King of the Hill

Season 7 Episode 15

An Officer and a Gentle Boy

Aired Sunday 8:30 AM Mar 09, 2003 on FOX
out of 10
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Episode Summary


To toughen up Bobby, Hank decides to send him to Cotton's old boot camp, unaware that lawsuits have altered the severe conditions. When Cotton hears of the new "softer" side of the camp, he declares mutiny & takes over as camp Sargeant and tries to break Bobby.


Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Unbreakable Bobby

    This is a pretty good episode considering it didn't have Bill, Boomhauer OR Dale. It does have Cotton though! Cotton really is the star of this episode and it just couldn't have worked without him. I think if you take away Hank's friends you HAVE to have him in it. It was a pretty good episode, especially Hank learning to appreciate Bobby for who he is, and realize he isn't that bad, even if he isn't a "tough" guy. There were some funny moments too, and it just was a very enjoyable episode to watch.moreless
  • probably my favorite of the series

    cotton sends bobby to an old boot camp he used to go to to toughen bobby up. but he is mad when he learns that the boot camp is less hard than it used to be, and promptly takes over making it harder.

    good episode and probably my favorite of the series, and if not, it is definitely up there. maybe because it was one of the first i remember seeing ,but i think it is really funny and a good episodic plot. my overall grade for this episode is without a doubt, an A+. Great episode, i think somoreless
Toby Huss

Toby Huss

Voice of Cotton Hill, Kahn Souphanousinphone

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

Ashley Gardner

Ashley Gardner

Voice of Nancy Hicks Gribble, Didi Hill

Recurring Role

Breckin Meyer

Breckin Meyer

Voice of Joseph Gribble (season 5 +)

Recurring Role

Phil Hendrie

Phil Hendrie


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Cotton (after sharing stories about his experiences at Fort Burke): Must've over-reminisced and brought up my pain water.

    • Peggy (to Bobby, trying to make him feel better about being sent to his grandfather's old camp): I'm not sure what this means but I once heard that when you're stuck in an unpleasant situation it helps to just lie back and think of England.
      Cotton: That's enough, Hank's wife! If you got more feelings to express get in the kitchen and put them in a bundt cake.

    • Cotton Hill: In my day, the principal was the meanest sum-bitch God ever put on one leg. He'd lean on a desk with both hands, and swing his leg at ya! Then, when you were standing there shocked that a one-legged man had kicked ya...he'd bite ya!

    • Cotton: What the --? You made a bowl?
      Hank: Well, yeah. It's a combat bowl. Bobby made one too.
      Cotton: Combat bowl? The only bowl he's supposed to make is from a hollowed-out skull!

    • Crafts Instructor: On the battlefield, you may find yourself stranded without enough water to survive. But with a sufficient quantity of mud, you will have the ability to create your own bowl, pot, urn, decanter or beaker to collect rain water.

    • Bobby: Oh, dang, someone's coming! Lie back and think of England. Hugh Grant. Spice Girls. Paddington!

    • Cotton: I can hardly waits to see my grandson all toughened up. Do you think you folks could mail me records of his daily beating logs?
      Commandant: Colonel Hill, you do realize things have changed since your time here?
      Cotton: All right, you can e-mail them to me.

    • Bobby: The clock radio smells like my Game Boy, but it tastes like my library card. I wonder if it smells different when it's on?

  • NOTES (0)


    • Punch Buggy
      The game, "P-Diddle", that Cotton plays in the car is the same concept as "Punch Buggy" only instead of punching someone when you see a handicap sticker you punch them when someone is driving a Buggy.

    • Bobby: You want the truth? You can't handle the truth!

      Bobby's cadet uniform inspired him to imitate Colonel Jessop, Jack Nicholson's character from the movie A Few Good Men.

    • The episode title is inspired by the movie An Officer And A Gentleman, starring Debra Winger and Richard Gere.