King of the Hill (season 5)

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King of the Hill (season 5)
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Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 20
Original network Fox
Original release October 1, 2000 (2000-10-01) – May 13, 2001 (2001-05-13)
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List of King of the Hill episodes

The fifth season of King of the Hill originally aired Sundays at 7:30–8:00 p.m. (EST) from October 1, 2000 to May 13, 2001.[1][2] The Region 1 DVD was released on November 22, 2005, the Region 2 DVD was released on February 26, 2007. The Region 4 DVD was released on April 28, 2008.


The showrunner for the season was Richard Appel.[3] Several of the show's original writers, such as Paul Lieberstein, left in the middle of the season.[3] Mike Judge, by some accounts, was not happy with the surrealism in this season, and felt that the writers were looking down on Hank and his way of life.[3] Bobby and his friends growing up was a minor theme for the season.[3]


No. in
Title Directed by Written by Original air date Prod.
85 1 "The Perils of Polling" Kyounghee Lim & Boohwan Lim Jim Dauterive October 1, 2000 (2000-10-01) 5ABE02
When Hank takes Luanne to an election fair, Hank meets George W. Bush and shakes his hand, only to discover that Bush's handshake is weak, giving Hank doubts about voting for him. Meanwhile, Luanne becomes infatuated with Communist candidate Robert Parigi.
86 2 "The Buck Stops Here" Mike DiMartino Norm Hiscock November 5, 2000 (2000-11-05) 5ABE01
Hank forces Bobby to get a summer job and Bobby becomes Buck Strickland's golf caddy. Meanwhile, Peggy and Minh try to outdo each other in donating blood.
Brad Renfro guest stars.
87 3 "I Don't Want to Wait..." Adam Kuhlman Paul Lieberstein November 12, 2000 (2000-11-12) 4ABE24
With Bobby's 13th birthday approaching, Joseph comes back from summer vacation having grown six inches. Bobby is upset that everyone still treats him like a little kid, and Joseph is being driven crazy by the onset of puberty, leading him to make out with Connie. Meanwhile, Hank tries to build coffins for himself and Peggy.
NOTE: As of this episode, Joseph Gribble is now voiced by Breckin Meyer instead of Brittany Murphy.
88 4 "Spin the Choice" Allan Jacobsen Paul Lieberstein November 19, 2000 (2000-11-19) 5ABE05
Despite Hank's promise to let him carve the turkey this year, Bobby boycotts Thanksgiving after receiving history lessons from John Redcorn that expose the shameful history behind it. Meanwhile, Peggy creates a pointless new game called "Spin the Choice" when everyone gets sick of playing Boggle with her every year.
89 5 "Peggy Makes the Big Leagues" Dominic Polcino Johnny Hardwick November 26, 2000 (2000-11-26) 5ABE04
Peggy substitute-teaches at Arlen High School, but arouses the enmity of nearly all (including Hank and her fellow teachers) when she gives the school's unacademic football star (guest voiced by Brendan Fraser) a failing grade.
90 6 "When Cotton Comes Marching Home" Tricia Garcia Alan R. Cohen & Alan Freedland December 3, 2000 (2000-12-03) 5ABE03
Cotton moves to the VFW, and wants to march in the Veterans Day parade, but his boss denies him the time off from his degrading restroom attendant job.
91 7 "What Makes Bobby Run?" Cyndi Tang-Loveland Alex Gregory & Peter Huyck December 10, 2000 (2000-12-10) 5ABE07
When Bobby becomes the school mascot, the "Landry Longhorn," he is branded a coward after he runs away from a traditional half-time beating by the opposing team's band.
92 8 "Twas the Nut Before Christmas" Jeff Myers John Altschuler & Dave Krinsky December 17, 2000 (2000-12-17) 5ABE08
In the third Christmas episode, Bill's holiday loneliness leads to him opening a "Christmas village" in his yard, but things get out of hand when he takes on a twenty-something petty criminal (voiced by Ryan Phillippe) as a surrogate son and keeps his Christmas decorations up past the holiday season.
93 9 "Chasing Bobby" A. Lioi Garland Testa January 21, 2001 (2001-01-21) 5ABE10
When Hank becomes unusually emotional, especially while seeing a dramatic movie about a father and son's strained relationship, Peggy believes it's because he hasn't bonded with Bobby, but Hank is more concerned over his truck, which is about to stop functioning completely.
