King of the Hill

Season 4 Episode 2

Cotton's Plot

Aired Sunday 8:30 AM Oct 03, 1999 on FOX
out of 10
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Episode Summary


When Peggy gets out of her body cast, she is unable to walk and depressed by the long, slow process of rehabilitation Cotton decides to teach her to walk again by challenging her, military-style. In return she agrees to help Cotton with his application for a grave site with fellow war veterans. When looking closely at the stories Cotton tells her Peggy starts to find out that Cotton's war stories have some major holes in them. Bill, Dale, and Boomhauer use Peggy's thrown away body cast to help them in their personal lives.


Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Walk This Way

    Was this a fantastic episode? No. Was it really funny? No. Was it REALLY needed? Outside of the fact that it helps Peggy go from in a cast to walking by the next episode, no. But, what this episode is, is a good look into Cotton's life. It has an OK plot, one that kind of HAD to be done, although, probably could have been done better. The B plot was not funny, and just kind of weird. I guess they needed a way to include the friends. There were some pretty funny moments, but overall, it was OK at best. What I did really like was that it stated something very true. Cotton is crazy and obviously makes up stories about war, but the fact is, he fought and lost his shins. It is something that, no matter how much you hate Cotton, you can't disagree with. Except that for the fact that this episode is important for continuity wise, I would say, it's not that big of a deal if you miss it.moreless
  • great

    peggy is out of her cast but she still cannot walk. so she needs help. she decides not to go to proffesional help but instead has cotton help. cotton tells her stories about the war to motivate her, but what will happen when peggy learns that maybe cotton exaggerated his stories a little?

    good episode, not really one of my favorite episodes ever but it did have a good plot and it continues from the past two episodes in a pretty nice way. because of all this, my overall grade for this episode would have to be a B methinksmoreless
  • Okay showing.

    I wasn't that thrilled with this episode. It was just okay, but overall I felt like it was a big letdown. There wasn't really any comedy high points and the plot was just dull. I didn't rate it lower because it was actually okay in terms of progressing the characters on the show, but other than that, I found it to be a waste of an episode. It wasn't all bad. I thought that the few bright spots had to be where Cotton makes Peggy listen to him to get back on her feet. It was kind of funny but also weird. Thank you.moreless
  • Good Cotton episode in which you certainly get to see a more human side of the man

    This is really part three of the season 3 finale / season 4 premiere as it continues the peggy revovery storyline. I have to say this is much more entertaining than the previous episode and I think the prominant role of Cotton helps to make this a better episode. I particuarly like his part in the episode because we get to see a more human side to him, and I think he is typicaly funny as well. Overall the storyline is still pretty repetative and a lack of sub story doesn't help but it is still a fine episode with some cool momentsmoreless
  • Peggy gets Cotton help to recover from her accident.

    Since Peggy's accident she's weak and Cotton offers to help her. Despite his training tough, Peggy doesnt quit. She then learns most of Cottons old war stories are fake, which puts Cotton in danger because when he dies he wants to be buried in a army gravesight. Peggy finally decides (because Hank tells her how Cotton really did get hurt in the war) to not only come back to his treatment, but get him a spot in the graveyward. They visit the spot and Cotton tells Peggy if she crawls the hill to his spot, she can dance on his grave. She does, and together the two dance.moreless
Toby Huss

Toby Huss

Voice of Cotton Hill

Mike Judge

Mike Judge

Voice of Hank Hill, Boomhauer

Kathy Najimy

Kathy Najimy

Voice of Peggy Hill

Pamela Adlon

Pamela Adlon

Voice of Bobby Hill

Brittany Murphy

Brittany Murphy

Voice of Luanne Platter

Johnny Hardwick

Johnny Hardwick

Voice of Dale Gribble

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Tagline: "I can't hear you." -Cotton. This is the second time this is the tagline. The first time was in "Texas City Twister" but it was Bill that said it.

    • In the scene where Peggy decides to let Cotton train her, the backpack disappears after she falls out of the chair.

    • In the long shot at the beginning of the episode, the straps of Didi's baby carrier turns to the same colour as her shirt, where as close up it is blue.

    • Cotton complains about Peggy's inability to raise the flag to more than "half mast." Cotton is an Army veteran so it is not very likely he would use that expression-- it is more common to the Navy. He would probably say "half staff."

    • Cotton's height is revealed in this episode as five-foot, even. (Before he lost his shins, he was 6' 4".)

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Cotton: The Tojos was comin' at me faster than I could gut 'em, so's I had to gut 'em faster!

    • Hank: (on Cotton) When he came back from the Pacific, he was five foot even. A Japanese machine gun blew away his shins. The doctor said he'd never walk again. Eighteen months later, my father walked right over to that doctor, reached up, and punched him in the kidneys. Now, I can't prove what he did at those battles. In fact, I'm not even sure if the part about hitting the doctor is true. But I do know this: my father doesn't have shins, and somehow he walks. And that's pretty heroic to me.

    • (The guys are drinking beer in the alley when Cotton walks up in his full uniform)
      Dale: Colonel, from your dress and demeanor, can I assume you are about to take your own life in a cheap motel room with your service revolver?

    • Peggy: Teach me to walk.
      Cotton: You ready to hate me more than you ever hated anyone in your life?
      Peggy: I already do.
      Cotton: Then we're halfway there.

    • Cotton: (Introducing his war buddies to Peggy) There's Stinky, Fatty, Stinky, Brooklyn, Stinky, Brooklyn, Fatty, Fatty, and Doc. Oh, and Erwin Linker.

  • NOTES (0)


    • Sofia Loren is an actress who is well known for her international films. The reference is because she has her handprints on Hollywood's Walk of Fame.

    • Stephen F. Austin
      As the family walks towards Cotton's alotted grave they pass the grave of Stephen F. Austin and Bobby asks "Is that the bionic man or the wrestler?" The bionic man is a character from "The Six Million Dollar Man" and the wrestler is "Stone Cold" Steve Austin. Who the grave is really for is, "The Father of Texas," the founder and secretary of state of Texas.