King of the Hill

Season 12 Episode 5

Death Picks Cotton

Aired Sunday 8:30 AM Nov 11, 2007 on FOX
out of 10
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Episode Summary


After an incident at a restaurant leaves Cotton on his death bed, Hank struggles with his feelings towards his father. Luanne and Lucky practice parenting on Bobby when they look after him.

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Cotton, You Will Be Missed

    This is an episode I struggle with, because I really do enjoy it as an entertaining, and emotional episode. However, there are a couple of technical things that bother me. The main one is why aren't Didi and GH around. Wouldn't anyone have thought to call her? It really doesn't make sense. The other thing that bothers me is how they left Bobby out. I really enjoyed the B Plot and thought it was funny, but Bobby is the only person that Cotton truly loved. Even Didi and GH he had issues with at some point. I don't know if they didn't want to get too sad, or if they needed a B Plot for time, but I think the episode would have been even better with showing Bobby dealing with the potential death. Those are some pretty big things, but outside of that, the episode really was good. I think it was nice they kept Cotton the way he always was, and Hank still trying to connect. It really is a hilarious episode, but content wise, it could have been better written. Overall a good episode. . Cotton Hill: American!moreless
  • R.I.P. Cotton Hill, even if you don't deserve it.

    In this episode of King of the Hill, the show lost a pivotal character as Hank's miserable father, Cotton Hill, died the way he lived, as an ungreatful, obnoxius, rude, hateful excuse for a human being who didn't want to be loved, mourned, or even remembered because he realized that he didn't deserve it. After the uncalled for tounge-lashing he gave to Hank and Peggy, it's understandable why she chewed him out on his deathbed and why she lied to Hank about his dying words. Hank deserves at least one fond memory of his old man. I feel that this is a perfect Veterans Day episode.moreless
  • Farewell Cotton

    So, Cotton gets in a fight with some chef at a restaurant, and he is in the hospital, in bad condition. He keeps stopping his heart and trying to scare everyone. At the end of the episode, sadly, he does in fact die.

    This episode surprised me. If anything, I thought Cotton would die in the final season or something. This episode was a really funny and well-written episode with some good emotion when they needed it. The main plot was mostly emotion and the sub plot was mostly humor, which worked well for this episode. Definitely one of the best, IMOmoreless
  • Funny episode!

    I really like this episode. I like the scenes with Bobby at Luanne and Lucky's house, as well as the scenes with Cotton in the hospital. There are many funny lines in the episode. One of my favorites is when Lucky and Bobby are about to roll down the hill in the tire and Luanne yells, "Lucky no, it's not safe." Then after a few cars drive by she says, "okay, now it's safe." Also, I found it funny how Peggy lied to Hank and told him that Cotton said he loved him. And when Hank said, "Do I have to cut his head off?" (which was Cotton's request for when he died), Peggy replied, "Oh, he said he changed his mind and doesn't want that." Loved it! Gets a perfect score.moreless
  • Definitely not as good as it could have been but at the same time not as bad as it could have been but watchable nonetheless.

    Although this episode wasn't dreadful there are a lot of questionable points such as ......where were didi and g.h.....why was Hank seemingly non chalant about the prospect his father could die soon. The situation which led to Cotton being hospitalized was surreal for KOTH's standards and seemed like it was a forced plot element not having any logical build up. The actual death of cotton had its emotional impact dampened by his repeated "deaths" in the episode and the ending seemed out of character for peggy. There were some genuinly good lines in the episode such as cotton's remark about peggy's lasagne.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Luanne: Lucky, you look so handsome tonight.
      Lucky: Thanks, baby doll. You can't tell, but the toes of my socks are gold!

    • Lucky: (to Bobby) Don't talk back to your pretend mother!

    • Hank: I can't believe my last words to my father were 'I don't love you.'
      Peggy: Cotton loved fighting - you probably made death fun for him!

    • Cotton: Hank when I die, I wants you to cut my head and mail it to the Japanese Emperor, Ohh and put some worms in my mouth so I can scare that son of a bitch.

    • Hank: I know we don't say it enough, or at all I guess, but I love you, too, Dad.
      Cotton: You loves me?!
      Hank: Dad?
      Cotton: What kind of man tells another man that he loves him? I don't wanna die with my sissy son who LOVES me! YOU GONNA BRING ME ROSES 'CAUSE YOU LOOOVES ME?!!!
      Hank: No, Dad, it's not like that, it's just--
      Cotton: Get out of here! I can't even look at you! How dare you love me!
      Hank: But I don't! I don't love you!
      (Cotton flat-lines)

    • Luanne: (About the restaurant) ...and then they flip the food right into your mouth!
      Bobby: You mean just like Scooby-Doo?
      Luanne: Yes, Bobby. Like Scooby-Doo, for adults!

  • NOTES (3)


    • The scene where Bobby and Lucky roll down a hill in a tracker tire is a reference to an episode of "Beavis and Butt-Head", another show created by Mike Judge.

    • The dedication "Cotton Hill: American" may be a reference to "John Wayne: American", the inscription on Wayne's Congressional Gold Medal.

    • As a tribute to all war heroes, Fox not only aired this episode on Veteran's Day, but, Cotton's official day of death is November 11, 2007.