94 10 "Yankee Hankee" Adam Kuhlman Kit Boss February 4, 2001 (2001-02-04) 5ABE06
Hank's application for a "native Texan" license plate leads him to the utterly shocking news that he was born in New York City, while Cotton and his cronies hatched a hare-brained scheme to assassinate Cuban dictator Fidel Castro.
95 11 "Hank and the Great Glass Elevator" Gary McCarver Jonathan Collier February 11, 2001 (2001-02-11) 5ABE12
On a day-trip to Austin for Bill's 40th birthday, Hank moons the former Governor of Texas, Ann Richards (guest-starring as herself), leading Bill to take the blame and eventually enter a relationship with her. Bill's time with her leads to a fateful encounter with the last person he would ever expect to see again: his ex-wife, Lenore. Meanwhile, Peggy and Bobby try hamburgers grilled on a charcoal-powered barbecue for the first time -- and run afoul of Hank's none-too-subtle loyalties to propane when he discovers their stockpile of charcoal briquettes upon returning.
96 12 "Now Who's the Dummy?" Dominic Polcino Johnny Hardwick February 18, 2001 (2001-02-18) 5ABE14
Bobby acquires a ventriloquist's dummy named Chip Block, which dredges up childhood anxieties for Dale. Meanwhile, Hank becomes overly attached to Chip due to the dummy's "knowledge" of sports.
97 13 "Ho Yeah!" Tricia Garcia Alex Gregory & Peter Huyck February 25, 2001 (2001-02-25) 5ABE15
Tammi (guest voiced by Renée Zellweger), a prostitute from The OKC hires on at Strickland Propane, moves in with the Hills, and encourages Peggy to add spice to her own life, but things heat up when Tammi's ex-pimp Alabaster Jones (guest voiced by Snoop Dogg) comes to Arlen and mistakes Hank for a pimp trying to steal Tammi away from him.
98 14 "The Exterminator" Shaun Cashman Dean Young March 4, 2001 (2001-03-04) 5ABE09
Dale goes from killing bugs to killing careers after being forced to take an office job when a doctor tells Dale that being exposed to insecticide will kill him before he turns 50.
Guest stars Lisa Kudrow as Amy Pittman.
99 15 "Luanne Virgin 2.0" Adam Kuhlman Kit Boss March 11, 2001 (2001-03-11) 5ABE16
When Luanne reveals to Hank that she is no longer a virgin (after her latest boyfriend breaks up with her), Hank puts Luanne in the church's "born-again virgin" program, where Luanne meets a sexually insecure man (guest-voiced by Owen Wilson) and Peggy confesses that she had sex with a man (who turned out to be a homosexual) before she met Hank.
100 16 "Hank's Choice" Kyounghee Lim & Boohwan Lim Jon Vitti April 1, 2001 (2001-04-01) 5ABE11
When it turns out that Bobby is allergic to Ladybird, he ends up living in Ladybird's luxurious new doghouse while Ladybird continues living in the house, which makes the Hills a laughingstock with the neighbors.
101 17 "It's Not Easy Being Green" Jeff Myers John Altschuler & Dave Krinsky April 8, 2001 (2001-04-08) 5ABE18
Bobby gets into helping the environment, which threatens to reveal a 30-year-old secret kept by Hank, Dale, and Bill.
Guest stars Paul Giamatti as Mr. McKay.
102 18 "The Trouble with Gribbles" Shaun Cashman Jim Dauterive April 22, 2001 (2001-04-22) 5ABE19
Nancy fears losing her job after the network considers hiring Luanne because she's younger and prettier, and Dale decides to sue his favorite tobacco company (Manitoba Cigarettes) so he can win money for the operation, but Nancy mistakes Dale trying to get evidence that Manitoba Cigarettes caused Nancy to lose her looks as a sign that Dale feels the same way about her as the network executives.
103 19 "Hank's Back Story" Cyndi Tang-Loveland Alan R. Cohen & Alan Freedland May 6, 2001 (2001-05-06) 5ABE17
Hank is diagnosed with "diminished gluteal syndrome" (a condition in which the butt shrinks in size and puts pressure on the spine) and is faced with choosing his health over his dignity when the doctor prescribes him a prosthetic posterior to wear.
104 20 "Kidney Boy and Hamster Girl: A Love Story" Gary McCarver Garland Testa May 13, 2001 (2001-05-13) 5ABE22
Bobby pretends to be a high school student with a kidney disorder that stunted his growth, and helps the student body win a radio station contest, with ska band No Doubt performing at the high school prom as the prize. Meanwhile, Dale gets a port-a-potty for the alley so no one will have to go into the house to use the bathroom.