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Swing Time

It's Mother's Day, and Tim is determined to get Jill something she really wants this year. When he believes that he has deciphered all of the hints she's been dropping, he decides to replace the swingset in the backyard with a new hot tub. However, when she catches Tim digging in the middle of the night, she wrongly assumes that he deciphered correctly, and is building her an herb garden. But -- now that she...
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Fifth Anniversary

Fifth Anniversary

It's the 5th Anniversary of Tool Time, and Tim wants to do something special: take the crew to the Indy Speedway. However, after revealing the Man's Kitchen, Tim has exhausted the budget for the next six months. Opting instead for simplicity, he shows clips from the inaugural episode of Tool Time. Meanwhile, Jill plans a no-dinner dinner party for the Library Fundraiser, but has a hell of a time explaining what exactly that is.
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It Was the Best of Tims, It Was the Worst of Tims

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.
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Too Many Cooks

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...
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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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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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Bubble, Bubble, Toil and TroubleSeason One, Episode Nine

Home Improvement | Bubble, Bubble, Toil and Trouble

Bubble, Bubble, Toil and Trouble

On This Episode of Home Improvement…

Binford offers to pay for the Taylors to remodel their master bathroom on the condition that they are able to turn it into a special on-location episode of Tool Time. Jill is hesitant at first, but acquiesces when she learns she will be receiving a new jacuzzi style bathtub. Originally slated for a two-part episode, Tim’s ineptitude quickly creates one disaster after another, and soon Tim finds himself eighteen days into the project with no water, a hole in the side of the house, and a wife who has taken the kids to a hotel.

On this episode of Grunt Work…

Start rehearsing, it’s a Alejandro González Iñárritu heavy episode of Grunt Work where Tim renovates the master bathroom, Landen goes off the rails with theories, and Truman reveals early experience with girls.

Episode Cast

Al FannAl Fann
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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Flying SaucesSeason One, Episode Eight

Flying Sauces

On This Episode of Home Improvement…

Brad and Randy don’t want Mark hanging around, and do everything they can to ditch him, including convincing him that they and their parents are blood sucking aliens. Tim and Jill decide this needs to be addressed – Jill wants to handle this through good ol’ fashioned parenting, and Tim wants to prank them back.

Meanwhile, at Tool Time, the K&B Construction guys make their first appearance to demonstrate to Tim and Al their unique method for cooking on the job.

On this out-of-this-world episode of Grunt Work…

Brad and Randy convince Mark that everyone in the family are blood sucking aliens, Truman proves to be competition for Jill “The Princess of Pop”, Landen mourns Richard Kiel in a moment of silence, and we all learn the benefits of a good ol’ fashioned prank.

Episode Cast

Casey Sander
Gary McGurk
Jonathan Taylor ThomasJonathan Taylor Thomas
Mickey Jones
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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Nothing More Than FeelingsSeason One, Episode Seven

Nothing More Than Feelings | Home Improvement

Nothing More Than Feelings

On This Episode of Home Improvement…

Oops! Jill forgets to fill the car with oil despite the light being on for three days. Tim, feeling disrespected, airs his grievances live on Tool Time with two audience members, and takes it a step too far when also makes fun of Jill drooling in her sleep. She of course sees this unfold on television, and confronts Tim about it. Inviting the two gentlemen back a second time, Tim holds a Tool Time powwow about sensitivity, and does what he can to make it up to his wife.

On this episode of Grunt Work…

Does everybody know what time it is? It’s finally Tool Time on a very sensitive episode of Home Improvement. Tim and Jill learn to respect each other’s feelings, while Truman monologues, Landen laments the closing of the iconic Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, and the guys pitch an Al spinoff show.

Episode Cast

Art LaFleur
Earl Hindman | Home ImprovementEarl Hindman
Jonathan Taylor ThomasJonathan Taylor Thomas
Pamela AndersonPamela Anderson
Patricia RichardsonPatricia Richardson
Richard Karn | Home ImprovementRichard Karn
Ron Taylor
Taran Noah SmithTaran Noah Smith
Tim AllenTim Allen
Zachery Ty Bryan | Home ImprovementZachery Ty Bryan
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Adventures in Fine DiningSeason One, Episode Six

Adventures in Fine Dining | Home Improvement

Adventures in Fine Dining

On This Episode of Home Improvement…

After the boys get the Taylor family thrown out of a restaurant for unruly behavior, Jill wages a bet with Tim whether or not he can whip them into perfect gentlemen for one family meal. The bet? If Tim cannot reform the boy’s behavior for one single evening, that he would have to take her to the opera (AHHHH!).

On a very classy episode of Grunt Work…

Truman and Landen dwell on microwaves, pitch a Frasier/Home Improvement crossover movie, and Truman finally concedes to the brilliance of Taran Noah Smith’s performance. Can Tim tame his unruly boys? Will Tim be forced to go to the opera with Jill? Is Wilson God? Did Landen have a stroke while recording?

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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Wild KingdomSeason One, Episode Five

Wild Kingdom | Home Improvement

Wild Kingdom

On This Episode of Home Improvement…

It’s a brisk autumn day, and Jill is cold. She sends Tim and the boys to the basement to check on the furnace. As they do, they hear a rustling that they think is a mouse. Tim uses this to joyfully torment Jill, but when Randy discovers a shed snakeskin, Tim stops laughing, and calls an exterminator.

Meanwhile, Mark’s Cub Scout troop has a meeting at the house, and a young member has trouble facing his fears. Tim inspires him to grunt in the face of fear. However, when the exterminator fails to find the snake, Tim must confront his own fears, and extract the snake on his own…

Sssaddle up for a very slithery episode of Grunt Work…

Truman and Landen confront their fears of dark basements, mouth spiders, and Boy Scout bullies. New evidence presents itself for the theory that Wilson is, in fact, God, and Landen drops a handful of Michigan snake facts!

