King of the Hill

Season 6 Episode 18

My Own Private Rodeo

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Aired Sunday 8:30 AM Apr 28, 2002 on FOX
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Dale and Nancy are renewing their marriage vows, and Nancy wants to invite Dale's estranged father, Bug, a rodeo performer. Dale hates his father for making a pass at Nancy on their wedding day, but when Hank goes to see Bug, he discovers that the rodeo is a gay rodeo, and Dale's dad is gay.moreless

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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

Ashley Gardner

Ashley Gardner

Voice of Nancy Hicks Gribble

Recurring Role

Breckin Meyer

Breckin Meyer

Voice of Joseph Gribble (season 5 +)

Recurring Role

David Herman

David Herman

Bug Gribble & Juan Pedro

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (5)

    • The depiction of Dale's father contradicts an earlier appearances in a flashbacks in "The Order of the Straight Arrow" and "Now Who's the Dummy?", in which he looks and sounds like an older version of Dale.

    • Luanne does not appear in this episode.

    • Tagline: "Monkey-style! Hoo-hoo-hoo-hoo!" -Dale

    • Dale says "John Redcorn's gay and I've been friends with him for years". Dale first made mention of his thoughts of Redcorn being gay back in Season 4's "Nancy Boys".

    • While discussing the Gay rodeo with Bug, Dale uses the term confirmed bachelor which is an outdated euphemism for a homosexual man. Dale does not seem to realize this and uses the term in a more literal sense to describe his dad and creates a kind of double irony.

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Bug Gribble: No autographs... unless I'm signing your chest!
      Bill Dautrieve: Let's go get some cotton candy. That would make me happy. In fact, it would make me gay!
      Bill Dautrieve: Me and Boomhauer are going to the parking lot to make out. We're both men!

    • Dale: I loved my father like a father, and he betrayed me like a betrayer!

    • Nancy: The only people who know about the affair are me, John Redcorn, and God. And you. And Hank. And Bill, and Boomhauer, and possibly Bobby. Oh, and of course John Redcorn's sister -- she's got a mouth on her.

    • Bill: I don't get it. Why would Bug be in a gay rodeo?
      Hank: Well, the guy's 60 -- maybe he couldn't cut it on the regular circuit. It's like those guys who have to play European basketball, or Canadian football.

    • Joseph (dressed as an Indian) Check it out, Dad! I'm John Redcorn!
      Dale: I don't see it.

    • Bug: I'm not the man you think I am. My rodeo is a gay rodeo.
      Dale: Why would a confirmed bachelor such as yourself work at a gay rodeo?

    • Nancy: Why is God punishing me? (to God) Why, sug?

    • Bug: Oh, sweetie, there's been a huge misunderstanding. I'm gay!
      Dale: If only that were true.
      Bug: Dale, it is true! I'm gay!
      Dale: Nice try, J. Edgar.
      Bug: Dale! Denial ain't just a club outside McMaynerbury!

    • Dale: Listen up, homosexuals and so-called bisexuals!

    • Nancy: So are you really okay with your dad being gay?
      Dale: Why would I have a problem with it? John Redcorn's gay, and I've been friends with him for years!

    • Dale: Prepare to be destroyed by the deadliest of all martial arts -- monkey-style! (Makes monkey-like battle gestures) Pressure point! Gouge the eyes! Grab the tongue! Achilles tendon!
      Bug: I deserved that, and any other kind of monkey-mischief you can throw at me.

  • NOTES (4)

    • During the flashback at Dale's wedding, the song playing in the background is "Carry on Wayward Son" by Kansas. The song that the people are dancing to at the gay rodeo when Hank is there is "Y.M.C.A." by Village People. The song at the rewedding is "Can't Fight This Feeling" by REO Speedwagon.

    • This episode was nominated for the 2003 WGA Award (TV) for Animation.

    • This episode was nominated for the 2003 GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Individual Episode (In a Series Without a Regular Gay Character).

    • Charles Nelson Reilly voiced the part of Bug in the original storyline. In this version, Dale suffers from a toothache and refuses to go to a dentist, fearing a tracking device would be implanted in him by his father's cohorts. Most of the episode's events, like Hank going to the rodeo, remain the same, but the ending is different in that Bug, feeling Dale would reject him if he told the truth, covers his sexuality by explaining he is monitoring the gay rodeo's activities. Relieved, Dale has his father hold his hand while he goes to the dentist. After the script was re-written, David Herman was hired to do Bug's voice.

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