King of the Hill

Shins of the Father

Season 1, Ep 8, Aired 3/23/97
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  • Episode Description
  • Hank's father Cotton, a sexist loudmouth who lost his shins fighting in WWII, comes to Bobby's birthday party,and decides to stay a few days. Peggy can't stand his ways, but Hank tries to convince Peggy things are OK, until Bobby begins to emulate his chauvinistic behavior.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Toby Huss

    Cotton Hill, Kahn Souphanousinphone

  • Lauren Tom

    Minh Souphanousinphone, Kahn "Connie" Souphanousinphone, Jr.

  • Mike Judge

    Hank Hill, Boomhauer, Stuart Dooley

  • Kathy Najimy

    Peggy Hill

  • Pamela Adlon

    Bobby Hill, Clark Peters

  • Fan Reviews (5)
  • Best of the Season

    By pedroman01, Apr 12, 2013

  • cotton

    By futuramarama, Nov 22, 2010

  • First appearance of Hank\'s Dad and very funny episode of season one.

    By CyberCartoon, Apr 08, 2006

  • Cotton Hill makes one of his momentous appearances in this episode. Bobby kicks things off with birthday party and Cotton surprises him by entertaining all the kids at the party in his cowboy way.

    By TasForMayor, Sep 25, 2006

  • Cottens first episode.

    By martinema, Nov 05, 2005

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (10)

    • Cotton (Telling Bill, Dale and Boomhaur the story about how he lost his shins): I was 14. Just a little older than Bobby. But I knew Uncle Sam needed me, so I lied and signed up. We had beat the Nazis in Italy and they shipped us to the pacific theater. A Tojo torpedo sent our troop ship to the bottom. I could only save three of my buddies Fatty, Stinky and Brooklyn. They were kind of like you fellas only one of them was from Brooklyn. Out of the sun came a Tojo zero. It put fifty bullets in my back. The blood attracted sharks. I had to give them Fatty. Then things took a turn for the worse. I made it to an island, but it was full of Tojos. They were spitting on the U.S. flag, so I rushed them. But it was a trap. They opened fired and blew my shins off. Last thing I remembered, I beat them all to death with a big piece of Fatty. I woke up in a field hospital and they were sewing my feet to my knees.

    • Bobby: (after talking to Connie) Woo, she's moody. Must be PBS.

    • Joseph: Everyone loves your party, Bobby. Bill: (eating cake, all giddy) I'm having fun. Dooley: Your wife divorced you. (Bill's smile disappears as he puts down his cake fork.)

    • (Bill stands in front of a water slide) Bill: This thing's a hoot! (Bill dives down and slides across the water slide and crashes into a wooden fence) Bill: Ah... I got a splinter.

    • Bobby: Miss, miss... Cotton: You're not going to get no service that way! You gotta grab her in the moneymaker! (slap waitress on the butt) Cotton: Hey missy! How about some samiches?

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    Notes (2)

    • Bobby turns 12 in this episode. Not often a cartoon character ages (and he does it again in a later season too).

    • The writer of this episode was nominated for the 1997 Annie Award for Best Individual Achievement: Writing in a TV Production.

    Trivia (11)

    • Right after the opening song, there is a wide shot and you can see Bobby with a group of kids. On the furthest right, you can see Joseph. In the close up Joseph is not there.

    • In the scene at the school, Joseph's fork looks like it is sticking out of the table in the close up, but in the wide shot, when he goes to pick it up, it is on his tray.

    • In the scene when Bobby was doing dishes, Cotton is sitting at the end of the table, but in one shot it looks like he is on the side closest to the sink.

    • When Cotton first arrives at the party Bill is in the background without a shirt. When he jumps on the horse a few seconds later, he has a shirt on.

    • Bobby takes a bite of his brownie and leaves most of it on his tray when he starts to get up and the teacher comes over to talk about his attitude. A few seconds later, when he and Joseph start slamming their trays on the table, the brownie is gone.

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    Allusions (2)

    • Cotton calls Peggy Hilary, most likely a reference to then First Lady, Hilary Clinton.

    • The title is an allusion to Sins of the father, a concept by which offspring are punished for the wrongdoings of a parent.

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