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Eve of Construction

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...
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Room for Change

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...
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The Colonel

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,...
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Reel Men

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...
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Dream On

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,...
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Season Two Super Spectacular! (Part I)

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Season Two Super Spectacular! (Part I)

Well, Gruntheads, it’s been a crazy, wild, and long season two, but here we are at the end! Crack open the bubbly, we’re celebrating the last season of Grunt Work and Home Improvement with the first part of our end-of-the-season Super Spectacular!

In this episode we brainstorm plans for a Home Improvement theme park ride, mention the “More Power!” Thor moment from Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War, Truman reveals his current line-up of XCOM soldiers which he has made in the image of your favorite characters from Home Improvement, and discuss what it would be like to watch an entire episode of Tool Time.

We also cover the end-of-the-season Grunt Count, go over some production tidbits from season two, and have a very robust, albeit problematic final visit to Pam’s Corner where we have a Star and Star Struck book club meeting.

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Audio Commentary: Roomie for Improvement

Roomie For Improvement (1992) | Home Improvement

Audio Commentary: Roomie for Improvement

Cue up your old VCRs, hit Top Menu on your DVD remotes, pop in your laserdiscs, and open up your favorite streaming service. It’s time for our first ever Audio Commentary!

As voted by you, our Twitter Gruntheads, we are covering Roomie for Improvement, in which Tim must temporarily stay with Al while Mark recovers from the chickenpox. In fact, the episode tied in votes with Haunting of Taylor House, but won the electoral vote by having more grunts.

This is our first experiment with this sort of conceptual episode, so please leave us some feedback!

Audio Commentary Instructions

This commentary starts at the beginning of the episode, so be aware if the service on which you’re viewing has studio logos beforehand (ala Hulu). Likewise, this commentary does not account for commercials. If your service has commercials, simply pause this commentary until the episode commences.

This commentary is interactive! At times the commentary will instruct you to pause the screen in order to give you greater detail and extended goofers.

Where to Pause

05:12
Backyard – As Wilson grills behind his side of the fence.

07:25
Al’s Apartment – As Tim sits on stool, just as Al disappears into the bathroom

11:05
Taylor House – Just returning from the commercial break, Mark lies on the couch in the foreground

13:12
Tool Time – Right after Tim introduces Mario and Michael Andretti, a wide-shot.

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The Great RaceSeason Two, Episode Twenty-Five

The Great Race (1993) | Home Improvement

The Great Race

Tool Time has run a poll amongst its audience to vote on their favorite guest star: George Foreman, Mario and Michael Andretti, or Dwayne from K&B Construction. The result, to Tim’s surprise, was Bob Vila, who received 112 write-in votes. Making his second appearance on the show, Bob more or less challenges Tim to a lawnmower race for charity. Tim supes up his already suped up mower with a helicopter engine and enters the race… and when it inevitibly goes awry, the I-96 Highway.

At home, Brad and Randy force Mark to eat a tadpole, and Jill exacts her revenge on them by making them tadpole stew.

Also! Karen.

Also! Lisa.

Episode Cast

Betsy Randle
Bob Vila | Home ImprovementBob Vila
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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Birth of a Hot RodSeason Two, Episode Twenty-Four

Birth of a Hot Rod (1993) | Home Improvement

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 of one of his own quotes, “What every job has in common is that every job must be done and must be done well,” and Tim resolves to do better at fixing things around the house, and helps teach Jill some home improvement skills of her own.

Meanwhile, it’s Lawn Week on Tool Time where Tim and Al get into trouble when they accidentally behead a guest’s topiary flamingo.

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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Interview: John Pasquin

John Pasquin | Interview

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 on the new episodes of Roseanne on ABC.

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To Build or Not to BuildSeason Two, Episode Twenty-Three

To Build or Not to Build (1993) | Home Improvement

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 (Earl Hindman) and Jill for Tim to learn that he should let his boy express his love in his own way.

Meanwhile, on the set of Tool Time, Tim and Al (Richard Karn) are joined by the K&B Construction guys to pay a very special tribute to mothers everywhere.

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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Ex Marks the SpotSeason Two, Episode Twenty-Two

Ex Marks the Spot (1993) | Home Improvement

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 cools before hers does, it puts both him and Tim in an awkward position.

Guest Host Corner!

You can find Sam Wessel on her podcast Part Time Superhero. Be sure to check it out!

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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Much Ado About NanaSeason Two, Episode Twenty-One

Much Ado About Nana (1993) | Home Improvement

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 to a bedroom issue, Tim spills the beans. In response, Nana and Jill have a talk in the backyard in which Jill learns the true significance of the tea set Nana gave her.

Meanwhile, on Tool Time, Tim and Al (Richard Karn) build a deck.

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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Shooting Three to Make TutuSeason Two, Episode Twenty

Shooting Three to Make Tutu (1993) | Home Improvement

Shooting Three to Make Tutu

When Jill (Patricia Richardson) begs Tim (Tim Allen) to take Mark (Taran Noah Smith) to the ballet, Tim reluctantly agrees — but when Wilson (Earl Hindman) offers him courtside tickets to a basketball game, Tim can’t say no. He and Mark go to the ballet for half an hour, then the game. When Jill finds out, she’s furious that Tim has sabotaged her attempt to introduce her son to the finer things in life. Wilson suggests to Tim that his disdain for ballet is rooted in ignorance, so to make amends with Jill he creates a video of a male-friendly ballet that splices dance with sports footage.

Meanwhile, Brad (Zachery Ty Bryan) and Randy (Jonathan Taylor Thomas) steal a cigar from Tim’s sock drawer and smoke it while he and Jill are gone. At first they’re able to hide their mischief – until Tim and Jill find the evidence and trick them into confessing.

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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Karate or Not, Here I ComeSeason Two, Episode Nineteen

Karate or Not, Here I Come (1993) | Home Improvement

Karate or Not, Here I Come

Tim Taylor (Tim Allen) enrolls his son Mark (Taran Noah Smith) in a karate class when Randy (Jonathan Taylor Thomas) and Brad (Zachary Ty Bryan) exclude him from their games. Jill’s (Patricia Richardson) doubts about the safety of karate are confirmed when an older kid in the class begins tormenting Mark – but soon both the Taylor parents find themselves getting into fights in class.

Meanwhile, on Tool Time, Tim utilizes camouflage and a little help from Lisa (Pamela Anderson) to pull a prank on Al (Richard Karn).

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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