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That’s My Momma

That’s My Momma

When Tim’s mom comes to town, he begins to learn things about her that surprises him – like she’s lonely in their childhood home; she recently took a trip to Ireland and kissed the Blarney Stone; and that even at her age, she can still get it. However, when she tries to open up to Tim, he has a hard time receiving it, which leads to some wisecracks and hurt feelings. Become an Official Grunthead on...
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Doctor in the House

Doctor in the House

When Tim Taylor (Tim Allen) finds out he's getting an honorary PhD from Western Michigan University, he's thrilled. Jill (Patricia Richardson), who's burning the midnight oil to get a graduate degree, and Wilson (Earl Hindman), who toiled hard to get his PhD, are significantly less excited. But Tim's gloating comes to a quick end when he finds out that the only reason he's being given the award is because the university thinks a celebrity like...
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Chicago Hope

Chicago Hope

Tim is obsessed over developing new ideas to pitch to an affiliate with the hopes of acquiring a time slot in Chicago. But this has put a cramp in his and Jill’s love life, as they haven’t had sexy times in a month. To help rectify this, they agree to go away on a romantic weekend to an authentic Japanese hotel – however Bud decides to schedule the affiliate meeting at the same time in...
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Room Without a View

Room Without a View

When Mark (Taran Noah Smith) and Randy (Jonathan Taylor Thomas) can't stop fighting, Tim (Tim Allen) decides to build Randy a new bedroom in the basement as a Tool Time special. Randy is psyched to get his own bachelor pad downstairs - until his first night down there, when he's so freaked out by the creepy basement noises that he has to flee to the living room couch with his pillow. Randy is too proud...
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The Look

The Look

When Bud Harper offers Tim the chance to buy season tickets to the Pistons, he can’t pass up the chance, even though it means laying down $4,000 without consulting Jill. This, understandably, upsets Jill who suddenly transforms into the fabled unreasoning housewife monster who is capable of turning a man to liquid with a single look. Tim survives this initial beastial encounter and regales the tale to the guys at the hardware store, who rally...
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That’s My MommaSeason 5, Episode 11

That's My Momma (1995) | Home Improvement

That’s My Momma

When Tim’s mom comes to town, he begins to learn things about her that surprises him – like she’s lonely in their childhood home; she recently took a trip to Ireland and kissed the Blarney Stone; and that even at her age, she can still get it. However, when she tries to open up to Tim, he has a hard time receiving it, which leads to some wisecracks and hurt feelings.

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This week on Grunt Work: Nights (our Patreon exclusive supplemental show) Truman and Landen discuss flying! Airports, planes, behavior, and some really extreme ideas that maybe one of them regrets framing the way he does, even if he stands by the general core concept.

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Doctor in the HouseSeason 5, Episode 10

Doctor in the House (1995) | Home Improvement

Doctor in the House

When Tim Taylor (Tim Allen) finds out he’s getting an honorary PhD from Western Michigan University, he’s thrilled. Jill (Patricia Richardson), who’s burning the midnight oil to get a graduate degree, and Wilson (Earl Hindman), who toiled hard to get his PhD, are significantly less excited. But Tim’s gloating comes to a quick end when he finds out that the only reason he’s being given the award is because the university thinks a celebrity like him will be a good fundraiser. Also, Tim gets into some trouble with mousetraps.

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This week on Grunt Work: Nights (our Patreon exclusive supplemental show) Truman and Landen discuss fashion! They assess each other’s style, (or lack thereof). Beep beep!

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Chicago HopeSeason 5, Episode 9

Chicago Home (1995) | Home Improvement

Chicago Hope

Tim is obsessed over developing new ideas to pitch to an affiliate with the hopes of acquiring a time slot in Chicago. But this has put a cramp in his and Jill’s love life, as they haven’t had sexy times in a month. To help rectify this, they agree to go away on a romantic weekend to an authentic Japanese hotel – however Bud decides to schedule the affiliate meeting at the same time in the hotel’s bar, and Tim is afraid to tell Jill.

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This week on Grunt Work: Nights (our Patreon exclusive supplemental show) by request, Truman and Landen discuss languages! Landen wanted to do the entire episode in Klingon, but Truman vetoed the idea in favor of English. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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Room Without a ViewSeason 5, Episode 8

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Room Without a View

When Mark (Taran Noah Smith) and Randy (Jonathan Taylor Thomas) can’t stop fighting, Tim (Tim Allen) decides to build Randy a new bedroom in the basement as a Tool Time special. Randy is psyched to get his own bachelor pad downstairs – until his first night down there, when he’s so freaked out by the creepy basement noises that he has to flee to the living room couch with his pillow. Randy is too proud to admit he’s afraid to sleep downstairs – until Tim, with a little help from Wilson (Earl Hindman), realizes what’s going on and helps explain to Randy about the weird noises he’s hearing.

