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Feud for Thought

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
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A Frozen Moment

A Frozen Moment

It’s Thanksgiving, that time of year when the family gathers around to dress up in ridiculous costumes and pose for Christmas cards that they’ll never live down. Tim, inspired by a drive past the lumber yard, has been struck with a big idea to construct the perfect winter wonderland setting and expects Jill and the boys to dawn festive costumes, but when his more power solutions send the snow blower through the living room window,
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Dollars and Sense

Dollars and Sense

When Jill's (Patricia Richardson) mother notifies her that three $50 bonds she bought for the boys have come due, she decides to let Brad, Randy and Mark (Zachery Ty Brian, Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Taran Noah Smith) figure out what to invest them in. When the boys decide to invest in a baseball card, Tim (Tim Allen) takes them to a toy store to make the purchase - but instead the three wind up buying an
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Be True to Your Tool

Be True to Your Tool

Filling the shoes of the recently-passed Mr. Binford, Wes Davidson has assumed the role of the president of Binford, and pays Tool Time a visit. He informs Tim and Al that Binford is producing a new reciprocating saw, and that they will be promoting it on an upcoming show. However, when Tim and Al get their hands on the product, they realize that it isn't up to the rigorous standards of the Binford name. When
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Blow Up

Blow Up

Jill Taylor (Patricia Richardson) is excited to attend the gala dinner celebrating her tireless work for the annual Library Fundraiser - but everything goes wrong at the last minute. When her neighbor Joe (Robert Picardo) is unable to secure the beautiful dress he promised to get her on the cheap, Jill has to wear an unflattering dress instead - and when they arrive at the event, she finds that the big picture of her in
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Theory: Could Wilson Be the Father of Jason Voorhees?

Theory: Could Wilson Be the Father of Jason Voorhees?

Anyone who listens to our show is no stranger to our penchant for fan theories. (Is Al Borland a secret Russian spy? Is Randy a psychotic sociopath?)

Well, we discovered a theory this weekend that ties Home Improvement to one of the most prolific horror franchises in history. But before we go into the evidence, let’s take a look at one of our longest running theories:

Is Wilson God?

Almost since the inception of the show, we have speculated whether or not Wilson is, in fact, God. His worldly wisdom seems endless. His constitution infinitely empathetic. And that fence eerily resembles a confessional.

But let’s break this down a little more:

Wilson’s wisdom seems to emanate more from nostalgia than reverence. If he is God, he would be omnipotent, and would be able to see and know all things at all times. However, we also speculate that if he is God, and has taken a human form, that he might also be immortal, and has lived to experience firsthand the wisdom of the people he so often quotes.

Wilson is also notorious for never showing his face, which is typically obscured by the fence that separates the Taylor’s yard from Wilson’s. A loose translation from Exodus 33:20 states, “‘But you may not look directly at my face, for no one may see me and live.’”

He is a man of nature over science. In one episode, he’s seen inhaling willow bark to remedy a headache instead of taking aspirin. He’s mentioned that he does not own a television. He often speculates about the expansive nature of the universe, and even gazes out at the stars through a telescope.

He is often seen tinkering with “God’s Creations”, i.e. animals. Showing benevolence to those he captures, but also having a plan for those who’s time it was to perish (mostly using their skins for various purposes).

In one particular episode, Wilson seems to be in two places at once – both behind the fence, and also as the visage of Santa Claus, (perhaps calling into question whether Santa is Wilson’s sibling, and whether they are celestial beings, or perhaps demonstrating Wilson’s ability to be everywhere at once).

At another point, he is carving ducks (and a penguin!), which he may or may not give life to later. And during even another episode, he’s creating a scarecrow in his own image.

As one reddit user pointed out, Tim also is a Christ-like figure, a carpenter of sorts, guided by the word of his “father”.

The list goes on and on, and this is only from season one. We will be continuing to develop this theory more as the series continues.

Now, let’s pause to take a look at…

 

A Brief History of Friday the 13th *SPOILERS*

Fans of the horror franchise might already see where this is heading, but let’s examine the history of Friday the 13th a little bit.

