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King Of The Hill - "MD-L1011 WideBody"

Sat Sep 04, 2004 10:35 am

If this is in the wrong secton... I apologize as I didnt know where it belonged.

I was watching a rerun of "King of the Hill" today. For those of you that watch it, this one was the one where Hank Hill enters a shooting contest with his son Bobby.

Well anyways halfway into the episode Hanks doctor asks him to relax and try to picture a butterfly. Hank replies something like "I am not going to picture a Butterfly... how about a Mcdonnell Douglas L1011 Widebody"  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

I thought that was kinda funny as whoever wrote the script obviously had to have done SOME research about this as the L1011 is not really a very well known Aircraft type these days... I'd think a Boeing 747 etc wouldve been much more obvious... but despite the research they mismatched the Aircraft type to the wrong manufacturer.

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RE: King Of The Hill - "MD-L1011 WideBody"

Sat Sep 04, 2004 11:19 am

Not everyone in this country is intimately familar with commercial airplanes as we are. Non-aviation folks need to be giving a break now and then.

So Hank didn't want to think of a butterfly...  Smile
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RE: King Of The Hill - "MD-L1011 WideBody"

Sat Sep 04, 2004 11:46 am

Hank Hill is in the propane business and wouldn't know a Mc Donald Douglas
L-1011 if it bit him in the a..

That's almost as bad as saying Boeing Super 80.



 
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RE: King Of The Hill - "MD-L1011 WideBody"

Sat Sep 04, 2004 1:10 pm

I'm thinking it was a joke, like you said, some people say Boeing Super 80. I think one of the writers may have been an aviation enthusiast, and put MD in the episode to see if any viewers would notice, and perhaps take it as a joke. At least Hank's visualization looked like a L-1011.
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RE: King Of The Hill - "MD-L1011 WideBody"

Sat Sep 04, 2004 1:17 pm

Yeah, but if had seen that propane powered Grumman Tiger that college professor had built about 15 years ago, he would have remembered it.
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RE: King Of The Hill - "MD-L1011 WideBody"

Sat Sep 04, 2004 1:21 pm

It wasn't that the writers didn't know. They did. Hank didn't know. That was the joke. Like Homer Simpson.
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RE: King Of The Hill - "MD-L1011 WideBody"

Sat Sep 04, 2004 3:35 pm

Homer Simpson would'nt care what kind of plane he would be on, as long as he can get wasted on the flight.

Homer: Hold on, I said I wanted to fly on a plane to Europe, not ride on some "airbus".
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RE: King Of The Hill - "MD-L1011 WideBody"

Sun Sep 05, 2004 12:11 am

RogerThat, What bizness you in? There never was a Mc Donald... There was a James S. McDonnell. and a Donald Douglas.  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
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RE: King Of The Hill - "MD-L1011 WideBody"

Sun Sep 05, 2004 12:28 am

Given the the point you are making probably went straight over heads of 90% of the audience, it seems more likely that the writer's goofed.

Humour has to have a point, and if 90% do not realise that a joke has been told, then it is wasted.

I am not a regular viewer, but have never had the impression that it is a technical show.

As already pointed out, Homer Simpson would not fly Airbus, because he wants to go in a plane.

Unless of course, you know more about the writers than I do.
 
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RE: King Of The Hill - "MD-L1011 WideBody"

Sun Sep 05, 2004 12:36 am

Not every joke has to be caught by the majority of the audience. That's what makes it funny, and gives you a reason too watch. King of the Hill is a much more cerebral show than the Simpsons and other pablum on the air today.

I agree with most here that this was just a joke. Hank Hill is a propane salesman from rural Arlen, Texas. He's got no reason to know anything about airplanes. That's what's funny about it when he slips up.
 
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RE: King Of The Hill - "MD-L1011 WideBody"

Sun Sep 05, 2004 12:54 am

At least the picture of the plane flying to the target looked like an L1011. With the 2nd engine integrated into the tail.

Remember then they we at DFW? Love Field has commercial flights on King of the Hill.

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RE: King Of The Hill - "MD-L1011 WideBody"

Sun Sep 05, 2004 12:58 am

I thinik it may have more to do with not "promoting" brand names on TV rather than a deliberate mistake, or even a combination of unbranding the name while making a joke...

