King of the Hill

Season 7 Episode 7

The Texas Skillsaw Massacre

Aired Sunday 8:30 AM Dec 15, 2002 on FOX
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Episode Summary

When Hank falls through his kitchen floor, he discovers the underground escape tunnel Dale has been building. What's worse, Hank can't move back into his house until the floor is repaired, and he is forced to move in with the Gribbles, where Dale's annoying habits threaten to push Hank over the edge. When Hank accidentally cuts off Dale's finger with a skillsaw, Dale claims he did it on purpose. A judge orders Hank to stay 100 yards away from Dale at all times and to attend anger management classes.moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • A Cut Above!

    This is by far the best of Season 7, and one of the best of the whole series. It is incredibly funny with a great plot. Dale and Hank make this episode, although I think the line that is the best is from Chuck Mangione. I liked the part where the guy thought Bill and Boomhauer were Special Needs. This episode did a good job of taking about anger issues, as it can be a bad thing, but Hank usually is dealing with idiots, so its hard to say whether he really does have anger issues, or just can't stand dealing with "idiots". Overall a fantastic episode and also a classic.moreless
  • Hank accidentally cuts off Dale's finger with a skillsaw but Dale says that it was on purpose so he sues him and Hank must attend an anger management class

    When Hank falls through his kitchen floor, he discovers the underground escape tunnel Dale has been building. What's worse, Hank can't move back into his house until the floor is repaired, and he is forced to move in with the Gribbles, where Dale's annoying habits threaten to push Hank over the edge. When Hank accidentally cuts off Dale's finger with a skillsaw, Dale claims he did it on purpose. A judge orders Hank to stay 100 yards away from Dale at all times and to attend anger management classes. In my opinion, this was a good/decent episode of "King of the Hill". I liked this episode but it does have problems that bugged me a lot. Dale is one of the funniest characters on this show and he's my favorite but in this episode, he annoyed me. He was funny in like the first 5 or less or more minutes of the episode but by the time the second act of the episode started then that's when Dale became a complete annoying moron and jerk which made me feel sorry for Hank. He said that Hank cut his finger off on purpose just because Hank was mad at him about the underground tunnel under the kitchen floor of Hank's house and I felt sorry for poor Hank because he had to go to court, must be within 100 feet away from Dale, and had to attend an anger management class. Even in the end, Dale didn't apologize to Hank which bugged me still. Bill and Boomhauer annoyed me also because they're afraid that Hank was gonna hurt them like he did to Dale (which really was by accident and it was Dale's fault that his finger was close to the skillsaw). Even Peggy (Hank's own wife) and the rest of the family think Hank is gonna hurt them which really annoyed me more because that's his family right there and they should believe. Aside from those problems that did really bug me especially Dale I liked this episode. The storylne kinda drags also and gets kinda boring. There was very good and unexpected humor in this episode such as Hank pushing Dale's television remote and there was a button that actually explodes Hank's mailbox, Dale in the first act of the episode was hilarious, "Objection! Conjecture! Objecture1" "That's not even a word", Big Jim who took anger management class with Hank was a funny and angry character especially when he made threats to the anger management teacher, "Chick Mangoine? I'm not a chick, I'm a dude!" (then smacks the anger management teacher with his diploma), and probably more. Big Jim was an overall enjoyable character as I just finished mentioning and I liked how he was sticking up to Hank and was defending Hank when Dale was telling Hank to leave his house he is NOT 100 feet away from him but I thought it was sad that Big Jim was so angry and lost so much control towards Dale that he actually had a stroke and died. It's too bad to see Big Jim dead. I also enjoyed the scene towards the end of the episode when Hank was trying to not to get angry when he tries to tell Dale, Bill, and Boomhauer that a truck is coming which crush them since the three of them are underground and they wouldn't listen to Hank so Hank actually turned red and got fully angry at them which made them finally listen and I enjoyed that. Like I said, Dale should've apologized to Hank though because that was wrong of him to do that to poor Hank. Overall, even though some of the characters MOSTLY Dale annoyed me, this was a good/decent episode of "King Of The Hill" and it has very good humor that actually gave me huge laughs. 7/10moreless
  • Better than others.

    I will say that this was a pretty good episode of King of the Hill. I think that others rated it too low when other lesser episodes had received higher marks. I have to admit that this episode was actually decent in terms of comedy and storyline, no matter how outrageous it was. Hank was funny, Dale was a moron, Bill and Boomhauer were stupid and it all made for a funny episode. My favorite parts had to be where Hank cuts off Dale's finger and when Hank goes to an anger management class. It was all really funny and it was decent. Thank you.moreless
  • In this episode I feel nothing but sympathy for Hank over how Dale treats him.

