'Twas the Nut Before Christmas is the ninety-second episode of King of the Hill. It was first aired on December 17, 2000. The episode was written by John Altschuler and Dave Krinsky, and directed by Jeff Myers.


Bill opens a Christmas village in his yard for the holiday. Hank is relieved that Bill hasn't gone into another seasonal suicidal tailspin, as in "Pretty, Pretty Dresses." But Bill is so entranced by the magic of the holiday that he keeps it going long after Christmas is over.

His Christmas spirit gets the attention of a single mother with two children, which would be a fantasy come true for Bill. However, he also gets the attention of a teenage slacker who plays on Bill's emotions. Bill sees him as a "wayward waif" and a surrogate son. It's clear to everyone else that the youth is using Bill for money and alcohol; this leads to Bobby, Connie and Joseph getting buzzed in the bounce house Bill set up. Bill however, refuses to believe this. Bill eventually does come to his senses and convinces Wally, the slacker, that he's better off enlisting in the military than going to jail.

Stinger Quote

  • "Valet of the Dales is not responsible for lost or stolen articles." - Dale
  • "Did he find an adorable way to peel out on my lawn?" - Hank ("What Makes Bobby Run?" DVD Release Only, Fools!)



  • When Hank catches Bobby, Connie and Joseph drinking in the jumping house, he tells them to go home. In one shot, there is a basketball in front of the jumping house when the children are putting their shoes on, but when they walk away, it's mysteriously in Joseph's hands.
  • When Hank is confronting Bill about Wally, Bill's gloves are red in one frame and pink in the rest.


  • The episode's title is a pun and a reference to the classic and beloved Christmas poem, "Twas' the Night Before Christmas."
  • Hank had his belt sander warranty card in his pocket when he found it at Bill's. This implies Hank carries his warranty cards with him everywhere (and doesn't keep them in his wallet).
  • When Hank tries to place Wally under citizens arrest, he mentions having done it before, referencing him catching the truck thief in the episode "Jumpin' Crack Bass".

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The Perils of Polling · The Buck Stops Here · I Don't Want to Wait · Spin the Choice · Peggy Makes the Big Leagues · When Cotton Comes Marching Home · What Makes Bobby Run? · 'Twas the Nut Before Christmas · Chasing Bobby · Yankee Hankee · Hank and the Great Glass Elevator · Now Who's the Dummy? · Ho Yeah! · The Exterminator · Luanne Virgin 2.0 · Hank's Choice · It's Not Easy Being Green · The Trouble with Gribbles · Hank's Back Story · Kidney Boy and Hamster Girl: A Love Story
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