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"Pretty, Pretty Dresses" is the second Christmas episode of the FOX animated series King of the Hill, aired as the ninth episode in its third season (though it is the season's tenth episode in production order).


The story starts when Hank and his friends discuss their plans for Christmas in the alley when suddenly, his friend, Bill Dauterive, begins to weep because his wife, Lenore, left him around Christmas time and that he has no family to celebrate Christmas with and runs back into his house. Hank follows him and discovers that he has a bunch of presents he had bought for Lenore before she left him and he wants to keep them in case she ever comes back. To cheer him up, he invites Bill over to his house where he discusses the other's relationships including Bobby's who had a brief relationship with a girl two years older than him who only saw him as a friend and Luanne's boyfriend, Buckley, who had perished in a propane explosion earlier that year this makes them feel bad. Peggy asks Hank to excuse Bill but he tells her that he would stick by Bill's side because he had saved his life when they were younger and defended him when they played football. The next day, they discover that Bill has bought an iguana for companionship naming it Lenore and he feeds it raw insects which disgusts everyone.

Peggy tells Hank that Bill isn't welcome at dinner because he is disgusting and depressing to be around and Hank reluctantly tells him to not come over which makes him very sad. That night he watches Hank and his family enjoying their supper and having pleasant and fun conversations. He steals Hank's ladder and uses it to climb onto his roof knocking out Hank's Christmas lights in the process. As Hank goes outside to investigate he asks Bill if he's fixing his TV antennae and he tells him that he's going to commit suicide and says goodbye to Hank. Hank rushes in to stop him, but he slips off his roof and breaks his arm. He is rushed to the hospital and released the next day the others discuss what to do with him to prevent him from killing himself. Dale takes the day shifts, Boomhauer takes the evening shifts, and Hank takes the night shifts. Bill attempts to commit suicide many times and the others restrain him. Peggy gets the idea to hook Bill up with a blind date which turns out to be an elderly librarian. Bill shows her his iguana she finds this disgusting and he desperately asks her to marry him, despite having just met and she refuses. Then his iguana gets scared of the Hills' bloodhound, Ladybird, and it runs outside and he jumps out the window to chase it. Hank finds Bill huddled in a corner of his house crying his eyes out and he decides to give him a little tough love by destroying the gifts he left for Lenore because he is very tired of Bill's behavior. Tis leaves Bill shocked and horrified.

The next day Hank finds Bill's iguana and returns it to him only to discover a strange woman in Bill's house. He asks who she is only to discover that it's Bill dressed in drag calling himself Lenore and talking in a high pitched falsetto voice, Hank is disgusted and angry at him and tells him that he is no longer welcome at his house and is uninvited to his Christmas party. Bill doesn't listen and comes anyway. Everyone at the party is horrified by his cross-dressing and behavior. Peggy decides to call the real Lenore which perks Bill up only to discover she doesn't want to talk to him which makes him very sad. He starts to drink all the wine being served and everyone starts to yell at him only for Hank to come in wearing one of Peggy's dresses pretending that Bill had gotten a special invitation. This makes Bill very angry and frustrated and he runs out of the house. Hank follows him and pretends to be Lenore to get through to Bill. This causes him to go back to normal and remove the dress and he decides that he is over Lenore. As they leave Dale arrives in one of his wife's dresses only to discover that they had removed theirs believing the charade.


Voice actor/actress Character(s)
Mike Judge Hank Hill
Jeff Boohaumer
Kathy Najimy Peggy Hill
Pamela Adlon Bobby Hill
Brittany Murphy Luanne Platter
Stephen Root Bill Dauterive

