King of the Hill

Season 13 Episode 6

A Bill Full of Dollars

Aired Sunday 8:30 AM Nov 16, 2008 on FOX
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Episode Summary


Peggy, Minh and Dale play the stock market together, however they lose money in their initial investment. To improve their odds they decide to study the consumer habits of an "average man" and Bill becomes the subject of their study. When he finds out about this, he is happy that someone is listening to him, however the pressure becomes to much and he cracks. After Peggy buys the family a new flat screen TV, Hank and Bobby have difficulty figuring out all the advanced features.


Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Ups and Dows

    This episode overall is pretty good, but there were some boring parts, and I think there should of been more of the B Plot. I am not sure what else could have been done, but I just felt like the A Plot didn't have enough material to sustain as much screen time as it got, and the B Plot was very funny too. There was a lot that happened, but it was jumping all over, going from it being about following Bill to make investments, to Bill being poor and almost two completely different plots, which were strung together. Dale and Bill of course were the heroes of the A Plot, with Bill being his usual depressed self, and Dale had the funny one liners. I actually think it almost would have worked better if it was just a Bill and Dale storyline and have Peggy as part of the B Plot. They could have gotten more into Dale spying on Bill and using it to invest. What was pretty good was the realism of it, and how investing can leave people broke, and do crazy things, both which happened in this episode.moreless
  • A Bill-centric episode that plays to its strengths.

    Poor pathetic, lonely Bill. No-one will listen to him, not his friends, not even the customer service help centers. Thankfully, Dale, Peggy and Minh have found a reason to listen to him, without his knowing, of course. And with his nose for gluttony and waste the three earn enough money on their stock investments for the Hills to get a flat-screen TV. This episode does what the King of the Hill does best: puts these salt-of-the-Earth "real Americans" into a modern situation, and lets their humanity show through, all the while giving a sharp critique on American culture. In this case American culture, with its spend!-spend!-spend! mentality and get-rich-quick schemes (and schemers) is put up against the sad truth that not everyone can have everything. Unfortunately Bill, the low man on the totem pole, the one to whom everything would have to eventually trickle-down to, is tossed aside once the Heisenberg Principle suggests he is of no further use. Desperate to matter, he puts his life savings (and more) into a single stock, and loses. Seeing their friend worse-off than ever, the schemers come to their sesnses, and try to help him out, but to their great surprise Bill has been converted. No longer a suicide waiting to happen, Bill has learned the benefits of bankrupcy. Mr. Strickland asks " got a bonafide state-certified bankrupcy?" acting as the straight man in a bad infomercial. Bill then gathers a circle around him, and becomes the center of attention, teaching everyone about this sad reality more and more people are facing.moreless
Wyatt Cenac

Wyatt Cenac

Football Announcer, Tough-Looking Guy

Guest Star

Steve Gunderson

Steve Gunderson


Guest Star

Lauren Tom

Lauren Tom

Minh Souphanousinphone

Recurring Role

David Herman

David Herman

Gen-Y Geek, The Dow Genius

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Tagline: "Hank's going to become a tugboat captain." -Bill

    • Luanne does not appear in this episode.

    • In the final scene, Strickland has two beer cans, one in each hand, and then at one point he has a line and he moves his hand and it is empty. Then in the next shot he is holding the beer cans again. It seems unlikely he'd set them down just to talk then pick it up again, so most likely this is a goof.

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Hank: You know the way Bill is, but you took him out for a spin anyway. It's like you had a truck with faulty brakes, but you just didn't care.
      Dale: We feel terrible. I want to help, but the Gribbles have a long history of making things worse.

    • Peggy: Maybe we should just go out there and, and talk to him.
      Minh: And say what? 'Sorry, your life is somehow even worse than it was?'
      Dale: Yeah, and besides we didn't do anything wrong.
      Peggy: We used him for our own gain until we broke him, and then we cast him aside. Then, in a desperate attempt to regain our love, he lost everything he owned.
      Dale: But other than that, we're good, right?

    • Dale: Damn it.We broke him. He's useless now. This is classic Heisenberg. The observer effect.
      Bill: Observer? What...?
      Dale: The very act of observation interferes with the outcome, often mis-attributed to Heisenberg, who was wrong about the bomb, but right about uncertainty. See, now you're watching you. And that's the problem.

    • Hank: Bill, you don't have powers. It works because you're so... typical.
      Bill: You're not the one who's typical, I am. I buy things, and it makes money, so we can buy more things. I'm like an ecosystem.
      Bobby: Dad, look! Two Rob Schneider movies on-screen at the same time.
      Bill (smugly): You're welcome, Bobby.

    • Peggy: we made all this crazy money, just by studying Bill. You don't look proud of me anymore.
      Hank: Well, I wonder why not. Peggy, you used Bill. You have to fix this.
      Peggy: I hope you're not gonna say we should get rid of the TV.
      Hank: Well, of course not-- it's incredible-- but you have to tell Bill what you've been doing. Promise me you'll do that. Then let's go back to watching this amazing thing.

    • Minh: What on earth he wrapping with that much wrap?
      Dale: The American consumer doesn't know. All it knows is it must wrap.
      Peggy: You know, I know it's just Bill, but something doesn't feel right about this. Do...Do you think we should tell him?
      Dale: We can't tell him. People act most natural when they don't know they're being observed. I cite as evidence several hundred episodes of Candid Camera.

    • Peggy: We need to study America, and invest in what America wants to buy. What? What do people like to buy?
      Minh: I don't know. Lychee nuts? Opera CDs?
      Dale: Those new Russian bullets that will go through anything!
      Peggy: Uh, no, not you two. America.
      What does Joe Blow buy?
      Minh: Beats me.
      Dale: I give up.
      Peggy: Then we are going on a field trip. America, roll up your sleeve. Peggy Hill is about to take your pulse.

    • Bill: Usually, the only people who talk to me are gay men who've dropped their standards.

    • Dale: I'm gonna admit failure and ask Nancy to reinstate my allowance.

    • Dale: Financial dignity might be an interesting switch for me.

    • (Watching television)
      Bobby: The picture's so blurry. Is that what's-his-name from 90210 or what's-his-name from Growing Up Brady?

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