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The Unbearable Blindness of Laying 

Hank's mother bring home her new boyfriend, an affectionate Jewish man named Gary. After Hank sees the two of them having relations, he goes blind.



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Episode credited cast:
Hank Hill / Boomhauer / Stuart Dooley / Additional Voices (voice)
Peggy Hill (voice)
Bobby Hill (voice) (as Pamela Segall Adlon)
Luanne Platter (voice)
Johnny Hardwick ...
Dale Gribble (voice)
Bill Dauterive (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Cotton Hill (voice)
Chuck Mangione ...
Himself (voice)
Gary Kasner (voice)
Tilly Hill (voice)


Hank's mother bring home her new boyfriend, an affectionate Jewish man named Gary. After Hank sees the two of them having relations, he goes blind.

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21 December 1997 (USA)  »

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Hank's mother talks in a different voice when she is introduced in "The Unbearable Blindless Of Laying" than in all subsequent appearances. See more »


Cotton Hill: [Hank knocks on the door] You're late!
Hank Hill: Dad it's good to hear your voice
Cotton Hill: Still blind huh? Or are you faking?
[punches him in the stomach]
Cotton Hill: Either you're blind or slow, I'll believe both
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References The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988) See more »

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It's Christmas in Arlen…
5 August 2009 | by (Mexico City) – See all my reviews

… and you know really well Hank so by mentioning that here he will meet his mother's (Tilly) new boyfriend (Gary) is enough to let you know this ain't really a nice Christmas time for him.

Here there's one of those hilarious flashbacks that show us how was Hank's father Cotton, well actually he was just like he is, he hasn't change at all. We recall how Cotton knew immediately that Hank's neighbor Kahn was a Laotian (in the great Season 1 episode Shins of the Father), unlike Hank and pals who were like "are you from Japan, or China?", since here he knows immediately after hearing Gary's last name that he is Jewish ("Kasner…Happy Hanukkah"). So yes, Cotton will meet Gary and Hank will be with them, I said already this ain't really a nice Christmas time for Hank but I haven't' mention that here Hank suffers if a temporal blindness, also! It's not quite like Woody Allen in Hollywood Ending, I mean is not a secret for Hank's family and friends that he is blind yet is a secret for most the real reason why he lost his sight.

Of course we have really funny moments with a blind Hank (it's just fun for Dale, Bill and Boomhauer. Loved the Hank shaving part!) and the really nice expected conclusion (hilarious the faith-healing stuff. "Amazing grace! He was blind and now he sees. We'll be right back after these messages"), so this Christmas episode is really good but it could have been better, having the first appearance of Hank's mother Tilly, being a Christmas show, it could have been much more special.

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