King of the Hill

Season 3 Episode 16

Jon Vitti Presents: Return to La Grunta

Aired Sunday 8:30 AM Feb 23, 1999 on FOX
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Episode Summary


Hank gets Luanne a job as a golf course drink girl at the La Grunta Hotel and Resort. In gratitude, Luanne gets Hank a gift certificate to swim with a dolphin. Hank pets the dolphin, and the dolphin becomes aroused and tries to become sexually intimate with him. In return for his silence, the hotel pays him off, and he swears Luanne to secrecy. Luanne gets sexually harassed by a group of the golfers, so she decides to follow Hank's example and not talk about it.


Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • This Episode Went Swimmingly.

    Another fantastic Season 3 episode. Hank gets molested by a dolphin and it is hilarious. It's one of those episodes where all the characters have hilarious moments. It's a bit of an odd episode, plot wise, but very real with the whole, paying off for silence thing. This show always does a good job of taking real situations and showing them in a funny way. I love Bobby in this episode even though he plays a minor role. I really like most Luanne focused episodes, especially in the earlier seasons, so that also is a big plus.moreless
  • Hank likes dolphins.

    I thought this episode was ridiculous, but in a funny way. Of course, the dolphin stole the show as I have to say he attributed to one of the funniest moments in King of the Hill history. The episode was well written and the comedy was wonderful. My favorite part I was referring to was the one where Hanks gets loved by a dolphin. It was so funny that I had to stop and wonder if what I just saw was happening. It was real and it was so funny. I can't believe that the writers wrote that into the show. Overall, this was funny. Thank you.moreless
  • Put simply the best episode of King of the hill ever

    I cant emphasise enough the brilliance of this episode. It has belly laughs by the dozen, substance of the kind only KOTH can provide and a warmness that the best episdoes bring to your heart. The episode is primarily a Hank episode, with a supporting cast of Luanne (who also has a big role), Bobby (who has some great one liners) as well as cameos by the rest of the gang including some great Bill lines. The Moment when Hank gets attacked by the Dolphen ranks amongst the funniest moments in king of the hill history but unlike some other laugh out loud KOTH episodes (such as the firefighter one) this episode has real meat to it as well. Highly recommended.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

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • As Bobby is complaining about the capers, we can see there is almost a full jar of them. After Luanne shows the old clothes she is wearing to work, the jar is near empty. Later in the scene the jar returns to near full again.

    • Whilst Hank is in the hardware store, there is a clock behind the clerk on the shelf. It changes from 7pm to 5pm between the later shots in the scene.

    • After the dolphin encounter, Hank has water dripping his face. In the very next shot when the camera guy is talking to him and Luanne, the water suddenly stops dripping. The shots were too quick for it to stop that suddenly.

    • Tagline: "I never get brunch." -Hank

  • QUOTES (4)

    • (After putting mints on his parent's pillows)
      Bobby: Are you going to eat those mints?

    • Hank: I thought I could have a morning without hearing about the dolphin, but I guess I was wrong. So what is it? What's your damn dolphin joke?
      Dale: Now you've ruined it.

    • Peggy: Bobby, honey, what happened to mixing capers with one of your fruit pies?
      Bobby: That was a big disappointment. I'd rather not talk about it.

    • Hank: Luanne, you and I have a secret which we must take to our graves.
      Luanne: Are you threatening to kill me, Uncle Hank?

  • NOTES (2)

    • Luanne's hair is again shorter in this episode due to it being produced as an earlier episode. This is the final episode, both production and airing wise, with Luanne having shorter hair.

    • La Grunta is where Bobby had his first hunting experience in "Good Hill Hunting", hence the title "Return to La Grunta." In that episode it also mentioned swimming with dolphins, which is the plot of this episode.