While the Hills deal with the repercussions of Peggy's skydiving accident, Peggy forms an unlikely alliance with Hank's father, Cotton
Six weeks after Peggy's fateful jump from an airplane, she is finally being sawed out of her body cast and planning her triumphant return home. Unfortunately, she's not at all triumphant when it comes to walking and gets depressed by the thought of months of rehabilitation. Hank works to make the house "handi-capable," and tries his best to comfort Peggy.
One morning, alone with Cotton, Peggy struggles to get to the breakfast table and falls out of her chair. Instead of helping her up, Cotton reverts into military mode and harasses Peggy into helping herself. Peggy's resistant to Cotton's tactics at first, but ultimately she ditches her traditional therapy and practically dares Cotton to help her walk again. In exchange, Peggy offers to help Cotton with his latest endeavor--getting a choice cemetery plot at the Texas State Cemetery, among his fellow war heroes. Cotton motivates Peggy with his incredible tales of valor on the battlefields of Japan, Germany and everywhere in between. Peggy gets stronger every day, but begins noticing some discrepancies in Cotton's stories--how could he have been in Japan and Germany at the same time? Angered by Cotton's betrayal, she refuses to show up at Cotton's appeal to the cemetery board, until Hank reveals a true war story about his dad. A war injury left Cotton without shins and doctors swore he'd never recover, but 18 months later, Cotton defied the odds and walked.
With renewed faith, in herself and Cotton, Peggy rushes to the hearing and testifies that if Cotton Hill isn't a war hero she doesn't know who is. Although Hank thinks Peggy is pretty heroic herself.