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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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A Taylor Runs Through ItSeason 5, Episode 1

A Taylor Runs Through It (1995) | Home Improvement

A Taylor Runs Through It

Jill’s favorite cousin is getting married in Traverse City, and the entire Taylor family is excited for the trip… just for different reasons. Tim and the boys look forward to a sweekend of fly fishing, water skiing and off-roading, while Jill wants to send her cousin off with a loving tribute. 

However, when Tim finally convinces Jill to let loose, she ends up broken and battered and embarrassed to speak at the wedding.

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This week on Grunt Work: Nights (our Patreon exclusive supplemental show) Truman and Landen discuss they unwind – spoiler, one of them can’t and one of them doesn’t need to! – so sit back, relax, and pull up your chamber room armchair and snifter of cognac.

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Bye Bye Birdie with Briggon Snow! (Re-Broadcast)Season Two, Episode Eighteen

Bye Bye Birdie (1993) | Home Improvement

Bye Bye Birdie with Briggon Snow! (Re-Broadcast)

Brad Taylor (Zachery Ty Bryan) breaks up with Jenny Sudarsky (Jessica Wesson) because she won’t let him copy her math homework anymore – and his grades suffer as a result. Randy (Jonathan Taylor Thomas) suggests that Brad play it up like Jenny broke up with him so he can get sympathy from Jill (Patricia Richardson) and distract from his bad grades. But when Jill discovers the truth, she and Tim (Tim Allen) punish him by trying to teach him math.

Meanwhile, an annoying woodpecker has taken residence in the roof of the Taylor house, leading Tim to take crazier and crazier steps to try and scare it away.

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Earl Hindman | Home ImprovementEarl Hindman
Jessica Wesson
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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Season 4 Super Spectacular!Season 4, Episode 28

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Season 4 Super Spectacular!

This eighty-year season finally comes to an end! Tune in as we cover our favorite episodes, guest stars, and debate the season 4 MVP. We also reveal the People’s Choice MVP, the season Grunt Count, and maybe even a few surprises!

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This week on Grunt Work: Nights (our Patreon exclusive supplemental show) Truman and Landen discuss writing!

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Grunt Work Nights SamplerSeason 4, Episode 27

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Grunt Work Nights Sampler

Hey Gruntheads!

This week we’ve compiled for you three of our Grunt Work Nights episodes, which are normally Patreon exclusive. If you like what you hear, you can subscribe to our Patreon for only $1/mo. to get access to our entire backlog of Grunt Work Nights, including our bonus Frasier episodes!

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This week on Grunt Work: Nights (our Patreon exclusive supplemental show) Truman and Landen discuss whether they’d rather serve in Heaven or rule in Hell.

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Audio Commentary: My Dinner with WilsonSeason 4, Episode 9

My Dinner with Wilson (1994) | Home Improvement

Audio Commentary: My Dinner with Wilson

Get those DVD players poised and your remotes ready to go, it’s time for another interactive audio commentary! We’ve chosen the fan favorite episode My Dinner with Wilson, which gives us a chance to dive in to the life of our favorite face-covered neighbor.

What is an interactive commentary? Unlike most commentary tracks which are married to the image, with the podcast space, we are able to pause and continue our commentary to speak more in-depth. Time no longer matters. We’re essentially a couple of Doctor Who’s up in here.

This episode is designed to be listened to on its own or with the visual component. If you’re watching along with our commentary, here are the pause points:

04:31 – Wide shot of Tim, Randy, and Brad by the front door of the Taylor house
08:04 – Wide shot of Wilson’s dining area
21:12 – Coming out of commercial break, Wilson blowing into conch shell

Synopsis

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 crack the binding on their books, and blow the dust from the back of their DVDs as they discuss books adapted into films! Try as they might to deviate from Stephen King and Stanley Kubrick, it’s a supermassive star that’s hard to get out of the orbit of. But they succeed! Somewhat!

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