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King of the Hill

Season 13 Episode 1

Dia-Bill-ic Shock

Aired Sunday 8:30 AM Sep 28, 2008 on FOX
out of 10
User Rating
47 votes

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Episode Summary


Bill finds out he has adult on-set diabetes, and his doctor tells him he is going to lose his legs. Bill gets a wheel chair, and after meeting a cool guy named Thunder, who also is in a wheelchair, he starts enjoying his life. Hank, Dale and Boomhauer help Bill by remodelling his house so he can reach everything. After everyone discovers Bill can still walk, they all get mad at him. Peggy doesn't want anyone to get diabetes in the family so she goes on a health kick and forces Bobby to eat only health foods.


Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Bill Does it Again!

    Another episode where Bill finds happiness, and then loses it all. And as usual, it works. It was a really funny episode, with a well written plot line. It was highly entertaining and a nice way to start off the final season of KOTH. The B Plot was not very funny with jokes, but the concept was funny, and kept me entertained. Overall a pretty decent episode of KOTH, and the beginning of the end!moreless
  • A great season premiere.

    This was a great way to open up a new season of the amazing run that the show has had in its 13th season. The thing about this episode is that it had a very clever plot, one of the best I have seen in recent seasons. It also didn't hurt that the main story plot revolved around Bill, who is probably my favorite character. The one thing I have never understood is how the show keeps on drawing me back in, because I am by no means a huge fan of the show. I really just watch it to pass time, but it seems that it never fails to please me.moreless
  • bill has diabities

    Poor Bill can't lay off the sweet snacks and falls victim to adult onset diabities. he is scared by a doctor into thinking he will lose his legs. he soon becomes very sad and does not want to do anything until he meets thunder and begins to paly wheelchair rugby and starts to feel very happy and that he is part of a group but alas all of his excersise cause his diabities to get better and thunder believes he was faking it. hank later tells thunder that bill was being true to what he was saying about having diabities and thunder is able to convince bill he was inspiring. overall a great episode.moreless
  • Bill is hilarious.

    Bill Deautrive is one of the best characters in the show and I think putting him as the main character in the episode was a great idea. This episode was a classic example of the traditional comical aspects of King of the Hill and what sets it apart from the other "comedy cartoons". I don't have much bad to say about the episode, just that I hope that the writers of King of the Hill continue in this fashion because it's a great pattern. I think this episode could have maybe used a little bit more funny elements; I felt that there wasn't a whole lot I was laughing at. The feeling of the show seems to override that a lot though...moreless
Jake Steinfeld

Jake Steinfeld


Guest Star

Scott Klace

Scott Klace

Dr. Weissman

Guest Star

Marissa Jaret Winokur

Marissa Jaret Winokur


Guest Star

Breckin Meyer

Breckin Meyer


Recurring Role

David Herman

David Herman

Army Doctor

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Hank: Dr. Weissman, my friend Bill would like to register a complaint.
      Dr. Weissman: Ohh, are you upset or something? I said you had diabetes, not cry-a-betes.
      Bill: You told me I was going to lose my legs!
      Dr. Weissman: No, I said your legs could fail one day, possibly. I-I never said anything that could constitute malpractice, other it's current definition.
      Bill: Hmm, my legs work just fine. Isn't that inspiring! (Bill closes the door and starts beating up Dr. Weissman)
      Hank (to nurse): Uh, my friend is just, uh...
      Nurse: I don't hear a thing.

    • Dr. Weissman: Have you seen other doctors?
      Bill: Yes.
      Dr. Weissman: Did they tell you to diet and exercise?
      Bill: Yes.
      Dr. Weissman: Did you do it?

    • Dale: You know it's amazing how we don't get sunburned.

    • Hank: You could never really describe Bill as able-bodied before, but now it's not even an option.

    • Dale: Bill can't keep his hands off the sweets. He's just like Winnie the Pooh . . . who also has diabetes.

    • Dale: Well, they say diabetes can happen to anyone, and "anyone" usually means "Bill."

  • NOTES (1)

    • The scene in which Bill is playing basketball with the Rugby team, the song playing is "I'm Shipping Up to Boston". The song says that the man is going to lose his legs, just like Bill thought he would do.



    • The episode title is a take-off on "Diabetic Shock", also called Hypoglycemia, which is a low blood sugar condition associated with diabetes.