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The Santa Clause (Bonus Episode)

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The Santa Clause (Bonus Episode)

Ching-Ching-Ching! It’s those jingle bells (or so Truman says with his sound effects) indicating that it’s time for us to cover The Santa Clause! Tune-in for our in-depth breakdown of the beloved Christmas film that launched Tim Allen as a massive movie star.

When Scott Cline accidentally kills Santa Claus on Christmas Eve, he unwittingly engages in an unbreakable contract forcing him to become the new Santa, much to the chagrin of everyone around him, including Scott!

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This week on Grunt Work: Nights (our Patreon exclusive supplemental show) Truman and Landen discuss childhood toys, from Hot Wheels, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and G.I. Joe.

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Pod Therapy (Bonus Episode)

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Pod Therapy (Bonus Episode)

This week we’re joined by Nick Tangeman of the podcast Pod Therapy to get a professional’s opinion about some of the topics we deal with on a week-to-week basis. What’s a healthy view of masculinity? Male bonding? Is having a sexual attraction to cars normal behavior? Are there long-term effects of television acting as a surrogate to children? Nick brings his charm and expertise to our conversation in what’s one of our favorite episodes.

Please follow Nick and his co-host Jim on Twitter or Patreon, and help to de-stigmatize mental health!

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This week on Grunt Work: Nights (our Patreon exclusive supplemental show) Truman and Landen discuss childhood toys, from Hot Wheels, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and G.I. Joe.

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From a Galaxy Far, Far AwaySeason 4, Episode 12

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From a Galaxy Far, Far Away

When a strange being enters the nursery, the muppet gang decide it’s an alien named Erma from Neptune and set out to send her home! But, it turns out it wasn’t an alien after all… just a demon in the form of a koala.

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This week on Grunt Work: Nights (our Patreon exclusive supplemental show) Truman and Landen discuss advertisements from commercials to billboards – and oh boy are there a lot of billboards in Los Angeles…

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‘Twas the Night Before ChaosSeason 4, Episode 12

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‘Twas the Night Before Chaos

It’s Christmas time again, and this year both sides of the family are staying with the Taylors. Tim’s brother Marty, his wife Nancy, and their twins are already populating the house, while Jill awaits the arrival of her parents. However, the second they walk in the door, they are at each other’s throats. Jill’s mom complains that The Colonel does nothing but sit around watching war movies and detaching from the rest of the world. When Jill tries to help, things blow up in her face – but maybe a third party could help things along…

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This week on Grunt Work: Nights (our Patreon exclusive supplemental show) Truman and Landen discuss celebrity encounters! From Rachel Bloom and Jeffrey Tambor to Vince Vaughn and Jeffrey Dean Morgan.

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Some Like It Hot RodSeason 4, Episode 11

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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

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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

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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

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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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