The Year of Washing Dangerously
Season 10, Episode 9
Air date March 26, 2006
Written by J.B. Cook
Directed by Cyndi Tang-Loveland & Ken Wong
Episode guide
Business Is Picking Up
Hank Fixes Everything

The Year of Washing Dangerously is the one hundred-ninety-fifth episode of King of the Hill. It was first aired on March 26, 2006. The episode was written by J.B. Cook, and directed by Cyndi Tang-Loveland and Ken Wong.


Hank makes a proposal that Strickland Propane expand operations, while in a subplot, Peggy and Bobby start spying on Nancy to determine why she is not taking Peggy's calls.


Strickland Propane has had a better than average last quarter. Hank proposes to Buck Strickland that they roll the profits back into the business by building a veranda where customers could test out the Wagner Char-King and like grills for themselves. However, Buck is depressed due to his increasing difficulty in finding attractive women. To get his mind on the proposal, Hank recommends that Buck goes with him and the guys to Scrubby's, a car wash that holds a weekly "cruise night", where customers show off their cars.

Kahn is once again annoyed at his his failure to keep up with the Wassanasongs as evidenced by his losing the lottery. Hank tries to reassure Kahn that material prosperity is attained through hard work, but Kahn says he has had enough of that, as he has been working long for an abusive boss with little to show for it. Kahn is convinced there must be a fast track and he intends to find it. After seeing an infomercial for "Dr. Money", Minh and Kahn are convinced this is their ticket out of Rainey Street.

Hank's proposal still is not received, as Buck has gone from depressed to giddy as he takes a couple of girls for a ride in an older jalopy of his, annoying Hank (and frightening Enrique who Buck also gave a ride to) as Buck does donuts in the Strickland Propane backlot.

After yet another lousy day at work, Minh shows Khan that she ordered Dr. Money's instructional video. Dr. Money, who flaunts his vast wealth and bikini babes, tells that the way to make easy money is by mortgaging one's land to raise capital to buy a turnkey operation (a business that effectively runs itself). Kahn and Minh, dazzled by Dr. Money's spread, start looking for a turnkey business.

The turnkey business turns out to be Scrubby's, which Kahn acquired, raising the capital by mortgaging his house. Hank is perplexed by these turn of events, but when Kahn boasts he is on Easy Street for doing nothing, Hank tells Kahn that being a business owner also requires a lot of hard work, only this time he is seeking to satisfy customers instead of a boss, but Kahn refuses to hear out Hank's sage advice, boasting of how he is making money by not listening to Hank. Kahn is not doing a good job with his first experience helping customers, yelling at car wash patrons that they are not to loiter nor use their own cleaning supplies. Even worse, Minh slyly suggests that Kahn sap the strength of his vacuum hoses and sprayers. This turn of events prove disastrous, as customers complain of only getting a couple of seconds of spray and that the change machines do not give equal coinage. As a result, customers leave in droves, and Minh and Kahn are in danger of having their house repossessed.

This turn of events annoys Buck, as Scrubby's is now a ghost town devoid of girls. Hank sadly tells Buck that Kahn has run Scrubby's into the ground and that it will not be long before the car wash goes bust. Buck decides to pay Kahn a visit to show him what being a business owner is all about. Hank is pleased that one of Arlen's business kingpins is going to set Kahn straight, until he learns how Buck saved Scrubby's: Buck became majority shareholder. Not only did Buck use the money Hank was hoping to get for his test grill veranda, Buck has reassigned Hank to work as Scrubby's. Hank does not appreciate being lorded over by Kahn, but figures Buck has a plan to set everything straight.


  • The title is a play on the 1982 film "The Year of Living Dangerously" starring Mel Gibson, Sigourney Weaver, and Linda Hunt, who won an Academy Award for her portrayal of an Indonesian named Billy Kwan. She eventually joined the cast of "NCIS: Los Angeles."


  • When Mr. Strickland comes to the alley to visit Kahn, he drives forward and left of Hank's house. However as seen in prior episodes, Kahn lives to the right of Hank when viewing from the alley and left of Hank's house when viewing from the front (where Hank's lawn is).
  • Dale states that buying lottery tickets is like buying health insurance, a suckers game. In an earlier episode however, is it revealed that Dale sent Joseph to the store to buy him a lottery ticket.
  • In this episode, The Gribble home is viewed from the HIll's kitchen window. When in reality it is supposed to be Kahn's Home in the kitchen window. They moved the gribble home to this side for the sake of this episode for Peggy to view Nancy not answer her phone call. In all other episodes the Gribbles live on the other side of the HIll's home.


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Hank's On Board · Bystand Me · Bill's House · Harlottown · A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Clown · Orange You Sad I Did Say Banana? · You Gotta Believe (In Moderation) · Business Is Picking Up · The Year of Washing Dangerously · Hank Fixes Everything · Church Hopping · 24 Hour Propane People · The Texas Panhandler · Hank's Bully · Edu-macating Lucky