Example: in a movie when you see somebody opening a pizza box, and on the lid is a BIG logo (Pizza Hut for example), then that company most likely sponsored that spot.

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RE: King Of The Hill - "MD-L1011 WideBody"

Sun Sep 05, 2004 1:20 am

That's almost as bad as saying Boeing Super 80.

Actually, it's worse. At least Boeing owns the line where the MD-80 was produced...

Given the the point you are making probably went straight over heads of 90% of the audience, it seems more likely that the writer's goofed.

Humour has to have a point, and if 90% do not realise that a joke has been told, then it is wasted.


Obviously, you never watch Mel Brooks or Woody Allen films, and didn't much care for the Blues Brothers. Lots of NYC-based jokes than anyone not from Manhattan or one of the other four boroughs wouldn't get. I'm fortunate that both of my parents lived in NYC. I get a lot of the jokes...

I thinik it may have more to do with not "promoting" brand names on TV rather than a deliberate mistake, or even a combination of unbranding the name while making a joke...

I don't think so. While Homer is careful to always buy "Duff" beer and Fry always drinks "Slurm" (both Matt Groeing creations), some other programs are not so careful to leave out product names. In 1988, Michelob was mentioned in Star Trek IV, for which they paid nothing, but when ET came out in the early 80s, Reces Pieces paid for a placement that M&M Mars passed up...

The return to product-placement in television is really a *very* recent thing. It is more and more common, but a simple mention of "Papa John's" or "Bud Light" might still be just a cultural reference, much the same as the mention of some celebrity who does not appear in the episode.

More common on TV until recently was the prevention of mentioning a brand competing with a major sponsor. For example, if a show was sponsored by Budweiser, no character would *ever* mention Coors, Old Milwaukee, or Samuel Adams, even to denegrate it. Any mention at all was taboo.

Although, if you go back to old 1950s TV (US), you can see the really blatant product-placements for things like cigarettes...
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RE: King Of The Hill - "MD-L1011 WideBody"

Sun Sep 05, 2004 1:41 am

Maybe the entire world in the series "King of the Hill" is in a parallel universe where McDonnell Douglas and Lockheed interbred their trijets and came up with this hybrid.... Nuts
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RE: King Of The Hill - "MD-L1011 WideBody"

Sun Sep 05, 2004 2:29 am

Maybe you guys have too much time on your hands?  Wink/being sarcastic
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RE: King Of The Hill - "MD-L1011 WideBody"

Sun Sep 05, 2004 3:06 am

Most airline passengers don't even know what kind of plane they are flying on. All widebodys are 747s and all small props are Piper Cubs.

I would bet that most members of A.net couldn't tell the difference between a Coach purse or Prada, Versace or Yves St. Laurent, but I digress...

BR715 - I'm in the systems implementation bizness. I know the M of MD stands for McDonnell. I just wanted to get in the Hank Hill spirit and miss-state the name. That's one of my many annoying habits. Thank you for taking me to task.

N202PA - I will take you to task: Hank Hill is the Asst. Manager, much more than a mere propane salesman.

Vanguard737 hit the nail on the head.

 
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RE: King Of The Hill - "MD-L1011 WideBody"

Sun Sep 05, 2004 5:01 am

or an "8-320" ahahha...stupid FOX news.
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RE: King Of The Hill - "MD-L1011 WideBody"

Sun Sep 05, 2004 5:25 am

As far as the 8-320 goes, my bet would be the person that did the interview mistakingly thought they said 8-320 instead of A-320. He/she probibly didn't know the difference.
 
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RE: King Of The Hill - "MD-L1011 WideBody"

Sun Sep 05, 2004 5:51 am

I've heard someone say they flew on a Lockheed 747. Come to think of it, Lockheed was considering a passenger version of the C-5......
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RE: King Of The Hill - "MD-L1011 WideBody"

Sun Sep 05, 2004 2:03 pm

hehe I have heard "8-3xx" a lot of times on TV and actually saw something in the paper once as well... got me researching online to see if such product actually existed...

The King of the Hill reference to an aircraft by its actual name out of nowhere - as inaccurate as it was - was kinda surprising since all the guy ever talks about is Propane and propane accessories... i am surprised that he didnt try to reference a propane powered contraption instead of a "Mcdonnel Douglas L1011"

Anyways its nice to read some amusing posts in this thread... I thought i was going to get flamed for posting such a silly thing... :-P
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