6x21 Returning Japanese (1)
First Aired: May. 12, 2002 on FOX
Summary: The family takes a trip to Japan for Cotton's apology to a widow of a soldier he killed in World War II.In the meantime, Bill and Dale serve as the house-sitters for the Hill household.Also, Luanne thinks she killed Ladybird, so she tries to find a replacement dog. It's not as easy as it looks.
Peggy Hill: There's no problem. He's just fighting the urge to kill all you people.
- Goof (factual errors): The legal age to sit in an emergency exit row in a commercial jetliner is 15, not 13 as the stewardess on the plane states.
- Goof (plot holes): The subplots regarding Luanne getting a second Bloodhound to replace Ladybird (who is not actually dead) and Bill and Dale getting arrested trying to make the Hill house look occupied are never resolved.
- In this episode we see Cotton being sent back to the U.S. aboard the Lane Victory. The S.S. Lane Victory is a 10,750 ton Victory ship she is 455 feet long and was launched in 1945. Her maiden voyage was on June 27, 1945. She also saw duty in Korea and Viet Nam. In 1970 she was placed in the reserve and because she was in such good condition she was preserved and eventually chosen as a museum ship and is docked in San Pedro and remains in sailing condition (as of 2009).
- While Cotton is on the plane going to Japan we see that two of the medals he's authorized to wear are the Silver Star and Purple Heart.
- SPOILER: When we first see Hank, he is wearing an apron depicting the iconic flag raising at Iwo Jima, foreshadowing his family's vacation destination.