King of the Hill

Season 9 Episode 6

The Petriot Act

Aired Sunday 8:30 AM Feb 13, 2005 on FOX
out of 10
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Episode Summary


Hank agrees to take in a soldier's pet, thinking, like Bill, he too will get a dog, but instead he gets Duke, a vicious, mean-spirited cat. When Duke continually vomits and soils Hank's property, Hank takes Duke to visit Dr. Leslie, a veterinarian who runs a battery of tests and presents Hank with multiple bills for several thousand dollars, which takes a toll on the vacation the Hills are suppose to be going on.


Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Cat-astrophe is Right Dale!

    This episode isn't boring, and the plot line itself is humous, but to be fully honest, this episode just isn't funny. I had a few small chuckles and it was more at the situation then at specific jokes. I'm not sure how, or even if the episode could have been funnier, as I could see the attempts being made, but it just wasn't. I thought it was a decent plot, as they had Hank forced to be involved in something he generally is against, but it just felt like nothing happened. It wasn't boring, boring, but it wasn't the most interesting of plot lines either.moreless
  • Impressed by Bill looking after a solider's dog as part of an Army scheme, Hank also signs up to look after a pet. However, the Hills wind up with a ferocious, uncontrollable cat. Not a classic, but I've seen worse offerings from the series...moreless

    Although this is far from one of the show's classics, I was a little surprised to read the other reviews that rate this as bottom of the barrel.

    It is a fair story, and I found it had a few amusing parts, although it does suffer from season 9 syndrome of not really being the show at it's best.

    I think one of the things that could have easily improved this episode is the inclusion of a b-plot. It would have beefed the episode up more; I think the main flaw is that the cat story alone is not enough for a good episode.

    The funniest parts of the episode, for me, were Bill and his dog, and just how well things were going for them. It was nice to not see Bill fail for once.moreless
  • Decent episode.

    I have to think that Hank is very much a simple-minded character. He never really expects anything to happen and only focuses on the one thing in which he thinks will happen. In this episode, he expected a dog. He got a cat. This cat was also very mean and wild. Hank couldn't control him and ended up taking him to the vet. This episode was funny and also entertaining. I liked the fact that Bill got the dog Hank dreamed about. Overall, this was a good episode with many things to like. I was very much entertained and interested. Thank you.moreless
  • This episode was one of the worst I have seen so far on King of The Hill.

    This episode was pretty pathetic. I thought it was weird to begin with, and it confused me. Why would such a thing occur where he would get an animal from the army? I soon began to figure it out a little bit.

    From there on, the episode was predictable, and boring. The veterinary restriction was a stupid thing to add into the show, and the fact that the cat was a problem for the family and not for the vets does not make any amount of sense. The whole time it was apparent the vet was running unnecessary tests, and this was dragged on for the whole episode. It was boring to see test after test.

    Finally after the climax of the episode, I am left with no satisfaction. The ending was nothing amazing, and didn't make too much sense.

    The worst episode I have seen so far from an otherwise great show.moreless
  • This episode seems to be more stupid than funny, not a good thing BTW!

    The only joke in this episode is when Dale said "Catastrophe" when the cat was acting crazy a lot, which was funny, but not the rest of this episode.

    Seriously, I'll say it again, I love this show, but when it comes to a Season 9 episode, I'll hate it in a heartbeat. Anyways, Hank is supposed to get a dog from a solider but ends up getting a cat called Duke, who is very crazy and mean, and sadly, most of the jokes came from his destruction towards the Hills. It might seem funny at first, and it kind of was, but it gets tiresome and boring too quickly, and very stupid as well: I thought KOTH isn't suppose to be a stupid show, but with this episode, this was just stupid for the most part. All you really can get is chuckles from it, but I'll doubt it, unless you want (really good) laughs, look else where for a good KOTH episode.

    Hank ends up sending Duke to a veterinarian, he did some tests on it and now Hank is being billed for thousands of dollars.

    Stop right there: That cat isn't Hank's, so why is he paying lots of money to cure the cat when it's really the solider's pet anyways, he should be paying for it, not Hank. From there on the episode mainly becomes a pure mess because of the boredom and stupidity of the plot, and lack of real jokes. It's not very exciting either. It's predictable, and very, very lame, in fact, it's a pointless episode. How this a great show like this end up with crappy episodes like this, I'll never know, and will remain why Season 9 will always be the worst KOTH season ever.moreless
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

Jason Bateman

Jason Bateman

Dr. Leslie

Guest Star

Mo Collins

Mo Collins

Receptionist/Woman with Dog

Guest Star

Timm Sharp

Timm Sharp

Man with snake

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • Dale points out Boomhauer using a coozy, and asks Boomhauer if he thinks he is better than them, however, Boomhauer has been shown to use one before and no one said anything.

    • Tagline: "Oh, this has been a cat-astrophe!" -Dale

    • Luanne does not appear in this episode.

    • Not a goof in the episode proper, but the Fox promo for the episode included a clip from a different episode ("A Rover Runs Through It"), and promoted the episode as "A King of the Hill Road Trip" even though Hank, Peggy and Bobby never actually get to go on their vacation.

    • Dale makes fun of Hank for having a cat, however, in the episode "Queasy Rider", it is shown that he use to have a cat, Mr. Boots, that he found when he was digging for treasure in his backyard, and Dale said that Nancy told him he ran away.

    • In "Ho Yeah," Peggy says she is allergic to cats, but in this episode there is no sign of it. Also, according to "The Arrowhead", the Hills used to own a cat (which was Bobby's).

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Hank: I read that dossier from cover to cover and it said nothing about poopin' in shoes!

    • Hank: The worst part of going on vacation is the look on her face as we walk out that door.
      Dale: Are you talking about Ladybird or Peggy?

    • Hank: You can keep the pen. It's from some company that makes Viagra for lizards.
      Man with a Snake: Does it work for snakes too?

    • Peggy: $150 for a feline enema? I could do it for half that!

    • Bill: I just got a gift basket from my G.I. He's a Blue Angel! He's the one who made France mad by flying under the Eiffel Tower.

    • Hank: Boy, Bill, that is a magnificent animal.
      Bill: Yeah, I got him through a new military program where you take care of a G.I.'s pet while he's on his tour of duty.
      Hank: Well, all right! That's a great way to serve our country: supporting our enlisted men, one dog at a time.

    • Dale Gribble: Hey Hank, it looks like the cat is out of the bag!
      (Duke the cat jumps on Hank)
      Dale Gribble: Whoa, this has turned into a cat-astrophe!

    • Bobby: Why do we need toilet seat covers?
      Peggy: One word: Tennessee.

  • NOTES (0)