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What Makes Bobby Run? (King of the Hill)

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What Makes Bobby Run? (King of the Hill)
Dang it, Bobby, stand up for yourself!
Series: King of the Hill
Part of Season: 5
Episode Number: 7
Air Date: December 10, 2000
Writer: Alex Gregory
Peter Huyck
Director: Cyndi Tang-Loveland
Previous episode: When Cotton Comes Marching Home
Next episode: 'Twas the Nut Before Christmas

What Makes Bobby Run? is the seventh episode of the fifth season of King of the Hill. It was aired on December 10, 2000.


Bobby becomes the Tom Landry Longhorns' mascot in order to make history in the school yearbook, and is excited until he finds out what that role entails.

Why It'll Make You Run

  1. The idea of a rival marching band violently attacking the school's mascot is not a school tradition - it's assault and battery!
    • Since King of the Hill is supposed to be one of the less "fantasy-like" animated shows, this feels very out of place, even for the show's setting.
  2. Hank and Peggy don't even bother to consider calling the Board of Education or even the police over him about to be brutally attacked.
  3. Eugene Grandy is unlikable, as he treats Bobby like scum after Bobby flees the football field for his own safety.
    • Even beforehand, he seems to be kind of a jerk toward Bobby.
  4. As a whole, the entire school treats Bobby horribly after his escape.
    • The scene where a nurse knocks over Bobby's supplies and tells him to pick them up is just plain cruel.
  5. Bad Ending: Bobby lets the rival fans flatten him and happily takes the punishment.
    • Hank even states that Bobby started a new tradition, which more than likely is going to send a bunch of tricked students into the hospital in the future.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. Mike Soto storming out after Bobby outplays him in the audition is pretty funny.
  2. Bobby initially has concern for his safety.



Despite the 7.2/10 rating on IMDb,[1] fans view "What Makes Bobby Run?" as one of the worst episodes of the show. For example, it is Number 2 on The Mysterious Mr. Enter's Top 10 Worst Episodes of King of the Hill, who compares it to Shirley Jackson's 1948 short story "The Lottery" and claims it "is written as if the stoning in [that story] was a good thing."[2]


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