    I can't help but feel sorry for Hank in this episode mainly because I just can't stand how no one seems to be able to tell what Dales doing to him to gets him mad! Everybody is all like "Poor Dale, poor Dale!" OMG! Hank cutting off his finger was an accident for god sake! Can no one see that! I can totally agree with Hank on the subject of I don't have problem with anger; I have a problem with idiots! Why does he even hang out with these guys?! He's too smart for them! I will admit though. I like the line the house inspector says: "Do I look like some jackass from Power and Light! And I'm not going back there! Not sir!" That cracks me up mainly because my dad works at a place with the same name! I totally didn't expect him to say that. My dad turned red when he heard the quote!moreless
  • The episode: Texas Skillsaw Massacre brought the princes of Arlen together in another bizarre, twisty plot. Dale ruins Hanks domicile, then starts a chain of events ending with everyone getting angry at Hank, not him.moreless

    Texas Skillsaw Massacre shows the very depths of Dale Gribble's stupidity and in contrast, Hank's much treasured self-control. Apparently, Dale has been tunneling from the wall of his basement (the gaping hole cleverly disguised by an enormous poster of Redd Foxx faking a heart attack) to the underside of Hank's kitchen. One fine morning, Hank is preparing breakfast and as he walks across the kitchen floor, it caves right in. This episode highlights a rare bit of selflessness on Nancy's part and Peggy's innate fear of Cotton Hill. Various antics ensue leading up to Dale getting dismembered, Hank getting assigned to an anger management class and later all four our favorite Arlinians becoming closer than ever.moreless
Toby Huss

Toby Huss

Voice of Cotton Hill, Kahn Souphanousinphone

Mike Judge

Mike Judge

Voice of Hank Hill, Boomhauer, Stuart Dooley

Kathy Najimy

Kathy Najimy

Voice of Peggy Hill

Pamela Adlon

Pamela Adlon

Voice of Bobby Hill

Brittany Murphy

Brittany Murphy

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

Johnny Hardwick

Johnny Hardwick

Voice of Dale Gribble

David Herman

David Herman

Various Guest Characters

Recurring Role

Ashley Gardner

Ashley Gardner

Voice of Nancy Hicks Gribble

Recurring Role

Phil Hendrie

Phil Hendrie

Big Jim

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Big Jim: I love two things. Building doll house furniture and kicking ass. And I don't see any doll houses.

    • Hank: I don't have a problem with anger. I have a problem with idiots.

    • Dale (while Hank is staying at his house): Hank, did you use those towels hanging in the bathroom? Those towels were for decoration only. Now they're ruined.
      Hank: Dale, those were paper towels.

    • Dale: Objection! Conjecture! Objecture!
      Hank: That's not even a word!

    • Didi Hill: Hank has always been angry. When we were in kindergarten, and the other children would use the fingerpaints, he would pinch them.
      Hank: You are a bald-faced liar!
      Cotton: Amen!

    • Hank: Guys come on, get out!
      (seeing that the garbage truck is about to crush Bill, Dale and Boomhauer in the tunnel)
      Hank: Get out! Get out! GET OUT! If you don't get out of that goddanged rathole now, I'll get out my circular saw, come down there and cut off all your fingers and toes. NOW MOVE! MOVE! MOVE!

    • Dale: Hank, you don't want to use that remote.
      (Hank pushes a button on the remote control and an explosion is heard in the distance)
      Dale: There goes the mailbox.
      Hank: You have an exploding mailbox?!
      Dale: It was your mailbox. And yes, I do.

    • (Seeing dead guy in coffin...)
      Peggy: (gasp) Hank. That is how you look like when you sleep.

    • Chuck Mangione (reading his diploma): "Chick" Mangione? I'm not a chick, I'm a dude!

    • Hank: (planning to rebuild his kitchen) This is gonna take a lot of hard work so Dale, you're not invited.

  • NOTES (1)

    • The list of episodes in which clips are shown from, during the angry Hank montage are: "Pilot", "Hank's Got The Willies", "Hank's Unmentionable Problem", "The Arrowhead", "I Remember Mono", "Life In The Fast Lane: Bobby's Saga", "A Firefighting We Will Go", "'Twas The Nut Before Christmas", and "The Trouble With Gribbles".


    • Hank crawls through the tunnel to Dale's basement and breaks through a poster which says I'm coming, Elizabeth!. This is an allusion to a catchphrase of Redd Foxx's character Fred Sanford as portrayed on the show Sanford and Son. He's announcing his imminent arrival in heaven to his late wife Elizabeth. Hank's head erupts at the chest area of the poster character which visually plays off of the physical comedy bit about Fred pretending to have a heart attack while grasping his chest. Notably, Redd Foxx actually suffered a fatal heart attack on the set of another sitcom.

    • The title is taken from the movie "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre".

    • Hank: Anger management is for baseball players who spit in umpire's faces.

      On September 27, 1996, then-Baltimore Orioles second baseman, Roberto Alomar, spit in Umpire John Hirschbeck's face after Hirschbeck called him out on strikes and threw Alomar out of the game. Alomar was suspended for 5 games because of the spitting incident.