King of the Hill

Season 1 Episode 8

Shins of the Father

Aired Sunday 8:30 AM Mar 23, 1997 on FOX
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Episode Summary


Hank's father Cotton, a sexist loudmouth who lost his shins fighting in WWII, comes to Bobby's birthday party,and decides to stay a few days. Peggy can't stand his ways, but Hank tries to convince Peggy things are OK, until Bobby begins to emulate his chauvinistic behavior.

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Best of the Season

    This whole review could just be a bunch of quotes because this episode had so many of them. Best of the season by far, and still to this day one I never tire of watching. The character of Cotton is such a great one, because while he himself is far fetched I think everyone has that really out there landish family member. I can't name all the parts I love because it would just be naming practically every scene, but one of the best lines ever has to be "you don't buy a toy without batteries". If you have never seen this show and only ever watch one episode, make it this one. Amazing!moreless
  • cotton

    hank's father, cotton, visits for bobby' birthday and gets bobby a gun. bobby likes cotton and wants to be like him, so hank tries to intervene.

    good introduction episode for cotton, who isn't one of my favorite characters, although he can be funny every now and then in his appearances. this is one of his best appearances, i personally think, and another good offering from the first season of the series. i really like this episode a lot and as such i think it be fair that my overall grade is an A+, a really good and funny episode methinksmoreless
  • First appearance of Hank\'s Dad and very funny episode of season one.

    Bobby's birthday was today and Cotton Hill aka Hank\'s Dad came by to visit but when Bobby's birthday was over Cotton's car wasn't working and he needed a place to stay but Peggy doesn't like the idea, when Bobby and Cotton are at the bar something just made me laugh Cotton slapped a woman's butt and he did it to Didi that made me laugh and then Bobby suddenly encourage Cotton\'s behavior to women to boss them around and then Bobby slapped Peggy's butt and it was funny when Bobby and the other kids at school yelled out "Women's Work" and that made me laugh and even the story when Cotton loss his shins to a Tojo during WWII. Cotton is one of my favorite characters in this show and I give this episode a 10/10.moreless
  • Cotton Hill makes one of his momentous appearances in this episode. Bobby kicks things off with birthday party and Cotton surprises him by entertaining all the kids at the party in his cowboy way.moreless

    In Shins of the Father, Cotton Hill (Hank's father) we see that Cotton can be appropriate at times, like when he's making the children's party more exciting by dropping off a rental horse for them to ride on. We also see that he doesn't turn it off in other situations, which makes him look just danged crazy; like when he takes Bobby to the diner and shows him how to get a girlie to wait on him a little faster (he slaps a waitress on the backside to get her attention). Now Bobby goes home and gives his mom this treatment and all hell breaks out in the Hill house.moreless
  • Cottens first episode.

    This was a very spical epsoide when we final get to see Cotten for the first time and we get to see what Cotton is like until the end of the 3rd season. It is also Bobbys birthday he will not get anouther on air birthday until season 5. Also it is the first time Hank uses a propane gril.
Mike Judge

Mike Judge

Hank Hill, Boomhauer, Stuart Dooley

Kathy Najimy

Kathy Najimy

Peggy Hill

Pamela Adlon

Pamela Adlon

Bobby Hill, Clark Peters

Brittany Murphy

Brittany Murphy

Luanne Platter; Joseph Gribble

Johnny Hardwick

Johnny Hardwick

Dale Gribble

Stephen Root

Stephen Root

Bill Dauterive - Uncredited, Buck Strickland

Toby Huss

Toby Huss

Cotton Hill, Kahn Souphanousinphone

Recurring Role

Lauren Tom

Lauren Tom

Minh Souphanousinphone, Kahn "Connie" Souphanousinphone, Jr.

Recurring Role

Ashley Gardner

Ashley Gardner

Nancy Hicks Gribble, Didi Hill

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (11)

    • Right after the opening song, there is a wide shot and you can see Bobby with a group of kids. On the furthest right, you can see Joseph. In the close up Joseph is not there.

    • In the scene at the school, Joseph's fork looks like it is sticking out of the table in the close up, but in the wide shot, when he goes to pick it up, it is on his tray.

