King of the Hill

Season 11 Episode 7

The Passion of Dauterive

Aired Sunday 8:30 AM Apr 29, 2007 on FOX
out of 10
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Episode Summary

After Bill survives a roof cave-in over his bed he has a religious experience which involves a romantic liaison with Reverend Stroup.

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Dating the Rev.

    This was a pretty funny episode. The plot was fresh despite it being about Bill's loneliness. It was a great homage to the Season 9 finale where Rev. Stroup clearly had a thing for Bill. It wasn't the best episode of the season, and I think having a B Plot might have helped the storyline not seem to stretch on, but it was still pretty good overall.
  • Funny !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    This was a just what this show needed after last weeks episode. Last week just bored me so much but this episode help it get it pack on track. The only thing that I didn't like about this one was they didn't make Bill and Rev. Stroup stay togethere because lets face it Bill really needs a women. All and all this was a great episode the writers did a fantastic job and this could be a series classic and it was just so funny. I never want this show to end. Long Live King Of The Hill. Good Byemoreless
  • After Bill survives a sort-of-near-death experience, he starts to become more involved with the church, which soon leads to a relationship with Reverend Stroup. An enjoyable episode – shame about the rushed conclusion...moreless

    After the previous disappointing 'Glen Peggy Glen Ross', things pick up again with this likable episode.

    Bill is a good character with a lot of mileage, and most of the episodes centring on him are good ones – and this one doesn't fail to disappoint.

    Bill becoming heavily involved with the church is an interesting concept, but when he becomes involved in a relationship with Reverend Stroup, the story takes a different turn. It almost feels like these two concepts belong to different episodes, as both of them have mileage.

    Although not one of the show's most laugh-after-laugh episodes, there are some very nice moments, such as Bill trying to cover up when Bobby says he saw him out with Reverend Stroup by blurting out that it was a prostitute, and Dale bouncing on Bill's 'death bed'.

    The only thing that lets this episode down is the conclusion – it's like they'd set up the premise of Bill and Reverend Stroup, and then were all "Okay, how do we resolve this?". I could believe that in time Bill would feel too cramped with the Rev living with him, but to me it felt far too rushed and over-convenient. It's a shame because otherwise this is a really nice episode.moreless
  • A little bit better than the last 4(way more than that horrible Peggy episode), but still far from a classic.

    I should make this review short and simple:


    There are funny parts like usual(like usual?), like Bill's relationship with the reverend did offer at least 1 to 2 LOL parts, some funny jokes also came along, but a few of them though, and the story is passable, for the most part...


    The 3rd segment reminds me of that "Hank Gets Dusted" 3rd segment, but unlike it, it wasn't really boring, just odd. I mean, if Bill complains about not having a woman in his life, how come he doesn't want to spend his life with Stroupe after she quits being a reverend? It makes no sense, and this episode goes downhill because of that. I know the writers don't want Bill to have a long relationship with her, but the way this episode pulls it off was done poorly and inexcusable.

    Another good episode ruined by a major flaw in the story line prevents it from being higher than it should be, but regardless you should watch this episode, but don't be surprised if you didn't like it either. More effort of having a plot that made sense in the 3rd segment could made this one great, but to me, it's passable.moreless
  • After Bill's roof collapses on his bed one night, he believes it is a sign and begins looking for meaning in his lonely life. He gets involved in activities with the church, then involved with Reverend Stroup, Arlen First Methodist's minister.moreless

    Quite possibly the funniest episode yet of season eleven (with the only possible exception being "Blood and Sauce," another Bill-centric episode), "The Passion of the Dauterive" delivers the subtle humor King of the Hill fans have missed, especially in earlier eleventh season episodes like "Hank Gets Dusted."

    After Bill begins to spend more time with Reverend Stroup, his mood improves, and her excitement over a new relationship starts to show in her sermons, much to the dismay of many worshippers. Hank's discomfort over the alleged "PG-13" Song of Solomon is hysterical, and his cry of "No!" when he figures out what Bill and Reverend Stroup are up to is classic Hank.

    While Dale doesn't have a leading role in this plot, his quick quips are laugh-out-loud funny: to Bill after his roof caved in - "A bed? I always pictured you sleeping in a pile of shredded newspaper, like a hamster..." and while jumping on Bill's rubble-covered bed - "Look Bill - I'm on your death bed. Now I'm bouncing on your death bed!"

