King of the Hill

Death Picks Cotton

Season 12, Ep 5, Aired 11/11/07
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  • Episode Description
  • After an incident at a restaurant leaves Cotton on his death bed, Hank struggles with his feelings towards his father. Luanne and Lucky practice parenting on Bobby when they look after him.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Tom Petty


  • Kathy Najimy

    Peggy Hill

  • Pamela Adlon

    Bobby Hill

  • Johnny Hardwick

    Dale Gribble

  • Mike Judge

    Hank Hill, Boomhauer

  • Fan Reviews (12)
  • Cotton, You Will Be Missed

    By pedroman01, Nov 20, 2013

  • R.I.P. Cotton Hill, even if you don't deserve it.

    By gideonbernstein, Nov 13, 2007

  • Farewell Cotton

    By futuramarama, Nov 15, 2009

  • Funny episode!

    By rjr_1987, Oct 29, 2009

  • Definitely not as good as it could have been but at the same time not as bad as it could have been but watchable nonetheless.

    By scaletrix, Dec 12, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (6)

    • Luanne: Lucky, you look so handsome tonight. Lucky: Thanks, baby doll. You can't tell, but the toes of my socks are gold!

    • Lucky: (to Bobby) Don't talk back to your pretend mother!

    • Hank: I can't believe my last words to my father were 'I don't love you.' Peggy: Cotton loved fighting - you probably made death fun for him!

    • Cotton: Hank when I die, I wants you to cut my head and mail it to the Japanese Emperor, Ohh and put some worms in my mouth so I can scare that son of a bitch.

    • Hank: I know we don't say it enough, or at all I guess, but I love you, too, Dad. Cotton: You loves me?! Hank: Dad? Cotton: What kind of man tells another man that he loves him? I don't wanna die with my sissy son who LOVES me! YOU GONNA BRING ME ROSES 'CAUSE YOU LOOOVES ME?!!! Hank: No, Dad, it's not like that, it's just-- Cotton: Get out of here! I can't even look at you! How dare you love me! Hank: But I don't! I don't love you! (Cotton flat-lines)

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    Notes (3)

    • Dale apologizes to Hank for blowing up his shed. This is possibly referring to Season 11 episode "Peggy Goes to Pots" where he blows up the shed to fake his death.

    • For this episode, the show was nominated for an Emmy for "Outstanding Animated Program (for Programming Less Than One Hour)".

    • The song Bobby dances to is "Don't Cha?" by Pussy Cat Dolls.

    Trivia (1)

    • Tagline: "You finally got me Tojo." -Cotton

    Allusions (3)

    • The scene where Bobby and Lucky roll down a hill in a tracker tire is a reference to an episode of "Beavis and Butt-Head", another show created by Mike Judge.

    • The dedication "Cotton Hill: American" may be a reference to "John Wayne: American", the inscription on Wayne's Congressional Gold Medal.

    • As a tribute to all war heroes, Fox not only aired this episode on Veteran's Day, but, Cotton's official day of death is November 11, 2007.

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