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You’re Driving Me Crazy, You’re Driving Me Nuts

You’re Driving Me Crazy, You’re Driving Me Nuts

While on their way to a wedding in the middle of a snowstorm, Tim Taylor (Tim Allen) gets lost and is unwilling to stop for directions, much to the consternation of Jill (Patricia Richardson). When he finally does, Tim realizes he's driven to Ohio - and is now going in circles. When they finally make it back home, Wilson helps Tim understand that as a man he has a mild sense of direction that gives
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Dances with Tools

Dances with Tools

As an anniversary gift, Tim Taylor (Tim Allen) decides to take ballroom dancing lessons with Jill (Patricia Richardson). But when Tim's boorish behavior in class winds up severely injuring their instructor, Jill is furious that Tim can't take anything she likes seriously. With some help from Wilson (Earl Hindman), Tim learns how to dance and successfully sweeps Jill off her feet. Meanwhile, Brad, Randy and Mark (Zachery Ty Bryan, Jonathan Taylor Thomas and Taran Noah Smith)
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Love Is a Many Splintered Thing

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
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Howard’s End

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
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Bell Bottom Blues

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
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Overactive GlanceSeason Two, Episode Three

Overactive Glance (1992) | Home Improvement

Overactive Glance

On This Episode of Home Improvement…

It’s date night for Tim and Jill Taylor, and our best friend Karen is over to babysit the kids for the night. Before they leave for their date, Jill and Karen catch a segment of Tool Time where Tim casts a salacious glance at a female guest. Karen, always quick with the commentary on feminism and patriarchal values, points this out and berates Tim for it. This causes Jill to challenge Tim to not look at a single woman while on their date. This all comes crashing down with a bombshell named Kiki arrives and asks Tim for an autograph.

Meanwhile, Randy is upset that he has small hands and is bad at the sports.

On This Episode of Grunt Work…

Has Landen found love? A surprising development for the theory that Al Borland is a secret spy, and Truman deals with Gruntgate 2017.

Episode Cast

Earl HindmanEarl Hindman
Jonathan Taylor ThomasJonathan Taylor Thomas
Pamela AndersonPamela Anderson
Patricia RichardsonPatricia Richardson
Richard KarnRichard Karn
Taran Noah SmithTaran Noah Smith
Tim AllenTim Allen
Zachery Ty BryanZachery Ty Bryan
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Rites and Wrongs of Passage

Rites and Wrongs of Passage (1992) | Home Improvement

Rites and Wrongs of Passage

On This Episode of Home Improvement…

Tim bought tickets for him and the boys to see a good old-fashioned monster truck show — but when a group of older boys at school begin encouraging Brad to pull pranks and run afoul of the police, Tim and Jill ground him and Tim forbids him to go see the monster trucks. In response, Brad gets even more mouthy and rebellious. Wilson explains to Tim that Brad is acting out because he’s caught between adolescence and manhood, a situation tribal societies avoided by inducting boys with the rites of manhood. In response, Tim lets Brad use a blowtorch while working on their hot rod and anoints him with motor oil to celebrate his transformation into the ‘man-child.’

Meanwhile, Tim’s mouth gets him in trouble when a local Scotsman challenges him to participate in the Kaber Toss at the local Highland games – an ancient Scottish tradition in which men pick up a giant log and throw it as far as they can. When a kilt-clad Tim attempts this at the games, he instead chucks the log clear through the window of Al’s lovingly restored ’84 Mercury Marquis station wagon.

On This Episode of Grunt Work…

Truman and Landen experience slight audio issues; begin to explore the outer reaches of the Jerryverse, the life and work of the inept Tool Time producer; and debate whether or not the two boys who coerce Brad’s bad deeds are indeed Bob and Stinky, and whether or not Stinky is, in fact, George W. Bush.

Episode Cast

Earl HindmanEarl Hindman
Jonathan Taylor ThomasJonathan Taylor Thomas
Pamela AndersonPamela Anderson
Patricia RichardsonPatricia Richardson
Richard KarnRichard Karn
Taran Noah SmithTaran Noah Smith
Tim AllenTim Allen
Zachery Ty BryanZachery Ty Bryan
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Read My HipsSeason Two, Episode One

Read My Hips (1992) | Home Improvement

Read My Hips

On This Episode of Home Improvement…

Jill has planned a surprise, special evening alone for her and Tim, but while he’s out with the boys, he doesn’t pick up on her subtle signals to come home. This leads to Jill feeling rejected and upset that Tim doesn’t invest himself in communicating. With a little help from Wilson, Tim dons a phone repairman’s outfit, and role plays his way back into Jill’s good graces.

