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"The Exterminator" is the ninety-eighth episode of King of the Hill. It was first aired on March 4, 2001. The episode was written by Dean Young, and directed by Shaun Cashman.


Dale is forced to quit the exterminating business after learning that the cumulative effect of on-the-job exposure to poisons may doom him before age 50, so he accepts a position at an adhesives company called "Stik-Tek", where his job is firing other employees. He soon becomes quite good at it, and the power soon overtakes him.



  • The award plaque for "Dale's Dead Bug Employee of the Year" had Dale Gribble listed for every year except 1996 where instead Rusty Shackleford was listed.
  • The pictures that are seen in Dale's cubicle feature one with Joseph in his hunting gear. This is of course referencing Joseph in "Good Hill Hunting" when him and Dale went hunting.
  • This episode is a reference to the movie Office Space which is directed by Mike Judge.
    • The company "Stik-Tek" is a reference to IniTech. In Office Space, the main setting for the movie is in the IniTech offices.
    • Amy Pittman is a possible reference to a character in Office Space which says "Someone's got a case of the Mondays".


  • When Dale is staring out the window when he is talking to Carl, his reflection shows his left hand in the wrong way. In the reflection, his thumb is facing the window but in actuality his thumb is facing his body.


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The Perils of Polling · The Buck Stops Here · I Don't Want to Wait... · Spin the Choice · Peggy Makes the Big Leagues · When Cotton Comes Marching Home · What Makes Bobby Run? · 'Twas the Nut Before Christmas · Chasing Bobby · Yankee Hankee · Hank and the Great Glass Elevator · Now Who's the Dummy? · Ho Yeah! · The Exterminator · Luanne Virgin 2.0 · Hank's Choice · It's Not Easy Being Green · The Trouble with Gribbles · Hank's Back Story · Kidney Boy and Hamster Girl: A Love Story