King of the Hill

Season 5 Episode 14

The Exterminator

Aired Sunday 8:30 AM Mar 04, 2001 on FOX
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Episode Summary


A doctor tells Dale that inhaling dangerous chemicals is affecting his health, and if he doesn't give up exterminating, he'll die. Hank gets Dale a new job as a faceless drone at the adhesives company, Stik Tek. But Dale's experience at killing living things proves invaluable when he is placed in charge of telling people they're fired. Joseph has a school project and Dale helps him by breeding roaches, until his job gets in the way.


Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Fired Up!

    One of, if not the best of the season. This is a KOTH classic and a must see episode. Dale episodes are always one of my favourites and this is one of the best Dale ones. Season 5 has been mostly good, but with not as many laughs, but this episode is full of them, from beginning to end. Dale finds a perfect replacement job when he can no longer use toxins. That's firing people. What is funny is the way he fires all the various people. Each one is different and yet hilarious. A fantastic episode of this fantastic show.moreless
  • Dale was funny.

    Dale Gribble was really funny. I like his paranoia and it was because of that, that made this episode good. It was interesting to see Dale handle a suit job where he had to sit in an office and behind a desk, something he tried to avoid all his life. After he realizes that he can't take much more, he begins to find out that he has a talent for firing people. He takes a liking to it as he finds a purpose to his job to make it interesting. I thought my favorite parts of the episode was where he fires certain people and when he dresses up in a suit. That was one of the few times I remember seeing him wear one. Thank you.moreless
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

Lisa Kudrow

Lisa Kudrow

Miss Pittman

Guest Star

Stephen Tobolowsky

Stephen Tobolowsky

Dr. Burton

Guest Star

Jim Dauterive

Jim Dauterive


Guest Star

Ashley Gardner

Ashley Gardner

Voice of Nancy Hicks Gribble

Recurring Role

Breckin Meyer

Breckin Meyer

Voice of Joseph Gribble

Recurring Role

David Herman

David Herman


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (8)

    • Tagline: "Maybe this'll help. Mmm..." -Dale

    • Bobby does not have any lines in this episode. This is the first episode where one of the Hills does not speak.

    • Luanne does not appear in this episode.

    • A whole bunch of roaches crawl out of the vent (a second time) and then Dale goes in and kills all the ones still in the vent system. When he falls through he gets up claiming that they are all dead. But he didn't kill the ones that came out of the vent.

    • Dale is asked to be the driver for the car pool, however his van only holds 2 (3 at most) people, as the back is for storage and has no seats. Unless the other 2-3 people were going to sit in the back illegally.

    • When Dale gets out of the car he yells back "up yours Rodriguez", however, if Rodriguez was the last to be picked up, chances are he'd be the first one dropped off, therefore he wouldn't have been in the car.

    • In this episode we see that the pictures Dale took when his mower was stolen 43 episodes earlier in Dog Dale Afternoon are still hanging on the wall in his basement.

    • When Dale is looking at the Employee of the Month winners, if you look closely, the 1996 employee of the month was Rusty Shackleford, Dale's alias.

  • QUOTES (23)

    • Nancy: (trying to get Dale to quit exterminating)
      Dale, you have a family that needs you!
      Dale: I need to work to support them
      Nancy: I support us
      Dale: I contribute!
      Nancy: You pay the cable bill!

    • Nancy: (trying to convince Dale he needs to get a real job since it's not safe for him to exterminate) What about your dream to see your son take his son to Roswell?

    • Dale: I love exterminating.
      Nancy: More than you love me?
      Dale: No. Pretty close, though.

    • Dale: (trying to fire a worker, interrupted by Joseph and Nancy)
      You people and your roaches! I am trying to fire this incompetent fool with compassion!

    • Dale: Carl, I'm off to round up some cockroaches. Any one of which would have made a better janitor than you!

    • Dale: I'll just have to find a new spot to keep my key to the executive washroom. (shows key and chuckles) Who has to make?
      Peggy: I...I could go
      Dale: Eh-eh, you're not an executive; hold it in 'til we get tot he restaurant.

