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Aisle See You In My DreamsSeason Three, Episode Two

Aisle See You in My Dreams(1993) | Home Improvement

Aisle See You In My Dreams

It’s Al’s 35th birthday, and he’s spending it with the Taylors. When he makes a wish by blowing out the candles on his cake, he reveals that he wished for a wife. Jill immediately knows of someone she wants to set him up with and puts the wheels into motion. Upon first meeting this woman, named Irene, Al finds that they have so much in common, that he decides to skip the courtship and delve right into long-term commitment. On the next day’s episode of Tool Time, he proposes to her on camera, however Tim, at the behest of Jill trying to undo her handy work, convinces him that he should slow things down, and re-dubs the proposal with an invitation to dinner, and some awful Godzilla jokes.

Meanwhile, Brad and Randy pull a prank on Mark to make him think that Isiah Thomas has responded to his fan letters, and will visit over the weekend for a hearty dinner of corn on the cob.

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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Maybe, BabySeason Three, Episode One

Maybe, Baby (1993) | Home Improvement

Maybe, Baby

In the season three premiere, Jill learns that her sister Carol is about to give birth to a baby girl and begins to imagine what life would be like with a girl, as they imagined Mark might be before they learned they were having a boy. When she brings this up to Tim, he immediately shuts the conversation down, leading to an argument. After some intuitive wisdom from Wilson, Tim realizes that he has the three boys to live out his legacy, while Jill doesn’t have any kids to pass on her interests. Now open to having the discussion, Jill confesses that’s all she wanted as her life with three boys and the blossoming career is fulfilling enough.

Meanwhile, Brad and Randy use the information that Mark was intended to be a girl to torment him.

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Also be sure to check out the Fan Theory World’s fantastic theory about Home Improvement being part of the Pixar Theory.

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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Grunt Work Mixtape Vol. 2, Side A

Grunt Work Podcast | Cover Art

Grunt Work Mixtape Vol. 2, Side A

Hey Gruntheads!

We’re off the next two weeks while we prep for season three!

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

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Season Two Super Spectacular! (Part II)

Grunt Work Podcast | Cover Art

Season Two Super Spectacular! (Part II)

Part Two of our Season Two Super Spectacular in which we cover our fan theories (with special guest Erik Montgomery from Fan Theory World!), our favorites, listener shoutouts, and a few other surprises.

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Season Two Super Spectacular! (Part I)

Grunt Work Podcast | Cover Art

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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