King of the Hill

Season 11 Episode 2

SerPUNt

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Aired Sunday 8:30 AM Feb 11, 2007 on FOX
8.3
out of 10
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When a pet snake that Bobby gets from Lucky goes into the sewer system Hank calls Animal Control. Animal Control decides that this is the best opportunity to get some perks, so they allow everyone to panic, by making the situation seem worse, and not actually making any efforts to stop the snake. Dale, who gets hired by them, decides it's time to take action.

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  • Where's the Dale we used to love?

    1.0
    I really dislike this episode for many reasons. Firstly, I think it is very unlike 'King of the Hill'(and more like Family Guy) to pull a plot out of thin air, without fully explaining the reason. For instance, why is Lucky giving Bobby a pet snake? Bobby has never shown any interest in snakes, and Lucky knew full-well that Hank would never approve of it. I appreciate that Lucky's character is uneducated and simple, but even so, he has always shown to have pretty high levels of common sense. An other major problem I had with 'serPUNt' was the way that Dale Gribble was portrayed. Since the beginning of 'King of the Hill', Dales greatest characteristics were his proficiency with guns, warfare, and particularly extermination. In all of the later episodes of the show, Dale has been portrayed as completely unskilled in extermination. For instance, in 'serPUNt', Dale says that he is unworthy to work with the animal control guys. Why is this? I could list a dozen episodes where Dale is willing and able to kill any (small) animal with his bare hands. These are two of the reasons that I dislike the episode.moreless
  • Slithery!

    9.0
    This, in my opinion, is one of the best episodes of late. It was really funny, and not only had a lot of funny moments, but the moments were very funny. I think Luanne's line about being a Christian is one of the best in the last 2-3 seasons. The plot is very good and things just work. It was slow at moments, but overall it was just a very solid episode. Season 11 is off to a great start!moreless
  • When Bobby's new pet snake escapes down the toilet, Hank asks Animal Control to catch it. Dale joins up with the company, in awe of his new employees â€" but doesn't realise that they intend to do nothing about the snake. A so-so episode...moreless

    8.0
    Here in the U.K. on E4, 'The Peggy Horror Picture Show' was billed as the first episode of the eleventh season, but for unknown reasons was changed to this episode at the last minute (see my review for that episode for more).



    I found this a watchable but middling episode. Part of this may have been due to it being shown first in the season, with the show not being aired (other than on $ky) for well over a year â€" I find it usually takes me an episode or so to get back into the feel of the series.



    I also confess to not picking up on the parallels to Bush's handling of the Iraq war. Bearing in mind that I did not see this episode until over two years after it premiered in the US (and there was even a different American president by then), so it was already dated anyway.



    The story is a reasonable one, but not really one of my favourites. In many ways Dale is my favourite character, so I normally like episodes that feature him a lot, but this one just came off as average in my view.

    I also felt that this was one of those episodes that could have used a separate b-plot to even things up.



    Probably the best scene is the end, where Bobby asks Hank to tell him about "the snake farm", a nice allusion to the novel (and several film versions of) John Steinbeck's 'Of Mice and Men'.



    All-in-all, not a terrible episode at all â€" in fact it has its moments, but it's nothing special.moreless
  • Panic.

    8.0
    I liked this episode for a few real reasons. One reason would have to be the great irony and the comedy. I thought it was very ironic how when everyone needed Dale's help, it was a time where they needed after all they said about him in terms of his job. I also liked how the snake catchers were actually milking everything for what it was worth. It took Dale to get them to go back to doing their job. Overall, a funny episode with some interesting bits here and there. I was entertained, but I do not like snakes. Thank you.moreless
  • Dale's Pit!

    8.0
    Bobby recieved a pet snake that went down into the toliet. If animal control can't get the snake out, they thrn to Dale. the entire epiosde is about Dale and the Animal control workers who sit around the office doing nothing, but promote a election campaign to get them more, just by doing nothing. If finding animals in the sewer oisn't a thrill, well election years hijinks will. While the Animal control people are sitting around, Dale is down in the sewer chasing after Bobby's snake, and anything else that crawl in front of him. another good epiosde from a series that don't say die.moreless
Brittany Murphy

Brittany Murphy

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

Kathy Najimy

Kathy Najimy

Voice of Peggy Hill

Mike Judge

Mike Judge

Voice of Hank Hill, Boomhauer, Stuart Dooley

Pamela Adlon

Pamela Adlon

Voice of Bobby Hill

Toby Huss

Toby Huss

Voice of Kahn Souphanousinphone

Stephen Root

Stephen Root

Bill Dauterive

John Goodman

John Goodman

Tommy

Guest Star

Jason Konopisos

Jason Konopisos

Commissioner # 2

Guest Star

Randal Reeder

Randal Reeder

Rollo, Customer

Guest Star

Tom Petty

Tom Petty

Lucky

Recurring Role

Ashley Gardner

Ashley Gardner

Nancy Gribble

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (3)

    • (Hank and Dale are descending into Arlen's sewers to catch the snake)
      Dale: These public sewers are labyrinthian! Since Tommy and Rollo never actually trained me, we could get lost down there, become one of the mysterious sewer people. Over time, my memories of the English language will disappear, and I will be forced to invent my own - hib-hob-gibble-boo-boo! Skeeble!

    • Hank: The sewers are completely safe! Joe Jack: Let's hear you say that while sitting on a toilet.

    • (Bobby's snake Josh starts moving towards Luanne)
      Luanne: It's coming to kill me! It knows I'm a Christian!

  • NOTES (1)

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • Title: SerPUNt is an allusion to the scene in the 1951 animated film production of Lewis Carroll's Alice In Wonderland. Alice has sampled the mushroom and grown tall enough to protrude through a tree canopy disturbing a nesting bird who repeatedly cries out Serpent! in a distinct way (SerPUNt!) in panic while Alice tries to calm her and deny being a serpent.

    • This episode is an allusion to the popular Harry Potter saga by author J.K. Rowling. Specifically book two of the series Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, in which protagonist Harry Potter must explore the Hogwarts' sewer and plumbing systems to find and vanquish the basilisk (a mythical representation of a snake).

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