When Tim Taylor (Tim Allen) installs a new intercom in the house, he overhears Randy (Jonathan Taylor Thomas) mocking his show and his safety record to one of his friends. Offended at being mocked behind his back, Tim confronts Randy, grounds him for the disrespect and attempts to do a serious, safe Tool Time with disastrous results. Wilson (Earl Hindman) ultimately helps him realize that it’s natural for sons to mock their fathers at Randy’s age, which leads Tim to lift the grounding.
Meanwhile, Brad (Zachary Ty Bryan) is struggling to read David Copperfield in order to impress an newly intellectual Jenny Sudarsky. But when he can’t manage it, she dumps him.