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"Death Picks Cotton" is the 218th episode of King of the Hill. It was first aired on November 11, 2007. The episode was directed by Tony Kluck and written by Judah Miller and Murray Miller.

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Hank, Peggy, Luanne, and Lucky are planning on going out to Tokyaki's Restaurant when the babysitter for Bobby backs out. At the same time Cotton comes by and offers to watch Bobby. At first they are hesitant, but finally decide to leave. Cotton refuses to eat what Peggy left for dinner and follows them to Tokyaki's. There, he goes on a rampage after having war flashbacks and ends up choking on shrimp and getting burned on a grill. Once going to the hospital the doctor explains that Cotton is allergic to shellfish, has an infection, third degree burns, and many other problems and is sure Cotton will soon pass away. While Bobby is sent to Luanne and Lucky's, Hank is adament that his father will pull through, only to see his friends' concern and realizing his father could pass away. After a few times that they thought Cotton had died, and Cotton constantly taunting Hank, he leaves his father with Peggy. Peggy proceeds to verbally lament Cotton's refusal to die, and hopes that he lives forever in "The hell that you created for yourself". Cotton starts to chuckle out a "do ya now?" before dying, Hank comes in, and Peggy lying, tells him that Cotton said he was really proud of him. Later, Hank finishes his new shed (which Cotton tried to destroy) and names it after him – only to have it blown up by Dale, who was doing it for Cotton in his honor.


  • This episode is Cotton's final living appearance (he is referenced in Serves Me Right for Giving General George S. Patton the Bathroom Key).
  • Following this episode's premier, Fox published the following obituary for Cotton:
  • Arlen Bystander (Arlen, TX): Cotton Hill, age unknown, World War II veteran, died Sunday in a Texas VA hospital. Hill suffered from several injuries ranging from four rusty bullets lodged in his heart from his military service, a broken hip and torn ligaments in his ankle-knees, to an infection in his esophagus and severe burns caused by a freak shrimp accident that occurred earlier this week at Tokyaki's Japanese restaurant. Hill leaves behind sons Hank Hill and G.H. (short for "Good Hank"); daughter-in-law Peggy Hill; grandson Bobby Hill; ex-wife Tilly; second wife Didi; first love and former Japanese lover Michiko; an illegitimate Japanese son, Junichiro; and nephew Dusty Hill (of band ZZ Top)
  • Cotton is shown to have resumed his anti-Japanese sentiments, despite having made peace with the Japanese back in Returning Japanese II.
  • During the scene where Bobby shows Cotton his dance moves, the song that he is playing is "Don't Cha" by the Pussycat Dolls.
  • "Tojo whompin' sticks" is the term Cotton uses to describe the salt and pepper shakers the chef uses in preparing the Hills' dinner.
  • Hank is shown rebuilding the shed that Peggy and Dale blew up in the "Peggy's Gone to Pots".
  • Cotton seems to imply that his mother (Hank's paternal grandmother) died giving birth to him.
  • Hank's final words to Cotton are "I gotta get out of here."
  • The Japanese restaurant, Tokyaki's, where food is flipped from the grill into the mouths of the patrons, "like Scooby-Doo", as Bobby says, is based on the format of the Benihana Japanese restaurant chain.

Season 11 Season 12 Season 13

Suite Smells of Excess · Bobby Rae · The Powder Puff Boys · Four Wave Intersection · Death Picks Cotton · Raise the Steaks · Tears of an Inflatable Clown · The Minh Who Knew Too Much · Dream Weaver · Doggone Crazy · Trans-Fascism · Untitled Blake McCormick Project · The Accidental Terrorist · Lady and Gentrification · Behind Closed Doors · Pour Some Sugar on Kahn · Six Characters in Search of a House · The Courtship of Joseph's Father · Strangeness on a Train · Cops and Robert · It Came From the Garage · Life: A Loser's Manual