The Perils of Polling
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The Perils of Polling
King of the Hill
Season 5
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Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes20
Original networkFox
Original releaseOctober 1, 2000 (2000-10-01) -
May 13, 2001 (2001-05-13)
Season chronology
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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] Bobby and his friends growing up was a minor theme for the season.[3]


No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
(millions) []
851"The Perils of Polling"Kyounghee Lim & Boohwan LimJim DauteriveOctober 1, 2000 (2000-10-01)5ABE029.6
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.
862"The Buck Stops Here"Mike DiMartinoNorm HiscockNovember 5, 2000 (2000-11-05)5ABE0111.5
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.
Guest stars: Andrew Lawrence as Caddy
873"I Don't Want to Wait..."Adam KuhlmanPaul LiebersteinNovember 12, 2000 (2000-11-12)4ABE2411.6
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.
884"Spin the Choice"Allan JacobsenPaul LiebersteinNovember 19, 2000 (2000-11-19)5ABE0510.2
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.
895"Peggy Makes the Big Leagues"Dominic PolcinoJohnny HardwickNovember 26, 2000 (2000-11-26)5ABE048.4
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.
Guest Stars: Brendan Fraser as David Kalaiki-Ali'i and Amy Hill as Mrs. Kalaiki-Ali'i
906"When Cotton Comes Marching Home"Tricia GarciaAlan R. Cohen & Alan FreedlandDecember 3, 2000 (2000-12-03)5ABE039.5
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.
917"What Makes Bobby Run?"Cyndi Tang-LovelandAlex Gregory & Peter HuyckDecember 10, 2000 (2000-12-10)5ABE0711.9
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.
928"Twas the Nut Before Christmas"Jeff MyersJohn Altschuler & Dave KrinskyDecember 17, 2000 (2000-12-17)5ABE0811.7
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.
Guest Stars: Ryan Phillipe as Willy
939"Chasing Bobby"A. LioiGarland TestaJanuary 21, 2001 (2001-01-21)5ABE1010.3
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.
9410"Yankee Hankee"Adam KuhlmanKit BossFebruary 4, 2001 (2001-02-04)5ABE0611.5
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 Cuba's revolutionary leader Fidel Castro.
Guest Stars: Edward Asner as Stinky and Jack Carter as Irwin Linker
9511"Hank and the Great Glass Elevator"Gary McCarverJonathan CollierFebruary 11, 2001 (2001-02-11)5ABE129.7
On a day-trip to Austin for Bill's 43rd birthday, the guys tricks Hank and 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.
Guest Stars: Ann Richards as Herself and Ellen Barkin as Lenore
NOTE: This is Lenore's sole appearance on the show.
9612"Now Who's the Dummy?"Dominic PolcinoJohnny HardwickFebruary 18, 2001 (2001-02-18)5ABE1410.1
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.
Guest Stars: Tom Poston as Mr. Popper
9713"Ho Yeah!"Tricia GarciaAlex Gregory & Peter HuyckFebruary 25, 2001 (2001-02-25)5ABE1511.6
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.
Guest Stars: Renee Zellweger as Tammi Duvall and Snoop Dogg as Alabaster Jones
9814"The Exterminator"Shaun CashmanDean YoungMarch 4, 2001 (2001-03-04)5ABE0910.4
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 and Stephen Tobolowsky as Dr. Benson and Burt Halverstrom.
9915"Luanne Virgin 2.0"Adam KuhlmanKit BossMarch 11, 2001 (2001-03-11)5ABE169.3
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.
Guest Stars: Owen Wilson as Rhett Van Der Graaf and Nathan Fillion as Frisbee Guy.
10016"Hank's Choice"Kyounghee Lim & Boohwan LimJon VittiApril 1, 2001 (2001-04-01)5ABE117.5
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.
10117"It's Not Easy Being Green"Jeff MyersJohn Altschuler & Dave KrinskyApril 8, 2001 (2001-04-08)5ABE188.1
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.
10218"The Trouble with Gribbles"Shaun CashmanJim DauteriveApril 22, 2001 (2001-04-22)5ABE197.9
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.
Guest stars Robert Stack (uncredited in his final role) as Reynolds Penland
10319"Hank's Back Story"Cyndi Tang-LovelandAlan R. Cohen & Alan FreedlandMay 6, 2001 (2001-05-06)5ABE178.5
Hank is diagnosed with "diminished gluteal syndrome" (a condition in which the muscles in the gluteus maximus shrink 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.
Guest Stars: Harry Groener as Dr. Tate and Larry, Tom McGowan as Dr. Newman and Dave, and Dave Thomas as Wayne
10420"Kidney Boy and Hamster Girl: A Love Story"Gary McCarverGarland TestaMay 13, 2001 (2001-05-13)5ABE228.2
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.
Guest Stars: No Doubt as themselves


  1. ^ "TV Listings for - October 1, 2000 - TV Tango".
  2. ^ "TV Listings for - May 13, 2001 - TV Tango".
  3. ^ a b c "A KotH Kronology -". 11 September 2009.[permanent dead link]

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