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Birth of a Hot Rod

Birth of a Hot Rod

Tim is on the verge of finally starting the engine on the hot rod that he's been building for over a year, but he's spending so much time in the garage working on it that he's ignoring all of the other household chores that Jill has asked him to do. When Tim procrastinates too long, Jill finally hires a repairman which infuriates Tim as it challenges his authority as "The Tool Man". Wilson reminds Tim
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Interview: John Pasquin

Interview: John Pasquin

This week, John Pasquin, the first producer and director of Home Improvement, sits down with us to discuss the show's beginnings, his development the unique look and feel of the show, his beginnings on Roseanne, the origin of The Santa Clause, working with Tim Allen, the possibility of a Home Improvement and Last Man Standing reboot/revival, his methodology in working with politically charged material, and more! Our absolute thanks for Mr. Pasquin for his time. You can currently see his work
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To Build or Not to Build

To Build or Not to Build

Jill Taylor (Patricia Richardson) has a single Mother’s Day wish: That Tim (Tim Allen) and the boys get her an actual heartfelt gift this year, rather than something store-bought at the last minute. In response, Tim, Brad (Zachery Ty Bryan) and Mark (Taran Noah Smith) take over the garage and begin building Jill gifts out of wood. But when Randy (Jonathan Taylor Thomas) doesn’t want to build a gift, it takes some advice from Wilson
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Ex Marks the Spot

Ex Marks the Spot

When Tim Taylor (Tim Allen) runs into his ex-girlfriend Stacey (Kathleen Garrett) at a bar, their brief reunion unexpectedly leads to her dropping by the house to meet Jill (Patricia Richardson). When Tim’s ex meets the woman he left her for, it comes out that Tim’s breakup with Stacey was a little less than chivalrous. Meanwhile, Al Borland (Richard Karn) finds himself kindling a romance of his own with the newly-single Stacey. But when his passion
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Much Ado About Nana

Much Ado About Nana

Jill (Patricia Richardson) is on edge because her mother Nana (Polly Holliday) is coming to visit and she wants everything to be perfect. When Jill finds out that Nana is giving her an old tea set while giving a treasured family heirloom to Jill's sister, Jill is furious - but she forbids Tim (Tim Allen) from getting involved. Tim tries to keep the secret, but when Nana suggests that Jill's anger and frostiness is related
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Love Is a Many Splintered ThingSeason Two, Episode Fifteen

Love Is a Many Splintered Thing (1993) | Home Improvement

Love Is a Many Splintered Thing

For her job at Inside Detroit Magazine, Jill has concocted a compatibility quiz for women to take to determine whether or not they have married the right man. Tim finds this an offense to the very idea of being a man, and sets out to create his own compatibility quiz. A minor rift erupts between the two of them as they search to find the glue that holds their marriage together.

Also, Randy has agreed to do the school talent show as a ventriloquist, but there’s a problem: he doesn’t know how to quist his ventrilo.

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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Howard’s EndSeason Two, Episode Fourteen

Howard's End (1993) | Home Improvement

Howard’s End

When Jill opens her own checking account for the money she’s made at her new job, Tim doesn’t take it well, and soon the two of them are locked in an argument over what in their life belongs to whom. When Tim lets slip that he believes Jill’s car, not to mention the whole house they live in, belongs to him simply because he paid for them, Jill is furious at him for marginalizing her and her role in their relationship. Wilson helps Tim understand that his belief that he owns everything in the house is actually rooted in a deep-seated desire to own Jill as well, and Tim makes amends by calculating how much money he owes Jill for twelve years of marriage and motherhood.

Meanwhile, Brad gets into hot water when he kills Jenny Sudarsky’s goldfish by putting its bowl too close to a lamp and making the water too hot. At first, he and Randy try to find a duplicate goldfish so she won’t find out, but ultimately Brad comes clean, and Jenny, against all odds, inexplicably isn’t mad about it.

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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Bell Bottom BluesSeason Two, Episode Thirteen

Bell Bottom Blues (1993) | Home Improvement

Bell Bottom Blues

Jill is a bit of a pack rat, and Tim is fed up with it. He can barely get his clothes out of the closet due to the sheer amount of items she’s accumulated over the years – a multitude of belts in varying shades of red, clothes that are too big and too small, and yes, even a festive fruit hat from her days cosplaying as Carmen Miranda. Tim gives her an ultimatum: clear out the closet, or he’s going to demolish and renovate. Certainly this would be inspiration enough for anyone to take action, but Jill drags her feet, and Tim’s MORE POWER wishes come true as he sets out to build the ultimate automated closet.

Meanwhile, Brad has just socked a kid in the kisser at school because he was making fun of him for being hugged by his dad. He’s been sent home with a note for his parents to sign saying they are aware of the situation, and if it happens again, he will be suspended. Brad is going through some ch-ch-changes, and needs to turn to face the strange.

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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I’m Scheming of a White ChristmasSeason Two, Episode Twelve

I'm Scheming of a White Christmas (1992) | Home Improvement

I’m Scheming of a White Christmas

It’s Christmas, and all of the Taylors are getting into the holiday spirit. Tim has built has built an elaborate light display on his front lawn that blinds the entire neighborhood, while Brad and Randy are going door-to-door collecting money for charity. When Tim and Jill catch Brad and Randy trying to steal some of the charity money they’ve raised, they’re shocked that their kids could be so dishonest. But afterwards, the guilt-ridden boys not only return the stolen money, but dig up bags of their own possessions that they can donate to charity as well.

Meanwhile, on the set of Tool Time, Tim is forced to deal with Maureen’s micromanagement while trying to produce an episode with musical guests, inexplicably, the Manhattan Transfer.