    The only downfall of this episode is the sudden turnabout of Bill's esteem - he's been desperate for a woman, and when one comes along he is unhappy? Is this the beginning of a new Bill? I'm inclined to think not - after all, he did stand up to Lenore in the fifth season episode "Hank and the Great Glass Elevator," yet returned to the same mopey desperate man he was in the previous seasons. However, it is nice they resolved the Bill-Reverend Stroup issue - since "Reveng of the Lutefisk" in season three, their coupling has been a potential plot touched on in other episodes (like season nine's "It Aint't Over til the Fat Man Sings" when Reverend Stroup flirts with Bill about her short skirt or season ten's "Church-Hopping," when Bill "lingered a little and she did not rebuff" when he hugs her), but never really resolved until this episode.moreless
Ashley Gardner

Ashley Gardner

Reverend Stroup

Guest Star

Scott Klace

Scott Klace

Male Deacon #1

Guest Star

James Sie

James Sie

Nguc Phong

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • Tagline: "God told me to come here tonight." -Bill

    • Luanne does not appear in this episode.

    • Bill mentions that there is a lady selling roses and tick tacks and says he is going to buy one of each, but instead comes back with two flowers.

    • In the scene where Rev. Stroup is reading the Bible Nancy is over Bill's left shoulder, then it does a close up of Hank and Peggy and the next time it shows Bill there is a man over his left shoulder.

    • In the scene where the guys are talking about Bill going on a missions trip, Bill's Bible is being flipped back and forth and a couple of times the "Holy Bible" is left off of the front.

    • Reverend Karen Stroup first appeared as the Hills' minister in the third season episode "Revenge of the Lutefisk" after she moved to Arlen from Minnesota. In this episode, she explains she left St. Paul because her congregation frowned upon her relationship with a congregant.

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Hank: It seems to me the things you have to keep secret are the things you shouldn't be doing

    • Dale: Hey look, Bill, I'm sitting on your deathbed... now I'm BOUNCING on your deathbed!

    • Hank: NO! Uh, sorry I just dropped my Bible.

    • (Bill is ranting about the deacon of the church trying to break him and the Reverend up)
      Hank: They don't hate love, Bill.
      Dale: They just hate your love!

    • Bill: From now on I'm going to listen to you Hank.
      Hank: Well, It has been 3000 miles since your last oil change.

    • Dale: (to Bill) A bed? I always pictured you sleeping in a pile of shredded newspaper, like a hamster.

    • (Reverend Stroup and Bill are on a date at a fancy restaurant)
      Bill: There's one of those gypsy ladies selling roses and Tic Tacs - I'm going to buy you one of each!

    • (Bobby and Peggy are in the kitchen when Bobby notices Bill on their porch)
      Bobby: Mom, why is Mr. Dauterive sitting out there in the dark?
      Peggy: (yelling towards the living room) Hank, Bill's on the patio again!
      Hank: I'm on it.

    • Reverend Stroup: Good morning. Before we begin, I'd like to share some thoughts on last week's church breakfast - normally I don't take it personally when people don't participate, but when you're sitting alone with 300 pancakes, you can't help but take stock...

    • (Hank and Bill are surveying the damage to Bill's bed after his roof caved in)
      Bill: Feels like someone's trying to tell me something.
      Hank: Yeah, that was me six months ago when I said you needed to get your roof inspected!

    • (Dale, Boomhauer and Hank are drinking beer in the alley while Bill is in his driveway talking on a cell phone)
      Dale: Who could Bill be talking to? We're all right here!

  • NOTES (0)


    • Bill: I'm starting a class on the Biblical truths in Narnia.

      Bill is referring to the series of stories written by C.S. Lewis titled The Chronicles of Narnia. The introductory (though second written) book, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, was made into a movie in 2005. Some readers and viewers believe the story has references to the Bible, particularly the sacrificial death and subsequent resurrection of Jesus Christ. The movie took in $65.56 million in its opening weekend in theaters.

    • The title of this episode, The Passion of Dauterive is an allusion to the movie The Passion of the Christ which chronicles the last hours of the life of Jesus Christ.