King of the Hill

Season 2 Episode 17

Hank's Dirty Laundry

Aired Sunday 8:30 AM Mar 01, 1998 on FOX
out of 10
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Episode Summary


When Hank tries to buy a new dryer, he is told that his credit is no good because he owes money to Arlen Video. The video store's computer says he rented and never returned a pornographic movie, Cuffs and Collars. Hank refuses to pay for a movie he never rented, and sets out to prove that the computer was wrong. Bobby believes that the family is secretly planning a surprise birthday party for him.


Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Dirty, but GOOOOD!

    One of the best of the season for sure. After the really bad "Traffic Jam" pretty much anything would be good, however, this is legitimately a great episode. It has really funny lines and again, all the characters made me laugh in this episode. Hank's modesty and conservatism is tested in this episode when he is accused of renting and not returning pornography. The way he handles it is very Dale-like, but still not too far of a stretch for his character. I have always wondered why Khan wasn't in this episode. I think he would have a lot to say about it. I also loved, how they played the thing with Bill pretending to be against porn and then it was his tapes that saved the day. Bobby thinking it was his birthday is a great B-Plot as it was somewhat connected but still individual too. Great KOTH episode.moreless
  • Hank's Dirty Laundry is another installment in a series of episodes which succinctly showcase Hank Hill's uptightness and his thirst for moral goodness. His credit report is suddenly pretty bad and soon we'll find out why.moreless

    Hank's Dirty Laundry includes the short appearance of Buckley and his put-offish attitude with Luanne and her family members. Bobby Hill has the wool pulled over his eyes because of his single-minded focus on his up and coming birthday and Hank himself discovers a terrible error on his credit report.


    In this episode, Hank and Peggy pay a visit to the appliance department of the Mega-Lo-Mart. When the salesman offers them a very attractive deal with the store's credit line, they agree to have Hank's credit report checked. When the report comes back with a negative result, Hank goes on a mission to clear his name and good credit.moreless
  • Hank has porno troubles funny.

    This was funny as all of hell man. I like it when in shows people have mistakes with porn or think they are going to hell. That's why I liked this episode, Hank is blasted with smut. 24/7. And it makes people think he is a perv. So in the end he has to watch it, to clear his name.
  • What, I didn't get the ending?!

    Ok in this epsiode we find out Bil is actualy smart and Dale... he knows a lot. The ending to the epsiode was really weird, wait she was 17 when the movie came out and then 18? Well it was fun to watch because Bobby thought it was his birthday, and when Hank received so many adult parafanalia he thought those were his gifts. Like I said, I did not get the ending so I am giving this episode a 8.moreless
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, Buck Strickland

Billy West

Billy West


Guest Star

Lynne Thigpen

Lynne Thigpen


Guest Star

David Herman

David Herman

Voice of Buckley, Matt

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (8)

    • Tagline: "Dang, old, Wakka-wakka-wakka-wakka..." -Boomhauer (imitating the music in a porno movie)

    • When Hank runs from the cop you can see him run towards the truck. Dale had already taken off in it, and he doesn't seem like the type of person to stop and wait for someone.

    • This is the first episode to show the Hills with a mail box. They generally don't have one.

    • When Hank is driving down the street at the beginning of the episode he looks out and sees Dale at his house, then he sees Bill at his house (looking out the same side). There are two things wrong. First, Bill lives on the opposite side of the street. Secondly, Dale lives next door to Hank.

    • In this episode Rusty Shackelford, the alias that Dale often uses, is first mentioned. It is the name of a child who died from some illness in 1953.

    • The Hill residence is shown as being located at 320 Rainey, Arlen, TX 78701. "78701" is really the default standard U.S. Postal Service zip code for Austin, Texas.

    • When Hank is watching the movies he closes the door and locks it, yet Peggy is able to open it from the otherside.

    • It seems unusual (to a few) that Dale would offer Hank his alias of Rusty Shackleford. In fact, if Hank did accept it then Dale could no longer use Rusty to go by whenever he did something.

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Hank: I did not rent the tape. Now who's calling me a liar? You or the machine? Because I want to know who's ass to kick.
      Video Store Clerk: I'm not calling you a liar, sir.
      Hank: Fine. (Looks at the computer) Now where's the ass on this thing?

    • Hank: I am not letting this go to hand because of some computer error!
      Dale: Computers don't make errors. What they do they do on purpose!

  • NOTES (3)