King of the Hill

Season 9 Episode 12

Smoking and the Bandit

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Aired Sunday 8:30 AM Apr 17, 2005 on FOX
7.3
out of 10
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43 votes
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When smoking is banned in all Arlen restaurants and bars, an infuriated Dale stands up for the smoking community in an act of defiance by going from bar to bar disguised as the smoking bandit. When Joseph comes to idolize the "Bandit," Dale tries to keep his identity unknown. Peggy seeks to uncover the smoking bandit's secret identity for the Arlen Bystander.moreless

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  • Smoking is a No No!

    7.0
    This episode should have been a lot better. I mean, Dale is the star, and he is being his crazy self. Sadly, it was not much better than most Season 9 episodes. Something just didn't work. It seemed very slow and boring. Yes, there were a number of funny points, including some Peggy moments, but for the most part it wasn't very good. It was nice to see Dale try and be a better dad to Joseph, but that didn't bring much humour. I wasn't completely bored, and it is a good episode the first time round. I think a major issue with some of these later episodes, especially in this season is. They just aren't funny enough to stay funny multiple times. In the earlier seasons no matter how many times I watch them, they are funny, where a lot of these ones are dull once you've seen it more than twice. It's the difference between a decent episode and a classic. This is a decent episode, just not a classic.moreless
  • Dale is having a hard time getting son Joseph to respect and obey him. Then when Dale finds himself becoming the mysterious "Smoking Bandit" after daring to light up a cigarette in a bar, he finds that his son has a new hero. Another fair episode...moreless

    8.7
    I was looking forward to this episode. After all, it was a Dale-based episode (Dale is possibly my favourite character in the whole series), not to mention the title was a pun on one of my favourite films, 'Smokey and the Bandit' (1977).



    I was slightly surprised to read the other reviews that people really hated this episode. Although season 9 hasn't offered up as many classics as past seasons, mostly I have found the season to still offer up mostly watchable and quite likeable episodes, of which this is just the latest.



    The plot isn't a classic, but I still found it enjoyable, as Dale finds himself becoming the "Smoking Bandit", a local rebel who dares to light up in public bars.



    A B-plot involves Peggy, working on the local newspaper, desperately trying to get an exclusive. This plot starts off well but doesn't really go anywhere.



    I was wondering how they were going to end this one, and again - dare I disagree with the majority - I found the conclusion reasonable, if slightly sudden on Joseph and Bobby's parts.



    There are far worse episodes in the 'King of the Hill' barrel than this.moreless
  • Apalling. Simply Apalling.

    1.0
    This has to be the worst episode of all time. King of the Hill was a good show until this piece of crap season. I've tried to tolerate season 9 and act like I like it, but there was one half-decent episode (See Bobby Run) in the whole damn season! Terrible season, TERRIBLE episode. First of all, seeing Joseph act totally out of character as a disobedient, stuck-up, idiotic brat and Dale (who is usually the best character on the whole show) act like a dumb jackass who doesn't have any control over his son isn't funny. It's irritating. I honestly didn't laugh this whole damn episode.moreless
  • Could this be the worst KOTH episode on this planet? It's most likely is.

    1.0
    I love this show, but not this episode, well, I'm really hating this show now. After seeing some really lame episodes that I've never witness in this whole season since Season 13 or 14 of the Simpsons, this is just one word: CRAP. Dale, one of my top 10 best characters, stars in a episode that made no sense and should have been scraped before it was made. The idea of smoking in public places doesn't even sound like a plot at all, and worse, I did not laugh at all, only chuckled at 2-3 parts, but that isn't even that funny either. Hank is used, but not as though he was a great character, and Peggy's side plot was so boring that I shouldn't pay attention to it whenenver she appears. No one made me laugh once, not even Bill, Joseph or Bobby. This is the crappiest episode I've ever witnessed, with a weak ending to end with. Here's my advice: Never watch this episode. If you do laugh out loud when watching this, you don't know what comedy is my friend. While the earlier seasons were amazing, the later seasons are disappointmets. Take my advice and we'll all be happy to avoid this horrible crap. If you don't watch it, you'll thank me later. So please don't watch this. This is pure crap.moreless
Brittany Murphy