The first film, which takes place on Friday, June 13th, 1979, depicts the first murder spree of camp counselors at Camp Crystal Lake. Poised as a gruesome murder mystery, the killer is revealed to be Pamela Voorhees, the mother of Jason Voorhees, a disfigured child who drowned in the lake on Friday, June 13th, 1958.

Aside from the final jump scare in the original film, it’s not until the second film that we are introduced to who would become the titular character, Jason Voorhees.

As the series of films progresses, we learn quite a lot about Jason. He, at least initially, dishes out penance to sinners who commit any of the seven deadly sins. He is consistently murdered and resurrected by supernatural, or perhaps “divine”, forces. And, he certainly likes to keep his face concealed.

Fans of Friday the 13th are also well aware that there is never any mention of Jason’s father throughout the entire franchise. This could be because Jason’s father was a monster who forced himself upon Ms. Voorhees, resulting in Jason’s birth, though there is no direct evidence to support that one way or another, so it could easily be speculated that Jason was an immaculate conception.

However, even if Pamela was impregnated by a flesh-and-blood person (mortal or otherwise), speculation exists at the outset of Jason Lives that someone from Jason’s family paid to have Jason interred in a graveyard, and to keep it continually cleaned and guarded. (In fact, an unused plot line actually brought Jason’s father into the mix, but it was scrapped.)

As far as the franchise is concerned, there is a lot of room for theories of all sorts regarding Jason’s biological father.

Now, let’s start to mix these two elements together and see what we come up with…

Is Wilson Jason Voorhees’ Father?

Let’s look at a moment from the episode Baby, It’s Cold Outside, from season one:

It’s Valentine’s Day, and Tim is tasked with going camping to demonstrate the new Binford line of camping gear. However, he had also booked reservations for him and Jill at an exclusive lodge. Torn, Tim conjures up the plan to do a quick pitstop at a camping ground on the way to the lodge.

Where does he learn of this campground? From Wilson.

What is this campground called? Crystal Lake.

In Baby It’s Cold Outside, Wilson claims that he visits Crystal Lake every Valentine’s Day.

In 1992, Valentine’s fell on a Friday.

While in the Friday franchise, the location of Crystal Lake is widely debated, it’s more than likely located in New Jersey (with some reports in Connecticut), and the Taylors live in Detroit. It might be a bit of a stretch, but not completely implausible that they would take a nine-hour road trip to the East Coast.

Wilson, being the consummate outdoorsman, would certainly have cause to be wandering around an outdoor camp in 1945-1946, the year that Pamela Voorhees conceived, and gave birth to Jason. (And if Wilson is, in fact, God or immortal, his age and timeline wouldn’t be a consideration.)

Both Jason and Wilson love using outdoor tools to do their work. Both are extremely isolated figures. Wilson was 6’2” while Jason’s height has varied from 6’3” to 6’5”, not a far genetic deviation.

If Wilson is God or immortal, could he have passed his powers onto Jason? Could Wilson be Jason’s father? What do you think? We’ll be updating this theory as the evidence rolls in.

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Baby It’s Cold OutsideSeason One, Episode Eighteen

Baby, It's Cold Outside (1992) | Home Improvement

Baby It’s Cold Outside

On This Episode of Home Improvement…

It’s Valentine’s Day! On Tool Time, Mr. Binford unveils his new line of camping gear, and mandates that Tim go on a weekend trip to record home movies in order to promote them. However, this conflicts with Tim’s surprise gift to Jill, reservations at Stone Creek, an exclusive resort. Thinking he can do both, Tim sets out to sneak a side trip into a lake on the way to Stone Creek, but finds that it’s much harder than he initially thought to please everyone at once.

On This Chilly Episode of Grunt Work…

Truman and Landen reminisce about their childhood days of camping, Valentine’s Days of adolescence, and ask the important question: Could Wilson Be the Father of Jason Voorhees?

