Soldier of Misfortune
Season 6, Episode 2
Air date December 9, 2001
Written by J.B. Cook
Directed by Anthony Lioi
Episode guide
Bobby Goes Nuts
Lupe's Revenge

Soldier of Misfortune is the one hundred-sixth episode of King of the Hill. It was first aired on December 9, 2001 (jobs). The episode was written by J.B. Cook and directed by Anthony Lioi. Gary Busey guest stars. The episode name is a opposite of the term "soldier of fortune".


Dale is running for re-election as the Arlen Gun Club president, but his chances seem to be shot when he accidentally discharges his gun while telling a story. The day after, Mad Dog, Dale's rival, runs for gun club president and Dale starts to lose his confidence. To give Dale his confidence back, Hank pretends to be "Mr. Big," answers Dale's ad in Soldier of Fortune magazine, and assigns Dale to pick up a briefcase.  Dale violates a social norm when he throws sand in some dude's eyes.  But Dale bungles the job, and nearly gets his friends killed by Mad Dog.




See Soldier of Misfortune/Transcript.


  • The song Dale is listening to when he first arrives to the gun club is "I Fought the Law" by Bobby Fuller Four.
  • Dale is seen using insecticides again despite saying he would stop in The Exterminator.
  • Among Dale's belongings which are seen packed into Hank's truck as the Gribbles prepare to flee to Costa Rica, is Smoking Sammy Salmon, the singing Manitoba fish, as seen in the earlier episode The Trouble with Gribbles.


  • Dale starts pouring out his beer after it explodes on him. However in the very next shot, he has his beer at his side and is telling the guys to quit making fun of him.

Stinger Quote

  • Hank: "Mr. Big is Pleased."

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Bobby Goes Nuts · Soldier of Misfortune · Lupe's Revenge · The Father, the Son, and J.C. · Father of the Bribe · I'm With Cupid · Torch Song Hillogy · Joust Like a Woman · The Bluegrass is Always Greener · The Substitute Spanish Prisoner · Unfortunate Son · Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret Hill · Tankin' it to the Streets · Of Mice and Little Green Men · A Man Without a Country Club · Beer and Loathing · Fun with Jane and Jane · My Own Private Rodeo · Sug Night · Dang Ol' Love · Returning Japanese · Returning Japanese II