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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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Don’t Tell Momma

Don’t Tell Momma

When Tim discovers that Jill has tried to conceal a scratch in the paint job on her 1955 Chevy Nomad with nail polish, he demands that he take it into the body shop to have it repaired.  However, when he drives the Nomad to a location shoot of Tool Time, where they are demonstrating construction crane operation, Tim negligently takes over the crane operation and accidentally crushes the car by dropping a steel beam on...
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Back in the Saddle Shoes Again

Back in the Saddle Shoes Again

When Jill Taylor (Patricia Richardson) gets laid off from Inside Detroit magazine, she decides to go back to school for a psychology degree. Tim (Tim Allen) thinks this is a terrible idea, and Jill is furious that he isn't more supportive. But when Wilson (Earl Hindman) helps TIm realize that he only opposes the idea because he's scared Jill will find him boring once she's exposed to a more intellectual social circle, he returns to...
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Season 3 Super Spectacular!

Season 3 Super Spectacular!

It's the end of the season, and with ends come changes. In this extravaganza of an episode, we look back on the ups and downs of season three, share some memories, and make some new ones. We cover the season three Grunt Count, our favorite episodes and guest stars, answer some listener questions, and reveal the Season 3 People's Choice MVP. (Spoiler: we didn't win.) Send us your thoughts on the potential Godzilla conspiracy that...
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Crazy For You (Audio Commentary)

Crazy For You (Audio Commentary)

It’s Halloween again, and as tradition would have it, the Taylors are hosting their annual costume party. Things are all spoofs and goofs until Tim receives a letter from an obsessed fan names Rose. Initially boastful of this, he then learns the dangers such a fan poses after Wilson suggests possible mental instability. This ignites Tim’s paranoia, as the messages from Rose increase in frequency and intent. With the claim that she’ll be at his...
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It Was the Best of Tims, It Was the Worst of TimsSeason Three, Episode Nineteen

It Was the Best of Tims, It Was the Worst of Tims

When Jill throws a baby shower for her co-worker Linda, and invites the women from the office to attend, she’s baffled by Tim’s ability to charm, and the spell she casts over them. However, when she tries to turn on some charm of her own, she’s met with less-than-reciprocal effort. She begins to become disillusioned with the fact that maybe the flame has burned out of their relationship.

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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Too Many CooksSeason Three, Episode Nineteen

Too Many Cooks (1994) | Home Improvement

Too Many Cooks

When Irma – of Cooking With Irma fame – has to go out of town for her daughter’s wedding, she asks if Tim and Al could guest host while she’s gone. Scratch that, she asks if Al and Tim could host. Tim is not happy to play second-fiddle to Al, and expresses his disdain. After enduring bitter silence from the audience during the first episode, Tim proclaims that he quits. But after speaking with Jill and Wilson, he realizes that he’s capable of putting aside his pride and assisting with ease.

Meanwhile, Randy has a crush on a girl at school, but is too afraid to speak to her. Brad arranges a double date so they could get to know each other.

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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Eve of ConstructionSeason Three, Episode Eighteen

Eve of Construction

At the request of former president Jimmy Carter, Tool Time has agreed to build some houses for Habitat for Humanity, and dispatches Tim and Al on location to head up each of their own construction teams. For Tim’s part, he’s chosen a who’s who of NFL players, as well as Evander Holyfield. Al has chosen a set of women professionals, including Jill, to construct his house. As they go head-to-head, is there any question as to who the winner will be?

Meanwhile, Brad has found a golden locket in the alleyway behind the house, and gives it to his girlfriend Ashley, only to discover that the locket belongs to Marie, who desperately wants it back.