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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Abandoned FamilySeason Two, Episode Eleven

Abandoned Family (1992) | Home Improvement

Abandoned Family

Jill returns home from work glowing because she has not only been given more responsibility at her job at the magazine, she’s been put on the assignment to do the cover! (What she actually does at this magazine is still unclear to me.) This means, though, that she will have less time for household responsibilities, and that Tim will have to pick up the slack.

In an effort to ensure everything runs smoothly, Jill leaves incredibly specific instructions – one might say micromanagey instructions, but I suppose that’s subjective depending on your tolerance and ability to absorb the intricacies of a task – for Tim to follow. Feeling constrained, untrusted, and hapless, Tim asserts that he’ll do things his own way.

And he does, to Jill’s chagrin. He amps up the dryer, which goes berserk, sets a gingerbread house on fire, and *gasp* instead of making the kids lunch, gives them lunch money. Jill decides it might be too much to work and fix Tim’s mistakes, but really, she just needs to get a prescription from Dr. Feelgood and take a chill pill.

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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Let’s Did LunchSeason Two, Episode Ten

Let's Did Lunch (1992) | Home Improvement

Let’s Did Lunch

For the last few weeks, Dave and Karen have been dating and getting fairly serious (as first seen in Heavy Meddle). But when they visit Tim and Jill, Dave takes Tim aside and asks him to say that they had lunch together the day before. Why? Because Dave doesn’t feel the same level of commitment as Karen, and has been seeing someone else on the side. This puts Tim in an awkward position over whether or not to tell Jill, and by proxy Karen, or to stay true to his friendship with Dave, and play along. Before long, Jill discovers Tim’s secret, and she turns cold toward Dave, who blames Tim for not keeping up the facade.

Meanwhile, on Tool Time, Al is challenged to a blindfolded wood sniffing contest, and the Taylor boys continue their turf war against some neighborhood kids.

Episode Cast

Betsy Randle
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
Tony CarreiroTony Carreiro
Zachery Ty Bryan | Home ImprovementZachery Ty Bryan
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Where There’s a Will, There’s a WaySeason Two, Episode Nine

Where There's a Will, There's a Way (1992) | Home Improvement

Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way

Jill has been going over the personal paperwork, and realizes that her and Tim need to update their will. Tim, immediately concerned by the implications of literally signing his life away, gets in his head about it, and refuses to sign, or even discuss it.

Presently, Mark overhears Tim expressing his concerns to Wilson, and becomes scared that he’s going to lose his father. After a father-son heart-to-heart conversation, Tim finally agrees to sign the updated will.

Meanwhile, Al is building a cabin by hand and invites the Al Borland Fan Club to attend a screening of Tool Time.

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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May the Best Man WinSeason Two, Episode Eight

May the Best Man Win (1992) | Home Improvement

May the Best Man Win

When Mr. Binford elopes with a model, he puts his busybody daughter Maureen (Vicki Lewis) in charge of “Tool Time” – much to the chagrin of Tim (Tim Allen), who has been running the show for years. Maureen’s meddlesome nature leads her to alter the plans for the house they’re renovating on the show and start making Al (Richard Karn) wear Hawaiian shirts, and there’s nothing Tim can do.

Jill (Patricia Richardson), meanwhile, has gotten a new job and couldn’t be more excited. With Jill, Wilson (Earl Hindman) and even the boys too busy to give him advice, Tim is at a loss – until he comes up with a plan to send Maureen out of town to get her out of their hair.

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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Roomie for ImprovementSeason Two, Episode Seven

Roomie For Improvement (1992) | Home Improvement

Roomie for Improvement

Uh oh! Mark has the chicken pox, and Tim has never had them, so Jill packs his bags and sends him off to stay with Al for a few days. Tim, however, finds this to be quite a chore, especially considering Al’s overzealousness for planned meals and activities. After one night of watching Al’s home movies, Tim is ready to move into a hotel, but is afraid that he’ll hurt Al’s feelings. This is ultimately moot because on Tool Time, Tim plays a game with guests Mario and Michael Andretti to guess the sounds of revving engines, and pranks Al by including a recording of his snoring. Al expresses his upsettiness to Tim back at home, leading to a brief row, to which Tim apologizes and helps mend by putting in a good word with Al’s neighbor who has a crush on him.

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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Haunting of Taylor HouseSeason Two, Episode Six

Haunting of Taylor House (1992) | Home Improvement

Haunting of Taylor House

It’s Halloween, the Taylor’s favorite holiday! This year, they are hosting a costume party for Brad and his friends, and everybody is pitching in. Brad, however, is rueful that he agreed to dress as Raggedy Andy to match the costume of Jenny Sudarsky as Raggedy Ann. However, once the party starts, Jenny arrives with Danny, another boy from school, and a bit of an asshole, both dressed as bikers. Embarrassed and angry, Brad storms outside to stew. With the help of Tim, Brad decides to talk to Jenny, and make up.

Later, Jill guides the kids through a tour of the haunted basement, where Tim, Al, and Wilson exact their revenge on Danny.

Episode Cast

Aaron Freeman | Home ImprovementAaron Freeman
Earl Hindman | Home ImprovementEarl Hindman
Jessica Wesson
Jonathan Taylor ThomasJonathan Taylor Thomas
Patricia RichardsonPatricia Richardson
Richard Karn | Home ImprovementRichard Karn
Rider StrongRider Strong
Taran Noah SmithTaran Noah Smith
Tim AllenTim Allen
Zachery Ty Bryan | Home ImprovementZachery Ty Bryan
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