Episode Cast

Earl Hindman | Home ImprovementEarl Hindman
Jonathan Taylor ThomasJonathan Taylor Thomas
Noble Willingham | Home ImprovementNoble Willingham
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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What About Bob?Season One, Episode Seventeen

What About Bob? (1992) | Home Improvement

What About Bob?

On This Episode of Home Improvement…

Mr. Binford visits the set of Tool Time to inform Tim and Al that he has booked a special guest – the one and only Bob Vila – to appear on the next episode for a friendly trivia competition. Threatened by this, Tim scurries home to study with Jill in order to beat Bob the next day. However, when the time comes, Bob being the consummate, knowledgable professional that he is, bests Tim on every question. Tim’s disdain is tangible, so when he accidentally clocks Bob in the back of the head with a 4×8, his intentions are in question.

Meanwhile, Randy is in trouble for stripping the shoes off an annoying neighborhood kid and filling them with Cheez Whiz. As penance, Jill forces Randy to invite him over to apologize and join them for dinner.

On This Black Mirror-y Episode of Grunt Work…

The origins of Grunt Work are revealed! Truman and Landen take about the inception of the podcast stemming from an episode of Black Mirror, briefly explore Bob Vila’s legacy, and really have a lot to apologize for to Germans. All of the Germans.

Episode Cast

Aaron Freeman | Home ImprovementAaron Freeman
Bob Vila | Home ImprovementBob Vila
Earl Hindman | Home ImprovementEarl Hindman
Jonathan Taylor ThomasJonathan Taylor Thomas
Noble Willingham | Home ImprovementNoble Willingham
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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Jill’s BirthdaySeason One, Episode Sixteen

Jill's Birthday (1992) | Home Improvement

Jill’s Birthday

On This Episode of Home Improvement…

It’s Jill’s birthday, and Tim has forgotten. Not only that, but he has an awful track record when it comes to getting her gifts. This year, she pleas for him to get her something that she doesn’t have to plug in. (This comes back to bite her in the ass after the boys get her a repugnant perfume, and a lot of it.) After a few failed attempts, and some advice from Wilson, Tim finally searches his heart and finds her the perfect gift.

Meanwhile, on Tool Time, Tim and Al have undertaken the remote project of extending one lucky (or unlucky) fan’s living room, which goes awry when Tim backs the Tool Time truck into the front of the house.

On This Oedipal Episode of Grunt Work…

Truman and Landen lament their parental gift giving skills, pitch a biopic about the song Happy Birthday to Aaron Sorkin, and uncover some of Al Borland’s motherly sexual predilections.

Episode Cast

Earl Hindman | Home ImprovementEarl Hindman
Jonathan Taylor ThomasJonathan Taylor Thomas
Pamela AndersonPamela Anderson
Patricia RichardsonPatricia Richardson
Patrick Thomas O'BrienPatrick Thomas O’Brien
Richard Karn | Home ImprovementRichard Karn
Taran Noah SmithTaran Noah Smith
Tim AllenTim Allen
Zachery Ty Bryan | Home ImprovementZachery Ty Bryan
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Forever JungSeason One, Episode Fifteen

Home Improvement | Forever Jung

Forever Jung

On This Episode of Home Improvement…

Jill’s friend Karen, a progressive feminist, is over for an afternoon visit, and poses to Tim that men and the patriarchy are a source of destruction in this world. Tim, determined to prove her wrong, goes on Tool Time to prove his point that men can create as much as destroy. But, his best intentions distract him, and he ends up gluing his head to a table.

Meanwhile, Brad is prepping for his first date with Jenny Sudarsky, and is afraid of having his first dance with a girl.

Warning: this episode of Grunt Work bonds to skin instantly.

This week we cover Home Improvement, episode fifteen, Forever Jung, in which we imagine an alternate reality in which an Al Borland/Ron Swanson movie could have existed, we further develop the Frasier/Home Improvement crossover, and whether Jenny Sudarsky’s father is actually Robert Durst.