Brittany Murphy

Voice of Luanne Platter

Johnny Hardwick

Johnny Hardwick

Voice of Dale Gribble

Kathy Najimy

Kathy Najimy

Voice of Peggy Hill

Mike Judge

Mike Judge

Voice of Hank Hill, Boomhauer

Pamela Adlon

Pamela Adlon

Voice of Bobby Hill

Stephen Root

Stephen Root

Voice of Bill Dauterive

Tone Loc

Tone Loc

Bouncer

Guest Star

Henry Gibson

Henry Gibson

Bob Jenkins

Guest Star

David Herman

David Herman

Bartender, Math Teacher, Really Old Bartender

Recurring Role

Ashley Gardner

Ashley Gardner

Voice of Nancy Hicks Gribble

Recurring Role

Breckin Meyer

Breckin Meyer

Voice of Joseph Gribble

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (3)

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Bobby: I can't believe I thought the Bandit was cool. You know who's cool? That rapper with the bullet in his nose. "Bullet-Nose."
      Joseph: Yeah. One sneeze and the whole joint goes up.

    • Hank: Yeah, maybe we should let the Bandit go. But does the Bandit swear he will never do anything this asinine again, or I will kick his ass?

    • Dale: I am the Smoking Bandit! See you in the history books, people.

    • Nancy: (reading the Arlen Bystander) "The Sheriff vows to prosecute him to the fullest extent of the law."
      Dale: The fullest extent of the law?
      Nancy: That's what the Sheriff vows.
      Dale: But our extent is pretty full. We have the death penalty in this state and we're not afraid to use it.

    • Dale: Oh, hey, Hank. Listen, I just had sort of a quick question: how do I get my son to respect me?
      Hank: Well, boys need their dads to be strong role models. You just need to, you know, be a man.
      Dale: Dammit, Hank, I'm 42 years old. It's kind of late for me to start the whole "be a man" thing. Is there a shortcut, or at least a website?
      Hank: No.
      Dale: This is going to be tough. I can't even take that like a man.

    • Hank: Bobby, never run in a parking lot. Those cars look parked, but they could be driven by slow-moving seniors.

    • Hank: It's that dang smoking bandit idiot - he's a bad influence!
      Dale: Yeah, he's making my own son defy me even more. It's pretty ironic.
      Hank: How is that ironic?
      Dale: Oh, um, well, I'm probably just misusing the word 'ironic' as people so often do.

    • Dale: (complaining about Arlen's new smoking ban) Outrageous! Sure, today it's us smokers, but who tomorrow? (glances at Hank) Pudgy white guys with strange propane fixations?

    • Hank: (to a trembling, sniveling Dale, about the smoking Bandit) The whole point of tonight was to let the boys see his sniveling, whining face!

  • NOTES (1)

    • Johnny Hardwick, who voices Dale Gribble, was nominated for an Annie Award for Best Voice Acting in an Animated Television Production for his work in this episode.

  • ALLUSIONS (4)

    • Dale: Give me smoking or give me death!

      This quote is a reference to the famous 'Give me liberty or give me death' speech by Patrick Henry from March 23, 1775.

    • Bill: He's a hero. Like that guy who rides his bicycle faster than French people.

      This is probably a reference to Lance Armstrong, the cyclist who overcame cancer to win the Tour De France seven times in a row. No other cyclist in history has won this many times.

    • The ice cream store in the opening scene is called Billy Sundae's, a play on the name of evangelist Billy Sunday. Sunday was a "fire and brimstone" preacher who believed prayer could miraculously heal sick or injured people.

    • The title "Smoking and the Bandit" is a parody of a movie called Smokey and the Bandit starring Burt Reynolds, Jerry Reed and Jackie Gleason. It spawned two sequels.

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