"Snow Job" is the twenty-fifth episode of King of the Hill. It was first aired on February 1, 1998. The episode was written by Cheryl Holliday, Alan R. Cohen, Alan Freedland, and Jim Dauterive, and directed by Adam Kuhlman.
The Hills help celebrate the Strickland Summer in January Picnic, in which Strickland Propane employees and their families gather in a park for some hamburgers on the grill. The festivities are cut short when it suddenly begins to snow. Reacting quickly to the heating crisis, Strickland orders his staff into action in hopes of getting the jump on the electric company. Later, while ogling a company girlie calendar, Strickland suffers a heart attack. At the hospital, Strickland assigns Lloyd Vickers, an MBA-type in his thirties, temporary control of the company. Hank, meanwhile, is assigned to tend to Strickland's dogs, much to his embarrassment.
Hank tells Peggy about the appointment and his disappointment in not being chosen to run the company. He later discovers that Vickers has ordered the installation of tattlers--devices that meter when a driver makes a stop and for what duration--into all company trucks. Outraged, Hank brings the issue to Strickland, hoping he will put a quick end to the insulting policy decision. But Strickland tells Hank he signed the purchase form himself. Later, Peggy and Hank travel to Strickland's home, where they feed his dogs. Inside the kitchen, Hank receives the shock of his life: Strickland uses an electric stove.
Completely shaken and disillusioned about his life and career, Hank packs his bags and heads out of town for some quiet time in the country. Meanwhile, Strickland drivers, outraged over the installation of the tattlers, remove them from the trucks in protest. When Vickers refuses to back down, the drivers all quit and walk out en masse. Vickers counters he will simply replace them with friends. But driver Joe Jack points out that anyone who operates one of the trucks must be licensed to transport hazardous materials. When Strickland learns what happened, he promptly berates and fires Vickers for his stupidity. While visiting a small mom-and-pop general store in the country, Hank suddenly grows inspired. He realizes the secret to running a business is service with a smile and making people happy. He decides to quit the propane business and open his own general store. But when Hank returns home, he listens to the many messages from needy customers that have accumulated on his answering machine. Recalling fond memories from the past, Hank returns to work. He tells Strickland he has returned because he still believes in the product. Strickland, however, notes that the business cannot run without licensed drivers. Hank points out a window, where five large tow trucks are parked. He points out that a hazardous materials license is not required to tow the vehicles to delivery sites. Soon after, Hank and his friends are delivering propane using the trucks to tow the Strickland Propane vehicles.
- We find out in this episode that Buck does not use a Propane stove. And that he was only in the Propane business for Money.
- This is the first time Strickland's propane trucks are referred to as "bobtails": a bobtail is a commercial long-haul tractor truck without a trailer attached, as well as a truck used to carry and deliver propane. It's the operation of such trucks that requires a special license, something not required when driving a simple tow truck.
- This is the first episode to reference Montana in regards to Peggy's past.
- As Hank plays back the messages on the answering machine, it can be heard that the elderly lady Velma Throckmorton, has become frozen to her walker, and that Hugh Jimmerson had to resort to wearing a humiliating sweater. Both of these individuals are seen at the end of the episode while Hank and his friends are driving away. Velma has icicles hanging from her walker, and Hugh, much to his dismay, is wearing the sweater.
- Mrs. Strickland seems to be ignored in this episode as she doesn't visit Buck at the hospital and isn't thought of when Buck tells Hank to feed his hounds.
- Hank Hill
- Peggy Hill
- Bobby Hill
- Luanne Platter
- Dale Gribble
- Jeff Boomhauer
- Buck Strickland
- Principal Carl Moss
- Pa (only appearance)
- Ma (only appearance)
- Lloyd Vickers (only appearance)
- Velma Throckmorton (debut)
- Hugh Jimmerson (debut and only appearance)
- Joe Jack (debut)
- When Hank dials "911" after Mr. Strickland has his infarction, he actually dials "900."