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Super Bowl Fever

Super Bowl Fever

Tim's (Tim Allen) plans for a big rowdy Super Bowl party are thrown for a loop when Jill (Patricia Richardson) comes down with the flu and begs him not to have his friends over. Tim, who wasn't paying attention during the "in sickness and in health" portion of his wedding vows, tries to have it both ways - coaching the guys to watch the game quietly downstairs while half-assedly caring for Jill upstairs. When Jill...
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Brother, Can You Spare a Hot Rod?

Brother, Can You Spare a Hot Rod?

After his first appearance at a hot rod show with his newly built 1934 Ford Roadster, the owner of a Pizzaria chain and car collector makes him an offer that he can't refuse. Without secon guessing the decision, Tim brings home the check, but is met with anger and dismay from his family. Realizing that he didn't think things through, particularly how selling the car would affect Brad, Tim contacts the pizza man, and begs...
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The Route of All Evil

The Route of All Evil

When Brad (Zachery Ty Bryan) has the opportunity to take on a paper route, Jill (Patricia Richardson) is worried that he's taking on too many responsibilities - but Tim (Tim Allen) is excited for his son to take a step into the professional world. Before long, Brad is worn down and exhausted by school, sports, band and his route - but with Tim pressuring him to stick with the paper route, he opts to cope...
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The Santa Clause (Bonus Episode)

The Santa Clause (Bonus Episode)

Ching-Ching-Ching! It's those jingle bells (or so Truman says with his sound effects) indicating that it's time for us to cover The Santa Clause! Tune-in for our in-depth breakdown of the beloved Christmas film that launched Tim Allen as a massive movie star. When Scott Cline accidentally kills Santa Claus on Christmas Eve, he unwittingly engages in an unbreakable contract forcing him to become the new Santa, much to the chagrin of everyone around him,...
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Pod Therapy (Bonus Episode)

Pod Therapy (Bonus Episode)

This week we're joined by Nick Tangeman of the podcast Pod Therapy to get a professional's opinion about some of the topics we deal with on a week-to-week basis. What's a healthy view of masculinity? Male bonding? Is having a sexual attraction to cars normal behavior? Are there long-term effects of television acting as a surrogate to children? Nick brings his charm and expertise to our conversation in what's one of our favorite episodes. Please...
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Super Bowl FeverSeason 4, Episode 15

Super Bowl Fever (1995) | Home Improvement

Super Bowl Fever

Tim’s (Tim Allen) plans for a big rowdy Super Bowl party are thrown for a loop when Jill (Patricia Richardson) comes down with the flu and begs him not to have his friends over. Tim, who wasn’t paying attention during the “in sickness and in health” portion of his wedding vows, tries to have it both ways – coaching the guys to watch the game quietly downstairs while half-assedly caring for Jill upstairs. When Jill finally loses her patience, Wilson (Earl Hindman) helps Tim realize that he needs to be more nurturing, and he attempts to make things right by brewing Jill some of Wilson’s special anti-nausea bee tea.

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This week on Grunt Work: Nights (our Patreon exclusive supplemental show) Truman and Landen search the depths of their memory for those strange movies and commercials from childhood that left them confounded and asking whether or not they actually existed.

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Brother, Can You Spare a Hot Rod?Season 4, Episode 14

Brother, Can You Spare a Hot Rod?

Brother, Can You Spare a Hot Rod?

After his first appearance at a hot rod show with his newly built 1934 Ford Roadster, the owner of a Pizzaria chain and car collector makes him an offer that he can’t refuse. Without secon guessing the decision, Tim brings home the check, but is met with anger and dismay from his family.

Realizing that he didn’t think things through, particularly how selling the car would affect Brad, Tim contacts the pizza man, and begs for his car back.

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This week on Grunt Work: Nights (our Patreon exclusive supplemental show) Truman and Landen dawn the tights, strap on the capes, and take a flying leap from the top of the building because this week they cover superheroes!

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The Route of All EvilSeason 4, Episode 13

The Route of All Evil (1995) | Home Improvement

The Route of All Evil

When Brad (Zachery Ty Bryan) has the opportunity to take on a paper route, Jill (Patricia Richardson) is worried that he’s taking on too many responsibilities – but Tim (Tim Allen) is excited for his son to take a step into the professional world. Before long, Brad is worn down and exhausted by school, sports, band and his route – but with Tim pressuring him to stick with the paper route, he opts to cope by hiring Mark and Randy (Taran Noah Smith and Jonathan Taylor Thomas) to do his homework and clean his room. When Tim figures out what’s going on, Wilson (Earl Hindman) helps him to realize that he doesn’t need to push Brad so hard to succeed, and he gives Brad permission to quit the paper route to focus on school. Meanwhile, Jill is busy studying for a psychology exam, so Marie starts cooking dinner for the family – much to Tim and the boys’ delight.

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This week on Grunt Work: Nights (our Patreon exclusive supplemental show) Truman and Landen pop some lactaid, bust out the air fresheners, and light a few matches as they take an intellectual approach to fart jokes! (We keep it classy, folks.) PLUS! In our mid-season break, we released our goal-hitting bonus episode where we cover the Season 1 of Frasier!

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The Santa Clause (Bonus Episode)

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The Santa Clause (Bonus Episode)

Ching-Ching-Ching! It’s those jingle bells (or so Truman says with his sound effects) indicating that it’s time for us to cover The Santa Clause! Tune-in for our in-depth breakdown of the beloved Christmas film that launched Tim Allen as a massive movie star.

