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The Trouble with Gribbles is the one hundred and second episode of King of the Hill. It was first aired on April 22, 2001. The episode was written by Jim Dauterive, and directed by Shaun Cashman.



When Nancy turns 40, the television station replaces her with Luanne, who is much younger. Then Nancy tells Dale that she wants a facelift. Dale plans to pay for it by filing suit against the makers of his favorite brand, Manitoba Cigarettes, claiming that second-hand smoke has made his Nancy unattractive.

He was bugged through a talking robot fish, so he purposely acted like he felt Nancy was ugly as a good use for evidence in court. This backfired however, causing Nancy to temporarily "leave" Dale and live with the Hills.


Cultural References

  • The episode's title is based on the Star Trek: The Original Series episode "The Trouble with Tribbles".
  • When Dale plays the radio very loud to cover up his speech, the radio plays the chorus from the Moody Blues song Nights in White Satin.
  • The smoking Sammy Salmon that Dale brings home is a parody of the popular novelty toy Big Mouth Billy Bass.

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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