Peggy's Turtle Song
Season 2, Episode 22
Peggy's Turtle Song
Air date May 10, 1998
Written by Brent Forrester
Directed by Jeff Myers
Episode guide
Life in the Fast Lane, Bobby's Saga
Propane Boom
Peggy's Turtle Song is the thirty-fourth episode of King of the Hill. It was first aired on May 10, 1998. The episode was written by Brent Forrester, and directed by Jeff Myers.


The episode begins set at the morning time at which Bobby finishes eating a bowl of Oatmeal Cookie Crunch in the kitchen, Peggy rushes in, glances at the clock, and realizes she is late for a school field trip. Peggy hastily pours him another bowl of cereal, onto which Bobby adds more sugar.

A short time later, Bobby has another bowl, and at Hank's suggestion, adds even more sugar.

At school, a teacher notices Bobby acting in a hyperactive manner (the result of consuming the lots of sugar). Bobby is sent to the nurse's office, where he is "diagnosed" with attention deficit disorder. A nurse informs Hank that Bobby must begin taking medication. Later, Peggy suffers enormous guilt when she hears the news, and decides to quit her job as a substitute teacher so that she can focus her energy on being a mother.

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The medication prescribed Bobby leaves the boy in a stupor. Meanwhile, Peggy accompanies Hank to a guitar shop to pick up some new strings. There, she notices a flyer advertising guitar lessons. The next day, Peggy visits the bohemian apartment of Emily, a woman with green hair, a tattoo and combat boots. When Emily later visits the Hill home to teach the guitar lessons, Bill notes she is dressed "kinda pro-choice." Hank looks on with concern. Later, Emily encourages Peggy to write a song of her own. Peggy responds by singing a few lines about a turtle and its shell, which is both the animal's home and its prison. Emily immediately responds to the song, reading something into it that Peggy did not quite intend. Though Hank labels Emily "weird", Peggy nonetheless invites her over for dinner. During the meal, Peggy reveals that one of Hank's most cherished possessions is a Guild Solid Top guitar, nicknamed "Betsy". Emily encourages Peggy to finish writing her song and suggests she perform it at a Mother's Day recital, during which performers take a "pot shot" at the holiday. Hank disapproves of the idea, insisting plans for Mother's Day have already been made. But Peggy insists she can do as she pleases.

Luanne complains she is unable to concentrate on studying for her beauty exam. Concluding she may have contracted attention deficit disorder from Bobby, she snatches a pill from the boy's hand and pops it in her mouth. On Mother's Day, Hank watches as Peggy heads out the door with her cheap guitar slung over her shoulder. Later, Bobby and Hank show up at the venue where Peggy is scheduled to perform. Bobby hands his mother Betsy, Hank's prized guitar, explaining how she should have a special guitar with which to play her song.

Peggy takes the stage and performs. As she sings, the women in the audience misread the turtle song as a pro-feminist statement. Peggy stops singing, but Emily encourages her to continue. Singing from her heart, Peggy tells how a turtle, named "Hank" saved the turtle's heart with the magic of love. Though the women in the audience are taken aback by the song's ending, Hank and Bobby give Peggy a standing ovation. Later, during the drive home, Peggy considers returning to her teaching job. When Hank notes a marked improvement in Bobby's behavior that day, Bobby explains it can only be attributed to the absence of the medication, as Luanne ingested his pill.



  • BOBBY: There's some milk in the fridge that's about to go bad! (sniffs) And there it goes.

Stinger Quote

  • "And there it goes." - Bobby


  • When the episode first aired, following the episode but prior to the credits, information was given so that viewers could learn more about ADD (which Bobby suffers from in the episode.)
  • This episode reveals that Bill's ex-wife Lenore left him to pursuit her career in the motivational poster industry.
  • Its possible Bobby does have ADD. The medicine mellows him out to the point of extreme concentration. But when Luanne takes it, she is extremely energetic.


  • Hank looks through ADD medicine leaflets and goes through the one that the doctor gave him for information about ADD, not about medicine.
  • The school bus reads "Heimlich County School District." But in later seasons the name has been changed to "Arlen Independent School District." It is possible in the time between episodes, Arlen split off from Heimlich County's School District to become its own district; it is not uncommon for school districts to be changed over time.
  • When Hank looks at the calendar in the boiler room, Mother's Day is shown to be on the third Sunday of May, rather than the second Sunday.

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How to Fire a Rifle Without Really Trying · Texas City Twister · The Arrowhead · Hilloween · Jumpin' Crack Bass (It's a Gas, Gas, Gas) · Husky Bobby · The Man Who Shot Cane Skretteburg · The Son That Got Away · The Company Man · Bobby Slam · The Unbearable Blindness of Laying · Meet the Manger Babies · Snow Job · I Remember Mono · Three Days of the Kahndo · Traffic Jam · Hank's Dirty Laundry · The Final Shinsult · Leanne's Saga · Junkie Business · Life in the Fast Lane, Bobby's Saga · Peggy's Turtle Song · Propane Boom