King of the Hill

Season 3 Episode 21

Revenge of the Lutefisk

Aired Sunday 8:30 AM Apr 20, 1999 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Arlen's new minister is a woman, which everyone except Cotton seems to accept. When Bobby eats all of a Midwestern fish dish prepared by the minister, it somehow leads to him accidentally burning down the church. Everyone assumes that Cotton did it, and he is arrested for a hate crime.moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Man With the Terrible Smell!

    A classic Cotton episode, which introduces a new recurring character Rev. Stroup. She is not a great character, but brings some funny moments throughout the series. The whole concept of the man with the terrible smell is really what makes this episode, as we have all walked into a bathroom with someone like that before. There wasn't a ton of laughs, but it's hard to nitpick at a Cotton episode, especially when there are some very good moments, both funny and sweet. Overall a fairly enjoyable episode!moreless
  • Bobby accidentally burned down the chruch.

    When the old minister is retiring there was a new one and she's a female and she brought with her is lutefisk a kind of edible fish that Bobby liked so much he ate it all and got really sick during church and went to the bathroom and then Cotton went to the bathroom and this made me laugh when he said "Mr. what did you eat?!" then he lit a match to get rid of the smell but it didn't work and then Bobby tried to get rid off the stink but then someone interrupted and Bobby accidentally put the lighted match in a trash can and started a fire that burned the church to the ground which it was painful to watch and Bobby felt really upset about it and then the police found a clue that a matchbox came from Houston and then later Cotton tried to run away from Arlen but the police arrested him but Cotton's being framed and later Bobby tolded the truth but Cotton took the blame for Bobby which that was a nice thing for Cotton to do. This is a good episode of KOTH.moreless
  • A Hill, an arsonist? Say it ain't so!


    Every family has it's share of secrets, but I never expected one this dark from the Hills!

    At first it struck me as completely wrong that Hank and Peggy would be involved in a cover-up as unseemly as the burning down of a church.

    But after thinking about it, it is very much in character for them and their misplaced priorities. Hank's first concern is not that the building is burning, but that the fire isn't caused by propane. When Bobby comes out with the truth, Hank's worry is that his son will be known by the nickname "Stinky"! Oh, the horror! Yep, his priorities are all wrong, but they are very Hank.

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

Mary Tyler Moore

Mary Tyler Moore

Reverend Karen Stroup

Guest Star

Maurice LaMarche

Maurice LaMarche

Fire Chief

Guest Star

Ashley Gardner

Ashley Gardner

Voice of Didi Hill

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Cotton: What did I miss? Did she dance yet?
      Peggy: How did he find out about this?
      Dale: Psst. Colonel, I saved you a seat.
      Rev. Stroup: Here's another Minnesota tradition that's not so easy to throw in the garbage. Let's everyone rise and hug the person next to you.
      Cotton: Leave it to a woman to turn God's house into a love shack.
      Dale: Permission to hug you, Colonel?
      Cotton: DENIED! Go hug your wife!
      Dale: I can't, she's hugging the person next to her.
      Rev. Stroup: Looks like you need someone to hug.
      Cotton: Looks like you need to read your Bible, and I quote "Women should remain silent in the churches. They are not allowed to speak, but must be in submission. -Corinthians
      Rev. Stroup: Yes, but in the book of...
      Cotton: Billy Graham, Man. Jimmy Swaggert, Man. Karen Stroup,-
      Bill: ENOUGH! If you hurt this woman, This single woman, and you take her away from me, I promise, I will strike you down!
      Cotton: I've made my point. If you need me, I'll be in the one part of this church that's still men's only.

    • Bobby: Mom, as long as we're confessing: remember when Grandpa broke the arm of your Boggle trophy 'cause he was playing soccer in the house?
      Peggy: I will never forgive him for that.
      Bobby: It was me.
      Peggy: I forgive you.

    • Cotton: If I can take a bullet for my grandson, I'll do it. But not in the face... that's how I make my livin's.

    • Cotton: It's only a matter of time before they accuse me of church-burnery.
      Dale: Colonel, I would be honored if you used my phone to claim responsibility.

    • Reverend Stroup: Protestant and Catholic, Jew and Buddhist, man and woman, we are all brought together today by hate.
      Luanne: Oh, I hate hate!

    • Hank: I told you to stop sending my dad 'The Gribble Report.'
      Dale: You tell me a lot of things, Hank. Most of which I publish.

    • Reverend Thomason: And now, friends, I'm sad to say I've decided to retire from Arlen First Methodist.
      Peggy: (to Hank) Retire? The man works half a day a week!
      Reverend Thomason: After much reflection and soul-searching, I've decided that the future of God is on the internet. will spread the gospel to every online soul in the world, unless you have AOL.

    • Cotton: Look for the man with the terrible smell! He's the one you want, you hear me? The man with the terrible smell!

  • NOTES (2)