intentions. Angered, she ends their relationship and storms off to get her Uncle Hank, who orders everyone out of the house. He then spots Bobby sitting in a hot tub with two ladies, surrounded by several beer cans. Hank grabs Bobby by the arms and marches him out the door.

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Hank and Peggy suspend Bobby of his duties as Boomhauer’s house-sitter and take over. As further punishment, Hank takes away his comedy props. While Luanne tearfully throws way all of her collection of things relating to Rad, Bobby confronts Luanne for costing him his props until he sees Rad's CD, which was actually for her. A rift soon develops between Bobby and Luanne, and Bobby consults Dale for help. A short time later, the boy replaces Luanne’s hairspray with an air horn. Luanne is startled by the deafening blast, and retaliates by replacing Bobby’s fruit pie filling with dirt. Not to be outdone, Bobby cuts two holes in the seat of a pair of Luanne’s jeans. The pranks soon escalate until Bobby replaces Luanne’s birth-control pills with candy. Luanne notices the difference and decides to take action. She tells Bobby that women who don’t take a birth-control pill every day get pregnant, causing a look of grave concern to pass over the boy’s face. Later, Luanne tells Hank and Peggy about her ruse, saying that she was only taking the pill because of complexion problems rather than as contraception. The pair decide they must teach their son a lesson. They continue the charade by telling Bobby there is only one thing left for him to do: marry Luanne.

Hank and Peggy arrange for Bill to "officiate" a wedding for Luanne and Bobby in the Hills' backyard. As the ceremony gets underway, Hank escorts Luanne, clad in a wedding dress, out the patio door. Bobby’s eyes widen, the perceived seriousness of the situation growing by the minute. Noticing the wedding and being convinced of its authenticity, Khan tells Minh, "Bobby Hillbilly marrying hillbilly cousin. You owe me $5!" After Luanne finished her vows and Bobby stumbles on his word, which Bill "accepts" as a vow, Bobby faints. A short time later, Peggy and Hank decide to teach Luanne a lesson. They tell her that, as it turns out, Bill is actually a licensed minister and therefore she is legally married to Bobby. Luanne becomes panic-stricken, and even more so when Peggy informs her that she must wait a year before she can apply for divorce. After Luanne runs off, Peggy and Hank share a sneaky chuckle. Eventually, Bill becomes morose at the thought of being a single man. His emotions churning, he tells Luanne and Bobby the truth, that he is not ordained. They tell Hank and Peggy, who, rather than being upset about Bill selling them out, is mad that he only gave them place mats at the fake wedding. Later, as the episode ends, a relieved Bobby and Luanne happily enjoy their "wedding" cake and they apologizes to each other about playing those mean tricks they played on each other earlier. Luanne warns Bobby not to ride his bike because she cut his brakes.

Trivia

  • During Rad Thibodeaux's haircut, there is a shot that shows the both of them in the mirror but the objects on the counter in front of Rad have no reflection.
  • We see in this episode exactly where Boomhauer's house is: he lives across Milton St. from Bill, rather than actually on the famous alley which runs between Milton St. and Rainey St. (where the Hills, Gribbles, and Soupanousinphones live). Although the locations of houses does change throughout the series.
  • In this episode, Luanne's hair is its normal length, but it should still be growing out after she lost it in the Mega-Lo Mart explosion in Death of a Propane Salesman.
  • It is unknown what became of Hank and Peggy after Bill rats them out, although it is likely that Bobby was upset at them for putting him through a traumatizing experience and Luanne was upset at their betrayal.
  • Regardless of whether Bill was an ordained minister, the state of Texas has not recognized marriages involving 12-year-olds or (contrary to popular belief) between first cousins since at least 1997.[1]

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Death of a Propane Salesman · And They Call It Bobby Love · Peggy's Headache · Pregnant Paws · Next of Shin · Peggy's Pageant Fever · Nine Pretty Darn Angry Men · Good Hill Hunting · Pretty, Pretty Dresses · A Fire Fighting We Will Go · To Spank with Love · Three Coaches and a Bobby · De-Kahnstructing Henry · The Wedding of Bobby Hill · Sleight of Hank · Jon Vitti Presents: Return to La Grunta · Escape from Party Island · Love Hurts and So Does Art · Hank's Cowboy Movie · Dog Dale Afternoon · Revenge of the Lutefisk · Death and Texas · Wings of the Dope · Take Me out of the Ball Game · As Old as the Hills
  1. Texas Family Code § 2.004, 2.102, 31.001
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