|King of the Hill|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||25|
|Original release||September 15, 1998 –|
May 18, 1999
The third season of King of the Hill originally aired Tuesdays at 8:00–8:30 p.m. (EST) on the Fox Broadcasting Company from September 15, 1998 to May 18, 1999. The Region 1 DVD was released on December 28, 2004. The Region 2 and 4 DVDs were respectively released on August 28 and September 26, 2006.
The showrunners for the season were Greg Daniels and Richard Appel. The show was moved to a Tuesday night time slot this season, which led to a decline in ratings (in part due to competition from WB's hit Buffy the Vampire Slayer whom Sarah Michelle Gellar is guest voicing). Fox later moved the show back to its original Sunday night time slot. During this season, the writers started to include darker stories, such as "Pretty, Pretty Dresses", which focused on Bill Dauterive's Christmas suicide attempts.
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||Prod.|
|36||1||"Propane Boom II: Death of a Propane Salesman" (Part 2)||Lauren MacMullan||Alan R. Cohen & Alan Freedland||September 15, 1998||5E24|
Conclusion. The aftermath of the propane explosion from part one leaves Hank suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder around propane, a now bald Luanne repressing her grief for Buckley (who was the only casualty in the propane explosion) by becoming a Sinéad O'Connor-esque activist while angry, and Bobby worried about death.NOTE: This episode is shown as the season 3 opener, despite having a season 2 production code.
|37||2||"And They Call It Bobby Love"||Cyndi Tang||Norm Hiscock||September 22, 1998||3ABE01|
Bobby falls in love with a 14-year-old classmate (guest-voiced by Sarah Michelle Gellar), but soon learns that love hurts when the girl confesses that she only wants a platonic friend. Meanwhile, Hank, Dale, Bill, and Boomhauer become attached to a couch that was thrown out in the Hills' yard.|
Guest Stars: Sarah Michelle Gellar as Marie
|38||3||"Peggy's Headache"||Chris Moeller||Joe Stillman||October 6, 1998||5E20|
Peggy gets hired to write for the Arlen Bystander, but the stress of a new career leads her to require treatment from John Redcorn—and she soon discovers that John Redcorn had an affair with Nancy and is Joseph's biological father.NOTE: This episode featured Luanne with a shaved head and is usually shown in its aired order as a third season episode, despite having a season 2 production code.
|39||4||"Pregnant Paws"||Chris Moeller||Jonathan Aibel & Glenn Berger||October 13, 1998||3ABE02|
While Hank is busy trying to breed Ladybird, Dale decides to add a little excitement to his life by enrolling in a four-hour bounty hunter training course.
Special guest voice: William H. Macy and Jim Cummings
|40||5||"Next of Shin"||Jeff Myers||Alan R. Cohen & Alan Freedland||November 3, 1998||3ABE05|
|After Hank learns his sperm count is low, his mood worsens when Cotton shows up, boasting that his new wife, Didi, is pregnant.|
|41||6||"Peggy's Pageant Fever"||Tricia Garcia||Norm Hiscock||November 10, 1998||3ABE07|
|Peggy enters the Mrs. Heimlich County Beauty pageant in hopes of winning a truck, but quickly discovers that she is not fit to compete with the other contestants.|
|42||7||"Nine Pretty Darn Angry Men"||Shaun Cashman||Jim Dauterive||November 17, 1998||3ABE08|
|While shopping at the mall on Black Friday, Hank, Dale, Bill, Kahn, and Boomhauer are invited to be part of a focus group for a new mower (with Cotton as an uninvited guest), Luanne goes ice skating to forget about Buckley, and Peggy falls asleep at a shoe repair shop after tearing her loafer. Guest stars Billy Bob Thornton.|
|43||8||"Good Hill Hunting"||Klay Hall||Joe Stillman||December 1, 1998||3ABE04|
|Hank takes Bobby hunting in order to initiate him into the mysteries of manhood. However, everything goes wrong when Hank discovers that it is too late for Bobby to get a hunting license.|
|44||9||"Pretty, Pretty Dresses"||Dominic Polcino||Paul Lieberstein||December 15, 1998||3ABE10|
In this second Christmas episode, Bill becomes more depressed than usual as it's the anniversary of his wife leaving him. Hank, Dale, and Boomhauer decide to watch Bill in case he threatens to commit suicide, but when Hank yells at him for being a burden, Bill's depression turns into delusion when he begins dressing in drag and impersonating his estranged wife, Lenore.|
Guest Stars: Janet Waldo as Mrs. Tobbis
|45||10||"A Firefighting We Will Go"||Cyndi Tang-Loveland||Alan R. Cohen & Alan Freedland||January 12, 1999||3ABE11|
In a Rashomon-meets-The Three Stooges-style story, Hank, Dale, Bill, and Boomhauer tell their own versions of their day as firefighters after getting arrested for burning the firehouse to the ground. Meanwhile, Bobby helps Peggy with a pulled groin muscle.