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This week on Grunt Work: Nights (our Patreon exclusive supplemental show) it’s the holidays!

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The LookSeason 5, Episode 7

The Look (1995) | Home Improvement

The Look

When Bud Harper offers Tim the chance to buy season tickets to the Pistons, he can’t pass up the chance, even though it means laying down $4,000 without consulting Jill. This, understandably, upsets Jill who suddenly transforms into the fabled unreasoning housewife monster who is capable of turning a man to liquid with a single look.

Tim survives this initial beastial encounter and regales the tale to the guys at the hardware store, who rally behind him as the knight that can slay the unreasoning housewife monster for the good of all men across the land of Manville.

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This week on Grunt Work: Nights (our Patreon exclusive supplemental show) Truman and Landen discuss expectations vs. reality. In true to their fashion, Landen discusses the existential terror of a midlife crisis while Truman saves us all with lighter story about the disillusionment over a botched banquet dinner.

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Let Them Eat CakeSeason 5, Episode 6

Let Them Eat Cake (1995) | Home Improvement

Let Them Eat Cake

Tim (Tim Allen), Al (Richard Karn) and Jill (Patricia Richardson) reluctantly attend the cable awards on Halloween night, in spite of the fact that Cooking With Irma wins everything every year. With Mark (Taran Noah Smith) sick at home and no babysitter available, they ask Brad (Zachary Ty Bryan) and his smooth-talking friend Jason (Jarrad Paul) to stay home and take care of him. With the parents tied up at the awards show, Jason convinces Brad to throw a blowout party at the empty house – with disastrous results.

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This week on Grunt Work: Nights (our Patreon exclusive supplemental show) by request (and you can too!) Truman and Landen discuss Black Mirror, and all of our fears are reflected back at us.

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Advise and RepentSeason 5, Episode 5

Advise and Repent (1995) | Home Improvement

Advise and Repent

Jill comes home with an A on her recent psychology test and a confident bounce in her step, so when she encounters Burt, the father of Randy’s girlfriend, who explains that his wife drives him nuts when her parents are in town, Jill suggests that maybe his wife has never individuated from her parents. This leads Burt to get in an explosive fight with his wife, and sends Jill into a downward spiral of guilt and self-doubt of becoming a therapist.

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This week on Grunt Work: Nights (our Patreon exclusive supplemental show) by request (and you can too!) Truman and Landen discuss the most controversial of topics. A topic so hot it could never be aired on television. A topic that once got Jimmy Carter banned from the entire Australian continent… MARCHING BAND.

Only one of us plays an instrument. Can you guess who before you listen?

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Jill’s Surprise PartySeason 5, Episode 4

Jill's Surprise Party (1995) | Home Improvement

Jill’s Surprise Party

Tim Taylor (Tim Allen) has called together all of Jill’s friends and relatives to throw her a surprise 39th birthday party – but when Jill (Patricia Richardson) takes off on an impromptu trip to Dayton to retrieve a childhood piano just before the party’s set to begin, Tim has to try and keep all the guests around (and the food uneaten) until she gets back.

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This week on Grunt Work: Nights (our Patreon exclusive supplemental show) Truman and Landen discuss birthdays and everything that comes with ’em! Best gifts, worst gifts, and whirlyball!

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Her Cheatin’ MindSeason 5, Episode 3

Her Cheatin' Mind (1995) | Home Improvement

Her Cheatin’ Mind

When Tim finds out that Jill is in a book club with another man, his jealousy ignites. This is made worse by the fact that his friends  claim that they would never let their wives be friends with another man. To keep tabs on her, Tim decided to read Madam Bovary, and join their book discussion the following week.

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This week on Grunt Work: Nights (our Patreon exclusive supplemental show) Truman and Landen discuss what they wanted to be when they grew up. It’s pretty much exactly what you expect, and probably nothing you’d guess.

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The Last Temptation of TimSeason 5, Episode 2

The Last Temptation of Tim (1995) | Home Improvement

The Last Temptation of Tim

Tim Taylor (Tim Allen) and Al Borland (Richard Karn) are nervous when Binford is bought by a new investor, who they fear will want to cancel Tool Time. When Tim meets with Bud Harper (Charles Robinson), the new owner, Bud explains that he loves Tool Time and wants to take it national – but only if Tim fires Al, who younger viewers don’t like. Tim agonizes over the decision, but ultimately tells Bud he won’t do the show without Al, defending his skills and his character. Together, Tim and Al cut a deal with Bud to do a smaller Tool Time expansion with them on a trial basis – and afterwards, Al gives Tim a very unwanted best friend hug.

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This week on Grunt Work: Nights (our Patreon exclusive supplemental show) Truman and Landen discuss Halloween! Their best (and worst) costumes, favorite candy, and a brief detour to Devil’s Night – the regional devious festivities the night before Halloween in and around Detroit.

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