To Kill a Ladybird
Season 4, Episode 9
Air date December 12, 1999
Written by Norm Hiscock
Directed by Wes Archer
Episode guide
Not in My Back Hoe

To Kill a Ladybird is the sixty-ninth episode of King of the Hill. It was first aired on December 12, 1999. The episode was written by Norm Hiscock, and directed by Wes Archer. The title is a play on the Harper Lee novel "To Kill A Mockingbird".


While taking out the trash, Bobby spots a raccoon rooting through the trash. He gives the raccoon food and dubs it "Bandit". Bobby begins feeding scraps and sheltering in a screened-in hole of the house. One day, Hank enters the garage and discovers tools and paint scattered on the floor with Bandit on top of the workbench. Enraged, Hank prepares to kill Bandit, but he escapes. As Hank talks about his encounter at dinner, Bobby admits to taking care of Bandit. Hank tells Bobby to give up his "pet", but Bobby berates Ladybird, calling her old and useless, much to Hank's dismay.

The next day, Hank talks about the incident with the guys until Dale claims he could easliy "get rid of" Bandit. As Dale prepares to hunt down Bandit, Bobby overhears and grows concerned that Dale will kill Bandit. Bandit is tracked to the hole in the house and as Dale enters, he tells Hank to prevent Bandit from escaping by covering up the hole with Dale inside which is incredibily dangerous. Hank seals off the entrance and a mere seconds later, Dale is attacked and pleads Hank to let him out. Bandit escapes and prepares to attack until Ladybird attacks and the two fight. Suddenly, Ladybird's collar is ripped off and she chases Bandit down the street in front of a mortified Hank.

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As Hank grows fretful of Ladybird, Bobby mourns for Bandit. Hank tells Bobby it was Bandit's fault, but he refuses to listen. Hank and Dale go to the shelter to ask about Ladybird, but the manager claims that Ladybird may not be found. He also warns them of rabies and how it could spread to humans. Dale foolishly does not tell about his wounds. After Nancy tells him the symptoms and the treatment, Dale begins to belive he has rabies because of him believing he has the symptoms and he is horrified of getting shots. Crazed, Dale hops the fence and dashes into the woods. After a meeting and a break-in by Dale, Hank, Bobby and the guys go to hunt down Dale. Hank is also growing upset that he might have to shoot Ladybird. Then, Hank and Bobby discover a path of dead, stick-impaled animals and are attacked by Dale. It is shown Dale has been in eating what appears to be magic mushrooms, adding to his paranoia. He also plans to kill Hank and swap his clean blood with his. As Bill and Boomhauer are too busy swimming to help, Hank pretends to go along with the plan by using the knife to cut the ropes, but is found out by Dale. Suddenly, Ladybird appears and Bobby and Hank break loose. Bobby grabs the gun and prepares to shoot Ladybird to Dale's urging. He appeares to shoot, but misses Ladybird, much to Hank's joy. Bobby sadly claims he didn't miss, his true target was Bandit, who was going to attack Hank. Dale prepares to fly away off a tree, but expectedly falls to the ground. At a makeshift funeral for Bandit, Hank tells his son that Bandit did not have rabies and that when Ladybird does die, he could choose the next pet. Bobby choses exotic pets such as a possum, or an ostrich, much to Hank's displeasure. Hank tells Bobby that he has been thinking of a more traditional pet, like another dog. Bobby suggests a poodle, and Hank immediately says no.




  • The episode title is a parody of the novel and film To Kill a Mockingbird.                                                         
  • When Dale goes in to get Bandit, you can hear the sound of a scrab of a creature from the Oddworld series.
  • This episode is also a parody of the 1957 film Old Yeller                                                                               
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Peggy Hill: The Decline and Fall · Cotton's Plot · Bills are Made to be Broken · Little Horrors of Shop · Aisle 8A · A Beer Can Named Desire · Happy Hank's Giving · Not in My Back Hoe · To Kill a Ladybird · Hillennium · Old Glory · Rodeo Days · Hanky Panky · High Anxiety · Naked Ambition · Movin' On Up · Bill of Sales · Won't You Pimai Neighbor? · Hank's Bad Hair Day · Meet the Propaniacs · Nancy's Boys · Flush with Power · Transnational Amusements Presents: Peggy's Magic Sex Feet · Peggy's Fan Fair

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