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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Room for ChangeSeason Three, Episode Seventeen

Room for Change (1994) | Home Improvement

Room for Change

When Brad (Zachery Ty Bryan) and Randy’s (Jonathan Taylor Thomas) constant fighting gets to be too much, Tim (Tim Allen) wants to give the older boy his own room and move Mark (Taran Noah Smith) in with Randy. Jill (Patricia Richardson) wants to discuss the matter with the boys, but before she can Tim acts unilaterally and tells Mark to move in with Randy. Jill is angry at Tim for going against her wishes, while Tim accuses her – and all women – of being indecisive. Out back, Wilson (Earl Hindman) reminds Tim that the boys’ dispute can only be solved by getting at the root of the problem, while Jill has a heart-to-heart with Randy that convinces him bunking with Mark won’t be all that bad.

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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The ColonelSeason Three, Episode Sixteen

The Colonel

Jill’s father is in town, and he has brought with him his new manuscript. In his retirement, he’s taken to writing a book about his time in the military, and hopes that once Jill reads it, that maybe she will pass it on to the publishers of her magazine. There’s just one little hitch, though, and it’s that Jill does not like the book. At all. However, due to the strained relationship with her father, she feels that she cannot tell him the truth.

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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Reel MenSeason Three, Episode Fifteen

Reel Men (1994) | Home Improvement

Reel Men

While Jill Taylor (Patricia Richardson) and Eileen (Sherry Hursey) enjoy a girls’ weekend, Tim Taylor (Tim Allen) goes ice fishing with Al (Richard Karn) in a fishing shack he’s thinking of buying. Although Al wants to use their time in the one-room shack on the lake to talk and get to know each other, Tim rebuffs Al’s advances, watching TV, losing Al’s supplies and falling through a hole in the ice, losing their car keys in the process. By the time Wilson (Earl Hindman) arrives with their spare keys, Al is furious at Tim. Wilson explains to Tim that sometimes your friends expect you to engage with their lives in a meaningful way, and Tim makes an effort to talk to Al the whole way home… Even though he accidentally burns the shack down on his way out the door.

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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Dream OnSeason Three, Episode Fourteen

Dream On (1994) | Home Improvement

Dream On

On the set of Tool Time, Al is a little upset with Tim due to some jealousy he harbors over the fact that his girlfriend Ilene had a sensual dream about Tim the night before. Because of this, he turns down Tim’s offer to have them over for dinner. Cooler minds prevail, and Al and Ilene do show up, only to have Tim try to diffuse the tension with some humor, but inadvertently embarrassing Ilene, and making her angry at Al for betraying her trust by telling Tim.

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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Slip Sleddin’ AwaySeason Three, Episode Thirteen

Slip Sleddin’ Away

Randy is challenged to a sled race down Dead Man’s Curve, and loses. Despite Jill’s pleas for him to abandon further challenge, Randy convinces her that his pride and self-worth is at stake. Meanwhile, Brad abandons his saxophone lessons at any cost.

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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Twas the Blight Before ChristmasSeason Three, Episode Twelve

Twas the Blight Before Christmas (1993) | Home Improvement

Twas the Blight Before Christmas

It’s Christmas, 1993, and it seems like any other Christmas time – Tim is preparing for the neighborhood Christmas light competition against Doc Johnson, Jill is prepping Mark for his big debut as the N in the Hamtrammick Christmas Noel Choir Singers, Randy becomes the helpless victim of Doc Johnson’s daughter Lauren, and Brad is ready to abandon it all to go skiing with his friends. When Tim and particularly Jill tell him ‘No’, he gets all huffy and refuses to go to Christmas mass, much to Jill’s dismay as she proclaims “family is always together at Christmas.”

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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Feud for ThoughtSeason Three, Episode Eleven

Feud for Thought

When Jill Taylor (Patricia Richardson) gets a last minute invitation to her 20-year high school reunion, she’s eager to go in order to face off against her ex-best friend, Joanie, who stole her high school sweetheart, Jack. When they arrive in Washington, D.C., Jill almost loses her nerve, but Tim (Tim Allen) encourages her to sit down and talk with Joanie – where she learns some surprising news and gains some much-needed closure.

Back home, Al Borland (Richard Karn) is struggling to watch the boys for the weekend. When Randy (Jonathan Taylor Thomas) locks him out, Al gets a little advice from Wilson (Earl Hindman) in their first ever conversation.

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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