Dances with Dogs is the one hundred-thirty-first episode of King of the Hill. It was first aired on December 1, 2002. The episode was written by Norm Hiscock, and directed by Anthony Lioi. The name is an allusion to the 1990 western epic Dances with Wolves.
Bobby has a new hobby, it is 'Dog Dancing', the newest craze sweeping Canada. He and Lady Bird have taken a liking to their dancing, until Hank comes home early one day, and busts up their fun, citing Ladybird's arthritis as a reason to stop the activity. Sadly, Bobby agrees to stop dancing with Hank's hound.
Bill has also discovered the art of 'Dog Dancing', and searches the Dog Pound for the perfect partner to enter the upcoming competition that is coming to Arlen. The guys at the shelter take advantage of Bill's naïveté by recommending a bad tempered Rottweiler named Rex, and Bill leaves with him, ready to teach him the dance. Once they arrive home, Bill discovers that the dog is vicious and aggressive and flees to his bathroom, screaming all the way. After he is cornered in the bathtub, he devises a plan and reaches out with his long handled back scrubber to get sleeping pills out, to put the Rottweiler to sleep, freeing himself. The plan works, and Bill finally escapes.
After Ladybird hears a song that she likes while laying in the garage with Hank, she starts to whine and jump up on him. After a minute, Hank figures out that she wants to dance, reluctantly, he obliges, and catches 'Dog Dancing Fever'. So their training begins, in secret, late nights in the woods, when no one is home, etc.
Bobby has taken on Connie's dog, 'Doggie' to be his new dance partner. They are also practicing in the shadows, so that Hank doesn't steal any of his moves. Hank finds out that Bill is into the dancing as well. He swears him to secrecy, from the other guys.
Come competition day, excitement is in the air, as the dogs hit the floor. Bill shows up with his dog, ready to go...but in a muzzle, which is against the rules. After an official tells him to remove the muzzle, Bill's dog goes crazy again and begins chasing him. Hank and Ladybird dance a wonderful dance, in matching bandanas, the judges are pleased. Bobby and Doggie are up next, and they turn it up a bit, with a flashy upbeat dance. The judges were extremely pleased. A few more entrants take the floor, but the only competition is between father and son. Tensions mount as the end of the competition wraps up, and first place doesn't go to either one, but second place goes to Bobby and Doggie. In the end, the dancing just ended up being for fun, and Hank and Peggy dance with each other.
- Hank Hill
- Peggy Hill
- Bobby Hill
- Dale Gribble
- Bill Dauterive
- Jeff Boomhauer
- Lady Bird
- Connie Souphanousinphone
- Kahn Souphanousinphone
- Don Jefferson
- Sketch Randall
- Bill: "Just move your paw... Ahh!"
- Bobby and Doggie dance to the 1989 hit "Move This" by Technotronic. Hank and Ladybird dance to "Walkin' After Midnight" by Patsy Cline.
- The episode title is a reference to the 1990 movie Dances With Wolves.
- When Bill tries to dance with Rex, the 1992 song "Achy Breaky Heart" by Billy Ray Cyrus can be heard.