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Crazy For You – Halloween Special!

Crazy For You – Halloween Special!

It’s Halloween again, and as tradition would have it, the Taylors are hosting their annual costume party. Things are all spoofs and goofs until Tim receives a letter from an obsessed fan names Rose. Initially boastful of this, he then learns the dangers such a fan poses after Wilson suggests possible mental instability. This ignites Tim’s paranoia, as the messages from Rose increase in frequency and intent. With the claim that she’ll be at his
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Arrivederci, Binford

Arrivederci, Binford

When Mr. Binford dies, everyone is emotionally affected by his passing except Tim Taylor (Tim Allen). While Al (Richard Karn) and Jill (Patricia Richardson) are both moved to tears by the death of a man who's played a major role in their lives and careers, Tim finds himself unable to cry about it because he doesn't know how to grieve his old friend. After Wilson (Earl Hindman) explains that people grieve in different ways, Tim
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A Sew, Sew Evening

A Sew, Sew Evening

New neighbors, Joe and Marie Morton, move in next door to the Taylors – but Tim finds Joe to be incredibly obnoxious. Upon his first arrival he dings the grill of Tim's hot rod, and lingers while he tries to work. To eschew the situation, Tim says he has to go attend to Jill who suffers from depression and alcoholism. Later, Jill meets and really connects with Marie, and sets up a double date. However,
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This Joke’s For You

This Joke’s For You

When Tim Taylor (Tim Allen) installs a new intercom in the house, he overhears Randy (Jonathan Taylor Thomas) mocking his show and his safety record to one of his friends. Offended at being mocked behind his back, Tim confronts Randy, grounds him for the disrespect and attempts to do a serious, safe Tool Time with disastrous results. Wilson (Earl Hindman) ultimately helps him realize that it's natural for sons to mock their fathers at Randy's
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Aisle See You In My Dreams

Aisle See You In My Dreams

It’s Al’s 35th birthday, and he’s spending it with the Taylors. When he makes a wish by blowing out the candles on his cake, he reveals that he wished for a wife. Jill immediately knows of someone she wants to set him up with and puts the wheels into motion. Upon first meeting this woman, named Irene, Al finds that they have so much in common, that he decides to skip the courtship and delve
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Crazy For You – Halloween Special!Season Three, Episode Six

Crazy For You (1993) | Home Improvement

Crazy For You – Halloween Special!

It’s Halloween again, and as tradition would have it, the Taylors are hosting their annual costume party. Things are all spoofs and goofs until Tim receives a letter from an obsessed fan names Rose. Initially boastful of this, he then learns the dangers such a fan poses after Wilson suggests possible mental instability. This ignites Tim’s paranoia, as the messages from Rose increase in frequency and intent. With the claim that she’ll be at his party, Tim aptly freaks out.

Episode Cast

Earl Hindman | Home ImprovementEarl Hindman
Jonathan Taylor ThomasJonathan Taylor Thomas
Patricia RichardsonPatricia Richardson
Richard Karn | Home ImprovementRichard Karn
Taran Noah SmithTaran Noah Smith
Tim AllenTim Allen
Zachery Ty Bryan | Home ImprovementZachery Ty Bryan
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Arrivederci, BinfordSeason Three, Episode Five

Arrivederci, Binford (1993) | Home Improvement

Arrivederci, Binford

When Mr. Binford dies, everyone is emotionally affected by his passing except Tim Taylor (Tim Allen). While Al (Richard Karn) and Jill (Patricia Richardson) are both moved to tears by the death of a man who’s played a major role in their lives and careers, Tim finds himself unable to cry about it because he doesn’t know how to grieve his old friend. After Wilson (Earl Hindman) explains that people grieve in different ways, Tim celebrates Mr. Binford’s life with a 21 nail gun salute.

Meanwhile, Jill has been roped into stuffing envelopes for yet another library fundraiser. She enlists the boys (Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Zachary Ty Bryan and Taran Noah Smith) for help with mixed results.