Meanwhile, Brad and Jenny Sudarsky are about to have their first kiss.

On This Episode of Grunt Work…

Truman and Landen dive into season two with a bang! Or rather, some flames. Truman does his patented Andy Rooney impression, they question Tim’s method of dealing with criticism, and continue to question how the producers run the Tool Time set.

Episode Cast

Casey Sander
Earl HindmanEarl Hindman
Gary McGurk
Jessica Wesson
Jonathan Taylor ThomasJonathan Taylor Thomas
Mickey Jones
Pamela AndersonPamela Anderson
Patricia RichardsonPatricia Richardson
Richard KarnRichard Karn
Taran Noah SmithTaran Noah Smith
Tim AllenTim Allen
Zachery Ty BryanZachery Ty Bryan
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Season One Super Spectacular!

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Season One Super Spectacular!

On This Episode of Grunt Work…

It’s the Season One Super Spectacular!

Two-and-a-half hours of Truman and Landen, and Tim and Jill, and Brad and Randy, and Wilson and Al. The Super Spectacular contains such special segments as:

  • A Brief History of Home Improvement
  • Truman and Landen’s Favorites
  • Season One MVP
  • Fan Theories
  • Shoutouts
  • And, of course, the cumulative Season One Grunt Count is revealed!

And more!

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Geoffrey Nelson’s Space Jam Theme Titles

Geoffrey Nelson does the pseudo-mixed media opening title sequence for Home Improvement. He also did the opening titles for the 1996 Bugs Bunny/Michael Jordan vehicle Space Jam.

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Grunt Work Mixtape Vol. 1

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Grunt Work Mixtape Vol. 1

Hey Gruntheads!

We’re off the next few weeks while we prep the end-of-the-season spectacular!

In the meantime, enjoy this mixtape of our funniest moments and outtakes!

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Stereo-TypicalSeason One, Episode Twenty-Four

Stereo-Typical (1992) | Home Improvement

Stereo-Typical

On This Episode of Home Improvement…

Tim wrecks the household stereo, and gets excited at the prospect of buying a new one, but Jill sets out some caveats. Of course, when he buys one, he immediately gives it more power. To demonstrate to Jill the beauty of his new creation, he tempts her with some opera music, but the stereo goes awry and the volume shatters all of the glass in the house.

Meanwhile, on Tool Time, a musical saw performance inspires the K&B Construction guys to listen their tools, and find a musical use for them, culminating in a grandiose finale performance to end our season.

On This Episode of Grunt Work…

Truman and Landen get real prickly right off the bat, ruminate on the big season finale, discuss the lack of logic behind the Taylor’s home insurance, and lament the ham-fisted highlight reel at the end of the episode.

Episode Cast

Casey Sander
Earl HindmanEarl Hindman
Gary McGurk
Jonathan Taylor ThomasJonathan Taylor Thomas
Mickey Jones
Pamela AndersonPamela Anderson
Patricia RichardsonPatricia Richardson
Richard KarnRichard Karn
Taran Noah SmithTaran Noah Smith
Tim AllenTim Allen
Zachery Ty BryanZachery Ty Bryan
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Al’s Fair in Love and WarSeason One, Episode Twenty-Three

Al's Fair in Love and War (1992) | Home Improvement

Al’s Fair in Love and War

On This Episode of Home Improvement…

Surprise, everyone! An old guest of Tool Time has returned – that’s right, Greta Post from the all-women episode of Tool Time is back, and she has sent Al a love letter. Excited, but nervous, Al hims and haws over asking her out, and relies on the help of Tim to light a fire under his ass.

Tim sets up a family BBQ so that Al can invite her over, and then gives him some advice on how to let his Wild Man shine through. Al takes this advice a little too literally, and his date with Greta derails, at least temporarily.

Meanwhile, at home, Jill finds her old college diary, and Tim continually tries to read it behind her back. Many of the entries are about past lovers, but ultimately culminates in the moment they first fell in love.

On This Episode of Grunt Work…

Truman and Landen talk about how many cups of coffee it would take to kill Landen, dredge up the term YTP, and speculate on Al’s romantic experience.

Episode Cast

Earl HindmanEarl Hindman
Jennifer NashJennifer Nash
Jessica Wesson
Jonathan Taylor ThomasJonathan Taylor Thomas
Pamela AndersonPamela Anderson
Patricia RichardsonPatricia Richardson
Richard KarnRichard Karn
Taran Noah SmithTaran Noah Smith
Tim AllenTim Allen
Zachery Ty BryanZachery Ty Bryan
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