King of the Hill: Season 3, Episode 23

Wings of the Dope (4 May 1999)

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Luanne believes that the angel of her late boyfriend Buckley has visited her.


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Episode credited cast:
Hank Hill / Boomhauer (voice)
Peggy Hill (voice)
Bobby Hill (voice) (as Pamela Segall Adlon)
Luanne Platter (voice)
Johnny Hardwick ...
Dale Gribble (voice)
Bill Dauterive (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Miss Kremzer (voice)
Buckley (voice)
Sharona Johnson (voice)


Luanne believes that the angel of her late boyfriend Buckley has visited her.

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This episode aired two weeks after Columbine. In 1999, Mike Judge received a letter from a young woman who had survived the event and credited it with enabling her to grieve the loss of a friend she was in love with and never got to tell - he was one of the perpetrators and she had been pressured to repress her grief. See more »


Luanne Platter: He better not be guardianin' some other girl.
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Life in a Northern Town
by The Dream Academy
[Plays while Luanne and Buckley play on the trampoline, and again after they say goodbye and Buckley walks toward the horizon putting his halo on.]
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Poignant, touching, thought-provoking
3 September 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Luanne sees Buckley's angel on Buckley's old trampoline and he helps her find a better life path than continuing to struggle with beauty school. Words can't capture how touching this episode is.

The first thing I want to mention is the soundtrack. They used a relatively obscure song from the 1980s, Dream Academy's "Life in a Northern Town," and use it perfectly to accompany Luanne and Buckley's reunion. Later, when Luanne is using the trampoline as a makeshift desk to study for her beauty exam, "Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground" plays on her boom-box and continues to throughout the scene. Just before Buckley's Angel departs at the end, "Life in a Northern Town" fades in at "Bye-bye..." after Luanne tells him goodbye.

The dialog in this episode is thought-provoking and touching. Even something as simple as Luanne crying and pleading, "Where IS he?!" is deep - she's not only wondering where Buckley's angel is, but also about the afterlife. Where is he when he isn't with her? In Heaven? Does Heaven exist? Shortly after this, Peggy gives Luanne a very inspirational speech, which shapes her decision later to attend community college.

At the very end, Buckley walks toward the horizon, pulling out of his pocket and putting on the halo he undoubtedly earned for helping Luanne grieve and move on. He certainly earned it - Luanne began this episode weeping at the very thought of Buckley and struggling with school, and finished it with closure and hope for a better future.

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