King of the Hill

Season 4 Episode 6

A Beer Can Named Desire

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Aired Sunday 8:30 AM Nov 14, 1999 on FOX
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Hank wins an Alamo Beer contest in which the prize is a chance to win money by having a football thrown in a small hole. He gets to travel to New Orleans and either win $100, 000 by having former Cowboy Don Meredith throw it, or $1 million if he throws it himself. Hank quickly decides to make the throw himself but starts getting doubts. Bill reveals that his family is from New Orleans so the whole gang goes and stays with his family. While there, three beautiful women all try to seduce Bill as he is the last Dauterive. The problem is, one of them is his blood cousin, and he doesn't know who.

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  • Great episode save for the odd Bill moment.

    8.0
    Loved this episode, especially the bill storyline (really liked the end where Bill has that ear to ear smile, you know what he just did without him saying anything). However something I never got, Bill always goes on about how he's lonely, to the point it's become a plotpoint of Bill-centric episodes. Yet here he has a chance to get with someone, heck he had two prime pieces of tail who wanted him all he had to do was say he wanted to "tend the soil" and he turns it down. Making any later "Bill is lonely and depressed" episodes absolutely idiotic as he had a chance to at least not be lonely. Beyond that, this is a great episode, loved the Gilbert lines. He's only in a few scenes but he stole each one of them with his flamboyance in my opinion.moreless
  • Leaves Something to be Desired

    7.5
    This is a good episode. Not great, not a classic. But still a solid effort. It had a pretty good plot line, but just wasn't all that funny. Sure, it had a few moments of really funny things, and I enjoyed learning about Bill's past, but it just didn't blow me away. And to be honest, the whole Bill plot line was a bit weird. His cousin wants to sleep with him just to carry on the family name? And they say Bill is desperate. Bobby is really funny in this episode, and I really enjoyed Hank's plot, which saves this episode (not the plot itself, but just the humour in it). I actually thought Bill was great too, but just the plot line was itself weird. Overall a solid episode, but I think it could have been much better.moreless
  • Bill stole the show.

    8.5
    This episode of King of the Hill was great. I thought that the Hank storyline was okay, but what really made it entertaining was Bill being Bill. I liked his storyline and it was an awsome situation to be in. I wished I was Bill in this episode. Having to chose between 3 beautiful women would be fun. As far as Hank and his problem of throwing his football into a hole for money, he should have done it himself. He went through all that work and he gave into his own blind faith in Don Meredith. Serves Hank right for being so stupid. Thank you.moreless
  • When Hank gets a chance to win a million dollars by throwing a football throw a giant Alamo beer can, the Hills, along will the neighbors, drive to New Orleans. They meet a true Southern gentleman, 3 woman competing for Bill and footballer Don Meredith.moreless

    10
    "A Beer Can Named Desire" is perhaps the best episode of the spectacular fourth season. Bill's bloodlines are revealed, Hank gets the chance to win a million dollars, and Bobby gets lessons in how to be a dandy.



    The episode begins with Dale, Bill, Hank and Boomhauer drinking their dietary staple, Alamo beer. The company is running a contest - if a drinker finishes their beer and finds "WINNER" at the bottom of the can, they win a chance to throw a football through a hole in a giant Alamo beer can and win a million dollars, or have Dandy Don Meredith can take your throw and if he makes it, the person gets a hundred thousand dollars, all during half-time at a New Orleans Saints game. While the guys are anxious to find a winning beer can, Hank isn't willing to pour out his beer to see if he won. In true Hank style, he puts the beer in the fridge with cellophane wrap across the top.



    Luanne finds the beer, drinks it, and discovers she's a winner. Hank corrects her - HE'S the winner. Bobby, Luanne, Hank and Peggy get ready to head to New Orleans, where the contest is taking place, but Bill, Dale and Boomhauer decide to join them. Bill reveals he has relatives in the bayou, and asks that they stop by. Hank grudgingly agrees.



    This is where the episode truly becomes legendary - Bill comes not from a "tar-paper shack", but a rich family with a plantation and three beautiful, eligible widows. However, one is a Dauterive, the other two ony married Dauterives. Rather than go for ladies' many Boomhauer, the women begin to compete for Bill's affection, hoping he will then marry her and give her children. Bill's Aunt Esthme (anyone know how to spell her name correctly?) reveals "The Dauterive blood is down to a trickle." The women show off their zydeco skills, best dresses and Southern charm, all in hopes of winning Bill's attention.



    Also present at the Dauterive mansion is Jean-Claude, the only living Dauterive male. However, he is not eligible to the women, if you know what I mean. He attempts to teach Bobby the wonders of being a Southern gentleman ("This here is velvet, Robert (prounounced like Colbert in Colbert Report), not velveteen. A gentleman must know the difference," Jean-Claude says, holding up a royal blue suit). He sends Bobby on his way to New Orleans with a few choice pieces of finery. As the family prepares to leave, Bobby, decked out in a powder blue suit with a walking cane, declares, "I da declare I need a window seat because this flower is wiltin\'", earning a groan from Hank.



    Bill decides to stay at the Dauterive plantation, much to the delight of the women. Peggy warns Bill one of the ladies is his blood cousin. Bill declares he's never had a two in three chance before and bids the Hills et. al. aideu.



    When the Hills arrive in New Orleans and meet Dandy Don Meredith, Bobby tells Don they're both dandies, with Bobby proudly showing off his burgundy smoking jacket and ascot. When the family gets back to the hotel, Hank promptly throws out all the clothes Bobby received from Jean-Claude into the hotel pool.



