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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

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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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Bye Bye BirdieSeason Two, Episode Eighteen

Bye Bye Birdie (1993) | Home Improvement

Bye Bye Birdie

Brad Taylor (Zachery Ty Bryan) breaks up with Jenny Sudarsky (Jessica Wesson) because she won’t let him copy her math homework anymore – and his grades suffer as a result. Randy (Jonathan Taylor Thomas) suggests that Brad play it up like Jenny broke up with him so he can get sympathy from Jill (Patricia Richardson) and distract from his bad grades. But when Jill discovers the truth, she and Tim (Tim Allen) punish him by trying to teach him math.

Meanwhile, an annoying woodpecker has taken residence in the roof of the Taylor house, leading Tim to take crazier and crazier steps to try and scare it away.

Episode Cast

Earl Hindman | Home ImprovementEarl Hindman
Jessica Wesson
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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You’re Driving Me Crazy, You’re Driving Me NutsSeason Two, Episode Seventeen

You're Driving Me Crazy, You're Driving Me Nuts (1993) | Home Improvement

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 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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Dances with ToolsSeason Two, Episode Sixteen

Dances With Tools (1993) | Home Improvement

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 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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