King of the Hill

Season 7 Episode 10

Megalo Dale

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Aired Sunday 8:30 AM Jan 12, 2003 on FOX
9.1
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The Mega Lo Mart has a pest-control problem, and the manager asks Hank to recommend an exterminator. Though fearing that Dale will screw it up, Hank reluctantly recommends him for the job, because he needs the work. The extermination process begins, and he soon suspects that the real culprit is not rats, but Mega Lo Mart spokesman Chuck Mangione. With Hank's reputation on the line, he takes matters into his own hands. Bobby tries to cheat at "Don't Spill the Beans" by shoving some up his nose. This backfires when he needs to be taken to the hospital.

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  • Feels So Good to Watch This Episode.

    9.0
    This is a classic KOTH and one of my favourites from not just Season 7, but the whole series. I like how they still played on Dale being crazy, but in the end he actually turns out to be right. It doesn't make him any less crazy, but he at least is proven to have pretty good instincts, and as they have shown other times, is actually pretty decent at his job. The plot was a pretty good one overall, and was really funny. After a weird Halloween episode, it's nice to have things back to classic KOTH.moreless
  • Funny.

    9.0
    This episode was very entertaining and also very fun to watch. I wasn't bored at all and I was interested in the entire storyline and plot. I liked the interaction inside the store with all four characters of Hank, Bill, Dale, and Boomhauer. I liked the fact that they all had to work together in order to get out of a tough and dangerous situation. The comedy was good, as was the writing and the storylines. The entire scene where they are in the store was great. Overall, it was a great episode and was very entertaining from the beginning to the end. Thank you.moreless
  • The Mega-Lo Mart has a rodent problem, and Hank reluctantly recommends Dale for the extermination job. However, when Dale suspects something more sinister at work than mere mice, Hank, Bill and Boomhauer must join him to find the true Mega-Lo Mart pest.moreless

    10
    While the seventh season includes classic King of the Hill episodes like "Night and Deity" and "Full Metal Dust Jacket," "Mega-Lo Dale" is definitely the best of the season, and one of the top episodes in the show's history.



    The Mega-Lo Mart (Arlen's equivalent to Wal-Mart complete with surly teenage employees and morning stretches and cheers) is infested with rats "dragging their diseased bellies all over the merchandise" and Dale takes on the job, despite his less-than-stellar previous exterminating experience ("I have to go back to the pet store - it turns out I didn't get rid of their rat problem, I got rid of their gerbil problem." And also wandering around his clients' homes and trying on their contacts and using their bidets as seen in "Little Horrors of Shop").



    When Dale and his crazy schemes and conspiracies threaten Hank's promise to the store's manager, Hank, Bill and Boomhauer go to the Mega-Lo Mart in hopes of helping Dale, or possibly thwarting him, depending on the situation. Many of Dale's lines are hilarious ("I'm really going to spray poison this time instead of just walking around going shhhhhhh!" and "Why are you wearing my back-up jumpsuit? And my back-up's back-ups?"), and the episode really helps to establish what a nut-job Dale is - he even carries around as book with the bites he's incurred from various animals (including manatee and babboon) and has lasagne and salsbury steak-flavored bait.



    While a viewer might expect the Dale's-conspiracy-theory storyline has gotten stale, it is quite the opposite. If anything, Dale has evolved into a better character, and therefor the plots surrounding his actions are more entertaining. For some reason, Dale's craziness never ceases to amuse. However, few, if any, episodes achieve this level of Dale-oriented entertainment.moreless
Mike Judge

Mike Judge

Voice of Hank Hill, Boomhauer, Stuart Dooley

Kathy Najimy

Kathy Najimy

Voice of Peggy Hill

Pamela Adlon

Pamela Adlon

Voice of Bobby Hill

Brittany Murphy

Brittany Murphy

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

Johnny Hardwick

Johnny Hardwick

Voice of Dale Gribble

Stephen Root

Stephen Root

Voice of Bill Dauterive, Buck Strickland

Danny Masterson

Danny Masterson

Cory

Guest Star

Topher Grace

Topher Grace

Chris

Guest Star

Tom Arnold

Tom Arnold

Norm Glidewell

Guest Star

David Herman

David Herman

Various Guest Characters

Recurring Role

Ashley Gardner

Ashley Gardner

Voice of Nancy Hicks Gribble

Recurring Role

Chuck Mangione

Chuck Mangione

Himself

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Hank: I just don't know about putting my reputation in the hands of a man I wouldn't lend my mechanical pencil to.

    • Hank: Dale's losing it at Mega Lo Mart, Nancy. We need some traps for the rat, and a tranquilizer gun for... uh... also for the rat.

    • Dale: I hear Mega Lo Mart is taking bids for a rat problem. Boy, that'd be a sweet gig. I could finally start paying for Nancy's health insurance instead of just telling Nancy I'm paying for it.

    • Dale: I'm not crazy. But you are.
      Chuck Mangione: You let a mongoose loose in the store.
      Dale: You live in a toilet paper fort.
      Chuck Mangione: Let's agree to disagree.

    • Peggy: If there's one thing Dale is good at, it's killing things. Wait, does Megalo Mart still have a pet department?
      Hank: No.
      Peggy: He'll do fine.

  • NOTES (4)

    • This episode aired back-to-back with the previous episode, and was just the second time in the show's history, and the first time where the episodes were not part of a two parter.

    • This episode is also known as "MegaDale". Some sources even call it the "real" name of the episode.

    • This was the second full episode to use digital ink and paint animation, before it fully used it in Season 8.

    • Danny Masterson and Topher Grace who both guest starred on this episode also starred together on "That 70's Show." Their characters are drawn to even look like the actors who played them, as does the manager played by Tom Arnold.

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • The episode title Megalo Dale alludes to Megalodon, the name of an extinct species of giant prehistoric shark known only by its fossilized remains. Dale is proud that Hank has said that he's the best exterminator (top level predator) and sets about to rid Megalo Mart of its infestation.

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