King of the Hill

Season 1 Episode 6

Hank's Unmentionable Problem

Aired Sunday 8:30 AM Feb 23, 1997 on FOX
out of 10
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Episode Summary


Hank is constipated, and everyone wants to offer an opinion on how to cure it. Hank finally agrees to go to the doctor and finds out there he might need surgery. Peggy puts Hank on a strict diet, which Hank reluctantly agrees to go on.

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  • It May lack Crap, But it's Full of Laughs

    Another top notch Season 1 episode. I love how the health food place guy admits nothing tastes good, and how Hank literally kicks the guy's butt. You can't really help but feel sorry for Hank, as he is such a private person, yet has his very sensitive issue spread like wild fire. They made a great use of all the characters, and this has to go down as one of the best of the series.moreless
  • it was pretty funny

    It was pretty funny. It was one of the better ones of this particular season.
  • Season 1 gives us another great episode

    In this episode of King of the Hill, Hank becomes constipated. This episode had perfect jokes like when Nancy and C. Everett Coop saying "constipation" at the same time, Bobby pushing the elevator buttons, Bobby playing a video game in Hank's colon, Bobby blowing in the intestines, "What is it? Laxatives!", and much more. Overall, this episode is a perfect episode.

  • fair

    hank becomes constipated, and so every one of his friends and family members try to help him cope. but he does not want people to know this. and peggy trying to help only actually makes matters worse. will hank ever be 'cured'?

    good episode, but kind of boring. the only joke i really like a lot is the ending, and that itself isn't treally that big of a joke, i just like the song that plays when hank is finally able to (i should know the song but alas, i don't). overall a semi decent episode, it gets a C+/B-moreless
  • A gross episode.

    Man, I thought that this episode was good, but it was also sick. I don't want to know about Hank's bowel movements and I don't want an episode dedicated to Hank taking a dump. Nonetheless, I thought the episode was okay for what it was worth and I was actually entertained. Hank was funny in this showing and he wasn't his usual boring self. It was really comical to see him try everything to take a dump. Peggy was actually funny when she was trying to help him but I still think it was an episode that grossed me out. Thank you.moreless
Steven Banks

Steven Banks

Dr. Morley

Guest Star

Jim Cummings

Jim Cummings

C. Everett Koop

Guest Star

David Herman

David Herman


Recurring Role

Ashley Gardner

Ashley Gardner

Nancy Hicks Gribble

Recurring Role

Toby Huss

Toby Huss


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • It's possible that the scene at the end takes place a bit after the scene before, but it seems to be the same time. If that is the case, they have Bobby outside playing with Joseph and then suddenly he is in the bathroom in his pajamas. Also Luanne was outside mowing and then shows up right on cue.

    • In "Pilot", Hank puts bacon grease on his sandwich, but in this episode he tells Dale he won't eat bacon grease.

    • The camera is pointed at Hank's right eye, but the screen shows his left eye.

    • At the end of the episode, Bobby is wearing his pajamas. When Hank comes out of the bathroom he is wearing his normal clothes again. Then when Bobby hugs him he is wearing his pajamas once more.

    • When Hank unplugs the TV, there is one shot you can still see it glowing like its on.

  • QUOTES (9)

    • (Hank has been directed to take his pants off so the doctor can do a probe. He is alone in the room with Peggy, and quite clearly uncomfortable)
      Hank: (facing the wall) Look at that, Peg. Cotton balls. White ones. Huh. A whole jar. How many do you think are in there? I bet 30. Yep. 30.

    • Dr. Morley: Hi, I'm Dr. Morley. So, you're suffering from consumption?
      Peggy: Constipation.
      Dr. Morley: Oh, constipation. Well, that's quite a different matter

    • *in Peggy's dream where Hank has died from being constipated)
      Bill: He looks like an angel; a dead angel.

    • Peggy: Would that be good for a man who's constipated?
      Hank: Peggy!
      Peggy: Well, I didn't say it was you.
      Clerk: Is this for your husband?
      Peggy: Yes.

    • Peggy: Hi Luanne. How did the big shampooing final go?
      Luanne: Well, I passed the lather part okay, but I failed rinse, and then I failed repeat too, because that includes rinse, which I don't think is very fair.

    • Dale: Hey, Peggy. Is Hank around?
      Peggy: Sorry, but Hank is having his bathroom time right now.

    • Doctor: If you could stretch your father's intestine out, it would go around the world.
      Hank: Wait a second. A piece of steak would have to shoot through at the speed of sound.

    • Hank: I would rather die with a burger in my colon than live eating faux-fu.

    • Hank: (in the health food store) Do you have anything that tastes good?
      Health Food Store Owner:

  • NOTES (2)


    • Hank asks if the guy on the TV is Howard Stern, because he considered him vulgar, and that is what Howard Stern is known for.