Episode Cast

Adam Wylie | Home ImprovementAdam Wylie
Earl Hindman | Home ImprovementEarl Hindman
Jonathan Taylor ThomasJonathan Taylor Thomas
Pamela AndersonPamela Anderson
Patricia RichardsonPatricia Richardson
Richard Karn | Home ImprovementRichard Karn
Stephen Root | Home ImprovementStephen Root
Taran Noah SmithTaran Noah Smith
Tim AllenTim Allen
Zachery Ty Bryan | Home ImprovementZachery Ty Bryan
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Satellite On A Hot Tim’s RoofSeason One, Episode Four

Satellite on a Hot Tim's Roof | Home Improvement

Satellite On A Hot Tim’s Roof

On This Episode of Home Improvement…

With a new satellite in hand, Tim looks for help installing it, but finds that everyone is busy, and must go it alone. Meanwhile, Jill has invites over Rondall (Sam McMurray), her instructor from her job training class, to advise her on her resumé. Despite her pleas to the contrary, Tim becomes convinced that Randall is hitting on Jill, and rigs the pulley system, Tim hangs himself from the roof to keep an eye on the situation.

In a very confessional episode of Grunt Work…

Landen divulges how Pamela Anderson and Playboy Magazine lead to his teenage crush on Sandra Bullock, Truman lets us know where to find fan fiction, and they wax nostalgic about the pantheon of creeps that guest star Sam McMurray played in the 80s and 90s.

Episode Cast

Earl Hindman | Home ImprovementEarl Hindman
Jonathan Taylor ThomasJonathan Taylor Thomas
Pamela AndersonPamela Anderson
Patricia RichardsonPatricia Richardson
Richard Karn | Home ImprovementRichard Karn
Sam McMurray | Home ImprovementSam McMurray
Taran Noah SmithTaran Noah Smith
Tim AllenTim Allen
Zachery Ty Bryan | Home ImprovementZachery Ty Bryan
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Off SidesSeason One, Episode Three

Off Sides | Home Improvement

Off Sides

On This Episode of Home Improvement…

It’s Big Game day, and all Tim wants to do is watch football with his boys. He forgot, however, that he was supposed to make dinner reservations with Jill. Left to Jill, she searches for a last-minute sitter, and finds one in Sir Larry Houdini, a birthday party magician.

At dinner, Tim conceals a portable radio in his jacket pocket so he can listen to the game at every chance he gets. Goaded on by another male patron, Jill quickly finds Tim out. Meanwhile, the boys have bound Sir Larry in chains and a straightjacket, and have locked him inside of a hope chest.

Instead of a huge fight, Jill acquiesces to Tim’s obsession and lets him listen with the kitchen staff. Later, they come home to find Sir Larry still in need of rescue.

On this episode of Grunt Work…

Truman and Landen explore Tim’s obsession with football, Jill’s desire to spend more time with her husband, and an over-confident magician. And we further ponder whether or not Wilson is, in fact, God – and if God (Wilson) were to transpose himself into a human body, would he be immortal?

Home Improvement, Season One, Episode Three.

Episode Cast

Earl Hindman | Home ImprovementEarl Hindman
Eric Christmas | Home ImprovementEric Christmas
John Marshall Jones | Home ImprovementJohn Marshall Jones
Jonathan Taylor ThomasJonathan Taylor Thomas
Patricia RichardsonPatricia Richardson
Rudolph Willrich | Home ImprovementRudolph Willrich
Taran Noah SmithTaran Noah Smith
Tim AllenTim Allen
Zachery Ty Bryan | Home ImprovementZachery Ty Bryan
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Mow Better BluesSeason One, Episode Two

Mow Better Blues | Home Improvement

Mow Better Blues

On This Episode of Home Improvement…

Tim and Mark, his youngest son, are in the garage adding MORE POWER! to his lawn mower. Momentarily left alone, Mark accidentally breaks one of his father’s tools, and in a fit of panic, hides it in the dryer.

Depressed, Mark confides in his older brothers, Brad and Randy, who can’t resist an opportunity to torment him, and spin a yarn that this happened once before with another brother, and that their parents were so upset that they traded him in for Mark. Terrified that he’ll also be traded in, Mark hides away in their “tree house”.

On this episode of Grunt Work…

Truman and Landen learn about respecting other people’s property, forgiveness, and sibling rivalry (torture?) They also get a little reference-heavy as they go head-to-head in a Jimmy Stewart-off, compare Patricia Richardson to Daniel Day Lewis, and find wardrobe connections to Jurassic Park.

Episode Cast

Earl Hindman | Home ImprovementEarl Hindman
Jonathan Taylor ThomasJonathan Taylor Thomas
Patricia RichardsonPatricia Richardson
Taran Noah SmithTaran Noah Smith
Tim AllenTim Allen
Zachery Ty Bryan | Home ImprovementZachery Ty Bryan
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PilotSeason One, Episode One

Pilot | Home Improvement

Pilot

On This Episode of Home Improvement…

Tim installs in the dishwasher the Blastmaster Compressor, a high power water pressure system. And, in true Tool Man fashion, he botches the installation, and, to the chagrin of Jill, it explodes dishes and silverware across their home.

Welcome to the inaugural episode of Grunt Work!

For the first episode of the podcast, we dive into the surprisingly solid Pilot of Home Improvement. (Why surprising? Listen to find out!)

We’re introduced to the entire Home Improvement cast, as well as the show-within-a-show ‘Tool Time’, and we discuss whether or not it’s public or cable access. While this is only the beginning, we’re already starting to ponder whether this show is meant to glorify manhood, or if it’s actually an irreverent look at the idiocy of man. Or both?!

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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