King of the Hill

Season 12 Episode 18

The Courtship of Joseph's Father

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Aired Sunday 8:30 AM Apr 13, 2008 on FOX
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Spencer Academy, a prestigious middle school, wants Joseph to come to their school to become their next quarterback. Despite Joseph wanting to stay at Tom Landry, Dale agrees to go to Spencer Academy, since they gave him a bunch of free stuff. However, the Gribbles find it hard to fit in to the rich life style.

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  • Courting The Viewers

    8.0
    I enjoyed this episode quite a bit, even though it isn't very funny. It is Dale centric and very entertaining, so I can't complain too much. It could have been funnier, considering Dale was the lead, but it still did have some good laughs. I liked how they showed the Bobby/Joseph relationship, as it brought some realism and emotion into the episode. Overall a pretty decent episode.
  • Joseph Gribble is the star of the Tom Landry Middle School football team and a private school wants to recruit him to come play there and Dale sees nothing but benefits for him.moreless

    8.4
    The one reason why I enjoy King of the Hill is because they can do a story line that I have seen on other shows, but they have such a way to make it their own! This episode, Joseph Gribble is spotlighted at the star football quarterback on the Tom Landry Middle School football team and the Longhorns have been on a winning streak. One game, there is a recruiter from a private academy that wants Joseph to come play ball for them. Well Joseph does not want to go, but Dale sees nothing but great benefits in it for him (he gets to land the exterminator job at the academy) and just sees this as a great opportunity for Joseph. Dale and Nancy attend many galas and events for rich people, and Dale spends money at silent auctions that he does not have. It becomes a big controversy that Joseph is not playing for Tom Landry and they try their best to get Joseph back, because according to Hank, the only sports team that is winning anything is Cross Country. Dale thinks the only thing that he can do is have Joseph go live with the Marder family, the rich family from the academy. He drops Joseph off at the door, and Joseph thinks he is to live there from now on. Mr. Marder takes Joseph back to his house where Dale thinks he cannot raise Joseph right and in a good environment because he does not have many. But Joseph talks to Dale and tells him that all he wants to do is play ball but in order for Joseph to get out of his tuition and for Dale to pay back his extermination money, he throws the First Annual "Gribble Gala" where they raise enough money to allow Joseph to return to Tom Landry and everyone is happy.moreless
Kathy Najimy

Kathy Najimy

Peggy Hill

Johnny Hardwick

Johnny Hardwick

Dale Gribble

Pamela Adlon

Pamela Adlon

Bobby Hill

Toby Huss

Toby Huss

Kahn Souphanousinphone

Mike Judge

Mike Judge

Hank Hill, Boomhauer

Stephen Root

Stephen Root

Bill Dauterive

Tom Jourden

Tom Jourden

Announcer, Headmaster

Guest Star

Scott Klace

Scott Klace

Gilstead, Older Man

Guest Star

David Herman

David Herman

Charlie, Booster #1

Guest Star

Ashley Gardner

Ashley Gardner

Nancy Gribble

Recurring Role

Breckin Meyer

Breckin Meyer

Joseph Gribble

Recurring Role

Dennis Burkley

Dennis Burkley

Principal Moss

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (13)

    • Dale: Nancy, I have something to tell you. I am a husband and an exterminator, but above all, I'm a father. And it's my responsibility to provide the best for my child. That is why I've given away our only son, our precious boy, to be raised by rich people.
      Nancy: What are you talking about, Dale? I just saw Joseph at the Hills'.
      Dale: What?! He can't stay with them! They're worse than us!

    • Kahn: Hello, neighbor! I hear your delightful son is attending prestigious Spencer Academy.
      Dale: You heard correctly.
      Kahn: Maybe you could write a letter of recommendation for Kahn, Jr. You know how to write, don't you? (laughs) Of course you do, you big Spencer family! But just in case, I typed up a little something. Make your mark here.

    • Dale: Gentlemen.
      Bill: Wow, Dale, you could be on top of a wedding cake. What's the occasion?
      Dale: I'm going to a gala. That's what we "Spencer families" do. We gala.
      Hank: Look, it's bad enough you stuck Joseph somewhere he doesn't want to be and screwed up Tom Landry's winning season. Can we not hear about your stupid party?
      Dale: Gala.

    • Dale: Joseph can get his name on more than a bench! Like a stadium or a country! Think of it, Nancy! "Josephistan".

    • Joseph: I don't know what to do. I'm so nervous. I got stomach flies!

    • Bill: Are you sure you're doing what's best for Joseph?
      Dale: Are you suggesting he stay at Tom Landry? Because their offer was CRAP!

    • Dale: Quite an impressive place you've got here. Might I suggest for future tours a golf cart? Or a little train?

    • Dale: Gasp! You're Uncle Chuck, of Uncle Chuck's Breakfast Meats! Your picture's on my sausage patties!
      Charlie St. Clair: Oh, that's my dad- he founded the company, but I run it now. And someday I'll pass it to my son... unless he's still a vegetarian. Then I guess the girl gets it.

    • (Dale gets back from the cowboy-themed auction and goes to see Hank)
      Hank: (looks at Dale's cowboy outfit) Wherever you just came from, thank you for not inviting me.

    • (Dale is in the alley opening his gift basket from Spencer Academy)
      Bill: A bottle of champagne and TWO glasses - which one of us will Dale choose?!
      Dale: Not you.

    • Hank: That's not cheese in that basket, that's payola!! That school is trying to buy you off!
      Dale: Nobody's buying anybody! They're simply offering Dale's Dead Bug a one-hundred year pay-up-front no spray contract - it's completely above board!

    • (A recruiter for a private school approached Dale about Joseph)
      Hank: You're not actually considering this, are you?
      Dale: Doesn't hurt to listen! Plus he gave me his card, I'm pretty much committed at this point.

    • Dale: I will be commended for having spawned such a superior athlete! People will point at my loins and say, Job well done!

  • NOTES (1)

  • ALLUSIONS (3)

    • Dale: Come on, you've seen Annie!

      Dale is referring to Little Orphan Annie, the popular comic strip/movie/Broadway show about a lovable red headed orphan named Annie who gets chosen to live with Oliver Warbucks, a billionaire. Thanks to his resources, Daddy Warbucks clearly leads a better life than Annie is used to (she even wants to scrub the floors when she first arrives as she is accustomed to doing at the orphanage), but she gradually starts to adapt to his style.

    • Dale: I could have danced all night!

      "I Could Have Danced All Night" is a song from the 1956 musical "My Fair Lady".

    • The title is an allusion to the 1969 television show The Courtship of Eddie's Father, which was based on a 1963 movie of the same name.

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