King of the Hill

Season 4 Episode 1

Peggy Hill: The Decline and Fall

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Aired Sunday 8:30 AM Sep 26, 1999 on FOX
8.4
out of 10
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Peggy survives falling out of a plane, but is in a full body cast. Peggy's spirits are high as she is ecstatic about her miraculous survival. Hank is overcome with guilt at having encouraged her to jump out of the plane, and hides the truth from Peggy as she cannot remember. Didi gives birth to a baby boy, whom Cotton names "Good Hank." Didi gets postpartum depression and Cotton gets freaked when G.H. starts leaking milk, so he leaves the constantly crying G.H. in the care of Bobby.

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  • Decline=Rising (in greatness)

    10
    As with the previous season finale/premiere two parter from 2/3, part two is better and funnier than part one. This episode is great as it is not only hilarious ("you burnt my burgers didn't you, but is very touching. You know the writing is great when you can get the audience to feel sorry for a character who they usually can't stand, in this case Peggy. There really is not much to say except that this is possibly the best two parter of the series, but it close with the one that is coming up. Excellent episode with great plot, and finding a way to bring a lot of laughs in what would be a very serious situation.moreless
  • great

    8.5
    did gives birth and cotton names the baby "G. H.", meaning "Good Hank". peggy feels terrible because of her fall, and she feels useless because she can't do anything by herself anymore. will she ever feel better?



    not the best conclusion to the cliffhanger that ended season 3 of the show but it was an alright episode. some parts seemed kind of boring but overall it was still a pretty good opener to the fourth season of the series. Because of all of this my overall grade for this episode would be somewhere in the "B" range, pretty good episode methinksmoreless
  • Disapointing

    8.0
    After the dynamic season three finale, this episode feels a bit limp by comparison. The last epiosde squeezed so much into it and yet this one doesn't seem to give a satisfying conclusion. It has some good moments though such as when Luanne mistakes an animal scull for that of Peggys. This is probably the funniest part of the episode which is a shame as the first part was filled with gags. It certainly looses its edge as it goes a long and I was left bored by the end. Overall not a bad conclusion to a fabulous first part but slightly a pretty average episode.moreless
  • After Peggy's accident, she is in a full body cast. Meanwhile, Didi and Cotton don't really know how to take care of their new baby, GH (Good Hank) so they leave it to Bobby.moreless

    9.8
    Peggy survives her accident from falling from a plane, but she's in a full body cast. Bobby has helped Didi give her baby and he likes helping out. Though Peggy's still in the cast, the doctor sends her home. Bobby gets tired of having to take care of Cotton's baby GH, (Good Hank) and quits. Didi, also doesn't want to take care of him, so he leaves GH with Peggy. Peggy manages to take care of GH despite her full body cast. This was a great conclusion to the two-part episode. Good to know King of the Hill is keeping up the good episodes.moreless
  • good job on one keeping the story going from last season

    9.8
    This was a good way to start the 4th season. They rolled perfectly into it with peggy living through the accident, and GH being born. I thought it was funny as well with Cotton pushing Good Hank away because he had milk cooming out of his nipples. Boby then took on the role of dad.
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

Diedrich Bader

Diedrich Bader

Doctor

Guest Star

David Herman

David Herman

Various Guest Characters

Recurring Role

Lauren Tom

Lauren Tom

Voice of Minh Souphanousinphone

Recurring Role

Ashley Gardner

Ashley Gardner

Voice of Nancy Hicks Gribble, Didi Hill

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (9)

    • When Peggy is drinking the formula for breakfast, she has a small napkin placed over her neck cast. As Peggy and the baby start crying the napkin has disappeared.

    • Before Hank starts arguing with Cotton near the end of the episode, Cotton has a can of beer in his hand. When Cotton is being held by Hank and swinging his arms at Hank the can of beer has disappeared. There was no moment where we can hear him drop the can, and as he pushes Hank we never see him drop it.

    • In one scene Hank is helping Peggy scratch one of her arms that is in a cast with some normal straws joined together. At first he is holding the last and first straws and there is only a few straws. The next shot he is holding the straws with one hand about halfway down (2-3 straws down) and there are more straws then there was before. After this shot the straws revert back to how it looked originally.

    • Tagline: "A Nazzy Nazzy-squazzy?" -Cotton

    • In the scene where Hank is scratching Peggy with the straw, when he pulls it out, it looks like he pulled it from the stomach area, but it was suppose to be up the arm.

    • When Hank is labelling the hamburgers there are only three on the plate. Then when it shows Luanne, there are now four hamburgers on the plate.

    • The title of the show comes on when the guys are in the alley, as suppose to right at the very end of the episode, like usual.

    • In the scene where G.H. is in a crib beside Peggy there is a mobile with blocks on it, and every time it spins the blocks turn back into the previous colour. For example, the purple one will start to move and when it gets to where the green one was it turns green (this is true of all the blocks).

    • At the end of part 1 of this episode we see that Peggy is falling face down when she hits the ground (we see the same in the beginning of this part) however when we see her lying on the ground she's face up.

  • QUOTES (5)

  • NOTES (1)

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • The episode title alludes to the classic book The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon. Peggy Hill falls literally and her spirits and emotional health suffers a decline as a result.

    • Helen Keller and Helen Hayes.

      Hank Hill refers to Helen Keller, American author, political activist and lecturer as the "First Lady of the American Stage". When in fact the woman considered the "First Lady of the American Stage" was Helen Hayes. May have been an intentional goof by the show's writers to prove how unaware Hank is of the accomplishments of women (i.e. "All Helens are the same to him"), he also called Helen Keller useless when she was a revolutionary person.

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