Christmas Specials Wiki
Christmas Specials Wiki

"The Father, The Son, and J.C." is the fifth Christmas episode of the FOX animated series King of the Hill, produced and aired in the show's sixth season.


Hank and his family are out buying Christmas presents for each other and his friends when they run into his father, Cotton, whom he has a rocky relationship with. Peggy and Bobby decide the best present to get Hank would be a better relationship with Cotton. The next day Hank receives a propane emergency. It turns out because his boss, Buck Stickland, is in jail for drunk driving. Hank agrees to bail him out and finds out that his punishment is building homes for humanity which Hank had been wanting to do for years. Everyone pitches in and Peggy invites Cotton who is happy to help but is jealous from all the attention Hank is giving Buck instead of him. Later Buck promotes Hank to manager who is so happy that he blurts out "Mr. Strickland, I love you!" which instantly gets him demoted.

Later everyone mocks and ridicules Hank for telling Buck he loved him and Hank is angry at them for it. Later they have a Christmas party at the new house for the couple they built it for. Peggy invites Cotton and his wife, Didi, and Hank casually brings up Buck in conversation which makes Cotton very angry so he starts trashing the house and Peggy unwisely tells Hank to tell him how he feels and Hank says, "Dad, I hate you!" and upon hearing this he kicks everyone out of the house and barricades himself inside. Bobby feels really bad because he came up with the idea and that it won't be a merry Christmas because everyone is fighting so he decides to run away. He kicks a can in anger along the way and it lands in front of a house which attracts the attention of former President Jimmy Carter whom he tells of the predicament and he agrees to help him.

Jimmy arrives at the house were Cotton attacks and disarms him. He talks with him about how he doesn't really hate Hank and Cotton assures him that he does and he also hates Peggy. Jimmy goes back and forth with Cotton and Hank trying to work out their problems. He finally comes up with the idea that if Cotton had the choice to make Hank disappear forever would he go through with it and he says, "No, not yet!" He bribes Cotton that if he comes out he gets to shoot his limousine. Cotton comes out, apologizes to Hank, takes out a nail gun, and shoots up the limo. Jimmy is horrified that the windows broke so easily. Bobby tells them that he found Jesus because Jimmy's initials were on his overalls. He brings everyone together and they laugh. Peggy takes credit for saving Christmas even though she did nothing.


Voice actor Character
Mike Judge Hank Hill
Kathy Najimy Peggy Hill
Pamela Adlon Bobby Hill

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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"