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 "...you 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.
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.
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