    • In the scene when Bobby was doing dishes, Cotton is sitting at the end of the table, but in one shot it looks like he is on the side closest to the sink.

    • When Cotton first arrives at the party Bill is in the background without a shirt. When he jumps on the horse a few seconds later, he has a shirt on.

    • Bobby takes a bite of his brownie and leaves most of it on his tray when he starts to get up and the teacher comes over to talk about his attitude. A few seconds later, when he and Joseph start slamming their trays on the table, the brownie is gone.

    • When Hank is barbecuing and turns the steak over, there are four burgers on the grill. When he tells Bill that the steak is for his father, there are only three.

    • Didi says that they can leave now, but then leaves and goes and gets Cotton dinner before its official that they are staying.

    • When Cotton dumps food on Luanne's plate he puts some meat on it, plus she already had her own meat, however in the wide shot the only thing on her plate is corn pone.

    • In Cotton's flashback, we can see that Fatty was the one with the glasses because we see him getting eaten by the sharks. But when we see Cotton drag the other two onto the island, one of them looks just like Fatty.

    • In this episode, Cotton takes Bobby out of school because it's Angie Dickinson's birthday, which falls on September 30th. This means that Bobby's birthday may be September 29th as this scene takes place the next day, however it isn't specifically said that it was on his birthday. It could have been an early (or late) celebration.

    • At the party Bill is standing around the grill and he is wearing red shorts, but when he sits down to eat, he is wearing blue shorts for one shot then turns back to red.

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Cotton (Telling Bill, Dale and Boomhaur the story about how he lost his shins): I was 14. Just a little older than Bobby. But I knew Uncle Sam needed me, so I lied and signed up. We had beat the Nazis in Italy and they shipped us to the pacific theater. A Tojo torpedo sent our troop ship to the bottom. I could only save three of my buddies Fatty, Stinky and Brooklyn. They were kind of like you fellas only one of them was from Brooklyn. Out of the sun came a Tojo zero. It put fifty bullets in my back. The blood attracted sharks. I had to give them Fatty. Then things took a turn for the worse. I made it to an island, but it was full of Tojos. They were spitting on the U.S. flag, so I rushed them. But it was a trap. They opened fired and blew my shins off. Last thing I remembered, I beat them all to death with a big piece of Fatty. I woke up in a field hospital and they were sewing my feet to my knees.

    • Bobby: (after talking to Connie) Woo, she's moody. Must be PBS.

    • Joseph: Everyone loves your party, Bobby.
      Bill: (eating cake, all giddy) I'm having fun.
      Dooley: Your wife divorced you.
      (Bill's smile disappears as he puts down his cake fork.)

    • (Bill stands in front of a water slide)
      Bill: This thing's a hoot!
      (Bill dives down and slides across the water slide and crashes into a wooden fence)
      Bill: Ah... I got a splinter.

    • Bobby: Miss, miss...
      Cotton: You're not going to get no service that way! You gotta grab her in the moneymaker!
      (slap waitress on the butt)
      Cotton: Hey missy! How about some samiches?

    • Cotton: How do you like your mama's new ta-tas?
      Hank: She is not my mother! Hell, we went to kindergarten together!
      DeeDee: Hey Hank. Do you still like fingerpainting?

    • Bobby: Wow! A super squirter! Kahn: Super squirter! Cotton: This ain't no water toy, Khan! It's a 12-gauge shotgun used by the Alamo. Joseph: Wow, you got a real gun! Peggy: And now Peggy has a real gun. You're too young to own a firearm. Cotton: Did you see that, Hank? Tell your woman to give him his gun back. Peggy: His woman? I am my own woman!

    • Peggy: (after seeing Cotton shoot the pinata with Bobby's gun) You gave him a loaded shotgun!?
      Cotton: You don't give a toy without batteries.

    • Dale: (to Cotton about Khan's race) He's Japanese.
      Cotton: No he ain't. (Looks Kahn up and down) He's Laotian...ain't ya Mr. Kahn?

    • Bobby: (mimicking Cotton and slapping Peggy on the butt) Go on, woman, get me my dinner!

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