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Dirty Jobs

Season 5 2009

  • 2009-01-07T04:00:00+01:00 on Discovery
  • 60 mins
  • 15 hours, 45 mins
  • United States
  • English
  • Documentary, Reality
DIRTY JOBS profiles the unsung American laborers who make their living in the most unthinkable -- yet vital -- ways. Our brave host and apprentice Mike Rowe will introduce you to a hardworking group of men and women who overcome fear, danger and sometimes stench and overall ickiness to accomplish their daily tasks.

23 episodes

5x01 Bologna Maker

  • Season Premiere

    2009-01-07T04:00:00+01:00 — 40 mins

Mike heads to Pennsylvania and tries his hand at making bologna and then goes to Alaska to repair a very special toilet.

5x02 Abandoned Mine Plugger

  • 2009-01-14T04:00:00+01:00 — 40 mins

Mike travels to Ohio to check on the Common Tern population and then he finds himself in Northern California plugging an abandoned mineshaft.

5x03 Animal Rendering

  • 2009-01-21T04:00:00+01:00 — 39 mins

Mike takes a trip to the La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles to find out about the important work being done in Pit 91. Then Mike travels north where he learns about rendering and discovers how much of a farm animal can be recycled.

5x04 Goose Down Plucker

  • 2009-01-28T04:00:00+01:00 — 39 mins

Mike heads to Meridian, California to find out what it takes to harvest walnuts. Then he spends some time in Tulelake where he learns how to make goose down pillows and comforters.

5x05 Diaper Cleaner

  • 2009-02-04T04:00:00+01:00 — 40 mins

Mike journeys to Queen Creek, Arizona to press olives into oil and then heads to Sacramento, California to clean dirty diapers.

5x06 Spider Pharm

  • 2009-02-11T04:00:00+01:00 — 41 mins

Mike ventures to Payette, Idaho to learn how to make high quality bird food. Then he heads to Yarnell, Arizona to collect spiders from the desert to milk them for their venom.

5x07 Locomotive Builder

  • 2009-02-18T04:00:00+01:00 — 41 mins

Mike heads to MotivePower in Boise, Idaho to build and restore locomotives for his 200th dirty job.

5x08 200 Jobs Look-Back

  • 2009-02-25T04:00:00+01:00 — 44 mins

Mike takes a look back at his previous jobs, toughest co-workers, and his ongoing encounters with dirt and poo. With additional footage from "Skull Cleaner" and "Turkey Inseminator"

5x09 Mike's Day Off

  • 2009-03-04T04:00:00+01:00 — 41 mins

Mike takes the day off to get a physical examination, leaving Executive Producers Eddie Barbini and Craig Piligian to host the show: servicing porta-potties and making custom-fabricated alloy wheels for Boyd Coddington Wheels

5x10 Sled Dog Breeder

  • 2009-04-13T04:00:00+02:00 — 40 mins

Breeding and training Alaskan Huskies as sled dogs with Martin Buser; revisit of dirty jobs in Alaska: Bird ringing common terns and Canadian geese ("Abandoned Mine Plugger"), fishing and processing of fish ("Floating Fish Factory"), cleaning up diesel spill in Dutch Harbor, Alaska ("Ice Salvage Crew"), incinerating toilet cleaner ("Bologna Maker"). The mail bag portion was taped at the Soo Locks on the floor of the MacArthur Lock in front of the upstream bulkheads.

5x11 Mattress Recycler

  • 2009-10-07T04:00:00+02:00 — 40 mins

Mike finds out what happens to old mattresses after people throw them out.

5x12 High-Rise Window Washer

  • 2009-10-14T04:00:00+02:00 — 40 mins

High-rise window washer, viewer mail: brine tank cleaner (Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay)

5x13 Toilet Crusher

  • 2009-10-21T04:00:00+02:00 — 40 mins

Toilet Crusher & alligator snapping turtle researcher

5x14 Camel Rancher

  • 2009-10-28T03:00:00+01:00 — 40 mins

Mike works at the country's only Dromedary camel dairy.

5x15 Tofu Maker

  • 2009-11-04T04:00:00+01:00 — 40 mins

Mike recycles computers before heading to Hawaii to make tofu.

5x16 Glass Maker

  • 2009-11-11T04:00:00+01:00 — 41 mins

Mike goes to Jonesboro, Arkansas to perform dung beetle research. Then he heads to Williamstown, West Virginia to try his hand at making glass art.

5x17 Rocky Reach Dam

  • 2009-11-18T04:00:00+01:00 — 41 mins

Mike journeys to Wenatchee, Washington to help maintain a hydroelectric dam. Then he explores a fish bypass system where he catches and tags fish and winds up wading through a pool of fish poop.

5x18 Safety Third

  • 2009-11-25T04:00:00+01:00 — 60 mins

Mike reflects back on his more hazardous apprenticeships and makes a case for safety.

5x19 Reindeer Farm

  • 2009-12-02T04:00:00+01:00 — 41 mins

Mike goes to Kentucky to try his hand at shrink-wrapping a houseboat. Then he heads off to Palmer, Alaska to spend a day working at a reindeer farm.

5x20 Marble Maker

  • 2009-12-09T04:00:00+01:00 — 40 mins

Mike goes to Hawaii to learn how to make dirt shirts at The Original Dirt Shirt Company. Then he heads off to Reno, Ohio to learn how to make marbles.

5x21 Fireworks Technician

  • 2009-12-16T04:00:00+01:00 — 37 mins

Mike becomes a specialty fireworks technician in Addison, Pa. and then helps examine a cow with a hole in its stomach at Arkansas State University.

5x22 Worm Grunter

  • 2009-12-23T04:00:00+01:00 — 40 mins

Mike goes to Florida to harvest clams at the Alligator Harbor Aquatic Preserve and later attempt to worm-grunt in the Apalachicola National Forest.

5x23 Maple Syrup Maker

  • 2009-12-30T04:00:00+01:00 — 40 mins

Mike travels to San Francisco to participate in the messy process of paint bulking. Then he heads to Wagner's Sugar Camp in Pennsylvania to spend the day making delicious maple syrup the old-fashioned way.