King of the Hill

Season 2 Episode 17

Hank's Dirty Laundry

Aired Sunday 8:30 AM Mar 01, 1998 on FOX



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • 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

    • The song Peggy is listening to and singing along with is "Queen of Hearts" by Juice Newton.

    • This episode introduces the phrase "taste the meat, not the heat" which is the line used when Hank answers the phone at Strickland Propane, and is their slogan.

    • This episode ends with a "porno" arrangement of the theme song.

  • Allusions

    • Charlie Sheen is mentioned in this episode. He is an actor, who has starred in many films and TV shows.

    • The Great Santini: This is a 1979 film starring Robert Duvall

    • The idea of a veteran pornstar who was under 18 is a reference to Traci Lords, who gained notoriety for her underage appearances in pornographic films when she was 16 years old.

    • "Fernanda Valley" is a reference to the San Fernando Valley in LA.