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Junkie Business is the thirty-second episode of King of the Hill. It was first aired on April 26, 1998. The episode was written by Jim Dauterive, and directed by Cyndi Tang-Loveland.



Buck Strickland chooses Hank as Employee of the Month. A proud Hank accepts the certificate, and shortly thereafter, Strickland asks him to hire a new Accessories Associate. Hank immediately sets about creating a questionnaire in the hopes of screening out undesirable applicants, though many of his questions are correctly identified as biased and innapropriate by Peggy. After interviewing several hopefuls including Dale Gribble, Hank meets with Maria Montalvo, a woman with both the best credentials and an impressive knowledge of all things propane. But when Maria admits she is unfamiliar with Troy Aikman or football, Hank has second thoughts about hiring her.

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Hank tells Peggy about Maria, describing her as handsome and well-qualified. But he assures his wife that he will not hire Maria, as he is unsure what constitutes inappropriate physical contact with a female employee. Peggy, who believes Maria should be hired, shows Hank how to give a coworker an appropriate hug. But Hank refuses and later hires a seemingly presentable young man named Leon Petard based on his familiarity with the Dallas Cowboys and his apparent love for all things propane. When Peggy learns that Hank passed over Maria in favor of Leon, she immediately concludes that her husband was attracted to her.

The next day, Hank grows concerned when Leon shows up for work several hours late. As time passes, Hank notices Leon acting in an agitated fashion and becoming sick to his stomach. He asks Bobby to help him out at work and cover for Leon. But after spending the day with the new employee, Bobby tells his parents that Leon is a drug addict. Realizing that he had made assumptuous errors in Leon's credentials, believing that the listed rehab houses as past jobs, Hank concurs with his son's assessment. A short time later, Mr. Strickland notices Leon leaning against a wall, drooling. A shocked Hank promises his boss that the situation will change. He makes good on his promise by informing Leon that Strickland Propane does not tolerate drug addicts, telling him on the spot that as of 5:00 pm and handing him a business card containing the address of a rehab center. The next morning, Leon returns, accompanied by Anthony Page, a rehab group leader. Anthony informs Hank that firing Leon for drug addiction is illegal after their healing has begun; since Leon entered rehab at 4:30 and was not officially fired until 5:00 the previous day, Strickland propane is obligated to keep Leon as his condition is considered a disability under the Americans With Disabilities Act.

Realizing he has little choice, Hank rehires Leon. Soon after, Anthony begins making more unreasonable demands. That night, Peggy reads aloud the Americans With Disabilities Act literature, which states that any company with fifteen or more employees must accommodate their disabled workers. The following day, the other Strickland workers claim that they, too, are disabled, and deserve special privileges. When Peggy shows up at the front office, she is horrified by what she sees. She tells her husband that "anybody's disabled if you think hard enough." This inspires Hank to follow his co-workers example, declaring his inability to function at the sight of others acting irresponsibility as a disability. This however backfires, inciting Anthony who points out his own carpal tunnel syndrome as a factual disability.

Peggy's words prove an inspiration to Hank. Later, when Leon begins referring to himself as "Hank Hill," Hank uses it as a reason to quit. With Hank gone, Strickland is reduced to fourteen employees, skirting the Disabilities Act by one. Strickland promptly fires Leon. Later, Strickland rehires Hank and places him on a "six month probation period". Strickland then introduces Hank to the company's new Accessories Associate, Maria Montalvo. Maria hugs Hank & grabs his butt, just as Joe Jack announce that s Peggy is coming into the building and she looks disgruntled, causing Hank to scream.

During the credits, Hank is making cups for drug testing the remaining employees. When Melinda asks him to explain it, he awkwardly disposes of all the cups.


Stinger Quote

  • "Oh no!" - Leon


  • We learn in this episode that actor Eduardo Filipe who plays Monsignor Martinez has his own clothing line.
  • When Anthony Page says "Thank you for the latte, Leon" this is a comical reference to Anthony's identical statement in the Pilot episode in which he says "Thank you for the Latte, Kenneth" to his fellow employee at Arlen County Child Protective Services.
  • When Hank is labeling cups on the post-credit scene, one of the cups is clearly labeled “Bobby.” It is possible another employee is named Bobby, however it is more likely that Bobby Hill was going to be required to take a urine sample.

Season 1 Season 2 Season 3

How to Fire a Rifle Without Really Trying · Texas City Twister · The Arrowhead · Hilloween · Jumpin' Crack Bass (It's a Gas, Gas, Gas) · Husky Bobby · The Man Who Shot Cane Skretteburg · The Son That Got Away · The Company Man · Bobby Slam · The Unbearable Blindness of Laying · Meet the Manger Babies · Snow Job · I Remember Mono · Three Days of the Kahndo · Traffic Jam · Hank's Dirty Laundry · The Final Shinsult · Leanne's Saga · Junkie Business · Life in the Fast Lane, Bobby's Saga · Peggy's Turtle Song · Propane Boom