King of the Hill

The Exterminator

Season 5, Ep 14, Aired 3/4/01
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  • Episode Description
  • A doctor tells Dale that inhaling dangerous chemicals is affecting his health, and if he doesn't give up exterminating, he'll die. Hank gets Dale a new job as a faceless drone at the adhesives company, Stik Tek. But Dale's experience at killing living things proves invaluable when he is placed in charge of telling people they're fired. Joseph has a school project and Dale helps him by breeding roaches, until his job gets in the way.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Mike Judge

    Voice of Hank Hill, Boomhauer

  • Kathy Najimy

    Voice of Peggy Hill

  • Pamela Adlon

    Voice of Bobby Hill

  • Brittany Murphy

    Voice of Luanne Platter

  • Johnny Hardwick

    Voice of Dale Gribble

  • Fan Reviews (2)
  • Fired Up!

    By pedroman01, Aug 15, 2013

  • Dale was funny.

    By cactusjack39, Jan 27, 2009

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (23)

    • Nancy: (trying to get Dale to quit exterminating) Dale, you have a family that needs you!
      Dale: I need to work to support them
      Nancy: I support us
      Dale: I contribute!
      Nancy: You pay the cable bill!

    • Nancy: (trying to convince Dale he needs to get a real job since it's not safe for him to exterminate) What about your dream to see your son take his son to Roswell?

    • Dale: I love exterminating.
      Nancy: More than you love me?
      Dale: No. Pretty close, though.

    • Dale: (trying to fire a worker, interrupted by Joseph and Nancy) You people and your roaches! I am trying to fire this incompetent fool with compassion!

    • Dale: Carl, I'm off to round up some cockroaches. Any one of which would have made a better janitor than you!

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    Notes (1)

    • This may be a coincidence, but Dale without his cap and sunglasses looks a lot like Mike Judge.

    Trivia (8)

    • Tagline: "Maybe this'll help. Mmm..." -Dale

    • Bobby does not have any lines in this episode. This is the first episode where one of the Hills does not speak.

    • Luanne does not appear in this episode.

    • A whole bunch of roaches crawl out of the vent (a second time) and then Dale goes in and kills all the ones still in the vent system. When he falls through he gets up claiming that they are all dead. But he didn't kill the ones that came out of the vent.

    • Dale is asked to be the driver for the car pool, however his van only holds 2 (3 at most) people, as the back is for storage and has no seats. Unless the other 2-3 people were going to sit in the back illegally.

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    Allusions (3)

    • Mr. Gladstone - It may be a coincidence but Mr. Gladstone was the name of Fred Flintstone's and Barney Rubble's boss on the Flintstones who constantly fired Fred and Barney and seemed to enjoy it, it's an amusing switch to have Mr. Gladstone fired as Dale makes his way up the corporate ladder.

    • Bill: Know who I saw at Megalomart? Richie Sambora. Richie Sambora is the guitarist for the band Bon Jovi.

    • The episode title The Exterminator is a reference to the action movie The Terminator.

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