Episode Cast

Earl Hindman | Home ImprovementEarl Hindman
Jonathan Taylor ThomasJonathan Taylor Thomas
Patricia RichardsonPatricia Richardson
Richard Karn | Home ImprovementRichard Karn
Taran Noah SmithTaran Noah Smith
Tim AllenTim Allen
Zachery Ty Bryan | Home ImprovementZachery Ty Bryan
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A Sew, Sew EveningSeason Three, Episode Four

A Sew, Sew Evening (1993) | Home Improvement

A Sew, Sew Evening

New neighbors, Joe and Marie Morton, move in next door to the Taylors – but Tim finds Joe to be incredibly obnoxious. Upon his first arrival he dings the grill of Tim’s hot rod, and lingers while he tries to work. To eschew the situation, Tim says he has to go attend to Jill who suffers from depression and alcoholism. Later, Jill meets and really connects with Marie, and sets up a double date. However, at dinner, Joe lets slip the lies that Tim told about Jill, and puts him in hot water.

Meanwhile, Brad enrolls in Home Ec to impress the ladies, and ends up learning the useful skill of sewing instead.

Episode Cast

Earl Hindman | Home ImprovementEarl Hindman
Jonathan Taylor ThomasJonathan Taylor Thomas
Patricia RichardsonPatricia Richardson
Richard Karn | Home ImprovementRichard Karn
Taran Noah SmithTaran Noah Smith
Tim AllenTim Allen
Zachery Ty Bryan | Home ImprovementZachery Ty Bryan
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This Joke’s For YouSeason Three, Episode Three

This Joke's For You (1993) | Home Improvement

This Joke’s For You

When Tim Taylor (Tim Allen) installs a new intercom in the house, he overhears Randy (Jonathan Taylor Thomas) mocking his show and his safety record to one of his friends. Offended at being mocked behind his back, Tim confronts Randy, grounds him for the disrespect and attempts to do a serious, safe Tool Time with disastrous results. Wilson (Earl Hindman) ultimately helps him realize that it’s natural for sons to mock their fathers at Randy’s age, which leads Tim to lift the grounding.

Meanwhile, Brad (Zachary Ty Bryan) is struggling to read David Copperfield in order to impress an newly intellectual Jenny Sudarsky. But when he can’t manage it, she dumps him.

Episode Cast

Earl Hindman | Home ImprovementEarl Hindman
Jonathan Taylor ThomasJonathan Taylor Thomas
Patricia RichardsonPatricia Richardson
Richard Karn | Home ImprovementRichard Karn
Taran Noah SmithTaran Noah Smith
Tim AllenTim Allen
Zachery Ty Bryan | Home ImprovementZachery Ty Bryan
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Aisle See You In My DreamsSeason Three, Episode Two

Aisle See You in My Dreams(1993) | Home Improvement

Aisle See You In My Dreams

It’s Al’s 35th birthday, and he’s spending it with the Taylors. When he makes a wish by blowing out the candles on his cake, he reveals that he wished for a wife. Jill immediately knows of someone she wants to set him up with and puts the wheels into motion. Upon first meeting this woman, named Irene, Al finds that they have so much in common, that he decides to skip the courtship and delve right into long-term commitment. On the next day’s episode of Tool Time, he proposes to her on camera, however Tim, at the behest of Jill trying to undo her handy work, convinces him that he should slow things down, and re-dubs the proposal with an invitation to dinner, and some awful Godzilla jokes.

Meanwhile, Brad and Randy pull a prank on Mark to make him think that Isiah Thomas has responded to his fan letters, and will visit over the weekend for a hearty dinner of corn on the cob.

