The Exterminator
Season 5, Episode 14
Air date March 4, 2001
Written by Dean Young
Directed by Shaun Cashman
Episode guide
Ho Yeah!
Luanne Virgin 2.0

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.
  • Dale reveals he prefers to eat nine small meals throughout the day. This eating approach of multiple smaller meals is actually recommended by doctors as the most healthy way to fuel your body.
  • 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.


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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