King of the Hill

Season 5 Episode 18

The Trouble with Gribbles

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Aired Sunday 8:30 AM Apr 22, 2001 on FOX
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It's Nancy's 40th birthday and Dale takes her out, but while they are out a huge hail storm happens. Nancy rushes to the station to report the weather but is too late as Luanne has already done it. Nancy gets moved to night time and weekend news and have the younger sexier, Luanne in the morning. Nancy, trying to regain her age demands a face-lift from Dale, but it is too costly. Dale comes up with a scheme to sue the Manitoba Cigarette Company, claiming that the second hand smoke from all of the cigarettes he smoked aged Nancy prematurely. He thinks they won't show, but the tables get turned when they bring a countersuit.

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  • No Trouble at All.

    10
    The best of Season 5 and one of the best of the whole series. Probably Top 5. This episode has me laughing from beginning to end, no matter how many times I watch it. This episode is worth viewing, even if all you see is the courtroom scene. It's something that Dale, and only Dale could ever pull off and it not feel completely weird. In fact, it seems like the only way to have done the scene. What's great is that while he is crazy, when it comes down to it, he knew exactly what he was doing. It had nothing to do with the money, it was all about saving his marriage. He, deep down, is probably the most romantic of the four guys. Overall this episode is hilarious, and also has a fantastic plot line as well.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

Robert Stack

Robert Stack

Reynolds Penland

Guest Star

Castulo Guerra

Castulo Guerra

 

Guest Star

David Herman

David Herman

Various Guest Characters

Recurring Role

Ashley Gardner

Ashley Gardner

Voice of Nancy Hicks Gribble

Recurring Role

Phil Hendrie

Phil Hendrie

Lawyer

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Boomhauer does not have any lines in this episode.

    • Tagline: "Hug your babies tight!" -Luanne

    • After Nancy says she is leaving Dale and he fake cries then turns on the singing fish, the head does not move as the song played as it had earlier in the episode.

    • In the courthouse scene when Dale has himself on the witness stand, the red and white stripes of the U.S. flag shift from being correct to incorrect several times. The correct U.S. flag from top to bottom starts and ends with a red stripe never a white one, also the first stripe below the blue union is a white one not a red stripe.

    • The face cream Luanne gives Nancy is a La Leche del Sol (Milk of the Sun) product. Luanne goes to great lengths to acquire the beauty product in Mexico in the second season episode "Three Days of the Kahndo." It was also illegal

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Hank: Dale, I've tried not to interfere with your relationship, but your relationship just moved into my den and won't stop crying.

    • Luanne (to Nancy): Try this new moisturizing cream. I use it on days when I don't look my best. It's not even opened.

    • Dale: My baby gets what my baby wants. There is no procedure, however gruesome, that I could ever deny her.

    • Dale: They subpoenaed my records. That's the first step. The second step will be to kidnap everyone I've ever known and erase their memories. The third step will be to kill me!
      Hank: Dale, they're suing you, they're not going to kill you.
      Dale: Wake up, Hank! These people kill 400,000 of their own satisfied customers every year!

    • Nancy: I just want to look like me twenty years ago.
      Dale: What's this facectomy gonna run us?
      Plastic Surgeon: Five thousand.
      Dale: It'll take us twenty years to save that kind of money. And then you'll have to make her look forty years younger, and we'll never be able to afford that!

    • Smoking Sammy Salmon: (Sung to the tune of "Don't Worry, Be Happy)
      Manitoba cigarettes, you'll enjoy them toke for toke, don't worry, keep smoking.

    • (Dale questioning himeslf up on the witness stand)
      Dale (#1): Mr Gribble, could you please read the title of this magazine?
      Dale (#2): People magazine's 50 most beautiful people.
      Dale (#1): Are you familiar with this publication?
      Dale (#2): No.
      Dale (#1): May I remind you that the subscription address for this magazine is that of your optometrists. Now, I ask you again, are you familair with this publication?
      Dale (#2): Yes.
      Dale (#1): Now, Jennifer Aniston, do you you consider her beautiful?
      Dale (#2): Super hot girl next door yes, beautiful no.
      Dale (#1): Renee Zellweger?
      Dale (#2): Well, I find it impossible to look past her diplorable acting to see any physical beauty.
      Dale (#1): Julia Roberts?
      Dale (#2): A horse is a horse, of course, of course!
      Dale (#1): Mr Gribble, are you a homosexual?!
      Dale (#2): Ahh!

  • NOTES (2)

    • Dale and Bill sing a verse of the 1960s vintage Beefaroni commercial jingle on the sofa while eating directly from the cans.

    • When Dale is forcing himself to testify to the beauty of famous women from an issue of People Magazine, the actress mentioned after Jennifer Aniston was apparently re-dubbed between Denise Richards and Renee Zellweger. Dale makes a disparaging remark about her poor acting ability so it was likely re-dubbed from Zellweger who voiced Tammi Duvall in the episode Ho Yeah! that same year to Richards who was never part of the show.

  • ALLUSIONS (7)

    • The mounted salmon which was used to bug Dale's home is a spoof of Big Mouth Billy Bass an actual product sold mainly by direct mail. It was motion activated and would wriggle and play one of several songs. Don't Worry, Be Happy was one of the actual songs as parodied by Smoking Sammy Salmon here.

    • The Canadian flag parodies the logo of a famous (M) cigarette brand whose actual logo resembles the signal code flag design for the letter B (Bravo) in the International Code of Signals. Vessels display it to indicate I am taking in, or discharging, or carrying dangerous goods. Manitoba (MB) is a Canadian province with no special tobacco link, however, the printed word Manitoba has a certain look. Manitoba lends its name and Canada flag connections to King of the Hill's fictional Manitoba Tobacco Company and its fictional corporate items worn by Dale in this episode. Dale even replaces his usual Mack Truck ball cap with one from Manitoba.

    • Dean Martin Roast: Dean Martin had a show called "The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast" in which he would roast various celebrities.

    • Dale's self-interrogation on the witness stand includes a sudden blurting of the question Are you a homosexual? in a manner that alludes to a similar witness interrogation in the film Philadelphia with Tom Hanks' character being subjected to the same style of assault.

    • Dale on the witness stand reacting to Julia Roberts' beauty: A horse is a horse, of course, of course! alludes to the Mister Ed the talking horse theme song. Perhaps a reference to her famous toothy smile.

    • Dale: Remember how Nancy's Eliza Doolittle 'did little' for the critics?

      Eliza Doolittle is the lead female character in My Fair Lady, a popular musical based on George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion. The story centers around a man who bets he can pass anyone off as royalty with enough of his training, including the socially awkward Liza.

    • Title:: The Trouble With Gribbles
      The title is based on the Star Trek episode, "The Trouble With Tribbles".

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