King of the Hill

Season 9 Episode 5

Dale To the Chief

Aired Sunday 8:30 AM Jan 30, 2005 on FOX
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Episode Summary


When Dale re-reads the Warren Commission Report, he is stunned to realize that maybe the government was right all along about who killed Kennedy. Dale decides to abandon his anti-government ways and becomes an insufferable flag-waving patriot. Hank tries to battle through government red tape when his sex is listed as "female" on his new driver's license.


Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Hank Vs. The Government

    This was a great episode, one of my all time favourites. I think the writing is brilliant! The idea of having Dale, who is so anti-American become a pro-America guy while Hank who is usually so patriotic start to hate the government is genius. I thought the Hank being a lady jokes were smart, and they didn't get old or boring which could of easily happened in this episode. It was highly entertaining and each character was really funny in this episode. This episode was a classic, and it is nice to have a standout in a season which was mostly full of duds.moreless
  • An interesting episode.

    I liked the episode for the most part. It actually was quite good in plenty of ways. I think that now with the way things are going, it is sometimes fun to laugh at things that aren't normally funny. I like how many times Dale contradicted himself when he was trying to figure out if he could trust the government. Seeing him switch was very entertaining. The writing was good, the storylines were fresh, and the comedy was decent. One thing I couldn't stand was how long it took Dale to get back into his normal, paranoid self. Overall, it was decent. Thank you.moreless
  • A bit tiresome, but funny at times

    Another fairly average episode from this series. I can see why people would really likely, esspecialy Dale fans, but I think this is not as good as it could have been. The Synopsis sounded brilliant, but actualy they didn't make that much of what I felt could have been a great episode in the right hands. The parts with Hankl are actualy the best but when he gets so frustrated its hard to find things funny. We feel for him as a persons so when all the bad things happen we actualy want him to do well. I though Dale was annoying at times, but not in his ussual way, he was just really ANNOYING! Maybe I'm being to harsh it is still an alright later series episode.moreless
  • Dale re-reads the Warren Commission Report and decides that it wasn't a conspiracy after all, and is soon an all-American patriot. Meanwhile, Hank is dismayed to find that his new drivers license states him as female. A silly but very enjoyable episode...moreless

    This episode very much centres on Dale, which is great, as he is one of the best characters (and one of the funniest) in the series.

    After the years of Dale believing in even the most ridiculous conspiracy theories, it is amusing to suddenly see him as a flag-waving patriot who won't hear a word said against the Government.

    It is indeed a sudden change of character, rather like the previous season's 'The Redneck on Rainey Street'. But if you're prepared to look past the sudden change (and his eventual sudden change back), this is a really nice, enjoyable episode.

    Hank's dismay at finding his new drivers license states him to be female, and his subsequent futile attempts to get it corrected, makes for a great parallel plot, and the two tie up nicely in the end.moreless
  • While reading the Warren Commission Report to Joseph at bedtime, he realizes the government was right about who shot Kennedy, and decides the government is right about other things. Meanwhile, Hank can't get the DPS to correct a mistake on his license.moreless

    Watching Dale become a government supporter is hilarious, esecially after eight seasons of his nutty, anti-government rantings. Suddenly, just because he believes the government was right about the Kennedy assasination, he is convinced they are right about everything. He abandons his anarchist ways and conspiracy-theorist beliefs, and begins adorning himself in pro-America gear, and even decks out the Bug-a-Bagoo with American flags that aren't upside-down. Of course, Hank has always loved his country and its government, especially the Old Gipper ("What president should I do my report on, dad - oh right, Ronald Reagan."), but his struggle with the Department of Public Safety (Texas does not have a DMV division, DPS handles licenses) is leading him to believe the government isn't so great after all. It's nice to see Hank frustrated and unable to quickly fix the problem with a clever idea and creative thinking - watching Hank fix everyone's problems gets a little predictable and boring at times. Also, Bobby and Peggy's jokes at Hank's expense - Bobby: "This letter is addressed to 'Mrs. Hill' but I don't know which one." Hank: "I'm getting tired of that joke!" - are dumb, but pretty funny - "Are you going to wear that, Hank? Because I have a cute little purse that would go right with it!" - and even funnier is Hank's reaction: banishing Bobby, then Peggy, to the living room so he can sort mail in peace in the kitchen.

    One of the funniest parts of thie episode is the Homeland Security agent that comes to visit Hank. It all starts when Dale paints a giant American flag on Hank's roof. While a patriot, Hank does not want a giant flag on his roof, so he begins to wash it off (after threatening Dale - "We've proved I can kick your ass when I'm on a ladder before!") Dale, like the good, watchful American citizen he is, reports Hank's flag destruction and informs Homeland Security of Hank's complaints against the DPS, resulting in a visit from a government official who explains he's not looking for anything in particular, but Hank isn't it.

    While many episodes in the later seasons of King of the Hill become less centered around more realistic, everyday-life story lines than the earlier seasons' plots of Nancy's affair, Peggy's teaching trials and tribulations and Kahn's dissatisfaction with his neighbors, this episode manages to pull off the slightly different style of story but is still great to watch and doesn't deter from the characters that have already been developed - Hank gets angry, but he never believes the DPS is conspiring against him, as Dale would, saving this from being a stereotypical "switching places" plotline.moreless
Johnny Hardwick

Johnny Hardwick

Voice of Dale Gribble

Stephen Root

Stephen Root

Voice of Bill Dauterive, Buck Strickland

Brittany Murphy

Brittany Murphy

Voice of Joseph Gribble (seasons 1-4), Luanne Platter

Kathy Najimy

Kathy Najimy

Voice of Peggy Hill

Mike Judge

Mike Judge

Voice of Hank Hill, Boomhauer, Stuart Dooley

Pamela Adlon

Pamela Adlon

Voice of Bobby Hill

Scott Klace

Scott Klace

Gerald, Tax Assessor

Guest Star

Johnny Hardwick

Johnny Hardwick

Conspiracy Nut

Recurring Role

Stephen Root

Stephen Root

Mailman, Dr. Sampson

Recurring Role

Ashley Gardner

Ashley Gardner

Voice of Nancy Hicks Gribble/DPS Employee

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (7)

    • Tagline: "Where did I put my pantyhose?" -Bobby (imitating Hank)

    • Luanne does not appear in this episode.

