King of the Hill

Smoking and the Bandit

Season 9, Ep 12, Aired 4/17/05
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  • Episode Description
  • When smoking is banned in all Arlen restaurants and bars, an infuriated Dale stands up for the smoking community in an act of defiance by going from bar to bar disguised as the smoking bandit. When Joseph comes to idolize the "Bandit," Dale tries to keep his identity unknown. Peggy seeks to uncover the smoking bandit's secret identity for the Arlen Bystander.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Dan McGrath

  • Cyndi Tang

  • Tone Loc


  • Henry Gibson

    Bob Jenkins

  • David Herman

    Bartender, Math Teacher, Really Old Bartender

  • Fan Reviews (4)
  • Smoking is a No No!

    By pedroman01, Oct 29, 2013

  • Dale is having a hard time getting son Joseph to respect and obey him. Then when Dale finds himself becoming the mysterious "Smoking Bandit" after daring to light up a cigarette in a bar, he finds that his son has a new hero. Another fair episode...

    By Jay-Spacedust, Dec 09, 2007

  • Apalling. Simply Apalling.

    By ComeOut2Play819, Jul 14, 2007

  • Could this be the worst KOTH episode on this planet? It's most likely is.

    By mitu123, Oct 05, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (9)

    • Bobby: I can't believe I thought the Bandit was cool. You know who's cool? That rapper with the bullet in his nose. "Bullet-Nose." Joseph: Yeah. One sneeze and the whole joint goes up.

    • Hank: Yeah, maybe we should let the Bandit go. But does the Bandit swear he will never do anything this asinine again, or I will kick his ass?

    • Dale: I am the Smoking Bandit! See you in the history books, people.

    • Nancy: (reading the Arlen Bystander) "The Sheriff vows to prosecute him to the fullest extent of the law." Dale: The fullest extent of the law? Nancy: That's what the Sheriff vows. Dale: But our extent is pretty full. We have the death penalty in this state and we're not afraid to use it.

    • Dale: Oh, hey, Hank. Listen, I just had sort of a quick question: how do I get my son to respect me? Hank: Well, boys need their dads to be strong role models. You just need to, you know, be a man. Dale: Dammit, Hank, I'm 42 years old. It's kind of late for me to start the whole "be a man" thing. Is there a shortcut, or at least a website? Hank: No. Dale: This is going to be tough. I can't even take that like a man.

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    Notes (1)

    • Johnny Hardwick, who voices Dale Gribble, was nominated for an Annie Award for Best Voice Acting in an Animated Television Production for his work in this episode.

    Trivia (3)

    • Tagline: "See you in the history books, people." -Dale

    • Luanne does not appear in this episode.

    • Peggy works for The Arlen Bystander in this episode, however she does not get the job until season 10 episode "Bystand Me."

    Allusions (4)

    • Dale: Give me smoking or give me death! This quote is a reference to the famous 'Give me liberty or give me death' speech by Patrick Henry from March 23, 1775.

    • Bill: He's a hero. Like that guy who rides his bicycle faster than French people. This is probably a reference to Lance Armstrong, the cyclist who overcame cancer to win the Tour De France seven times in a row. No other cyclist in history has won this many times.

    • The ice cream store in the opening scene is called Billy Sundae's, a play on the name of evangelist Billy Sunday. Sunday was a "fire and brimstone" preacher who believed prayer could miraculously heal sick or injured people.

    • The title "Smoking and the Bandit" is a parody of a movie called Smokey and the Bandit starring Burt Reynolds, Jerry Reed and Jackie Gleason. It spawned two sequels.

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