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A Beer Can Named Desire is the sixty-sixth episode of King of the Hill. It was first aired on November 14, 1999. The episode was written by Jim Dauterive, and directed by Chris Moeller and Chuck Austen. The title is a reference to Tennessee Williams' play (and later a film) A Streetcar Named Desire.



The episode begins in the alley, with Hank, Dale, Bill, and Boomhauer having gone through several beers. Alamo Beer has announced a chance to compete in a contest where one can throw a football through a hole in a giant novelty Alamo beer can at halftime at the upcoming New Orleans Saints-Dallas Cowboys game. Finally, Hank goes in, putting away his last beer in the refrigerator. Luanne drinks it later on and discovers that it's the winning can. She claims it's her beer, until Hank points out that she's underage and that if it's her beer she gets arrested rather than going to New Orleans as she would if it were his beer. In the contest, Hank can either take the throw himself for a chance at one million dollars or have former Cowboy quarterback Don Meredith take it for a chance at one hundred-thousand dollars. This proves to be a tough choice for Hank. Many people advise him to "take the sure thing," but Hank builds a replica metal beer can and starts to practice. By the time of the contest, he's become pretty good.


On the way to New Orleans, they stop at a local bait store where Bill surprises Hank and Peggy by asking for directions to the Dautrive residence in fluent Cajun French. Arriving at Chateau Dautrive, Bill meets three attractive young women, Lily, Rose and Violetta as well as his cousin Gilbert. The three women are lonely widows. One is Bill's cousin, the other two were married to his cousins. Bill chooses to remain behind with them while the others continue to New Orleans. All three make advances on Bill, who becomes confused and struggles to figure out which is his biological cousin. Late at night, the women come upon Bill in his bed and begin a violent fight over him. Gilbert then appears and reveals which is his cousin, the one named Violetta. In New Orleans, Hank makes the choice and hands the ball over to Don Meredith. However, despite Hank's protests, Meredith leaves his winter coat on and misses the throw. Hank, believing that Meredith leaving his coat on was an act of laziness, tackles Don Meredith in a fit of anger. Later, the two meet and Hank confronts him, claiming he could've made the throw. Angered, Meredith brings Hank to the stadium and Hank throws the ball in the can. Hank however realizes it is different as there are no fans and there is no pressure. Meredith apologizes and says "I really wanted to come through for you, Hank." He then reveals that he'd practiced on a replica can at home too. He says that he had to wear his heavy coat while he practices his throws due to the chilly area where he lives, and that he didn't take his coat off because he believed it would throw him off. In the end the two make peace.

Meanwhile back at the Dauterive resident Bill is confronted by the matriarch of the family, Aunt Esme, who questions whether or not Bill was there to raise a family with one of the widows or merely sleep with them. He sheepishly reveals he was there to sleep with them and Aunt Esme asks that Bill take his leave. The group stops at Chateau Dauterive to pick up Bill, where Bill elatedly reveals he slept with both the non-Dauterive widows. 


Stinger Quote

  • Hank: "That's a great story, Mr. Meredith."

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Peggy Hill: The Decline and Fall · Cotton's Plot · Bills are Made to be Broken · Little Horrors of Shop · Aisle 8A · A Beer Can Named Desire · Happy Hank's Giving · Not in My Back Hoe · To Kill a Ladybird · Hillennium · Old Glory · Rodeo Days · Hanky Panky · High Anxiety · Naked Ambition · Movin' On Up · Bill of Sales · Won't You Pimai Neighbor? · Hank's Bad Hair Day · Meet the Propaniacs · Nancy Boys · Flush with Power · Transnational Amusements Presents: Peggy's Magic Sex Feet · Peggy's Fan Fair