When Scott Cline accidentally kills Santa Claus on Christmas Eve, he unwittingly engages in an unbreakable contract forcing him to become the new Santa, much to the chagrin of everyone around him, including Scott!

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This week on Grunt Work: Nights (our Patreon exclusive supplemental show) Truman and Landen discuss childhood toys, from Hot Wheels, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and G.I. Joe.

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Pod Therapy (Bonus Episode)

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Pod Therapy (Bonus Episode)

This week we’re joined by Nick Tangeman of the podcast Pod Therapy to get a professional’s opinion about some of the topics we deal with on a week-to-week basis. What’s a healthy view of masculinity? Male bonding? Is having a sexual attraction to cars normal behavior? Are there long-term effects of television acting as a surrogate to children? Nick brings his charm and expertise to our conversation in what’s one of our favorite episodes.

Please follow Nick and his co-host Jim on Twitter or Patreon, and help to de-stigmatize mental health!

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This week on Grunt Work: Nights (our Patreon exclusive supplemental show) Truman and Landen discuss childhood toys, from Hot Wheels, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and G.I. Joe.

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From a Galaxy Far, Far AwaySeason 4, Episode 12

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From a Galaxy Far, Far Away

When a strange being enters the nursery, the muppet gang decide it’s an alien named Erma from Neptune and set out to send her home! But, it turns out it wasn’t an alien after all… just a demon in the form of a koala.

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This week on Grunt Work: Nights (our Patreon exclusive supplemental show) Truman and Landen discuss advertisements from commercials to billboards – and oh boy are there a lot of billboards in Los Angeles…

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‘Twas the Night Before ChaosSeason 4, Episode 12

Twas the Night Before Chaos (1994) | Home Improvement

‘Twas the Night Before Chaos

It’s Christmas time again, and this year both sides of the family are staying with the Taylors. Tim’s brother Marty, his wife Nancy, and their twins are already populating the house, while Jill awaits the arrival of her parents. However, the second they walk in the door, they are at each other’s throats. Jill’s mom complains that The Colonel does nothing but sit around watching war movies and detaching from the rest of the world. When Jill tries to help, things blow up in her face – but maybe a third party could help things along…

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This week on Grunt Work: Nights (our Patreon exclusive supplemental show) Truman and Landen discuss celebrity encounters! From Rachel Bloom and Jeffrey Tambor to Vince Vaughn and Jeffrey Dean Morgan.

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Some Like It Hot RodSeason 4, Episode 11

Some Like It Hot Rod (1994) | Home Improvement

Some Like It Hot Rod

Jill Taylor (Patricia Richardson) is hard at work producing the fourth grade Christmas pageant – and she’s getting absolutely no help from the boys, who have a hockey game, or Tim (Tim Allen), who runs out the door to a party at the auto body shop. When she moves Tim’s hot rod out of the garage so she can paint sets for the pageant, she forgets to put a cover over it – and as a result, the car gets filled with snow when a freak blizzard hits. When Tim finds the damage to the car, he’s furious at Jill, who refuses to apologize because Tim does this sort of thing to her all the time and she’s always understanding. Tim and Al (Richard Karn) work around the clock to try and restore the car before an upcoming photoshoot for a hot rod magazine, while Jill learns from Wilson (Earl Hindman) that she just screwed up and needs to say sorry. When Tim and Al fall asleep on the couch, Jill finishes restoring the car to peak condition – and tells Tim she’s sorry she screwed up.

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This week on Grunt Work: Nights (our Patreon exclusive supplemental show) Truman and Landen put on their detective hats and bust out the magnifying glasses to try and solve some pedestrian unsolved mysteries. This week we cover The Case of the Missing Generation 2 Apple TV Remote and One Grain of Rice on a Laptop Keyboard. Available now!

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Ye Olde Shoppe TeacherSeason 4, Episode 10

Ye Olde Shoppe Teacher (1994) | Home Improvement

Ye Olde Shoppe Teacher

Tim invites his old high school shop teacher, Mr. Leonard, over for dinner to reminisce, but it turns out that these days, Mr. Leonard is frustrated with being forced to retire. To honor him, and rectify this travesty, Tim invites Mr. Leonard on Tool Time as a special guest for a salute to Shop Class. 

However, on air, Mr. Leonard’s arthritis prevents him from being able to cut sheet metal, and when Tim offers his help, Mr. Leonard explodes with anger and storms off set. Realizing that he broke the “golden rule of men… never offer help if they don’t ask”, he approaches Mr. Leonard to apologize.

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This week on Grunt Work: Nights (our Patreon exclusive supplemental show) Truman and Landen talk about their relationship to standup comedy, past experiences, their favorite comedians, and more!

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My Dinner with WilsonSeason 4, Episode 9

My Dinner with Wilson (1994) | Home Improvement

My Dinner with Wilson

It’s Thanksgiving! and Wilson has invited the Taylors over for a feast. However, when a home appraiser accidentally shows up at the Taylor’s house, it’s revealed that Wilson is considering selling. When they ask him about it, Wilson explains that he is considering holding up a vow to his late wife by moving to Ecuador where they originally met and fell in love. But, he finds that maybe, just maybe, talking about her to others is a way to keep her memory alive.

Also, Tim tries to get a dead rat out of the wall.

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This week on Grunt Work: Nights (our Patreon exclusive supplemental show) Truman and Landen give some HOT TAKES. They drop the spicies on tacos, french fries, Rolling Stones vs. Beatles, and motorcycles!

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