    • Louis: (just fired by Dale) But I've got four children!
      Dale: I had someone earlier today with 8. Heck, I once killed a beetle with 30 million in her egg sack.

    • Dale: (bragging about features of his office to Nancy and the Hills)
      All of these plants are real and give off oxygen, which I use throughout the day.

    • Worker 1: I hear Mitch got 86ed, too!
      Worker 2: Yeah. At his own damned birthday party! Gribble walked in, blew out the candles, told him to leave the cake and get out.

    • Hank: Would you want to sleep with a bum?
      Dale: No.
      Hank: That's right. See, there's nothing sexier than a man with a 9-to-5 job which is why I lined up a new job for you. Remember my cousin Rita?
      Dale: The one with the underbite?
      Hank: Yeah. Well, she just quit her job at that adhesives company and she's putting in a good word for you to replace her.
      Dale: Well, I hope she puts it in writing because you can barely understand her when she talks.

    • Hank: Hey, Dale how are things with Nancy? You know, you used to, uh, brag about stuff.
      Dale: I didn't mean to brag. It's just that we were having spectacular sex.
      Hank: Yeah, but, uh, not so much lately, huh?
      Dale: Maybe it's something I ate. What's the opposite of oysters? Apples?

    • Dale: Here's what we'll do for your science project. We will breed servant roaches. As long as we ensure that I am the first thing the roaches see when they are born they will think I am their mother and will therefore obey my every command. My every command.
      Joseph: Think we can train them to crawl through a maze?
      Dale: Oh, we'll train them to do worse things than that, Joseph.

    • Dale: Now if you excuse me I've got some love to give, (to Nancy) and some love to make

    • Dale: (after getting the suit covered in cockroach guts) Good news Joseph, you can have your suit back.

    • Nancy: You're too sick to exterminate shug!
      Dale: I'll tell you what I told that doctor, I'm not quitting you incompetent quack!

    • Dale: (to Joseph) You keep this up Joseph and you're fired from this family!
      Nancy: Dale!
      Dale: (to Nancy) You're next Blondie

    • (Dale is firing an employee in front of Hank and Peggy)
      Dale: Louis, you've been with Stik Tek how long?
      Louis: It'll be fourteen years next week.
      Dale: No, it won't. You're fired!
      Louis: Fired? But I...
      Dale: Yeah, yeah. Look, I have to eat, she has to pee, and he has to get back to selling propane or he'll wind up in the same boat as you.

    • Miss Pittman: Mr. Gribble, how would you like to make this your permanent job?
      Dale: Firing Gladstone? Sure! Hey, Gladstone...!

    • Miss Pittman: Dallas is downsizing the flavored adhesive division. Pina colada was killing lab monkeys left and right.

    • Miss Pittman: Oh, you're bald. And not in an attractive way, like Sean Connery.

    • Dale: I have more pressures than any of you. You ever try replacing a cockroach's blood with root beer?
      Hank: You know I haven't.
      Dale: Then don't judge me.

    • Boss: Welcome to Stick Tech, Oh, you're late.
      Dale: Nu-huh! My watch says it is 9:06. Do you all start at 9:00?
      Boss: A team is only as strong as its weakest player, Mr. Gribble. Here at Stick Tech, we run a strong team.

    • Doctor: Mr. Gribble, years of abusing insecticides has totally dissolved your sinuses and coated your lungs in a substance we can't quite identify.
      Dale: I would like that substance back, it belongs to me.

  • NOTES (1)


    • Mr. Gladstone - It may be a coincidence but Mr. Gladstone was the name of Fred Flintstone's and Barney Rubble's boss on the Flintstones who constantly fired Fred and Barney and seemed to enjoy it, it's an amusing switch to have Mr. Gladstone fired as Dale makes his way up the corporate ladder.

    • Bill: Know who I saw at Megalomart? Richie Sambora.

      Richie Sambora is the guitarist for the band Bon Jovi.

    • The episode title The Exterminator is a reference to the action movie The Terminator.