    At the half-time competition, Hank chooses to let Dandy Don take the throw, but the famous football star misses. Hank, feeling cheated that the man didn't even remove his jacket, tackles Dandy Don.



    Meanwhile, Bill is trying to discover which woman is his cousin, and narrows it down after seeing the grave of one husband. Eventually, all three girls, clad in their best lingerie, sneak into Bill's room, and commence a catfight as they all declare each other the cousin. Suddenly a lighter flicks, and Jean-Claude, in the shadows of the room the whole time, lights a cigarette and informs Bill which widow is his cousin.



    The true cousin rats Bill out, and his aunt asks him if he was "toiling in the soil or just playing in the garden?". Bill humbly admits to playing in the garden.



    In New Orleans, Hank finds Dandy Don getting into a taxi, and confronts him. The man explains he wore his coat when practicing in his backyard in New Mexico during the winter. The two go to the football stadium, and, coincidentally, the Alamo can is still up the day after. Hank makes the throw, but is still sad. Dandy Don tells him he'll feel better if he just accepts the outcome and gets over it.



    On the way back to Arlen, they pick up Bill outside the mansion, who is standing in the rain grinning. When Peggy greets him he interrupts to exclaim, "Both of 'em!"moreless
Mike Judge

Mike Judge

Voice of Hank Hill, Boomhauer, Stuart Dooley

Kathy Najimy

Kathy Najimy

Voice of Peggy Hill

Pamela Adlon

Pamela Adlon

Voice of Bobby Hill

Brittany Murphy

Brittany Murphy

Voice of Joseph Gribble (seasons 1-4), Luanne Platter

Johnny Hardwick

Johnny Hardwick

Voice of Dale Gribble

Stephen Root

Stephen Root

Voice of Bill Dauterive, Buck Strickland

Meryl Streep

Meryl Streep

Aunt Esme Dauterive

Guest Star

Natalie Maines

Natalie Maines

Violetta

Guest Star

Martie Seidel

Martie Seidel

Lily

Guest Star

Toby Huss

Toby Huss

Voice of Cotton Hill, Kahn Souphanousinphone

Recurring Role

Lauren Tom

Lauren Tom

Voice of Minh Souphanousinphone, Connie Souphanousinphone

Recurring Role

Ashley Gardner

Ashley Gardner

Voice of Nancy Hicks Gribble, Didi Hill

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (6)

    • After Bill kisses Rose on the tombstone you can see he has quite a few sweat stains visible on his shirt. Bill then goes inside the house and the stains have disappeared.

    • As Hank is discussing the competition with Peggy he is wearing his light blue boxer shorts. After Peggy asks whether he is going to still enter the competition, they are now dark blue.

    • Toward the end of the episode Don Meredith takes Hank to the Superdome to try throwing the football into the Alamo beer can. After Hank makes the throw they walk to the football rack and Don picks up one of the footballs from the rack. We can see the top shelf has two footballs with the laces on the ball not visible. As they leave we can see on the same angle, there are three balls on the top shelf with the laces visible on all three balls.

    • Tagline: "Whoa! Heh-heh! That's a great story, Mr. Meredith." -Hank

    • When the girls come out to greet Bill, they are standing (our left to right) Rose, Violetta and Lilly. Then when Dale asks "who are you" Lilly and Rose have switched spots. After Gilbert introduces himself it shows them back in the original order again.

    • When the three girls greet Bill, Violetta's fan changes color a couple of times when she is waving it.

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Bobby: (dressed like a dandy) I do believe I shall give room service a jingle and have them order us up some etouffees. (Hank dumps the clothes over the balcony) NOOOO!!!

    • Esthme: The Dauterive blood is down to a trickle. My two sons and my son-in-law, Girac, Rene and Emeril, died of arterial sclerosis in their twenties, leaving three desperate, childless widows to wander this house. They are strings on a harp stretched far too taut, and if they are not strummed soon... well... they really need to be strummed!
      Peggy: This is right out of Shakespeare!

    • Peggy: Bill, I had no idea you spoke Cajun. Perhaps that's because I try not to ask you questions.

    • Hank: Let's say it is your beer. How old are you?
      Luanne: Nineteen and a half.
      Hank: Exactly. The moment you tried to claim the prize, you'd be incarcerated for underage drinking. So if it's your beer, you get to go to jail. If it's my beer, you get to come to New Orleans with us. Your call.
      Luanne: New Orleans!

    • Bill: Thank God for Don Meredith.
      Dale: Thank you, God.

    • Bobby: I need a window seat, because this flower is wilting.

    • Hank: So, Gilbert, how do the Saints look this year?
      Gilbert: Oh, I am more familiar with sinners than saints, my dear. And sinners always look good.

    • Hank: He's speaking some kind of French.
      Peggy: Let me handle this. I speak Spanish. It's the same thing.

    • Hank: I have never poured out beer, even to put out a grass fire.

  • NOTES (1)

    • There are a number of things learned about Bill in this episode. We see the original spelling of Bill Dauterive's Cajun family name formed in the gateway ironwork of Chateau D'Haute Rive as the gang drives away. Castle/Manor of the Upper Bank is a fair English translation. Bill is also shown (as a surprise to himself) to be able to speak French, and play the accordion.

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • The title of this episode "A Beer Can Named Desire" is an allusion to the title of the play by Tennessee Williams titled A Streetcar Named Desire. This episode chronicles a trip to New Orleans, and the play also takes place in New Orleans.

    • Beavis and Butt-head

      The two mumbling cajun men that Hank asks directions from do so in the manner in which the main characters of creator Mike Judge's previous show Beavis and Butt-head, are famous for.

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