King of the Hill

Season 7 Episode 19

Be True to Your Fool

Aired Sunday 8:30 AM Apr 27, 2003 on FOX
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Episode Summary


Hank, Dale and Boomhauer get mad at Bill when he gives them all lice. They get to a point where they have to shave their heads, and Hank discovers that he has a tattoo on the back of his head that says "BILL". Bill, feeling lonely gets himself thrown in jail and befriends the prisoners, and Hank is determined to get him out, especially after finding out why he got the Bill tattoo in the first place.


Who was the Episode MVP ?

Mike Judge

Mike Judge

Voice of Hank Hill, Boomhauer

Kathy Najimy

Kathy Najimy

Voice of Peggy Hill

Pamela Adlon

Pamela Adlon

Voice of Bobby Hill

Brittany Murphy

Brittany Murphy

Voice of Luanne Platter

Johnny Hardwick

Johnny Hardwick

Voice of Dale Gribble

Stephen Root

Stephen Root

Voice of Bill Dauterive

Ashley Gardner

Ashley Gardner

Voice of Nancy Hicks Gribble

Recurring Role

David Herman

David Herman


Recurring Role

Dave Thomas

Dave Thomas

Toothless Loser

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (7)

    • Dale wears his hat because of his bald spot. It seems odd that now that he is completely bald that he wouldn't wear it. Possibly because Hank and Boomhauer also have shaved heads, but it still is a tad odd.

    • Tagline: "There's a hole, there's a hole, there's a hole in the bottom of the sea."

    • Luanne does not appear in this episode.

    • Dale's bug spray contains both Malathion and Lindane, which is ironically used to kill lice. However, in Dale's statement that it is harmless is somewhat vague; Malathion does not cause cancer while Lindane does. Both, when sprayed upon the human body, causes the following symptoms: eye and skin irritation, dizziness, cramps, nausea and even death.

    • When Dale first falls to the ground and does his spinning around thing, his head is on the grass, but in the wide shot his head is on the pavement.

    • Hank only discovers the tattoo on the back of his head after having his hair shaved off. There is no way, however, he wouldn't have noticed it before this. The tattoo artist had to shave hair off the back of his head before putting on the tattoo. While he might have not realised right away, the pain the following day and the fact that he would have noticed a large part of his hair missing would make it unavoidable.

    • In the flashback scene it looked like Boomhauer was driving "Mustang Sally", but that car was in the quarry during high school.

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Dale (After spraying a chemical on his head): Simple enough. And tingling. And burning. Itching, itching, burning. And blindness. Intense burning. Hank, get your hose. NOW!

    • Young Dale: Dallas! Can I see where Lee Harvey Oswald was framed?

    • Bill: Sure your fingers turn blue from the barbicide, but that's just part of the job.
      Street Person: You have a job?
      Bill: Sure. Got to pay the mortgage somehow.
      Street Person #2: You got a house?
      Bill: Yeah. I got it in the divorce.
      Street Person: You were married? I guess we got a nickname for you: Hollywood!

    • (Because of the lice, Dale is on the ground moving in a circle Curly Howard style)
      Hank: Pull it together, Dale. I don't want to have to put the plastic cone around your neck.

    • Hank: How does a man lose track of the back of his own head? A tattoo!? I've been lying every time I donated blood.

    • Bill: I want to play lawn games, too. But nobody wants Bill's head on their lawn, oh no. Bill has lice, he's no good, blibbety blibbety bleu...I suck.

    • Dale: Ding! Better idea. As an exterminator, I will take steps to spare us the shame of hairlessness. A mixture of malathion and lindane. Fairly harmless, according to the government, which has been squirting at you for most of your life.
      Hank: Dang it, Dale, I don't like the whole head-shaving thing either, but...
      Bill: YUP!
      Dale: GET LOST BILL!

    • Hank: That goddang Bill. Ever since Lenore left him, I've done nothing but cut him slack. He sleeps on my car, he is always stealing Ladybird's squeaky toys... remember when he kept a chamber pot by his bed? He keeps burying his porno in our backyard, and... well, I can't put up with it forever. It ends today!

    • Dale Gribble: Tingling...and burning...itching, itching, burning...and blindness...intense burning...Hank, get your hose...NOW!

    • Hank: Dang it, lately my head's been itching like crazy!
      Dale: You too? At first I thought it was my Spider-Sense warning me of danger. Unless we both have Spider-Sense...

  • NOTES (1)

    • At the very beginning of the flashback, when Bill is being hugged by the woman, the song "Harden My Heart" by The Quarterflash is heard. In the bar scene, the Punk rock band is seen playing "Nazi Punks", a censored version of the Dead Kennedys song. The song that Hank sings, while drunk is "The Gambler" by Kenny Rogers. The song that Bill and the other prisoners sing is "There's A Hole in The Bottom of the Sea" which is a classic folk song.


    • The title of this male bonding and loyalty episode is an allusion to the song Be True to Your School by The Beach Boys.

    • Boomhauer Dang ol' Sandy Koufax...

      Sandy Koufax is a Hall-of-Fame Major League Pitcher. He played for the Dodgers; first in Brooklyn, than in L.A. when they moved there.

    • Dale: What kind of tattoo? Like a bar code? Because that would point to the Rand Corporation.

      The RAND Corporation is a nonprofit global policy think tank formed to offer research and analysis to the United States armed forces. The RAND Corporation is often associated with militarism and the military-industrial complex.