Episode Cast

Betsy Randle
Earl Hindman | Home ImprovementEarl Hindman
Jessica Wesson
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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For Whom The Belch TollsSeason One, Episode Fourteen

Home Improvement | For Whom the Belch Tolls

For Whom The Belch Tolls

On This Episode of Home Improvement…

Tim receives a phone call from one of his old college roommates, Stu, who happens to be in town. It’s been many years since they’ve seen each other, and Jill isn’t too keen to see the relationship rehashed. Initially, Tim is quick to wax nostalgic, but soon recognizes that things aren’t how they once were. Stu still crushes beer cans on his head, plays Doo-Wah-Ditty in the tune of armpit farts, and reminisces about the “good ol’ days”. He tries to convince Tim to go skip out on family night and go out to a bar, but Tim is content with what his life has become. Through the support of Jill and wisdom of Wilson, Tim realizes that it’s time to let this friendship go.

On a “very special” episode of Grunt Work…

Truman and Landen take things way too seriously, and go through a bit of an existential crisis as they deal with their feelings (fair warning!) On Home Improvement, Tim’s college roommate shows up to crush beer cans, and reminisce, while Tim realizes the importance of growing up and letting go.

Episode Cast

Christopher McDonaldChristopher McDonald
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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Up Your AlleySeason One, Episode Thirteen

Home Improvement | Up Your Alley

Up Your Alley

On This Episode of Home Improvement…

It’s family night and the Taylors decide to hit the lanes. Bowling gets Tim’s competitive spirit revving, and thus starts a competition between him and Jill – the loser of which has to kiss the other’s bowling shoes in public.

Meanwhile, Randy and Brad deal with a bully that hogs the arcade game in only a way that Randy could conjure.

Plus a special appearance by the K&B Construction guys!

Episode Cast

Casey Sander
Gary McGurk
Jonathan Taylor ThomasJonathan Taylor Thomas
Lewis Dix Jr.Lewis Dix Jr.
Mickey Jones
Nick ShieldsNick Shields
Patricia RichardsonPatricia Richardson
Richard Karn | Home ImprovementRichard Karn
Sean BacaSean Baca
Taran Noah SmithTaran Noah Smith
Tim AllenTim Allen
Zachery Ty Bryan | Home ImprovementZachery Ty Bryan
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Yule Better Watch OutSeason One, Episode Twelve

Home Improvement | Yule Better Watch Out

Yule Better Watch Out

On This Episode of Home Improvement…

It’s the Holidays and the Christmas cheer has consumed Tool Time and the Taylor household. Randy and Brad audition for the school nativity play, Tim competes in the yearly neighborhood Christmas lights competition, and Mark begins to question the legitimacy of Santa Claus.

Episode Cast

David WarshofskyDavid Warshofsky
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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Look Who’s Not TalkingSeason One, Episode Eleven

Home Improvement | Look Whose Not Talking

Look Who’s Not Talking

On This Episode of Home Improvement…

Jill is tasked with giving a thank you speech to the local library for her efforts in fundraising, but her fear of public speaking is blocks her from writing it. Procrastinating at every turn, Tim realizes that Jill needs as much space and support as possible to overcome her fear, and becomes the perfect father and husband in encouraging her to do so.

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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Reach Out and Teach SomeoneSeason One, Episode Ten

Home Improvement | Reach Out and Teach Someone

Reach Out and Teach Someone

On This Episode of Home Improvement…

The kitchen sink is clogged in the Taylor household, and Jill has taken to fixing it herself, much to Tim’s chagrin. However, when he attempts to teach her basic plumbing, things get heated, and the gender divide widens. Taking to the issue to Tool Time, Tim further alienates himself from women by proclaiming that they simply aren’t suited for certain household repairs. The backlash leads Tim to request an all-female audience for the next Tool Time in order to teach them how to do simple home improvement projects.

Episode Cast

Carol MansellCarol Mansell
Earl Hindman | Home ImprovementEarl Hindman
Ja'net DuBoisJa’net DuBois
Jennifer NashJennifer Nash
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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