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Bad News Bill is an episode of King of the Hill. It first aired on May 3, 2009. It was written by Dave Schiff and directed by Ronald Rubio.


Hank feels that false expectations may be a problem when Bobby's Little League Coach continuously encourages Bobby about his baseball skills, until Hank realizes that the Coach's technique is actually making Bobby a better player. However, the coach vilifies him as a father who just quit on his son. Bill becomes a volunteer at the Little League and because of the coaches vilifying Hank starts acting like a brute to him. After an incident during practice, Hank who was supposed to be working on envelopes, accidently hits a kid on the helmet and the Little League Board and Bill banish Hank from the Little League Club. At the game, Bobby fumbles the ball, drops catches and has fielding mishaps. To make matters worse for Bobby, the other team's players laugh at him. He tries to tell Coach Bradford to drop him out of the game. However the coach refuses to give up on Bobby, even though it's hopeless for him. After another fly-ball is heading towards Bobby, Hank who was hiding in the bushes grabs for Bobby over the fence before the ball reaches him. In the car on the way back, Hank reassures Bobby that he's great at other stuff like video games and his comedy, the latter he knows he's great at.



  • It is revealed that once Bobby got a third strike in T-Ball when he was just standing and looking at the ball.
  • The title is a reference to the "Bad News Bears" film franchise.
  • The book that Peggy is seen reading is the one that she purchased from Bookies Readin Room in the episode It Came From the Garage.
  • Bobby's comment about wanting to play in Chicago because of the fans is a reference to both of the city's teams, the Cubs and White Sox, both of whom endured championship droughts of several decades. The Cubs ended up winning the World series in 2016 after a 108-year drought; the White Sox previously ending an 88-year drought in 2005.

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Dia-BILL-ic Shock · Earthy Girls are Easy · Square-Footed Monster · Lost in MySpace · No Bobby Left Behind · A Bill Full of Dollars · Straight as an Arrow · Lucky See, Monkey Do · What Happens at the National Propane Gas Convention in Memphis Stays at the National Propane Gas Convention in Memphis · Master of Puppets · Bwah My Nose · Uncool Customer · Nancy Does Dallas · Born Again on the Fourth of July · Serves Me Right for Giving General George S. Patton the Bathroom Key · Bad News Bill · Manger Baby Einstein · Uh-oh, Canada · The Boy Can't Help It · The Honeymooners · Bill Gathers Moss · When Joseph Met Lori, and Made Out with Her in the Janitor's Closet · Just Another Manic Kahn-Day · To Sirloin With Love