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20th Century
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Television episodes and specials
20th Television
M*A*S*H "Dear Dad" • "Dear Sis" • "Death Takes a Holiday" • "All About Christmas Eve"
Tracey Ullman "Santa Baby" • "Kay's Gift" • "Merry Catnip"
The X Files "Christmas Carol" • "Emily" • "How the Ghosts Stole Christmas"
Malcolm in the Middle "Christmas" • "Christmas Trees" • "Pearl Harbor" • "Hal's Christmas Gift
Bones "The Man in the Fallout Shelter" • "The Santa in the Slush" • "The Goop on the Girl"
How I Met Your Mother "How Lily Stole Christmas" • "Little Minnesota" • "False Positive" • "Symphony of Illumination" • "The Over-Correction" • "The Final Page, Part 1" • "The Final Page, Part 2"
Glee "A Very Glee Christmas" • "Extraordinary Merry Christmas" • "Glee, Actually" • "Previously Unaired Christmas"
New Girl "The 23rd" • "Santa" • "LAXmas" • "Christmas Eve Eve"
The Mindy Project "Josh and Mindy's Christmas Party" • "Christmas Party Sex Trap" • "Christmas" • "When Mindy Met Danny"
Last Man Standing "Last Christmas Standing" • "Putting a Hit on Christmas" • "Elfie" • "Wedding Planning" • "Gift of the Wise Man"
Other shows "Christmas Story" • "The Worst Noel" • "Haus Arrest" • "Amends" • "Blue Christmas" • "A Christmas Story" • "Cookies for Santa" • "In God We Trust" • "Road to Tradition" • "Afternoon Delight" • "Christmas" • "The Glitch That Stole Christmas" • "Secret Santa"
20th Television Animation
The Simpsons "Simpson Christmas" • "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire" • "Marge Be Not Proud" • "Miracle on Evergreen Terrace" • "Grift of the Magi" • "Skinner's Sense of Snow" • "She of Little Faith" • "'Tis the Fifteenth Season" • "Simpson Christmas Stories" • "Kill Gil, Volumes I & II" • "The Fight Before Christmas" • "Holidays of Future Passed" • "White Christmas Blues" • "I Won't Be Home for Christmas • "The Nightmare After Krustmas" • "'Tis the 30th Season" • "Bobby, It's Cold Outside" • "The Way of The Dog" • "A Springfield Summer Christmas for Christmas" • "Manger Things" • Feliz Navidad
King of the Hill "The Unbearable Blindness of Laying" • "Pretty, Pretty Dresses" • "Hillennium" • "'Twas the Nut Before Christmas" • "The Father, the Son, and J.C." • "Livin' on Reds, Vitamin C and Propane" • "Ms. Wakefield"
Family Guy, American Dad!, and The Cleveland Show "A Very Special Family Guy Freakin' Christmas" • "The Best Christmas Story Never" • "The Most Adequate Christmas Ever" • "Rapture's Delight" • "A Cleveland Brown Christmas" • "Road to the North Pole" • "For Whom the Sleigh Bell Tolls" • "Murray Christmas" • "Season's Beatings" • "Die Semi-Hard" • "Jesus, Mary and Joseph!" • "'Tis the Cleveland To Be Sorry" • "Minstrel Krampus" • "Christmas Guy" • "Dreaming of a White Porsche Christmas" • "The 2000-Year-Old Virgin" • "How the Griffin Stole Christmas" • "Ninety North, Zero West" • "Gifted Me Liberty" • "Don't Be a Dickens At Christmas" • "Santa, Schmanta" • "Christmas is Coming" • "Yule. Tide. Repeat." • "The First No L" • "Christmas Crime" • "The Return of the King (of Queens)" • "Family Guy Christmas for Hulu"
Futurama "Xmas Story" • "A Tale of Two Santas" • "The Futurama Holiday Spectacular" • "I Know What You Did Next Xmas"
Bob's Burgers "God Rest Ye Merry Gentle-Mannequins" • "Christmas in the Car" • "Father of the Bob" • "Nice-Capades" • "The Last Gingerbread House on the Left" • "The Bleakening" • "Better Off Sled" • "Have Yourself a Maily Linda Christmas" • "Yachty or Nice" • "Gene's Christmas Break" • "The Plight Before Christmas" • "The Nightmare 2 Days Before Christmas"
Other cartoons "Hook's Christmas" • "A Christmas Surprise for Mrs. Stillman" • Olive, the Other ReindeerIce Age: A Mammoth Christmas • "The War on Grafelnik" • "Miracle on Culpepper Slims Boulevard" • "A Very Solar Holiday Opposites Special" • "Dip the Halls Adventure" • "Xmas with The Skanks Adventure"