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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 him enough confidence to think he’s going in the right direction, even when he isn’t.

On Tool Time, Tim and Al (Richard Karn) demonstrate a new build-it-yourself entertainment center – and Tim breaks the TV.

Episode Cast

Betsy Randle
Earl HindmanEarl Hindman
Jonathan Taylor ThomasJonathan Taylor Thomas
Patricia RichardsonPatricia Richardson
Richard KarnRichard Karn
Taran Noah SmithTaran Noah Smith
Tim AllenTim Allen
Zachery Ty BryanZachery Ty Bryan
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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) play pranks with whip cream, and Tim receives a major award on Tool Time.

Episode Cast

Earl HindmanEarl Hindman
Jonathan Taylor ThomasJonathan Taylor Thomas
Patricia RichardsonPatricia Richardson
Richard KarnRichard Karn
Taran Noah SmithTaran Noah Smith
Tim AllenTim Allen
Zachery Ty BryanZachery Ty Bryan
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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 do the school talent show as a ventriloquist, but there’s a problem: he doesn’t know how to quist his ventrilo.

Episode Cast

Earl HindmanEarl Hindman
Jonathan Taylor ThomasJonathan Taylor Thomas
Patricia RichardsonPatricia Richardson
Richard KarnRichard Karn
Taran Noah SmithTaran Noah Smith
Tim AllenTim Allen
Zachery Ty BryanZachery Ty Bryan
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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 and her role in their relationship. Wilson helps Tim understand that his belief that he owns everything in the house is actually rooted in a deep-seated desire to own Jill as well, and Tim makes amends by calculating how much money he owes Jill for twelve years of marriage and motherhood.

Meanwhile, Brad gets into hot water when he kills Jenny Sudarsky’s goldfish by putting its bowl too close to a lamp and making the water too hot. At first, he and Randy try to find a duplicate goldfish so she won’t find out, but ultimately Brad comes clean, and Jenny, against all odds, inexplicably isn’t mad about it.

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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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 out the closet, or he’s going to demolish and renovate. Certainly this would be inspiration enough for anyone to take action, but Jill drags her feet, and Tim’s MORE POWER wishes come true as he sets out to build the ultimate automated closet.

Meanwhile, Brad has just socked a kid in the kisser at school because he was making fun of him for being hugged by his dad. He’s been sent home with a note for his parents to sign saying they are aware of the situation, and if it happens again, he will be suspended. Brad is going through some ch-ch-changes, and needs to turn to face the strange.

Episode Cast

Earl HindmanEarl Hindman
Jonathan Taylor ThomasJonathan Taylor Thomas
Patricia RichardsonPatricia Richardson
Richard KarnRichard Karn
Taran Noah SmithTaran Noah Smith
Tim AllenTim Allen
Zachery Ty BryanZachery Ty Bryan
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I’m Scheming of a White Christmas

It’s Christmas, and all of the Taylors are getting into the holiday spirit. Tim has built has built an elaborate light display on his front lawn that blinds the entire neighborhood, while Brad and Randy are going door-to-door collecting money for charity. When Tim and Jill catch Brad and Randy trying to steal some of the charity money they’ve raised, they’re shocked that their kids could be so dishonest. But afterwards, the guilt-ridden boys not only return the stolen money, but dig up bags of their own possessions that they can donate to charity as well.

Meanwhile, on the set of Tool Time, Tim is forced to deal with Maureen’s micromanagement while trying to produce an episode with musical guests, inexplicably, the Manhattan Transfer.

Episode Cast

Earl HindmanEarl Hindman
Jonathan Taylor ThomasJonathan Taylor Thomas
Patricia RichardsonPatricia Richardson
Richard KarnRichard Karn
Taran Noah SmithTaran Noah Smith
Tim AllenTim Allen
Zachery Ty BryanZachery Ty Bryan
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Abandoned Family

Jill returns home from work glowing because she has not only been given more responsibility at her job at the magazine, she’s been put on the assignment to do the cover! (What she actually does at this magazine is still unclear to me.) This means, though, that she will have less time for household responsibilities, and that Tim will have to pick up the slack.

In an effort to ensure everything runs smoothly, Jill leaves incredibly specific instructions – one might say micromanagey instructions, but I suppose that’s subjective depending on your tolerance and ability to absorb the intricacies of a task – for Tim to follow. Feeling constrained, untrusted, and hapless, Tim asserts that he’ll do things his own way.

And he does, to Jill’s chagrin. He amps up the dryer, which goes berserk, sets a gingerbread house on fire, and *gasp* instead of making the kids lunch, gives them lunch money. Jill decides it might be too much to work and fix Tim’s mistakes, but really, she just needs to get a prescription from Dr. Feelgood and take a chill pill.

Episode Cast

Earl HindmanEarl Hindman
Jonathan Taylor ThomasJonathan Taylor Thomas
Patricia RichardsonPatricia Richardson
Richard KarnRichard Karn
Taran Noah SmithTaran Noah Smith
Tim AllenTim Allen
Zachery Ty BryanZachery Ty Bryan
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