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A House DividedSeason 4, Episode 18

A House Divided (1995) | Home Improvement

A House Divided

Benny has moved into his aunt’s house while she is on vacation, but doesn’t have access to any gas due do a leaky valve. Tim suggests that they do an episode of Tool Time to show how to fix it so that Benny can get the repairs for free. However, Benny forgets to mention that in addition to the leaky gas valve, the oven has also been leaking, leading things to go dangerously awry.

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This week on Grunt Work: Nights (our Patreon exclusive supplemental show) in Truman and Landen discuss what movies have been getting them in the theater lately. Spoiler free coverage of Detective Pikachu, Brightburn, Ma, and a whole lot of spoilers for Avengers: Endgame. Can you guess who saw which?

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It’s My PartySeason 4, Episode 17

It's My Party (1995) | Home Improvement

It’s My Party

Tim Taylor (Tim Allen) builds a dance floor in the basement for Randy’s (Jonathan Taylor Thomas) first ever boy-girl birthday party. But when the 16 coats of wax he applied leads to Randy’s crush Michelle spraining her ankle, the three of them must make an unexpected trip to the emergency room – and Tim must pull out all the stops to convince her father to let Randy keep hanging out with her.

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This week on Grunt Work: Nights (our Patreon exclusive supplemental show) in Part II of Truman and Landen’s grand experiment with live streaming, they discuss time travel, the grandfather paradox, and what they would do with eternity.

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Bachelor of the YearSeason 4, Episode 16

Bachelor of the Year (1995) | Home Improvement

Bachelor of the Year

When Al is named Bachelor of the Year by a popular Detroit magazine, the newfound attention from the opposite sex goes to his head. However, it gets out of hand when he and Ilene celebrate their 15 month anniversary as women crawl out of the woodwork to give him their number. Ilene gets pissed at Al’s flagrant behavior, and storms off, leaving Tim to be the one to talk sense into Al. 

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This week on Grunt Work: Nights (our Patreon exclusive supplemental show) Truman and Landen look to the skies and want to believe as they discuss UFOs and aliens.

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Super Bowl FeverSeason 4, Episode 15

Super Bowl Fever (1995) | Home Improvement

Super Bowl Fever

Tim’s (Tim Allen) plans for a big rowdy Super Bowl party are thrown for a loop when Jill (Patricia Richardson) comes down with the flu and begs him not to have his friends over. Tim, who wasn’t paying attention during the “in sickness and in health” portion of his wedding vows, tries to have it both ways – coaching the guys to watch the game quietly downstairs while half-assedly caring for Jill upstairs. When Jill finally loses her patience, Wilson (Earl Hindman) helps Tim realize that he needs to be more nurturing, and he attempts to make things right by brewing Jill some of Wilson’s special anti-nausea bee tea.

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This week on Grunt Work: Nights (our Patreon exclusive supplemental show) Truman and Landen search the depths of their memory for those strange movies and commercials from childhood that left them confounded and asking whether or not they actually existed.

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Brother, Can You Spare a Hot Rod?Season 4, Episode 14

Brother, Can You Spare a Hot Rod?

Brother, Can You Spare a Hot Rod?

After his first appearance at a hot rod show with his newly built 1934 Ford Roadster, the owner of a Pizzaria chain and car collector makes him an offer that he can’t refuse. Without secon guessing the decision, Tim brings home the check, but is met with anger and dismay from his family.

Realizing that he didn’t think things through, particularly how selling the car would affect Brad, Tim contacts the pizza man, and begs for his car back.

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This week on Grunt Work: Nights (our Patreon exclusive supplemental show) Truman and Landen dawn the tights, strap on the capes, and take a flying leap from the top of the building because this week they cover superheroes!

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The Route of All EvilSeason 4, Episode 13

The Route of All Evil (1995) | Home Improvement

The Route of All Evil

When Brad (Zachery Ty Bryan) has the opportunity to take on a paper route, Jill (Patricia Richardson) is worried that he’s taking on too many responsibilities – but Tim (Tim Allen) is excited for his son to take a step into the professional world. Before long, Brad is worn down and exhausted by school, sports, band and his route – but with Tim pressuring him to stick with the paper route, he opts to cope by hiring Mark and Randy (Taran Noah Smith and Jonathan Taylor Thomas) to do his homework and clean his room. When Tim figures out what’s going on, Wilson (Earl Hindman) helps him to realize that he doesn’t need to push Brad so hard to succeed, and he gives Brad permission to quit the paper route to focus on school. Meanwhile, Jill is busy studying for a psychology exam, so Marie starts cooking dinner for the family – much to Tim and the boys’ delight.

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This week on Grunt Work: Nights (our Patreon exclusive supplemental show) Truman and Landen pop some lactaid, bust out the air fresheners, and light a few matches as they take an intellectual approach to fart jokes! (We keep it classy, folks.) PLUS! In our mid-season break, we released our goal-hitting bonus episode where we cover the Season 1 of Frasier!

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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

Twas the Night Before Chaos (1994) | Home Improvement

‘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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