Dirty Jobs

Season 1 Episode 5

Sewer Inspector

Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Aug 02, 2005 on Discovery Channel
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Episode Summary

Mike steps into the shoes of a sewer inspector in San Francisco and heads beneath the streets to examine the sewers. He then works with a disaster clean-up crew for a day and helps sanitize a basement after a sewer backs up. Finally, Mike joins up with a demolition company and makes a mess of things by helping the deconstruction crew tear down rooms in an office building.moreless

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  • Mike plays with roaches and rats in the sewers under San Fran.

    If there is a city in the world I want to visit before I die San Fransico is one of them. However, I wish never to go into their sewers! The fetid feat must be done but I am not sure there is enough money in the world to make me crawl through the sewer which is literally moving with the amount of roaches crawling and dropping down on you and the rats that run by as well. How the cameraman managed to stay in there is beyond me. I had to laugh when Mike got topside and literally stripped his clothes off. I am afraid I would have done the same! Roaches, gross!moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Mike claims that he spent 250 nights in hotel rooms last year while filming for this show.

    • Mike mentions that there are 900 miles of sewer in San Francisco that have to be inspected constantly because if a part of the 100 year old sewer collapses, the city would be overrun by rats, cockroaches, and waste.

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Mike: Nobody makes a turd like that and lives.
      Gary: Sure they do.
      Mike: Come on, it's orange!

    • Gary: The first thing we have to do, Mike, is get acquainted with this tool right here.
      Mike: What is this?
      Gary: This tool here is called the Pooper Scooper.
      Mike: This is called a garden trowel.
      Gary: For us it's a Pooper Scooper.
      Mike: You're not gonna tell me that were gonna scoop the poop out of the pot with a garden trowel?

    • Mike Rowe: Ho ho ho, three giant bags of poo. Who's been naughty? I'm the real bad Santa.

    • Mike Rowe: And while some people might have left their hearts in San Francisco, I can tell you from my experience today, that's not all they left.

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