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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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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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Back in the Saddle Shoes AgainSeason 4, Episode 1

Back in the Saddle Shoes Again (1994) | Home Improvement

Back in the Saddle Shoes Again

When Jill Taylor (Patricia Richardson) gets laid off from Inside Detroit magazine, she decides to go back to school for a psychology degree. Tim (Tim Allen) thinks this is a terrible idea, and Jill is furious that he isn’t more supportive. But when Wilson (Earl Hindman) helps TIm realize that he only opposes the idea because he’s scared Jill will find him boring once she’s exposed to a more intellectual social circle, he returns to Jill and gives her his blessing to get her master’s.

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Season 3 Super Spectacular!Season Three, Episode Twenty-Five

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Season 3 Super Spectacular!

It’s the end of the season, and with ends come changes.

In this extravaganza of an episode, we look back on the ups and downs of season three, share some memories, and make some new ones.

We cover the season three Grunt Count, our favorite episodes and guest stars, answer some listener questions, and reveal the Season 3 People’s Choice MVP. (Spoiler: we didn’t win.)

Send us your thoughts on the potential Godzilla conspiracy that we’re unraveling, and we’ll see you next season!

 

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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Crazy For You (Audio Commentary)Season Three, Episode Twenty-Five

Crazy For You (1993) | Home Improvement

Crazy For You (Audio Commentary)

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.

Pause Breaks

13:52 – Behind the scenes of Tool Time

16:39 – Front door opening to Taylor home

21:44 – Wide shot of Tim & Jill’s bedroom

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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The Great Race IISeason Three, Episode Twenty-Five

The Great Race II (1994) | Home Improvement

The Great Race II

Despite Jill’s (Patricia Richardson) nonstop efforts for the past three years, the library is still somehow $1000 short on funds. In response, Jill holds a Tool Man auction on Tool Time — where Bob Vila makes a surprise appearance, bringing in $700, whereas Tim (Tim Allen) only goes for $300 when Jill bids on him herself. Emasculated and frustrated at once again being bested by Bob Vila, Tim challenges Vila to a race in their newly-completed hot rods. Tim’s nerves are frayed as he rushes to get his hot rod running in time for the race, but with a little help and wisdom from Wilson (Earl Hindman) he’s able to complete his hot rod after three years of work — and be happy about it despite losing yet another race to Bob Vila.

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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Reality BytesSeason Three, Episode Twenty-Four

Reality Bytes

Randy has been cruising the dark neon-lit streets of the internet in search of singles chatrooms, and has found a beau from St. Louis named Molly. In an attempt to woo her, he has been using Tim’s old love letters to Jill as inspiration, and by “inspiration”, I mean complete plagiarism. However, when Molly shows up at the Taylor’s home unannounced, Randy’s plan unravels.

Meanwhile, on Tool Time, Tim is given the honor of speaking with the astronaut crew of the Endeavor who have brought some space tools for show and tell.

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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What You See Is What You GetSeason Three, Episode Twenty-Three

What You See Is What You Get (1994) | Home Improvement

What You See Is What You Get

When Jill (Patricia Richardson) tells Tim (Tim Allen) a story about a woman who got extensive plastic surgery after her husband left her, she’s shocked at Tim’s callous reaction. Things don’t improve when she brings home a computer program that allows users to modify photographs of their bodies, which Tim promptly uses to blow up her breasts and shrink her waist. After a conversation with Wilson (Earl Hindman) about inner beauty, Tim makes amends by getting Jill a refurbished dining room table.

Meanwhile, Mark (Taran Noah Smith) repeatedly beats Brad (Zachary Ty Bryan) and Randy (Jonathan Taylor Thomas) at a variety of games.

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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Swing TimeSeason Three, Episode Twenty-Two

Swing Time (1994) | Home Improvement

Swing Time

It’s Mother’s Day, and Tim is determined to get Jill something she really wants this year. When he believes that he has deciphered all of the hints she’s been dropping, he decides to replace the swingset in the backyard with a new hot tub. However, when she catches Tim digging in the middle of the night, she wrongly assumes that he deciphered correctly, and is building her an herb garden. But — now that she sees it missing — she actually misses the swingset. Tim scrambles to reclaim the old swingset that he gave to Pete from K&B Construction in order to repurpose the wood into a new gazebo.

Also, on Tool Time, Tim is challenged to Tool Trivia by the new foreman of K&B Construction: Les Thompson, a WOMAN.

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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Fifth AnniversarySeason Three, Episode Twenty-One

Fifth Anniversary (1994) | Home Improvement

Fifth Anniversary

It’s the 5th Anniversary of Tool Time, and Tim wants to do something special: take the crew to the Indy Speedway. However, after revealing the Man’s Kitchen, Tim has exhausted the budget for the next six months. Opting instead for simplicity, he shows clips from the inaugural episode of Tool Time.

Meanwhile, Jill plans a no-dinner dinner party for the Library Fundraiser, but has a hell of a time explaining what exactly that is.

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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