|"My Own Private Rodeo"|
|King of the Hill episode|
|Episode no.||Season 6|
|Directed by||Cyndi Tang-Loveland|
|Written by||Alex Gregory & Peter Huyck|
|Original air date||April 28, 2002|
David Herman as Bug Gribble
"My Own Private Rodeo" is the 18th episode of the sixth season of the American animated television series King of the Hill. It originally aired on the Fox network in the United States on April 28, 2002. It was a nominee for the GLAAD Media Awards for "Outstanding Individual Episode (In a Series Without a Regular Gay Character)" and by the Writers Guild of America Award for Animation.
Dale is planning on a ceremony where he and Nancy retake their wedding vows. At Nancy's request and after initial reluctance, his friends decide to find his father, "Bug", and invite Bug to the ceremony. Twenty years ago at their first wedding, Dale's father grabbed Nancy and kissed her without consent, which resulted in both of them slapping him. He and Dale have since been estranged. Hank, Bill, and Boomhauer decide to go track Bug down in order to make amends with his son. However, they discover that not only is Bug gay, but he has been working all this time at a gay rodeo, much to the humor of Bill and Boomhauer. After the show, Hank goes to Bug, who reveals the truth: at the wedding, he was about to kiss a male Filipino caterer, before Dale came in, with whom he was not prepared to be honest, so he "grabbed the nearest thing in a dress", which happened to be Nancy. The conversation is interrupted by Juan Pedro, Bug's lover, who is upset upon learning that Bug had a son and did not tell him. Eventually, Bug returns to Arlen and asks for Dale's forgiveness, without telling Dale he is gay.
Although unsure at first, Dale reconciles with his father. Nancy senses, but Dale is completely oblivious to, Bug's homosexuality, with Dale even commenting that his father has "pleased hundreds of women". Bug notices Joseph's lack of resemblance to Dale or Nancy and asks if Joseph is "adopted". She reluctantly admits the truth about her former affair with John Redcorn, which Hank, Bill, Boomhauer, John Redcorn's sister, Peggy and possibly Bobby know about; he does not ask any further questions. Bug also admits to Nancy he's gay and that he needs to let Dale know.
Dale misconstrues Bug's sympathy, believing Bug still has feelings for Nancy, leading to Bug trying to admit to Dale that he is gay. However, his explanation of Juan Pedro being his "partner" and working with him at a gay rodeo are misconstrued by Dale as his father being a government agent, which breaks his heart once again. Dale deserts his second wedding and heads to the gay rodeo, intending to blow his father's cover. After Dale sees Bug at the rodeo, he informs his father that he knows he's a government agent and that he will let everybody at the event know. Bug then says there has been a terrible misunderstanding and that he is gay. Still not trusting Bug, Dale then goes into the rodeo pen and announces that Bug is spying on them and Bug ties him down. After a struggle, Bug finally makes up with Juan Pedro and kisses him in front of Dale, who relents and lets them attend the ceremony.
A subplot concerns Nancy dealing with the ceremony as a way to start over after years of infidelity her husband is unaware of and the anxiety she has on that issue. The final part of the episode reveals that Dale believes John Redcorn is gay and that this is a major reason why Dale is okay with homosexuals and why he doesn't suspect that John Redcorn is Joseph's biological father.
Charles Nelson Reilly voiced the part of Bug in the original storyline. In this version, Dale suffers from a toothache and refuses to go to a dentist, fearing a tracking device would be implanted in him by his father's cohorts. Most of the episode's events, like Hank going to the rodeo, remain the same, but the ending is different in that Bug, feeling Dale would reject him if he told the truth, covers his sexuality by explaining he is monitoring the gay rodeo's activities. Relieved, Dale has his father hold his hand while he goes to the dentist. After the script was re-written, David Herman was hired to do Bug's voice.