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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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Quibbling SiblingsSeason 4, Episode 8

Quibbling Siblings (1994) | Home Improvement

Quibbling Siblings

When Al calls out sick from Tool Time, Tim agrees to let Brad come on as his assistant for an episode. This, however, induces some jealousy from Randy who begins to show signs of being left out of Tim’s attentions.

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This week on Grunt Work: Nights (our Patreon exclusive supplemental show) is volume one of our Music Mix-Tape. Truman and Landen discuss their relationship with music, and some of their favorites.

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Let’s Go to the VideotapeSeason 4, Episode 67

Let's Go to the Videotape (1994) | Home Improvement

Let’s Go to the Videotape

When Jill asks Tim to record her speech for a library function, he inadvertently records himself with the Harry and Eddie at the hardware store all calling their wives boring. Tim, not to be outdone, puts down Jill’s speech, communication in their relationship, and even just talking about studying psychology. However, when Al and Ilene come over to watch the speech, they are then treated to the additional footage, which sparks a heated argument between Tim and Jill.

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This week on Grunt Work: Nights (our Patreon exclusive supplemental show), we talk cheese, Valentine’s Day, cheese plates, online dating, different types of cheese, getting kidnapped, and Tillamook cheese.

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Borland Ambition (with Luke Barnett)Season 4, Episode 6

Borland Ambition (1994) | Home Improvement

Borland Ambition (with Luke Barnett)

Harry’s brother has decided to sell his share in the hardware store, and in order to survive, he needs a new investor. At first, he asks Tim if he would like to buy in, but while Tim considers and discusses this offer with Jill, Al jumps on the opportunity to buy in for 20% of the store to keep it up and running. However, once he invests his money, he also impresses a strict new standard operation procedure.

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This week on Grunt Work: Nights (our Patreon exclusive supplemental show), we have special guest Luke Barnett with us talking about streaming services, acting, and living in Hollywood. Be sure to follow him on Twitter!

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He Ain’t Heavy, He’s Just IrresponsibleSeason 4, Episode 5

He Ain't Heavy, He's Just Irresponsible (1994) | Home Improvement

He Ain’t Heavy, He’s Just Irresponsible

Jill Taylor (Patricia Richardson) is furious at Tim Taylor (Tim Allen) when he puts a huge hole in the floor trying to install a central vacuum in the basement. Tim is spared from her wrath when his brother Marty (William O’Lelary) comes to visit — but when Tim learns that Marty is thinking of leaving his wife just six months after she gave birth to twins, he’s so upset at him that they have a terrible fight. In conversation with Wilson (Earl Hindman), Tim realizes that he’s always been like a brother and a father (or frother) to Marty, but what Marty really needs now is a brother and friend (brend) who will listen to him. The next time he sees Marty, Tim sits and listens to his troubles, and is able to give him helpful advice about marriage and childrearing.

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This week on Grunt Work: Nights (our Patreon exclusive supplemental show), in the thrilling conclusion to the two-part extravaganza, Landen covers his favorite films of 2018.

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The Eyes Have ItSeason 4, Episode 4

The Eyes Have It (1994) | Home Improvement

The Eyes Have It

When Tim and Jill receive a letter from Mark’s teacher saying that she wishes to speak to them, it turns out that she is concerned about Mark’s attentiveness in class. Unsure what could be the cause of this uncharacteristic problem, Tim and Jill take turns trying to coax an explanation out of Mark. Initially resistant to talk, it eventually comes to pass that Mark cannot read the blackboard at school and fears getting glasses will make him look like a dork.

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This week on Grunt Work: Nights (our Patreon exclusive supplemental show), Truman covers his favorite films of 2018 (and two from 2019).

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Death Begins at FortySeason 4, Episode 3

Death Begins at Forty (1994) | Home Improvement

Death Begins at Forty

Tim Taylor (Tim Allen) is about to turn 40, and is looking forward to celebrating with a massive steak and some vigorous lovemaking with Jill (Patricia Richardson). But when one of his friends at the hardware store suffers a heart attack, Tim becomes paranoid about his health and begins taking extreme precautions, such as eating vegetables and lean meats. When Wilson (Earl Hindman) reveals to Tim that he himself suffered a heart attack 15 years ago, and explains how the experience encouraged him to live life to the fullest, he decides to go back to his old ways. Meanwhile, on Tool Time, Tim and Al (Richard Karn) use a state-of-the-art shrink ray to become four inches tall and take a field trip inside the engine of a dysfunctional hot rod.

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This week on Grunt Work: Nights (our Patreon exclusive supplemental show), Truman and Landen discuss Funko Pop!, the Bloodhound Gang, and Landen tells the story of how he was expelled from the school bus.

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Don’t Tell MommaSeason 4, Episode 2

Don't Tell Momma (1994) | Home Improvement

Don’t Tell Momma

When Tim discovers that Jill has tried to conceal a scratch in the paint job on her 1955 Chevy Nomad with nail polish, he demands that he take it into the body shop to have it repaired. 

However, when he drives the Nomad to a location shoot of Tool Time, where they are demonstrating construction crane operation, Tim negligently takes over the crane operation and accidentally crushes the car by dropping a steel beam on it.

Meanwhile, the turf war in the boroughs Hamtramck middle school heats up with a new opponent in Vinne Magurn (sp?) who Brad and Randy must defeat in order to retain dominance in their territory.

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