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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  • 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.