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Let’s Go to the Videotape

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...
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Borland Ambition (with Luke Barnett)

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...
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He Ain’t Heavy, He’s Just Irresponsible

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...
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The Eyes Have It

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...
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Death Begins at Forty

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...
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Mow Better BluesSeason One, Episode Two

Mow Better Blues | Home Improvement

Mow Better Blues

On This Episode of Home Improvement…

Tim and Mark, his youngest son, are in the garage adding MORE POWER! to his lawn mower. Momentarily left alone, Mark accidentally breaks one of his father’s tools, and in a fit of panic, hides it in the dryer.

Depressed, Mark confides in his older brothers, Brad and Randy, who can’t resist an opportunity to torment him, and spin a yarn that this happened once before with another brother, and that their parents were so upset that they traded him in for Mark. Terrified that he’ll also be traded in, Mark hides away in their “tree house”.

On this episode of Grunt Work…

Truman and Landen learn about respecting other people’s property, forgiveness, and sibling rivalry (torture?) They also get a little reference-heavy as they go head-to-head in a Jimmy Stewart-off, compare Patricia Richardson to Daniel Day Lewis, and find wardrobe connections to Jurassic Park.

Episode Cast

Earl Hindman | Home ImprovementEarl Hindman
Jonathan Taylor ThomasJonathan Taylor Thomas
Patricia RichardsonPatricia Richardson
Taran Noah SmithTaran Noah Smith
Tim AllenTim Allen
Zachery Ty Bryan | Home ImprovementZachery Ty Bryan
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PilotSeason One, Episode One

Pilot | Home Improvement

Pilot

On This Episode of Home Improvement…

Tim installs in the dishwasher the Blastmaster Compressor, a high power water pressure system. And, in true Tool Man fashion, he botches the installation, and, to the chagrin of Jill, it explodes dishes and silverware across their home.

Welcome to the inaugural episode of Grunt Work!

For the first episode of the podcast, we dive into the surprisingly solid Pilot of Home Improvement. (Why surprising? Listen to find out!)

We’re introduced to the entire Home Improvement cast, as well as the show-within-a-show ‘Tool Time’, and we discuss whether or not it’s public or cable access. While this is only the beginning, we’re already starting to ponder whether this show is meant to glorify manhood, or if it’s actually an irreverent look at the idiocy of man. Or both?!

Episode Cast

Earl Hindman | Home ImprovementEarl Hindman
Jonathan Taylor ThomasJonathan Taylor Thomas
Pamela AndersonPamela Anderson
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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