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King of the Hill

Season 13 Episode 16

Bad News Bill

Aired Sunday 8:30 AM May 03, 2009 on FOX
out of 10
User Rating
27 votes

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Episode Summary

It's baseball season, and Hank wants to keep Bobby away to save himself embarrassment. When he finds out about a new league where he doesn't know anyone he decides to sign Bobby up. The coach is very encouraging and puts Hank down for giving up on Bobby. When Bobby appears to be playing really well, Hank puts his pride aside and agrees to help out, but, in order to prove himself, he is forced to do menial tasks by Bill who has also volunteered and is high up in the organization. Hank fears that Bobby is in for a big disappointment when the coach convinces Bobby he can make it to the major league.


Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Bad News, Sort Of.

    This is an OK episode. Not great, not bad. It was entertaining, but the Bobby being bad at sports and on a team thing has been done to death. It was nice to see Hank encouraging Bobby for once, but overall it was still an overused plot. It was funny, and even thought there really was no point in Luanne being there, I enjoyed what she brought to the episode. If you're looking for big laugh out loud comedy, you probably won't like this episode very much, but if you just want a decent entertaining half hour, then this one is good enough.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (13)

    • Peggy: You know, outfield is the new infield.

    • Bobby: That must be what it feels like in baseball hell.

    • Dale: Remember when the stomach flu was going around? Bobby's team could only field eight players, and he still didn't start. They actually had a kid playing "lenter field."

    • Luanne: Uncle Hank, don't think of it as being banned from the baseball league. Think of it as being welcome everywhere else.

    • Hank: Hey, Bobby, I was wondering if you wanted to hit the batting cages. What are you doing?
      Bobby: I'm practicing my baseball card stance. Coach said that if I work really hard, I could be a Major Leaguer.
      Hank: What?
      Bobby: I should start figuring out what team I want to play for. Chicago has great fans, but New York has the nightlife.
      Hank: Well...I'm glad you're excited, but...uh, it takes a lot of, uh, ability and whatnot to be in the big leagues.
      Bobby: Wait, are you saying you don't believe I can do it? 'Cause Coach thinks I can.
      Hank: Look, I'm glad you're having fun, but the big leagues is quite a stretch. It's just...I don't want you to be disappointed when it definitely doesn't happen.
      Bobby: I'm sorry, Dad, but I have set my mind to it, and that means with enough hard work and dedication, it'll happen. Right?
      Hank: Well, son, uh... uh, I think you should play for the Yankees.

    • Hank: From now on, I'm going to support him no matter what.
      Peggy: You are truly one of the best fathers who gave up on his son and changed his mind about it that has ever lived.

    • (Bobby has been put into the baseball game and has gotten a hit)
      Peggy: He did it! He accidentally did it!
      Hank: That's the most hits he had in the last 2 seasons combined!

    • Bill: Parents AND volunteers? So, people can make a difference even if they haven't made children?

    • Dale: Where do you think Kobe beef comes from? Japanese baseball players!

    • Char: I found the batting gloves I want. Look at me, I'm a chicken! (begins making 'chicken' squawks).

    • Bobby: Right now, I'm too tired to make it to the house. Could someone put down an orange cone so no one drives on me?

    • Hank: It's nice to make a fresh start. I feel like a serial killer who relocated to Mexico.

    • Hank: (about the baseball registration form) This never arrived. You never saw anything.
      Luanne: But you're not making any sense. That did arrive, and I saw something.

  • NOTES (0)


    • Bobino: The nickname that the coach gave Bobby is obviously a reference to Bambino, one of the nicknames for Babe Ruth.

    • Bill: Take that Big Brothers
      Big Brothers is an organization in which older males become mentors to young males. There is also a Big Sister program, which does the same thing but for girls.

    • The title is an allusion to The Bad News Bears which was a series of little league baseball movies done in the 1970s, and further a remake of the original 1976 movie done in 2005.