Season 8, Episode 21
Air date March 28, 2004
Written by J.B. Cook
Directed by Dominic Polcino
Episode guide
Après Hank, le Deluge
How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love the Alamo

Daletech is the one hundred-sixty-fifth episode of King of the Hill. It was first aired on March 28, 2004. The episode was written by J.B. Cook, and directed by Dominic Polcino.

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While Hank is pouring coffee into his mug, he hears music coming from the Souphanousinphone's bathroom. Hank walks over to the window only to see Kahn in his bathrobe brushing his teeth. Kahn sees Hank and starts to take off his bathrobe, but puts it back on, and Hank reacts by saying "Bwaa".

Hank, Bill and Boomhauer are in the alley drinking beer, and Dale places a sign on Hank's lawn saying "PROTECTED BY Daletech" and hands Hank, Bill and Boomhauer pieces of paper for a subscription to Daletech, in which they all crumple the papers and throw them at Dale. Kahn comes to his vehicle to take out groceries, and Hank tells him to put a privacy hedge in front if his bathroom window, and Bill mentions Hank made him plant two hedges. Kahn agrees, then makes a statement about "keeping a Ferrari in a garage". Kahn walks off with his groceries, and walks in the fashion of a model. Hank asks Dale if Daletech can do anything about the privacy hedge, but Dale says they are more into the invasion of privacy rather than the creation of it.

Hank asks Peggy to hurry up with his toast before Kahn takes his shower. Hank goes into the refrigerator to take out his grapefruit juice and notices that it is almost empty. Bobby says he had it and jokes around by saying he had it with a bowl of broccoli. Cotton enters the Hill residence into the kitchen with luggage, and mentions Didi and G.H. are going to visit Didi's "folks", but he did not know how long they would be gone. Peggy asks him if he could stay with his war buddies, but he mentions that they were sent to retirement homes except for Topsy, who died six months ago. Cotton then attempted to put salt on his breakfast, but there was none. He blamed Peggy for there being no salt, and then pokes holes into the bags of flour, sugar, dog food and their two liter soda bottle with his pocket knife. Peggy then takes Hank to the driveway and talks to him and mentions senior daycare, which Hank was surprised by. Peggy mentions that several nurseries are being converted to accommodate seniors. Hank did not want to do that and he says that Cotton is at "loose ends". It is then that Dale knocks over Hank's trash can. Dale attempts to pin it on someone else, and mentions he's glad he's protected by Daletech, and Hank threatens to kick Dale's ass. Dale attempts to distract him by saying there is propane. When Hank looks for the propane Dale mentions, Dale runs off to his house.

At the Hill residence, Peggy is creating a crossword puzzle for her Spanish class while Kahn is singing in the bathroom putting gel in his hair. Cotton stood on the table to look through the window and gets off the table. He asks Peggy what she is trying to do, and she mentions she is trying to come up with words for her español class, that is four letters long. Cotton comes up with words that are not Spanish relating to his war experience. Peggy mentions that it needs to be Spanish, and Cotton comes up with Spanish words. Peggy then takes Cotton to Strickland Propane, so that Hank can watch Phil. Hank then makes Cotton staple CharKing warranty cards to the owners manuals and Hank walks off. Cotton walks into the showroom and sees a customer looking at a grill. The customer asks Cotton if the grill is self cleaning, and Cotton tells the customer that it is, and he presses a red button on the grill that actually ignites the grill, causing the customer to scream, and which also burnt his eyebrows off. The customer walks out and Hank walks over.

Hank takes Cotton to a nursery school that is transitioning to accommodate seniors. Inside the building there are still murals painted on the walls. Cotton asks a faculty member where he could "transition into his underpants", and the faculty member asks him if he had an accident. Cotton then notices a sign that says they accept Blue Cross. Hank tells Cotton it is an activity center and that it will be fun. Hank leaves and the faculty member gives Cotton a box of apple juice. Later, there is total chaos. A faculty member screams when there is paint in her hair, and the rest of the seniors are sleeping during their "sleep time", and Cotton refuses to. Security guards tackle him, but he hits them with a chair, and says he can outfit, outdrink, and outdo anyone he knows. Police officers come in and take it easy on him.

In the alley, Dale reads the newspaper and sees an article about a murder in Detroit and he makes a remark about it not being protected by Daletech. A police vehicle approaches, with Cotton in the back. Hank approaches the vehicle and asks the officers in the car how much trouble is Cotton in. They tell him he's not in any trouble now that they got him out of that nursery school, and that they made Cotton an auxiliary policeman. The police officers leave. Cotton then says that he is the eyes and ears of Rainey Street, but Dale says that Daletech is the eyes and ears of Rainey Street. Bill joins the conversation, and Cotton asks if he's sassing him, then handcuffs Bill.

Cotton says that he is in charge of keeping peace now, and that if nobody is up for it they better be ready to talk to him and a whip Cotton calls Sgt Whippy. Dale is in his basement, viewing with his binoculars, and he is worried Cotton would endanger Daletech and that nobody would buy it. Nancy asks him to add softener when the washer dings, and Dale says he would adid the softener on the ding. Hank informs Peggy about Cotton's new job as an auxiliary policeman, and Peggy mentions that Cotton has a terrible human rights record. Hank mentioned that he checked with the police and that Cotton has no police authority. Hank notices that the coffee table was moved, and Hank tells Cotton to crack down on who is drinking his grapefruit juice and moving his coffee table.

