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The Petriot Act is the 177th episode of King of the Hill. It was first aired on February 13, 2005. The episode was written by Christy Stratton, and directed by Robin Brigstocke.


After Bill volunteers to look after an active-duty soldier's pet and gets to watch a playful dog, Hank volunteers as well and ends up with a cat (to his dismay), who appears to Hank as a mean-spirited vicious animal that causes the Hill family nothing but misery, including several medical problems which are played upon by a veterinarian. The pricey medical treatments effectively devour the money the Hill family had put aside for their vacation. In a change of fortune for Bill, he has a pleasant experience for once.


Stinger Quote

Dale: "Oh, this has been a cat-astrophe!"


  • At the end of the episode, the Dallas Cowboys' player on screen is wearing number 8, which was Troy Aikman's number; however, this episode aired several years after Aikman retired from football and the Cowboys had his number removed from circulation. It is plausible it is an old Cowboys game airing on NFL Network, which launched in November 2003.

Season 8 Season 9 Season 10

A Rover Runs Through It · Ms. Wakefield · Death Buys a Timeshare · Yard, She Blows! · Dale to the Chief · The Petriot Act · Enrique-cilable Differences · Mutual of Omabwah · Care-Takin' Care of Business · Arlen City Bomber · Redcorn Gambles With His Future · Smoking and the Bandit · Gone With the Windstorm · Bobby On Track · It Ain't Over Till The Fat Neighbor Sings