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.
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.
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
Backyard – As Wilson grills behind his side of the fence.
Al’s Apartment – As Tim sits on stool, just as Al disappears into the bathroom
Taylor House – Just returning from the commercial break, Mark lies on the couch in the foreground
Tool Time – Right after Tim introduces Mario and Michael Andretti, a wide-shot.
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.
On This Episode of Grunt Work…
It’s the Season One Super Spectacular!
Two-and-a-half hours of Truman and Landen, and Tim and Jill, and Brad and Randy, and Wilson and Al. The Super Spectacular contains such special segments as:
- A Brief History of Home Improvement
- Truman and Landen’s Favorites
- Season One MVP
- Fan Theories
- And, of course, the cumulative Season One Grunt Count is revealed!
Here are a few fun items to help improve your listening experience:
Geoffrey Nelson’s Space Jam Theme Titles
Geoffrey Nelson does the pseudo-mixed media opening title sequence for Home Improvement. He also did the opening titles for the 1996 Bugs Bunny/Michael Jordan vehicle Space Jam.
We’re off the next few weeks while we prep the end-of-the-season spectacular!
In the meantime, enjoy this mixtape of our funniest moments and outtakes!