Episode Cast

Earl Hindman | Home ImprovementEarl Hindman
Jonathan Taylor ThomasJonathan Taylor Thomas
Patricia RichardsonPatricia Richardson
Richard Karn | Home ImprovementRichard Karn
Taran Noah SmithTaran Noah Smith
Tim AllenTim Allen
Zachery Ty Bryan | Home ImprovementZachery Ty Bryan
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Maybe, BabySeason Three, Episode One

Maybe, Baby (1993) | Home Improvement

Maybe, Baby

In the season three premiere, Jill learns that her sister Carol is about to give birth to a baby girl and begins to imagine what life would be like with a girl, as they imagined Mark might be before they learned they were having a boy. When she brings this up to Tim, he immediately shuts the conversation down, leading to an argument. After some intuitive wisdom from Wilson, Tim realizes that he has the three boys to live out his legacy, while Jill doesn’t have any kids to pass on her interests. Now open to having the discussion, Jill confesses that’s all she wanted as her life with three boys and the blossoming career is fulfilling enough.

Meanwhile, Brad and Randy use the information that Mark was intended to be a girl to torment him.

Links

Also be sure to check out the Fan Theory World’s fantastic theory about Home Improvement being part of the Pixar Theory.

Episode Cast

Earl Hindman | Home ImprovementEarl Hindman
Jonathan Taylor ThomasJonathan Taylor Thomas
Patricia RichardsonPatricia Richardson
Richard Karn | Home ImprovementRichard Karn
Taran Noah SmithTaran Noah Smith
Tim AllenTim Allen
Zachery Ty Bryan | Home ImprovementZachery Ty Bryan
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Grunt Work Mixtape Vol. 2, Side A

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Grunt Work Mixtape Vol. 2, Side A

Hey Gruntheads!

We’re off the next two weeks while we prep for season three!

In the meantime, enjoy this mixtape of our funniest moments and outtakes from season two!

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Season Two Super Spectacular! (Part II)

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Season Two Super Spectacular! (Part II)

Part Two of our Season Two Super Spectacular in which we cover our fan theories (with special guest Erik Montgomery from Fan Theory World!), our favorites, listener shoutouts, and a few other surprises.

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Season Two Super Spectacular! (Part I)

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Season Two Super Spectacular! (Part I)

Well, Gruntheads, it’s been a crazy, wild, and long season two, but here we are at the end! Crack open the bubbly, we’re celebrating the last season of Grunt Work and Home Improvement with the first part of our end-of-the-season Super Spectacular!

In this episode we brainstorm plans for a Home Improvement theme park ride, mention the “More Power!” Thor moment from Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War, Truman reveals his current line-up of XCOM soldiers which he has made in the image of your favorite characters from Home Improvement, and discuss what it would be like to watch an entire episode of Tool Time.

We also cover the end-of-the-season Grunt Count, go over some production tidbits from season two, and have a very robust, albeit problematic final visit to Pam’s Corner where we have a Star and Star Struck book club meeting.

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Audio Commentary: Roomie for Improvement

Roomie For Improvement (1992) | Home Improvement

Audio Commentary: Roomie for Improvement

Cue up your old VCRs, hit Top Menu on your DVD remotes, pop in your laserdiscs, and open up your favorite streaming service. It’s time for our first ever Audio Commentary!

As voted by you, our Twitter Gruntheads, we are covering Roomie for Improvement, in which Tim must temporarily stay with Al while Mark recovers from the chickenpox. In fact, the episode tied in votes with Haunting of Taylor House, but won the electoral vote by having more grunts.

This is our first experiment with this sort of conceptual episode, so please leave us some feedback!

Audio Commentary Instructions

This commentary starts at the beginning of the episode, so be aware if the service on which you’re viewing has studio logos beforehand (ala Hulu). Likewise, this commentary does not account for commercials. If your service has commercials, simply pause this commentary until the episode commences.

This commentary is interactive! At times the commentary will instruct you to pause the screen in order to give you greater detail and extended goofers.

Where to Pause

05:12
Backyard – As Wilson grills behind his side of the fence.

07:25
Al’s Apartment – As Tim sits on stool, just as Al disappears into the bathroom

11:05
Taylor House – Just returning from the commercial break, Mark lies on the couch in the foreground

13:12
Tool Time – Right after Tim introduces Mario and Michael Andretti, a wide-shot.

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