    • When Dale is reporting Hank for defacing a flag, he looks out his window across the street to look at Hank, but Hank is his next door neighbour. No way he could have had that angle.

    • When Hank is reading the information on his license he says weight and then sex, but on the card sex is on top of weight, so he should have either a) said it first, b) at least notice it as he read down the list.

    • At the end of the episode, when Hank signs his interim driver's license, you can see that his zip code is 73104. This zip code is actually in Oklahoma City, OK.

    • Hank's license says he weighs 220. Previously, in "Lupe's Revenge", it said 197. It doesn't look like he's gained 23 pounds, but 220 is more accurate for someone with his muscle and fat.

    • It seems that at the end of the episode Dale takes Hank home. But Hank would have driven himself there. It doesn't make sense for him to leave his truck there.

  • QUOTES (20)

    • Hank: (angry at Dale, who is on his roof) I've already proven I can kick your ass on a ladder!

    • Bobby: If you really were a woman, that would make you and Mom lesbians.
      Hank: That's it, the cable's gone!

    • Peggy: Are you going to wear that, Hank? Because I have a little purse that would look great with . . .
      Hank: Peggy, living room!

    • Hank: After the stunt you just pulled, we are no longer friends.
      Dale: Fine. Nancy doesn't approve of me having lady friends anyway.

    • Dale: I've never been able to say this in my whole life, but as of 2:00pm yesterday, I am a taxpayer. And I demand $36 worth of service!

    • Conspiracy Theorist: Kennedy wasn't killed at all! He dropped out of a false bottom in the limo and is now an easy-listening DJ in northern Michigan!

    • Dale: Office of Homeland Security? Wow, is this Tom Ridge? Oh. Hello Jeff! I would like to report an anti-American. My neighbor is making inflammatory remarks about the government, and is defacing an American flag as we speak.

    • DPS employee: Now if you'll just step aside, ma'am.
      Hank: Ma'am?
      DPS employee: I can't get sued if I call you what's on the license.

    • DPS employee: We just don't change driver's licenses anymore. Oh, I'll admit in the old days, we used to take pictures of donkeys or anything for a laugh, but all that changed when the DPS became a division of the Office of Homeland Security.

    • Hank: Uh, I just got my driver's license in the male and it says I'm a female.
      DPS employee: And how can I help you?
      Hank: Well, I'm clearly not one.
      DPS employee: Then why did you mark "F" on your application?

    • Bobby: Could you imagine, Dad a woman? Now where did I put my pantyhose?
      Hank: Bobby, living room!

    • Hank: Hank R. Hill...Eyes--brown, yes sir; weight--220, and dang proud of it; sex...F? That's female!
      (Peggy and Bobby break out in uncontrollable laughter)

    • Hank: I sure hope my new driver's license finally shows up; I hear the new security holograms are outstanding.

    • Kindly Old Mailman: I didn't forget you, Mr. Gribble.
      Dale: How did you know my name? Go to hell.

    • Hank: What if I died in some car accident, and because of my license, they put me in the lady's morgue? You can bet that'd wind up on the news.

    • Dale: The U.S. Postal Service is bogged down in the most elaborate sciops campaign in history. First they fatten us up with all those two-for-one pizza coupons. Then, when we're too logy to put up a fight, they sell us off to the Red Cross, who removes our kidneys which go back on the pizzas, to start the process all over again.
      Hank: Did you mean for all those words to come out together? Or did they just fall out randomly?

    • Homeland Security Guy: It could've been anyone, it could've been no one...
      (Bobby walks in wearing a cape and top hat, and eating a fruit pie)
      Homeland Security Guy: It probably wasn't him.

    • Dale(To Joseph): How about I read you a story? Just like I used to, before you got a moustache and became so frightening. Here we go, the greatest fairy tale ever told. It's got everything: the Prince of Camelot; rubies, and magic bullets.

    • Dale: Okay, so, heading west, the grassy knoll is in front of Kennedy; the book depository is behind him, but, but that makes sense. It can't make sense, it's the Warren Commission Report, for God's sake.

    • Dale: If they were right about Kennedy, maybe we really did go to the moon.

  • NOTES (1)


    • Title pun: Hail to the chief.

      An allusion to the President of the United States entrance music.

    • Dale: It can't make sense, it's the Warren Commission Report, for God's sake.

      The Warren Commission, which was chaired by U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren, was formed to investigate the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The final report concluded that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone in assassinating the president and that there was no conspiracy. However, conspiracy theorists (like Dale) have dismissed the results as complete nonsense.

    • Dale: ...the greatest fairy tale ever told. It's got everything: the Prince of Camelot; rubies, and magic bullets.

      The Prince of Camelot - John F. Kennedy
      Rubies - Jack Ruby, nightclub owner who killed Lee Harvey Oswald
      Magic Bullets - Conspiracy theorists use this term to describe the fatal bullet, explaining that the bullet's trajectory would have to be magic to follow the zig-zag path it took