Special guest voice: Barry Corbin
|46||11||"To Spank, with Love"||Adam Kuhlman||David Zuckerman||January 19, 1999||3ABE03|
|Peggy gains a reputation as an abusive disciplinarian when she spanks Dooley for humiliating her during class.|
|47||12||"Three Coaches and a Bobby"||Chris Moeller||Johnny Hardwick||January 26, 1999||3ABE12|
|Hank gets his hard-knocks former high-school football coach to take on guidance of Bobby's football team, but the plan falls apart when Bobby joins the soccer team headed by a politically correct coach (voiced by Will Ferrell).|
|48||13||"De-Kahnstructing Henry"||Klay Hall||Paul Lieberstein||February 2, 1999||3ABE14|
|Hank accidentally gets Kahn fired after revealing one of Kahn's top-secret plans for his company.|
|49||14||"The Wedding of Bobby Hill"||Jack Dyer||Jonathan Collier||February 9, 1999||3ABE09|
To teach Bobby and Luanne a lesson in playing pranks, Hank orders Bobby to marry Luanne after Bobby takes her birth control pills and replaces them with sweet tarts.|
Guest Stars: Matthew McConaughey as Rad Thibodeaux
|50||15||"Sleight of Hank"||Jeff Myers||Jonathan Aibel & Glenn Berger||February 16, 1999||3ABE15|
|Peggy is chosen to be a magician's assistant, but angers Hank when she will not tell him the secret behind one of his tricks.|
|51||16||"Jon Vitti Presents: 'Return to La Grunta'"||Gary McCarver||Jon Vitti||February 23, 1999||3ABE06|
Luanne gets a job as a drink girl at a resort called "La Grunta", where the golfers sexually harass her. Meanwhile, Hank goes to La Grunta to swim with the dolphins—and gets molested by one of them, and is paid off with hotel merchandise to keep from reporting the incident.
Guest star: Billy West as one of the golfers
|52||17||"Escape from Party Island"||Gary McCarver||Jonathan Collier||March 16, 1999||3ABE16|
Hank reluctantly drives his mother and her friends to Port Aransas to shop for glass miniatures, but things get even worse when Hank and the rude old women have to contend with MTV's raucous spring breakers in order to leave.
Guest voices: Phyllis Diller, Uta Hagen, Pauly Shore and Betty White
|53||18||"Love Hurts...and So Does Art"||Adam Kuhlman||John Altschuler & Dave Krinsky||March 23, 1999||3ABE13|
|An X-ray of Hank's colon from "Hank's Unmentionable Problem" winds up as the main attraction in an art museum. Meanwhile, Bobby is diagnosed with gout after eating chicken livers at a recently opened "New York" style deli.|
|54||19||"Hank's Cowboy Movie"||Shaun Cashman||Jim Dauterive||April 6, 1999||3ABE18|
|Hurt by Bobby's negative views of his hometown, Hank tries to get the Dallas Cowboys to move their training camp from Wichita Falls to Arlen. However, his promotion video for Arlen is ruined by his wife's and his friends' incompetence.|
|55||20||"Dog Dale Afternoon"||Tricia Garcia||Jon Vitti||April 13, 1999||3ABE17|
|After Dale annoys his friends by gloating over his new mower, he goes insane when they steal it as part of a prank.|
|56||21||"Revenge of the Lutefisk"||Jack Dyer||Jonathan Aibel & Glenn Berger||April 20, 1999||3ABE19|
Bobby accidentally burns down his church after getting sick from eating lutefisk, but Cotton gets blamed for it due to his sexist attitude towards the church accepting a female pastor.|
Guest Stars: Mary Tyler Moore as Reverend Stroup
|57||22||"Death and Texas"||Wes Archer||John Altschuler & Dave Krinsky||April 27, 1999||3ABE20|
|Peggy visits a convict who tricks her into thinking he's a former student who ended up in jail and uses her as a cocaine mule. Meanwhile, Dale tries to apply for a job as a prison executioner.|
|58||23||"Wings of the Dope"||Cyndi Tang-Loveland||Johnny Hardwick||May 4, 1999||3ABE21|
|After seeing the trampoline Kahn bought from Buckley's estate fall into disrepair, Hank and the guys move it to Hank's lawn to fix it. Buckley's Angel appears on it and visits Luanne. He persuades her to do something better with her life than attend beauty school and earns his halo afterward.|
|59||24||"Take Me Out of the Ball Game"||Chris Moeller||Alan R. Cohen & Alan Freedland||May 11, 1999||3ABE22|
|Hank is picked to coach the company's softball team, spurring friction between Peggy and Hank. Meanwhile Bobby and Connie are forced to define their relationship after being displayed in the "couples" section of the school yearbook.|
|60||25||"As Old as the Hills..." (Part 1)||Adam Kuhlman||Norm Hiscock||May 18, 1999||3ABE23|
|Part one of two. Fearing that they may be getting too old to be "cool", Hank and Peggy spend their anniversary sky-diving, which comes to an abrupt end when Peggy's parachute malfunctions and she crashes onto a field. Meanwhile, Bobby struggles with taking his pregnant step-grandmother Didi to the hospital when her water breaks.|