King of the Hill

Season 3 Episode 9

Pretty, Pretty Dresses

Aired Sunday 8:30 AM Dec 15, 1998 on FOX

Episode Fan Reviews (7)

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  • Dress for Success!

    Amazing episode that is a classic. Bill gets depressed (even more than usual) and tries to kill himself, in some really odd ways. Then decides to become Lenore. This episode has as many laughs as it does mentions of the name Lenore. Every character brings a hilarious aspect to the show, making this a top episode in what is arguably the best season of KOTH. Anyone who sees this and doesn't think it is funny doesn't have humour. Perfect 10!
  • bill trying to kill himself

    I like the part where bill when on the roof and bill said no i'm just up here to kill myself and hank says what then bill falls off the roof. I like it when hank said we just got to watch him closely untill he snaps out of it and dale saids i don't think bill is gonna snap out of it. i like it when bill put his head in the oven, when hank brushes his teeth and slaps his head in the door.
  • This episode should have been simply titled "Lenore". There are too many times to count when her name is mentioned, which is what makes this show funny..."Why do you keep calling me Bill?"

    An excellent in-depth character study in the life of Hank Hill's neighbor, Bill Dauterive, who is hopelessly depressed over the loss of his ex-wife, Lenore, that he names his pet iguana after her and even goes as far as to dress like her at a Christmas party hosted by Hank. Though suicide is usually not something to laugh at, Bill's half-hearted attempts are similar to those employed by Moe the bartender on "The Simpsons". This belongs in KOTH's Top Ten Best Episode list, alongside "A Firefighting We Will Go" and "Bobby Goes Nuts". After having seen this, one can only ponder: Why isn't there a town called Lenore, Texas?
  • Focussing on Bill\'s depression

    Though it\'s been strongly hinted at before, this is the first episode to deal with Bill\'s depression in a big way. Bill is acting even sadder this year than usual, and keeps getting stranger and stranger. Finally, Hank discover a ladder missing from his garage. He finds Bill with it, and Bill casually mentions that he\'s going to kill himself. Hank, Dale, and Boomhaur take turns watching Bill to make sure he doesn\'t. Disturbingly, Hank views this as a mere annoyance and waits for Bill to \"get over it\", and Dale doesn\'t care whether Bill kills himself or not and actually seems eager to take Bill\'s stuff after he\'s dead. Hank realizes that Bill still puts out Lenore\'s Christmas presents he was going to give her on their last Christmas together. In anger, Hank yells at Bill and tells him that this is Bill\'s problem- Bill needs to stop putting out the presents because she\'s not coming back and she doesn\'t want this stuff.
    Bill\'s mind snaps and he starts to pretend that he actually is Lenore. This part is actually funny, and if it hasn\'t been said, Stephen Root is a fantastic actor to pull off a hilarious performance like Bill speaking in that falsetto while still projecting such sadness. Bill humiliates Hank at a party by acting like Lenore, and when everything else fails, Hank puts on a dress and acts as Lenore to get Bill to act like Bill again. As Lenore, Hank tells Bill that Lenore\'s not coming back and she doesn\'t love him anymore. This gives the closure on their relationship that has been lacking all this time (since she just ran off one day). This may not be the most laugh out loud episode of KOTH, but if you like episode that show in-depth studies of the characters, this is a great show.
  • It shows a true side to human nature, one we would rather not see, through the fall of Bill.

    This is one of my favorite episodes to date.

    The episode shows Bill in a deeply troubling time, and I believe the writers have nailed the traumas and his reactions to them very well. Bill's constant attempts to kill himself are vaguely amusing, albeit a bit disturbing if one ponders for too long how one can be laughing at suicide. Also, Bill's idea of closure, to "become" Lenore in order to fill her absense, is out-of-the-box but rational, and characteristic to the strange alternatives Bill uses to solve his problems (the ones he can solve, anyway). This episode shows a side of Bill that most of us never expected to see. It's a desperate side, one that re-occurs often enough in the future (i.e. stealing a tank from the army). It leaves an imprint of his dependant and oddly endearing nature (in some strange, strange way). One of the finest episodes, but also one of the rawest in nature.
  • This is my favorite episode the show's ever made!

    This episode has super laughs from beginning to end. Bill's at his best in this episode, whining about Lenore being gone. He tries to kill himself in many ways, leading Hank, Dale, and Boomhauer putting him on suicide watch. They don't get authorities involved, which actually was a good thing in that case, that they handled things themselves. Bill constantly tried to kill himself, even by repeatedly banging a drawer shut with his head inside. Eventually, he ends up at some point where it looks like he's fixed. Hank is proud of him, and Bill looks like a happy man again. Then, the next day, he's wearing a dress, convincing himself that he is Lenore. He even talks in a girly voice. Also, he takes his act to a party hosted by Hank Hill. The people at the party weren't too pleased with Bill showing up in a dress, talking like a girl. At least at the end, Bill comes to his senses about moving on with life. He would later get depressed about it in later episodes, but never to this extent again.
  • This episode captures bill's nature and his tragic need for love ,through creating a psychological trip that leads him to finding solace in impersonating his divorced wife,whom he finds false hope in for her return.

    There's a sense of anxiety captured in the story's movement.If you create a relationship with a show,you begin to find subtle humor in the mannerisms of the characters themselves,but undoubtingly this episode produces a more realistic view into bill's identity,like i said before you can find humor in the actions or mannerisms of a character you have a relationship with, this episode produces a feeling of pity for bill because we understand his position, and with that in mind this episode is a strong example of the show's writers creating emotional scenarios for the audience to recognize through a character like bill.When Hank steps in to solve Bill's problems we begin to find a lot of respect for not only hank but bill because he has friends that know they can revitalize him.In the final analysis this episode is truly heart felt.
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