Bobby and Joseph are riding their bike and Cotton stops them, and says that Rainey Street is on lockdown until he finds out who drank Hank's grapefruit juice and moved his coffee table. Bobby mentions that he and Joseph were going to shout swear words down a sewer pipe. Dale comes out of his house and tells Cotton that they looked like bad eggs. Cotton told Dale that he was trying to find out who drank Hank's grapefruit juice and he told Dale to put his finger down his gullet. Dale mentions that he is allergic to citrus and that he wishes he was not because of how much Bill talks about how good grapefruit juice is.

Cotton and Dale go to Bill's house so Cotton could interview Bill about whether or not he drank the grapefruit juice. He wonders why a person who doesn't like juice has a juicer, and Bill says it was a wedding gift. Cotton turns on the juicer, and Bill's hair burned out the motor in the juicer. Cotton rummages through Bill's stuff and Dale says that Bill broke down and implicated Boomhauer as the possible culprit. Cotton and Dale go to Boomhauer's place and interview Boomhauer while he was changing the oil in his car. Cotton would often mess with the jack holding up Boomhauer's car, and Boomhauer says he likes mangos. Cotton called Boomhauer's car a jalopy and leaves. Dale tells Boomhauer that adds insult to injury.

Meanwhile, at the Hill residence, Hank could not get toilet paper in the kitchen, and says that the toilet paper goes over front. Peggy says Hank is acting like Cotton, and Luanne said that Cotton cracked her license in half for not using her turn signal. Bobby says Cotton made him go to bed at 3:30 in the afternoon. Hank had never seen Cotton that enthused in a long time, and mentioned facts like Luanne never uses her turn signal and Bobby gets cranky around 4:00 in the afternoon. Hank opens the refrigerator to get a beer and when he closes it, he sees Kahn through the window in the shower and Kahn tells Hank that he is wearing a bikini made of soap. Hank walks away.

Hank, Dale, Bill and Boomhauer are in the alley, hearing Cotton yelling and using his whip. After hearing the whip loudly, Boomhauer and Bill run away. Dale comes up with a plan to have a neighborhood meeting to blow off steam in private. Hank agreed to it. During the meeting, Bill says that Cotton pulled his belly hairs with a juicer, and Bobby says that Cotton keeps trying to make Bobby call Connie a communist. Dale goes into their closet where Cotton is hiding. Cotton comes out of the closet wondering if the grapefruit juice was messed with, and Hank asked him if he thinks he insures his juice. Cotton handed them a box of handcuffs so that all of them could cuff themselves. Hank takes the whip and forces Cotton to hand over his badge. Cotton leaves, depressed. Dale comes out of the closet and hands out business cards to everyone advertising Daletech.

Hank, Bill and Boomhauer, drinking in the alley do not talk, and Dale brings balloons advertising Daletech. He mentions an extra surveillance package, and for an extra $30 a month a closed circuit to Bill's house. Dale asks Hank where Cotton went, and Hank says Cotton is making macaroni art at the Sunset Day Center, where he was before he was a policeman. Hank goes to the daycare, and Dale went with him with his Daletech balloons. Kahn and Minh jog past Hank's driveway, and he told Hank that he would take a shower in half an hour. Down at the Sunset Day Center, Cotton was making macaroni art. Hank and Dale come, and Dale puts the string to one of his balloons in Cotton's hand. Hank and Dale take Cotton to the Hill residence, Dale offered to look after him because he did not like to see him in the day center. Cotton, depressed, watches a show, which by the time Dale went to him with a sandwich, the show ended. Dale throws a pillow at Cotton, and forces it into his face. When Cotton pushes it away, he was back to his normal self. Cotton then smelled something on the pillow. He then realized somebody did break into the Hill's house, and he hired Daletech.

Dale and Cotton drove off to Kahn's house, and stopped. They went to the back of Dale's van and watched TV footage and waited. Dale and Cotton go to the Souphanousinphone's house, and Kahn answers the door, and Cotton carried the pillow in which the awkward smell came from, and interviewed him. Kahn denied that he did that until Cotton said that he could smell grapefruit juice on Kahn and the pillow had was holding. Dale then got security footage and put it in the video tape player. On the tape Kahn and Minh walk into Hank's kitchen, opens the refrigerator and Kahn drinks the grapefruit juice straight from the container. Kahn and Minh then impersonate Hank and Peggy. Kahn then confessed and begged Cotton to not tell Hank. Cotton tells Kahn to get Hank his privacy hedge and that Kahn would pay for and plant it. Dale also made Kahn subscribe to a year of Daletech services.

At the end of the episode, Kahn plants the privacy hedge in front of his bathroom window, and Hank did not know that there was a case. Cotton did old fashion police work. Hank said that Rainey Street thanks Cotton, and Cotton thought Hank was impersonating an officer. After that, Cotton leaves. Hank asks Kahn why he thought it was funny to break into his house for grapefruit juice.


  • Cotton states that Topsy passed away six months prior to this episode.
  • Cotton is seen watching Teletubbies, which is a real life children's television show.

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Patch Boomhauer · Reborn To Be Wild · New Cowboy on the Block · The Incredible Hank · Flirting With the Master · After the Mold Rush · Livin' on Reds, Vitamin C and Propane · Rich Hank, Poor Hank · Ceci N'est Pas Une King of the Hill · That's What She Said · My Hair Lady · Phish and Wildlife · Cheer Factor · Dale Be Not Proud · Après Hank, le Deluge · DaleTech · How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love the Alamo · Girl, You'll Be a Giant Soon · Stressed for Success · Hank's Back (AKA The Unbearable Lightness of Being Hank) · The Redneck on Rainey Street · Talking Shop